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)


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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