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Listening to Scent


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Acknowledgements. Part 1. Listening to Scent. 1.1. Introduction - why cultivate your sense of smell? 1.2. The language of scent. 1.3. Olfactory sensitivity and perception. 1.4. Discrimination. 1.5. Olfactory memory and the reasoning process. 1.6. The first steps. 1.7. How to conduct sensory exercises. 1.8. Odour families. 1.9. In the spirit of koh-do. 1.10. Reflections on the olfactory journey. Part 2. Olfactory profiles. 2.1. Balsamic family: Labdanum, Opopanax, Tolu balsam, Vanilla. 2.2. Woody family: Guaiacwood, Sandalwood, Virginian cedarwood. 2.3. Spicy family: Caraway seed, Carrot seed, Clove bud, Nutmeg. 2.4. Coniferous family: Scots pine, Siberian fir. 2.5. Herbaceous family: Clary sage, Laurel leaf, Lavender, Thyme. 2.6. Medicated family: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Wintergreen. 2.7. Green family: Galbanum, Violet Leaf. 2.8. Agrestic family: Hay, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Tobacco leaf. 2.9. Floral family: Champaca, Frangipani, Genet, Jasmine, Linden blossom, Mimosa, Narcissus, Orange blossom, Osmanthus, Pink lotus, Rose, Ylang ylang. 2.10. Fruity family: Blackcurrant bud, Roman chamomile, Tagetes. 2.11. Citrus family: Bergamot, Cedrat, Mandarin. Part 3. An experiential programme of study. 3.1. Re-set your nose with scents in the natural world. 3.2. Stimulate your senses with an olfactory culinary experience. 3.3. Immerse yourself in the world of aromatic plant extracts. Appendix 1. Odour types and characteristics encountered in aromatic plant extracts. Appendix 2. Some notes on chemistry. Appendix 3. Building accords. Glossary. References. Bibliography for Odour Profiles. Further reading. Recommended suppliers of aromatic materials.

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A complete introduction to refining the sense of smell

About the Author

Jennifer Peace Rhind is a Chartered Biologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde and qualifications in massage and aromatherapy. She has worked in flavour research and product development, as a therapist and partner in a multidisciplinary complementary healthcare clinic, in education and course development, and as a lecturer in Higher Education. She is an author, writer, mentor and essential oils consultant. She lives in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.


Listening to Scent is set to become the must-have reference book at a time when the sense of smell has only started being explored. Jennifer details a step-by-step approach of how one should train the 'olfactory memory' and presents a comprehensive description of the odorscape and the associated raw materials in a way that is accessible to all. Her description of the application of scents in Japanese culture and the natural and culinary worlds adds to the excitement of reading this beautifully written book on one of the most important senses in our lives! -- Isabelle Gelle, Perfumer and Founder and Principal of The Perfumery Art School, UK
Natural perfume is the key for those who love fragrances but have not yet encountered the world of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy opens doors to enjoying the benefits of natural aromatic raw materials: essential oils. With this book Jennifer Rhind celebrates the joy of fragrances by composing a better understanding and use of natural perfume for both perfume addicts and aromatherapy lovers. Enjoy and "listen to scent"! -- Claudia De Vos, scent psychologist, the Netherlands

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