Scent Jargon. From H – S
From Headspace to Synthetic. We wrap up the most need to know words in perfumery.
H – M
A remarkably cool way of capturing scent that uses a domed container to form an airtight seal around an object, before analysing its odour compounds to be sent to a lab. Once analysed the scent can be recreated using synthetic molecules. It’s commonly used on flowers that are hard to extract using traditional methods, but it could be used on just about anything.
A word that can sometimes cause confusion: the ‘juice’ is simply the liquid inside the bottle, the perfume.
The Middle-East have a long tradition of it, and the West is catching up, layering is simply the act of applying perfumes one after the other on the skin to create a new scent. Our entire perfume collection, Layers, was designed for just that, each was formulated with the idea of blending and layering in mind: the first fragrance collection to do so.
Once obtained from a sex gland secretion from the Tibetan musk deer, we now no longer extract from the animal itself. The natural ingredient has been replaced by a range of synthetic musks which all have different qualities, but mostly they smell like soft, sexy skin. Although if you can’t smell it, don’t fret as you’re not alone, it is incredibly common to have ‘anosmia’ to synthetic musk ingredients.
N – S
Used to describe a single smell or ingredient, the term is borrowed from the language of music. It can also be used to describe the ingredients within a top, heart or base of a fragrance.
Heat is what brings a fragrance to life, so it makes sense that we would spray our perfume on the parts of our bodies that create the most. Think of your body as the diffusing tool for your fragrance, just like a flame for a candle. Pulse points are located at the bottom of the throat, behind the ear, on the wrists, inside elbows and behind knees. Using perfume in the places where the skin is thinner, and so the fragrance can be activated by your body heat quicker, will make the most out of your scent.
Secreted by trees and bushes, resins are often sticky and brown. Used for aeons, either burned as incense or offered up to the gods, resins are still used commonly in modern perfumery. Often smelling smoky, warm and ambery, they add depth to a scent – frankincense, myrrh and fir are all types of resins.
Molecules perfume ingredients that are produced through synthetic organic chemistry. Used in combination with naturals, they are essential to perfumers and make the lion’s share of the perfumer’s organ. More often than not they are nature identical – the same as the molecule found in a natural ingredients. Some molecules are directly extracted from the natural ingredients it origins from, making them sometimes organically certified.