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Understanding the fragrance notes in your Eau de Cologne

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Fragrances are described in three parts; if you can imagine an evaporating pyramid where the top slowly disappears until you reach the base. Each of the three sections contain individual scents, or notes, that are blended together into what you smell.

There are three different types of notes that combine together into your scent: top, heart, and base notes:

• Top note; The top note is the initial scent of the fragrance that you can smell immediately after application to the skin. Top notes can include light floral scents, citrus, fruity scents, powdery scents, marines and spices.
• Heart note;  These showcase the main element of the fragrance. Heart notes develop after the top notes clear, they build off each other. Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents such as jasmine, or green scents. Spice scents such as cinnamon and clove can appear here, along with fruity scents.
• Base notes; They are the last to develop, which become more noticeable later and are often the bolder notes. Base notes lay the foundation to your fragrance and will determine how long it lasts on your skin. Typical base notes are sandalwood, moss, vetiver, vanilla, leather, tobacco, and musk.

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