Perfumery Terms

What Does Sillage Mean In Perfumery?

Sillage refers to the diffused scent that may linger from a person wearing a particular fragrance. The term originated from France, and was used to describe an obvious trace or trail left behind by a traveling ship. Although it is not visible, sillage can correlate with memory. The smell of a particular fragrance may bring back memories of a specific person, even if that person is not actually there at that exact moment or is no longer present in the physical world.

A perfume’s sillage is considered one of the most powerful characteristics of a fragrance. Depending on where it is applied, perfumes with strong sillage tend to have very rich and alluring scent profiles, meaning they likely have long lasting power not only on the skin, but in the air as well. When the alcohol in a perfume mixture evaporates, molecules from the fragrance are released, and therefore have the opportunity to be captured olfactory by others even from a distance.

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The Growing Popularity of Unisex Fragrances

Identifying a fragrance as “unisex” is in reference to its targeted appeal to all genders. When it comes to “categorizing” a fragrance as unisex, or for no particular gender, it can be a very subjective evaluation. What connotes a unisex fragrance? What are the qualifications and/or deciding factors in the development process?

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Fragrance Longevity 101

We’ve all experienced or heard others proclaim “I love this perfume but it doesn’t last very long.” What qualifies as “long lasting” in a perfume? What contributes to a perfume's ability to be long lasting or have “wear longevity”? What is the average time a perfume should last on your skin? Fragrance longevity is essentially the length of time the olfactory presence stays detectable on the skin of the wearer. It’s not an easy straightforward time period for all perfumes.

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Why Gourmand Perfumes Are So Universally Appealing

Reference to the term gourmand primarily focuses on a connoisseur of food. A person who enjoys and appreciates good food, good wine and good company with which to enjoy it. So it seems very natural to attach this same appreciation to a gourmand fragrance in the perfume industry. The broad characteristic of a gourmand fragrance or perfume is that it smells edible.

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