, Thank you! I’ve added leathery to the list above with a couple of examples. What comes as a surprise is that in perfumery terpenic facets show up in the most delicate of floral accords such as lilac and freesia. July 8, 2012 at 4:30pm Reply. : – ) February 3, 2012 at 12:43pm Reply, Austenfan: For me soap is indelibly linked with the wonderful Marseille soaps. François Coty modernized and stylized the chypre idea with Chypre de Coty, a fragrance launched in 1917. February 3, 2012 at 10:13am Reply, Victoria: Martin, you are welcome! Hope this word list had the adjective used with lavender you were looking for. IUNX has a wonderful orange blossom cologne called L’Eau Baptiste. Roses and lilacs can be white as well. Smelling things is like learning a new language. I live in a community blighted for 20 years by a rancid smelling sewage works and a fish bone meal factory chipping into the smell aswell. FM Lifestyle May 18, 2013 at 5:58am Reply, Gritton Gale: Ohhh…how I love perfumes! Accord—a perfume is more than the sum total of its parts. Because of its mild and pleasant scent, lavender is commonly used in cleaning products and for scenting clothes and body products. A few months ago we chatted about the terms we found confusing, and based on that discussion I made a list of common terms and perfume descriptors. Great blog! Serge Lutens Féminité du Bois and Guerlain Samsara are great examples of woody accords, the former is dry and the latter is creamy. If you have a lavender plant, run your hand along the leaves and sniff. Another word for lavender. Now i can pretend i know something! Lindaloo: Thanks for this post — great information as usual, especially with the references to specific perfumes. February 9, 2014 at 11:24am Reply, dpw: Thank you for simple, descriptive definitions. My mother used to wash the floors with a soap that smelled rather similar. February 5, 2012 at 10:07pm Reply, Victoria: You're welcome! thank u :). That's why it's vital to have a few descriptive words for scents. Tips: Lavender is easy to grow and a very popular essential oil found in shops around the world. french, fresh. Too bad that they discontinued it. February 3, 2012 at 10:48am Reply. HTH! I knew you would know. Loading you some adjectives... Won't be much longer! July 29, 2013 at 12:16pm Reply, Victoria: Glad that you liked it! If you have ever used the Pine-Sol cleaning products, you are familiar with this pungent scent. Also check out. My favourite grandmother used that and it smelled really nice on her. Camphorous, camphoraceous—sharp, cooling scent associated with camphor, a material made synthetically or derived from natural sources like camphor laurel. The parser simply looks through each book and pulls out the various descriptions of nouns. Also, I love the red Lifebuoy soap popular in the South Asian countries. Resinous—a term describing dry, sharp odor of resinous materials like frankincense and elemi. Plus, it leaves my skin very soft. More about white florals with specific note descriptions can be found at Building Perfume Wardrobe: White Florals/Jasmine. It is a creamy scent reminiscent of dried rose petals and fresh milk. Lactonic scents are reminiscent of fresh dairy products, coconut, almond or peach skin, since lactones naturally occur in dairy products, pork, apricots, plums, peaches, figs and other fruit. Can anyone help with a catchy little advert? But I do remember another lovely soap called Maja soap. In the UK our Cherry Blossom trees are just blooming and it is so pretty to see – such a lovely time of year with new beginnings! A search for words to describe "people who have blue eyes" will likely return zero results. For instance, the aldehydic flourish in the top notes of Lalique Encre Noire Pour Elle lights up this osmanthus and rose composition. Vanillin is probably the most commonly used aldehyde material in perfumery, and it smells sweet and creamy. Such examples include Dior Eau Sauvage and Bulgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Vert. See how your sentence looks with different synonyms. Soapy—If you’ve ever tried making your own soap, you might be familiar with the scent that rises up as you mix oils or fats with an alkaline solution. The more compact variety Hidcote, has darker blue flowers, grows to around a foot high and is very pretty in any flower or herb garden. This can be a radiant, bright effect as in Christian Dior J’Adore, or a blur as in Katy Perry Purr. But it refused to lather. This tool helps you find adjectives for things that you're trying to describe. Find more ways to say lavender, along with related words, antonyms and example phrases at, the world's most trusted free thesaurus. Indolic—a moth-ball like scent present in large doses in jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. I'm a writer, journalist and professionally trained perfumer. A French term for it is “gras,” fat, and it is a trait that you often find in classical fragrances. I am so excited to discover this amazing site. February 3, 2012 at 11:44am Reply, Vanessa: This is excellent, thanks! One time I bought some organic brand from Whole Foods that smelled great and was bio-degradable, etc. Woody—evoking the dry, resin-like scent of pencil shavings. Describing aromas is so hard, but it is also fun, because it forces us to think differently about familiar things. Guerlain L’Heure Bleue and Calvin Klein Euphoria are fragrances with a strong sillage, while Guerlain Tonka Impériale stays close to the skin. However, when soapy is used to describe a perfume in North America, it usually means that a perfume is either aldehydic, fatty and waxy, has a strong white, laundry-type musk or an orange blossom note. I’ve also been meaning to mention that I like the new page style you settled on. While playing around with