To achieve a pleasant balance, the notes of the fragrances are classified as musical chords: top notes, heart notes, base notes. These notes make up the accord of the perfume, they are its personality. Each note reflects the volatility of the perfume, or how fast it evaporates. Top notes fade faster while base notes stay longer. Perfumers use the olfactory pyramid to represent the fragrance notes of a perfume. Each ingredient is characterized by its degree of evaporation and persistence over time.
- TOP NOTES
More vivid and energetic, they are the most volatile notes of a perfume. They are felt first, thus marking the first impression you have of a perfume. Being ephemeral notes due to their smaller and lighter molecules, they evaporate quickly. The top notes are carefully selected, creating a soft and pleasant transition to the next part of the olfactory pyramid.
Medium persistence:. 5 – 15 minutes
- MIDDLE NOTES
These are the notes of the fragrance that are perceived when the top notes have faded. They ensure continuity of the top notes and prepare for a smooth transition to the base notes. They are considered as the soul or personality of a perfume, they make up the most important part of it. Heart notes are felt longer throughout the life of a fragrance.
Medium persistence 20 – 60 minutes. BASE NOTES: Like heart notes, base notes carry the depth and resonance that help structure the foundation of a perfume. These notes appear gradually and gradually evaporate.
Medium persistence 20 – 60 minutes