Everything to Know About Fragrance Notes (They're Important!)

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If you're anything like us, you love your sprays, perfumes and oils… so why not become a fragrance connoisseur? Each fragrance has what are referred to as notes—top, middle and base. Then, within each of those notes, are scents. We know, it might seem a bit confusing at first, but by the end of this, you'll be an expert.

Keep scrolling to learn all about fragrance notes!

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Top Notes

Top notes are typically lighter, as they tend to evaporate more quickly. It's the first smell that will hit your nostrils, so you'll be able to pinpoint an exact scent you think you're detecting. For example, when you smell perfumes, a smell always comes to the front of your mind, and that is the top note.

Common Top Notes:

Citrus, fruits, florals and herbs

  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Grapefruit

Fragrances We Love in the Top Note Family:

  • Viktor&Rolf Flowerbomb 30ml: $85
  • Givenchy Dahlia Divin Eau de Parfum Nude 30ml: $65
  • Atelier Cologne Love Osmanthus 30ml: $80

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Middle Notes

Middle notes are often referred to as heart notes because they make up the heart or focus of the fragrance. In nature, middle notes are smooth and often full of fruity, spicy flavors. These tend to linger around longer than the top notes and are still evident once the base notes come to play.

Common Middle Notes:

Florals, fruits and spices

  • Ylang ylang
  • Jasmine
  • Neroli
  • Rose

Fragrances We Love in the Middle Note Family:

  • Mugler Alien 30ml: $84
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy 50ml: $86
  • Tory Birch Fragrance 30ml: $76

 

Base Notes

Base notes don't make an appearance until the top notes have completely disappeared. They work in tandem with middle notes to create alluring, pleasant smells. As these notes are the foundation of any fragrance, they tend to be stronger and more full-bodied than other notes.

Common Base Notes

  • Vanilla
  • Cedarwood
  • Musk
  • Sandalwood

Fragrances We Love in the Base Note Family:

  • Altier Cologne Orange Sanguine 30 ml: $80
  • Clean Reserve Classic Skin 30ml: $44
  • Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum 30ml: $74

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