Fragrance Guide

Have you noticed how often there is a talk about a symphony of scents?

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The reference at hand is closer than you might think. In the perfume world, just as it is in music, it's all about notes being able to harmonize with each other. Here you can immerse yourself in the world of notes.

Top Notes

These are fragrance elements that are noticed directly by our sense of smell, upon the application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small light molecules that evaporate quickly. It's these which shape the first impression of the perfume. Lemon, bergamot and grapefruit are common top notes, as well as berries and fragrant herbs such as sage and lavender.

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Base Notes

Once the top notes start to subside, they give rise to the fragrance elements known as base notes. Together, cardiac and base notes form a perfume's main theme. Base notes give depth and substance to a perfume and are perceived usually not until about half an hour after application. Common base notes are typically rich aromas of cedar, sandalwood and oakmoss. It also includes vanilla, patchouli, amber and musk.

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Heart Notes

Just before the top notes disappear, the heart notes or middle notes appear. They shape the perfume's heart and mask even the initial scent of bass notes that you can sometimes come across as a little uncomfortable just at the beginning but gets lighter after a while. Heart notes often include flowers such as geranium, neroli, rose, and jasmine. Even lemongrass, ylang ylang, coriander and nutmeg are common heart notes.

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EDT - What is it?

What is the difference between perfume, EDT, EDP and EDC? Well, these terms have to do with the distribution of fragrances, alcohol and water. Perfume Concentrate has the highest concentration of fragrances, between 15-40 percent. Following closely, in descending order is Eau de Parfum (EDP), Eau de Toilette (EDT) and Eau de Cologne (EDC). The higher the concentration, the longer the scent remains on the skin.

Eau de Parfum (EDP) contains about 15 percent of fragrances and stays for approximately eight hours while Eau de Toilette contains about ten percent of fragrance and remains for about five hours on the skin. These factors contribute to their overall price differences. But do not forget that your choice of fragrance and your skin's pH value plays a decisive role in how long a fragrance remains.

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Your active and mobile lifestyle will allow you to take advantage of fragrances based on fresh citrus fruits. An explosion of life-giving energy in the form of grapefruit and bergamot uplifts your mind and makes you feel more energetic. Feel free to use wood in the bass notes which not only gives the fragrance a luxurious appearance but also gives you the awesome feeling of sailing on the Mediterranean Coast.


Oriental

Oriental scents often contain dominant notes of amber, musk, vanilla, exotic resins and wood, often accompanied with exotic flowers and spices. They are often intoxicating with warmth and sensuality.

Gourmand

The gourmand perfumes often contain notes that smells "edible" or like a "dessert", with ingredients such as tonka bean and vanilla. Synthetic fragrances are used to a greater extent than in other categories.

Woody

Wood is found in most perfumes, even the crisp fresh scents need a base to stand on. Sandalwood, oud, birch or barque is perfect for people looking for an autumn fragrance. Woody scents are hot, have a pleasant tone and often feel dry. Notes of wood, leather, moss and herbs often provide a dimension of depth to a fragrance and suit those who have a darker draft.

Fougère

Fougère perfumes are a mixture of fragrances, where the top notes often are sweet with the scent of lavender. Oakmoss is the most characteristic ingredient in a fougère scent.