Perfect sense: With top, middle and base


Perfect sense: With top, middle and base

Well-balanced fragrance compositions

A fragrance is recognized as a harmonious ensemble if three different scent profiles – the top-, middleand base note – blend perfectly with each other. These can vary widely, not only in the length of the effect but each of them also plays a distinct role in the complete concept of the fragrance composition.

Top note
The first thing perceived when a fragrance is tested is the top note. Its role is, to attract interest in total for the fragrance. Naturally, the top note is defined by refreshing, lively and high volatile aromatic substances. Examples for top note essential oils are citrus notes, mint, eucalyptus and basil. Their intensity already evaporates after 10 min, since at that time the middle note of the perfume develops.

Middle note
The middle notes are semivolatile, and secure a smooth and sensitive transition from the first to the third phase. Within the fragrance progress they guide to the flowery, fruitysweet notes and are mainly characterized by floral, spicy and also woody elements. Examples of essential oils for middle notes are: Attar of roses, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, balm, resinous notes, ylang-ylang. This phase shapes the character of the fragrance; therefore the second phase is also referred to as core element.

Base note
The slow volatilizing base notes are the last part of a fragrance procedure of a fragrance composition and still perceptible after hours. Hence they are responsible for the lasting impression in the room, and – depending on the fragrance – very individual. Examples for essential oils for base notes are: Woody notes, resinous notes, vanilla, honey essence, cocoa, patchouli, thyme.