Friday, May 4, 2012

The soaps are here

The soaps are here, below are some of my soaps that I made.This is just a start , the sky is the limit.I will be posting more soaps and perfumes as we go along.The soaps are all hand made and natural and also contain natural additives like olive oil and honey and so on. I have over 450 styles and several hundred fragrances to choose from.All sorts of shapes and sizes. This is the apple basket, fragranced with red apples fragrance oil, smells great and looks so real too, but this is soap not for eating.
Now how do you fancy a ride in a soap car, the colour and fragrance you wish, this one is rose .
and the light blue car is oud fragrance. I can make the tires black and tainted windows too, I can make it the colour of your car
Some of these soaps you would want to bath with or wash with others are just so beautiful you would want to just give them as gifts or buy them for yourselves as decoration. Now this is the house that Jamal built, hand made and of all natural components
Strawberries anyone Strawberry fragranced soap,
This is strawberry fragrance and shape I can do many other fruits aswell, I have, apples, banana, pineapple, orange, lemon, melon, you can get a sliced water melon soap, sliced orange or lemon soap, non of this is for eating of course it is soap.What ever you want Layered soap, one layer a different colour and fragrance on another, this is green colour over red and transparent, the green is peach and the red melon fragrance
Now not finished with the layered soap you can have soap inside soap, inside this layered soap I put triangles of white soap, I can put your name if you wish, some one special's name, I can put the bride and grooms name if it is a wedding present, I can put small hearts inside hearts,this is oval shape I can do heart in heart, name in heart, heart or name in rectangle, oval circle.You name it, you choose your colour and fragrance. The next one is a oval rose fragrance soap, pink in colour and has rose petals inside:
There are loads more and loads more to come.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Coming soon soaps, soaps, soaps

Coming soon, home made, handmade, natural soaps watch this space where I will be posting all the soaps I make.I have some smashing molds especially made for soaps.
Cya soon

Friday, March 9, 2012

Back after a long time

Back after a long time not posted, there haven't been much except many new perfumes but no time to post them. I have made many variations in the Line of
irresistible
and
3 times a lady
some less fruity and more floral and others with different fruits.

Did i tell you about
Lady love
She is so gorgeous since she contains
Top notes:lemon,orange,raspberry,jasmine,gardenia.
Middle notes:neroli,orange,coconut,apricot
Base notes:musk,patchouli,honey
lady love
is in 2
variations, one with no coconut and the other with vanilla rather than coconut.
Being an 80s man i also created
Daddy cool
remember that one.
Top Notes:Bergamot,Lemon,Rosemary,Petitgrain,fusion berries,white rose( gulab)
Middle Notes: Marine Accord,Cypress,Jasmine,Lavender
Base Notes:Patcouli,Cistus Labdanum,Sandalwood,Rosewood,cedarwood,oud
London Oud
A very masculin Woody floral scent.
Top Notes apricot,Saffron,Oud
Middle Notes Rose,Orris,Patchouli
Base Notes Musk,Honey,Vetiver

Patchrose

pachouli
white musk
Sandalwood
rose (normal)
apple

The following 2 have no Name yet but my testers have told me they smell great
X1

White musk
Rose
Vanilla
Oud
Shamamatul amber
Deer musk

X2

White musk
Sandalwood
Lavender
Rose de mai
Mimosa abs
Jasmine sambac

Photos will be coming soon.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Amazing Oud (Khaleej times article)

The typically Middle Eastern essential oil of oud has a complex and checkered history; in the present, it’s become a vital component of the perfume industry

Over a decade and a half ago, 
I strolled into one of the traditional perfume/attar shops behind the Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay’s Colaba. These shops probably started out as purveyors of traditional attars but these days they cater mainly to the Arab market.
told the shop owner that I wanted to smell some oud. He looked pityingly at me. “You won’t like it,” he said flatly. “It is a smell that only Arabs like. You will think that it smells dirty. Plus, it’s very strong.”

When I persisted, 
he finally produced a 
small vial of essential oil 
of oud. It turned out that he was right. It did smell dirty: it was like rotting wood.

But he was also wrong.

I loved it.

