This past week I’ve been engaged in a major operation to restock perfume concentrates, restock packaged perfumes on the shelves, refill stock bottles for sample-filling, and restock samples. I also just completed the IFRA certification for Zoologist Bat, and will be doing it for my own line as well. This effort will continue through next week, and probably well beyond that.
In the process of working with perfumes that I hadn’t refilled for a while, I’ve had the experience of smelling them with a new nose, as if they were someone else’s. The results have been a revelation in some ways. One of the earliest perfumes I made was Javanica, a fragrance based on what I thought was the scent of a Phalaenopsis orchid, but later discovered that it was just the fragrance peculiar to that one plant, not the Phalaenopsis javanica species in general. The plant that’s blooming as I write this has very little fragrance, and what it has is very different, more green than floral. I hadn’t smelled Javanica for a long time because Stacey fills the samples and retail bottles, and we had plenty of concentrate and diluted stock on hand, at least until now, when diluted stock was almost gone. Javanica is not one of our best-sellers, so I was actually thinking of discontinuing it.
However, when I was diluting concentrate yesterday, I realized that I really liked it, enough so that I could even wear it on occasion. Funny. I thought I didn’t like it that much. Javanica is a floral scent with a lot of incense and nutmeg, quite a “happy”-smelling fragrance, probably nice for a sunny day in summer. Someone else once described it as “the scent of being infatuated-in love”. I like that, and now realize that the description sort of fits.
[All photos are mine.]