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Understanding Fragrance 101

Understanding Fragrance 101

Are you indecisive? Have you ever purchased multiple candles because you couldn’t decide on just one? Do you get confused or have a hard time understanding what fragrance notes mean? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could be entitled to learn something from this blog.

First of all, we hope you read that in a law firm commercial voice and got our joke. If not, then that probably sounded very dramatic.

Yes, you’re still reading a candle blog, and no, we aren’t about to ask you to call a 1-800 number.

Ordering candles online can be tricky. Sure, you can pick a candle that you’ve had before and you know you love or one that you like just because it’s pretty, but sometimes you just want to try something new.

We’ve tried to help you out with the decision anxiety by giving you the top, middle and base notes of our fragrances, but what does that even mean? We’re gonna clear that up for you today.

Top notes: The top notes are the first impression you get of a fragrance. They are often light and refreshing, and are meant to add intrigue to the rest of the fragrance. In perfume, these notes typically fade away; however, in candles they stick around - they just might not be the most noticeable in the lasting fragrance a candle leaves. Some typical top notes include: sage, lavender, light fruits, ginger and citrus such as lemon, sage, orange zest and bergamot.

Middle notes: These notes are often called “heart notes” as they can make up anywhere from 40-80% of the total scent. They are a bit more complex and full-bodied than top notes and they serve to create an aroma in your space and tie together the top and base notes for a cohesive and beautiful fragrance. Some examples include: lavender, rose, black pepper, pine, geranium, rosemary and juniper.

Base notes: The base notes of a fragrance serve to leave a lasting impression and might be the ones that you associate with memories most readily. These are strong scents that bring balance to a fragrance and help round it out, but they should not overpower the other scents. Some more commonly used base notes include: cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla, amber, patchouli, oak moss and musk.

If you’re still lost or even more confused than you were, then you’re always welcome to go with your tried and true favorite fragrance. But, if you’re in the market for something new, we hope you now have the tools you need to pick out a new favorite! We don’t think you can go wrong with any Paddywax fragrance, so our candles are a great place to start. 😊

You can also always take our fragrance quiz to see which scent is right for you!

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