Notes on Fragances

Why fragrances can smell different from one moment to the next?
Fragrances are formulated by layering three scents, or notes. The top notes are the scents that are perceived immediately on application of a perfume. Top notes last the least amount of time, anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. The middle notes, emerge about 15 minutes after application and once the top notes have faded. Middle notes last about an hour or more and act as the heart of the scent. The base notes reveal the depth and strength of the fragrance and usually last around 24 hours. When selecting your perfume you should wear it for 24 hours to ensure you will enjoy it throughout the day.
Common notes include vanilla, sage, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, gardenia, orange and cedar wood. Floral scents are more common in women’s perfumes, while the woody scents and citrus scents are typically reserved for men’s colognes.
Fragrances that are expensive are because they use natural ingredients and they cost more. The cost floats down to the consumer. Less expensive perfumes use man-made ingredients.
The shelf life of most perfume, if stored properly, is a maximum of 3 to 5 years.
Keep perfume at room temperature.
Store your perfume in dark places, avoiding direct sunlight.
Perfumes made with quality ingredients will last longer.
Perfume tip: apply your perfume away from jewelry. Pearls can become discolored while other jewelry may loose its outer coating.
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