I have worked my way through samplers from Truefitt & Hill, Penhaligons & Floris. I did not find anything interesting in the Floris but REALLY love T&H Trafalgar & Penhaligons English Fern & Blenheim Bouquet. I also just tried QED Sandalwood soap. I really like scent but it is a bit to herbaceous and "green" for me. It needs to be a bit more woody and sweeter like Taylor's Sandalwood soap. I asked Charles if he had a cologne recommendation to go with it but he did not. I asked if he had thought about making a cologne to go with it but he is too busy right now. So I have decided to try my hand at making my own!
I looked around the net and read a bunch of articles about perfume & EdT. I also did some serious looking at essential oils and absolutes. It turns out that they are not hard to obtain at all. A high quality EdT can be easily made by combining about 20-30% EO with ethyl alcohol. A fixative can be added but is not strictly necessary. It also seems the high quality EO's are not that expensive. The way some people go on about it I assumed we were talking like $100 a ml. This is happily not the case. One can obtain high quality sandalwood EO for between $6 to $15 a ml. Thus producing 50ml of a straight sandalwood might cost $60 to $150. This is exactly what one would pay for a high end EdT at retail. Most other EO's are far less expensive(a few are far more!!)
Thus I have ordered up a bunch of different EO's and will set to experimenting. My goal is to produce an EdT that I like, mostly a sweet sandalwood with a few other notes. I have no intention of producing anything commercially so I will be happy to post all the recipes I come up with and will ship small samples to a small number of people as long as you agree not to sue me if you have an allergic reaction and get a small rash(a very small danger when working with EO's and absolutes.)
Here is what I have to tinker with for now:
I am open to any sugesstions or hints from anyone who has done this before!