You, as an admirer of perfumes, with no doubt noticed that any fragrance has a different effect on the skin and hair. Its intensity varies depending on a certain period of time. Using our favourite perfumes, we see how some notes of aroma gradually turn into others. The reason is quite simple: any aroma is a combination of different amounts of volatile substances. Each perfume has a structure called “the olfactory pyramid”. The pyramid contains a triad of so-called notes: top or initial notes, the heart of fragrance and basic notes or plume. In other words, each perfume has several phases of its disclosure.
TOP NOTES we feel only a few minutes after applying the aroma. These are volatile aromatic substances that evaporate quickly. As a rule, citruses, herbs, aldehydes and spices belong to the top notes. The substances relating to the initial notes of the aroma have high volatility; therefore, they evaporate after 15 minutes upon their application.
HEART NOTES are the core of the fragrance. They evaporate gradually and have a duration from 3 to 5 hours. Typically, floral, fruit, or spicy components are selected to form the core of the composition.
BASIC (PLUME) NOTES – these are the final chords. They appear as soon as the top notes completely evaporate. Basic notes are mixed with heart notes to create a completeness of aroma. Their duration is 6-8 hours. In modern perfumery, the plume of the composition is based on the so-called fixators – components that allow you to reinforce and strengthen the top and heart notes. That is why the basic notes are, as a rule, the heavy and saturated smells of ambergris, musk, vanilla, tobacco, leather, sandalwood, cedar, oak moss and various resins.
If at least one note is missing, then the fragrance will lose its strength, it simply will not exist. The full palette creates that harmony, which will bring delight and will help create the image you prefer.