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A few questions regarding dilution and notes

Hi all,

Juuuust a couple more questions;

1. I'm just wondering if it is best practice to allow a freshly diluted fragrance material to macerate for a period of time before evaluation or use? If so, how long is a sensible time period.

2. After searching through the stickies and my usual reference websites, I've not been able to ascertain roughly how long a Top, Heart and Base note are are categorised in terms of how long they last before fading away. I am aware of the definitions of each one and I seem to recall seeing a post somewhere by David Ruskin saying that such categorisations are an individual thing and not set in stone. All I'm after is a very rough outline. Feel free to yell at me if it's in an obvious place:grin:

3. Indole. How is one supposed to use this material!? One of my orders from Hermitage came with a small sample of 1% Indole natural isolate. To my nose... it's just terrible, genuinely terrible... mothballs and feces. I diluted it down to 0.1% in perfumer's alcohol, but I'm still being smacked in the face with mothballs. I'm tossing up whether to dilute it further and see what happens, or just simply leave it in the darkest corner of my organ until I'm more experienced/brave.

Thanks to all the members here for sharing your knowledge and experiences.

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A few questions regarding dilution and notes


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