Originally Posted by Quiptos
That would be awesome if they had a kit of like 100 of the most common ingredients to frags on plastic or something that wouldn't lose scent for a very long time. ... Somebody make a kit !!!
They already did!
There are kits at the synthetic component level (single molecule), naturals (mixed molecules), and at notes/accords (many molecules of mixed notes).
Go to Perfumer's Apprentice and buy both of their two kits to get a BIG selection of major exemplary synthetics. Then buy single vials of other synthetics, oils, and synthetic reconstitutions that you are interested in.
Go to Eden Botanicals to get individual sample vials of natural absolutes, essential oils, and extracts. You want to know the difference between Bulgarian and Morocco rose, or between a normal and a CO2 absolute, this is the place.
Go to www.osmoz.com
to get "Les coulisses du parfum" - collections of various exemplary notes and accords. If you want to smell a chypre, they have one. Aromatic, woody, spicy, musk, etc. A little expensive, but very nice. I've sniffed set 1 now. The woody accord is actually better than a lot of fragrances on the counter at fancy stores.
Yes, this will cost you about as much as several frags. But then you'll actually be able to read what our most refined local noses and reviewers say, and it will make sense. You'll know what your nose gets and what it doesn't get, and adjust accordingly. I can't always follow these guys right away, but with a bit of patience and mental/nasal crunching, I can figure out what they're smelling.
I also recommend comparative sniffing as a great way to isolate and identify notes. Some people never even need to sniff individual components to become proficient at identifying notes, but it does help, and beginning perfumers all do it. It's a nice hack that speeds up the process. But you really need to test yourself against mixtures. In fact, like mrclmind says, testing yourself all the time is pretty much a necessity.
Perfumery ain't for wimps. That's why I'm still just an observer!
Originally Posted by DULLAH
Human biology is sooooo awesome. *Hamd U Li' llah !!!*