A Symphony of Scent – Part II

Middle Notes

Tuberose – heady and narcotic

Otherwise known as the ‘heart’ or ‘bouquet’ notes, they are more longer lasting than our capricious, fleeting top notes. Unfolding over a few hours, the heart notes impart body, fullness and warmth to a perfume and are the mainstay of a fragrance.

Classic middle note materials in Natural perfumery are mostly flowers, some herbs and spices.

Florals: such as the voluptuous, creamy white flowers of Gardenia, Tuberose; Ylang ylang, Jasmine and the complex Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Linden blossom, Lotus, Osmanthus

Herbs: Lavender, Geranium, Thyme

Spices: Nutmeg, Ginger, Cardamom, Black pepper – although some spices cross-over into top-note territory too, so there is some ‘rule-bending’ occurring!

Some examples of classic fragrances with strong floral middle notes are Tresor (Lancome), Beautiful (Estee Lauder), Quelques  Fleurs L’original, Safari, Fracas (Piguet)

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About The Perfume Mistress

"If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then the nose is the doorway to your imagination" The Perfume Mistress Hello, by day I am a clinical aromatherapist and tutor, with over 10 years of working with natural materials and essential oils, by night I delve into the art of botanical perfumery, reading and smelling all things olfactory. I have set up the 'Nosetrodami Club' offering scentsory talks, discussions and master-classes on all topics and themes olfactive. I also offer one and two day workshops in the art of natural perfumery, natural and organic body & skincare. My inspirations range from the mundane to the metaphysical, the hum-drum to the hyperbolic which you may see reflected in my posts.
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