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and perfumes have been categorised into fragrance families,
sorted by what notes appear and in what order they are layered.
fragrances have an Aromatic Fougère Base. Aromatic
Fougères are a universal group that include elements
of most of the individual sub categories; for example they
retain the refreshing qualities of Citrus based scents, Floral
notes such as lavender, spicy and sweet textures of a Floral
Oriental, the amber notes associated with Oriental perfumes
and the aromatic Moss Woods and Sandalwoods of Woody fragrances.
fine fragrances and perfumes are soft, spicy and distinctly
feminine. Many of these perfumes for women contain spicy orange
flower, mixed with tart Aldehydes and sweet oriental spices.
Floral Oriental Fragrances for women first appeared in the
early 1900’s and quickly became one of the most popular
fragrance categories of the first few decades of that century.
They became unfashionable in the 1930’s but by the 1970’s
this fragrance category had enjoyed a revival to become a
staple of most people’s fragrance wardrobe.
Oriental perfumes and fine fragrance often add incense to
a Floral Oriental base and layers of spices and amber to create
their uniquely soft appearance and texture. The base of this
particular type of Oriental fragrance comprises of less heady
and sweet textures to their Traditional Oriental counterparts
and thus they retain a lighter feeling.
Oriental Fragrances are often extremely exotic, sensual and
heavy fragrances. These sensual scents contain oriental resins,
exotic flowers, vanilla and musk. Some are lightened with
fruits and others are changed by the addition of tangy green
notes this makes the Traditional Oriental Fragrance group
a delight to explore.
Oriental Fragrances are unusual, diverse and plentiful; if
you love woody oriental fragrances then you will have a wide
variety to choose from. Woody Oriental Fragrances combine
essences of rich Oriental notes, such as Patchouli with floral
tones and spices. These notes, unlike other Oriental Perfume
categories, are dominated by sandalwood and/or Patchouli to
give a sensually deep woody effect to the fragrance.
Woods Fragrances for Men and Perfumes for Women are often
termed Chypre Boisé. Perfumers delineate these fragrances
and perfumes according to the content of oakmoss woods and
citrus tones. Most of this fragrance category have Oakmoss
as their central theme.
particular type of Woody Fragrance takes on its dryer character
with the addition of notes such as Cedar, Leather, Tobacco
and Burnt Woods. These smoky, musty woody fragrances are sensual
and often lightened by fresh citrus notes that cut through
these animalic heart notes.
perfumes contain predominant notes of citrus and fruit oils,
including lemon, orange, peach, apricot, lime and grapefruit.
They tend to be light, juicy and tangy fresh without the sharp
quality of a Fresh Green Fragrance.
perfumes and aftershaves tend to be fresh with a sharper edge.
This is often due to the aromatic addition of green leaves
and the essence of freshly cut grass. A touch of Fresh Green
notes will make a perfume or aftershave feel crisp but a predominance
of these notes will make the fragrance feel refreshing and
perfumes are often the lightest and brightest in this category
and are great as fresh summer fragrances. They are dominated
by water notes such as sea air, water and fresh water plants
and often mixed with Fresh Citrus and Fruit tones and touches
of Green Leaves.
fragrances contain essences of stark white flowers, linens
and softer sweeter notes of jasmine, gardenia, freesia and
white honeysuckle. This produces a soft but fresh floral burst
and as a result is closely associated with both the floral
and fresh sub-categories. The repertoire of the Fresh Floral
category is vast and wide ranging. Designer Fragrance houses
have produced Fresh Floral Fragrances that concentrate on
a single note, as well as those that give a full and exciting
bouquet of flowers.
designer fragrances contain soft floral notes combined with
Aldehydes and powdery textures. The Soft Floral Category is
again diverse and often produces abstract and unusual fragrances.
Most of the Soft Floral Perfume group contains Aldehydes,
a natural fragrance that forms part of the bouquet found in
roses and citrus oils. On there own Aldehydes can smell quite
sharp and metallic or burnt and waxy but when they are combined
with floral notes they change the texture of these highly
perfumed flowers, soften them and create subtle blossoms from
fragrances and perfumes form a universal fragrance family.
They take on elements of all the previous categories and blend
them into a beautiful bouquet of scents. They contain sexy
oriental tones, with Aromatic Herbs and Grasses, Citrus notes,
Sweet Spices, Soft Florals and Oriental Woods. This fragrance
category has always been the most popular with men. This is
because they are zesty, masculine but light, airy and fresh.
However, recently they have taken a hold on the female Fine
is the extract or extrait of a fragrance and represents
the scent in its purest form. This often creates a smooth
and round texture, which is hard to achieve with the
dilution represented in the other concentrations of
de Parfum or EDP is one of the most popular forms of
fragrance. Eau de Parfum contains between seven to fourteen
per cent of fragrance oils and perfume elixirs and is
the second strongest, and longest lasting means of wearing
a fine fragrance.
de Toilette or EDT is fast becoming the most common
means of wearing a fragrance or perfume. EDT’s
are not as highly concentrated in oils and elixirs as
an EDP or Perfume would be and contain one to three
per cent of fragrance oils. This impacts the ability
of the fragrance to last and around eighty percent of
the oils in an EDT fragrance will evaporate within three
hours of application.
de Cologne’s or EDC’s were first popularised
by Napoleon. These fragrances are often constructed
in a different manner to the traditional French Model
and are formulated in one single burst. As a result
of this process, EDC’s or Eau de Colognes last
the least amount of time on the skin and can dissolve
within a couple of hours. EDC’s should be worn
as a invigorating spray.