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Fragrance Families

Each fragrance can be put into a fragrance “family”, grouping it with many other similar fragrances.  Fragrance families are classification systems that assign individual fragrances into olfactory groups based on their predominant characteristics.

Women’s Fragrance Families

Chypre

Scents in this family include sage, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli and resins. Named for Mediterranean Island of Cypress and inspired by Francois Coty’s perfume of the same name, this scents woodsy – mossy feel is perfect for the outdoor lover. Famous chypre fragrances include Halston by Halston Fragrances, Knowing by Estee Lauder, Miss Dior by Christian Dior, and Moments by Priscilla Presley.

Citrus

Scents in this family include lemon, mandarin, tangerine, lime, grapefruit, and bergamot. The light and fresh feel of these perfumes are nice for weekend of casual use. Famous citrus fragrances include Eau De Rochas by Rochas, and Gieffeffe by Gianfranco Ferre.

Floral

Scents in this family include violet, carnation, rose, gardenia, lily of the valley, tuberose and narcissus. Floral perfumes usually include a combination of several different floral scents. Famous floral fragrances include Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld, Eternity by Calvin Klein, Gucci Accenti by Gucci, and Joy by Jean Patou.

Floriental

Scents in this family include jasmine, gardenia tangerine, freesia, osmanthus, orange flower, and moon flowers. This category also has base scents of sandalwood, musk, amber, and apricot. Although this actually a sub category of the floral family it is extensive enough to give proper recognition. The perfumes in this family can be worn during the daytime and a night on the town, due to the combinations of exotic floras, spices, and essences. Famous floriental fragrances include Joop! Femme by Joop!, Samsara by Guerlain, Sun Moon Stars by Karl Lagerfeld, and Tresor by Lancome.

Fougère

This family include coumarin, oak moss, lavender and sometimes geranium oil. Pronounced “fooz-hare,” fougère is the French word for fern. This, of course, is an odd term for a fragrance since ferns have no scent at all! Famous fougère fragrances include Baryshnikov by Parlux Fragrances, Cool Water by Davidoff, and Safari by Ralph Lauren.

Fruity

Scents in this family include apple, apricot, mandarin, bergamot neroli, passoin fruit, pineapple,and papaya. These perfumes are known to have a clean citrus quality and a soft, peach-like warmth. Famous fruity fragrances include Jess by Jessica McClintock, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, and Liz Claiborne by Liz Claiborne.

Green

Scents in this family include rosemary, lavender, pine, juniper, hyacinth, and galbanum. Green perfumes smell of green leaves and fresh cut grass mixed with autumn breezes. Famous green fragrances include Chanel No.19 by Chanel, Gio by Giorgio Armani, Safari by Ralph Lauren, and Sung by Alfred Sung.

Modern

Scents in this family are made from aldehydes, which are pure scent chemicals. These scents grow stronger as the are warmed by the skin, aldehydes also intensify the other scents in a perfume. This trend started by Coco Chanel with her Chanel #5 is used in almost every perfume manufactured today. Famous modern fragrances include Chanel No.5 by Chanel, Red by Giorgio Beverly Hills, and White Linen by Estee Lauder.

Oceanic

Scents in this family are entirely synthetic materials that remind us of things you can’t bottle naturally like ocean spray, mountain air, or line dried linen. Famous oceanic fragrances include Dune by Christian Dior, Ocean Dream by Giorgio Beverly Hills, and Sunflowers by Elizabeth Arden.

Oriental

Scents in this family include amber, vanilla, woods and resins. These perfumes are best for eveningwear due the fact that most carry a very heavy scent. Famous oriental fragrances include Black Pearls by Elizabeth Taylor, Casmir by Chopard, Opuim by Yves Saint Laurent, and Shalimar by Guerlain.

Spicy

Scents in this family include cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cardamon also included here are certain flowers with a spicy tone to them like carnation and lavender. Famous spicy fragrances include Coco by Chanel, KL (Lagerfeld) by Karl Lagerfeld, and Poison by Christian Dior.

Men’s Fragrance Families

Chypre

Scents in this family include sage, lavender, oakmoss, patchouli and resins. Named for Mediterranean Island of Cypress and inspired by Francois Coty’s perfume of the same name, this scents woodsy – mossy feel is perfect men who love the outdoors. Famous chypre fragrances include DK Unleaded by Donna Karan and Antaeus by Chanel.

Citrus

For men this family includes oils of lemon, orange, lime, and bergemont. Famous citrus fragrances include Armani by Giorgio Armani, Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche, Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger, and Blue Jeans by Gianni Versace.

Fougère

For men these families include coumarin, oak moss, lavender and sometimes geranium oil. Pronounced “fooz-hare,” fougère is the French word for fern. This, of course, is an odd term for a fragrance since ferns have no scent at all! Famous fougère fragrances include Boss No.1 by Hugo Boss, and Paco Rabanne by Paco Rabanne.

Lavender

For men this family includes oils taken from the lavandin and lavender plants grown in southern France as well as spike lavender from Spain. One of the fragrance world oldest scents is pure basic feel is perfect for every day use. Famous lavender fragrances include Ungaro by Ungaro.

Leather

For men this family includes cade oil (from juniper trees) and birch tar (a resin extracted from Finish birch trees). This very potent combination of smoky and sweet scent makes family of colognes very popular. Famous leather fragrances include English Leather by Dana Perfumes, Royal Copenhagen, and Pour Lui (Oscar) by Oscar De La Renta.

Oceanic

Scents in this family are entirely synthetic materials that remind us of things you can’t bottle naturally like ocean spray, mountain air, or line dried linen.  Some of the best oceanic fragrances for men include Bvlgari Aqva Marine Pour Homme, James Heeley Sel Marin, Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, Nautica Voyage and Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale.

Oriental

Scents in this family include amber, vanilla, woods and resins. These perfumes are best worn at night due the fact that most carry a very heavy scent.  Fragrances in this family include Bvlgari Man by Bvlgari, Atelier d’Orient Rive d’Ambre By Tom Ford, Encre Noire by Lalique and Fourreau Noir By Serge Lutens.

Spicy

For men this family includes bay oil from the West Indies, pepper, cloves, Mediterranean basil, cinnamon, and olilanum. Famous spicy fragrances include Bijan by Bijan Fragrances, and Joop! Homme by Joop!.

Woody

For men this family includes sandalwood, rosewood, cedar and vetiver, also included here is the sub-heading of oceanic woody scents of myrtle, musk and blue iris. Famous woody fragrances include Aramis by Estee Lauder, Cool Water by Davidoff, and Safari by Ralph Lauren.

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