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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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Harmonious
Order, accord and unity in fragrance.

HARMONY
is the tuning of all the components of a perfume so that no single element in any phase of the fragrance evaporation becomes so prominent that it could be considered unpleasant. It is easy to achieve harmony between similar smelling substances but quite difficult between the contrasting elements which are often introduced into a perfume to give originality and character. Bringing these warring elements into harmony is a challenging task for the perfumer.

Harsh
A crude, unbalanced, rough pungent odor.

Hay
A sweet clover odor.

HAY-LIKE
notes are used mainly in "Nature" fragrances, in different ranges of application-for instance, in medicinal bath-products. Masculine perfumes also can contain hay-like components (Fougere). The synthetic substance with a hay-like odor that is most important in the industry is coumarin.

Headspace Technology
perfumers' method used to analyze the natural scent of a living flower with computers and duplicate that aroma in a lab

Heady
Exhilarating, sparkling, stimulating.

Heart
The core of a perfume composition which gives it its character.

HEAVY
Fragrances in which the least-volatile ingredients such as mosses and animal notes dominate are called heavy perfumes. Since these ingredients are part of the top note, a heavy perfume can be identified as such at first impact. Heavy substances are used predominantly in chypre notes.

Hedione
Synthetic said to have a "diffusive jasmine" scent.

Heliotrope
Botanically speaking, this refers to more than one type of flower, but in perfumery, it refers to flowers of the family heliotropium, which are said to have a strong, sweet vanilla-like fragrance with undertones of almond.

HERBACEOUS
Many fragrance substances have herbaceous components, and are reminiscent of herbs and drugs. Well-known, and often-used examples are mugwort, sage, rosemary and lavender. Herbaceous accents are widely used in masculine perfumes.

Hesperidia
A general term for citrus oils.

Heterosmia
All vapors smell alike.

Honey
A very sweet, heavy, syrupy, fragrance note; is tenacious.

Hyposmia
The most common type of smell loss experienced by humans, it may occur following an influenza-like illness, a blow to the head, nasal allergies or from unknown causes. Hyposmia has been classified into two major types: Type I Hyposmia represents an impairment of smell at the olfactory epithelia area. Vapors cannot be recognized but can still be detected; Type II Hyposmia represents a quantitative impairment of smell. Vapors can be detected and recognized but at higher than normal concentrations.

Hypothalamus
The portion of the brain that coordinates responses of the autonomic nervous system, e.g. body temperature control; food and fluid intake; hormonal shifts at puberty, and during and after pregnancy; sexual behavior.

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