todg~~& all responders on this thread~~I'm a perfume virgin too, this is my 1st post here. I do feel a new obsession taking root. There's so much to learn & the whole subject has become a brand new fascination for me. The OP took the words right out of my mouth....I want to develop a "nose" if that is possible. Is it a talent, meaning something you're born with? or is it something that can be taught?
I'm an artist and have worked in several media, mostly glass, fibers, and needlework, color being my mainstay. I've also had a gardening (flowers mostly) obsession for many decades so botanicals, ornamental horticulture, herbals and finally aromatherapy and art-soapmaking lead me directly into the fine art of perfumery.
It's the aesthetic value of fragrance that's so exciting to me. I've also been collecting catalytic fragrance lamps and making my own scented fuel which is likewise a lovely smelling activity. I'm not that much of a purist since using essential oils with fragrance lamps and soaps is too expensive for me. I do use the synthetic knock-off designer fragrance oils from Saveonscents.com in my lamp fuel & soap, and they are superb, not cheap smelling whatsoever. For example, even what I'd consider a cheap perfume (Victoria's Secret Very Sexy) is exceptional. Their designer fragrances are likewise exquisite, believe it or not.
I have learned that first impressions of a fragrance can be misleading since several essential oils I disliked at first have grown on me, kinda like the taste for beer! Another request for help is in my search for a good, strong neroli that has lasting power, and is fairly inexpensive.
At any rate, any suggestions or guide to educating myself would be greatly appreciated.
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