DICTIONARY: M - N


Marine Accord

A scent that is evocative of the smell of the ocean/sea may or may not feature Calone (methylbenzodioxepinone) or its related notes.

Middle Notes

Body of perfume can take 10-30 minutes to develop, see also Heart notes.

Monotheme

Sometimes used in relation to perfume when referring to single note fragrances like Sandalwood, Patchouli, Tonka etc..

Musk

Secretion from musk deer, collected during rutting season, very potent and was used in perfume bases to add warmth & eroticism. Nowadays synthetic musks know as nitromusks are used, also vegetal musks from plants.

Narcotic

Indoles are often referred to as having a narcotic effect, strong, heady, intoxicating, mesmerising, addictive. Generally used in reference to white florals.

Niche

Perfumes made by perfumes houses possibly with one perfumer in charge. Selective approach to distribution, seldom advertised but relying on reputation.

Nose

Creators of perfumes.

Note

Perfume term for ingredients that make up a perfume.

Novelty Fragrance

Perfume purchased for reasons other than its smell, maybe bottle design or unusual scent.