Smelling strips

- Jan 10, 2020-

Whatever you like to call them they are essential for anyone with a passion for perfume. They come in all shapes and sizes and varying qualitity, so which ones should you choose?

If you are studying raw materials, evaluating fragrances or learning how to make perfume then the type of smelling strips you need will be slightly different to the blotters  you find at the perfume counter.

Some smelling strips have a wide paddle shaped end which is better for spraying fragrance, but for raw materials I prefer the ones in the picture on the left. The wide square end is great for writing on and the narrow point is the perfect size for dipping into narrow necked vials.

Which Smelling Strips to Choose

Pointed End Strips – Great for dipping into small containers and evaluating small amounts of raw materials.

Square End Strips – Can be branded and look great but awkward to dip. These often come in tear out booklets.

Paddle Ended Strips – Wider surface area is better for spraying from an atomiser and narrow end for dipping into a bottle.


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