If the smell of freshly-cut grass on a summer’s day does something to you that’s hard to put into words, you might want to swot up on green notes. A niche category of notes that add a burst of freshness, once you notice they’re the common denominator of your favourite scents you’re going to want to seek them out. But, how?
Hold on, what are notes?
Before we dive straight into the world of green notes, if you’re new to understanding perfume lingo then we recommend you start with our article on fragrance notes.
Essentially, you need to think of perfume notes as ingredients that when layered and combined in a certain way reveals a distinct scent. Notes can reveal themselves over time (eg. top notes are what you can smell in the first 15 minutes of spritzing), or combine to create a certain tone (eg. a warm, woody base might be made up of notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and vanilla).
Got it, what are green notes?
Taking their cue from nature’s beauty, green notes mimic the scent of leaves freshly plucked from the stem of a plant. You’ll typically see notes that come straight from your kitchen cupboard – think basil, green tea and mint – fall into the ‘green’ category.
And what do all these botanical notes have in common? They’re fresh, uplifting and add an *inhales* ‘ahhhhh’ feeling to a scent that will keep you going back time and time again.
Where can I find them?
Once you start looking for them, you will spot green notes used by your favourite brands and their signature scents. Think Calvin Klein’s CK One, with its universally-loved blend of green tea, bergamot and musk. And timeless classics like Elizabeth Arden’s Green tea, complete with distinct notes of peppermint.
Keep your eyes peeled on the fragrance pyramid, listed next to the scent and anything botanical, green-coloured and crisp will add that tranquil ‘just-spent-an-hour-forest-bathing’ twist.