Writing cologne reviews like a pro

Cartier I don’t think anyone has written a detailed standard procedure to write reviews of colognes or perfumes, despite the fact that there’s thousands of reviews out there. I have been looking for standardized write-ups simply because I enjoy uniformity and standardization. I would have liked to be able to follow some sort of guideline when I write a cologne review. Since none of the websites I explored provides a specific guide on how to write reviews, I went and researched the elements that I know comprise most cologne reviews – the description of the three types of notes in a scent (high notes, medium notes and base notes). Wikipedia was helpful but not perfect.

The Wikipedia article on perfumes indicates that fragrances should be described in terms of “notes” (which are harmonious with one another, like a musical melody). I choose carefully my base notes as my skin retains scents a lot)

  • Top notes – the first impression of a scent, right upon application on to the skin.
  • Middle notes – the smell perceived after a few minutes of evaporation of the sprayed cologne/perfume.
  • Base notes – the long-lasting scent, usually perceived still within a few hours of application.

I’m not a pro cologne reviewer (although I’ve known this musical metaphor for colognes for a long time now), but I’m just getting more used to finding out description using notes. It’s still quite fun for me to try and find descriptors for the different notes. In particular, while I found the Fragrance Wheel helpful, it sometimes confuses me too. I guess I’ll have to continue reviewing more fragrances with time.

Fragrance Wheel

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Comments (1)

BrahmAugust 20th, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Wow – interesting and brave attempt to apply structure to something so instinctual and non-tangible. LOVE when you start with wanting to apply consistency because you like uniformity. Is a good thing!

Some suggests: For the passion check out the fantastic book “Perfume Story of a Murderer” by Suskind. Oh and be sure to skip the lousy movie version. For plethora of random reviews of varying standards look at .

I love the “juice” as the industry calls fragrances. Something I have heard that found interesting is not to think of them as three levels of notes, think of them as the the intro, the prologue, and the body.

And for a great juice check out anything by Jo Malone!

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