Unlike with music, art or fashion, no true formal vocabulary has been established to explain and describe fragrance. The terminology used will vary from person to person. And although there is consensus on certain terms, some others are still disputed even by renowned fragrance industry connoisseurs. Ask two experts and you may receive different responses.
Why is it so important to know how to describe scent?
It is a language, like many others. One that will allow us to to express our desires and communicate better.
Have you heard the terms "head" "heart" "base"? - Did they leave you wondering what this really meant?
Perfume is an accord, similar to a musical accord, and it's visualized in 3 parts:
Head ~ Heart ~ Base