I smelled the edition Blanche in a duty free perfume shop, but I don't trust what I smell in those places-- there are so many extraneous odors floating around that I find it difficult to concentrate on the fragrance I'm testing. I liked it, I liked it better than Allure and it felt really good as a competent performer on my skin, but I'm not ready to do a review on that basis. I need to get a sample so I can go into some serious testing before I share my opinions. I generally like Chanel fragrances - even the ones I dislike have a certain class that is missing from many other houses.
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Thank you. I understand you you mean about a passion for smells - since I can remember, the world of smells was one of my main passions. I remember amazing my friends when i was 7or 8 by identifying the type of weed (thistle, milkweed, dandelion, mullen, camomile, quack grass, etc) by the smell of its sap --they kept trying to figure out how I was cheating.
The first way to recognize notes to to know the notes. You should know what rose and nutmeg and oakmoss smells like by themselves. (And there are many versions of those various aromas, too. Try noticing the difference between differnt makes of nutmeg or corriander. Notice how every rose has its own unique smell.) Places to learn those smells are the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket (or better - farmers markets), learn the spices and the differences between the brands of spices. Learn the flowers and the greens in gardens and greenhouses.
Get samples of fragrances (especially the classics Eau Sauvage, Gentlemen etc.) and look through through the reviews and see if you can detect the prominent notes that the reviewers talk about. Start investigating essential oils.
There are sources on the internet that can give you examples of the notes, but I think you should start at the supermarket and the gardens.
That's the way to start. But remember, identifying notes is just one way to enjoy fragrances. I myself have an inability to recognize what fragrances smell like what other fragrances... they all smell so different to me that I have to force relationships when I'm pressed. I admire those people who can categorize fragrances -- I can't -- most of them are so very different that I can't tell where they belong. There are many individual talents that can be emphasized in order to become your own person in knowing fragrances. find your own strength and develop it -- the rest will fall inline.