How to Blend Perfume Notes

Perfecting the art of blending perfume notes can take a lifetime, one that is certainly not easy to accomplish. However, even beginning perfume creators need to follow a few basic rules to help them ensure successful results.

The first and most important thing to understand about any perfume is that fragrances consist of different scent categories. These categories, known as notes, are divided into top, middle and bottom notes.

A perfume's top notes present themselves instantly and last the shortest amount of time. The middle notes are noticed next; these last a moderate amount of time. The bottom notes reveal themselves last and hang around for the longest period of time.

The way the notes in these three categories are used determine the products overall aroma. At the highest skill levels, fragrance notes can be blended for a constant scent that never changes. There are also "figure 8" scents that go through the subtle top, middle and bottom note changes, then repeat the process over and over again.

For most styles, you want to start with the bottom notes, since they are the base of the scent. Add a little of your middle and top notes until you come up with the perfect combination. A little more of the bottom notes can also be added, but remember that there may not be a difference in the initial scent, only the lingering one.

There is no certain combination of note concentration for an ideal women's perfume. Each scent has its own mix, some with more bottom notes than top and some with more middle notes than bottom.

Most perfume notes need to be blended with some sort of agent, such as oil, alcohol or water. The agents may change the scent slightly, so even if you come up with the perfect base fragrance, the results can smell completely different. This is why it's important to blend the base, blend in the agent and then play with the notes until you reach your desired scent. 

If you want to get into the complicated depths of scent creation, remember that many perfumes also need time to mature, like a fine wine. After the maturing period, the perfume will take on a slightly different aroma than before. This can make it tricky to determine how the resulting perfume will ultimately smell.

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