Lonestar Memories: Colombina on Perfumesmellingthings. (...)Lonestar Memories makes me want to escape the mundane confines of my everyday world(...)

Lonestar Memories: Katie on Scentzilla. (...) Lonestar Memories smells of the examined life. Inside there is joy, and there is tiny heartbreak, e xisting only in reverie. The scent unravels into the consideration of past experiences, and pinings for future joys and heartbreaks(...)

Lonestar Memories: Marlen Harrison's review on PerfumeCritic.com (...) If you're a lover of leather or richer wood fragrances, this is gonna be a holy grail scent and in that case, better get two bottles.(...)

Lonestar Memories: Cait Shortell's review on Legerdenez. (...) Do you appreciate scent because you identify with the scent and its image? Does a scent have the ability to create a memory outside one’s own experience?(...)

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Cistus and a debate

I think about working with Cistus today. This oil, obtained by steam destillation from the twigs and leaves of Cistus ladaniferus is long lasting, rich and warm, with a hint of woody-balsamic undertones (more about Cistus and many other naturals see here: An excellent page for anyone interested in natural scents and their chemical constituents) . It goes very well with Cedarwood, Patchouli, Bergamot (with Oakmoss in Chypre) and brings in depth and power into any composition. But...it is not an easy note to work with it. It is rather tricky to get it balanced within a composition. It can turn out very dominant. I sometimes mix it with Ambrein, which is another manifestation of Cistus. This is the solvent extracted absolute of Labdanum, a thick liquid of brownish colour, even more powerful and delicate to balance then the oil. Labdanum is the gum from Cistus leaves that is exuded when they are boiled in water. It is again very intense, but much more woody and somewhat harsher. But it is an excellent natural fixative. Today, or tomorrow, I want to try bringing in (more) cistus on another leather idea of mine.

For all those having lots of time: Here's a discussion (now closed) on Luca Turins blog on ....well.... naturals, sensations, synthetics and beyond. I did not study the douzens of comments in detail. I think it goes too far and somehow misses the point. I leave it to the reader to make his/her own judgments. One thing however strikes me: The intensity of the debate. Could it be that the debate at the very, very end is about something else, about some phantoms hiding behind. Isn't it an almost spiritual debate? Well, I am curious to read what is going to follow. Brave Luca.


Blogger Heather said...

Of course i had to jump into the fray of Luca's (ah I can call him Luca!!Cos he said so)post - I find some of the comments annoying in the extreme

I do like Luca however and he always manages to say something provacative every now and again.

You should use loads and loads of Labdanum - along with Vetiver and Patchouli it was one of my absolute favourites - I LOVE IT

11:40 AM  
Blogger andy said...

I'll give my best. ;-)

11:24 PM  

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