What are the types of perfumes

Fragrances: the most important facts

The three different fragrances

Anyone who has ever tested a perfume in a store has certainly already had this experience: the scent that was tested on the test strip or on the skin suddenly smells completely different after an hour. The fact that the fragrance changes over time is due to the three-stage fragrance composition: top note, heart note, base note. This temporal course in the perception of a scent is called the course.

Top note

The course of the fragrance begins with the top note. It is the first thing you notice after spraying on and it evaporates after about 15 minutes. Since the top note is responsible for the "first impression", it is usually more intense than the other fragrance notes.

Heart note

After the top note can no longer be perceived, the heart note forms the fragrance body. It is, so to speak, the heart of the fragrance and forms the actual fragrance character of the perfume. Ideally, it creates a harmonious connection between top and base notes and often consists of floral nuances such as jasmine, roses or carnations.

Base note

The base note is the fragrance that is perceived last and stabilizes the entire fragrance composition. Long-lasting, spicy-woody aromas such as musk, patchouli or cedarwood are often used for this.

By the way: Why the same scent develops differently in every person is due to the different fat content and pH value of the skin.