The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA

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An Absolute is a prepared perfume material. Absolutes are highly concentrated, entirely alcohol soluble and usually liquid perfume materials. They are obtained by alcohol extraction of concretes or other hydrocarbon types of extracts or from fat extracts of plant material.


(see Chord) musical reference relating to a chord; usually two or more essences combined to create a scent with its own character and distinctive scent; harmonization and balance within a blend of essences


The intention of acquiring [a sale] through the devaluation of the oil in relation to the labeling of it's container. (Stephen Arctander)


perfume medium, diluent, solvent or carrier for a perfume composition; in natural perfumery, 190 proof organic grape or grain alcohol is preferred


refers to a specific set of synthetic fragrance compounds that give a perfume composition lift and effervescence; in natural perfumery, it can relate to the lift and sparkle of the top notes

Almond bitter unrectified

Almond, bitter unrectified prunus amygdalus v. amara (toxic) – 3.0000% in perfume concentration


warm, powdery note in a perfume composition, usually obtained through the combination of benzoin, labdanum, vanilla and other similar aromatic oils

Angelica root

Angelica root angelica archangelica (phototoxic) – restricted by the IFRA April 12, 2005 – not to exceed 0.8% in a leave on product; 4.0000% in a perfume concentrate


usually refers to fecal, leathery and fur-like scents, such as hyraceum (hyrax/Africa Stone), ambergris, costus, nargarmotha, patchouli and civet; can have some connection to indolic botanical materials such as jasmine


the inability to smell

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