What are fragrance notes?

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Notes are essential scent components in the fragrance industry (hence our brand name!).

You can think of fragrance notes in much the same way as music notes. Every single element combines to create a beautiful melody, or in this case, a room-filling fragrance. There are three categories of fragrance notes: top, middle, and base.

Top Notes

Top notes pave the way for the rest of the fragrance notes. This is your first impression, and the molecules of these notes tend to evaporate quickly.

Popular Top Notes: Lemon, Mint, Orange, Lavender

Middle Notes

Top notes transition into middle notes which are headier and make up the majority of the aroma. They are more complex than top notes and are meant to hold your attention.

Popular Middle Notes: Rose, Jasmine, Pepper, Nutmeg

Base Notes

In contrast to top notes, which are typically energizing and invigorating, base notes are often described as calming. These scents are made up of large, heavy molecules providing complexity, and making a lasting impression.

 Popular Base Notes: Cedarwood, Patchouli, Vanilla, Musk

Learning about the role of various notes in a fragrance can make you a more confident shopper, especially when purchasing online. But, if there are ever any doubts, feel free to contact our customer service team at info@notescandle.com.


  • NOTES® Candle

    Hi Mesa! Please reach out to our customer service at info@gracemg.com.

  • Mesa

    I’m allergic to linalool. Do you use this is in some, or all of your fragrance mixtures?

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