DICTIONARY: G - H


Generic

General, common, in relation to perfume usually mean the same or similar to lots of other perfumes. Actually, we can define them as “fake” trademark perfumes under other brands. Situation is same in other industries regarding intellectual property.

Gourmand

Fragrances which smell food related.

Gourmie

Term used around Fragrantica which refers to gourmand perfume lovers.

Green Notes

Green notes are fresh & lively, often used to make a fragrance feel crisp & sharp. Grasses, herbs, green leaves, tea leaves even some marine plants. Mostly found in summer & sporty fragrances.

Guerlainaide

Refers to the base of most Guerlain fragrances which is unique to them.

Hairspray

Perfume term used to describe a fragrance that is overwhelmingly suggestive of aerosol & alcoholic chemical smells.

Headspace

Technology developed in the 1980's to extract an aroma from the air for a perfumer to recreate.

Head Notes

See Top Notes.

Heady perfumes

A heady perfume could be described as something that makes your senses spin, intoxicating, strong, most likely associated with florals but not limited to. Dictionary meaning: "Tending to upset the mind or the balance of the senses", seems right.

Heart

Notes are separated by the perfumer into Top/Head notes Middle/Heart notes and base to explain the perfumes evolvement in time to lay people. Heart notes are the middle notes in the perfume.

Herbal

Aromatic scent of herbs or even cut grass.

Hesperide

The citrus fruit group as a family. In perfumery this includes notes of citrus blossoms (e.g lemon, orange, neroli etc, but not linden AKA 'lime', which is not closely related to the lime citrus fruit) and petitgrain (the essence of citrus tree leaves, twigs,and buds), as well as the notes provided by oils extracted from the citrus fruit peels.

Homme

French word for man.