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Perfume Notes -

“To create a perfume you have to be the servant of the unconscious. Each idea evolves and transforms, but there should be a surprise with each note.” – Serge Lutens

A rich, musty and nutty scent with a woody backbone. This […]

Cinnamon 1

A scent that is sweet and bitter, hot and sensuous, with a prolonged […]

Sandalwood

A classic, oriental, woody note with a very green top note and a fantastic […]

vanilla-flower

An ever-popular fragrance note, which is sweet, cosy, and […]

Rose

The Queen of flowers, lemony fresh with carious nuances of […]

Patchouli

A dark, sweet earthy mix with a woody edge. Patchouli is very […]

Derived from labdanum, benzoin and vanilla, this sweet, resinous […]

mint

A refreshing and cooling note with peppery aspects from the […]

Magnolia

A waxy, lemon tinged flower. Floral, fresh and lush, all at the same […]

Lime

A refreshing scent with a sour, tangy zesty top note, sharper […]

leather

A strong, dusty, sharp, woody smell naturally derived from cured hides […]

Jasmine

The King of flowers, a sweet narcotic scent that is floral but slightly […]

Cypress

A woody, slightly spiced oil taken from an evergreen tree […]

Grapefruit

A Sharp, tangy scent with a bitter aftertaste, this tasteful aroma gives […]

Cardamom

An intensely sweet, resinous-aromatic and slightly spicy pod, mainly […]

Bergamot

A citrusy, bitter and sour complex with hints of fruity and aromatic […]

Myrrh

A woody, aromatic and pungent smell that is slightly medicinal […]

Pink Pepper

Technically a pepper berry however not spicy, but more like a rose. It is […]

Notes tend to be classified into 10 different divisions:

Citrus – These are raw citrus-smelling materials like that of a lemon or orange. Due to the high quantity of water, steam distillation isn’t a viable extraction technique used and so, they tend to be cold-expressed to preserve their freshness. More recent extractions include those from newly developed citrus fruits such as Grapefruit, Pomelo and Yuzu.

Fruits, Vegetables and Nuts – All notes fruit and vegetable notes beyond citrus fall into this category. They have been increasingly popular in most recent years due to its unusually unique scent.  The most popular nut is the Almond, being very distinctive in the nutty aroma that follows after a warm introduction.

Flowers – A clear category in its own. From the wine notes of a Rose to the strong masculine smell of a Jasmine, this division of fragrances are mainly base notes that are prized for their unparalleled scent.

Greens and Herbs – ‘Greens’ stand for the notes of freshly cut grass and leaves whilst herbs are those of Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Mint and many others, mainly used in cooking. Ranging from damp-earth like fragrances to a coconut-sweet scent such as the Fig Leaf, this class of fragrances adds the perfect hint of class and elegance if used correctly.

Spices – Another familiar category of perfume notes, spices include Cinnamon, Pepper, Saffron and all other spicy notes that can be quite over-powering. When used in the right quantities, this category of notes can be the difference between something average, and something fantastically unique.

Woods and Mosses – Our main base-ingredient, Oudh, also known as Agarwood or ‘Oud’, falls under this category of fragrance notes. The scent of woody notes are naturally produced and extracted via steam distillation, once condensed, forms a thick layer of oil on top of the water due to it’s hydrophobic properties. Mosses however, are a bitter scent with a dark murkiness to them. It is mainly used in perfumes meant for autumn and eveningwear.

Resins and Balsams – The popular cooking ingredient, Balsamic Vinegar falls into this division. They tend to be very sweet and sour in smell and is best used in conjunction with floral notes. Here at Amelgo, we currently tend to stay away from this category of fragrance notes but may introduce it in the future.

Musk, Amber and Animalic smells – Deer Musk, one of the most popular Animalic notes, is a classic example of an Animalic fragrance. No harm is done to an animal during the extraction process and so; its hair is used as the main source. Leather and Amber are also two primary notes that are widely used in our prestigious range of fragrances. Fantasy notes are rendered by mixing ingredients to replicate an Animalic note such as Milk, Caviar, Meat and Suede Leather.

Beverages – White Wine, Rum, Amaretto and Whiskey are clear examples of common beverages that are used in this category. Again, here at ‘Amelgo’ we do not incorporate these ingredients in our range of perfumes due to their pungent-alcoholic and overpowering smell.

Natural and Synthetic – This includes all other notes that do not fall in any of the categories above. Ranging from Burnt-Matches to Ink and Pebbles, this unusual category can be incorporated into ones fragrance to give a distinctive and very unique smell that may only be a favourite to very few.