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Perfume & Fragrances Information

Basic
Fragrance Categories For Her
Fragrance Categories For Him
Fragrance Forms For Her
Fragrance Forms For Him
Do's and Dont's
Essential Oils and Their Properties
Fragrance Tips
Sensory Gift Giving Guide — From her
Sensory Gift Giving Guide — From him
Sensory Stages
Fragrance Types For Her
Fragrance Types For Him
Wedding Tips
Men's Perfume Buying by Catherine Tyler
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CAMPHORACEOUS
notes have a fresh, clean, medicinal smell. In Nature, they are present in lavandin, rosemary, and conifer oils, among others. These notes are widely used in the perfume industry in the perfuming of bath products.

Carambole
Star fruit.

Cashmeran
A synthetic compound with a spicy, musky, floral odor. Meant to add a powdery, velvet nuance that invokes the smell or feel of cashmere.

Castoreum
A secretion from the Castor beaver, or a synthetic substitute, used to impart a leathery aroma to a fragrance.

Champaca
A flowering tree of the magnolia family, originally found in India, also called the "Joy Perfume tree" as it was one of the main floral ingredients in that perfume. Traditionally used in Indian incense as well.

Chypre
A fragrance family or type - a complex of moss mixed with woods, flowers or fruit odors.

Chypre For Men
Pronounced "sheepra",French for "Cyprus", Scents in this family include sage, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli and resins. Named for Mediterranean Island of Cypress and inspired by Francois Coty's perfume of the same name, this scents woodsy - mossy feel is perfect men who love the outdoors. Famous chypre fragrances include DK Unleaded by Donna Karan.

Chypre For Women
Pronounced "sheepra",French for "Cyprus", Scents in this family include sage, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli and resins. Named for Mediterranean Island of Cypress and inspired by Francois Coty's perfume of the same name, this scents woodsy - mossy feel is perfect for the outdoor lover. Famous chypre fragrances include Halston by Halston Fragrances, Knowing by Estee Lauder, Miss Dior by Christian Dior, and Moments by Priscilla Presley.

Cilia
Short, hair-like cytoplasmic processes projecting from the free surface of certain cells. They are constantly in a state of motion.

Citrus
Odors from citrus fruits such as orange, lemon, lime, mandarin and bergamot which give fresh, fruity top notes used especially in eau fraiche, classical and men's colognes.

Citrus For Men
For men this family includes oils of lemon, orange, lime, and bergemont. Famous citrus fragrances include Armani by Giorgio Armani, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger, and Blue Jeans by Gianni Versace.

Citrus For Women
Scents in this family include lemon, manderine, tangerine, lime, grapefruit, and bergemont. The light and fresh feel of these perfumes are nice for weekend of casual use. Famous citrus fragrances include Eau De Rochas by Rochas, and Gieffeffe by Gianfranco Ferre.

CITRUS NOTES
have a fresh, light character. They come from the family of the agrumen oils (bergamot, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, bitter orange). In addition to these there are a number of synthetic substances that have the fresh character of citrus in different variations.

Civet
The African civet cat looks like a fox, and is related to the mongoose. Civet musk is produced by a gland at the base of the cat's tail. Pure civet is said to have a strong, disagreeable odor, but in small quantities to add depth and warmth to a fragrance. In addition, civet acts as an excellent fixative. Most modern fragrances use synthetic substitutes.

Classic
A classic fragrance can be considered in the same vein as classic painting or music. It's a style of fragrance structure that has depth and usually a higher percentage of floral absolutes (3-10%) than are found in modern style fragrances.

Clou de girofle
(French for) clove.

Cloying
An odor that is excessively sickly sweet and clinging, it can be an effect where a perfumes note does not change, as in a linear perfume that seems to last too long and becomes unpleasantly clinging.

Coffee
A gustative that stimulates the sense of taste and smell and was introduced in the men's fragrance AngelMEN (1996). Coffee contains over 800 aromatic compounds. No two roasted beans have the same odor profile and scientists have yet to discover all of the aromatic molecules in roasted coffee.

Cologne (Classical)
A term reserved for those fragrances which are basically citrus blends and do not have a perfume parent. Modern colognes, however, are often a lighter extension of the perfume.

Cologne (Men's)
More concentrated than women's colognes (5-8%), similar to the strength of toilet water (Eau de Toilette). A Men's After-Shave by comparison usually only have 3 - 5%. pronounce like Köln

Cologne (Women's)
A light form of a specific fragrance with about 3% concentration of perfume compound in an alcohol water base. pronounce like Köln

COMPOSITION or COMPOUND
Every perfume is a composition of harmoniously adjusted individual components. The characteristics of the individual ingredients are used to create a new and unique overall character in which the individual characteristics of the ingredients recede in favor of the combination but at the same time, are not themselves obliterated.

Compound
The name used in the industry for the concentrated perfume or flavor mixture before it is diluted or used in products.

Concrete
The mixture of volatile oil, waxes and color that is obtained after an aromatic raw material such as flower petals are extracted with a highly volatile solvent e.g. Hexane. The term refers to the fact that after the solvent is removed the mass is solid and waxy.

CONIFEROUS
is the odor impression that is reminiscent of pine, spruce, juniper and others of this family. Conifer oils are mainly used in bath products and in masculine fragrances.

Cortex
The outer layer of gray matter of the brain.

Coumarin
A compound that smells like vanilla. Usually derived from the Tonka bean, but also found in lavender, sweet grass and other plants. Coumarin is banned as a food additive in the United States due to toxicity issues, but is used to produce anti-coagulant medicines, rat poison, and as a valuable component of incense and perfumes.

CREATION
is the making of a new perfume oil corn position. Creative work is an art which in nevertheless influenced by economic considerations, so perhaps "skilled craft" would be a more, appropriate description.

Creative Perfumery
The process of discovering or making new combinations and perfumes as opposed to copying perfumes or reconstructing naturally occurring fragrance materials.

CRYSTALLINE
A certain amount of crystalline fragrance sub stances can be dissolved, without problems, in the, liquid ingredients of a perfume oil. In general they possess good fixative properties. But to( high a percentage of crystalline substances, an( especially low temperatures, can cause what i known as "crystallizing-out"-the appearance o crystals in the liquid.

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