Words: Emily Venables
How well do you speak perfume? The vocabulary used in the perfume world can be just as complex as some of the perfumes themselves, but don’t worry, at The Perfume Shop we’re here to help! Today, we’re pulling out our little dictionary of perfume terms and taking a closer look at a vital component of your fave scent, an accord.
What is an accord?
An accord is a blend of two or three ingredients that produces a completely new and distinctive smell. If you’re a fan of music, it is just like when two chords are played together to create a unique sound… it’s no coincidence that they use the same term!
It may sound like a simple process, but it is really rather complex. The scents must work in balance and complement each other perfectly. An accord may only make up a very small percentage of the overall formula, but it can elevate a perfume from being a lifeless fragrance to a genuine masterpiece!
The accord low-down
A perfumer will create an accord from scratch for the specific fragrance they are creating, so no accord is ever the same - which is pretty cool when you really think about it! Imagine how much work has to go into making something harmoniously balanced, that has never been created before! It is very much about trial and error until they create something truly amazing!
Wood and leather accords are very popular and will often be found in the base notes. However, accords are not always as common as the one before them. Joop! created the truly one-of-a-kind 'hot skin accord' for their Homme Extreme fragrance. The 'secret ingredient' balanced perfectly with its deep and velvety black cocoa notes to create a sensual, sexy and very masculine scent that expressed the intensity of the physical act of love! Oooh!
There you have it! So, next time you are presented with the accord of a fragrance, you will know all about its unique nature!
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