Layers to a Scent

Perfume is described in a musical metaphor as having three sets of notes, making the harmonious scent accord - top notes, middle notes (also called the heart) and base notes.

The notes unfold over time, with the immediate impression of the top note leading to the deeper middle notes, and the base notes gradually appearing as the final stage. These notes are created carefully by our master perfumers with knowledge of the evaporation process of aromatic materials.

Much like wine, natural parfums need a second to open and breathe. Apply the fragrance to your skin and give it a few seconds to settle. As the sugarcane alcohol evaporates, the essential oils, absolutes and concretes have a chance to unfold and fully reveal themselves. 


Top notes

The scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. These are the first impression consisting of bright or sharp notes that consist of small, light molecules which evaporate quickly.

Heart notes

The scent of a perfume that emerges just prior to the dissipation of the top note. The middle note compounds form the heart of a perfume. The scent of middle note compounds are usually more mellow and rounded.

Base notes

The scent of a perfume that appears close to the departure of the middle notes. Compounds of this class are often the used to hold and boost the strength of the lighter top and middle notes The base and middle notes together are the soul of a perfume. Base notes bring depth and solidity to a perfume. Rich and consist of large, heavy molecules. While base notes are not perceived until 20 to 30 minutes after application, they can last on skin up to 8 hours.

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