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April 06, 2022 5 min read

The summer season is associated with outdoor fun activities. People also associate many scents with summer weather. With summer comes heat. Therefore, perfume with light notes should be applied because fragrance notes intensify with the hot temperature. During the hot weather, fresh scents like green plants and aquatic or citrus notes are used. These scents could also be floral, fruity, or spicy such as lilies, rose, geranium, mango, passion fruit, basil, cedarwood, etc. Perfumes are also selected based on the season for better impact.

 

What Are Fragrance Notes?

Fragrance Notes are the major ingredients and layers with which scents are set. They make up a fragrance and determine how they are perceived after application.

The three layers are divided depending on their volatility and how long the notes last.

 

Types Of Fragrance Notes

Fragrance notes are divided into three different types; they are;

 

1.  Top Note

Top Note scents are the initial scents that are detected after applying the fragrance. It is the top/first layer. They're usually manufactured in light forms. They tend to have a great impact and are composed of smaller molecules.

Also referred to as the headnote, this layer lasts for up to fifteen minutes before the rest of the layers are perceived.

These top notes fragrances are floral, fresh, and fruity scents. Examples are citrus, lime, thyme, rose, bergamot, etc.

 

2.   Middle Note

The middle ore is the heart note of a fragrance. This layer occupied the largest part of the perceived scent.

When the middle note layer starts, it lets for close to an hour. The top note begins to disappear in this layer, and new scents are ushered in. The middle note comprises strong and aromatic ingredients like cinnamon, neroli, geranium, etc.

 

3.   Base Note

The base note is the longest-lasting layer of the fragrance. The lasting duration of the base note is between 30 minutes to 24 hours. This layer is thick and rich. Base note scents add more strength to the top ones. They are mostly woody or gourmand scents like vanilla, chocolate, amber, sandalwood, etc.

Woody scents can also be used as top notes.

 

Examples Of Fragrance Notes For Summer

Summer scents are mostly divided into three main groups. They can either be herbal, woody, floral, fresh, or fruity.

 

FLORAL SCENTS

 

1.    Rose

Rose is a very popular fragrance. It is one of the best that can be used at any time of the year. This particular fragrance is sweet, rich, and accommodating. Rose can also be used as a top or middle note. It can also be added with other notes such as bergamot, ginger, neroli, chamomile, etc.

Apart from its natural petals, rose scents can be manufactured synthetically in the form of rose ketones, rose oxides, etc.

Rose fragrances may be produced as perfumes, skincare products, soaps, etc.

 

2.    Lavender

An automatic fragrance that is commonly used and gotten from lavender flowers that are purple. Its distinctive scent is quickly noticeable. The lavender scent is used in making lots of female fragrances and also male ones. It is aromatic, accompanied by a spicy and herbal scent. Many notes such as vanilla, citrus, rose, or jasmine is added along with lavender.

Lavender is used for many other reasons apart from perfumes; they are spices for food and medicinal purposes. It is used in aromatherapy for relieving stress and reducing anxiety.

Selecting lavender scents during summer is good because of their calming and soothing qualities.

 

Other examples of floral scents are jasmine, gardenia, hyacinth, etc.

 

FRESH SCENTS

 

1.    Citrus

Citrus fragrances are considered fresh ones. This type of fragrance is mostly used during summer because of its ability to evaporate quickly. Citrus are mostly used as top notes, and they are volatile. Citrus scents are derived from the peelings of citrus fruits.

Examples of citrus fruits used are bergamot, orange, mandarin, lemon, grapefruit, etc.

Citrus scents are either mixed to produce a dynamic result or with other scent notes such as rose, cinnamon, peppermint, etc. The scent notes are either floral, spicy, or herbal.

 

2.    Water

Also known as marine, oceanic or aquatic, water scents are an impression of how water bodies smell. They are made mostly to refresh and rejuvenate. When used during summer, the users experience the fresh and cool feeling of the ocean. Water-based scents are mostly free from alcohol. They are made from varieties of notes in addition to water. These notes could be floral, woody, gourmand, or fruity.

Water-based scents can be easily made at home. All that is needed is distilled water and essential oils it extracts from natural ingredients of your choice.

 

FRUITY SCENTS

Fruity scents are derived from many fruits other than citrus ones. Their smell is sweet, inviting, and full of flavors. Fruits used in creating fruity fragrances include berries, blackcurrant, cherry, peach, mango, or pear.

The fruit scents are majorly middle notes that can be used alone or added together.

Fruity and floral scents are great combinations for all seasons, especially in summer.

 

 

HERBAL SCENTS

Herbal scents are derived from plants. They are gotten from green leaves, stems, spices, etc. Herbal scents smell just like nature. They are amazing choices for the summer season because they are refreshing and medicinal. Essential oils are extracted from ingredients such as mint, basil, lemon, rosemary, sage, etc. Dried leaves, seeds, and stems are applicable. Herbal scents are either top or middle notes and are also known to be long-lasting. They are mixed with any kind of Fragrance, either together or separately. Woody, citrus, and gourmand notes can also be mixed with herbal scents.

 

WOODY SCENTS

Woody fragrances are almost similar to herbal fragrances. They are natural scents from wood materials. However, there are laboratory-made alternatives. Woody scents are formulated to suit any purpose. It can either come off as strong, usable as a base note, spicy, cool, or light.

Examples are sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, etc.

Woody scents can be used during summer because of their lightness and freshness.

 

Why Are These Summer Fragrance Notes Better Than Winter Ones?

Summer scents are preferable to winter and other types of scents during the summer season. This is because summer scents are mostly lightly scented.

There is more heat, and these summer perfumes are calming, refreshing, and soothing to the body.

Lastly, they do not stick to the body and can be reapplied.

 

Conclusion

Fragrance notes are elements that describe the scent of a particular fragrance. They are divided into three layers that show what is perceived after a fragrance or perfume is applied. These layers are known as the top, middle and base notes. The top note is a temporary one with high volatility and a short-lasting duration. The middle note scents are perceived immediately after the top note. They last for about an hour and usher in the base note. The base note is the long-lasting part of the fragrance. It is also called the foundation of the fragrance.

Some fragrance notes should be applied during summer to avoid stickiness and overwhelming smell. They are spicy, floral, fruity, and fresh scents. These scents are mostly top notes. Examples are bergamot, grapefruit, lemon, lime, cherry, cinnamon, rose, etc.

It is important to note that summer fragrances have lighter scents and are applicable.