NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY
The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA
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raw materials (essential oils, resins, absolutes, concretes, etc.) which do not dissolve in a diluent (alcohol, solvent, oil, water, etc.)
pungent or chemical character within a perfume composition
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
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.