help defining more obscure top, middle and base notes?

    help defining more obscure top, middle and base notes?

    post #1 of 4
    Thread Starter 

    Does anyone know of a good resource where I can define essential and natural scents as top middle or base note?

    Iunderstand the more common 90 or so, but am stuck on some of the more therapeutic Thai apllications: first one is turmeric because even though it is earthy and woody, it's acrid, pungent, feels like a middle note in how balanced it is. Also though it's a root, it has spice, sharp top notes, and middle adaptogen notes. Like lavender it's all things.

    Your thoughts? thanks!

    post #2 of 4

    This source defines Turmeric as a base:

    http://ladylisa.usting.com/Base_Note_Oil_s/base_note_oil_s.html#Tagetes

    As a matter in fact, some essential oils can exists of as many as 400 different aroma chemicals. These can be individually classified as top, heart and base.

    So it's not unusual that an complex essential oil exists of parts top, heart and base notes.

    If the volatile parts, light weight molecules, are in the minority, it becomes more of a heart or base note and vise versa.

    post #3 of 4

    Try it for yourself. Take a smelling strip, dip it into the oil you are interested in and smell it over a period of time. The longer it lasts, the more it will be Basenotes. Gone after a 30 minutes to 1 hour, a Topnote; two to five hours, a Middlenote; anything longer, a Basenote.

    post #4 of 4
    Thread Starter 

    Thank you this LadyLisa resource is perfect. Exactly the help I needed. Appreciate it.

    I first found Base Notes while looking up reviews and descriptives for Chanel's Sycamore. Browsing through the hundreds of posts, was able to make a room spray and essential oil blend to accompany the cologne.

    Love this site!

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    7/13/13 at 5:24am

    Thuja said:



    Does anyone know of a good resource where I can define essential and natural scents as top middle or base note?

    Iunderstand the more common 90 or so, but am stuck on some of the more therapeutic Thai apllications: first one is turmeric because even though it is earthy and woody, it's acrid, pungent, feels like a middle note in how balanced it is. Also though it's a root, it has spice, sharp top notes, and middle adaptogen notes. Like lavender it's all things.

    Your thoughts? thanks!

    7/13/13 at 8:24am

    jsparla said:



    This source defines Turmeric as a base:

    http://ladylisa.usting.com/Base_Note_Oil_s/base_note_oil_s.html#Tagetes

    As a matter in fact, some essential oils can exists of as many as 400 different aroma chemicals. These can be individually classified as top, heart and base.

    So it's not unusual that an complex essential oil exists of parts top, heart and base notes.

    If the volatile parts, light weight molecules, are in the minority, it becomes more of a heart or base note and vise versa.

    7/13/13 at 12:32pm

    David Ruskin said:



    Try it for yourself. Take a smelling strip, dip it into the oil you are interested in and smell it over a period of time. The longer it lasts, the more it will be Basenotes. Gone after a 30 minutes to 1 hour, a Topnote; two to five hours, a Middlenote; anything longer, a Basenote.

    7/15/13 at 7:57am

    Thuja said:



    Thank you this LadyLisa resource is perfect. Exactly the help I needed. Appreciate it.

    I first found Base Notes while looking up reviews and descriptives for Chanel's Sycamore. Browsing through the hundreds of posts, was able to make a room spray and essential oil blend to accompany the cologne.

    Love this site!





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