How would you describe the smell of a pear? This is an exercise I like to do when I am teaching perfumery as it drives home the fact that we rarely think about scent in an analytical way. No matter which ingredient I pick, the answer is almost always the same; “I have no clue!”. Learning to describe scent and developing a vocabulary to speak about fragrance is always the first step in learning perfumery. So often we only think about scent in a subjective way, resorting to saying “I like this” or “I don’t like this”, as we simply aren’t taught how to translate what we smell into words. Let’s take a deeper dive into this as we talk about one of my personal favourite scent notes, Pear 🍐.