Hi all -
I have been using fragrances for 30 years, and since discovering Basenotes several years ago, have really developed my knowledge, love and hobby of fragrance considerably.
I am looking into getting started in making my own scents. I was wondering if someone could steer me in the right direction for some resources to get started. I guess what I am looking for would be suggestions of: books; magazines; websites; online perfume making classes or information; role models, teachers or other individuals in the US who could point me in the right direction; a list of vendors from whom I could purchase beginning materials, etc., etc.
Any help and assistance would be much appreciated.
You've already found the place. Most of what you need is here on this forum or there above.
One word of caution - as you Google perfume making and search for suppliers of raw materials, exercise extreme caution. The Perfumer's Apprentice is a good source, but you will find many others, some of which are good and others not so much. I started out making all natural perfumes, since this is a more intuitive process than using aromachemicals, so my suggestion of where to start is with a basic selection of essential oils. Avoid the temptation to use "fragrance oils" or pre-diluted absolutes, especially those diluted in jojoba oil. Buying these materials will just lead to waste and frustration. If you plan on making a purchase, run it by the people here, who probably have experience with the supplier and materials. Believe me, it will save you a lot of trial and error and expense. Once you have some experience, check out the Yahoo Perfume Making Group, or the Yahoo Natural Perfumers' Group. There's a huge amount of expertise and information on both groups.
Good luck, and have fun!
Thanks for responses so far!!