How To Describe The Scent

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How To Describe The Scent
How To Describe The Scent
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It is not easy to verbalize a fragrance. From the point of view of perfumery classification, a generally accepted odor scale has not been invented, which is for the definition of light (wavelength) and sound (frequency range). The smell is a set of molecules mixed in various variations, and it is extremely difficult to describe, and even more so to systematize it. Therefore, the marketing characteristics of a perfume composition are often just beautiful lace from adjectives, which can be easily weaved with a large vocabulary and excellent imagination.

How to describe the scent
How to describe the scent


Step 1

The conventional classification of perfumery fragrances still applies. However, it is not scientific, but rather artistic. This is a note system borrowed from the description of music. Each fragrance consists of three notes: an opening note, a heart note (middle) and a base note. All together they represent a "perfume accord", while they do not sound one without the other. First, the nose perceives the initial note of the aroma, then the heart note appears, only after a while the base note completes the aroma. That is why, when describing fragrances in catalogs and magazines, these few quantities are used, which need to be able to decipher.

Step 2

In order to correctly formulate your preferences in fragrances, rely mainly on the heart note. It is her that you will feel on your body all the time, unlike those around you, who will meet you on the initial note of your spirits, and accompany you on the base. A person is able to recognize more than 100 thousand smells, and those that are close to him, like and give pleasure, he most often describes without hesitation. Turn to the emotional side. Describe the scent through the senses it gives. The concepts of "joy", "sentimentality", "sadness", "vigor" or "melancholy" are quite suitable for perfume. But that will only set the direction.

Step 3

When describing a scent, do not skimp on adjectives. For example, “rich”, “thick”, “heavy” will describe one smell, and “playful”, “daring”, “passionate” will already refer to a completely different type of perfume.

Step 4

Use comparative word forms. The scent can evoke persistent associations with any object or phenomenon, through which it is quite easy to give an extended description. For example, "young grass covered with morning dew", "vanilla stick in Christmas mulled wine" or "fresh breeze of the salty sea", etc.

Step 5

And, finally, when retelling the aroma, one cannot do without the exact characteristics of the "fillers". When giving direction to a floral perfume, describe the smell through the names of flowers and their shades: rose, violet, lily of the valley, lilac, daffodil; sweet, sugary, rich, etc. Fruity aromas are easier to express through the names of fruits: pear, papaya, strawberry, tangerine, plum, peach, etc. Amber shades are characterized as follows: vanilla, bergamot, lavender, incense. woody aromas, they are described through notes: patchouli, sandalwood, cedar, iris, myrtle, rose bush.

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