NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY
The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA
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an essence typified by a coumarin character; tonka, lavender absolute, liatris
the first notes you smell in a perfume; they’re the opening note, the lead or hook note; relatively fleeting, usually lasting no more than 10 or 20 minutes
intoxicating and stimulating
intense and oftentimes cloying note
A macerate or infusion of plant material in a plain vegetable oil. See macerate.
typified by green and somewhat camphoraceous scents in combination; lavender, rosemary, sages and mints are common herbal essences
sweet, syrupy note
notes incorporating sweet, powdery and resinous essences
Indole is an aromatic heterocyclic organic compound.
It naturally occurs in human feces and has an intense faecal odour. At very low concentrations though, it has a very flowery smell, and is a constituent of many floral scents (such as orange blossoms) and perfumes.
It tends to lend a "dirty" quality to a perfume.