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Fragrance Notes: The Building Blocks of Scent

Venture into the world of perfumes and you’ve opened up an endless rabbit hole. Ever caught that whiff of a fragrance and suddenly found yourself visiting an inner time-machine? Or noted how a favourite fragrance has different nuances at different points in the day?

It's not just you – there's some pretty cool science behind why perfumes play tricks on our noses and hearts. The answer always lies between intricate art of fragrance notes. Notes? These are individual ingredients that perfumers use to curate a complete collection of perfumes. Since each person has a varied preference for notes, knowing these notes in advance will help you select the ideal aroma to go with your favorite fragrance. Let us understand the fascinating world of fragrance and its notes - so that you can be a step closer to pick your favorite from Desora Beauty creations.

Fragrance Notes' Structure:

Usually, perfumes consist of these three layers of notes/ingredients called Top Notes, Middle Notes and Base Notes, and hence the synergy of all of them on your skin is what gives you a fabulous perfume experience.

Top note: first impression

As the name suggests, top notes is the first scent you get from the perfume you spray, followed by mid notes.They are fresh, airy, and evaporate rapidly, 5-15 minutes in total.Top notes are important, even if fleeting, because they influence customers' decisions and first impressions.

Common Top Notes


Lemon, bergamot, orange, and grapefruit. These provide a fresh and zesty opening.


Basil, Mint and Lavender. These add a green and aromatic feel.

Light Fruits

Apples, Pears and Berries. These contribute to a sweet and juicy start.

Middle Note: The Heart of the Fragrance

As the top notes fade, the middle notes (often called the heart notes) begin to emerge. These notes comprise the core of the fragrance, which often lasts 20 minutes or more. The middle notes are calm and well-rounded, and serve as the perfume's core.

Common Middle Notes


Rose, Jasmine and Lily of the valley. These are the most popular heart notes, providing the rich romantic nuances.

Fruit Flavor

Peach, Apricot and Plum. These add a sweet and juicy layer.


Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom. These add warmth and complexity.

Base Notes: Lasting Impression

The base note is the base of the fragrance, which lingers long after the other notes have faded.These elements make the scent stronger and more persistent, and often last longer. The bass is heavier and more powerful, which you won't notice on first impression. The base note is the high point and bottom of a perfume, placed behind the top and middle notes.

Common Base Notes


Sandalwood, Cedar and Vetiver. These add a solid, earthy flavor.


Amber, Frankincense and Myrrh. These add a warm, balsamic flavor.


Musk, Vanilla and Tonka Beans. These give a sensual and pleasant effect.

Choosing your perfume based on Notes

Always keep in mind that understanding fragrances can help you select the right fragrance for your preferences that suit your personality. Few tips are:

Finding the notes you love the most

Consider certain features of scents you enjoy. For example, what scents do you like: fresh citrus scents, earthy woods, spices like cinnamon, floral scents like jasmine and rose?

Understanding this before purchasing a perfume may enable you to smell good without second thought.

Think of it this way:

  • Rich, woody notes are good for nights and winter.

    Checkout our Desora Midnight Gold for this.
  • Light, lemony and citrusy notes are good for summer and daytime

    Checkout our Desora Oasis Mist & Magnetic Attraction for this.

The magic of perfume notes

The components of perfume are the perfume notes, which combine to create a symphony of aromas that evolve over time.

Knowing the top, middle and base notes will help you understand the nuances and creativity of perfume making. If you are attracted to the comfort of dense forests, the elegance of blossoms or the tanginess of citrus fruits, then Desora Beauty will take you on a fragrance journey.

The next time you spritz your perfume, pause for a minute and relish it sensorily from that first intensity through its notes’ depth. Desora perfumes for men and women make one better looking and forever smelling good.