Hey everybody it’s Charlotte!
Today on Makers Moments we’ll be teaching you how to pick the best
fragrance. Choosing the best fragrance is a fun and exciting experience. There’s an
entire world to explore when it comes to fragrance and today we’re going to teach
you the anatomy of fragrances and how to nail down the best one for you. Fragrance
can be made up of natural or man-made ingredients. These ingredients can
include essential oils,, absolutes and man-made molecules. There are anywhere
between 2,000 to 5,000 unique ingredients on a perfumers palette to
create fragrance formulas. fragrances are made up by combining top notes, middle
notes, and base note fragrance components to provide depth to the sensory
experience. Top notes are experienced upon initial impact –
they include aldehydes, citrus, fruits, herbs and ozone. Middle, or heart notes,
make up the predominant character of the fragrance. They include flowers, fruits,
herbs and spices. Bass notes or dry down, are notes that are long lasting and
linger in the scent. They include Musks, powders, resins,
sweets hormones, and woods. When you’re looking for fragrances, you want to look
for oils that contain a combination of top, middle, and base notes for a complex
and sophisticated fragrance experience. Look for oils that are phthalate-free,
paraben-free, and also contain essential oils. The Wooden Wick Co. offers a variety
of hand selected luxury fragrance oils that are crafted by master perfumers
using fine fragrance oils and essential oils sourced from around the globe. You
can sample a variety of fragrance oils in our new Fragrance Discovery Kit – we’ve
included the link for you below. Now that you know the difference about fragrance
notes and what to look for, it’s time to evaluate the fragrance! First write down
the name of each fragrance that you’ll be
testing on a separate blotter strip. Next you’re going to dip each corresponding
blotter strip into the fragrance bottle approximately a quarter of an inch onto
the strip. Lay the dipped blotter out on a flat dry surface and wait 30 to 60
seconds for the fragrance to settle before evaluating. You can repeat this
process for each fragrance that you plan to evaluate at any given time. Begin
evaluating each fragrance smelling a neutral scent, like your forearm, between
each new scent to cleanse your olfactory palate. As each fragrance settles, you
will be able to smell the top notes right away and then begin to experience
more and more of the middle and base notes. Be sure to take notes on what you
liked or disliked about each fragrance and what each fragrance made you feel or
think of. This will help you determine which fragrance you like best.
Congrats maker, you’re now ready to procure your signature scent! Ready to put
your newfound knowledge into practice? What are some of the fragrance brands
you use and why? Let us know in the comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe
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makers tips and tricks. See you next time on Makers Moments. Happy making!