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Intro to Perfumes: Notes

by Cendana
posted on January 11, 2013 at 3:24pm

Woman Sprays Perfume

 

Did you know? Fragrance or shall I say, perfume actually has different notes. Notes is the term used to showcase its progression of differing scents over time. There are three:

 

Top notes

The initial scent you smell when you first apply the perfume. This top notes mainly consist of smaller and lighter molecules that are meant to evaporate quickly. Also known as the Head notes, this is what gives you the first impression when you smell perfumes at the stores. For instance, you can smell the strawberries and lychees at the initial spritz of Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! Unlike Marc Jacobs first Lola with top notes of grapefruit and pink pepper. Both Lola also contain pear in their top notes.

 

Middle notes

After the top notes, comes the middle notes. The middle note is the main body of the perfume. Also called the Heart notes. In the case of Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! this is when you can start to sniff the magnolia and the peony flowers. In Lola, however, there is roses and geranium.

 

Base notes

Then after the middle notes you get this base notes. This is the one that lingers and sticks with you for the rest of the day, though only perhaps until a minimum of 30 minutes after application. This forms the richer and deeper scents. They are mostly the woods or the spices. For instance of Marc Jacobs Oh Lola! the base notes consist of sandalwood, vanilla and tonka bean. Lola on the other hand, instead of the sandalwood, it has musk instead. This gives the two such a subtle but different effect.

 

Which one I personally love? To be honest with you I love Oh Lola!

I think it is because of the lychees and the magnolia and the sandalwood that gives Oh Lola! such freshness and a winner according to my… olfactory system. Lola is like its older sister, which literally is, because Lola came out first before Oh Lola!.

 

 

Stay tune for next time when I shall be talking about the different categories of fragrance scents.
 

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