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?(...)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Holmes’ rose

One of the initial notes of the Orris2 trial is the rose accord with interplaying pepper and some more facets like a hint of cinnamon and citrus (white grapefruit….). So, I looked at the rose accord in detail and thought I want to modify it just a little bit. Sniffing it on paper, and thus diluting the series of events, brings out the scenes more prominently than spraying it on skin. The little paper strips are like the magnifying glass from Mr. Holmes who looks on the dead body in the living room and who then knows immediately who killed the house lady:

It is not the butler, but the gardener…. Proof: A tiny tip of the freshly mown grass on the tip of the house lady’s high heels and a dead ant that lives in middle Europe climate in green houses only. This little piece of evidence tells our detective about the sad marriage of pour Lady Desperate. She is married to a bored Lord with his land house where she fits the furniture with here immaculate white skin but finds no passion. The rose in full bloom finds herself lost in a grey, foggy garden. Lady Desperate whispers her sad secret to the orchids in the glass house where she waters the silent flowers with her desperate tears. Here, in this exotic garden, she finds passion; her rosy cheeks flush like tomatoes ripening under a Sicilian sun, when the gardener touches her shoulders with his strong dirty hands. Here, she spends hours of lust and desire. Chased by wild animals finding their way through the jungle of conventions, she would fall and loose herself. One evening, she had to confess. She had to promise to her husband. She had to end it all, and running out in despair before supper in her high heels, she seeks a last tender touch of these hands. And finds a gardener who can not live with the truth. He, in love himself, a man of no words, wants to hold her, and breaks his most precious treasure by holding it too strong.

Holmes is very touched, so are we … and we continue with the rose accord: The rose is somewhat too lemony sticky to me, I want it fresher, greener, without loosing the volume. So, let’s search for evidence on our paper strip and in the paper files….. The rose accord in Orris 2 was built on rose essential oil for Bulgaria, rose absolute from Turkey and rose geranium from Eden. I looked at the certificate of analysis of the Eden rose geranium again and rediscovered that citronellol is the key component there, with linalool and geraniol following, some phenylethylalcohol that you also find at ca. 50% in rose absolues and. But: What to change? I think I will reduce the rose geranium (and hence the citronellol) and introduce some phenylethylalcohol additionally, together with linalylacetate which is the green cousin of Linalool, and add a touch more of the rose essential oil. Exciting, isn’t it? And relevant: I know that when giving a powerpoint presentation to the information flooded public, you have around 45 seconds to win their attention and interest. You miss these 45 seconds: No chance to regain your public’s attention (except you are willing to table dance or make a fool of you by other humiliating means). I have no proof, but I am convinced that the interest for a perfume might be decided in the first minutes after spraying, too. Interest doesn’t mean a buying decision but at least: Looking at it again.


Anonymous Prince Barry said...

I wonder if they only kissed or went all the way..........I guess we will never know.....

I second your comments about Powerpoint presentations, I have done many!

I believe that the lesser perfume educated people of the world, do actually decide about a perfume in the first few seconds. Let's face it, they rub their hands and wrists together as they are wanting to start a fire.

10:53 AM  
Blogger andy said...

I've done many,many ppt's too... a dangerous tool. Standing in front of 100 people without any clue what your're talking about...
And I guess you are right..the first seconds. Thus, let's pump it up with bergamot...works always. ;-)

11:04 AM  
Blogger Kelley said...

Yes, I have a feeling that you are correct about the buying public deciding on their purchase withing the first few seconds. However, I have a different situation occuring with me at the moment. I was given a bottle of Creed's "Fleurs de Bulgarie" for Christmas and hated it. I am of the masculine persuasion and not supposed to wear flowery fragrances created for Queen Elizabeth. However, after trying it a few times over a couple of weeks, I fell in love with it! I am now officially addicted. I must admit that I am a fragrance addict (as opposed to the average Joe) so I guess your point is still completely correct when it comes to the general fragrance purchaser.

9:59 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I must have missed out some chunks going on in your blog somewhere Andy - I didn't realise you were dabbling with rose

See I've been fuddled with images of that cowboy!!

I too am on the rose hunt for my latest creation. I'll see how you progress - mine is a bit vague right now!


3:36 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Kelly
What a coincidence: I just called Pascal, the shop owner in Zurich, telling me that a lady bought the perfume L'air du désert marocain. She got a sample a while ago and initially thought ... well, she thought it was not fitting her at all. But then, she realized that there was something about it and she continued using the sample and the more she tested it the more she like it!Thus, finally, she ended up in the shop, buying it for sure.
Isn't this nice. And it tells me that Roudnitska was right. A good perfume is like a shock. I guess you have to get used to this shock....
Thank you Kelly for your confession about the Queen scent of yours.

12:07 PM  
Blogger andy said...

Dear Heather
The rose is just one part, but a nice part of the orris note . I want it to be present together with the pepper note in the head. I think pepper and rose is a wonderful combination!
Good luck with your rose...such a difficult theme.

12:09 PM  

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