A note to Ross: Floral Hearted Night

Hi, Ross,
A friend was kind enough to send me a sample of Floral Hearted Night. It seems like a different direction for you to have gone and, to me, it’s a very successful one 🙂 Although this incense smells unmistakably floral, it doesn’t accost me with out-of-control indoles, as some “big white flower” essential oils do, or suffer from boring flatness, a problem with some mass-produced sticks. I do love the scents of plumeria and tuberose, which share a similar thick and sweet headiness and can sometimes be overwhelming. You manage to imbue them with a delicacy and demureness that I never would have associated with either flower. Honey Abs. adds a subtle, very slightly booze-y twist, and agarwood and sandalwood add creaminess and weight to this true-to-life blend. Civet rounds out and augments the floral notes, and ambergris, though not obvious as stand alone “star”, contributes to the delicacy and intricacy of the scent, while adding its unique, mineral sparkle to the composition. Every once in a while I catch an animalic, musky drift that adds a provocative and slightly carnal twist to the incense. The overall effect is of young, white flowers just beginning to open their translucent petals, set against a backdrop of somewhat woozy woods that are doing their best to hide their more wild, Faun-like natures.

So, now there is a floral incense I can say I unequivocally like and, at last, I can smell summer blooms in winter without lifting a shovel! Your incense may be called Floral Hearted Night, but I know it’s going to brighten many of the cold and gray winter days that lie ahead. Thank you, Ross!


  1. BringYourOwnBIOS said,

    February 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    An epic incense, one of my favorites! Really gets people’s attention also – not everyone has loved it, but all are impressed.. The animalic notes come through strongest for me.. This is an intoxicating, decadent olfactory experience..

  2. Marian said,

    December 28, 2014 at 7:28 am

    I hope you find some well-priced plumeria. It has always been expensive. Have you compared the stuff that is waxy with the Abs? Do you have a preference?

  3. clairsight said,

    December 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks Marian! I am now searching out new sources for plumeria (which seems to have vanished from the market, at least at anything approaching affordable) Also hope to have some agarwood coming in soon for another batch. I like making things like this as it lets me use more of the skills learned at Mandy Aftel’s perfume classes.

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