Fragrance Files

Fragrance Files is a blog that explores the scent world and helps readers find their perfect perfume.

The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on a product ingredient list typically represents a complex mixture of dozens of different fragrance chemicals and compounds. Fragrance ingredients and compounds are often used in perfumes and colognes but are also found in many other types of personal care products including soaps, deodorants, cosmetics, hair sprays and scented cleaning products. Fragrance ingredients and compounds are also used in perfumery to create aromas that mimic natural smells such as grass, fruit or flowers. This link

Fragrances can be divided into fragrance families and subfamilies based on their composition. These scent groups are important to understand when selecting perfumes and colognes. Perfume makers carefully select notes to create perfumes that not only smell good but evoke memories and a feeling.

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Top notes (or headnotes) are the first scents to be detected by a perfume’s wearer. These scents have a higher volatility and therefore evaporate more quickly. Top note components can include a wide variety of different scents such as fruit, herbs or even water.

Middle notes are the next layer to emerge from a perfume after the initial top notes have dissipated. Middle notes are often a bit more musky and can include jasmine, rose or lily of the valley.

Base notes are the last scents to emerge from a perfume and they can be a bit drier than middle notes. The base note components in a perfume give it body and longevity. They can include a wide variety of scents such as tobacco, oakmoss or musk.