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No. 10

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Number 10... 

...

(that pause is me, shaking my head)

Number 10 is something that I actually made for a boyfriend. 

(Are you cringing as hard reading this as I am typing it out right now?) 

Why I, a fully gown, fully independent 38 year old woman, who has definitely had enough boyfriends to know better at this point, thought it would be a good idea to spend weeks (and weeks!) creating a fragrance based off of a childhood scent memory (orange peel smoking in a stove,) as a Christmas gift for someone I've only known for 5 months is something I'm still trying to understand... 

Perhaps the thing I should really definitely know better about at this point is that life is never going to be as romantic as I want it to be in my head.

I think that's the whole reason why I make fragrances though. I want to make life more beautiful. I want to make things that touch people. I want MORE ROMANCE, dammit! What I got instead, was a sweater from Target.

So I guess he didn't get it, but maybe one of you out there, reading this right now, will.  

As I said, think of orange peel smoking in a stove with this one. This is an autumn/winter appropriate scent, without being overtly holiday themed - unless of course your childhood holiday memories also involve the scent of smoked citrus peel... in which case, you're welcome! 

I used a mix of blood orange, tangerine, and my zest blend to get a very true to life and very strong orange peel note that carries through the whole expression of this fragrance - normally citrus notes fade very quickly, but this one is *very* orange, all the way through. Fennel is the other note you notice right at the top - it lends an anise-like herbal sharpness that keeps it feeling fresh, lively, and a little bit green. 

Of course there's clove - sweetened up with a touch of creamy ylang ylang - but again - I wasn't going for an overtly Christmas smell here, so it's also crisped up with some medicinal spike lavender, fresh blue cypress, and herbaceous yet-musky clary sage. 

And the base, smoky, yes, with two different cedar woods, cistus, tobacco, and vetiver - but also, sweet, with styrax and vanilla, but also, I don't think that this is too smoky or too sweet - to me it actually reads kind of fresh - but that may just be the way the remaining orange and fennel mingle with the oakmoss on my skin.

 I hope you appreciate this one, even more so than my ex. ;) 

 Scent description: 

Fresh, sharp orange zest bursts from the bottle, which dims (without disappearing,) in the first few moments as it melds with sweet-yet-crisp fennel, and soft rosewood.

A subtle-but-rich spice envelops the citrus in a sweet depth, while herbaceous woods keep it from cloying. That subtle sweetness carries through, although it is tempered by a slightly bitter, green, woody musk. 

Finally, mossy woods and rich smoke linger on the skin, anchored by a blurred, leathery, amber-like sweetness.

Strength and wear time: 

Strong. Lasts approximately 6-7 hours on the skin.

Best worn: 

On a crisp winter day (or evening!) 

When you want to evoke some winter romance with a subtly christmasy undertone.

If you ever think of me, I guess. (HA!)

Ingredients: 

organic grape alcohol, blood orange essential oil, tangerine essential oil, organic sweet fennel essential oil, rosewood leaf essential oil, organic bergamot FCF essential oil, yuzu essential oil, cold pressed lime essential oil, organic lemon essential oils (distilled and cold pressed,) organic lemon verbena essential oil, ravintsara essential oil, organic clove essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil, spike lavender essential oil, blue cypress essential oil, clary sage essential oil, texas cedarwood essential oil, virginia cedarwood essential oil, tobacco absolute, cistus essential oil, vetiver essential oil, liquidambar resin, vanilla co2, oakmoss absolute, opopanax essential oil, patchouli essential oil, organic fractionated coconut oil