Fragrances have three timed sections – a life cycle of points – think of an evaporating pyramid. Each of the three sections contain individual scents or ‘notes,’ that are belted together into what you end up smelling. Top note – The top or basic note is the initial, lighter smell of the fragrance that hits the nose first.
You might think that the difference between “perfume” and “cologne” is who the bottle is intended for, or which counter it’s sold at—the reality is a little more subtle than that. Simply, all fragrances are largely the same, but they’re given a name based on the concentration of oil in alcohol and water.
Perfume types reflect the concentration of aromatic compounds in a solvent, which in fine fragrance is typically ethanol or a mix of water and ethanol. Various sources differ considerably in the definitions of perfume types. The intensity and longevity of a perfume is based on the concentration, intensity and longevity of the aromatic compounds, or