A Symphony of Scent – part III

Base Notes

Tobacco Leaf – Cigars, libraries & drinking dens

Otherwise know as ‘bottom’ or more romantically (and more preferable!), ‘soul’ notes, these are heavier and more tenacious. Base notes are deep, warm and have a powerful influence on the overall perfume blend, so need to be used judiciously and sparingly so as not to overpower the middle and top notes.

Base notes are usually derived from resins, woods, some grasses and leaves.  Base notes are integral to a perfume’s composition in order to anchor and give depth; fixing and slowing down the evaporation of the other notes.

In natural perfumery base note materials include:

Grasses: Vetiver

Woods: Sandalwood, Cedarwood

Leaves: Patchouli, Tobacco leaf

Resins/Balsams: Vanilla, Benzoin, Tonka bean, Frankincense

Base notes can be detected in the ‘dry down’ of a fragrance and can linger for days, depending on the composition of a fragrance and your own skin chemistry.

You will notice base notes feature prominently in Oriental fragrances such as Opium, Shalimar, Poison, Ysatis, Coco and and Chypre-type fragrances such as Ma Griffe (by Carven), Miss Dior, Tabac Blond, Aromatics Elixir (Clinique).


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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