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The Eight Fragrances of Provence Sante

Apr 9th 2012

The Eight Fragrances of Provence Sante

Apr 9th 2012

Provence Santé: Fragrances

  • Eight signature Provençal perfumes that reflect the delicate balance between the art and science of parfumerie.
    • Featured in soaps, creams, lotions, bath products, and eau de toilette.
    • Bestsellers are Vervain, Linden, and Lavender.
  • Overview of Head (Top), Heart, and Bottom Notes

    Fragrances are typically described in terms of their three key “notes”:

    “Head Notes” (Top Notes): These determine the “family” of a perfume (e.g., floral, woodsy, citrus). They are the most volatile elements, giving off their fragrance upon their first contact with the skin. Often, they are “cool” notes such as lemon, orange, lavender, thyme, or marjoram.

    “Heart Notes”: Their action can last for several hours. They develop over time, defining the fragrance’s fullness. These are often floral and/or fruity: rose, jasmine, iris, hyacinth, or nutmeg.

    “Bottom Notes”: Slower to evaporate, they can linger for quite a long time. Often woodsy notes such as sandalwood, cedar, patchouli as well as “animal” notes such as musk, ambergris, civet which are now synthetically derived. (“Cruelty-Free” = “Synthetic” in this case.)

    The intoxicatingly sweet-citrusy note of the fruit with floral, musk, and “green” notes.
    Top: Mandarin, Grapefruit, Green Note
    Heart: Apricot, Peach, Black Currant, Jasmine, Rose Bottom: Musk

    A light citrus fragrance, accented with a floral notes and a smooth base of cedar and sandalwood.
    Top: Bergamot, Lemon, Orange Blossom, Rosemary Heart: Jasmine, Iris, Peach
    Bottom: Cedar, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Moss

    A soft blend of the classic Provençal fragrance with touches of rosemary, pine, and musk.
    Top: Rosemary Heart: Lavender Bottom: Pine, Musk

    The enchanting fragrance of linden (basswood) tree flowers, with traces of violet and honey.
    Top: Green Note, Violet Leaf Heart: Linden, Jasmine, Orange Blossom
    Bottom: Honey, Musk

    Sweet Almond
    The intoxicating aroma of sweet almond flowers with a smooth powdery finish.
    Top: Almond Heart: Black Currant, Raspberry, Anise, Rose, Jasmine
    Bottom: Heliotrope, Pine, Musk

    A sweet citrus aroma, with notes of mint and orange; equally popular with women and men.
    Top: Lemon, Orange Heart: Vervain Bottom: Mint Leaf

    A woodsy, cedar-like aroma that’s traditionally used as a male scent.
    Top: Rosemary, Geranium, Pine Heart: Rose, Lily of the Valley, Orange Blossoms
    Bottom: Vetiver, Patchouli, Cedar

    Wild Rose
    A true rose—the classic fragrance of romance—with hints of jasmine, musk, and sandalwood.
    Top: Green Note Heart: Rose, Jasmine Bottom: Musk, Sandalwood