The thing about great fragrance notes is that they have to be used in moderation and paired with the right accompaniments. A tiny drop of oud with other woody smells — say, vetiver and sandalwood — would smell delicious.
suggested as much to the owner of the perfume shop. He continued to look dubious. “I don’t know,” he said finally. “I can’t see anyone except for Arabs going for the smell.”

A few years later, in 2002, Yves Saint Laurent launched a men’s fragrance called M7. Though the fragrance was described as woody, there was an unmistakable whiff of oud about it. I read up on M7. It turned out that the note had been selected by Tom Ford, who had just taken over as designer at the House of Saint Laurent. Ford wanted a fragrance that smelt slightly dirty and asked the perfumers to include oud in the formula.

I liked M7 but it turned out that almost nobody in the West shared my view. The fragrance was declared a commercial flop and panned by French perfumers who believed that Ford had taken the Saint Laurent style too far from its French origins.
So, once again, the Colaba perfume shop owner had been right and wrong. He was wrong about oud being an exclusively Arab smell — after all, Tom Ford loved it and spent millions promoting an oud fragrance. But he was right about oud’s lack of wider acceptability, judging by M7’s commercial failure.

In the long run, though, he was more wrong than right. It took another five years but other oud fragrances started appearing. At first, these fragrances were restricted to niche perfume houses but then Christian Dior, Guerlain, Giorgio Armani and the rest entered the oud race. When mass market fragrances such as Farenheit were re-formulated (as Farenheit Absolut), oud notes were added. And now, even Jo Malone, who has a squeaky-clean image, has produced an oud fragrance called Oud Bergamot.

The perfume industry regards oud as one of the trendiest notes in the market today. It believes that the sort of man who is allergic to the detergent smells of so-called fresh fragrances, wants the alternatives to be as dirty as possible. And oud fits the bill perfectly.

People who live in Dubai or other parts of the Middle East may be surprised by the sudden trendiness of oud. After all, oud has long been part of the Arab tradition of perfumery. Not only do most Middle Eastern fragrances contain oud notes but any perfume shop in Dubai will offer you some low-priced or mid-range oud derivative fragrance.
All this leads people to treat oud as an Arab ingredient. The perfume shop owner in Colaba, for instance, acted as though oud had nothing to do with India. But, in this case, he was completely wrong.

Oud is an Indian fragrance note and is even mentioned in the Vedas.

The origins of the oud oil are complex. When a tree belonging to the aquilaria family is attacked by a certain kind of fungus, it produces a dark resin to defend itself. That part of the tree where the resin has been produced changes colour and looks significantly different from the rest of the bark. To extract essential oil of oud, you need to cut off the affected part of the tree and look for the resin in the wood.

The Sanskrit word for oud is agar (probably related to the term agarbatti) and most Indian languages still use that name for oud. But, during medieval times, the Nawabs of Oud (Awadh) — in what is Uttar Pradesh today — began using agar-based attars. These fragrances were transported to the Middle East and became part of the Arab tradition of perfumery.

Even today, the aquilaria tree is found in south Asia and in south-east Asia rather than the Middle East. When perfumers look for sources of oud, they go to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, where the tree is still grown. But, like the sandalwood tree, the agar-wood tree is also facing extinction because of indiscriminate felling and there are restrictions on how the oud can be extracted. So, a flourishing black market has grown in which smugglers secretly bring the oil to Bangkok or Bombay from where it is purchased by perfumers.

As you might expect, oud is fabulously expensive. According to some estimates, 150 pounds of agar-wood yield five teaspoons of essential oil of oud. A kilo of oud costs upwards of US$ 70,000.

If oud is so rare and so expensive, why has it suddenly become such a popular ingredient in perfumery? How can Jo Malone and Yves Saint Laurent use it in mass market fragrances? And how does every perfume counter in Dubai offer up a mid-priced oud fragrance?

Which leads us to the dirty secret of today’s oud fragrances.

They’re fakes.

Well, not fakes exactly. It’s just that they don’t have any real oud in them. Tom Ford decided to put an oud note in M7 after big perfume companies developed a synthetic oud accord. Even today, a molecule called oud synthetic 0760E, made by fragrance giant Firmenich, accounts for most of the oud notes in mass market perfumes.

