Originally Posted by Sesame Seed
Help needed from the big guns (rach2jlc, Thomas, dopey, joel_954, Baron, Rambo, willpower, Dane, and the rest).
1) Is the pomelo note a) grapefruit/bergamot b) taken from the fruit's skin/meat c) taken from the pomelo flower? I'm hoping it's from the flower. The real thing is heavenly. Can you guys recommend something with pomelo?
2) Can you recommend something floral that is consistent throughout? I don't want much heavier middle/base notes.
3) Any good sites you care to recommend that deliver to Australia (in general, not just for the particular perfumes I'm after)? Cheapest place to get decants?
I'm answering part 1) partly to bump, partly to add what I know. Grapefruit and bergamot are popular opening notes for many scents: bergamot more so than grapefruit. In believe in each case, the extract comes from the rind because it's plentiful and easily extractable. That said, grapefruit is trickier than bergamot because in some cases grapefruit extracts and compositions can turn sulfurous on some skins. In any case, both grapefruit and bergamot are fleeting.
Some flowers don't frequently get extracted because they are fiendishly difficult to get right: methods of extraction vary and either get only a partial picture or worse, mutilate the essence. Rose is a very popular note in perfumery, but I've never smelled any rose composition that got it right: they tend to the cartoonish.
There is a scent called O Pomelo, from Comptoir Sud Pacifique. It's apparently quite good, but fleeting, to put it mildly. I would not recommend you buy blindly, because CSP does tend to be either cloying or strange. My Vetyver Haiti starts with a mustard note. Mustard. wtf.