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?(...)

Monday, May 22, 2006


First a quick glimpse back to last Friday: It was a superb evening, with lots of laughs and funny stories and some discussions on perfumery, of course. (And yes, Ylva, I recovered from the different drinks…the problem is usually not the mixing of different vines, it is just the last glass that’s too much)

And while cleaning up the table and fighting in the kitchen against physics and the law of ever increasing entropy, I was thinking about Vero’s flowers. She brought (thank you again!) with her the most amazing roses I have ever smelled. Well, first they look beautiful, thick heads, pinkish with increasing red at the ends of wild petals looking like wings of an exotic butterfly. And then they smelled, like pure phenyl ethyl alcohol. Well, every rose kind of smells a little bit like it, and the absolute of roses, the thick orange syrup of solvent concentrated, man made rose essence absoluet, contains on average about 50% of it. But still, this rose’s scent was special. A clean phenyl ethyl alcohol layer surrounding their half open buds, eventually with a touch of something peppery, but just a touch, not much more than a reference to other roses that work so hard to smell complex and intriguing. Not this one.

This is the natural pendant to a single molecule scents. Well, almost. Contrary to single molecule perfumes, there is still a hidden layer of complexity within this rose scent. I love this rose, but I do not like the idea of single molecule perfumes. Looking at my bottle of Ambroxide diluted for use in ethanol, I can imagine how well this would be appreciated as single molecule fragrance, for sure, as Ambroxide is a molecule with many scent facets, but my daily, personal look into the mirror of truth would tell me that I tricked my customers with something that is not original except for the initial idea of bottling one single compound.

Thus, my weekend was phenyl ethyl alcohol dominated, following me up the imaginary woods where my private synthetic lily of the valley blooms, and down the plains of my garden place where my Clementine tree heard the message and started blooming again, and suddenly I wonder where this molecule is not to be found.


Blogger Konstantin said...

Dear Andy,

lovely post as usual.

I also love the phenyl ethyl alkohol and for the first time today, I saw in it the rose fascet - I always thought of it as smelling of green hiacynth/lilac/lily but not of rose - but now, I do see the rose and I am inspired. THankyou

1:16 AM  
Anonymous Prince Barry said...

Ha ha! The single molecule perfume. Brings me back to my sniffing the Molecule 01 at the weekend which is just Iso-E Super.

The roses sound wonderful Andy.

10:35 AM  
Blogger andy said...

hehehe... yes, my dear Prince, I couldn't resist the single molecule note on the side.

Dear Konstantin
Have you ever tried combining a touch lemon grass with phenylethylalcohol, rose geranium (Eden, lots of citronellol in it)... really nice rose scent in my nose and a beginning to pump up and modify an already wonderful rose absolute.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Ylva said...

I'm an avid rose fetishist LOL - to grow them, to smell them and to use the various fragrance materials they give up - all natural of cource ;-)

I only buy roseplants that both have a strong scent and look great. Roses without scents are quite boring, but some - like the Café, are so special that I can't help buy them anyhow.

Happy to hear that your head (and the rest of guests?) survived. As you say Andy, it's that last, very unnecesary glass of whatever, that does the damage ;-D

Have a lovely day!

PS That Maroccan rose abs from Eden IS marvelous.

3:49 AM  

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