Floral Perfumes – A Fragrant Symphony of Nature

6 Floral Perfumes

Floral fragrances are scented with essential oils from flowers, petals, leaves, or stems. They’re the largest group of perfume aromatics.

The perfume that launched a new olfactive trend, this Sicilian-inspired scent took two years and 700 ingredients to develop. Voters note its long-lasting, clean, natural sensation and “fresh, watery feeling.” Shop this fragrance as an EDP or an EDT.

Top Notes

Top notes are the initial scents you smell as soon as you spray perfume and they typically evaporate quickly due to their light molecular structure. Often citrusy or fresh, top notes define your first impression of a fragrance. Popular citruses include lemon, orange, and bergamot. Fresh and floral notes like jasmine and ylang ylang are also commonly used as top notes to add a natural, clean aroma.

Heart notes are the next layer and form the heart of a fragrance. They serve to bridge the gap between the fleeting top notes and the lingering base notes, creating an invigorating aromatic journey. Heart notes retain the initial burst of scent from the top notes and slowly introduce new scents that evolve as they settle on the skin.

Lasting for several hours, the base notes are what linger on your skin once the middle and heart notes begin to fade. Perfumes containing base notes tend to be woody and musky, with rich scents like vanilla and sandalwood.

Middle Notes

The middle notes of perfume come into play after the initial spritz has evaporated, and they are what give the scent its heart. These scents are typically floral or citrus, and they help the fragrance tell its story. They also provide a buffer for the base notes, which may smell unpleasant at first.

They are known to linger for hours after the perfume has been applied. Oftentimes, the middle and base notes work together to create a balanced and well-rounded aroma.

Floating Forest, for example, blends top notes of black pepper and bergamot with middle notes of water lily, freesia and rose absolute along with base notes of cedarwood, salty musk and papyrus. This unique combination creates a calming and earthy aroma that represents the beauty of nature. The perfume is a great choice for daily hangouts or special occasions. It is best suited for women. It is available in a sleek bottle that makes it stand out from other fragrances.

Base Notes

The base notes are the final touch to a perfume’s composition, lingering on your skin for hours after the top and heart notes fade. They provide depth, resonance and a lasting impression that enhances the ephemeral nature of the other scents. They make up 10-25% of the final fragrance blend and include oils like cedarwood, sandalwood, vanilla and musk.

Top notes are the first aromas to hit you when you apply a perfume and they dissipate within minutes due to their lighter molecular structure. Middle notes emerge after the top notes disappear and form a smooth combination of floral, fruity and aromatic scents.

The base notes are the longest-lasting scents in a perfume and they infuse with the middle aromatics to give it its full body. They are typically warm and sensual, containing the strongest and most long-lasting aromas such as musk, amber and vanilla.


The overall effect is subtle, and the musks and sandalwoods really blend in to create a natural, skin-like effect. It’s not a “fun” perfume, but it is very soothing and I’ve had testers tell me it smells like home or hugging a loved one (a bit like Babycat).

This version of Number Six was re-mastered in 2018 and includes many natural oils and ‘For Life’ certified organic oils, as well as new plant-based replacements for the animal ingredients used when the fragrance was first launched. IFF’s Laurent Le Guernec worked tirelessly to bring out the best of this remarkable perfume using old fashioned and modern molecular capture, distillation, and blending techniques.

In collaboration with fashion designer Daisuke Obana (who has gained a following for his functional-looking menswear), this scent features hiba tree, sugi leaves, green cypress, motor oil, nutmeg, and fir balsam. A woody and leafy perfume, it’s perfect for a fall stroll or snuggling up on the couch on a rainy Sunday in October.

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