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top notes,

n.pl a highly volatile category of aromatic components of essential perfumes and oils that are penetrating and sharp. These are the first odors that the olfactory system perceives. See also note.
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But this was still a fine performance, with good rapid coloratura and commanding top notes.
uk THE CLEAN CUTS CRISP, light and refreshing, these serene scents blend citrus top notes with a woody heart and a musky base, resulting in a delightfully uplifting melange.
The fruity-floral eau de toilette combines fruity top notes with warm base notes of amber and musk, while the deep golden red and orange bottle resembles a heady sunset.
Orange Blossom + White Musk has top notes of sparkling bergamot and juicy orange, and middle notes of orange blossom and soft peony, with orris, white musk and sandalwood at the base.
With top notes of tea leaves and milk, middle notes of jasmine petals and rose, as well as base notes of musk and woody iris, the new line is colorful, eccentric and chic, and in one word, "psychedelic," according to the company.
With top notes of pink grapefruit, bergamot and juicy peach, the fragrance smells as enticing as the bottle looks, below.
The extraction process is designed to use minimal solvent, eliminating the need for further thermal concentration, which normally drives off the essential top notes or degrades important phytochemicals.
Blending floral and fruity notes, Safanad starts with top notes of orange and pear while moving to heart notes of Orange Blossom, Orris and Ylang and finishing off with base notes of Amber, Sandalwood and Vanilla.
The top notes of toffee and lollipop bring out the sweet, playful side of the scent.
Citrusy top notes, plus a soft floral heart, make it ultrafeminine.
Violetta has lately become one of Fleming's signature roles, and she acted the part as compellingly as she sang it, which was warmly, with sparkling top notes and an ease with the vocal line any singer would envy.