A perfume language lesson
Perplexed by perfumery jargon? Very much like appreciating a fine wine, enjoying fragrance doesn’t require an elaborate vocabulary-you can simply wear whatever you like. But just as knowing the differences between, say, shiraz and merlot can educate your palate, understanding the perfume lexicon can elevate your sense of smell and help you sniff out your next favourite scent. “Learning the language not only explains what you are investing in, but also helps when you want to research a product online or in the store,” says Marian Bendeth, Toronto-based global fragrance expert and owner of Sixth Scents fragrance consulting. “It’s important to know what you’re buying. Why does it cost that much? What are the differences between A and B? What family or families do I gravitate toward?” Before you hit the beauty counters, product sites or the lively debates on perfume blogs, take this language lesson.