How to Pair Aromas

The art of Sfumato is performed blending essential oil, absolutes and tincture fragrance notes to form a chord, an analogy that compares scent creation to music. Typically 3 to 4 complimentary or contrasting notes are combined per chord and the final fragrance contains 3 chords. 

Sfumato categorizes the chords as top, middle, or base, referring to their rate of evaporation.  The top chord evaporates most quickly and it is what is smelled first with application of the scent. The middle and base chords evaporate more slowly and are the evolution while wearing the fragrance. 

We are often asked: “How do you know what goes with what?” Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not. There are some scents that naturally go together, like orange and lemon, or nutmeg and allspice. We don’t find those pairings ambitious. 

Our experience is that natural scents are typically grouped into several categories: Citrus/fruity, floral, spicy and woodsy are common examples. We build chords that are truly exceptional with all the individual notes marrying to produce a new character that is more than the sum of its parts.  

Finding the unlikely harmonies is the key.