The Art of Good Scents
  • Aien Mokhtar

A Symphony of Scents

Perfume is like a symphony. Here are the reasons why.

Perfume is like a symphony. It has a beginning, a middle and an end. And just like music, fragrances are made up of different notes.

Fragrance notes are essentially the different scent layers that make up the final fragrance. These scents are split into three distinct elements: top notes, heart notes and base notes.

Together, the top, heart and base notes work together to create a perfect perfume composition.

Top Notes

Top notes represent the first impression. They may not be the longest-lasting element of a fragrance but they’re the first thing you’ll smell when trying a new fragrance. Top notes represent the initial scents that lure you in, causing you to make your first impression of the fragrance.

Typical top notes include citrus elements (bergamot, lemon, orange zest), light fruits (apple, starfruit) and fresh herbs (basil, sage, peppermint).

Heart Notes

The heart notes start to make an appearance just before the top notes fade away and will strongly influence the base notes to come. As their name suggests, heart notes lie at the heart of the fragrance. Otherwise known as middle notes, this scent layer is the foundation of any fragrance and is known to make up approximately 40-80% of the final fragrance.

Heart notes are generally florals such as rose, jasmine, neroli, ylang-ylang and spices such as lemongrass, coriander and nutmeg.