Today I am starting my Fragrance Diary. I currently have a fixation with certain fragrances and their history because of a novel I recently read called The Book of Lost Fragrances. It is a tale of secrets, intrigue, and lovers separated by time, all connected through the mystical qualities of a perfume created in the days of Cleopatra and lost for 2,000 years.
Since I freelance for Chanel I was taught all about fragrances. There are so many things a person needs to know about fragrance when purchasing a bottle. It is always best to try the fragrance on yourself before purchasing it because everybody's body chemistry is different and the fragrance will smell very different from one person to the next. Never trust a piece of paper to guide your decision on a purchase. Perfume has 3 Notes: Top Notes, Middle or Heart Notes, and Base Notes.
Top Notes: The scents that you smell immediately upon application of a perfume. Top notes consist of small molecules that evaporate quickly. This is a person's initial impression of a perfume and very important in the selling of a perfume.
Middle or Heart Notes: After the top notes dissipates the middle notes emerges and this is the "heart" or main body of a perfume.
Base Notes: This is the scent of a perfume that appears right after the departure of the middle notes. The base and middle notes together are the main theme of a perfume. The base notes is what stays and lingers from a perfume. They are usually rich and deep and typically not perceived until 30 minutes after you have applied the perfume to your skin.
This weekend I stopped by several counters to learn about their fragrances. My first stop was The House of Creed. I learned a lot about their fragrances. Stay tuned for my next blog on Creed and how he created a Princess of Monaco's wedding bouquet into a world famous perfume.