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    hello everyone,

    I am pretty new to the world of fragrance but I become more and more enthusiated from the subject.


    so far, my fragrance education includes youtube reviewers, testing perfumes in shops and occasionally buying a perfume when I can afford it.

    I would like to have a more comprehensive education on fragrance. I saw there is some online courses and I am considering to sign up to one of them.

    My question to you is: How did you get your fragrance education?

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    Hi Yaniv Oron and welcome!
    Not sure that many of us has any formal fragrance education, we are mostly happy amateurs. If you go to the DIY forum and ask there you might get more relevant answers from members who are either professional or semi-professional perfumers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaniv oron View Post

    My question to you is: How did you get your fragrance education?
    Nothing formal or structured - just many years of reading, learning from others, smelling, using and enjoying.
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    Here's a really fun documentary for you:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=annRzLYrRwM

    4 parts and 4 hours long. The first part is a little slow, but it picks up with appearances by Roja Dove and Jean Claude Ellena later on.

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    Learned quite a bit by sampling, reading and of course Basenotes. Welcome aboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Nothing formal or structured - just many years of reading, learning from others, smelling, using and enjoying.
    This!
    Closest to a signature fragrance - Azzaro Azzaro Pour Homme

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    thank you all so much for your help!

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    hednic said it best. The best education is one that’s driven by your interest and passion. The knowledge you acquire will grow wider and deeper than any formal approach to education can hope to achieve. Welcome to Basenotes!

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    Reading is fundamental. You *need* a copy of Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez's Perfumes: The A-Z Guide, which is published in many languages and available as an e-book as well as in paperback. It's over ten years old now and really needs an update (which they are apparently working on), but that book alone will do more for your fragrance education than all the YouTube reviews ever could. And smell *everything*.

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    thank you very much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Nothing formal or structured - just many years of reading, learning from others, smelling, using and enjoying.
    That has been my path, too.

    Welcome to Basenotes, yaniv oron!

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    School of hard sniffs.
    Basenotes sales: TDC de Bachmakov, Atelier Vetiver Fatal, Tiffany for Men mini, 17 Cuba Paris frags, L'Essence de Cerruti, Reyane Insurrection, numerous popular SAMPLES! http://www.basenotes.net/threads/472...ples-amp-More!

    Crystal Flacon sales: Prelude to Love, Noir de Noir, SAMPLES! http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=626
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    I stumbled across this a couple of years ago.

    http://www.groomingheroes.com/mens-guide-to-cologne/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksiwatu View Post
    I stumbled across this a couple of years ago.

    http://www.groomingheroes.com/mens-guide-to-cologne/
    A very handy guide indeed.

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    Reading and trying.

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    You might these videos helpful, if not watched already.




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    Out of curiosity, How many or has anyone had any form for 1-1 training or coaching on the subject? (Im not thinking formal education) Personally i am of the opinion that i at some stage will need to get some training or coaching done. Not just because of learning the bits and pieces, but because the dialogue with someone above my skillset is vital developing the knowledge i allready have.

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    At first, paperback books along with as many real life testings as possible.

    Then came the internet and thanks to databases like BN and also fairly numerous, trustworthy and affordable sample retailers (in addition to an increasing number of both online and offline full bottle retailers), accumulating scent knowledge and building up a fragrance education was actually easier than it seemed for someone already into this hobby.

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    I recommend:

    -Read Books, like Turin's guide

    -Buy/get/test as many samples as possible, both online, from basenoters, and at stores (beware of samples sprayed on paper. Always prefer to put it on your skin, so you can get a better transition of the notes and check how your skin interacts chemically with the fragrance)

    -Read reviews from Powerful basenoters, at the directory. You can easily discover the ones that are more powerful by the level of detail in their analyses. But beware: Something that nearly everybody loves may be horrible to you.

    -Initially focus more on knowing the classics. Then, expand your knowledge to the areas/types/families of fragrances that you discovered that please your senses more. Classics are called classics FOR A REASON: They survived the implacable, merciless test of time. If a perfume is a classic, it is a sign that there is probably something very good about it.

    -If you can't afford a full bottle, do not give up. Buy a decant from a trustable basenoter.

    -Whenever you make a mistake and buy a full bottle that turns out to be "bad" for you, selll it or swap it at the Basenotes Marketplace. Your loss will be minimized.

    -Give time, give time for yourself to appreciate a perfume. You may dislike a perfume at first and change your mind later, when you get more knowledgeable or familiar with that kind of scent. Changing your mind does indeed happen.

    -Please don't get mad at me for this advice. But: Don't be a "snob" and focus only on niche. Don't be "cheap" and focus only on designer. Try to find the beautiful diversity that exists in the world of fragrances. As long as you stay within your budget, of course.
    "Life is too important to be taken seriously"
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    I got mine from basenotes!
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