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Perfumery vocabulary

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Today, we explore the singular lexicon of perfumery, a complex and delicate universe closely associated with that of music.


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This versatile container can be used for a variety of tasks, such as stirring and preparing blends. At Studio des Parfums, we provide you with a beaker so you can create, observe and smell your perfume at every stage of formulation.

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Coffee beans

At your disposal During our perfume creation workshops, coffee beans offer a familiar scent that helps the brain to focus on a single odor, thus facilitating the detection of new, complex olfactory nuances.

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Graduated test tube

Used in laboratories to measure volumes of liquids, the test tube allows you to follow precisely the quantities recommended by our perfumer, ensuring the harmony of your fragrance.

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Creation form

Supplied during our perfume creation workshops, it enables you to write down each note present in your perfume. At the end of the workshop, we keep this sheet for you so that we can reproduce it identically, should you wish to recommend it. 

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Touche à sentir

A "touche" is a strip of paper used to smell a fragrance and track its evolution over time.

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  • Note

In perfumery, a note refers to a scent, which can describe a "facet" of a perfume. They can be classified into 3 categories: top notes, middle notes and base notes. 

  • Top note

Top notes are the first notes you perceive when you spray your perfume. More volatile than the others, they last a few minutes before disappearing. 

  • Middle note 

The middle notes make up the "heart" of the fragrance, in other words, its personality. Elles se composent principalement de fruits et de fleurs. 

  • Base note 

The base notes are the heaviest. They are the base of the fragrance. These notes evolve over the course of the day and remain on the skin and clothing for a very long time. 

  • Perfume accord 

The result of a blend of several fragrant ingredients.

  • Formula 

List of all the notes used to create a perfume. 

  • Olfactory family

Olfactory families classify olfactory notes according to their characteristics:woodlands;chypress;leathery; the;florals;ferns hepesperidae and orientals.

  • Olfactory pyramid 

A pyramid-shaped representation of a fragrance's structure, from light top notes to lingering base notes.


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  • Natural and synthetic notes

Extracts from nature or synthetic products, used respectively for their unique characteristics or when direct extraction is not possible.

If you would like to find out more, we invite you to read our article : The perfume duel: Natural versus Synthetic (

  • Perfume organ 

Considered the perfumer's instrument, it is on this piece of furniture that the perfumer arranges his raw materials to create unique compositions. At the Studio, our perfume organ, with over 100 notes from Grasse, guarantees an unforgettable experience.

  • Perfume

A fragrance is a mixture of essential oils, water and alcohol, which can include various natural ingredients such as plants, flowers or fruit.

To immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Studio des Parfums is to venture into a universe where every note, every chord and every element contributes to creating unique and memorable olfactory experiences. 

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