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

Entry link: Hay

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

Entry link: Head Note

Heady

intoxicating and stimulating

Entry link: Heady

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

Entry link: Heart Note

Heavy

intense and oftentimes cloying note

Entry link: Heavy

Herbal oil

A macerate or infusion of plant material in a plain vegetable oil. See macerate.
Entry link: Herbal oil

Herbal/Herbaceous

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

Entry link: Herbal/Herbaceous

Honey

sweet, syrupy note

Entry link: Honey

I

Incense

notes incorporating sweet, powdery and resinous essences

Entry link: Incense

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.
Entry link: Indole


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