word vectors and the "HasProperty" API of conceptnet, I had a bit of fun trying to get the adjectives which commonly describe a word. What a useful tool this would be – for writers like me and many others, particularly for emergency response personnel struggling to identify and record odors signifying hazardous conditions! I’m not sure what you have easily available to you, but perfumes like Balenciaga Paris (violet leaf), Diptyque Vetyverio (vetiver), Annick Goutal Duel might be very interesting for you to try. Jean Patou Joy is a quintessentially rich perfume, since it contains large proportions of rose and jasmine. Advertisement. For instance, the accord between patchouli and a cotton candy note gives Thierry Mugler Angel, Prada Eau de Parfum and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle their distinctive character. Forgive me, but I am still having trouble deciding which it would fall under because it could be several. This is amazing. One term I hear sometimes in terms of perfume is leathery – and I get that this refers to leather – but I’d love to hear your take on the term, and some great examples. We bought some new fancy scent, and it was so perfumey that I could not even finish the bottle. It is a vague term because soap smells very differently depending on where you grew up. Each word below can often be found in front of the noun lavender in the same sentence. It was the inspiration behind Guerlain Bois d’Arménie. November 29, 2017 at 10:00am Reply, Victoria: Glad to hear it, thank you! This confuses the engine and so you might not get many adjectives describing it. February 3, 2012 at 4:37pm Reply, Victoria: I heard that the original formula for Maja soap was created by none other than a genius perfumer Jean Carles (Miss Dior, Ma Griffe). November 24, 2014 at 1:11pm Reply, Men Scent: Great information. Some lavenders are more subtle than others. July 8, 2012 at 5:35pm Reply, Kat: Many thanks from Ukraine! Character—the defining idea of a fragrance. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Its top notes show little variation from the bottom notes, so you experience right away its character. Writers know that using the senses is a great way to make stories come alive. Have you tried it? Aldehydes are not limited to starchy-waxy notes, however. Gourmand—an edible, dessert reminiscent fragrance. Lavender appeals to many of our senses with beautiful flowers and wonderful fragrance.. Thank you for the suggestion. Victoria: Unfortunately I haven’t tried Frederic Fekkai Sensuelle. but i would like to know where Poison Dior is categorized, definitelly my thing. I am aiming for an easy to read, simple format, a bit airier than the previous one. Terpenic—sharp, piney and biting. I was hoping to have my view of Joy as “fatty” and “unctuous” confirmed, and there it was cited as an example. That’s the best analogy for me. Known to help relieve headaches, insomnia, tension and stress, its therapeutic properties have been well documented all over the world. Now I need my Perfumer’s Apprentice kit and I’ll be much more knowledgable with the bewildering terminology! Note also that if there aren't many term adjectives, or if there are none at all, it could be that your search term has an abiguous part-of-speech. The scent of lavender is floral and sweet and also has herbal notes with balsamic undertones. February 3, 2012 at 10:26am Reply, rosarita: What a wonderful post, so very helpful! Bela, the blogger behind this project, is very helpful. Dior Addict and Parfums de Nicolai Vanille Tonka rely on a blend of different vanillic materials. A great example of a perfume rich with resinous notes is Armani Privé Bois d’Encens. Powdery fragrances can suggest makeup or Johnson & Johnson baby powder. Thanks for sharing. Donna Karan Black Cashmere, L’Artisan Parfumeur Passage d’Enfer, and Yves Saint Laurent Nu also use resinous materials in their compositions. Today I went “zesty” with Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine. I just recently found out the chypre sounds more like an animal (sheep) and less like “ci-pher”. Often I can’t put a word or description to the aroma I’m experiencing — this helps mucho! Musky—There are many different types of musk, and every fragrance contains at least one of them. I just sprayed on a bit of Love Chloe, so I am in the powdery territory. I had a hard time choosing between the Anima Dulcis & By Kilian Noir Aphrodisiaque! I will add it in. And Mitsouko soap was a gem. Bulgarian Lavender is very mild and low on the camphor notes. There is cardamom and pepper here for spice and benzoin… November 4, 2020 at 5:53pm, Robin L. Ott in L’Artisan Parfumeur Traversee du Bosphore Giveaway: I recently bought a bottle of Arquiste Anima Dulcis and am loving it. And Ms. Netrebko definitely earned her stature. Top synonyms for lavender (other words for lavender) are lilac, violet and lilac-colored. What it smells like: Each variety of lavender has a slightly different scent. The main accord in Narciso Rodriguez for Heris rich due to the generous dose of musks, while the perfume on the whole seems luminous, rather than heavy or fatty. Lavender that crowd ought not to be at large. Elisa: I think in America “soapy” is also used to describe a dry orange blossom note, I guess because soaps are commonly scented with orange flower water? Feel free to email me. Photography by Vera, lavender fields in Grasse, France. My Family is from Barcelona and i grew up on the original Maja. February 4, 2012 at 10:30am Reply, Victoria: That’s a good question, but the answer to it is not all that straightforward. The idea for the Describing Words engine came when I was building the engine for Related Words (it's like a thesaurus, but gives you a much broader set of related words, rather than just synonyms).