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 Did you know that the first recorded use of perfume was around 2000BC? Even the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt knew the importance of smelling good. Of course, they used their perfumes on the dead as well as the living, but they did a lot of strange things - like build gigantic stone monuments without even coming close to inventing the wheel - so we can overlook their more peculiar tendencies.

And since then, it can only be argued that fragrances have grown in popularity. They have also, thankfully, grown in complexity. Not something you’d usually say, but in the case of perfumes, complexity is good. The very first scents were composed of crushed plants and herbs. And okay, so lavender, jasmine and vanilla still smell delicious. But nettle? Dandelion? Maybe not.



 Now we’ve progressed to the stage where a scent can smell of pretty much anything - which is both a good and a bad thing. Good because they’re creating scents that make you smell of chocolate (although this will probably make you smell more attractive to yourself than to the opposite sex). Bad because now everyone thinks they can mix a few different scents together and the resulting liquor will smell amazing.

If you ever had a perfume-making kit as a child - or indeed if you were ever one of those children who made rose perfume by bottling tap water and several hundred rose petals - you will know that this is definitely not the case. Although even the most disastrous of combinations would still smell sweeter than week-old rose water.

Whether you decide to buy or design a perfume, though, its important to keep in mind that a fragrance has 3 main scents, or notes.
The top note is the scent you first smell, the smell that makes you declare a fragrance ‘sweet’ or ‘citrus-y’ or ‘musky’. That is the smell that lingers the least amount of time.

The middle or heart note makes up the bulk of the fragrance, and that’s what you smell about 10 minutes after first applying a scent. It’s usually slightly mellower, complementary and much more durable. It’s what people will smell when you’re in work - because the top note will have worn off when you’re sat in traffic.

The base note is by far the most durable, holding strong for up to 24 hours, but its generally a very soft, gentle, almost unnoticeable scent. However it works with the other two notes to give fragrances a mother-of-pearl characteristic: each whiff brings something slightly different.


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