1. Learn how to Describe Ingredients
The first essential step for any budding perfumer is learning how to describe what you are smelling! Smell is a sense that we use constantly, sometimes without even realising it, so why is it that when we try to describe what we are smelling, we seem to not be able to come up with the correct words? We can so easily describe what we see, touch, taste and feel, but when describing scent we often rely on a simple “I like it” or, “I don’t like it”.
Understanding to describe perfumery ingredients is the key to know how to use them. Let’s take rose for example. We can describe rose simply as a floral note, but when we open our minds and noses, rose can also be described as green, spicy, fruity, powdery, deep, fresh or honeyed. When we understand these different facets, we can then begin to use ingredients more creatively in a formula!
Start by getting some perfumery materials from a reputable supplier, or from us in our Ingredient Box Sets and Online Video Courses Kits and smell them often, writing down anything that comes to mind! Each time you smell an ingredient you will uncover new and exciting facets that you may not have smelled before! Remember, the best way to smell ingredients is diluted in alcohol and on a scent strip, not from the bottle or in pure form!
If you need some help to get started? Join us on a few olfactive explorations in our online courses and smell the ingredients with us!