THE AR OF MAKING PERFUME
Understanding Notes When Making Perfume
If you’re planning to make your own perfume, it’s important that you understand the basics. When we think of expensive perfume, we automatically think of France, since France is the perfume capital of the world. Although the French did not discover perfume, they were the ones that turned making perfume into a Science.
Although the perfumers in France were not the original creators of perfume, they were the geniuses that figured out a way to make the fragrances last longer than a few minutes.
Their4method was by layering the different fragrances. They started using the three layers that we now call notes.
If you’ve never made perfume before, you may not know the importance of using the different notes. For the best fragrances, you can’t just throw together several essential oils and hope for the best. Some fragrances are stronger and longer lasting than others. Knowing what essential oils are in each note group will help you to make some beautiful and interesting creations with your perfume. Notes are what make up the difference between perfume and cologne.
Top notes are the scents that you smell as soon as you apply it. If you’ve ever sprayed a perfume in a store, the smell you get immediately after spraying is coming from the top notes. The top notes, although they quickly evaporate, are what give us our first impression of a perfume.
Examples of some popular top notes include bergamot, peppermint, lemon, orange, lime, chamomile, lemongrass and neroli.