- How is a new perfume created?
- How many ingredients does a perfume usually..
- What are the ‘notes’ in a fragrance?
- How long should a good fragrance last?
- Can I dilute a perfume if it’s too strong?
- Does altitude affect fragrance?
- How does climate affect the fragrance we wear?
- Are synthetic oils cheaper and more likely to..
- Are natural fragrance oils better than artificial?
Remember, you have to have an independent variable that changes. While you may not be able to do the actual manipulation of your IV, you can ask the instructors to guide you in the right direction so that you can collect plausible data were you to try and make your own perfumes at home. I strongly recommend that you try this when you return. Ask them for instructions and recipes so you can collect data.
Potential research questions include:
How does changing the temperature affect a fragrance?
How does changing the "boiling" or "cooking" time affect a fragrance?
How does altitude or climate affect a fragrance?
For each of the above, you have to determine the dependent variable based on what effects you're looking for. The instructors can help you with this. Bear in mind that the DV must be a NUMBER and you have to generate a LINE GRAPH to show change.
You also have to come up with hypotheses for each research question. The first hypothesis is to predict the outcome. The second is to determine if there is a significant difference between one factor and another factor. The instructors can help you with this.
Both of you need to decide today which question you want to focus on so that you can begin doing your background research. By the time you are in the workshop, you should have some idea of what kind of data you should be collecting. I've already given you a list of links to start with. You should also review some academic journals on perfume chemistry, as the IA requires reliable sources and not just websites.