Bases

Formulas for perfumery bases and accords which you can use in your own fragrances.

1980s Oakmoss Base

I have always loved that dark, powdery, mossy heart that is so ubiquitous in the fragrances from the 80’s. One to note is “Zino” by Davidoff. This base is inspired by the heart and base of Zino and, to my nose, captures that punch that makes these fragrances so powerful, bold, masculine, and beautiful.

Succulent Pear Base

Pear is a lovely fruit to add to perfumes for a gourmand note that needn’t be cloying or overly sweet. Pears have a naturally perfumistic quality about them which makes them such a great fruit for our purposes. This formula is a modification of a known Givaudan formula that enhances and enriches the original as …

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Sandalwood Imperial Base

Sandalwood is now so expensive that chemicals are ubiquitous in replacing it in most fragrances. This formula is a particularly useful one in that it gives you both natural sandalwood and a beautifully balanced combination of the finest sandalwood chemicals. I advise sticking with the proportions in the formula for the most part, but in …

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Juicy Mandarin Base

Mandarin is, to my nose, perhaps the most beautiful and complex of all the citrus notes in perfume. We are fortunate to have such a plentiful supply of the real oil from a variety of places and in a variety of forms (red, yellow, green, etc). While the natural oil is a beautiful complementary note, …

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Rosewood Oil Replacer Base

Brazilian Rosewood oil is becoming harder to purchase on the regular market these days due to scarcity. Typically perfumers these days will use synthetic linalool to fill the gap now left. But genuine Brazilian rosewood had qualities that you simply can’t get from linalool on its own. Those qualities come from trace elements of chemicals …

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Cuir (Leather) Base

This is a very basic leather base that has been modified with the addition of a few interesting trace elements to add naturalness and interest. It was created in order to add a complex leather note to my L’Egoiste derived fragrance as opposed to a simpler leather based on just isobutyl quinoline.

French Jasmine Absolute Base

The finest Jasmine in the world is Jasmin de Grasse, or French Jasmine Grandiflorum absolute. Unfortunately it is nearly impossible to get hold of because Patou and Chanel still purchase most of the French Jasmine for Chanel No 5 and Joy (and presumably 1,000 which is also still in production).

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