It isn’t always so easy to make a lasting impression by wearing a great moisturiser or serum. Your skin might look amazing, but it’s not necessarily going to stick in someone’s mind. Wearing the right fragrance, however, can take you and those around you on an unforgettable olfactory journey with just one whiff. Let’s elaborate. A great fragrance can build a positive association with a friend, a date or a total stranger. As a conversation starter, it’s the ultimate tool. This is why it’s essential to be selective about fragrances. And considering fragrance notes is a pro move. Here’s a quick lesson in understanding fragrance notes, plus the scents we can’t get enough of right now.
Fragrance notes 101
A fragrance consists of three note families: top notes, middle notes and base notes. The top notes are the first whiff you get when spraying your cologne. Exact times vary, but they last for 30 minutes to an hour. The middle notes are the heart of the fragrance, which, after three to four hours, transform into base notes. The base notes are aromas that linger on the skin for up to six hours or longer, depending on the fragrance concentration levels. Handy tip: with our fragrance guide you can make your cologne last all day long.
Antonio Banderas The Icon Elixir EDP
This Icon Elixir has a brilliant top note made up of citrus and spices, like cardamom and ginger. The heart note is aromatic and becomes potent due to the salty freshness of some marine components. The base notes contain seductive wood that is encased in the sensuality of the musky aroma, giving it a lot of character.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Royal EDP
In the top notes you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the refreshing combination of lavender and mandarin. Next, a warm hint of cedarwood comes through, leading to the sensual base note of benzoin. It can easily transition from day to night.
Armani Stronger With You Amber EDP Limited Edition
Emporio Armani launched a limited-edition scent: Stronger With You Amber Eau De Parfum. The fragrance harmoniously blends an amber accord at its base with top notes of mandarin and fresh lavender at its heart. It is a compelling fragrance that lasts on the skin.
Tom Ford Grey Vetiver Parfum
A trio of sustainably sourced, sunlit vetivers exudes intense radiance as fresh orange blossom gives way to saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, adding a nuanced luster. Bold and radiant, it’s the ultimate scent to get noticed in.
Armani Acqua di Giò Profondo EDP
This Armani fragrance allows you to cling onto a feeling of summer year-round. Your senses are awakened by green mandarin and bergamot, then an icy hue is conveyed by Acqua di Giò’s iconic marine notes. Bonus: The emblematic frosted glass bottle is super chic too.
Azzaro Wanted By Night EDP
Imagine you’re in a darkly lit jazz club late at night, surrounded by cigar smoke and leather chairs. This scent is the next best thing. It’s warm and spicy, with cinnamon, tobacco and leather aromas. Perfect for hibernating in total comfort during the winter months.
Coach Green EDT
This woody and fruity green EDT opens with a refreshing top note of juicy kiwi and crisp bergamot. This is accentuated by notes of rosemary and geranium, before drying down to an earthy and woody base.