Choosing a perfume that suits you is not easy. First of all we need to know a bit about ourselves. We have to be honest and not just follow trends and fashions. And just because everyone is wearing a certain fragrance, it does not mean that this certain fragrance is right for you, too.
Different plant oils break down at different rates; light molecules evaporate quickly, heavy ones at a slower rate. The composition of a perfume is called “accord”, and describes the three set of “notes” that appear gradually on top of each other, thus creating an olfactive harmony.
Top notes (head)
The compounds that make up the top notes are usually sharp and volatile. When you spray the perfume on, you get the impression of these notes first. This note will last for about 10-20 minutes before they evaporate.
Middle notes (heart)
These scents appear just before the top notes fade and are usually rounded and soft. Rose, jasmine and lily scents are typical middle notes. The “heart”, in combination with the base notes, gives the perfume its main character. The middle notes usually appear a few minutes after application and will last about 3-6 hours on the skin.
Base notes (drydown)
These scents are heavy and large molecules that evaporate slowly. They emerge late in fragrant compositions and have a rich and deep character. They are also used to give lasting power to the perfume. You will probably detect the first base notes between half an hour to an hour after initial spray, and they can last up to 24 hours on the skin.
How To Try Perfume?
Probably the worst place to sample a fragrance is the actual fragrance store where all the different scents mix and float around in the air. It is best to take a fragrance sample home with you to try it out for a day. If you want to test the perfume in the shop, make sure you squirt once on your wrist and once inside of your elbow.- Fragrantica.com