NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY
The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA
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Ambrette seeds come from the plant Hibiscus Abelmoschus. The essential oil is produced from the seed. Also available is a solvent extraction or concrete, the absolute and also a tincture extract. The material blends excellently with sandalwood, rose and neroli. Ambrette seed is known for its "exhalting" effect on perfume.
Not often heard of in countries other than India and Japan. The essential oil is steam distilled from the fruit or seeds of a wild dill. The interesting thing is that the odor is different to the european dill and the american dill. The oil of Anethum Sowa is more parsley like compared to the european and us versions that is more like caraway.
Ref: Steffen Arctander; Perfume and Flavors of Natural Origin
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Angelica Root Absolute
Anise oil used in perfumery is extracted from the star anise. The oil usually comes from Poland or Russia. Funnily enough a lot of people say it has a licorice scent but this is due to it being used as a favouring for licorice (in the same way that people say vanilla has a chocolate smell)
Ref: Steffen Arctander; Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin
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Araucaria is also named the Monkey puzzle tree. It is native to the south pacific. The essential oil which is solid at room temperature is steam distilled from the wood. The colour is a very pale yellow green colour. The odor is a delicate and clean woody odor. Steffen arctander describes it thus: "It's odor is delicately woody, but also rich and sweet (a rare combination) almost floral like nerolidol or cabreuva oil. It has notes in common with amyris oil, bois de rose, copaiba, good guaiacwood oil, and the sesquiterpene fractions from Java type citronella oil."
Arnica is usually associated with herbal medicine but its oil has use as a perfumery material also. The oil is steam distilled from the flowers and it is difficult to procure.
Country of origin is usually Germany, Belgium or France.
Ref: Steffen Arctander; Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin.