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The notes of a perfume
Just like a music composer, the perfumer is inspired by notes. He imagines his perfume by focusing on a given theme – flowers, spices, fruits and other notes. He then builds his olfactive structure. There are different olfactive structures, but the most classic is the pyramid, which features three notes: top note, middle note and base note.
This is the first note released by a perfume. It is volatile, fresh, even sparkling. It is perceived as soon as you put it on, it is the opening salvo of the fragrance if you will. This note gives off fresh, hesperidium, and even green notes.
This is the melody of the perfume, that emerges gradually after the top note. It is often called its “bouquet”, since it is composed of flowers. The middle note is the initial inspiration of the perfumer and it often determines the olfactive family of the perfume.
Intense, warm and sensual, this note lingers on the skin for hours. It carries scents of wood, amber, incense, vanilla and musk. This is the finale of the perfume.
Dominated by woody notes, this family features sandalwood and cedar, often accompanied by vetiver, patchouli and spices. For her, these woody notes are blended with floral ones.
This olfactory family is inspired by the perfume Cyprus, created by François Coty in 1917. It featured a popular blend of oak moss, patchouli, rose and bergamot. With its recent return to popularity, this family is now called Modern Cyprus.
The most popular for her, this olfactory family uniting fragrances whose main theme is composed of flowers. For him,
The name of this family is inspired by the mythical Greek garden of Hesperides, home to fruit trees like bergamot, lemon, orange and mandarin, from which the perfume’s essential oils are derived. This family features the very first Eaux de Cologne.
Musk was originally made from animal sources but today it’s made from synthetic molecules called white musk, commonly used in a variety of fragrances. White musk is available in several compositions: powdery, floral, woody or fruity. Often considered a sexy scent, musk adds an aphrodisiac touch to perfumes.
Characterized by spicy, amber notes, this family is inspired by the fragrances of the Orient. Comprised of balms, resins, exotic spices and precious woods, it also often features vanilla notes.
The ABCs of fragrances
Follow the guide to get the most out of your fragrance.
Where to apply it
The best place is to apply your fragrance is on your pulse points: the neck, the inside of your elbows and knees, your wrists or behind your ears, as the mood strikes you. These are the areas of your body with the greatest concentration of heat, so the fragrance will be diffused most quickly. If you're using a mister, keep the bottle 10 to 15 cm away from your body, depending on the intensity desired. Avoid rubbing your wrists together after application; it will break up the fragrance molecules, distorting their olfactory qualities.
How to make it last
The secret to making your fragrance last: apply a body moisturizer first so the fragrance has a base it can adhere to. You can also apply a few drops to your accessories, like your scarf or belt. Or try it on your hairbrush. The porous nature of hair helps trap the scent, releasing it throughout the day. A word to the wise: avoid applying fragrances to synthetic fabrics, which will change the scent of your fragrance; or to silk, which can be easily and irreversibly stained.
How to conserve it
Generally speaking, fragrance can be kept for one to three years after opening. Depending on the quality of your fragrance, its life can be extended by protecting it from its worst enemies: light, heat, air and humidity.
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