I was almost caught up with orders by the end of Friday evening so I stayed up late to do some blending that night. I think I have a gardenia tester to send out — I need to get some reactions now. It opens with a true gardenia note that includes some of the earthy and green aspects gardenias have, but it’s less earthy and mushroom-intense than Tom Ford’s Velvet Gardenia. The gardenia note is most prominent during the first few hours, mixed with ylang topnotes and heart notes of jasmine, tuberose, and orange blossom. The base is sandalwood, musk, ambrette seed CO2, and light ambergris. It has some creamy lactonic notes and some green leafy notes and some earthy gardenia aspects. Now I just need to find time to make some testers! A bunch more orders came in Saturday so I need to get through those first.
I also worked more on the incense scent; I removed the tobacco note and added some soft smoky notes. I like where it is going now. It needs a juicier, wetter aspect though because it is a bit too powdery dry at this point.
After staying up past midnight on Friday I was awakened at 4 am to very loud thunder and flashes of lighning across the sky. We had quite a show; no rain but just a hot, muggy electric storm. Those weird late summer electric storms are scary because they can start fires in our area since we get no summer rain and are so very dry until the rain begins again in late October. Luckily, we had no fires start in this area from this storm.
And a happy surprise for me this morning! There’s a nice Review of Lieu de Reves today on the Audit Diva blog. Thanks, Liza!
(By the way, international customers can choose the international shipping option in the shopping cart to see shipping charges, but I request they email me before putting their first order through just to be sure I can ship to their country.)