I’ve already written about the different perfume families, fragrance concentrations, and sillage. But there so many other terms relating to perfume, some quite easy and intuitive and others more complicated and baffling, that I haven’t covered yet. Here’s a list of the most common ones. I hope you find it useful.
Absolute: the material extracted from a plant or flower using a solvent. It is also called extract.
Accord: a blend of notes that combine together to create a whole new odour.
Animalic: animal-derived ingredients such as musk, civet and ambergris. These days they are replaced by synthetic ingredients. These notes usually have an unpleasant smell but, when added in small amounts to a perfume, add depth and sensuality to it.
Attar: English form of itr, which means perfume in Arab. It describes a fragrance essential oil distilled from flowers.
Coffret: a gift box or set. It can include several fragrances, or just one fragrance with its matching body products.
Decant worthy: a fragrance you like enough to want a small vial of it, but not enough to purchase the full bottle.
Factice: a perfume bottle made for commercial display. The juice inside is not really perfume.
Flanker: a new perfume that shares some characteristics, and capitalizes on the success, of an already existing perfume.
Fixative: an ingredient added to a perfume formula to make it last longer.
Fruitchouli: a blend of fruit and patchouli.
Hesperidia: a general term for citrus oils.
Indole: a chemical compound, naturally found in some flowers such as jasmine and tuberose, that smells floral at low concentrations and fecal at high concentrations.
Indolic: a fragrance that has animalic or overripe characteristics.
Lactones: a group of molecules that give a creamy and milk quality to a perfume.
Nose: a person who mixes fragrance components to make perfume. Also known as perfumeur.
Ozonic: a group of chemicals that mimics the smell of fresh air.
Perfumista: someone who seriously loves and cares about fragrance. Some people use it as a feminine term (perfumisto is its masculine form), others as a neutral term that refers both to women and men.
Pinkification: making a fragrance more girly by lightning, sweetening and fruiting it up.
Scrubber: a fragrance that smells so bad on you you want to scrub it off immediately.
Soliflore: a perfume that focuses on a single flower.
SOTD: scent of the day
SOTE: Scent of the evening
Are there any more fragrance terms that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments!
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