More research on the differences in our scent perception

A recent article in Inside Science describes more evidence that people experience scents differently. (Perfume In Progress has followed this research topic for a number of years; you can find a series of posts about it by searching for the #genetics tag on our posts.)

In this experiment, researchers broke the common smell of potato chips into three main aromatic molecules that smell like rotten cabbage, roasted potato, and toast when they are sniffed individually. When the three molecules are combined in the right ratio, they smell like potato chips. The researchers measured each person’s sensitivity to each molecule, which varied widely; people could be “tens of thousands of times” more sensitive to one molecule than to another, and each person had a unique sensitivity profile. Despite these different sensitivities to the individual components, three of four people could identify the mixture as potato chips based on their previous experience with eating potato chips. The article says, “Most of us know a potato chip when we sniff it. But at the chemical level, a new study shows, our noses smell quite different things.”

An article from 2013 described a study that found a 30% difference in people’s scent receptors in their noses, showing that genes play a role in why we have these different sensitivities to aroma molecules. The article says, “The human nose contains 400 different olfactory receptors – and Dr Mainland’s team found that changing a single receptor could dramatically change the way a person perceives a smell.”

Just something to think about when you discuss perfume with your friends! 🙂

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Checking in…

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I’m working on mods for two scents that are both close to being done; one is the chocolate gourmand that I’ve mentioned before, and one is the floral that I worked on last summer with orange blossom, mimosa, and jasmine. I’m very close to posting a link to the webpage for the gourmand.

Sadly, I gave up on the new 4 ml travel sprays. I loved the look of them, but the sprayers did not seem as reliable my previous 5 ml standbys, so I went back to those.

I have sold out of the batch of Lieu de Reves that I made a few months ago. I will probably wait until fall to make another batch. I’m focused now on finishing the two new scents and releasing them.

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We’ve had a lot of rain here in northern California this winter, and we’re now having a very green spring. The oak trees are pushing out lots of new growth, something they have not done for years because of the drought. I had planted a new wisteria on the arbor last fall and was excited to see it bloom even though it is still small.  The plum tree and daffodils have finished blooming, and the roses and sweet peas are just starting to bloom — I love spring. 🙂

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Perfume In Progress is Finalist in 2017 Perfumed Plume Awards

logo_PerfumedPlume copyThe Perfumed Plume Awards  just announced the 2017 finalists for their fragrance journalism awards, and the Perfume In Progress post What Goes Into Running An Artisan Perfume Business? was named one of the 10 finalists in the digital category.

The winners in all categories will be announced on April 6 at the Society of Illustrators in New York City. The full list of the 10 finalists in the digital category is given below.

Congrats to all the finalists! I’m honored to be included!

Scent Stories in Mainstream Media – Digital
Basenotes – Ambergris: Myths, Truths, and Half-Truths
CaFleureBon – How To Smell Like a Parisienne
Charenton Macerations – De-Classifying Fragrance Families
Colognoisseur – Perfume Mythbusters: Skin Chemistry
ELLE Magazine – For $22,000 This Perfumer Finds Your Signature Scent
Fragrantica – Revival culture
Leafly – What’s that Smell? It’s Cannabis Flower perfume, dahling
Perfume In Progress – What Goes Into Running An Artisan Perfume Business?
SCENTURY – Friedrich Liechtenstein: I can smell Luck!
Temporary Art Review – Primal Art: Notes on the Medium of Scent

Editing to add a link to the winners for 2017. Congrats!

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New 4 ml Travel sprays

4ml_spraysI wanted to explain a change that I have made to the bottle size options. I have removed the 3 ml and 5 ml and replaced them, at least for now, with 4 ml travel sprays. The new 4 ml are midway in price between the 3 ml and 5 ml. Offering one small spray size instead of two will help to simplify my stock. Also, I have tried four brands of 2-3 ml mini sprayers and have not been happy with any of them. I end up having to throw out a large number of them because many come with wonky tops, and even the best of them will evaporate after a few months.

The new 4 ml are similar to the old 5 ml, but they are slimmer and are matte instead of shiny. They are cute! I hope you like them, but feel free to send me feedback either way if you try them.

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing everyone a wonderful 2017! I’m very grateful to be part of the fragrance community and hope 2017 treats us well!

 

 

I took the photo above from my deck a few days before Christmas. The oak trees are bare now and look sculptural against the blue sky and puffy clouds.

I’m looking forward to finishing the two new scents that I’ve been working on this past year — the cozy chocolate gourmand and the floral with mimosa, orange blossom, and jasmine.  The gourmand should be ready very soon in the new year.

Many thanks for your support of small artisan businesses, and Happy New Year!

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Lieu de Reves is back

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I just put Lieu de Reves back on the Mixed Media Collection page where it can be purchased, and I moved Rose Musc into the Archive for now. I do still have some Rose Musc left that can be purchased from the Archive page, and I can make more when I run out (but I probably won’t have time right away).

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Happy Holidays!

grinch2smHappy holidays! Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend with friends and family. My brother and his family will be up to visit with us next weekend for New Year’s.

This last week my assistant and I batched Winter Woods and Fireside Intense while listening to Christmas music, which seemed appropriate. 🙂 Now that holiday orders are done, I’ll get back to work on the new gourmand scent.

Wishing everyone a warm and festive holiday and much happiness in 2017!

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