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    Default What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    What is it that characterizes a fragrance as being an "aromatic"?

    Penhaligons Douro is listed on their website as being an aromatic (as opposed to a floral, chypre, citrus, oriental, etc)

    What is an aromatic?
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    I am not knowledgable enough in perfumery to give a difinitive answer, but I have always assumed that the term aromatic refers to the frag containing notes of herbs or greens. I believe similar terms are used in the culinary world as well.
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    I've always known "aromatic" as involving a certain smell of benzene, a six-ringed carbon.

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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by pLaTypu5 View Post
    I've always known "aromatic" as involving a certain smell of benzene, a six-ringed carbon.
    I THOUGHT I smelled six rings of carbon!
    Lately I've been wearing:
    Windsor, Bois de Santal, Original Santal, Elixir, Douro, Endymion, Reflection, Arcus, Marwah

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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    Benzene is not a "six-ringed" carbon but a conjugated cyclic compound that contains 6 C atoms and 6 H atoms.
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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    Yep ... a fragrance is considered "aromatic" when it is quite "herbal" in nature. Notes such as Rosemary, Thyme, Tarragon, Laurel Leaf (Bay), Sage, Clary Sage, Oregano, Basil ... etc, etc.

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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    This is OsMoz's description of Aromatic.
    http://www.osmoz.com/Encyclopedia/Ol...s/Man-Aromatic

    To my nose, it's always meant a pleasant herbal mish mash without very dominant woody or leathery notes.
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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by mtgprox05 View Post
    I am not knowledgeable enough in perfumery to give a definitive answer, but I have always assumed that the term aromatic refers to the frag containing notes of herbs or greens. I believe similar terms are used in the culinary world as well.
    I agree

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    Default Re: What quality defines an "aromatic" fragrance?

    One of the things that might be helpful is Michael Edwards' fragrance wheel. The wheel for fougere has the hub labeled 'aromatic fougere'. See:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Wheel2.gif

    Two things that have caused confusion to me in the past regarding the use of the term aromatic as applied to fragrance:

    (1) Some classifiers do not use the term at all, or sparingly without explanation.

    (2) Aroma is often used in a broader sense regarding pleasant smells.

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