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  • Kevin Tevens

Fragrance Notes: What Are They And How To Understand Them

While online shopping is convenient and becoming more and more common, it can make certain purchases (like candles) a little more complicated. Have you ever found yourself loving the look and sentiment of a candle but wondering if you'll feel the same about the scent? While we haven't figured out how to offer scent samples virtually, we do have a way to help you better understand what to expect aromatically from each of our candles.

Fragrance notes are used to help describe the complexity and experience of each scent in writing. In other words, it is used as a marketing tool to help better describe the full experience of each candle as scents can vary through the whole buying/burning process. That way, when you purchase our candles, you won't be expecting something completely different from what you get.

Below, we'll go a little more in depth about fragrance notes and how you can find them on each of our products.


Certain notes are experienced at different times due to their evaporation rate and can be categorized into three main categories.:

Top Notes (Head Notes)

Most volatile of the notes and will evaporate the quickest. Top notes create your first impression of each candle.

Middle Notes (Heart Notes)

Base Notes

Pyramid Graph Depicting Fragrance Notes
2sonscandleco Fragrance Note Pyramid


A Little More On Each Fragrance Note

Top Notes (Head Notes)

Are usually the first thing you think of when you smell the candle. It can be considered part of the candles "cold throw", or what a candle smells like when unlit. These scents are usually described as "sharp" or "fresh" and are generally made to entice you. They set the stage for the Middle Notes.

  • Some common top notes are lemon zest, orange zest, sage, bergamot or ginger.

Middle Notes (Heart Notes)

Create a bridge between the Top and Base notes. Described as more of a mellow and balanced scent that helps transport from the lighter Top Notes to the heavier Base Notes.

  • Tend to be more of your floral and spice scents; jasmine, rose, lavender, neroli, pine, juniper, cinnamon and cardamom.

Base Notes

Purpose is to provide a lasting impression of the fragrance. Base Notes are typically described as "heavy" and "rich" and last long after the candle has been extinguished. Base Notes work with the Middle Notes to provide the a full impression of the candle.

  • They typically consist of vanilla, patchouli, musk, amber and cedarwood.


Fun Fact: Our Labels List The Fragrance Notes In Order

Our labels were created with the intent of writing out the main fragrance notes in the order that they appear. Starting with the Top Notes (initial scent), to the Middle Notes (main scent when burning), to the Base Notes (smell of the room after candle extinguished).

Compare the label to the complete list of notes on the Fragrance Note section on our product page to get a complete idea of the entire scent.

For example;

Ginger is listed first on the label and is the Top Note

Molasses is listed second and is the Middle Note (but cinnamon is also noted)

Chestnut and Nutmeg are third and fourth and are the Base Notes (butter and vanilla are also noted)

Due to space constraints we are only able to list 3-5 notes on our labels but will always have the full list of notes on our website under each product.

Take a look at our labels next time you are trying to figure out what the scent is like for some quick guidance.


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