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notes of a scented candle

Scented candles produce a gorgeous warm glow to an interior, but it’s their fragrance that really gives a room its appeal.

When talking about scent, we use the following three descriptive terms – top notes, middle notes and base notes, and it’s the clever blending of these three notes that makes a candle fragrance truly appealing.

Top notes – often referred to as headnotes, provide the first impression the scent makes when you initially smell a scented candle. These top notes are usually citrus or floral scents and are very light.

Middle notes – often described as the ‘heart’ of a fragrance, can take around 15 minutes to fully develop, and you’ll find they’re the most prominent when you burn a scented candle. The middle notes are often heavier florals like rose, geranium and jasmine or spices like cinnamon, cardamom or coriander.

Base notes – often called the end notes or bottom notes, these are what give a scented candle lasting qualities, and are the scent that tends to linger even after the candle has been put out. Base notes might be sandalwood, patchouli, musk, vanilla or vetiver.

To find out more about the notes in each of our scented candles, visit the Our Scents page. You’ll find a full description of each candle scent and see how the different notes are blended together to form the perfect candle each time.


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