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Sniff, Sniff, Mix...

Behind the scenes: Sniff, sniff mix. While perfumers do an amazing job at mixing "pre-made" blends, many of us also like to mix our own. I just so happen to like both, so that's why I offer both.

You'll often see Top, Middle, Bottom or Base notes on my product pages. Here's a great explanation, courtesy of Northwoods.

"What are fragrance notes?

Before going further, it’ll help to talk about what a “fragrance note” is in the first place. It’s impossible to venture into the world of fragrances without hearing this term at least once. A fragrance note is simply what you sense when smelling a fragrance.

Most fragrance oil blends feature a number of different notes.

The notes you sense immediately are usually referred to as top notes. Citrus, herbs and light fruity scents are common top notes. Top notes tend to be lighter oils with smaller molecules, and as such, they tend to fade away faster.

The next part of a fragrance you sense is called the middle note or heart note. Whereas ideal top notes are often zestier or sharper, middle notes are usually meant to be softer and warmer. A top note draws you in to a fragrance, while the middle note makes you want to stay there. Many middle notes are floral, fruity, spicy or herbal. Rose, Chocolate, Pear and Rain are a few common middle notes.

Lastly, we have bottom notes or base notes. These notes are the ones you smell last, and because they are heavier oils with larger molecules, they also stick around the longest. Bottom notes tend to be warm, sometimes woodsy scents. Vanilla, Musk, Amber and Sandalwood are some of the more common base notes. No matter what they are, these notes take the stage once the top and middle notes have started to dissipate."

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