Close your eyes and imagine walking in a candle store, picking up a scent, taking a deep inhale and smelling the fragrance. The key to picking your candle scent is to recognize the first notes that hit your olfactory senses. These notes are better know as the top notes or head note. Take another smell: the top notes fade away to reveal the middle notes or the heart of the fragrance. One more smell: the middle notes make way for the bottom notes or the base.
Fragrances are a blend of top, middle and bottom notes. Each note can contain multiple scents or ingredients. A ''note" is a word to describe scents you smell when you burn a candle. Fragrance notes fall into one of these three groups:
TOP (HEAD) The top notes are what you smell immediately. These notes "introduce" the candle fragrance. Ingredients that give off these notes consist of small molecules that evaporate quickly.
MIDDLE (HEART) As top notes begin to fade, you begin to smell the middle or heart notes. They provide balance and harmony to enhance the top and bottom notes.
BOTTOM (BASE) The bottom or base notes are heavier and last longer. Ingredients that are used for base notes have a rich and strong scent. They are often made of larger molecules that evaporate very slowly, so their odor lasts the longest.
Just like colors, fragrance types are also displayed on a wheel; and similarly, complimentary notes appear across from each other. Each unique scent or ingredient can be classified as either Fresh or Warm, then grouped into 1 of 4 Fragrance Families: Fresh, Floral, Oriental/Exotic or Woody. Within each Fragrance Family, there are Subfamilies (a few Subfamilies crossover two families).
Here is a Fragrance Wheel with scents grouped by type:
Find Your Favorite Fragrance on Mable O. Essentials!
Browse each fragrance collection on our site to find a scent that’s perfect for you! Visit our site at Mable O. Essentials . We offer candles in the following fragrance collections.