Monday, August 17, 2009

We are back!!

Why hello there! We know that it has been way too long since our last blog post, but rest assured we are officially back! Since this is a renaissance of the L'Artisan Parfumeur blog we thought it best to start off with a little discussion on one of the most basic components of perfumery: The Fragrance Pyramid!

Perfume is created so that that different scents are experienced over a period of time. They are often referred to as "notes". The 3 different notes of perfume; top notes, middle notes and base notes work together to form the harmonious scent accord of the perfume. It is a true skilled artistry to create a fragrance with the knowledge of how each note will evaporate on the body over time. Using L'Artisan Parfumeur's #1 selling perfume in the United States, the always classic La Chasse aux Papillons, allow us to explore the notes of a fragrance a little more.

Top Notes:

These are the very first scents you will smell when experiencing a perfume. They are made up of small light molecules that evaporate quickly. The top notes of a fragrance are only evident to the nose for the first few minutes. Although the top notes are fleeting they play an important role as they are what brings the perfume to life! Without them a fragrance would be flat and lifeless.

La Chasse aux Papillons Top Notes: Bergamot, Lemon and Pink Pepper Berries

Middle Notes:

These scents emerge just as the top notes are dissipate. They are the "heart" of the fragrance and will be evident on the nose for 4-5 hours.

La Chasse aux Papillons Middle Notes: Orange Blossom, Lemon Tree Blossom, Tubereuse, Jasmin and Linden Blossom

Base Notes:

As the middle notes begin to depart these scents emerge. The base notes add depth and solidity to a fragrance. They are perhaps the most personal of all the notes in the fragrance pyramid as they are what hold the fragrance to the skin and will behave differently on each individual body. Together with the middle notes, the base notes produce the main theme of a perfume. The base notes will be experienced in hour 7-8 (even longer depending on the perfume) of applying a fragrance.

La Chasse aux Papillon Base Notes: Tubereuse and Ylang Ylang

We hope you enjoyed our quick little tutorial on the fragrance pyramid. Be sure to check back in with us often as we will be updating this blog frequently with information on the stories behind our fragrances, the artist who have created them and many other posts relating to the wonderful world of fragrance!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you! That was very enjoyable and informative.