Fragrance Notes Guide

The various layers of a fragrance are called notes and consist of three parts:

TOP NOTES: are the first and most dominant scent, it is a fragrance’s first impression that the scent makes on your nose and evaporates quickest, these are also knows as Head notes. Top notes normally fade within 10-15 minutes of applying cologne to your skin.

The most common top notes include Bergamot, Lemon, Neroli, Sage, Tangerine, Verbena, Tea Tree, Thyme.

MIDDLE NOTES: This is the main element of a fragrance’s blend and are longer lasting. They are also known as Heart Notes and form the foundation of the scent. Middle notes normally fade within 30-45 minutes of applying the cologne to your skin.

The most common middle notes include Pine, Nutmeg, Lavender, Geranium, Black Pepper, Juniper.

BASE NOTES: This is the final and longest lasting element of a fragrance blend. Also known as Dry Down, these notes are warmer and add depth to a fragrance. Base notes stay with you throughout the day.

The most common base notes include Cedarwood, Ginger, Jasmine, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose.

Fragrance Pyramid

Fragrance Pyramid

Most mens colognes and aftershaves have only top and middle notes because they are heavily diluted and designed to fade quickly and this is why you can reapply them as often as you need without being overwhelmed by its strength.

You can read some of my reviews to find out more about different fragrances and notes and to see some real life examples of how all 3 notes work with each other to form the Holly Grail we’re trying to discover on scentualism.com.