Before you embark on the journey of creating a custom perfume, you must understand how it works. Fragrances can be broken down into three essential oils: the top note, the middle note, and the base note. All of these work together to create a long-lasting and memorable scent.
Top Note Oils
This category fades away quickly and comprises about 5 to 20 percent of your perfume. Top notes usually smell fresh, so they’re usually made up of citrus essential oils.
Orange Essential Oil
The zesty and robust aroma of orange extract makes it the ideal top note essential oil. It is highly versatile and can be used to create fragrances for men and women. Its refreshing and sweet scent is also very reminiscent of tropical locations. Orange essential oil works well with jasmine and cedarwood, creating a very musky and woody aroma.
Lemon Essential Oil
Another great citrus-based top note oil is lemon. This scent is very bright and revitalizing without being too intense. It has a fresh scent that is commonly used for aromatherapy. Studies have also shown that lemon essential oil can help soothe any symptoms of anxiety and stress. If you plan to use this essential oil as a top note, you can pair it with other scents, such as cedarwood, bergamot, and vanilla.
Middle Note Oils
This category slowly surfaces once the top note dissipates. Middle notes often make up most of the perfume and can often be floral, fruity, or spicy.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is widely used for its aromatic and therapeutic properties. It helps an individual feel calmer and soothes them whenever they are tense. As an ingredient in a perfume, it contributes a beautiful floral scent, creating a sweet fragrance that lingers for a long time.
If you check the ingredient list of many perfumes, you’ll find that lavender is commonly used. This is because it works well with other essential oils, including rosemary, cedarwood, and clary sage.
Jasmine Absolute Oil
Jasmine has a very powerful scent. It is more concentrated in color and aroma than other essential oils, making it an ideal middle note. Nearly 83 percent of women’s perfumes and a third of men’s fragrances contain jasmine absolute oils. If you want to have a seductive and spicy blend, you can pair it with clove, clary sage, and cinnamon.
Base Note Oils
The base note makes its appearance hours after the middle note evaporates and tends to last longer than anything else.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
This rich fragrance has a very exotic appeal to it. An aroma that is nothing less than divine, Ylang Ylang is one of the widely used ingredients for many perfumes, including the world-renowned Chanel No. 5. Its tropical scent is ideally paired with other essential oils, such as orange, bergamot, and sandalwood.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
For years, cedarwood has been used as an ingredient for many types of perfume. Most people are probably familiar with its fragrance because it is often included in many colognes, perfumes, and aftershaves. This essential oil is ideally paired with sandalwood, jasmine, and orange.
Creating a perfume using high-quality fragrance oils can result in a scent that is unlike any other. By knowing which top, middle, and base notes work well together, you can ensure that your perfume will be a blend that smells divine.
At Alexandria Fragrances, we have a wide range of perfumes that are suitable for all genders. Our selection of scents is inspired by famous designers and made affordable for you. To learn more about our Alexandria Fragrances perfume, contact us today.