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A couple weeks ago, I ordered some new supplies. Most are unremarkable and mundane (unscented body cream base, for example), but two items are fragrant: Coffee and Cocoa, both CO2 extractions.
Surprisingly, for me, anyway, the Cocoa is actually much more strongly scented than the Coffee. As of now, I haven’t used either one, except to put some of the Cocoa (which, by the way, is extremely thick and has to be scooped out of the jar!) in my oil burner.
I’m not sure what to use the Coffee for. I thought of some sort of bath or shower product, like body wash, but I haven’t done that yet. Mostly, I just like to open the bottle periodically and smell it. Hey, maybe I could use it the way you do coffee beans, to “clear the olfactory” when you’ve been smelling too many things? I admit, I don’t really think smelling one more thing (even something as nice as roasted coffee) clears anything at all (I’ve heard that breathing through a piece of wool, such as a scarf, for a few breaths will help, though), but it’s a fun idea.
For the Cocoa, I have some plans, but I’m not sure yet how I want to execute them. I happen to love the combination of orange and chocolate, so I’m thinking of doing something along those lines, but I don’t want it to be too much like candy. I thought maybe a nice wood base (Cedarwood and Australian Sandalwood, maybe?) with the Cocoa heart and an Orange top with just a hint of Lemon, perhaps?Also, the idea of Cocoa and Cinnamon is quite appealing, but I’m not sure if that would work or not (I guess the only way to find out is to try!).
Unfortunately, my spare time is quite limited these days, as I’ve undertaken to finally get my degree (started one, in Fine and Applied Art and Design, many years ago, and got pretty well into it, but then circumstances and life caused me to pause and I never finished it). My degree is not in anything to do with perfume, though some of the courses might mention it, since the degree is in Ancient History and plenty of ancient peoples were perfumers…