Here are some of the more commonly used abbreviations in everything from forums in general, to Basenotes specific... If I've missed something please PM me and I'll add it.


General Forum Abbreviations:
AAMOF – As A Matter Of Fact
AFAIK – As Far As I Know
AKA – Also Known As
ASAP – As Soon As Possible
ASL – Age/ Sex/ Location?
ATM– At The Moment
BF – Boyfriend
BFF - Best Friend (Forever)
BIL - Brother In Law
BION – Believe It Or Not
BRB – Be right back
BTW – By The Way
DH – Dear/Darling/D*mn Husband
DIY – Do It Yourself
DW – Dear Wife
EOD – End Of Discussion
FAQ – Frequently Asked Question(s)
FWIW – For What It’s Worth
FYI/A – For Your Information/Amusement
GF – Girlfriend
GL– Good Luck
HTH – Hope This/That Helps
IANAL – I am not a lawyer
IIRC – If I Recall Correctly
IME – In My Experience
IMO/IMHO – In My Humble/Opinion
IOU – I Owe You
IRL – In Real Life
ITT – In This Thread
J/K – Just Kidding
JSYK – Just So You Know
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid
KWIM – Know What I Mean
LMAO – Laugh my ass/arse off
LMGTFY – Let me Google that for you
LMK – Let Me Know
LOL – Laugh out loud
NM – Never Mind or No Message
no0b / Newb – New Member
NOYB – None Of Your Business
NP – No Problem
NSFW – Not Safe For Work
OMG – Oh my God!
OP – Original Post/Poster
OT – Off Topic
OTOH – On The Other Hand
PM– Private Message
QFT – Quoted for Truth
RE – Regarding
ROFL – Rolling On Floor Laughing
ROFLMAO – Rolling On Floor Laughing My A*s Off
SCNR – Sorry, Could Not Resist
SETE – Smiling Ear To Ear
SHMBO – She Who Must Be Obeyed
SO – Significant Other
SOL – Sh*t Out of Luck
SPAM – SPiced hAM (junk posts or messages)
TBH – To Be Honest
TGIF – Thank God It's Friday
TIA – Thanks in advance
TLC – Tender Loving Care
TLDR – Too long, didn't read
TTYL - Talk To You Later
TROLL – To deliberately provoke an argument in a newsgroup, forum or chat room
WIP– work in progress
WTF/H? – What the F*ck/Hell
WTG – Way To Go!
WYSIWYG – what you see is what you get
YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary

Buying and Sellling:
B&S - Buy and Sell forum
B&M - Brick and Morter (stores)
BNIB/NIB – Brand/New In the Box
FS – For Sale
GWP – Gift With Purchase
IC – Interest Check
NIB – New in Box
OBO – Or Best Offer
SIB – Sealed in Box

Specific to Basenotes:
ASB – After Shave Balm
BNer – Basenoter (that's you!)
BO – Body Odor
BN –
EdC/EdT/EdP – Eau De Cologne/Toilette/Parfum, or possibly Esprit de Parfum (rare though)
FB/W – Full Bottle / worthy
FFD – Female Fragrance Discussion
HG – Holy Grail
IFRA – International Fragrance Association
IFF – International Flavors & Fragrances (Company)
LVMH – Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
MFD – Male Fragrance Discussion
MUA – MakeUp Alley (Discussion Board)
NST – Now Smell This (Blog)
PdT – Parfum de Toilette
PH – Pour Homme
POL – Perfume of Life (Blog)
SA – Sales/Shop/Store Assistant/Advisor/Associate
SBW – second bottle worthy
SOTD/SOTE/ – Scent of the Day / Scent of the Evening
TS – Total Scrubber
TPC (or PC) - The Perfumed Court (decant seller)

