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Fragrance Notes explained

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When choosing a perfume there are a lot of factors to consider. Did you know that perfumes are made up of three fragrance notes? By exploring the different fragrance notes, you will understand why you are drawn to certain perfumes. Fragrance notes can be split into three categories, top, middle and base notes. Perfumes are defined by the blend of the various notes and the interaction between their notes and your skin.

The first note is the top notes or headnotes. These notes give you the first impression of a fragrance, you either love it or hate it. Top notes form the top layer of the perfume and are more delicate and disappear quickly. The top notes release an initial scent before transitioning smoothly into the middle notes. Common tops notes can be citrus scents such as lemon, orange, and/or light floral notes like lavender and rose.

As the top note fades, the middle or heart notes will emerge. These full-bodied notes make up the heart of a perfume with a more dominant scent. By retaining some of the top notes’ aroma, the middle notes introduce new scents to deepen the perfume while serving as a buffer for the base notes. Common middle notes are aromatic floral oils like jasmine, geranium, neroli and cinnamon.

The base notes linger on the skin the longest after the other notes have faded. The top and middle notes of the perfume are most noticeable however, the base notes are the underlying scent that you smell throughout the day. Baser notes form the perfume’s foundation and work together with the middle notes to create the fragrance. Popular base notes include vanilla, amber, musk and woody notes.

With a better understanding of perfume notes, you can determine your favourite notes and find perfumes that feature them. To find your unique scent, contact your nearest Papillon Distributor today!


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