Fragrance Notes: Everything You Need To Know
Perfume can sound complex and overwhelming to some, but don’t be intimidated by the terms! Once you get to know them, it’s really easy to understand and apply the knowledge!
So what exactly are perfume notes? Perfume notes are ingredients that make up a fragrance. They are categorized into 3 different parts: Top note, middle note and base note.
Top notes are the first notes that you smell in a fragrance. They are often fresh, fruity scents and these form the top layers of a perfume. The top notes are generally the lightest of all notes. They can be smelled immediately upon application.
Some common top notes include scents like lemon, orange, bergamot, sage and grapefruit. The top notes have the lightest molecular structure and they typically only last for about 5-15 mins before they disappear.
When the top notes disappear, the middle notes start to bloom! The middle notes are also known as the ‘heart of the perfume’. They are the more dominant aroma and they linger longer than the top notes. The scents are generally pleasant and well-rounded.
The middle notes usually last for about 2-4 hours after the top notes dissipate.
The middle notes are often made up by floral or fruity tones - such as rose, geranium, ylang-ylang and lavender.
Moving on to our final base note! They are the notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated. It pairs with the heart notes to create a beautiful fragrance, creating an impression. The top notes have the heaviest molecular structure and will linger on the skin for about 4-6 hours.
Common fragrance base notes include cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and musk.
These notes may not smell as good on their own, but together they create extraordinary scents.
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