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  • Absolute : Fragrant oil extracted from the concrete using volatile solvents once the non fragrant waxes and resins have been removed. This is the very quintessence of the flower.
  • Accord : This is the fragrant effect produced by the combination of  several different raw materials.
  • Acid :  Like the smell of candy.  Slightly tangy and fruity.
  • Aerosol : The dispersion of various products, particularly fragrances, using a pressurized system.
  • Alcohol: In perfumery ethyl alcohol (ethanol), made from beets, is used as a neutral solvent in the production of perfume.
  • Aldehyde : Name used in perfumery for aliphatic molecules with an aldehyde chemical function.
  • Alembic or Still :  Steam distillation apparatus
  • Amber :  Another name for the oriental fragrance note.
  • Ancillary : Term used for an alcohol or a cosmetic product that can be perfumed (cream, toner, lotion, soap, talc, etc.)
  • Anosmia : Absence of the sense of smell.