I’ll send out two identical traveling musk packages Tuesday the 24th. The first two people can sniff, report back their results via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or to my personal email (given in the package), and then send on to the next two people. We have the first six or so in line already.
Here are the questions I’d love for you to answer:
— For each vial, dab a little on your skin or on a scent strip and sniff it on and off for a couple of hours. How strong would you rate the scent on a scale of 0 – 5 with 0 being none at all and 5 being very strong? Which ones seem to last longest to you? Do they come and go or stay steady?
— For each vial, jot down a couple words that give your main impressions, such as powdery, sweet, fruity, clean, animalic, herbal, musty, earthy, woodsy, honeyed, floral, dry, etc.
I’ll tabulate the results. No names will be associated with the data; all data will just be tabulated so we can look for patterns.
Let’s start a thread below this post for questions and reporting back on this experiment. Many people are anosmic to at least one musk, so don’t be surprised if you can’t smell all of these. I diluted them down to a very skin-safe level which will make some seem soft; this experiment will require unperfumed skin before you start or else the musks would get lost mingling with your regular fragrance of the day. A number of the musks are similar and a couple are more unusual. Musks do their work partly in conjunction with other ingredients so sniffing them in isolation is not giving the full story, but it will help see which ones you can smell directly.
In addition to the musks, I included vials of ISO E Super and Ambroxan since people are commonly partially anosmic to those as well and because they’re fun to sniff if you can smell them.
Tess, if you read this I need your address to get you in line for a package. You can send me an email.
Have fun sniffing and thanks for participating!