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Nag Champa:

The name of perfume oil originally made in the Hindu and Buddhist monasteries of India and Nepal and used to perfume incense. Traditionally made from a sandalwood base, to which are added a variety of flower oils, including that from the flower of the Champaca tree.

Neroli:

Oil prepared from the blossoms of either the sweet or bitter orange tree. Italian term for neroli is zagara.

Nose:

A "nose", or nez in French, is a person who mixes fragrance components to make perfume; another commonly used term is perfumer, or in French, parfumeur createur.

Oak-moss:

derived from lichen (evernia prunastri) that grows on Oak trees.

Obtrusive:

Perfumes can be obtrusive when they are used to excess. Similarly, an ingredient can obtrude if the fragrance composition is not well balanced.

Oriental:

It is the term for perfumes containing ingredients that are reminiscent of fragrances from the East. Such ingredients can be exotic blossom notes, spices, balsams, resins, and animalic components. The character of the Oriental perfumes is such that they are mostly used as so-called winter or evening perfumes.

Olibanum:

see Frankincense.

Opoponax,

also know as "sweet myrrh" and "bisabol myrrh", has a sweet, balsam-like, lavender-like fragrance when used as incense. King Solomon supposedly regarded opoponax as one of the "noblest" of all incense gums.

Orris:

derived from the rhizome of the Iris plant.

Osmanthus:

a flowering tree native to China, valued for its delicate fruity apricot aroma. Also known as the Tea Olive in the southern United States.

Oud:

The Arabic word for wood, in perfumery usually refers to wood from the Agar tree.

Ozone:

A modern, synthetic note meant to mimic the smell of fresh air. It is frequently described as the smell of air right after a thunderstorm.

 



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