Design Houses / Stores:
AA – Aqua Allegoria (Guerlain fragrance range)
AdP – Acqua Di Parma
AG – Annick Goutal
BBW – Bath & Body Works
C&E – Crabtree & Evelyn
C&S – Czech & Speake
CdG – Comme des Garcons
CK – Calvin Klein
CSP – Comptoir Sud Pacifique
EA – Elizabeth Arden
EL – Estee Lauder
ELDO – Etat Libre D’Orange
FM – Frederic Malle
GFT – Geo F Trumper
JM – Jo Malone
JPG – Jean Paul Gaultier
PdE – Parfum d'Empire
PG – Parfumerie Generale
KM – Keiko Mecheri
LAP, or L'AP – L'Artisan Parfumeur
LV – Lorenzo Villoresi
MPG – Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
OJ – Ormonde Jayne
PdN – Parfums de Nicolai
SMN – Santa Maria Novella
SL – Serge Lutens (Les Salons Du Palais Royal Shiseido)
TBS – The Body Shop
TDC – The Different Company
TF – Tom Ford
TM – Thierry Mugler
V&R – Viktor & Rolf
YSL – Yves Saint Laurent

Perfumers / Industry Insiders:
CB – Chandler Burr
JCE – Jean-Claude Ellena
LT – Luca Turin
PdN – Patricia de Nicolai
PG – Pierre Guillaume
TS – Tania Sanchez

Fragrance Names:
A*men / Angel – Angel for Men by Thierry Mugler (note A*men is the same frag, just outside of USA)
AdG – Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
BdI – Bois des Iles by Chanel
BK – Body Kouros by Yves Saint Laurent
BO – Black Orchid by Tom Ford
CCX – Clive Christian X
CDOV/EDOV – Hermès Concentree /Eau d'Orange Verte by Hermes
CPM/C – Chanel pour Monsieur / Concentree by Chanel
CdG2M – 2MAN by Comme des Garcons
Creed BdP – Bois de Portugal by Creed
Creed FdTRB – Fleur de Thé Rose Bulgare by Creed
Creed GIT – Green Irish Tweed by Creed
Creed LIW - Love In White by Creed
Creed LIB - Love in Black by Creed
Creed MI – Millesime Imperial by Creed
Creed OV – Original Vetiver by Creed
Creed OS – Original Santal by Creed
Creed SMW – Silver Mountain Water by Creed
Creed VIW – Virgin Island Water by Creed
Creed REL - Royal English Leather by Creed
Creed JIE - Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie by Creed
CW – Cool Water by Davidoff
DH – Dior Homme By Dior
ES/E – Eau Sauvage / Extreme by Christian Dior
EP – Eau Premiere by Chanel
FdO– Fleur d'Oranger
FdB - Feminite du Bois by Serge Lutens
G2 – Gaultier2 by Jean Paul Gaultier
GPH – Gucci Pour homme by Gucci
GPH2 – Gucci pour Homme II by Gucci
GV – Guerlain Vetiver by Guerlain
HM – Hanae Mori
HR – Habit Rouge by Guerlain
LdDM – L'Air du Desert Marocain by Andy Tauer
LIdG / LIdGPH / LIPH – L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme
LLAM – Lolita Lempicka au Masculine
L'HB – L'Heure Bleue by Guerlain
MdM – Messe de Minuit by Etro
MdM – Mouchoir de Monsieur by Guerlain
MdM – Molinard de Molinard
MKK – Muscs Koublai Khan by Serge Lutens
MR – Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle
OFM – Obsession For Men
PoaL – Portrait of a Lady by Frederic Malle
PUH – Pour un Homme by Caron
PDB – Polo Double Black
RG/RGPH – Rive Gauche / Pour Homme by Yyves Saint Laurent
SDV - Spirtueuse Double Vanille by Guerlain
SdV – Sel de Vetiver by The Different Company
SM – Secretions Magnifique by Etat Libre D’Orange ELDO
SLV– Sous Le Vent by Guerlain
TFM – Tiffany For Men
T42 – Tea for Two by L'Artisan Parfumeur
TdH – Terre d'Hermes by Hermes
TFTV – Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford
VdF – Black Orchid, Voile de Fleur by Tom Ford
VdN – Vol de Nuit by Guerlain
VdR – Voleur de Roses by L'Artisan Parfumeur

Fragrance Concentrations:
EDP = Eau de Parfum
EDT = Eau de Toilette
EDC = Eau de Cologne

Basic smelling techniques are essential, and several viewpoints are culled here from the writings of industry pioneers Paul Jelinek, Edmond Roudnitska, and Stephen V. Dowthwaite. This summary provides fast practical advice. Enjoy! -LGV

1) The Environment
The act of smelling first starts in an appropriate environment, one that is as free as possible from abnormal ambient influences.
Optimum Environment for Smelling:
A Separate Room (with the following characteristics):

  • Well ventilated.
  • Strictly void of strong smelling samples and lab projects.
  • Normal room temperature.
  • Normal humidity.
  • Quiet /peaceful environment.

