Skip Nav
Makeup
Why I'm a Makeup Flip-Flopper
Wedding Beauty
8 Things You Should Never Ever Say to Your Wedding Makeup Artist
Kate Middleton
33 Hairstyles That Prove Kate Middleton Is the Princess of Good Bangs

Definition of Drydown

Definition: Drydown

This term from the world of perfumery describes the last stage in the evolution of a fragrance. After the top notes have faded (usually 30 minutes to an hour after application), the middle and base notes remain to mingle, forming the body of the scent. After that, it's the drydown, or the endnotes of the fragrance, that stick around on your skin.

Drydown is unique to every individual and every perfume, since the fixatives and oils in the perfume interact with each person's body chemistry differently. This means that although the drydown on a perfume may have some general qualities (musky, sweet, smoky, etc.) the heart of the scent unfolds in a singular way on you.

This is why a perfume that smells great on one person smells off or bad on another. It's also one of the lovliest things about fragrance; no matter how many people wear your favorite scent, it only smells the way you love it on you.

Around The Web
Join The Conversation
Carol3635312 Carol3635312 4 years
Thank you VERY much for this info. I had heard the term tossed around and had only an idea of what it meant. Now, I KNOW! ~0;-)
Which Chanel No.5 to Buy
Chic Woodsy Beauty Fragrance and Candles
Brooklyn Beckham's Burberry Campaign
Ivanka Trump Perfume Top Amazon Seller
Best Valentine's Day Beauty Gifts For Men 2017
How To Make Fragrance Last Longer
Unilever Fragrance Transparency Initiative

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

From Our Partners
Latest Beauty
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds