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    Default The more things I smell....

    I'm still relatively new to all of this jazz, but something I never thought would happen is that the more things I smell the better they smell, the more I smell them usually the more I like them and some things that smelled awful to me a year ago now have grown on me to the point that I like them as much or more than some of the materials I loved back then. Very unexpected, has anybody else notice this change?

    Examples of materials I disliked: Hexalon - It smelled of waxy under ripe banana peel and overwhelmingly powerful, now when I use it correctly it smells like a sugary sweet tropical fruit with beautiful rounding effects. Similar thing happened with Dynascone Neat and Allyl Amyl Glycolate.

    Ribes mercaptan - Smelled like cat urine at full strength, now I smell blackcurrant buds a sparkling green and sharp odor that can do wonders.

    g-terpinene - Smelled like someone took the strongest citrus/wood and pierced you with a spear, in a blend it adds unmistakable beauty and power to a fruity bouquet, oxidized it turns to p-cymene which is also not too shabby.

    Ambrocenide - What can I say, it smelled like Timbersilk that was super concentrated but very dry and a little rancid and now I smell what it CAN do in a blend if you catch my drift, it's my favorite woody/amber fixative material now that can do wonderful things such as bring woody/ambers together in unison.

    There are many more but these were ones I totally disregarded. Most of them DO smell better in dilutions, however I can now smell the beauty at full strength. I'm sure I will go through many more materials disliking them only to turn around and enjoy them.
    Last edited by SharpLess; 10th April 2019 at 12:12 AM.

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    Default Re: The more things I smell....

    I recall reading in Perfumer & Flavourist that in blind tests people rate unfamiliar smells as stronger and harsher than familiar smells, even when they're objectively less strong. It's probably a safety mechanism, motivating you to be cautious about sniffing unknown substances.

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    Default Re: The more things I smell....

    Quote Originally Posted by Septime View Post
    I recall reading in Perfumer & Flavourist that in blind tests people rate unfamiliar smells as stronger and harsher than familiar smells, even when they're objectively less strong. It's probably a safety mechanism, motivating you to be cautious about sniffing unknown substances.
    Fascinating thank you, that describes my situation perfectly. It must be a primitive defense mechanism, once the situation is well defined you know how to react or know what to expect the next time you face the stimulus.

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    Default Re: The more things I smell....

    Just starting out there were a few ACs that I couldn’t stand. Cardamom, Indonesian vetiver, castoreum... now, a year in, I have an appreciation for all of them since I’ve learned more about how to use them, thanks largely to this very forum.

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    Default Re: The more things I smell....

    I always worry about this, that I will become comfortable with something I initially disliked and then use too much. I think just because I like it better doesn't make it better, so I keep my first impression and use less, because most of the stinky things I buy are to make an accord.




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