Monday, 22 July 2024, 9:55 AM
Site: NPA Natural Perfumery Education
Course: NPA Natural Perfumery Education (NPA)
Glossary: Natural Perfume Academy Main Glossary


To steep or soak aromatic plant material in a liquid (usually water or a plain vegetable oil) to create a plant extract containing the water or oil soluble constituents. The macerate will usually differ chemically from an essential or expressed oil made from the same plant material due to this. It is possible to create a macerate from plants that do not usually yield an essential oils by distillation. Examples are Meadowsweet and Comfrey. Macerates are also known as Infused or herbal oils.

Massoia bark

Massoia bark cryptocaryo massoio – prohibited (should not be used in fragrance)

Middle Note

(same as heart note)notes which normally classify or identify the perfume family or theme of the composition; for instance, if your theme is a white floral, then you would blend some combination of jasmine, neroli, tuberose, gardenia tinctures and other ‘white’ flower oils as the main component of this note


typified by oak moss, tree mosses and forest floor essences