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    (from French) in perfumery - a veil of scent that a person leaves behind when walking or when you enter a lift and smell that someone has been there before you; perfume can either have soft or heavy sillage depending on the type. The word is often used in perfume blogs as part of description.

    Fragrances with minimal sillage are often said to “stay close to the skin”.

    Submitted by Nesia from Poland on 18/08/2012
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