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Aroma Theory

The Perfume Pyramid

Perfume, the invisible accessory that completes one's ensemble, is an art form that transcends the boundaries of fashion. Just like a painter skillfully blends colours on a canvas or a writer weaves words into a captivating story, a perfumer crafts a fragrance that evokes emotions and leaves a lasting impression. To fully appreciate perfume, let's first examine the perfume pyramid, a concept that unveils the intricate layers and harmonious blend of scents.

What is the Perfume Pyramid?

At first glance, a perfume may seem like a single, unified scent. However, it is actually a complex composition of various notes that unfold over time. The perfume pyramid is a metaphorical representation of these notes, divided into three distinct layers: head, heart, and base.

The Captivating Prelude


Like the opening lines of a captivating novel, top notes are the first impression a perfume leaves. They are fresh, light, and fleeting, designed to catch your attention and draw you in. Citrusy bergamot, zesty lemon, or invigorating grapefruit are often used as top notes, creating an initial burst of freshness that awakens the senses.

The Alluring Melody


As the top notes evaporate, the heart notes take center stage, revealing the true character of the fragrance. These notes are often floral or fruity, adding depth and complexity to the composition. Imagine the delicate aroma of blooming roses, the sweet embrace of jasmine, or the juicy allure of ripe berries. The heart notes create the soulful melody that lingers on your skin.

The Enduring Crescendo


Just as a masterpiece concludes with a memorable finale, a perfume's base notes leave a lasting impression. These notes are rich, deep, and long-lasting, providing the foundation for the entire fragrance. Warm and sensual scents like vanilla, musk, or amber create an irresistible allure that lingers on your skin for hours.

What is Sillage?

Pronounced "see-yaj", Sillage is the French for "wake" and refers to the trail of scent left behind as one moves through space. Similar to the 'wake’ of a boat (the track of waves that it makes behind it) or scented footprints.

Projection & Longevity

Perfume projection is a delicate dance between the fragrance's molecular composition and your body's unique chemistry. As the perfume settles on your skin, its molecules interact with your body heat, causing them to evaporate and disperse into the surrounding atmosphere. This process releases the symphony of scent.

Longevity is the endurance of a fragrance on the skin. It is the measure of how gracefully a perfume unfolds over time, revealing its different layers and notes.

What are Perfume Accords?

Perfume accords are combinations of different aromatic ingredients that blend together to create a specific scent. They are like the colours on an artist's palette, waiting to be mixed and layered.

A simple accord may use just a few raw materials in order to reproduce a precise and identified scent, like 'rose'. A complex accord is the association of many notes to create a wholly unique blend. For example, a perfumer may blend together juniper, citrus, cucumber, green cardamom and cedarwood to create a 'Gin & Tonic' accord.

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