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Understanding Perfume Notes

Understanding Top, Middle And Base Notes In Perfume

Like a musical composition, perfume is made up of singular notes that harmonize together to create an aromatic symphony. Every note has a purpose, and every note evokes a feeling. Rather than simply listing the oils as ingredients in our Natural Perfume, we organized them into the three categories of notes present in perfume. Seeing which aromas are in the top, middle, and base notes can help you anticipate what the experience of wearing a perfume will be like.

Top Notes

Also referred to as headnotes, top notes are the first impression of a perfume. It’s these first notes that either draw you into an aroma or push you away. The oils that are classified as top notes tend to be fresh and sharp. Their lighter molecular structure means that their aroma will not linger as long on the skin, and with time they will give way to the middle notes.

Top Notes of our Natural Perfumes:

Allure - Bergamot

Lavender Magnolia - Bergamot, Lemon

Rose Bergamot - Bergamot

Shine - Tangerine, Lemon Myrtle

Vanilla Sandalwood - Magnolia

XOXO - Ginger

Middle Notes

Middle notes, or heart notes, will make its presence known as the top note fades. These full-bodied notes make up the heart of a perfume and determine the more dominant aroma. The oils that are classified as middle notes tend to be well-rounded and pleasant. Their aroma will linger longer than the top notes before introducing the base notes.

Middle Notes of our Natural Perfumes:

Allure - Jasmine, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Cistus, Cinnamon Bark

Lavender Magnolia - Lavender

Rose Bergamot - Rose

Shine - Lavender, Melissa, Elemi

Vanilla Sandalwood - Myrrh

XOXO - Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Jasmine, Damiana

Base Notes

Base Notes are those that linger longest on the skin after the other notes have faded. While the top and middle notes of the perfume are the most noticeable, the bottom notes are the underlying aroma throughout the wear of the perfume. The oils in this note classification tend to be deep and rich, and first appear once the top notes have dissipated.

Base Notes of our Natural Perfumes:

Allure - Patchouli, Vetiver, Sandalwood

Lavender Magnolia - Vanilla

Rose Bergamot - Patchouli

Shine - Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Osmanthus

Vanilla Sandalwood - Vanilla, Sandalwood

XOXO - Vanilla, Sandalwood

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April 24, 2019

Really enjoyed this educational artical about parfumes. I love EO’s for wellness, but really enjoy the extra benefits off the aromatic smells as well.
Thank you!