Top Middle and Base Notes in Perfumes

Fragrances are specifically designed with top, middle, & base notes, which bring something different. A perfume smell is not only affected by your body chemistry, but by the evaporation process itself.

Learn more about this three Notes.

Top Note:

The initial, lighter smell of the fragrance which lasts around 8 to 15 minutes. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light florals.

Examples: basil, lemon, orange, tea tree oil, bergamot, grapefruit.

Heart or Middle Note:

The main elements of the perfume, these notes develop after the top note clears, around 30 minutes after being sprayed. Heart notes most often include floral scents.

Examples: Lavender, pine, geranium, rosemary, juniper, black pepper.


Base Note :

The last to develop and helps fix the fragrance over the skin. This is where you will smell the notes of the perfume, such as smokes and leathers which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while.

Examples: Sandalwood, rose, vetiver, jasmine, cedarwood, patchouli.

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