The top fragrance notes you should consider.

Jun 21, 20
The top fragrance notes you should consider.

Fragrance notes can be split into top notes, heart notes and base notes. Read our blog post What are Fragrance Notes for an explanation of what these are and how different notes make up the actual scent.

NICCO looked at hundreds of the top luxury brand perfumes and came up with a list of the most popular fragrance notes to help you choose your perfect scent.

Most Popular Top Notes

  1. Bergamot
  2. Lemon
  3. Orange Blossom


Also known as the “finest flower of citrus” because of the subtlety and complexity of its scent. Bergamot has been grown in Calabria, Southern Italy for around 600 years. As a top note in the citrus fruit category, it is both refreshing and invigorating because of its sharp scent. You will find bergamot on many of our Fragrances for men.


The fresh smell of lemon is most often used as a top note.  It gives a strong first impression - something we all wish for! Although lemon notes have a tendency to fade quickly, it does lift the palette of perfume and gives off an important crisp fruity feel.

Orange Blossom

Popular in aromatherapy, orange blossom is used to clear your mind and calm the nerves. In a NICCO fragrance, it will offer a seductive touch to the luxury it exudes.


Most Popular Heart Notes

  1. Rose
  2. Jasmine
  3. Ylang Ylang
  4. Lily of the Valley


Rose is a delicate fragrance. When paired with other flowers it turns into a romantic scent and inspires the gentle side of our partner to come out. It can also be passionate when combined for instance with the seductive note of jasmine.


Jasmine is a sweet, seductive and sexy scent which is fresh and green. Mild when used in a natural form, Jasmine is a youthful and classically feminine smell which is an extremely popular heart note.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang-Ylang has a beautiful floral scent that has been used in alternative aromatherapy treatments. The rich and erotic floral scent also has subtle banana tones. The natural sweetness is perfect for heavier scents that need to be lightened.

Lily of the Valley

An exquisitely fresh, green scent, Lily of the Valley has a sweet, jasmine-like smell. Lily of the Valley is a delicate, classically feminine smell which can be found in many popular women’s perfumes.


Top Base Notes

  1. Sandalwood
  2. Musk
  3. Amber
  4. Vanilla


Sandalwood usually means oriental influences or spice.  It also oozes earthy notes of leather and fern. Sandalwood is not just great for men’s aftershave – it’s also fantastic to give women’s perfumes an air of confidence, inner calm and harmony.


Musk is thought to be the most iconic base fragrance note of all. It was originally derived from the perineal glands of the Tibetan Deer Musk, which is now endangered. A synthetic version is now available and widely used to produce spicy and rich fragrances with enhanced durability.


Amber is a warm, sweet, and spicy scent, made up of fossilised tree resin. Found across the globe, and its scent can vary slightly depending on its place of origin. This is considered the default base note for perfumes in the oriental family.


Vanilla is a natural aphrodisiac that inspires euphoria. It’s flirty, seductive, but also warm and harmonising. And when it binds with a delicious woody note, it’s simply fate!










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