Fragrance profiles explained

Fragrance profiles explained

Fragrance Profiles Explained

Ever wondered what top notes and base notes actually mean?


Top Notes

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Top notes are otherwise called the head notes. They are perceived immediately and consist of small, light molecules that evaporate quickly. They form a person's initial impression of a scent and thus are very important. The scents of this note class are usually described as "fresh", "assertive" or "sharp". The compounds that contribute to top notes are strong in scent, very volatile, and evaporate quickly.


Heart Notes


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Also called the "Mid Notes", the heart notes are the scent that emerges just before the top notes dissipate. They serve to mask the often unpleasant initial impression of base notes, which become more pleasant with time. Not surprisingly, the scent of middle note compounds is usually more mellow and "rounded".


Base Notes


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The scent that appears close to the departure of the middle notes, the base and middle notes together are the main theme of a fragrance. Base notes bring depth and are often used to hold and boost the strength of the lighter top and middle notes. Consisting of large, heavy molecules that evaporate slowly, compounds of this class of scents are typically rich and "deep".


Hope this helps to better explain what our fragrance profiles actually mean. What fragrances and smells are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.