NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY
The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA
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A word coined in modern perfumery to describe a scent that is classified as, or exhibits traits of being both floral and oriental in nature.
(pronounced foo-zhayr) any ferny, mossy scent with lavender at its heart; usually includes patchouli, labdanum, vanilla, tonka and benzoin
typified by light and airy notes found in green and citrus essences such as galbanum, violet leaf, lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot
There are many species of gardenia, but the most cultivated for its beauty and scent is Gardenia jasminoides calld also Cape jasmine.
Its intoxicating scent is found as absolute, but you can make oil extraction yourself if you have a plant.
Its aroma is a kind of lemony jasmine and very strong . Half a dozen florwers are enough to modify completely the small of one litre of vegetable oil or butter.
Geranium, which comes from the Pelargonium graveolens and is usually classed as a middle note in natural perfumery, is described as having a floral sweet, fresh and fruity note. It is sometimes used to enhance the more expensive rose perfumes. There are many different types of geranium notes ranging from fruity citrus and light to a more floral rosy and some times even a little spicy.
Grapefruit cold-pressed citrus paradisi
fresh scent of cut grass or fresh leaves; violet leaf absolute is a green note with a green cucumber-like scent; cardamom typifies a spicy/green note; coriander is a classic green note
sticky, resinous substances; plant sap exudates; balsams can also be called gums
pungent or chemical character within a perfume composition