What is the Perfume Note?

We’ve mentioned perfume notes a lot in this article, but we’ve not covered what that phrase means. A perfume note is simply an ingredient for perfume. To make a perfume, you’ll need to combine several perfume notes to get the scent you want.


This combination needs to have at least three types of notes in it. These can also be identified as the three stages or the types of perfume notes.


Types of Perfume Notes

Top note:

The top note is your first impression of the perfume. It’s the beautiful aroma that comes out with the first spray. It is also the last note added to the fragrance by the manufacturers. Citrus and floral scents are favorites for top notes.

Last time: It dissipates within half an hour.


Middle note:

The middle note is also known as the heart note because it forms the perfume’s core aroma. When the first perfume note disappears, this aroma is the bridge between the top note and the harsher base note. Floral aromas are also popular here.

Last time: It appears 20-30 minutes from the moment of your first spritz. It can last up to three hours.


Base note:

These perfume notes are the slowest to appear, but they last the longest. They’re also known as endnotes. These scents are the ones that linger on your clothes and skin. They’re usually made from woody, warm and balsamic aromas.

Last time: From several hours to a few days.


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Learning the fragrance families provides advantages that make life easier. It becomes easier to define what sort of perfume will meet your needs. It’ll help you choose a scent for the different seasons and occasions. It can help you choose a gift for someone special.

While it might take a little time, once you get the basic family aromas down, you are on your way to becoming a real perfume connoisseur.

Examples for Female Scents

Perfume 1: 

This perfume has a sharp top note but soon turns soft as the vanilla in the base note comes to the fore.

Top Notes: Cassis, tangerine, saffron

Middle Notes: Damascan rose (oil), leather

Base Note: Blonde woods, amber, vanillaByredo Lil Fleur Eau De Parfum


Perfume 2: Carnal Flower by Federico Malle

This aroma can’t be said to be subtle, but it is seductive and extremely feminine, without being overwhelming.

Top Notes: Bergamot, melon, and eucalyptus.

Middle Notes: Ylang-ylang, tuberose, jasmine, salicylates.

Base Notes: Tuberose absolut, orange blossom absolut, coconut, and musk.

Carnal Flower by Federico Malle

Examples for Male Scents

Perfume 1: Creed Aventus

This is a luxurious fruity aroma with a delicious woody undertone.

Top Notes: Pineapple, Apple, Bergamot, Blackcurrant

Heart Notes: Birch, Jasmine, Patchouli, Juniper berry, Rose

Base Notes: Ambergris, Oakmoss, Musk, Vanilla

Creed Aventus

Perfume 2: L’eau D’issey pour Homme Fraiche by Isssey Miyake

This perfume gives off a fresh mineral smell at first spritz and then settles back into a clean woodsy aroma.

Top Notes: Grapefruit, cardamom.

Middle Notes: Sage, lavender.

Base Notes: White patchouli, wood, vetiver.

L’eau D'issey pour Homme Fraiche

Examples for Unisex Scents

Perfume 1: By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela

This perfume steps away from the familiar floral and woody aromas to give a whole new smell. The combination of clove oil, guaiac wood and chestnut gives it the smoky-sweet smell of the air after a beach bonfire.

Top Notes: Pink pepper, orange blossoms, cloves.

Middle Notes: Chestnut, guaiac wood, juniper.

Base Notes: Vanilla, Peru balsam, cashmeran.

By the Fireplace by Maison Margiela

Perfume 2: Spice Blend by Christian Dior

Spice Blend can be said to be part of the oriental fragrance family. It has a spicy kick, but its base notes settle into the skin with a slightly sweet woodsy aroma. People have described it as a very grown-up aroma, and we’d have to agree.

Top Notes: Rum, Ginger.

Middle Notes: Pink Pepper, Black Pepper, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander.

Base Notes: Bay Leaf, Woodsy Notes.

Spice Blend by Christian Dior