Where have we gone?

Hello there! You may be thinking we’re not blogging anymore, but don’t be sad – we’ve just moved to another platform!

If you’re looking for more about ONE SEED, our perfume process, natural and organic perfume generally or anything else related, you’ll find us blogging from our website now:

https://oneseedperfumes.com/blogs/news

See you there soon!

Liz

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Sun-showers and a-ha moments

We had a sun-shower yesterday.

It was the most glorious, delicate sprinkling of rain I’ve ever experienced. A beautiful, warm twenty-five degrees (Celsius), sun shining brightly, when out of nowhere came a drop of rain on my foot, then on my nose, and before I knew it, thousands of delicate droplets, glistening in the sun, falling like the softest of snowflakes. It was as if I was standing under a blossoming almond tree, the petals floating down around me, and all the world like it was breathing in the softest, sweetest harmony. I’ve really never seen a sun-shower like it before.

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Yesterday I officially began work on a new fragrance; one to represent summer and freshness and new beginnings. But as I sat there in my studio surrounded by bottles of single notes all vying for my attention, I didn’t feel like a perfumer at all. The thought crossed my mind (and hovered there for some time), maybe I don’t know how to do this anymore.

 

It’s been nearly eighteen months since we launched (or worked on) a new fragrance, and, if you’ve been following our adventures, you would recall that I have since been through a period of burnout. During that time, I simply could not find my creativity, and I decided that I would wait, heal, recover and come back when I was good and ready. So it’s almost a rebirth for me. And I well and truly felt like a baby yesterday.

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I spent a few hours in the studio, not getting anywhere at all. Then suddenly it occurred to me -I work best as an intellectual perfumer; I need to research, to write, to make lists, to group and ungroup on paper before I even enter the studio. It’s the innate research-driven side of me and it’s how I seem to do everything these days. I feel the need to get down the basest details and understand completely before I put things into practice, and that is now the case even in the perfumery.

And that’s OK.

I used to feel uncomfortable with people calling me ‘arty’ or ‘creative’ and now I know why. I don’t feel like an artist. I feel like a researcher. And I feel like my research culminates in a burst of creativity at the end. It’s as if I’ve found a story, located the characters, understood the scene, the context, the motivations and the emotions behind the story, and then been able to put the story together in scent.

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So today I came to the studio armed with hours of research from last night, and, guess what?

The magic happened…

 

Liz

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Scent Bar launch today!

We are thrilled to be launching our  Scent Bar online today!

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Scent Bar is an exciting way to create your own custom-fragrance using natural extracts and accords from our collection.
How does it work? Simply choose your favourite top, middle and base notes from those listed, and we will expertly blend them into an 8ml atomiser for only $29.95. 

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We first launched Scent Bar at the Bowerbird Bazaar back in November, and where overwhelmed with positive and excited responses from our customers. So now you can have the Scent Bar experience whenever you like!

We’ve started with a collection of 25 of the most asked-for notes (tinctured in 100% natural grape ethanol), and will be adding new notes every month. You can choose from some ready-made accords (blends of 2 or more notes to create a harmonious scent), such as a triple rose accord (with 3 different rose extracts and a geranium extract), and single extracts such as ylang ylang, coriander & blood orange.

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Scent Bar is a great way to be able to explore the world of natural perfumery using your own creativity and personal preferences. But if it all seems a bit complicated, you can stick with our ready-to-wear collection, or even have a bespoke fragrance made for you!

Ready to have a look? You can try Scent Bar here

Happy blending! (Oh, and happy new year everyone! )

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Liz

What the heck is fenugreek? (And why is it in my perfume!?)

Fenugreek. Fe-nu-grik. Sounds weird. Smells interesting. Really good in a curry.

The fenugreek plant

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So what the heck is it doing in perfume?

When I ordered my first sample of fenugreek extract, I was intrigued by its description, and was hoping to find something that smelt like burnt sugar or syrup. What I discovered upon opening the bottle of fenugreek C02 was the most intriguing aroma of curry, fresh mown hay, sweat, spices, sugar and fresh dirt. All at once I could smell soup and candy, milk and meat, and it was so interesting. Difficult to know what to do with at the time, I put my bottle of fenugreek away, knowing I’d find the perfect opportunity to experiment with it in the future.

