From head to heart: this is how a perfume is constructed

From head to heart: this is how a perfume is constructed

How come your perfume smells completely different after wearing it for a few hours? Those are the different layers that are released. That's how it works!

Perfumers use many different fragrance ingredients to build a perfume. They work in layers to get the desired effect. From the moment you apply a perfume, the fragrance begins to develop in several stages. Each stage consists of a group of scents or notes, which have a different degree of volatility. Some notes linger for 2 hours, others you can smell for up to 24 hours.

Key notes: the first impression

The main notes (also called top notes) provide the first impression that a perfume leaves behind. They are light, fleeting notes that are the first to smell when you open a bottle. Top notes are fresh, fruity and sometimes sweet. They evaporate the fastest, so their effect is short-lived. Some top notes even disappear after 10 minutes. The most popular top notes are lemon, apple, melonand berry.

Heart notes: the core of your perfume

Once the top notes have faded, it's the turn of the middle or heart notes. These are richer and last longer. In addition to pungent herbs and spices such as rosemary, nutmeg and cardamom, heart notes often contain flowers such as jasmine or gardenia strong>. These notes are the core of any perfume composition, they are the dominant theme in your perfume. They are in the spotlight for about an hour before they mix with the ground or base notes.

Basic notes: captured in your memory

The base notes are the soul of your perfume. As a foundation, they bind other ingredients together and thus create the scent impression that lingers in your memory. Base notes last the longest and smell the most intense. They wear a perfume for 4 hours or more.

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