Any fragrance is composed of ingredients known as olfactory notes. When it blended to create the perfume’s fragrant accord. Like the musical notes of a song. Different tones that blend to generate that special, characteristic and unique smell.
Top notes are considered to play a role in setting the first impression as they are detected after spraying a perfume. What is the first thing you notice in a perfume? Think about it. Top notes are those that are easy to identify, are usually described as fresh, and they must manage to attract.
You will notice them during the first minute, as they are stronger. And after 5 minutes they will start to disappear. Some more common notes include mainly citrus scents (lemon, orange and bergamot), light fruits (grapefruit, berries) and/or soft herbs (sage, lavender).
The smell usually begins to appear between 20 minutes and 1 hour, just when the top notes start to fade. And remain evident for the full life of the fragrance, about 3 hours.
Some of the most common ingredients are floral or fruity, sometimes with a touch of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom. Common middle notes of fragrance include geranium, rose, lemongrass, ylang-ylang, lavender, coriander, nutmeg, neroli and jasmine.
These notes aim to provide a lasting impression. As they are less volatile and are composed of large and heavy molecules, they evaporate more slowly, staying up to 6 hours in the environment.
The woody notes, such as cedarwood, oakmoss or sandalwood, balsamic and musky stand out. Besides, vanilla, amber and patchouli also stand out.