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The first time I used it was for a fragrance that I was creating for my husband, which then went on to become our Slow Fire fragrance.

One Seed Slow Fire fragrance

One Seed Slow Fire fragrance

We used fenugreek in this fragrance to impart an earthiness and maple-like sweetness to enhance the aroma of being soaked in the warmth and sweet woodiness of an open fire.

Good Scents describes the odor of fenugreek as having:

“celery like spicyness, a coumarinic balsamic sweetness and an intense, almost sickening and strong, lovage like or opopanax like note of extreme tenacity. ”

It warns perfumers that the diffusive power of the odour of fenugreek is often highly overestimated, and that traces can either ruin a perfume or have a beautiful, unique effect in certain compositions.

As a perfumer, there is often a fine line with extract like fenugreek, where trace amounts can create an amazing effect, but only one drop more can completely ruin a blend, and make it smell like Indian takeaway, or, in the case of cepes, for example, like a Vegemite sandwhich!

Eau de Yeast Extract, anyone?

Eau de Yeast Extract, anyone?

Some interesting facts about fenugreek:

  • In February 2009, the International Frutarom Corporation factory in North Bergen, New Jersey, was found to be the source of a mysterious maple syrup aroma, which had been reported as occasionally drifting over New York City since 2005. The odor was found to be from soloton, an ester in fenugreek seeds
  • Fenugreek is often used to mimic the aroma and taste of maple syrup in maple syrup substitutes
  • Fenugreek seeds, leaves and sprouts are used for culinary purposes, most commonly in Indian cuisines
  • Breastfeeding mothers can take fenugreek to increase their milk production.
  • An interesting side-effect of consuming large amounts of fenugreek that is that it produces a faint odour of maple syrup on the skin and in the sweat and urine

Not surprisingly, there are not many fragrances available which make use of the most interesting extract. But for me, it is fascinating, and there is really nothing else like it in my perfume palette.

So here’s hoping you learned something new today.

So are you intrigued? I hope so!

Liz

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2013 – Year of the Ticture

Seems 2013 has started off in a slow “I’m-a-dozy-hippie” kinda way for me. But that’s OK. I think I’m not quite over 2012 yet (or, perhaps it’s not quite over me??).

image from nurhudahalim.blogspot.com.au

image from nurhudahalim.blogspot.com.au

Although my head is not yet in the game, my olfactory senses are off on their own little journey, and I find myself sniffing anything that doesn’t move (and some things that do) just to get a sense of them, and how I might extract their essences. (Tincture o’ fence, anyone??)

So while my head is still on vacation, my nose is writing this article for the love of all things odiferous.

It’s starting out with tincture of roasted basmati rice (I’ll be writing about that journey in specific detail soon), and then I found myself surrounded by giant peppercorn trees with their pink little berries of glory crying out for baptism in alcohol. Then, in our little veggie patch a few days ago, I realised I might be a little bit obsessed with the tomato plants (perhaps why they’re yielding so well this time around), and I think it’s more to do with the scent of the leaves than the fruit itself! (Ohhh…the smell of that green, earthy, bitter, salady, dewinesss…)

But, alas, Google wants to kill my joy with articles about the toxicity of tomato leaf, so that one might be a pipe dream.

And then there’s calendula.

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Like the nerdy little school girl who no-one pays attention to until suddenly one day she takes off her glasses and everyone gasps in shock and wonder, asking “Whoa! When did she become so hot??!” (And she always was BTW).

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Calendula is my ugly duckling. Planted in place of insecticides, it was purely functional. And then I smelt it…And now I must have it in a bottle.

So it would appear that 2013 is going to be the year of the tincture for me. I can’t wait to  see what other goodies join the artisan ranks of mandarin peel & vanilla pod tinctures in my perfume kit …

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Are you a tincturer? Or hoping to become one? What have you successfully tinctured, or got your eye (or nose) on?