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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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Oak-moss
derived from lichen (evernia prunastri) that grows on Oak trees.

Oakmoss
A resinous substance exuded from lichen, usually found around oak trees. Odor or Odour: Airborne chemicals emanating from water, objects, one's body, flowers or fragrance that stimulate the olfactory system. The characteristic smell of something.

OBTRUSIVE
Perfumes can be obtrusive when they are used to excess. Similarly, an ingredient can obtrude if the fragrance composition is not well balanced.

Oceanic For Men
Scents in this family are entirely synthetic materials that remind us of things you can’t bottle naturally like ocean spray, mountain air, or line dried linen. Famous oceanic fragrances include Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, Dune by Christian Dior, Ocean Dream by Giorgio Beverly Hills, and Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden.

Odor Memory
The ability of a perfumer to hold, and bring to recall, hundreds of single perfume odors and odor blends.

Odor or Odour
Airborne chemicals emanating from water, objects, one's body, flowers or fragrance that stimulate the olfactory system. The characteristic smell of something.

Odorant
Substance that stimulates the sense of smell.

Odoriferous
Emitting an odor.

Olfaction
Relating to the sense of smell.

Olfactometer
1) An instrument for measuring the sense of smell by issuing known concentrations of odorous materials. 2) An instrument using human olfactory senses to measure the odor intensity of a known concentration of an odorous substance.

Olfactory (adj.)
Relating to, or concerned with, the sense of smell.

Olfactory Bulb
The first region of the brain to receive sensory inputs from the olfactory epithelium. The olfactory bulb presents the initial input and communicates via multiple pathways with numerous other regions of the brain, e.g. limbic system, hypothalamus and cortex.

Olfactory Detection Threshold
The lowest concentration that a specific volatile substance that can be detected as different from an odorless background.

Olfactory Epithelium
Layer of sensory cells in the upper-rear portion of the nose. Each side of the nose contains roughly 15 million sensory cells in the epithelium.

Olfactory Recognition Threshold
The lowest concentration of a vapor at which a specific odor characteristic can be recognized. For example, the recognition threshold for vanilla is the lowest concentration of its vapor that can be recognized as being vanilla.

Olibanum
see Frankincense.

Opoponax
also know as "sweet myrrh" and "bisabol myrrh", has a sweet, balsam-like, lavender-like fragrance when used as incense. King Solomon supposedly regarded opoponax as one of the "noblest" of all incense gums.

Organ (Perfume)
Refers to a unit of semi-circular stepped shelving containing hundreds of bottles of raw materials. Arrangement is in a way to assist the perfumer in the creation of perfume compositions.

Oriental
Fragrance family or type devoting heavy, full bodied and tenacious perfumes. Amber notes are dominant in this category.

Oriental For Men
Scents in this family include amber, vanilla, woods and resins. These perfumes are best worn at night due the fact that most carry a very heavy scent.

Oriental For Women
Scents in this family include amber, vanilla, woods and resins. These perfumes are best for eveningwear due the fact that most carry a very heavy scent. Famous oriental fragrances include Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor, Casmir by Chopard, Opuim by Yves Saint Laurent, and Shalimar by Guerlain.

Orris
derived from the rhizome of the Iris plant.

Osmanthus
a flowering tree native to China, valued for its delicate fruity apricot aroma. Also known as the Tea Olive in the southern United States.

Oud
The Arabic word for wood, in perfumery usually refers to wood from the Agar tree.

Ozone
A modern, synthetic note meant to mimic the smell of fresh air. It is frequently described as the smell of air right after a thunderstorm.

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