What is all of these... I've saw and read "THOUSANDS" of reviews, and every single one of them includes these four (Or three of them) bases on them.
When i spray my fragrances, say L'eau D'issey (Everyone knows that one) I get the same exact smell throughout the entire 8-12 hours. Am i supposed to smell 3 different stages? Isnt this Opening, Top, Base, Drydown abit overrated?
I think that's confusing two related but distinct concepts. I'm relatively new to it all, but as far as I understand it, it goes like this...
Top notes, middle or heart notes, and base notes are the classes of ingredients that make up a fragrance. Top notes are the lighter more volatile ingredients that come off quickly, heart notes last longer and tend to make up the essential character of a fragrance, and base notes are the longest lasting and heavier substances which help stabilise the whole thing and which last the longest.
Opening and drydown are terms that describe the chronological stages after application. So on the opening, the top notes will be most noticeable, though depending on the fragrance, contributions from heart or even base notes will be there too. On drydown, the top notes diminish and the heart and base notes come through more - but the extent of each depends on the individual notes and the overall fragrance blend.
Does that make any sense?