A Complete Guide To Fragrance Notes – Chandrika Thomas London

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Perfume is an essential piece of anyone's wardrobe, a silent yet powerful statement transcending the visual's boundaries. It's a reflection of your status and a projection of your personality. Beyond merely what smells good and what doesn't, luxury perfumes are true art—an art of presentation of how you present yourself to the world. For those of us who revel in the grace of luxury living, the journey to finding the perfect scent is an exquisite endeavour, a symphony that speaks volumes. This journey begins with understanding the very foundation of fragrances, the notes that craft the intricate fragrance pyramid.




Picture a painter's palette adorned not with colours but with scents—fragrance notes. These notes are the individual ingredients that, when blended skillfully, create the captivating symphony that is your signature scent. Divided into three categories—top, middle (heart), and base notes—each note contributes a distinct character to the fragrance.

The top notes are the opening chords of a melody, catching your attention with their initial burst. They are often light and fresh, leaving a memorable first impression. Middle notes emerge as the top notes fade, much like the heart of a story unfolding. These notes build the core of the fragrance, giving it depth and personality. The base notes are the foundation, providing a lasting impression that lingers on your skin. Together, these notes create an olfactory journey that evolves over time.

Understanding fragrance notes is like unlocking a secret language of scent, an art that lets you curate a fragrance that aligns with your personality. As you embark on this fragrant journey, remember that selecting a scent is a form of self-expression. Allow yourself to explore, discover, and embrace the scents that resonate with your essence, crafting a fragrant narrative that's uniquely yours.




The top note is the initial and invigorating facet that greets your senses upon application.  An introduction that grabs your attention and sets the tone for the aromatic journey ahead. Just as the first brushstrokes on a canvas dictate the mood of a painting, top notes set the tone for your fragrance experience. The top note is characterised by its fleeting nature; it's the first impression that dissipates relatively quickly. It's designed to provide an immediate burst of energy and freshness, capturing your attention and arousing your curiosity. 

These notes often feature bright and lively ingredients that invigorate the senses. Here are some common top-note ingredients that contribute to this invigorating start:


Fragrance Top Notes



Middle notes, also known as heart notes, emerge as the heart and essence of a scent's narrative. They are the core of a fragrance, much like the turning point in a story. They follow the energetic introduction of top notes and add depth and nuance to the scent experience. This is where the fragrance story develops, as floral, fruity, and spicy elements combine to create an engaging composition. 

Within the middle notes lies an array of ingredients that contribute to the fragrance's depth. Below are some common middle note ingredients that enhance the scent's complexity:


Fragrance Middle Notes



Base notes play a foundational role, much like the concluding chapters of a well-crafted story. They are the anchor that supports the fragrance's composition, providing depth, longevity, and resonance that lingers on your skin.  They are the final act of the fragrance journey, representing its long-lasting and memorable conclusion. These notes emerge as the top and middle notes gradually fade, revealing their true character over time. They contribute a sense of depth and maturity to the scent, like the culmination of a well-developed plot.

I listed some common base note ingredients that provide depth and longevity below:


Fragrance Base Notes



To understand how these notes work harmoniously, let's explore them in detail. "Assam Tea & Cardamom" offers a fragrant journey that embodies vibrancy, elegance, and allure, harmonising with your unique essence. To understand how these notes work harmoniously, let's explore them in detail.


TOP NOTES: As you first engage with this scent, you're greeted by an explosion of lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit, and petitgrain. These lively top notes intertwine with the warmth of Assam tea, the warm black pepper's spiciness, and cardamom's allure. This combination creates a vivid and welcoming introduction, much like the opening chords of a symphony.


MIDDLE NOTES: Delve deeper into the heart of it. Jasmine, rose, neroli, lavender, and clary sage come together to form a bouquet of floral sophistication. These heart notes represent moments of grace and charm, mirroring the turning points in life's journey.


BASE NOTES: As the scent journey nears its conclusion, musk, orris, and cashmere, emerge to create the foundation that lingers. These add allure and depth to this fragrance. They wrap you in a soft and lasting embrace, akin to the memories that linger long after the melody has



Fragrance families offer a broad classification. Each category houses a range of notes that contribute to its unique character. The beauty of exploring these families is discovering how various notes blend and interact, creating intricate and captivating compositions. Whether you're drawn to the refreshing allure of citrus or the sultry embrace of oriental scents, understanding fragrance families guides you toward scents that resonate with your preferences and personality.

Fragrance families categorise scents based on their predominant note types, simplifying the complex world of perfumery. Here's how different families are defined and what notes they encompass:


CITRUS: Characterised by vibrant and zesty notes like lemon, bergamot, and orange. These scents are invigorating and perfect for a fresh, uplifting aura.

FLORAL: Featuring a bouquet of blooms like rose, jasmine, and lavender. Floral fragrances range from light and romantic to rich and sophisticated.

ORIENTAL (SPICY): Infused with warm and exotic spices like cinnamon, clove, and vanilla. These scents are rich, often with a hint of sensuality.

WOODY: Earthy and grounding, woody notes include cedarwood, sandalwood, and vetiver. They evoke a sense of nature and warmth.

CHYPRE: Combining citrus, floral, and woody notes, chypre fragrances are balanced and elegant, often with a touch of mystery.

FOUGERE: Comprising lavender, coumarin, and oakmoss, fougère scents are fresh and aromatic, often used in men's fragrances.

GOURMAND: Reminiscent of delectable treats, gourmand fragrances feature notes like chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

AQUATIC: Capturing oceanic vibes with notes like sea breeze and water lily, aquatic scents evoke a fresh and breezy ambience.

GREEN: Evoking lush greenery with notes like freshly cut grass and leaves, green fragrances are crisp and




Choosing the perfect scent isn't a one-size-fits-all endeavour. It's a personalised journey. Consider these tips to guide you:


  1. Know Your Preferences: Just as each note plays a unique role in a fragrance, your personal tastes influence your choice. Reflect on the scents that naturally resonate with you. Are you drawn to the blossoming elegance of florals, the earthy richness of woods, the invigorating allure of citruses, or the mysterious embrace of Orientals?
  1. Consider Occasions: Like the varying notes that shape a perfume, different scents complement different occasions. For daytime affairs, opt for the bright and lively notes reminiscent of a sunlit morning. As twilight falls, embrace the deeper heart and base notes for a more intense and lasting impression, echoing the transition from day to night.
  1. Skin Chemistry Matters: Much like the way perfume notes harmonise, your skin chemistry also interacts uniquely with fragrances. As you explore scents, remember that they evolve with your body's chemistry. Prioritise testing the scent on your skin before committing, allowing the notes to settle and create a melody that is uniquely yours.
  1. Sample Small: Just as each note contributes to a symphony, so do various perfume samples that offer a composition of possibilities. Before committing to a full bottle, sample a few options. Much like the evolution of fragrance notes, your initial impression might evolve over time, guiding you toward the perfect selection. 

  We have a Full Discovery Perfume Samples available for you to try.


Perfume Samples
  1. Embrace Complexity: The intricate symphony of perfume notes mirrors the complexities of life. Similar to how various notes harmonise in a fragrance, appreciate that life's beauty lies in its layers. Instead of fixating on a single note, recognise the enchantment that emerges when they seamlessly blend. Embrace the richness that complexity

Now that you're armed with insights about fragrance notes and their interplay, you're all set to dive into the world of scents. Begin your scented journey by exploring our collection of exquisite fragrances. We're confident that you'll discover your perfect match in our selection. Embrace the adventure and find the fragrance that resonates with you. Start your exploration now.

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