Saturday, March 24, 2012
TO REFORMULATE OR NOT TO REFORMULATE?
It has to do with at least one of the orchid fragrances in my original line. Since I created them, quite a few new and better materials have either become available, or I’ve learned about and tested them. In particular, I think I could reformulate Red Cattleya to be lighter, brighter, and more watery (in the sense that orchid scents are “dewy and moist”, NOT aquatic), and more natural smelling. Additionally, I think reformulation would allow it to hold up better.
Dear readers, what do you think about reformulations?
- Yes, they’re OK regardless of reason?
- Yes, but only if it improves the quality of the perfume?
- No way! Just make a new one?
[Painting of alchemist pondering whether to reformulate by Henri-Julien Dumont, 19th century]
Labels: new perfume materials, orchid scents as perfume, perfume reformulation, reasons for reformulating perfume
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Hmmm, I'd either go with "Yes, but only if it improves the quality" or "Just make a new one." I suppose it also depends on personal chemistry; if the new formulation - despite the fact it has better quality materials - doesn't smell as good on someone, that could be upsetting.ReplyDelete
Personally, I'd go for creating a new perfume.
I'm for "Just make a new one". If you wanted to reference the original you could do what the orchid hybridizers do, for example SLC Little Hazel 'Red Jewel' or in the case of the perfume, Red Cattleya 'Reflection' or something that suggests the new dewey, water element. GailReplyDelete
Gail and Dionne, Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll eventually make a new cattleya fragrance, not specifically based on Red Cattleya, but some other cattleya.ReplyDelete