When we enter a room, scent has a potent way of tying an outfit together and making a statement. People have worn fragrances for countless years as a way to express their distinct personalities and sense of style. Exotic perfumes and colognes were once made with natural aromatic oils and absolutes like Rose and Jasmine, and many of these components are still used in the perfumery industry today.
Know the notes
The top notes in a fragrance are the ones you will detect first and they disappear the fastest. Only a few drops of top notes required in a perfume blend because they usually have a sharper scent. Top notes include citrus oils like Bergamot and spice oils like Pepper Black.
Compared to top notes, middle notes are softer, last longer, and are less noticeable than base notes. Middle notes in a fragrance blend aid in balancing their top and base note counterparts. Middle notes include Rosemary, Lavender, and Clary Sage.
Base notes lay the groundwork for a complex, enduring fragrance. They have a deep, powerful, and rooted nature. Effective base notes include Vanilla, Patchouli, Vetiver, and Jasmine.
Knowing the four main scent families is essential before selecting your signature scent. It will be easier for you to ascertain what qualities of your favourite fragrances you enjoy the most if you can name the various perfume scents and the scent families they fall under. There are four types of scents in aromatic oils, including essential oils, absolutes, and fresh, floral, oriental, and woody.
Know your Fragrances
Invigorating, zesty, and lively, fresh scents are frequently connected to citrus notes, green notes, and cool undertones like sea spray. Fresh scents can be earthy and herbal, blending notes of Patchouli, Rosemary, and Basil, or citrus-based, with notes of Bergamot, Lemon, and Grapefruit.
Floral fragrances have one of the most recognizable scent profiles in all of perfumery, with sweet and flowery notes. Although Ylang Ylang and Lavender are also common in floral scents, Rose and Jasmine Absolutes serve as the category’s cornerstones.
Oriental scents have a distinct warmth and a mildly spicy, yet sweet, quality. Expensive colognes and perfumes can be sorted into floral, soft, and woody oriental scents. Oriental fragrances frequently feature notes of Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, and Vanilla to add depth and sensuality, and Jasmine Absolute’s exquisite aroma completes this distinctive aroma profile.
Woody aromas have a similar warm scent profile and are seductive and enigmatic. In aftershave formulas, woody fragrances are preferred because they are typically worn at night. The main scents that make up this scent profile are Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver, and Amber. There are two subcategories of woody scents: mossy woods, which have earthy and sweet undertones, and dry woods, which have smoky and leathery aromas.
THE MOST USED FRAGRANCES IN PERFUMERY
Bergamot Essential Oil:
Native to Italy, This citrusy aroma is a cross between Orange and Citrus limetta. It is made from the fruit of the Bergamot tree. Because of its tangy, brilliant aroma that has a refreshing effect, bergamot essential oil is a common choice in aromatherapy and perfumery.
Pepper Black Essential Oil –
Typically a top note, Pepper Black works best when combined with spicy and slightly woody aromas. This adds a complex, opulent, and seductive element. Pepper Black is a sharp flavor that blends well with a light hand. It is only require in a little quantity to leave a noticeable impression.
Clary Sage Essential Oil:
It is known for its herbaceous aroma, countered by floral, sweet, and sweet notes. Clary sage serves as a middle note of medium aroma and gives fragrances an unexpectedly fresh quality.
One of the most well-known perfume scents is vanilla, which is easily recognized for its sweetness, decadence, and richness. Vanilla’s creamy and warm aroma serves as a base note in fragrance creation. It also pairs well with a variety of other aromas, including incense, woody, and oriental scents. With its exquisite versatility, vanilla can be incorporated into a perfume to soften any sharp edges. It also adds sweetness, depth, and warmth to perfumes.
Patchouli essential oil
A potent, herbaceous base note with musky, earthy, and balsamic accents. Patchouli essential oil is derived from the fragrant Pogostemon cablin herb grown in Malaysia and India. Oriental, earthy, and fougère-style fragrances frequently contain patchouli.
Known as the “King of Perfumery,” jasmine absolute is highly prized by perfumers for its complex aroma, which is sweet, intensely floral, and counterbalanced by musky-animalistic undertones. Jasmine, which serves as a middle note, has the power to harmonize a fragrance combination and add an irresistibly romantic aura. The day-blooming, feminine Royal Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) and the night-blooming, muskier, more masculine Arabian Jasmine are the two primary species used to make Jasmine Absolute. (Jasminum sambac).
Rose Absolute (Bulgaria):
Regarded as the “Queen of Fragrance” for its delicate yet rich, intricate aroma that closely resembles the scent of a true rose, Rose Absolute is another essential ingredient in contemporary perfumery. Almost 4000 kilograms of rose petals must be used in order to make 1 kilogram of pure rose oil, which has been distilled in Bulgaria for more than 300 years. Despite being one of the most expensive components in perfumery, its exquisite quality allows formulators to get the most out of their investment because a little bit goes a long way.
Advice on how to make your own perfume
If you decide to mix your own perfume according to notes keep these things in mind.
The top note will be the first one you smell when you apply it and will disappear the fastest.
The middle note will gradually overpower the base note, which will then be the last scent you detect.
It is also important to keep in mind to wear your essential oil perfume longer. Your body chemistry will interact with perfume and affect how it smells.
When blending your own perfume, a 1:1:1 ratio between the top, middle, and base notes is typically advised. You can combine a ratio of up to 4:1:2:1 for a more potent scent.
Start by adding one drop of your preferred base note to a bottle made of dark amber glass. Every time you blend something, make sure to take a whiff. After that, add the middle note and whisk the concoction to evenly combine it. Next, add a drop of the top note and blend by swirling. Feel free to add up to two more drops of each oil, Until you get the desired scent
Consider combining the essential oils with a carrier oil, like jojoba, as the base to extend the fragrance’s shelf life.