Undesirable Environments and Environmental Factors:

  • Smelly laboratory.
  • Production area.
  • Kitchen.
  • Rest room/bathroom.
  • High ambient temperatures.
  • High humidity.
  • High air pollution (or background odor).
  • Distracting (noisy, high-traffic, visually displeasing, etc.).

You are part of the Smelling Environment too!

  • Do not wear strong fragrances
  • Avoid a smelling session right after eating strong aromatic foods (onions, garlic, coffee, curry, etc.)
  • Avoid contaminating your hands, clothes and hair with samples. Tie your hair back if it is long.
  • Careful not to contaminate your nose by touching it with the smelling strip!

2) Material Samples

  • Use dilute solutions (to prevent odor overload and fatigue).
  • When you need to smell materials in undiluted form (neat) and to prevent olfactory overload and fatigue:
  • Minimize sample size; Dip the blotters in shallow (not deep) increments.
  • Minimize exposure; Limit to several brief inhalations.
  • Use appropriate solvents, i.e. - Alcohol for perfumery.
  • Use the final diluents “mixture” in your smelling sample, as each diluent will affect the odor performance of a perfume material.
  • Do not smell undissolved crystalline materials (the smell will be imprecise because of trace surface impurities. You might inhale actual crystals and deaden your sense of smell for a very, very long time).
  • Do not sniff at an open bottle directly (it will deaden the sense of smell for a prolonged time).

3) Smelling Strip & Blotter Recommendations
Common blotter recommendations:

  • Standardize using the same brand and stock of blotters (to avoid changes in smell from manufacturing differences and trace elements)
  • 13cm to 15cm.
  • 0.5cm to 1cm width.
  • Unsized (not treated or bleached).
  • Roudnitska:
    • 18cm length.
    • 1cm wide.
    • Folded with a groove (to prevent bending).
    • Tapered (to fit small bottles, and reduces material consumption).
    • Paper grade 180gm/sq cm.
  • Jelinek:
    • Minimum 10cm.
    • Thin blotters (allows different smelling phases to be recognized due to less tenacious holding of volatile materials).
    • Thick blotters (for presentation, as it holds the composition better than a thin blotter)
  • Dowthwaite:
    • Chromatography Paper (its thinner and has special characteristics).
    • Tapered.
    • Bend the smelling tip 3cm from the end (so you can easier coordinate your hands, and to help prevent the smell of your hand from contaminating the sample).

4) The Act of Smelling
The nose quickly adapts to unchanging smells, so time is short to fix an impression!

  • Smell some known samples from your lab in the same category you wish to identify to help refresh and reacquaint your memory.
  • Concentrate, your mind is really doing the smelling!
  • Be relaxed and comfortable.
  • Arrange samples from weak to strong (to offset olfactory fatigue).
  • Dip strips to a depth of 0.5cm.
  • Keep the strip 1cm-2cm perpendicular to the nostrils.
  • Close eyes to prevent visual distractions.
  • Use short shallow inhalations. Sniff-Evaluate—Sniff-Evaluate. Use short brief inhalations to experience the smell, move it away from the nose, then use your memory to hold the odor and evaluate. The first sniff will give the clearest impression, subsequent sniffs will blur.
  • Inhale through the mouth by holding it 1cm away from the lips to experience the odor differently by introducing taste sensations. Exhale back up past the throat and through the nose.
  • With a weak smelling sample, warm the sample by breathing gently out your nose onto the strip. The warm breath will warm the sample and increase its evaporation and activity.
  • Pose a series of “yes” or “no” questions to cycle through until an identification is made. (i.e. - Is it aliphatic? No, then is it citrus? No, then is it…).
  • Keep a database and write prolific notes of your immediate odor impressions. You are forced to think and smell with awareness when you do this, and it will help to recall the smell in the future. You will also be able to search and find the characteristics later.
    • Write with lucidity in your expression of the odor
  • Have rest intervals (for your nose to recover)
    • Go outside for fresh air between series of smelling sessions.
    • Stimulating deep breathing and circulation helps clear the nose. It has been suggested to run up and down a flight of steps!