top notes

Also found in: Dictionary.

top notes, 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.
References in periodicals archive ?
The top notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and guava make for an explosively refreshing summer spritz.
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.
Bentley's new luxury composition takes its cue from the classic aroA[degrees]mas of the fougere family, with its green citrus top notes and woody base notes.
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.
Top notes encompass plum, strawberry and ginger; a heart offers heliotrope, vanilla orchid and cocoa absolute, while a base features a trail of musk, coffee, patchouli and amber.
Citrusy top notes, plus a soft floral heart, make it ultrafeminine.
The tenor also paced himself well, with sufficient reserves for ringing top notes and beautiful tone in the crucial final scene with Brunnhilde, sung by Katarina Dalayman.
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.