Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute - Organoleptic Evaluations of Aromatic Groups

An aromatic group of spices before they are distilled and turned into essential oils.  As speices, they're related in smell, but still very different, and have different uses in perfumes.  You will learn how to systematically record the similarities and differences, which is critical to your perfumery education.

Knowing how to conduct an organoleptic evaluation is critical for a perfumer.  You will use this foundation from the basic course for your entire career. You will learn how to look at, properly sniff and notate, in writing, what the aromatic oil is, both undiluted and diluted.  You will associate descriptive names and places with the oil to help build your scent memory.  In Module 1, the students learn how to evaluate single oils.  In Module 2, they move on to evaluate aromatic groups, thus broadening their recognition of related, yet different, oils.  Below is an image of part of the Module 2 organoleptic evaluation form.  It's provided as a "fill in" Word.doc, and also as an Excel sheet for comprehensive recordkeeping that is searchable by keyword (not shown.)  All forms are emailed to students so that they have their templates at their fingertips, as they have their scent strip at their nose :-)

Exercise 2, Module 2

Organoleptic Defined                                                                                               
Building Your Scent Memory                                                                                   
The Workspace Environment for Organoleptic Evaluation                                      
Organoleptic Notation                                                                                              
The Organoleptic Evaluation Form                                                                      
The Aromatic Lexicon                                                                                          
The Chart of Relative Intensity/Impact                                                                 
Organoleptic Evaluation Instructions                                                                       
Preparing Yourself for the Organoleptic Evaluation                                                 
Processing Aromatics Using the Organoleptic Evaluation Form                             
Benchmark for Intensity/Impact Evaluation – Ho Wood Essential Oil                  
Organoleptic Exercise - Beginning the Organoleptic Evaluation Process               
Wafting: How to Use a Scent Strip to Evaluate an Aromatic or Perfume       

Portion of the "fill in" form for aromatic group organoleptic evaluation in Anya's Garden Natural Perfumery Institute's Basic Course.


  1. Without a doubt, to me the organoleptic is the "nuts and bolts" of perfumery...


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