More than the sum of its parts

A fragrance is more than the sum of its parts. What first hooked me was the way in which an ingredient that smells rather ugly at first can transform into something exquisite when used in dilution or combined with other ingredients.

— Perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek, quoted in ‘I had to memorise more than 2,000 ingredients’: how a perfumer mastered her art at The Guardian.

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