Ever been transported to a memory by a certain fragrance? Our sense of smell is pretty incredible and March 21st celebrates it each year with National Fragrance Day! When you smell good, you feel good, so why not treat yourself to a new fruity or floral fragrance in time for spring? We’ve put together our fave fragrances that we gals at HQ can’t live without all in one place to help you choose!
Which Fragrance Will I Love?
Sometimes it’s hard to decide which fragrance you’re going to love from the get-go right down to the fading moments. Well, this is the best way to tell… You’ll probably have heard of top notes, heart notes and base notes; but what are they? These are the three different levels which fragrances are made up of, and each fade away at different rates. Without the mix of all of the notes, the fragrances you love just wouldn’t smell too nice! So when you buy a new scent, make sure to look at the notes to figure out which one is best for you!
Otherwise known as the ‘opening notes’ or the ‘head notes’, these are generally the lightest notes in a fragrance. Even though they’re the first to fade away, the top notes are super important, as these help you to decide whether it’s love at first spritz! You’ll recognise the top notes as soon as you apply a fragrance so this first impression is super important. Citrus fruit, lightly-scented fruits such as grapefruits and berries, or herbs like sage and lavender are common top notes.
Otherwise known as the ‘middle notes’, these are the scents which you’ll notice once the top notes begin to fade. Heart notes are pleasant and last longer than the top notes. These scents also have a strong influence on the base notes and tend to be a smooth floral, fruity or spicy scent! Common heart notes are usually geraniums, rose, lemongrass, ylang ylang, coriander, nutmeg, neroli and jasmine.
Base notes are the final notes that you’ll smell in your fragrance. Appearing once the top notes have completely evaporated, they mingle with the heart notes to create the main scent! These rich notes linger for hours to provide the lasting impression you get from your fragrance. Common base notes are usually woody scents such as cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oakmoss and musk.