the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

how to make egyptian musk

Things You’ll Need:

  • Eyedropper
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Cedar essential oil
  • Amber essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Almond oil
  • Instructions:

    Use an eyedropper to place nine drops (each) of patchouli, rose, and amber essential oils into an amber-colored glass bottle with a cap (1 cup capacity). Add seven drops of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood essential oils to the bottle. Place five drops of vanilla essential oil into the bottle. Fill the bottle half full of pure almond oil and replace the cap. Shake the bottle and place it in a dark place for up to 21 days. Apply the oil blend directly to your skin as fragrance.

    (photo: from here)
    (perfume recipes: here and here and this too)
    (inspired by a favorite scent,
    which reminds me of 1995, working at buffalo exchange
    and selling tons of this stuff)
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    animalic, earthy and woody

    To obtain the musk, the deer is killed and its gland, also called “musk pod”, is removed. Upon drying, the reddish-brown paste inside the musk pod turns into a black granular material called “musk grain”, which is then tinctured with alcohol. The aroma of the tincture gives a pleasant odor only after it is considerably diluted. No other natural substance has such a complex aroma associated with so many contradictory descriptions; however, it is usually described abstractly as animalic, earthy and woody or something akin to the odor of baby’s skin.

    (wiki)

    the oldest perfume

    “Extracts of anise, pine, coriander, bergamot, almond, and parsley are among the ingredients the ancient perfume-makers preferred.”

    from here