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In traditional perfumery there are three types of notes, each having defining characteristics. There are Top Notes, Mid Notes, and Base Notes. We like to start every scent off with the base notes as they last the longest. Picking a good base note helps to anchor your scent. After you choose your first base note, you will be able to choose your mid notes and top notes.
A warm resinous scent, Amber makes a great base note. It exists primarily in the background supporting your other notes, then becomes quite pronounced towards the end. Amber mixes well with most thing, but we’ve had exceptional success with Cedar, Vanilla, Vetiver, Rose, Clove, Woods, and of course any Citrus.
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This is one of the longer lasting vegetal scents that you can choose with rich earthy undertones and a slightly herbaceous top. It has slight hints of leather and is one of the ingredients in our leather accord.
It matches well with Amber. Clary Sage, Citrus, Geranium, Patchouli, and Vetiver. Angelica is an excellent fixative.
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Cedar is one of our favorite scents to work with as it is extremely versatile. One of the sweetest woods, with a rich balsamic scent. It is decidedly masculine, but appreciated by women. It blends well with Amber, Citrus, Cinnamon, Citrus, Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Patchouli, Rose, Vanilla, and Vetiver.
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This warm and spicy scent can take your cologne to many different places. In oriental fragrances it offers a bit of spicy heat, in can take sweet scents and make them into gourmands. Cinnamon smells warm, spicy, and sweet. It blends uniquely well with Florals, Woods, Herbs, Vanilla, and any type of Citrus that you can throw at it.
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This earthy and spicy scent is quite unique and immediately recognizable. As a spice it has a bit of a dark side, it can be quite a polarizing . Great for creating a bit of mystery in a scent. We’ve had exceptional success blending clove with Basil, Cedar, Cinnamon, Sage, Lavender, Spearmint, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and any Citrus.
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Frankincense is highly touted in classical perfume as a great fixative and will help provide your fragrance with a lot of lasting power. The scent is resinous, smooth, musky, with some warm earth tones. Frankincense blends exceptionally well with pretty much everything. Try it out with a citrus, floral, wood, and you won’t be dissapointed.
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A surprisingly warm spice that also offers a very slight hint of woody herbaceousness and a very light citrus tang on top. With the light citrus top Ginger mixes very well with all top notes and will help make them last longer. Blends especially well with Cardamom, Citrus, Cedar, Cinnamon, Clove, Bergamot, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Florals, Sandalwood, Mints, and Vetiver.
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Also known as Immortelle, Helichrysum is one of the longest lasting florals that is used in traditional perfumery. It’s very rich sweet floral that has both honey and tea like qualities in it’s fragrance spectrum Helichrysum blends well with any of the Woods, Bergamot, Citrus, Carrot Seed, Clove, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Oakmoss, Rose, and Vanilla.
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Jasmine is one of the defining florals with a very sweet, tenacious, and deep flavor profile. It is very rich with a somewhat sultry/musk undertone. Jasmine blends well with most scents, but we’ve had great success with Cedar, Citrus, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, and of course Vanilla.
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Leather is that unique, undefinable scent that is without a doubt alluring. Our proprietary natural leather accord results in a quietly animalistic scent that is sure to please. It stands well on it’s own, but also blends will with Citrus, Musk, Myrrh, Frankincense, Heavy Florals, Neroli, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Cardamom, Spruce, and Vanilla.
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Musk has been a mainstay in traditional perfumery going back hundreds of years. It offers an animalistic undertone while giving your perfume amazing staying power. There is a reason it’s been used for centuries. As Musk is a classic it goes well with most anything, but is especially excellent when used with Citrus, Woods, or any Floral.
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One of the oldest notes used in traditional perfumery the scent of myrrh is fantastically warm with a sweet-earthy tone, and a light leather note. It just gets deepers as it reaches the dry down.. Myrrh blends well with most things, but we’ve had great success with Cinnamon, Citrus, Clove, Frankincense, Florals, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Woods, and Vanilla.
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A cornerstone of traditional perfumery, Oakmoss has an unmistakable scent that lends itself to great scents. A base for all Chypre fragrances, Oakmoss has a deep earthy scent with spruce high notes over a rich mossy base. Oakmoss blends well with most things, but you need to try it with Woods, Musks, and any sort of Citrus.
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Patchouli has a uniquely sweet yet still deep and rich scent. It has a subtle balsamic scent with a deep musk. It has great fixative qualities and excellent tenacity. This base note will last for ages! Try it with anything, but we’ve had great success with Amber, Cedar, and Citrus, Cinnamon, Clove, Heavy or Light Florals, Oakmoss, Woods
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Rose, is the king of florals. The classic flower, it has a powerful and almost masculine side to it. It’s warm with some slightly fruity tones, very little herbaceousness in this scent. It smells great with all other fragrances, but we’ve had exceptional success with Woods, Florals, Musks, Oakmoss, and of course anything Vanilla.
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Named Rosewood because of the sweet smell the wood can give off for many years. This scent is one of the sweetest of all woods making a unique addition to any scent. We’ve had great success with most scents, but Rosewood stands out especially when giving other woods like Cedar a softer side. Try it with Citrus, Florals, or Vanilla.
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One of the longest lasting woods, Sandalwood has impressive tenacity and an unrivaled warmth.
Warm sweet-wood drydown Sandalwood blends well with most things, but we always like using it with Amber, Black Pepper, Citrus, Clove, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver, and Vanilla.
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Tobacco is one of the deepest, richest, sweetest ingredients you can add to any scent. It will add a mysterious sense of class to your Fragrance. Tobacco has a delicious aroma that goes especially well with Leather, Vanilla, and Musk. Legitimately mind boggling. It also blends well with Woods, Heavy Florals, and Citrus.
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Vanilla has as much tenacity as any other base note, but it has the unique ability to help bring base and top notes together. If you don’t use Vanilla as a base, try it as a mid note. Vanilla is extremely versatile, so if you’re a fan of the scent try it with anything. Works well with Citrus, Florals, Musks, Herbs, and Woods.
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Ylang-Ylang is a sweet and exotic floral that has a hint of spiciness and mild balsamic undertones that are only detectable in the drydown. It is one of the three heavier florals that can be used as base notes. Try it with Amber, Bergamot, Cedar, Florals, Oakmoss, Herbs, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Vanilla.
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