The fragrance that is me

Date of publication: December 1, 1996


This paper illustrates non-verbal and psychology oriented test procedures to elucidate modes of self-experience relative to preferences for sensory stimuli, in particular for scents. As a result of these tests, a Spectrum of Positive Moods and Images will be presented, specifying seven potential target groups or personality clusters for perfumes. The two- and three-dimensional color-shape figuration in this spectrum in relation with particular fragrance preferences can serve as an orientation help for designing fragrance concepts as well as for fragrance consulting. A large-scale test using this material is presented as an exemplification of how present mood trends in our society and corresponding target groups, as well as subsequent fragrance concepts, can be analyzed.

Hans-Otto Schmidt


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