Fragrance workshop

Today during our seminar we had the chance to learn the basics of creating a fragrance. It was a fun activity during which after first listening to some theoretical knowledge we got to create a fragrance ourselves.

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The first thing that I learned today was that every fragrance is built in three layers:

  • TOP – instant impression, but fleeting ~ 30%
  • HEART – most important characteristics ~ 40%
  • BASE – lingers longest, roots the scent ~30%

Also I got familiar with some of the most common terminology that is used in the fragrance industry:

Eau de Toilette: a fragrance containing between 10-15% of concentrate in alcohol

Eau de Parfum: a fragrance containing between 15-20% of concentrate in alcohol

Eau de Cologne: originally means a composition based on citrus compounds. In concentration of perfume, it can also mean a fragrance that has less than 5-6% of concentrate in alcohol