I’ve found a great deal of variation in how well people smell different musk ingredients that I use, and I thought it might be interesting to try to see if there are any patterns to the musks that each individual can and can’t smell. I could make samples of ten or so musk ingredients diluted to a very low skin safe level in perfumer’s alcohol and then send them out to someone to sniff and post here which seemed strongest/easiest to detect and which seemed lightest. Then that person could send the package to someone else, who could sniff and report back.
I’m wondering if someone can’t smell one musk if that makes them less likely to smell others that are similar in odor or similar chemically. For example, ethylene brassylate and Arova smell similar to me, but not identical. Habanolide and Helvetolide are similar to me. If you can’t smell one of these, are you less likely to detect others that are similar?
This would be a small sampling of people so it may not be statistically significant, but it might still be fun and interesting. Some data must already exist on this topic; I bet companies like IFF and Givaudan have studied this. I’ll look into it and see if I can find anything.
I don’t know if enough people would be interested in a musk anosmia traveling package, but it might be fun for people as long as they are willing to send the package along either to someone they know who is interested or to someone who requests it on the blog. People would need to mail the package out within a week of receiving it so it didn’t take forever to circulate. It’s something we can consider doing if there’s interest in it.
Meantime, I need to remember when I use musks in formulations that people will smell the fragrance very differently depending on their perception of musks. Custom scent work is fun because I can have people smell the ingredients first and use the ones they perceive the best, but for scents on the website that contain musks there will always be variation in how they work for each individual.