Every industry has it's own short-hand and it's a key part of being efficient in your work. In our case, being able to simply say 'Aromatic' rather than 'The fragrance materials that are particularly fresh and herbaceous' saves time and effort.
However the world of perfumery is full to the stopper with technical terms that often have artistic origins making them even more complex to decipher.
So, for those of who are confused, wanting to learn more about perfumery or perhaps just feeling a bit curious, here are a handful of perfume terms explained.
It literally translates to 'Wake' and the best way to think of it is to picture the trail left behind a sailing boat.
Not to be confused with projection, which refers to the distance a fragrance travels away from your body.
In short, a Chypre is a style of a perfume with a very specific structure of ingredients that was first invented in the early 1900s.
Francois Coty's Chypre de Coty (Coty's Cyprus, translated) was the first blockbuster hit in this style. It's popularity started a wave of creations based on his structure of ingredients.
Try 'Golden Chypre' by Grossmith
These are perfumes that smell like you could eat them. They often smell like confectionary, candy or cakes, but the term can be used to describe anything that smells particularly edible.
Generally, 'Gourmand' tends to be a subcategory of 'Opulent' or 'Ambrée' family but it's not a cardinal rule.
Try 'Bukhara' by Dalì Haute Parfumerie
Try 'Crazy Hours' by Franck Muller
This simply refers to the citrus family or ingredients, but is also used as an adjective to describe any fragrance that has particularly citrusy qualities.
Modern perfumes contain huge amounts of different ingredients and each of these evaporate at different times. This is one of the main reasons that your perfume smells different after a few hours; because some ingredients will have evaporated, and others won't have.
'Dry-down' is slightly confusing, in that it doesn't refer to when a fragrance has literally dried, but actually refers to the change in scent after a few hours of progressive evaporation.