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The Art of Perfumery

Scent families and genres, their evolution and development, individual perfumers, scent construction, perfume notes, etc.

  1. The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part I

    In thinking about what is having the worst effect of the fragrance industry today, I was hard pressed to find a single factor that explains all the problems surrounding quality, reformulation, and customer satisfaction. I think that to discuss matters fully, we need to look at four separate, but interrelated issues.

    1. Sourcing and cost of raw materials

    Over-harvesting of many perfume materials has provoked a situation in which many are at a point of near-extinction. In
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    Updated 1st October 2011 at 12:49 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  2. The Four Worst Factors in Fragrance Today, Part II

    Continued from Part I:

    4. Advertising and marketing budgets

    Advertising and marketing costs represent a rapidly increasing proportion of all costs for perfume companies. Here’s a quote from a previous blog post of mine dealing with this phenomenon. The source cited was published in 2005, so we are more than six years on from these figures. Imagine what they might be today, with inflation and competition for markets!
    Advertising budgets have seen a considerable
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    Updated 12th December 2014 at 04:30 PM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Personal Reflections
  3. What is the significance of fragrance for you? A response.

    A long and complicated answer, maybe of meaning only to the OP, or perhaps not even to him...

    lyrictenororbust:

    It is interesting that you come at your question through Hegel's disagreement with Kant about the noumena. Kant believed that all we can know about things-in-themselves is that they exist; all the rest of our knowledge is of the phenomena, the extent to which they are present to the mind through their appearance, and not the thing-which-appears as it is in itself.
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    Updated 18th July 2011 at 09:07 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    Philosophy of Fragrance , The Art of Perfumery
  4. The Fragrance Wheel and the Oriental Family of Scents

    The classification of fragrances is an art that has been practiced in different ways at different times. One of the most popular graphical representations of perfumery's main varieties is the one that Michael Edwards developed in 1983 for his first volume of Fragrances of the World. I reproduce it here for easy reference:


    [wikipedia "Fragrance Wheel"]

    It is possible to see
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    Updated 30th April 2011 at 07:38 AM by JaimeB

    Categories
    The Fragrance Industry , The Art of Perfumery , Perfume History
  5. Samples from the Osmothèque, and the Uses of the Past

    A friend of mine returned recently from trip to Europe during which he visited a very special museum called the Osmothèque in Versailles, near Paris. Its mission is the conservation of perfumes and their formulae. I am sure that many Basenoters have already heard or read about it. It is located near ISIPCA (Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l'aromatique alimentaire), a school for students of perfumery, cosmetics, and food flavor technology. Founded in 1984 by a ...
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