Fragrance notes and Perfumery terms

The world of perfumery is filled with special terms and language that describe the characteristics of smells. Here I try to collect and explain the details of perfumery jargons and information regarding raw materials to the best of my ability in the hope that someone who might be just as curious as I am would fall down the rabbit hole of  perfumery!

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Black locust

Backyard delight: black locust blooms

Bitter orange tree

The bitter orange tree: bigarade, petitgrain, orange leaf, neroli, and orange blossom

Part 1: Bigarade or bitter orange oil

Part 2: Petitgrain oil and orange leaf absolute

Part 3: Neroli oil and orange blossom absolute

Chocolate

Thurgau strawberries and Sprüngli chocolate: a case of perfumery

Chypre

Mapping the classic chypres

Earthy

Geosmin: rain and wet earth

Lily of The Valley/Muguet

A gardener’s pride and joy.

Immortelle/Everlasting flower

When the post office smells of Corsica…

Jasmine

An infusion of jasmine and climbing ylang ylang

Strawberry

Thurgau strawberries and Sprüngli chocolate: a case of perfumery

White flower

Personally, the term ‘white flower’ is vague in describing the smell. Rose, lily, lilac, and even violet can be white, depending on their varieties. However, the term generally denotes a shared characteristic of most white flowers: the heavy mothballs and certain toilets of indole. Such white flowers include:

Ylang Ylang

An infusion of jasmine and climbing ylang ylang

More to come!

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