What Makes a Fragrance?

What makes a fragrance?

Fragrances are specifically designed with top, middle, and base notes and can be affected by your body chemistry and the evaporation process of each note itself. Do you know what fragrance “notes” mean?
Top Notes:
Fresh and light, these are the feisty ones! They evaporate the fastest — around 5-30 minutes. Often used as the “selling point” for the perfume, since it’s the aroma you smell first. They comprise about 20-40 percent of the blend. Examples: basil, bergamot, lemon, orange, tea tree oil, grapefruit
Middle Notes:
Known as the “heart” of the fragrance – aww, the softies! Middle notes make up the most of the mix (from 40-80 percent). They become more noticeable after the top notes fade, and take 10-30 minutes to develop on the skin. They tend to be warm and balancing. Examples: Lavender, black pepper, pine, geranium, rosemary, juniper.
Base Notes:
Making up about 10-25 percent of the fragrance, base notes remain when the middle note aroma fades off – the strong guys! They are the longest lasting of the trio and actually help boost the staying power of the top and middle notes. Grounding, deep, and rich, they become stronger with time, usually developing about 30 minutes after application.


Top fragrance tips!
Neck – great spot to make the most of an evening perfume.
Hair – hair is porous so is an excellent carrier for fragrance – every time you move, it will scent the air around you.
Wrists – concentrate on the pulse points, so your fragrance is diffused on every heartbeat.
Back of the knees – placing fragrance here will mean the scent will rise during the day as it evaporates – leaving you with a continuous hint of the scent

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