I’m sharing this *recipe because I’d like to demonstrate how this particular fragrance is really so much a scented journey through the ubiquitous marketplace/souk/bazaar. Follow your nose as you wander past colourful mounds of spices and mysterious and precious fragrant treasures. Be stimulated by the incredible array of colours, textures, vibrant sounds and the generally amazing atmosphere of the market’s exotic mystique. Beautiful textiles, handcrafted ceramics, jewellery, handmade carpets, incense, bakhoor, perfume bottles, cosmetics, as well as dried fruits, flowers, nuts and sweets with spiced tea being served. Exquisite overload.
1gm Lime essential oil
2.5gms Bitter Orange essential oil
1.5gms Italian Neroli essential oil
.5gm Sweet Fennel essential oil
.5gm Clove essential oil
.5gm Spearmint essential oil
.5gm Coriander essential oil
2gms Cardamon essential oil
1.5gms German Chamomile essential oil
1gm Saffron absolute
1gm Artemisia essential oil
2.5gms Champaca absolute
3.5gms Rose de Mai absolute
5gms Rose Damascena absolute
1gm Kewra absolute
1gm Ruh Khus/Vetiver absolute
15gms Mysore Sandalwood essential oil
20mls organic Vanilla Tincture (or 5gms of vanilla absolute)
10gms Sumatran Patchouli essential oil
20gms Myrrh essential oil
10gms Frankincense essential oil
10gms Benzoin essential oil
Method: Depending on how potent you prefer your fragrances to be you can decide to dilute your ‘cordial’ into 250mls – 300mls of ethanol (or fractionated coconut oil). Add in 5mls of pure filtered water if using ethanol. Mix the ingredients together gently in a slow rolling motion for a few minutes and then store in an amber glass flask and keep in a cool, dark place. Allow it to rest and mature for at least 1 month. If necessary, the final fragrance can be filtered through coffee filter paper, although it may not need it.
I have 4 litres remaining of a 5 litre batch of Myrrh eau de parfum which has now been maturing for 4 years. It just keeps getting better. I look forward to wearing it for many, many years to come. Curious to see how it behaves 15 years from now.
*I know it’s usually called ‘the formula’, but I just prefer ‘recipe’.