Thursday, June 3, 2010
Making Musk Perfume . . . the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Over the past few weeks I have created numerous musk based perfumes. Some good, some bad and hard to classify as they seem to be changing. The confounding thing about natural perfume is the aging process. Natural perfumes are similar to fine wines in that they need to age someplace dark and dry to mature. Sometimes I will blend a fantastic perfume, only to pull it carefully from it's dark closet months later only to find it now smells . . . less than fantastic. Luckily the opposite alchemy can occur and a perfume I recorded as "so-so" in my notes, is now spectacular. The burning question is: Which version should I submit for review to perfume critics, bloggers and my fellow perfumers? The pressure is on!
I am a wee bit terrified that my "musk" perfume may receive a very public unfavorable review, or perhaps worse, no review at all. What if my musk is too pedestrian? Wholly unoriginal? I can't think of anything worse.
The Mystery of Musk project has me beyond excited to sample my fellow perfumers fragrances. And so the blending goes, a drop more oud, a drop less black currant bud. More to come on Musk. Tune in next week.