The 35 Best Perfumes for Women for Every Occasion

Have you ever wondered why the scent of your perfume seems to disappear by lunchtime? The answer may lie in its ingredients. Some notes, including citrus and water ones, are more volatile than others, causing them to evaporate from the skin more quickly. 

It’s also important to understand the general breakdown of a fragrance and what the various notes mean regarding your perfume’s application. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • Top Notes: The first scent you smell after spraying the perfume, which fades the fastest.
  • Middle/Heart Notes: The scent that develops after the top note fades.
  • Base Note: This is the heaviest scent that tends to linger the longest.

To help get the most out of your scent, most perfumers agree you should spritz your fragrance directly onto the skin, rather than creating a mist and walking through it. You should also always apply your perfume immediately after getting out of the shower (when your pores are the most open) and spritz it directly onto your body’s pulse points, including your wrists, neck, inner elbows, and behind your ears. The warmth of these areas will help activate the notes and diffuse the fragrance across your entire body.