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    Default How can I familiarize myself to scents I don't know very well?

    Okay, for example, I know what vanilla smells like, so when there's vanilla in a fragrance, I can usually smell it and know that it's vanilla. But let's say I read that there's bergamont in a fragrance and I have no idea what that smells like. How would I be able to train my nose to recognize bergamont (or any scent) and go back to a fragrance and detect it?

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    Default Re: How can I familiarize myself to scents I don't know very well?

    Many essential oils are available in natural/health food stores, with testers-- bergamot is a common one, for example.

    As to other notes, some can be recognized by smelling a number of fragrances with that note. Smell enough muguet scents and you will come to know that note; smell a few ambers and it will be clear which note is the amber one, and so on.

    This thread may interest you-- but bottom line, you would need to have access to the perfume materials and sniff them, as no description will suffice ultimately:

    http://www.basenotes.net/forums/107-...te-Exploration


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    Welcome to Basenotes Alaina!

    I second 30 Roses suggestion about testing essential oils to get familiar with some individual notes.
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    Thank you both, that was very helpful

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    What I did was to get several "cheapo" frags that got good reviews in the BN directory and had different notes. Lomani is a good and super-cheap fougere, for example. Jacomo Rouge is a good and cheap "joss-stick oriental" with a gourmand touch. Etc. There are also frags that are well done and "specialized," such as amber, patchouli, etc. Molinard supposedly makes a good (and cheap) amber. Of course, if you have a spice rack, go ahead and smell those now and then. It takes time to determine which notes are in a frag, and some are highly blended, so forget about those for the time being (in terms of worrying about the notes). Just keep at it and one day you will say to yourself something like "oh that's lavender." A couple of weeks later: "yes, that must be geranium." Etc.
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    Great suggestions. I'm going to my local essential oil purveyor!

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    As far as the bergamot you may be familiar with it from Earl Grey tea most of that flavor of tea feature bergamot quite prominently.This got me hooked on scents like Tommy Girl.

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    your typical kitchen spice rack contains numerous spices/scents used in perfumery today
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    Thank you so much everyone

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    Great thread. Thank you
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