When creating a new product, a perfumist must pay particularly close attention to the various notes that go into the fragrance. The top notes, heart notes, and bottom of a fragrance all have different parts to play, from invigorating the sense to creating a long-lasting aroma that will cling to an individual’s skin throughout the day. Top notes are, of course, the most invigorating of the aromas that an individual will experience. They will provide the initial burst of aroma to the wearer, and will be the first and most noticeable thing about the perfume until the other aromas join in to create the aroma’s complexity.
Unsurprisingly, the top notes of a fragrance tend to be the most refreshing. There are many different ways to describe the types of aromas that are generally used for this part of a fragrance – fresh, effervescent, invigorating, and assertive being among them. There are a number of popular choices for top notes, as well as a number of aromas that can make for more surprising top notes in a fragrance.
Perhaps the most commonly used type of top note is a refreshing citrus aroma. Easily created with fragrance ingredients, a general citrus aroma can be a great way to give a perfume a refreshing edge. Specific types of citrus aroma can be chosen for perfume products as well.
Outside of the citrus family, a number of other fruit fragrances can also be used to create the top notes of a perfume. Among the most popular types of fruit used for this purpose are those that are particularly sweet and tart. One popular choice is refreshing apple. However, while this may be one of the more common choices, a number of other fruit aromas are beginning to make their way into the perfume industry.
Examples of “up and comers” include peach, which can create a comforting and sweet, but quite invigorating top note in a perfume. Another example of refreshing top notes are tropical aromas, including pineapple and mango, just to name a few. It is important to note that not all fruit aromas are capable of providing top notes to a product – some act better as heart notes, or in some cases even base notes.
Remember to pay close attention to the natural qualities of the aroma in determining whether or not it is a good fit for that particular function in creating a fragrance. Additionally, remember to pay careful attention to the balance of the top notes in a fragrance with the heart notes and base notes. Ensuring that all three interact well can lead to the creation of a perfume that is well balanced, and that will provide continual aroma throughout the day, from first application until the perfume finally wears off hours later.