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Amber fellow traveller
Enthusiasm, that overcame me when Rasei Fort called me, I should create a perfume for Fort&Manle instead of his. Rugby was on the agenda, so he had better things to do. Maybe he also wanted to surf or something, I hadn't really listened to what people do in Australia. I said to him, I've never done that before, no idea what to do. For him it was not an issue, I should relax. He saw that I had written some comments on Parfumo about Fort&Manle and realized that he often mixes in the same content. So I guess that would be no problem. I told him that Floyd and FvSpee had written better comments. He agreed with me, but Floyd was too attached to Aunt Manle and FvSpee was still working on the Covid transcriptions. And so I was the first choice. You could say I was the Bruno Labbadia of the perfume world for him
Anyway, we met at his secret lab. He showed me around, showed me where the coffee machine was and then led me to the ingredients he always mixes in. I asked him what he wanted it to be: flowery or gourmand? Gourmandig he told me. I was a little relieved, because the garden goblin and the gentleman with the purple hat, that was not mine. Anyway, he now brought out everything that is gladly taken in Fort&Manle fragrances. He gave me various roses like the Damascus rose, looked what else was in the food cupboard and found: "the honey, where is the honey? We are lost! Ah wait! There I have some overripe plums and some currant, should be gone anyway and plums always work!"
In the end he laid out a lot for me for the base notes, we said goodbye and just before he closed the door he shouted to me: "Oh, the roses are getting into the fruit, then it will be more intense!"
So I thought about what to do and put the rose in the heart note (unfortunately I had forgotten what kind and just wrote rose down), let it smell good through the fruit. I was familiar with this from back then, when I worked for a fruit bar manufacturer and re-fertilized raisins. To get the brute start, I left the plums in the sun just like the currants. This robbed the latter of its pencil note and the plum was sweet and slushy, an overwhelming smell. Not bad at all, I thought to myself. Finally the base, by default I put amber, musk in, a bit of cedar and vetiver so it's not just diabetic sweet and I was done. Now I had to come up with another name. I couldn't think of anything except Amber Absolutely but it didn't really smell like Amber. So I put more of it in. Now it was more noticeable. I settled.
Rasei came back at some point and examined my work. "Yes, yes, it smells really nice, not as slaying as I would have done it, but totally ok. It's also nice that the smell fades after an hour at the latest, I would have done the same. As usual. The result is a nice, darkly sweet scent, slightly sweetish but with depth. All in all a fine number, less brute than my Sultan Hamam perfumes, could be something for people who want it in lighter. Nice approach for the future."
I said goodbye and as I went out I saw the new bucket of honey and an edition of 1001 Nights; I frowned at his last words