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    Poudre à la Maréchale Tincture 20%

    Poudre à la Maréchale Tincture 20%

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    The scent of powdered wigs. This is an 18th century tincture of dried flowers, spices, roots and seeds. Use it as a fixative or the foundation of an entire scent.

    A very precious and little-known ingredient of many French fragrances from the golden age of perfumery was Infusion Poudre à la Maréchale (tincture of marechale powder). Poudre à la Maréchale was a scented powder that had risen to popularity during the era of powdered wigs (perukes) in which horse-hair wigs (which were seldom if ever washed) would be dusted to mask malodours. The original marechale powder was created in the late 1600s for the wife of the Maréchal d'Aumont. The materials used varied from perfumer to perfumer though there were some fundamentals that were common to most: ambrette seeds, sandalwood, orris root, cloves and a variety of other spices, herbs and usually one or both of rose petals and orange blossoms.

    So popular was Poudre à la Maréchale that even as perukes fell into disuse, the great perfume houses that were beginning to emerge across Europe continued to supply the scent as cosmetic powders but also as an infusion (or tincture). Initially it was sold as an article for wear on its own like a cologne, but it also came to be added to other fragrances as a fixative base. Most of the early Guerlain fragrances incorporate this infusion, and Coty's L'Origan (formula below) owes much of its powderiness and complex dry down to it.

    Fraterworks is the only company in the world that is currently making and supplying Poudre à la Maréchale tincture. We manufacture this product using materials and methods that are completely traditional. Despite its age, this is a product which modern perfumers can use to impart a je ne sais quoi to their fragrances. It is a very powerful fixative and adds complexity, richness and interest to any scent.

    We supply this as a completely natural 20% tincture which is not vegan as it contains ambergris. Like all tinctures, this product will improve, strengthen and deepen with age.

    Every batch we make is analysed by GCMS to give the most accurate IFRA recommendation possible. Because this product is entirely from dried raw materials, each batch will differ slightly.

    Appearance: Amber liquid
    Longevity: Lasts > 400 hours on a smelling strip

    ⓘ Note
    This is neither a perfume nor a foodstuff; it is a raw material for use in manufacturing. Do not consume. Do not apply to skin. Keep away from children.

    General Information

    Like most suppliers and makers of quality raw materials for fragrances, we do not filter many of our products. This ensures that no odiferous matter is lost prior to use but can result in the appearance of small particles or slight clouding.

    All alcoholic fragrances should be macerated for up to a month and then chilled in a moderate freezer overnight before being filtered fine. This will remove all cloudiness or detritus and is the industry norm.

    IFRA Standards

    Permitted amounts in finished product:

    IFRA 51: 73.9%
    IFRA49: 73.9%

    These are derived from calculated concentrations which do not replace chromatographic quantification on individual lots. Disclaimer...

    Label Requirements

    Ingredients may need to be listed as per your local legislation based on data found in the EU allergens report.

    Additional Requirements

    For Trade Use Only

    Our products are intended as building blocks in the perfume creation process; they are not to be applied to the skin undiluted.

    These raw materials are for use by the perfumery trade only.

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    Demonstration Formula

    Fraterworks demonstration formulas give you real-world examples of how our products are used. See the complete index.

    L'Origan 227247 — Floral Fragrance

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 3 reviews
    Un'ottima tintura

    Si tratta di una tintura molto elegante che conferirà un carattere vintage alle vostre fragranze, non solo é polverosa e diffusiva ma nasconde anche un tenue Carattere di rosa caramellata

    Thanks Nicola for this very poetic review! For those needing a translation, a computer assisted version reads: 'It is a very elegant tincture that will give a vintage character to your fragrances, not only is it powdery and diffusive but it also hides a faint caramelized rose character'

    Stunning Cologne

    This is a beautiful powdery, spicy, symphonic cologne in its own right. I did not expect to love it so much. I purchased it to make the L'Origan demo formula, but I prefer this by itself to wear.

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    Armando C Martinez
    Spicy powderiness, sublime

    A truly beautiful and unusual material that exalts a formula such as the magnificent L'Origan presented here. Do try this for one's self, you will not be disappointed. I can see where this would assist a Mitsouko, L'Heure Bleue type of fragrance. I intend to use this in a Caron Coup de Foeut type of scent in the near future. So happy Mr. Frater offers this rich piece of perfume history to us all. Thank you

    • Regulations

      All of our products are compliant with EU 1223/2009 and the NZCPGS. None of our bases contain prohibited materials and regulatory compliance is possible depending on usage.

    • IFRA Conformity

      All of our bases can be used in products requiring conformity with the latest IFRA standards. Check the use levels under the Usage Restrictions section above.

    • Nitro Musks

      Some of our products may contain small amounts of EU and IFRA compliant musk ketone. We never use musk xylene, musk ambrette or any other prohibited materials.