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This is an amazing material. Dark roasted labdanum on steroids! If you’re working on an incense fragrance or accord, hydrocarboresine is something you’ll want to check out!
Marcelo Gallegos –
Exquisitely deep and resinous, this imparts a wonderful smokiness to blends. I love this with cedarwoods and incense accords. Recently tried blending this with Bois D’Encense by Robertet (one of my fave purchases from Perfumer Supply House), frankincense EO, agarwood, and a few musk materials for a wonderfully liturgical effect. Extremely effective and surprisingly elegant smoke smell. Definitely recommended for anyone seeking to smoke up a scent.
A wonderful material. I agree with both above reviews. This is a high impact material and can easily overwhelm a composition so dose carefully. I would also compare this to the “choya’s (Loban, Ral, Nakh). I have also used it @ 1% dilution in a dark chocolate accord to great effect.
AMAZING. I tried it diluted on it’s own and the material comes to life. It has massive longevity too. Gives a wonderful, church incense to start then goes through Labdanum, wood and almost dark chocolate. I wear it on it’s own as I LOVE Ladbanum.
I am not going to add anymore as so much has been said about this product all I can say is that I agree with everyone’s opinions and this is one of PSH’s best products when it comes to resin.
Christine sent me this as a sample, and since, I’ve been hooked. Agree it is a bit ‘smokey’ but in a good way, more in the direction of; the incense burning at a drum circle after a ‘Grateful Dead’ concert, not in that; ‘liquid smoke’, or ‘birch tar’ way. Shortly after she sent me the sample, I immediately made a Body Balm with this as the ‘primary’ focal note; along with Oud, Rose, and Vetiver, it has turned out very nice. If your looking to add a smokey, warm, and spicy flare to your product, that is suitable for both a men and women, this is the product for you.
Charlie Rose –
My goodness, sigh. This is THE stuff. It’s beautiful – I have some lovely laudanum absolute and I can see the relationship but Hydrocarboresine is very much its own thing and thank goodness for that because it’s AMAZING. It’s so wonderfully dark and potent but even before dillution it remains pleasing to the nose. In dillution with some additional woods it is absolutely fabulous. I love Bois D’Encens but this gives it a kind of fullness that I was looking for when I combine those two ingredients with a few différent Woods. It makes the most beautiful woodsmoke accord and you don’t even have to worry about it veering off into « BBQ » territory like you might with Valspice because this is just pure, deep resins, incense, laudanum and Amber burning opulently. It smells luxurious and natural. I am so happy PSH carries this because I am in love. Thank you, as always, THANK YOU!!!
I agree with all of the previous reviews and have nothing more to add. This is simply gorgeous and very natural! It really does put me in a meditative state of mind. Can’t wait to get to work with this, especially now that Fall is here.
this is somewhere between smoked honey, ambrain, and tobacco. it’s irreplaceable for me in tobacco accords because it lacks the fishy metallic notes that i get from tobacco absolute. (is that just me who gets those?) in incense accords, it resembles the sweet resinous stick part and imparts a little bit of smoke, but it’s honestly a chameleon material that can fit into a variety of formulas when highly diluted. i agree with the reviewer who mentioned the resemblance to the “choyas” – i used it in a formula with choya nakh and they played off each other beautifully.
The other reviews describe this well. Dark, smooth and deep with a touch of smoke. Seems like it could be a useful addition to amber/woody accords. Glad to have it!
Lovely material, balsamic, smoky, warm and resinous. Very versatile; a chameleon indeed!