About perfume notes and
how they work
The term top note,
middle note and base note refer to how long each component lingers.
perfume can be
40 % middle
the rest base
The right amount of a top note will not only
make the perfumes
first impression but will temper the middle and base notes. Making them
just that, middle and base. The top note is the first component of
perfume that you smell. It generally dissipates quickly revealing the
heart of your perfume.
The middle note comprises the heart of your perfume. A rose perfumes
middle note will be rose. The top notes could be citrus, fresh
or aromatic. The middle note defines the perfume type.
The base notes anchors your perfume and makes the perfume last
longer on the skin. This is known
as "fixing". Base notes add warmth, depth, body and
longevity to your perfume. These notes are usually achieved by adding
balsam, wood or animal notes. Base notes can dominate
a perfume if used in equal amounts as top and middle notes.
Try to achieve
the best balance you can. This will
take a bit of experience, but you will be surprised how fast you will
learn. Use your aromas additives on the smell strips first. This
will really give you a good idea of how much you want to
use and how aromas smell together. This is how all perfumers begin a new
perfume. Generally speaking lower notes are heavier both in aroma and