Smell terms, we can distinguish 4 main families of perfumes. However, the fragrances you will find on the market are usually a subtle combination of several of them.
The delicate/floral fragrance
This fragrance is that of freshly cut flowers. The most common are rose, lavender or orange blossoms, but there are many.
This is typically the type of perfume recommended for women of a romantic nature, as their sweetness and sweetness create an atmosphere of tenderness.
The fruity fragrance
These are the freshest flavours. On their heads we find mainly citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit, orange,…), but also other sweeter, rounder smells like apricot, peach or apple can occur, especially in female perfumes.
The oriental spicy fragrance
These are the more complex and often heavier aromas obtained from certain spices, before which we find cinnamon or vanilla.
It is a perfume that is most often compared to seductive women because it creates an atmosphere of mystery and confusion.
The woody scent
The woody scent is the one that reminds us of wood (of course…) and earth.
It is a fragrance that is often associated with a male audience, but it is not uncommon for certain essences to be found in women’s fragrances such as sandalwood.
If you tend to go to a perfumery, spray the coveted perfume on a paper and immediately leave with (or without) it, make a big mistake!
A perfume is in fact far from one and unique. In fact, we can distinguish 3 notes which, roughly speaking, correspond to 3 stages of their development.
The top note
It is the volatile part of a perfume that is immediately noticeable and usually lasts only 15 minutes to 2 hours to make room for the heart note.
These are the lightest smells that are most often affected: Citrus fruits, bergamot or delicate floral scents such as lavender.
The heart note
In a way, it is the characteristic scent of a perfume that takes full effect after the top note has evaporated and develops over several hours.
It usually consists of heavier floral aromas like jasmine, sweet fruits like pears, “green” smells like grass and stronger spices like cinnamon.
As the heart note develops, the base note is formed, which lasts the whole day or even several days. It determines the total duration of your perfume.
Common base notes include vanilla, sandalwood, leather, tobacco, musk, etc.
Each of these notes has its own presence in each fragrance. For example, a fragrance with a strong top note is more volatile, while a fragrance with a dominant top note is often richer and more persistent.
It is possible that, depending on the importance of the note, you may like a fragrance that contains ingredients you hate a priori if they are not too strong or just the top note. That was it for our Best Perfume for Women 2019 Guide.