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Essential Oil Odour types


    Some common terms

  1. Anisic - slight pleasant odour (aniseed, dillseed, fennel)

  2. Balsamic - sweet warm odours fixatives & Base notes (preu balsam)

  3. Camphoraceous - odour of camphor (cajeput, eucalyptus, rosemary)

  4. Citrus - odour of citrus fruits (lemon, orange)

  5. Earthy - Odour of earth with 1st rain (patchouli, verivert)

  6. Floral - Odour of flowers (Jasmine, rose, ylang ylang)

  7. Fruity - 0dour of fruits (Orange, lemon)

  8. Green - odour of leaves (Corriander)

  9. Herbaceous - odour of  punjent green &  woody character (lavender, rosemary)

  10. Minty - odour of menthol (peppermint, spearmint)

  11. Peppery - warm dry, spicy odour with woody note, pleasant & fresh (Black pepper)

  12. Spicy- Warm, hot or pungent odour (Clovebud, Cinnamon, Ginger)

  13. Woody- Unobtrusive, long lasting, woody notes (Sandal wood, Cedar wood)

Odour Characteristics

Odour characteristics are terms which are used when the odour cannot be clearly defined by the use of the odour names.

  • Balanced - neither component overrides the other.
  • Diffusive - oils that rapidly permeates the surroundings when exposed to air.
  • Dry - odour that gives an impression of dryness
  • Flat -  without characteristics.
  • Fresh - Stimulating and enlivening effect
  • Harsh- Crude. discordant & imbalanced
  • Heavy - Having a heavy sombre aroma. (tuberose)
  • Light - very delicate (neroli)
  • Musty - smell like old books and papers
  • Sharp - Penetrating effect
  • Sweet - soft, pleasant and delicate sensation of pleasure
  • Warm - oils that produce a sensation of warmth wintergreen & ginger.

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