Another fragrance giant, Givaudan, also makes a synthetic oud molecule which is increasingly used by perfumers. Other synthetic ouds, which do not smell as good, are easily available and explain the disappointing nature of most of the mid-priced oud fragrances sold in Dubai.

There is nothing actually wrong with using synthetic notes in perfumery. And even niche perfume houses like Le Labo concede that their expensive oud fragrances are made with synthetic molecules (increasingly true of sandalwood as well, rare is the fragrance that uses real sandalwood). But people who’ve smelt the real thing insist that the synthetic molecules do not approximate the complexity of real oud.

If you are going to buy an oud fragrance, then expect to spend money on it. Tom Ford does a whole range and the Jo Malone variation is easily available. My own favourites are Al Oudh by L’Artisan and Ormonde Man by Ormonde Jayne. But with a new oud fragrance being launched every month, perhaps something better will turn up.

Either way, one thing is clear. The guy in the perfume shop in Colaba got it very wrong — in the long run, at least.

(Vir Sanghvi is a celebrated Indian journalist, television personality, author and lifestyle writer. To follow Vir’s other writings, visit 
www.virsanghvi.com.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

I want one like this to make my own essential oils




Alkindus Distiller

The Father of the Perfume Industry


Ibn Yusuf Al Kindi (Alkindus)
Another major figure in Islam's Golden Age involving chemistry was Ibn Yusuf Al Kindi, who lived in the ninth century and is often Latinized as Alkindus. He was a promoter of Chemistry yet unlike many scholars of the early Golden Islamic Age, he was an opponent of alchemy. He was considered revolutionary in his time for proving that regular base metals could not produce precious metals like gold and silver.

He wrote volumes against the concept of medieval alchemy called: Warning against the Deceptions of the Alchemistsand Refutation of the Claim of Those Who Claim the Artificial Fabrication of Gold and Silver. Alkindus's work was more applied then Geber and Rhazes, though still using their findings to his benefit. Geber had concluded that boiling wine produces a flammable vapor, that is, ethanol alcohol. Using this information, Alkindus wrote out a procedure to extract pure distilled alcohol from distilling wine. Alkindus worked mainly in the area of perfumes and scents.

He would work to combine plants with other natural substances to produce scents. He had his own laboratory where his assistance would write down the instructions to produce a particular scent. Alkindus also wrote books on his works, and one was Kitab Kimiya' al-'Itr, or Book of Chemistry of Perfumes.For his works with fragrances, he is called the Father of the Perfume industry. Alkindus, being an advocator of applied sciences, used his knowledge to create perfumes but found
other uses for herbs. He figured out substitutions for expensive ingredients in medicines and produced new medications too. However, even though Alkindus contributed a grand amount to chemistry, he is remembered more for his preservation of works of other intellectuals of the time. He is often called the 'Arab Philosopher' for being an affluent polymath.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Irresistible

C'est Irresistible, this new fragrance is very feminin and sensual, that is why it was called Irresistible, the smell is irresistible.It is an oriental fruity floral fragrance Based on my previous perfume
3 times a lady
but with many variation this perfume has a base of sandalwood, white musk,amber,saffran and middle notes of organic raspberry,carnation, papaya that brings in the fruitiness without making it smell like a fruit cocktail on the skin, and then the top notes are
bergamot,apple,geranium,white rose that give it this floral smell. it is so irresistable.
Pictures coming soon.

Arabian Princess to be crowned Queen

In the 80's Billy ocean released a song called carribean queen which was a hit, he went on to do African queen, and Eurpopean queen.One thing he missed out was Arabian Queen.he left that one for me.

Let me introduce to you Arabian princess maturing to be the Arabian queen of my house of perfume.Arabian princess to be crowned queen is an oriental floral perfume made up of the best that represent middle eastern scents.She is so elegantly composed of a base of Sandalwood, musk, oud, henna and mimosa
then in the middle Kewra zafran and rose, the finally her top notes are jasmin,full (jasmine sambac)and mashmoom.

Most are these sents are favourites of the arabian princesses who wear them, all put together to make up these queen.Well known perfumere Gianfranco Feere said
A fragrance always combines femininity and sensuality.
That is exactly what came to mind when making Arabian Princess.