Scent notes are the different fragrance elements within a perfume. A perfume is created so the top note is what you instantly smell, while the middle and base notes emerge after wearing it for a while. Decide beforehand which scent families you like best.
Top notes are light, fresh, and evaporate the fastest. You will smell the top notes in a perfume immediately after it is applied to the skin. Top notes get lost during the colder months as the scent doesn’t rise as easily from your skin like it does when it’s warm. So choose one that’s a little more potent. Any citrus scent is considered a top note.
You will notice middle notes once the top notes fade. Floral scents like rosemary and lavender are considered middle notes. Base notes are the most dominant and are perfect for the winter months. They are the heaviest and last much longer than top and middle notes. Base notes are warm, rich and most noticeable after your fragrance dries. Some popular base notes that are found in perfumes include vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, and musk.