Fragrance Files

Fragrance Files

The fragrance world is incredibly complex and there are infinite combinations of ingredients. To simplify it for shoppers and perfume connoisseurs, scent experts classify the fragrance universe into four families with a number of sub-families each. By looking at a fragrance label and using paper blotters (fr:mouillettes), it’s usually easy to determine which family the scent belongs to. Homepage

Once you know which scent family you are most drawn to, search for its sub-family directly across on the fragrance wheel. Fragrance sub-families that are side by side tend to blend well together. This is a great way to find secondary scents that will complement your preferred fragrance profile.

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Perfumes are comprised of many layers of fragrance ingredients that are layered and carefully selected to create the unique compositions we love to wear. Each layer has a different role in the fragrance’s overall character and is often described as an accord. These accords are typically categorized as top, middle and base notes.

The top note is the initial scent that bursts onto your skin immediately after applying perfume. The middle note is what you smell right before the top note begins to dissipate. And the base note is the final scent that lingers on your skin. Perfume makers carefully select notes to ensure a perfume is both pleasant and long lasting. These notes are arranged in a perfume’s pyramid and give it its basic character. For example, florals are often found in the top and heart of a fragrance while woodsy and musk scents tend to appear toward the bottom of the pyramid.