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One of the most luscious gifts I got for my birthday was an Experience. Like those balloon flights/rally car races etc...mine was a perfume masterclass. It's only taken me 3 months to organise it. Clearly I'm on the ball.

I have always wanted to create my own perfume, a process full of witch's brew ingredients, words like Labdanum, Olibanum, Styrax, Ambergris, Benzoin, Myrrh, Chypre, all dripping with alchemical romance! I never want to see a real and graceless perfume lab. It has to be a magical place with curious alembics, sacks of herbs and spices, pots of incence and resin, glass jars full of mandragora and nightshade berries.

Alas, the class was not quite up to that level. It was a smello-session, 18 blended scents which you could blend and waft in combination on little sticks. The blends were generic to some degree, i.e floral, ozone, spicy, woody, where I would have preferred individual ingredients like rose or cedar, plus, excepting vanilla, it had no gourmand mixes, which is crazy when so many modern perfumes use coffee, chocolate etc. Still, 18 blends was more than enough for two hours.

Loved it but needed more time and drove the lady running the thing mad. 'Are you like this about everything?' She asked. I was dead honest with her and reassured her that yes, I really am this tiresome. In the end I created Spider, a strong cinnamon/clove perfume with musk and vamilla and cedar underneath. Though it's rather nice for winter, I want something creepier and a bit darker. More musky twiddling needed, so time to buy individual oils and mix them.

In the meantime, for the marketing campaign currently running in Debbiefantasy, I need a round bottle with a crystal spider stopper and a dramatic demi-goth model wearing nothing but purple eyeshadow, evening glovesnboots and a single spider on her neck. Hairy arachnids need not apply.


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Oct. 6th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Actually, you could pose for this just as easily as the sigh bringer.

See, that's really interesting to my mind's eye.
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Oct. 6th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
It will have to take its place in my backlog of projects. My list of fascinating things I want to create becomes ever more daunting.

One day, I will be looking at your bone structure, limpid eyes and lostboy strangeness and trying to cast you in some bone-headed shoot or other! Run or I will find you:-)
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Oct. 6th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
I can see it now....
Vipistrello for Men...we need a growly sexy voice for this one, and some italianate guy seduced by a woman hanging upside down amid dark chiffon/lace/leather 'wings'...hmm, I need stopping before introduce too much cheese into this concoction.

Still, a lot classier than 'Essence du Bat!'
Oct. 6th, 2009 12:29 pm (UTC)
esther and I are going to the Cotswold Perfumery one as part of my bfday treat to myself next weekend, I'll let you know how it goes. It's two days so hopefully it will be good!
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
Oooooh envyenvyenvy...
Oct. 6th, 2009 01:19 pm (UTC)
'a dramatic demi-goth'
So, we`re looking for someone under what? 5'5"?
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
You do this on purpose don't you?
Oct. 7th, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Me? On purpose? Do what?

Maybe. :P
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