This pack is a perfect introduction to the use of benzoin resin in perfumes. Benzoin is one of the core ingredients in the classic amber accord, as well as a perfect companion for vanilla in woody compositions. Overall it gives a perfume a soft radiant, subtly powdery, vanillic, old books touch.
The pack includes a benzoin specimen (8% solution)*, a strip of Papier d’Armenie** and 6 x 1 ml perfumes to explore its use, namely:
Bijou Romantique (Etat Libre D’Orange)
PG25 Indochine (Parfumerie Generale)
Tabac Rouge (Phaédon)
Ombre Indigo (Olfactive Studio)
Terre de Sarment (Frapin)
Read more on these in the Benzoin edit.
Some quick math: if purchased separately the total price for these 6 samples would be £15. This pack costs £12 and it includes a sample of a raw material and a curio incense paper. As part of the yearly subscription this same pack would have been only around £10 (with no shipping cost and 10% discount code for full size purchases). Whichever way you add it up, that’s a bargain.
* DISCLAIMER: the included sample of benzon resin is for smelling and educational purposes only. Do not put it onto your skin (please use a paper blotter), in your eyes or in your mouth.
**Papier de Armenie is essentially incense paper which has been soaked in benzoin resinoid. It can be burned to release its rich aroma or it can be used in a confined space to infuse a subtle note of benzoin..