Still don’t know which perfume to choose?

Ok, you now know that you should test every perfume before buying it. But how do you know that the fragrance will suit your personality?

Here are some additional leads to help you choose: did you know that there were 7 big olfactive families?

Here is the traditional classification that the majority of professional perfumers use.

Citrus: This is basically a natural oil extracted from the zest of a fruit. It is where we found the first Cologne, elaborated from the  extracted oil of lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin and bergamot.

Examples include Eau de Rochas, Eau Sauvage , Azurée de Estée Lauder and Acqua Di Parma Colonia.

Floral Bouquet: This is a combination of the fragrances of several flowers in a perfume composition.  It is the most important family and includes scents elaborated from flowers such as a rose,  violet, jasmine,  lilac, lily of the valley,  narcissus,  tuberose and more…

Here are some famous fragrances: Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci, Anais Anais, Beauty by Calvin Klein. Fleur de Rocaille by Caron and Rose by Chloé.

Fougère: translated into English as ‘fern’, it is built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Houbigant’s Fougère Royale pioneered the use of this base. Many men’s fragrances belong to this family of fragrances, which is characterized by its sharp herbaceous and woody scent.

Names include Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, Eternity for Men, Duel for Life and the NEW Mont Blanc New legend.

Les Chyprés: translated into English as ‘Cyprus’, includes fragrances built on a similar accord consisting of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli, and labdanum. This family of fragrances is named after a perfume by François Coty and examples include the new L heure fougueuse IV de Cartier , Chance by Chanel, Aromatics by Estée Lauder and the new Very Irresistible l’Intense by Givenchy.

Wood: Fragrances that are dominated by woody scents, typically of agarwood, sandalwood and cedarwood. Patchouli, with its camphoraceous smell, is commonly found in these perfumes.

Examples include  Ralph Lauren Big Pony 1, , Jazz de Yves St Laurent  and the new signature Summer for Him by Victoria Beckham.

Ambered or “Oriental”: A large fragrance class featuring the sweet slightly animalistic scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla, Tonka bean, flowers and wood.  It can be enhanced with camphorous oils and incense resins, which bring to mind Victorian imagery from the Middle and Far East.

Examples include Shalimar by Guerlain, the new Agent by Agent Provocateur, the new New York Oud by Bond No 9  and Kenzo Amour de Parfum.

Leather: A family of fragrances which feature the scents of honey, tobacco, wood and wood tars in its middle or base notes and a scent that alludes to leather.

Perfumes include Only The Brave by Bunka, the new Joop Sexy in Pink, the traditional Cuir de Russie by Chanel and Jolie Madame by Balmain.


About frenchychic

Born and raised in Paris, I am a Marketing and Sales professional. And now, I am a blogger! I used to be Australian, German and French (Parisian) and now a Londoner lady since February 2010. I love everything about France: the food, the wine, the fragrances, the designers, the music and our attitude, energy & character. My blog is not all about cosmetics nor fashion, is about what is happening in the world in a French perspective: how do we think? What do we think? Why do we thing like this? And what do we French think about YOU strangers from all over the world! It was my passion for arts, culture, international events & news, fashion that drove me into creating La French Attitude and I love every minute of it and I hope you too! Enjoy! Sté xxx

Posted on April 4, 2011, in Elixirs & Fragrances and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Bonjour Frenchychic. Auriez-vous des renseignements sur les parfums de Tan Giudiccelli? Je ne sais pas s’ils sont sortis en Europe. Mille mercis d’avance! ^_^

    • Bonjour Gregory, les parfums de Tan Giudiccelli ne sont pas aussi commerciaux que les grandes marques vendus malheureusement, les seules bouteilles que j’ai pu me procurer comme Pluie D’été qui est un floral boisé
      venaient Ebay. 🙂 Pour être honnête, je ne suis pas une fan de ce parfum car il ne tient pas longtemps sur ma peau. IL tiendrait peut-être mieux s’il avait un gel douche ou une creme poudrée pour le renforcer et/ou le sublimer. 🙂

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