natural perfume fixative • gourmand base notes
a l c h e m y
This fixative contains gourmand, or edible, base notes of vanilla Madagascar, cocoa, and frangipane. It is not overly sweet, but rather dark and sultry, with a hint of sugar. The compounds used to scent the paste include my handmade absolute of raw, wild cacao beans (Theobroma cacao) from Peru, and my absolutes of bourbon vanilla Madagascar (Vanilla planifolia) and Vanilla tahitensis (Tahitian vanilla). The bourbon is from vanilla beans that I grew at home on my vanilla orchid vines by hand pollinating the flowers. I then cured and tinctured the beans in high proof organic alcohol, producing a completely organic absolute. Color may vary.
Photos: the Gourmand Perfume Fixative looking more than a little like cookies and cream, and my handmade caramel-cacao absolute (organic).
f i x a t i v e s
This compound serves as a primer for my natural perfumes and colognes, "fixing" and extending the composition. One of the issues with natural perfumes is their tendency to evaporate rapidly, especially the volatile heart and top notes. The aroma of these thinner notes can be made to last longer by slowing down the evaporation rate with the application of one of my creamy fixatives. Each one contains its own fragrance composed exclusively of base notes, in an organic emulsion of raw beeswax, natural oils, and unrefined butters. These base notes come from oils and resins that are physically thicker, and thus diffuse over the course of days rather than hours. In addition to lasting longer themselves, viscous base notes tend to trap middle and top notes, releasing them languorously rather than quickly. Finally, in the spirit of true alchemy, base notes may exalt the volatile notes, meaning they will bring out their best features, not only drawing out the perfume in time and space, but transforming and elevating the creation entirely.
d i r e c t i o n s
To use, rub a fixative balm into your skin prior to natural perfume application to seal in and strengthen the tenacity of the scent. Can be layered with scents, or worn alone. You may also find it works well as a moisturizer for dry skin.
s i z i n g ☽•☾
I offer this fixative in sizes of 1ml (a sample of approximately 20-25 drops), 5ml and 10ml. 1ml (sample size) comes in a hinge top pod. 5ml comes in a clear glass jar. 10ml is available in a glass jar or a round tin.
Please make your selection from the menu.
r a w ☽•☾ m a t t e r
Wild Veil natural perfumes are composed by me, Abby, using homemade, wildcrafted and organic aromatics in Vermont. These include my handmade enfleurage, tinctures, enfleurage extraits, absolutes, resinoids and concretes, and floral waxes. I spend as much time growing plants and foraging as I do composing perfumes.
h o w ☽•☾ t o ☽•☾ w e a r
The best way to experience a natural perfume is to apply it to well-moisturized skin, without rubbing in (absorption only shortens the wear time of fragrance) and without scrubbing off. Natural perfumes are dynamic and take a minimum of 2 hours to reach their final stage, or dry down. Enjoy the alchemical changes as they unfold from the initial intensity of top notes, to the warmth of the heart, to the depth of lower base notes.
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