NOTES EXPLAINED

The Top Notes

  • Also sometimes referred to as the opening notes or head notes, the top notes of a fragrance are generally the lightest of all the notes. but are usually recognized immediately upon application of the perfume. Top notes are usually the first to fade given their light molecular structure.

  • The top notes of a fragrance represent the first impression. Think about how many times you turned away after initial application? Why? Because the top notes didn't make a lasting impression on you. It is hugely important that the top notes not only succeed at luring you in, but also smoothly transition into the heart of the fragrance.

  • Common fragrance top notes include citrus (lemon, orange zest, bergamot), light fruits (grapefruit, berries) and herbs (clary sage, lavender).


The Middle Notes

  • The middle notes, or the heart notes, will start to appear once top notes start to fade. The middle notes are considered the heart of the fragrance. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes that will soon appear. A perfume's heart is generally pleasant and well-rounded. It is often a smooth combination of floral or fruit tones; sometimes infused with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom

  • Common fragrance middle notes include geranium, rose, lemongrass, ylang ylang, lavender, coriander, nutmeg, neroli and jasmine.


The Base Notes

  • The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely faded. The base notes blends in and adds support with the heart notes to create the full body of the fragrance, but are typically associated with the dry-down period. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes linger on the skin for hours after the top notes have dissipated.

  • Common fragrance base notes include cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and musk.


Without the combination of the three levels of notes, a fragrance just wouldn't be aromatically appealing. But together, they create beautiful scents.

 

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