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A Guide to the Fragrance Wheel and Scent Families
There are hundreds of fragrance scents and searching for the perfect fragrance can be challenging. The process of finding the preferable fragrance note can be a little bit confusing if someone is not familiar with the different fragrance notes.That’s why knowing the fragrance wheel and scent families makes it easier to determine the preferred perfume.In this article, we will cover the fragrance wheel and scent families which will give you a better understanding of perfumes and how to select your preferred type.What is the Fragrance Wheel?
The modern fragrance wheel was created by the perfume expert Michael Edward in 1992. Other versions have been around since 1949, but the modern version will be the one we use today. In fact, Michael Edwards created the fragrance wheel to help retailers suggest perfumes to consumers more efficiently. Each family consists of a prominent scent, while the subfamilies are blended versions of these fragrances.
Scent Family Types:Scent families can be classified into four main categories: Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh, where each category has its own subfamilies.Each scent family has distinctive characteristics and often individuals will be attracted to one scent over another when it comes to choosing personal fragrances.For the above reason, knowing the scent family that one is attracted to, could be of much help before going shopping for a new scent. In fact, experts who have been working with perfumes for years can tell which family or subfamily a given fragrance belongs to with just one sniff. In below sections, we will explain in details each of the scent families along with their related subfamilies.
Floral:The floral scent family is one of the most common families and is used in many well-known perfumes. Floral scents are mostly used in women’s fragrances, although they are occasionally used in men’s as well. They usually smell like fresh-cut flowers or have a powdery note to them. Floral scents are perfect for the spring and summertime.Subfamilies:Fruity: Sweet, edible and tropical like peach, pear and apple.Floral: Smells like fresh-cut flowers — imagine rose and lily.Soft Floral: Soft, powdery and sweet with a hint of creamy.Floral Oriental: Florals with subtle spice notes.Common Floral Family Notes:
Equivalent Fragrances from Our Collection:
Oriental:The oriental fragrance family consists of rich exotic scents. You may think of it like herbs and spices or dry, powdery, resin notes. Opulent and heady, these notes are often softened with amber or sweet notes. It’s common to describe this family as exotic and seductive.Subfamilies:Soft oriental: Soft, floral notes mix with incense and warm spices.Oriental: Sweet, warm notes like cinnamon, vanilla and musk.Woody Oriental: Earthy notes like patchouli and sandalwood mixed with spicy and sweet notes.Common Oriental Family Notes:
Woody:Woody perfumes are usually warm and opulent, mixing incense-like fragrances like sandalwood and patchouli with drier notes like cedar. To tone down the warmth of these notes, fragrances will sometimes incorporate some fresh notes like citrus or floral. Notes in this family can be described as coniferous or woody and bitter.Subfamilies:Woods: Aromatic scents like cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver.Mossy Woods: Sweet, smooth and earthy scents like oakmoss and amber.Dry Woods: Smouldering and smoky mixed with leather aromas.Common Woody Family Notes:
Fresh:The fresh scent family encompasses clean bright scents. Herby, citrusy and oceanic scents all fall into this category. More often used in men’s fragrances than women’s fragrances, fresh scents are paired with spicy notes to create a more robust fragrance. Aromatic, tart notes can also be found mixed with zesty or fruity scents.Subfamilies:Aromatic: Clean and fresh herbs mixed with lavender or woody scents.Citrus: Zesty or tangy notes like mandarins or bergamot.Water: Aquatic scents that smell of sea spray or rain mixed with or oceanic notes.Green: Smells of freshly mowed lawns and crushed green leaves.Common Fresh Family Notes:
How to Combine ScentsJust like color, certain fragrance families go together well. The scent wheel makes it easy to see this. Fragrance sub-families that are side by side on the fragrance wheel will almost always blend well.
To help you decide the scent family and subfamilies, you can try our Discovery Set for fragrance samples and order it online.
Furthermore, if you are sure about your choice of scent family and related subfamily, you can browse our fragrance collection and order the perfume your prefer. Below section will give you a quick glance about our eau de parfum collection in Majouri.
Classic Collection encapsulates our multicultural vision of beauty. Inspired by Western and Middle Eastern cultures, our perfumers have combined their talent and creativity to create refined and unique fragrances. Each perfume reveals an emotional and sensorial universe reflecting our history, our personality, our signature.
Private Collection is Composed of the rarest and most precious ingredients, the Private collection magnifies the raw materials and embodies the exceptional art of perfuming. Developed within the tradition and high standards of French perfumery mixed with a contemporary vision of the world, the perfect harmony of these notes is the result of the qualitative olfactory know-how from our prestigious perfumers in Grasse.
Jour Collection is an ephemeral collection offering our French perfumers the unrestricted freedom to create fragrances according to their day-to-day inspiration. Giving free rein to their imagination, they use the most natural essences and rare ingredients to create authentic scents combining style and personality.
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