Free Formula: Carnival of the Animals

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I am quite a fan of the perfume Dzing! by L’Artisan Perfumer and I recently read that it was to be discontinued (though I am unsure if that is true or not). I also happen to love animalic notes in perfume and classical music so I decided to make a fragrance that was a nod to Dzing! whilst focussing heavily on the animals and named after the famous piece by Berlioz.

NOTE: This is an updated formula (of one I posted some time ago) which is far more complex and interesting than the original. This version incorporates gourmand notes though unlike most saccharine gourmand fragrances, the food elements of this perfume manage to remain relatively dry and well blended.

This is unisex but probably tends more towards the masculine wearer. It is an incredibly unusual and extravagant fragrance. I highly recommend making it—you won’t find any other fragrance formula quite like this on the internet.

For this formula you will need to acquire some good animalic bases and some quite expensive musks, but you will definitely love the end result which is spicy, earthy, animalic, edible, and comforting. It should paint the picture of an old carnival or steam fair at night with all the scents that go with it.

Top Notes

Brazilian Rosewood, Lavender Barrême, Spice Cookies
Cotton Candy, Roasted Nuts, Candy Apples

Heart Notes

Jasmine, Leather, Tobacco
Saffron, Cinnamon, Cloves

Base Notes

Musk, Civet, Castoreum
Ambergris, Costus Root, Sawdust
Guaiac Wood, Hay, Tonka Bean

The Formula

Quantity Ingredient Comments
270 Galaxolide Huge musk support for animals
190 Iso E Super (IFF) Dry, cedar, sawdust
120 Hedione (Firmenich) Luscious, velvety jasmine
100 Muscenone Profoundly moving deer musk
45 Dartanol Luxury Sandalwood molecule
35 Cedryl Acetate Cedar – sawdust
25 Ethyl Linalool Enrich and enhance linalool
22 Lillial Lily of the valley / White flower
20 Dihydromyrcenol Lavender on steroids
15 Guaiayl Acetate creamy woody
12 Musk Tonkin 4768-6/D Auram base – Tonkin deer
10 Coumarin Natural Tonka bean
8 Lyral Subst: Hydroxycitronellal or Florol
8 Eugenol Natural Cloves, warmth, spice
6 Linalool ex Bois de Rose Rosewood
4 Vanillin ex Clove Edible spicy vanilla
3 Fresh Ginger Clean and sharp
3 Safraleine Saffron / Leather
2.5 Cinnamon Bark Ceylon Finest cinnamon
2 Suederal Naturalistic Suede
2 Maltol Natural Candy
10 Civet Tincture 10% Animal!
8 Ambergris WKVY 44903/D 10% Auram base (ambergris resin)
5 Hay Absolute 10% Natural hay – beautiful with coumarin
5 Castoreum Tincture 10% Beaver / Leather
0.5 Iso Butyl Quinoline Pyralone is best
3 Tonkin Musk 10236-2/D 10% Auram base (another Tonkin deer)
2 Damascone Alpha 10% Apple
2 AmberXTreme 10% Diffusion and amber
1 Costus Oil 10% Animalic, dirty
3 Strawberry Furanone 1% Cotton candy
1.5 Birch Tar Rectified 1% Smoke
1.5 Nutty Pyrazine 0.01% Roasted nuts
55 Triethyl Citrate Dilutent; Can substitute DEP, DPG, etc.
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2 months ago

Couldn’t find Tonkin musk at Auram, any suggestions for a similar or less effect? Animalis, muscone or tonquitone? Or maybe Muskrat?

2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie Frater

Thanks a lot, I will stick to tonquitone and animalis. I am very curious about the scent of this perfume. I’ll leave a comment when its macerated diluted and ready.
Maybe it’ll fit in Victor Wong’s range of Zoologists perfumes haha!

2 months ago

This is really a surprise. I’ve blended this 9 days ago and I took a sniff today after a shake (macerating) and this smells like Sehr al Kalemat by Arabian Oud! Sehr Al Kalemat smells really boozy in the top notes. I have a bottle since 4 year.. it’s very strong. It also has nuances of La Vie e belle ..that’s the gourmand notes of course. Also the leathery notes appear. When I have diluted this blend, I will find out the true beast haha. .can’t wait! I’ve used Animalis and Tonquitone like Jamie suggested instead of Tonkin Musk> impossible… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Guido
2 months ago
Reply to  Guido

Forgot to say that I really like this scent even when it’s not diluted yet!!

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