How To Understand Fragrance Families
When you know how to understand fragrance families you will find it so much easier to build a fragrance wardrobe.
They are floral or sweet, sporty or clean, green or natural, musk/oils, chypre/woody and finally, oriental/spicy.
Some people find a signature fragrance and stay with that scent, while others opt to change their fragrance depending on the occasion, their mood, and even the season of the year.
Age also factors into what someone may choose as their fragrance of choice. It is often found that as a woman ages for example, she changes her fragrance to compliment her growing maturity.
The most popular category is the floral/sweet family of fragrances and they are dominated by the aroma of either one or various different flowers.
When only one type of flower is used it is called a "soliflore.”
This family of fragrances varies from sweet to subtle to many other aromas in between. This fragrance family is young and is perfect for the woman who loves being fun and lighthearted.
Some examples of timeless fragrances in this family include Chanel No. 22, Curious Britney Spears, Estee Lauders Pleasures and White Linen, Joy by Jean Patou, L’Air Du Temps by Nina Ricci, and Safari for Women by Ralph Lauren.
The sixth of the fragrance families is the oriental/spicy family. At times it is referred to as ambers.
This well-liked fragrance is a blend of animal scents and vanilla mixed with flowers and woods.
The combination of incense resins and camphorous oils develops the oriental fragrances on an even deeper level.
This fragrance family is spicy and at the same time richly exotic. It is perfect for a self-assured woman who is both courageous and glowing.
The oriental family calls to mind visions of the Victorian era in both the Far East and Middle East.
Examples of the oriental/spicy family include Calvin Klein Obsession, Emeraude by Coty, Estee Lauder Youth Dew, Lancôme's Magic Noir and Tresor, Organza and Organza Indecence by Givenchy, Still by Jennifer Lopez, Ysatis by Givenchy and Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
The green/natural fragrance family offers a clean and very practical fragrance for everyone who wears it.
It is ideal for the woman who enjoys a natural, fresh and light fragrance.
Some examples of green/natural scents are Burberry London, Calvin Klein Escape for Women, Calvin Klein Truth for Women, Chanel No. 5, Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds, L’Instant de Guerlain by Guerlain, Poison by Christian Dior, Romance by Ralph Lauren and True Star by Tommy Hilfiger.