French perfumers call them mouillettes ("bread sticks", pronounced moo-yets). They are dipped in fragrance, allowed to dry, then held, momentarily, close to the nose so that the fragrance may be inhaled. It is through the use of these smelling strips that fine perfumes are created, step by step, until the perfumer is ready to present the new compound to the client and the client ready to accept it.
The thin end can be dipped into a vial holding the new perfume while the wider paddle end can be sprayed with a fine mist spray bottle.
Purity and freedom from contamination are requirements of perfume test blotters. Their papers are "unsized," meaning they are free from the sizing added to writing papers (to prevent ink from being absorbed too deeply.)
For testing and sampling perfumes, it is important to remember that whatever smelling strips are used, the same testing strips should be used for all tests! Avoid testing one batch with one type of smelling strip and testing another with smelling strips from a different manufacturer.
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