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Smell - Think - Write *How to be a Perfume!? It's simple: Smell - Think - Write

Updated: Feb 7




How to begin perfumery

  1. purchase an essential oil.

  2. smell it, wear it, enjoy it, live with it.

  3. make notes, keep notes, revise notes.

  4. describe this oil with as many adjectives as possible.

  5. what do you smell, what comes to mind?

  6. describe: personal memories, textures, degree of transparency, warmth, coolness, objects, foods, drinks, places, people

  7. how long does this oil last on your skin?

  8. how long does this oil last on scent strips?

  9. use google - what do other people observe bout this particular oil?

  10. what adjectives do they use? do you agree or disagree with them?

  11. once familiar with your first essential oil, now it's time to make friends with your second oil.

  12. repeat the steps above.

  13. compare these first 2 essential oils

  14. which one is warmer, which is cooler, sweeter or dryer? which lasts longer, which is more or less transparent? etc.


Repeat the above steps with the following materials.

It should take 1 years to become familiar with 76 common perfume materials

(natural and synthetic)


Materials can be purchased here (2 sets)


76 common perfumery materials

  1. Aldehyde C-12

  2. Aldehyde C-18

  3. Animalis Hypo 27

  4. Basil (Sweet) EO

  5. Benzoin Ollifac

  6. Benzyl Acetate

  7. Bergamot - EO (BF) - Calabria, IT

  8. Beta Damascone

  9. Birch Tar 10% in BB

  10. Cashmeran® (IFF)

  11. Cedarwood Virginia

  12. Cinnamic Alcohol

  13. Cinnamon Bark

  14. Citronellol

  15. Civet Essence

  16. Clary Sage EO

  17. Coriander Seed Russia

  18. Cypriol EO

  19. Dihydro Myrcenol

  20. Eugenol

  21. Exaltolide

  22. Fir Balsam Reconstitution (IFF)

  23. Frankincense (Olibanum) EO

  24. Galaxolide

  25. Galbanum Oil

  26. Gardenia - Key Accord

  27. Geraniol (95)

  28. Ginger Fresh Madagascar

  29. Hedione

  30. Hexenol 3-CIS

  31. Hexyl Cinnamic Aldehyde

  32. Hydroxycitronellal Pure

  33. Indole

  34. Iso Bornyl Acetate

  35. Iso Butyl Quinoline

  36. Iso E super

  37. Isoamyl Salicylate

  38. Ionone Beta

  39. Jasmin Specialty

  40. Jasmine Grandiflorum (Absolute)

  41. Jasmone CIS

  42. Labdanum Absolute

  43. Lavender Diva

  44. Lemon EO

  45. Linalool

  46. Magnolan

  47. Methyl Salicylate

  48. Muscenone

  49. Nutmeg EO

  50. Oakmoss Absolute

  51. Orange (Sweet) EO

  52. Orange Flower (Neroli)

  53. Oud Synth

  54. Patchouli EO

  55. Petitgrain Paraguay EO

  56. Phenethyl acetate a.k.a Phenyl Ethyl Acetate

  57. Phenyl Ethyl Alcohol

  58. Pink Peppercorn EO

  59. Rhodinol 70

  60. Rose - Absolute

  61. Rose Geranium

  62. Rose Givco

  63. Rosemary EO

  64. Sandalwood Givco

  65. Styrallyl acetate

  66. Styrax (Storax) Essence

  67. Star Anise EO

  68. Tuberose Artessence (Biolandes)

  69. Tobacco Absolute

  70. Vetiver EO - Indonesia

  71. Vetiveryl Acetate

  72. Vertofix Coeur

  73. Ylang Ylang

  74. Ethylene Brassylate

  75. Ethyl Linalyl Acetate

  76. Ethyl Vanillin

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