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On The Scent

Here are some popular categories that fragrances fall into (many fall across several categories)


This is the most popular fragrance family. They range from single notes to bouquets, comprising of lowers like rose, jasmine, hyacinth, tuberose, magnolia and others. The latest technology has allowed perfumers to identify and clone the scent of blooms from which no oil can be extracted by traditional methods, so unusual new notes are constantly being found.


Often characterized by the sharp scent of fresh-cut grass and violet leaves, but also galbanum (a gum resin with a balsamic scent) and herbs such as sage and basil.


The most exotic in the perfume world, they are sensual - often heavy - blends of oriental resins. Opulent flowers, sweet vanilla and musks are introduced by refreshing citrus, green or fruity top notes.


These bring to mind the soft scent of sea breeze. The marine notes were created in the early 90s and were initially made to be reminiscent of wet air after rain. Today, the water notes are often used as an accent to enhance florals, Orientals and woody fragrances.

Fougere (French for "fern")

Featuring sexy cool-warm notes of citrus and lavender, sweet spices and Oriental woods. It takes its name from a fragrance long since discontinued.


These scents have a very woody-powdery aroma and are mainly composed of synthetic ingredients, called aldehydes. This family came about with the introduction of the classic Chanel No.5 in 1921 - supposedly the first fragrance with all synthetic ingredients.


Earthy and woody, these fragrances contain both bergamot and oakmoss. Chypre is the French name for the island of Cyprus, birthplace of Venus, the legendary goddess of love. From Cyprus, too comes the oakmoss that is at the heart of all Chypre fragrances.


Refreshing and clean, common notes in this family, include lime, mandarin, watermelon, tangerine, peach and mango.

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