Since the Summer of 2007 when Twolf came up with a new fun activity, many Basenoters have enjoyed the Blind Sniffs.
In a Blind Sniff a host comes up with an idea or a theme and three fragrances that fit this theme. Then a host mails the sniffers the identical vials of these fragrances only marked as "1", "2", "3". The names of the fragrances are not mentioned, and the goal of the sniffers is to guess these fragrances. At the agreed-upon time the sniffers and the host/co-host log into the Basenotes, spray the samples one at a time and describe what they smell (and see, and feel). The host and the co-host help the sniffers by asking questions, answering questions, confirming or disconfirming the notes, and answering PMs with the guesses. The spectators are often having loads of fun guessing the fragrances by notes, a virtual experience of guessing without sniffing powered by the online search (sniffers use that as well).
We can be both very scheduled and very flexible in terms of the timing, as long as the host, co-host, sniffers and spectators can plan ahead for meeting on the forums and joining the fun of guessing the fragrances.
In 2011 every blind sniff featured at least three fragrances, one designer, one niche and one mass market. Many sniffers love this format because they have a chance of smell the fragrances blind, with no allure of a known and popular brand attached to it. It is often eye opening.
Here's a link to a 2011 sniff in which everyone loved the drugstore offering.
Here's a link to a 2011 sniff in which most people had second thoughts about a (relatively) popular niche fragrance.
However, there were also the Blind Sniffs in the past when this format=mass market+designer+niche was not followed. It is all about connecting the fragrances around a good theme and having fun!
So please post if you want to be a sniffer in 2012 and/or if you want to host. And please give a shout if you want to sniff/host in January! I know a couple of people, myself included, have some themes dreamed up from 2011.
Here's how we're keeping them going in 2012!
I follow this format to summarize a sniff:
Month: Host/Cohost: First Sniffer, Second Sniffer, Third Sniffer. Theme of the sniff (with a link to follow to the actual sniff thread).
January: Darkdreams/Warum: TWolf, kalli, OVincze. On Dreams and Illusions.
February: Nostalgie/Warum: Darkdreams, Haunani, Meowmo. Soul Sisters.
March: Warum/TWolf: cacio, Jujy54, saripatates. Orient Express -- The Red Line.
April: Saripatates/TWolf: FrouFrou, mumsy, RingER. Cure for Cold.
July: Haunani/Jujy54: darkdreams, Warum, OVincze, TWolf. Bouquet of Mysteries.
You can see the list of fragrances sniffed in the next post down!
The plans for the rest of 2012 look like this:
August: FrouFrou/Ovincze: KarmaLee, cestum nocturnum, Sybarite.
September: TWolf/cacio: Irina, Sybarite, meowmo.
October: cacio/Irina: mumsy, KarmaLee, cestrum nocturnum
November: Sybarite/Warum: forfreddie, Alvus, Irina (?)*
Is there an interest in a sniff in December? If so, state your interest in a response to this thread! Do you want to sniff, host, co-host? Let us know!