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    Default Is "undertone" a proper fragrance industry term?

    I've recently heard (and read of ) people using the word undertone when describing fragrances.

    Is this word interchangeable with the term basenote or something? I feel like the word is being misused but come to you guys for clarification.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Is "undertone" a proper fragrance industry term?

    I use it every so often to mean "facet" - as in naturally occurring phantom notes alongside the main note. For example, I get a rather distinct sweet banana from jasmine notes/oils.
    I have no clue if that is accepted industry use of the term, it's just my poor layman's attempt at describing what I smell.
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    Default Re: Is "undertone" a proper fragrance industry term?

    I found this definition

    UNDERTONES:
    Subtle characteristics of the fragrance background creating pleasant nuances that are an important part of the fragrance character.

    It's part of a useful index of fragrance terms.

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    Default Re: Is "undertone" a proper fragrance industry term?

    Seems to me that perfumery is only just beginning to find its critics and its critical vocabulary. The industry is certainly one useful source of vocabularies and perspectives on perfume but really good criticism happens when people begin to ask what an artform is useful for, how it matters to the life of a person or a community. The language belongs to us.

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