NATURAL PERFUME ACADEMY GLOSSARY


The Natural Perfume Glossary compiled by Justine Crane & NPA




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Absolute

An Absolute is a prepared perfume material. Absolutes are highly concentrated, entirely alcohol soluble and usually liquid perfume materials. They are obtained by alcohol extraction of concretes or other hydrocarbon types of extracts or from fat extracts of plant material.


[Pic: Jasmine concrete from Jasmine grandiflorum.]

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Adulteration

The intention of acquiring [a sale] through the devaluation of the oil in relation to the labeling of it's container. (Stephen Arctander)
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Balsam

A Balsam is a natural raw material exuded from a tree or plant; the balsam may be either a physiological or a pathological product of the plant. (Stefan Arctander)
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Phototoxicity

legsPhototoxicity results from an overheating reaction between a chemical (either ingested or topically applied) and ultraviolet light. The reaction can cause severe burns and in some cases may cause permanent scaring.
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Otto

results of steam-distilled rose petals, particularly Bulgarian and Turkish rose
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Tenacity

strength of a scent or note characterized by the length of time it lasts on the skin

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Spicy

Notes which are typically hot in character, such as clove, pepper and cinnamon.

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Sweet

characterized by taste utilizing essences such as vanilla, honey and warm balsamic notes

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Resinoids

(see Balsam and Gums)sweet, warm, woody, resinous materials; exudates of trees.

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Soluable

raw materials (essential oils, resins, absolutes, concretes, etc.) which dissolve in a diluent (alcohol, solvent, oil, water, etc.)

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