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Inside The Perfumer's Workbook®
Recording Your Formulas

The Perfumer's Workbook fragrance creation software was developed by perfumer Stephen V. Dowthwaite, founder of PerfumersWorld and is included as part of the PerfumersWorld Foundation Course or can be purchased separately for instant download.
Also available: The Perfumer's Workbook Professional Edition, starting at $5,000. Installation and on-site training available. Inquire.

If it had no other function, The Perfumer's Workbook would simply be a useful tool for writing, organizing, and preserving your formulas. In typical spreadsheet fashion it has a column for each aroma material used in your formula and a second column for the amount of that material you have used. The Perfumer's Workbook allows for password protection so that your formulas are then secure. But, as you can see from the screen shot below, The Perfumer's Workbook offers more.

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View of a formula

Cost of materials

Looking at the enlarged view of the screen shot, you'll notice two columns at the right headed "Price/g" (price per gram of this material) and "Cost Ext." (extended cost of this material, i.e., cost for the amount you have used.)

Now your immediate question is, "Where does this cost come from?" or "How does The Perfumer's Workbook know the cost of each aroma material I am using?"

As to the extended cost, once the cost per gram of each material is known, and you have entered the weight in grams of the materials you have used, "extended cost" becomes a simple spreadsheet calculation. As to the source of individual material costs, these have been (at your option) entered in the database.

The ABC's

The third column from the right is likely to puzzle you. It's heading reads "ABC's." This column too is linked to the database and the "ABC's" refer the odor descriptions of materials in the database as described by Stephen V. Dowthwaite's "ABC's of Perfumery" teaching method.

In short, the ABC's are a method of describing odors using 26 categories, from "A" to "Z." For example, "C" stands for "citrus" so when a citrus odor is dominant, its first letter in its ABC's description would be "C." Letters that follow describe less prominent odors detected in the particular material. More on this at the PerfumersWorld website.

The Database, as it appears on the screen

When you look at the screen shot, after viewing the formula on the screen (for a perfume named "ETERNAL" showing trial "ETE00007") you might turn your attention to the large area in the upper left of the screen. This shows a segment of entries in the database. When developing your formula, you use this area to select your aroma materials. This screen area can display all of the materials in the database or just a segment of the database whose materials match a quality you are looking for.

You are free to add and alter

While The Perfumer's Workbook comes with an installed database of over 600 aroma materials widely used in perfumery, each tagged with their ABC's description and other qualities, you may be using aroma materials not included in the database and The Perfumer's Workbook allows you to add these materials to the database.

If, when adding materials, you include a full description of their origin, cost, and aroma qualities, they will then be linked to the many automated features (Wizards) that are part of The Perfumer's Workbook.

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