Perfumery is a symphony. It has a beginning, middle and an end. While musical notes make up a song composition, in perfumery; the ingredients that are categorized by their “notes,” or scent types mixed together to create perfect compositions of scents:
Top/Head notes: The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person’s initial impression of a perfume and thus are very important in the selling of a perfume.
Middle/Heart notes: The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to when the top notes dissipate. The middle note compounds form the “heart” or main body of a perfume and act to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time.
Base notes: The scent of a perfume that develops as the other scents dissipate. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and “deep.”
A perfect blend will consists of ingredients from the three notes, balanced in perfect harmony to create a singular new scent.
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