What Is An Accord In Perfumery?

A perfumery accord is a combination of aromatic materials that acquire a distinctive character and become more than a sum of their parts. These combinations or blends are created to represent a defined aroma that is then incorporated into a larger solution to create the end result. The quintessential brick used to build the perfume house.  This full evolution of customized raw materials balanced together to create a unique fragrance aroma can help deliver the overall theme of the fragrance…the main character that draws attention.

Perfumers train years to perfect these types of balanced odor intensity accords. With thousands of natural and synthetic elements to work with, new accords can take time to evolve.  Examples of well known accords used in perfumery today are chypre, leather, fougère and amber