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Understanding Fragrance notes can be confusing, but our guide makes it easy to understand.

Learn about the different types of fragrance notes, including top, middle, and base notes, and how they work together to create a complex and unique fragrance.

Discover how to identify different notes in a fragrance and how to choose a fragrance that suits your personal preferences. Our guide also includes tips on how to layer fragrances for a more complex scent, and how to properly apply fragrance for maximum effect.

Whether you're a fragrance newbie or a seasoned connoisseur, our guide to fragrance notes has something for everyone.

Most of us are aware of the fragrances we prefer. Maybe you like a mild floral perfume or maybe you prefer a warm one such as vanilla. But did you know that crafting a powerful, well-balanced smell is a mix of both art and science? In this article, we’ll go through the fundamentals of building smells.

A perfume contains many ingredients and familiar smells called notes. There are a total of 3 classes. 



The top notes influence your first impression of a smell. These molecules evaporate quickly and therefore reach your nose faster. Top notes are typically lighter, herbal, and citrus fragrances meant to fascinate and attract before transitioning effortlessly into the heavier middle notes.

For eg: bergamot, basil, eucalyptus, cinnamon, clary sage, grapefruit, lemon, tangerine, coriander, spearmint, and thyme. 


Middle notes are also known as heart notes because they serve as the foundation of the fragrance. These fragrances emerge after the top notes have faded and can account for 40-80% of the overall perfume. These smells are more complex than top notes and are intended to capture your attention while also acting as a buffer for more robust base notes.

For eg: lavender, sage, neroli, rose, fragonia, and germanium.


Base notes are composed of massive, heavy molecules that provide complexity, depth, and a long-lasting impression.

Individual smells might smell highly different depending on how they are blended, so keeping that in mind we provide you with the option to choose from 130+ fragrances to give you the best of the aroma world. 

For eg: vanilla, amber, musk, patchouli, moss, and woody notes like sandalwood and cedarwood.

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