Notes From The Fragrance Underground

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Take Notes. Document everything. When you work in a lab, this is a cardinal rule. When you did it, why you did it, how you did it… engaging in this type of work, the devil is almost always in the details. It all matters. How significantly it matters is not always up to you. Oftentimes a meticulously kept notebook is the only thing that separates a person from having a breakthrough or from having a breakdown. Science is about repetition… about change. It is not static. Reactions do not always go as planned. Mistakes can and will happen to even the most careful of us. When questions arise, these notes are the all-important keys to finding answers. They are a map to understanding. So write it down, sketch it out, snap a picture… record it all.

“Let your eyes confirm what your nose knows to be true…”

As you can probably tell from the first few olfactive stories, a fair share of notes are taken on each Charenton Macerations project. There are stacks and stacks of them for even a potential idea. These notes play a crucial part in the overall creative process. Returning to them has saved me more times than I can count… misplacing them driven me to the brink of madness. Especially when working with a material as emotionally slippery as fragrance, detailed notes are essential to the development process. Fragrance is not instantaneous; rather, it reveals its secrets over time. As it does, I pay attention. It’s fluid nature demands it of me. Olfaction is performance and I am an avid observer. – DCB

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