Preparation: The perfumer gathers fragrance materials, essential oils, absolutes, or aroma chemicals. These materials represent various scents, from floral and fruity to woody and spicy.
Cleanse the Nose: Before starting, the perfumer may cleanse their olfactory system by inhaling a neutral scent, such as coffee beans or unscented paper. This helps reset their sense of smell and prevents residual odours from interfering with the evaluation.
Application of Fragrance Materials: Using a dropper or pipette, the perfumer applies a small amount of each fragrance material to separate sections of the blotter strip. The blotter is porous, allowing the scent to diffuse and develop over time.
Observation and Smelling: As the scent diffuses on the blotter, the perfumer smells it at various intervals. They take note of the initial impression, the development of different scent notes over time (top, heart, and base notes), and any nuances or changes in the fragrance.
Recording Observations: The perfumer maintains a fragrance journal or database to record their observations, impressions, and creative ideas. These notes become valuable references for future formulations and fragrance development.
Using scent blotter strips is essential for perfumers to develop their olfactory abilities, understand fragrance materials, and create unique and appealing scents. It is a meticulous and artistic process.