A guide to different fragrance types

A lot of people don't know that when it comes to fragrances, there are two different types. By that, I'm not referring to the ingredients or concentrations (such as eau de toilette and eau de parfum) of different fragrances. Although it's not mandatory that you know about the different types of fragrances, having this knowledge will no doubt allow you to make more educated choices.


In general fragrances have been created using a three-stage formula, often referred to as notes. The three notes are described in greater detail below.

Top notes are the first type of fragrance note I would like to discuss. Top notes are basically what gives off the most notable impressions. It is usually made up of lighter ingredients which help to give the fragrance a fresher scent. Citrus scents such as lemon and grapefruit are often used as top notes, along with green notes such as pine.

Middle Notes then blend in with top notes after a short while. Middle notes are sometimes thought of as the heart of a fragrance. Middle notes are often useful in defining what fragrance family a fragrance belongs to. The number of ingredients that can be used to create the middle notes are almost endless.

Lastly, there are the base notes. They are often thought of as the undelying tones that exist within a fragrance. Base notes contain the least volatile ingredients, and typical ingredients for base notes include woods, vanilla, and amber.

While most fragrances have these three distinct notes, the transition from the top note to the base note should be subtle and not very noticeable. The ultimate goal is to create a blend of ingredients that work harmoniously. You can buy traditional fragrances at discounted prices if you visit Affinity Mart.

Recently, a second fragrance type has become popular. This second type offers no noticeable transition from the top note to the base note. A characteristic of this type of fragrance is that there is a single dominant note.