Perfume notes

by admin on April 25, 2012

Musical notes are essential to make up a song. Various shades of colours help create a painting. In the same way fragrance notes are necessary to make a perfume. Generally, there are 3 note scales that when blended together create the perfume’s fragrant accord. Each of these levels has its own primary purpose.

The top notes

Sometimes referred to as the opening notes or head notes, they are generally the lightest of all the notes. The top notes are the ones we smell immediately upon application of the perfume. Given their light molecular structure,they are also the first to fade, but this does’nt mean they aren’t very important.

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

Heart or middle notes

The heart notes appear after the top ones wear off. They are generally floral, as most fruity notes are too light for this layer. They last longer than the top notes and have a strong influence on the base notes to come.

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 when the top notes are completely evaporated. They mix with the heart notes to create the final touch of the fragrance. The job of the base notes is to provide the lasting impression. These often rich notes stay on the skin for hours after the top notes have dispeled.

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

Without the combination of all three levels of notes, a fragrance just wouldn’t be appealing, but together they create beautiful scents.

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