Your Ever-Evolving Fragrance

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Ever wonder why your perfume smells one way in the morning and another by the end of the day? It’s not just because the scent has started to fade, but also because a fragrance has a life cycle of sorts.

When you first spray your perfume, the scent is its strongest because the alcohol and prevalent top notes. Ten minutes later, the fragrance will alter as the top notes fade and the middle notes become noticeable. Towards the end, the fragrance enters a dry-down phase, in which the warm base notes are most noticeable.

Why does this happen? Perfumer Cecile Krakower explains: “Ingredients used in fragrance are based on volatility. Top notes are the lightest, the middle ones are medium weight, and the base notes are the heaviest.”

Have you noticed this with your own favorite fragrance? What time of day do you like it best? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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