A practical guide to the perfume pyramid.
These notes last the longest on the skin, and are what you smell during your fragrance's dry down. Think of them as the building blocks of perfume. Having trouble getting your perfume to last? You're probably not using enough base notes.
Sometime called "modifiers" because they mingle and meld with your base notes before the dry down. This is where you'll find the most variety of notes - from the familiar to the rare. Most florals are in this category, but you'll find almost any type of aroma represented here.
The molecules in these notes are literally lighter, so they evaporate first (sometimes within seconds). This category contains most citrus notes, which happen to be some of the most universally appealing aromas - giving you that have-to-have-it feeling fresh out of the bottle.