Perfume Scents & Notes

Fragrance Resource Guide

Perfume and fragrance notes, scent families, guides, glossary, and perfumery resources.

Fragrance Pyramid of Notes

Notes are the various layers of the fragrance and consist of three parts: Top, Heart, and Base.

Top Notes - Head

Fragrances first impression of scent that lingers briefly when perfume is first applied, usually citrus or fruit notes. These "fresh/sharp" notes are very volatile and evaporate quickly.

Heart Notes - Middle

The fragrance body, that emerges just before the top note evaporates, usually floral notes. These "rounded" notes are used to mask the initial base note impression that can be unpleasant - they can linger for minutes or hours after perfume application.

Base Notes - Dry Down

The lasting fixative note anchoring the others, usually vanilla, sandalwood, patchouli, amber, woods, or musk. These "deep" notes emerge about a half hour after perfume application and evaporate slowly allowing the scent to linger on the skin.


Fragrance Pyramid

Illustration by Heidi Younger for Ageless Perfume


Scent Types - Fragrance Families

Floral Scents

Floral scents are the language of love and romance, they embody the peaceful beauty of rambling English gardens, artfully arranged floral bouquets, or they can celebrate the grace of a single bloom.


Oriental Scents

Spicy oriental scents are infused with mystery and romance, rich and opulent they stir the senses with intoxicating exotic blends of spices, herbs, flowers, leather, musk and woodsy notes.


Woody Scents

Woody notes add intrigue and grounding to the warm allure of the spicy scents. Fragrance notes include patchouli, musk, sandalwood, pine, and cedarwood.


Fresh Scents

Fresh, clean scents capture the tingle of citrus, the freshness of air-dried linens, and a sweet morning meadow.


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