NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY


The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA



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H

Hay

an essence typified by a coumarin character; tonka, lavender absolute, liatris

Head Note

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

Heady

intoxicating and stimulating

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

Heavy

intense and oftentimes cloying note

Herbal oil

A macerate or infusion of plant material in a plain vegetable oil. See macerate.

Herbal/Herbaceous

typified by green and somewhat camphoraceous scents in combination; lavender, rosemary, sages and mints are common herbal essences

Honey

sweet, syrupy note

I

Incense

notes incorporating sweet, powdery and resinous essences

Indole

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.

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