NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY


The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA




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Insoluble

raw materials (essential oils, resins, absolutes, concretes, etc.) which do not dissolve in a diluent (alcohol, solvent, oil, water, etc.)

Entry link: Insoluble

Harsh

pungent or chemical character within a perfume composition

Entry link: Harsh

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

Geranium

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.
Entry link: Geranium


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