making of

looking into yet another formula

When I write a post here, on my blog, I usually do it in the morning and publish it immediately, and usually, when sitting at the computer, I know what to write. In my next life however, I might  rather write a book, though.  Adventures in space. Or something like that. One fine day, I might do so, but in German, of course, as my English is not  really colorful enough for a space opera. But my typewriting is: I feel like I could compete with every UBS secretary these days. Maybe I am wrong there.

Anyhow: Here’s the next chapter of my rose opera. Rose de Kandahar. After going through many versions type 2.x and 3.x, we ended a while ago with version 5, which is basically version 3.3 but contours cut out sharper, braver in its expressions; the sentence’s meaning remains the same, but the words used are stronger and more colorful. Today’s picture, taken real quick this morning, on the desk, using a white background card (this is the back side, where I print Air du désert…. right now), shows you the three dilutions, in 2 ml spray vials, labelled and being tested these days: 8%, 12.5 % and 15%.

We had a lovely guest the other day, and I showed the 15% version. I think I heard a “go for it”. So that’s nice. The timeline is still fine: An X-mas special…being (hope dies late) available November. Thus, copying what I did yesterday: Here a few words on what’s inside, in the concentrate.

Roses, of course. Two kinds: The rose oil from Kandahar, and some rose absolute from Bulgaria. Think 3%. In the head you find natural apricot oil (2%), cinnamon bark and bitter almond oil (0.4%), bergamot (3%), Bourbon geranium (1.5%), tobacco absolute follows, decolorized, and it comes highly concentrated at 3%, Vetiver oil is there, too (3%), too, and Patchouli is overdosed at 9%. There are lots of synthetics inside, of course, like Ambroxan (thing amber gris, at 3%). Actually, without planning it: The ratio synthetics to naturals is exactly 50%.

The overall impression: well, I guess, we have to ask our guest. Let’s just say it is special.

The next thing there: Calculating prices and formulas and see whether I have all in stock to mix a larger batch. But first things first: Factory work is filling more air du désert marocain bottles. Lots of them!