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Breaking Down Aromas

Aroma Characteristics

Balanced: None of components overwhelm the others in the aroma.

Diffusive: When exposed to the air, the aroma permeates the surrounds with its aroma. Ylang Ylang, Geranium.

Dry: Powdery. Patchouli

Fresh: Stimulating and enlivening. Citrus oils

Harsh: Crude and imbalanced. Thyme thymol

Heavy: Permeate the air with a heavy aroma often considered oppressive. Ylang Ylang, Jasmine

Light: Delicate, high volatility. Neroli and high quality Lavender angustifolia

Musty: Dry, smell of old books and paper. Patchouli and Vetiver

Rich: Floods the mind with sensation beyond endurance. Concentration of aroma. Rose, Ylang Ylang, Rose and Clove

Sharp: Penetrating. Lemon

Sweet: Pleasurable, soft, delicate, fragrant. Neroli

Smooth: Soft, sweet, balsamic. Wood oils such as Sandalwood, Rosewood

Warm: Produces the impression of warmth. Surrounded by aroma in the obvious way. Ginger

Aroma Descriptions

Balsamic: An oily or resinous material, sweet, warm, soft aromas, like vanilla. Usually base notes. Sandalwood, Vetiver

Camphoraceous: Clean, fresh, medicinal. Sharp edge. Smells like Camphor. Rosemary ct camphor, and Eucalyptus Globulus

Citrus: Smells like citrus fruit. Uplifting, fresh, cool, ibrant and brisk. Lemon, Lime, Orange and Grapefruit.

Piney: Smells like pine trees, dry and invigorating. Pine and Cypress

Earthy: Smells like damp earth, wet soil. Deep aroma. Vetiver and Patchouli

Floral: Fragrance of a flower. Sweet, heady, fresh, rich aroma. Jasmine, Ylang Ylang

Herbaceous: Pungent, slightly woody. Lavender, Rosemary, Marjoram

Minty: Menthol aroma. Peppermint

Peppery: Warm, dry, spicey aroma. Freshness with a tingle or an edge. Black Pepper and Elemi

Resinous: Buttery, soft, deep. Frankincense, Myrrh

Spicey: Warm, hot, sharp, sweet and pungent. Clove and Ginger

Woody: Smells of the woods. Long lasting, deep aroma. Sandalwood, Opoponax, Cedarwood

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