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.
Posted on April 4, 2011, in Elixirs & Fragrances and tagged Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci, Anais Anais, Aromatics by Estée Lauder and the new Very Irresistible l’Intense by Givenchy, Azurée de Estée Lauder and Acqua Di Parma Colonia, beaute, beauty, Beauty by Calvin Klein. Fleur de Rocaille by Caron and Rose by Chloé, Chance by Chanel, cosmetics, deep city, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, Duel for Life, Eau de Rochas, Eau Sauvage, elixir, Eternity for Men, fashion, fragrance, fragrantica, Jazz de Yves St Laurent and the new signature Summer for Him by Victoria Beckham, L heure fougueuse IV de Cartier, Only The Brave by Bunka, parfum, Ralph Lauren Big Pony 1, Shalimar by Guerlain, the new Agent by Agent Provocateur, the new Joop Sexy in Pink, the NEW Mont Blanc New legend, the new New York Oud by Bond No 9 and Kenzo Amour de Parfum, the traditional Cuir de Russie by Chanel and Jolie Madame by Balmain, tumba. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.