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Knowing Your Nose - MV Kingston's Guide to Describing Scents


We can all agree that MV Kingston smells great. We can also all agree that you’ll be fighting off the compliments when wearing either Himachal, Port Righ or Koln.

But, how do you make sure you hit the right notes when you explain just what it is that’s making you smell so great? Luckily for you the answer is easy, use our glossary below to make sure you sound like a connoisseur.

Accord - MV Kingston’s scents are made up of a balanced blend of several perfume ingredients to form a fragrance.

Chypre - First used by Francois Coty to described the aromas he found on the island of Cyprus, classic chypre fragrances have fresh citrus notes over an earthy base.

Fougere - Named after the french word for fern, fougeres centre on a herbaceous accord that might include notes like lavender, woods and bergamot.

Note - A perfume term that basically meals ‘ingredient’. A note can be a single element such as cedarwood or a blend.

Top (or head) Notes - These form the initial impression of a scent and are strong initially but evaporate quickly. Citrus and light florals are common top notes.

Middle (or heart) Notes - Middle notes are somewhere between  top notes and base notes in their longevity and usually refer to florals like jasmine, rose or herbs.

Base Notes - These are the heaviest ingredients in a perfume formula. They help to fix other notes so that last longer and enhance the scent of other ingredients.