Originally Posted by iMaverick
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Body heat and skin chemistry are buzz words; they are mostly words used by SA's and Reps to make customers feel enlightened and educated. 1 minute with a blotter is more than enough to get the expression of the fragrance, and to feel its presence.
I totally disagree...1 minute on a blotter is just nice smelling paper. Body heat and skin chemistry are not buzzwords, everyone with some sort of experience testing frags knows that it smells very different on paper vs. on the skin. What seems a quiet and light frag on blotter can become the boldest frag once it settles on skin. That's body heat. What can smell like sweet leather on someone can smell like a wet dog on another. That's skin chemistry...a litmus paper clenched in the hand proves that different people have different pH.
I will generally skin test if I like it, before I buy it, but I wont skin test it if I dont love it. That being said:
That skin chemistry thing is totally overblown. Generally, its just basic perception. Some people are more sensitive to certain flavours and foods, just like anything else. Skin chemistry is also not a static thing, so according to that theory something could smell like wet dog one day, and sweet leather the next. If that were the case, which I dont believe it is, then it would be wisest to test on a blotter. Fragrance also evolves normally on a blotter; just carry the blotter with you and the fragrance will go through its entire life.
Now with that being said, I do support and recommend skin testing. My problem is not with skin testing, but rather, the general dismissal of blotters. Blotters are the industry tools. They are what perfumers rely on to test blends and accords.
I have smelled thousands of fragrances. I have used more blotters than I could ever count, and I cannot think of one time I didnt like a blotter, and liked the fragrance on my skin, and vice versa.