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The maximized wow-effect?

Hi good people. I started asking questions here a few months ago, about how to create longevity in fragrances. The goal was to make my own stuff get qualities closer to sellable perfumes. Now after thorough experimenting and some extra investments, I have results that are quite nice. Balsamic stuff, musky, foresty or smoky variants that last for a week at best. Some quite nice in the drydown, if I am allowed to claim so myself.

But now I am struggling with another end of the production. There is a clear difference between my experiments, and professional scents in terms of spark or aura or impact, or whatever the best word is for it. I exposed my partner for some blind tests a few times, and the difference is always obvious. For instance, I made this leather base, which is not all too far from nice professionall products. I try to get hold of really high quality raw materials and let the blends settle for months. But in the top note, or in the start of the scent, there is an easily recognizable difference. Something that has more to do with impact than anything else.

Of course I can put in all kinds of fresh top notes to match the heart and base. Its not all too hard to get a nice citrus- or minty- or flowery start i think. But its not really what I mean. Its more of a "wow"-note, a sense of a maximization in the scents that is immediately recognizable with many professional perfumes that I just cant create. I have over 200 raw materials now, I keep looking for explanations, but cant seem to find them.

I understand that there are materials that are not available for the general diy-producer. So some levels might be hard to reach. And maybe I am missing some secret steps in the production. But still I imagine there should be a way to get close to the effect. Or am I just fixated on using expensive and high quality raw materials? Is the secret just a load of Iso E Super and Hedione? I am very careful with these, since I seem to get very generic effects.

In music, there is a process called mastering, which is the final touch that creates spark, high and even levels, maximizes volume, control over the equalization and so on. Its the last process, after recording and mixing, that makes a good production become a fantastic one. I wonder if there is any parallell in the world of scents.

/Pelle


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