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Perfume Categories

This section aims to be our guide to the world of perfume and the categories the perfumers use to derive their creations.

Perfumes have always been categorised into fragrance families. Briefly, these comprise of Floral, Fruity, Aromatic, Woody and Oriental. These sections are simply sorted by what notes appear and in what order they are layered.
Most fragrances have an Aromatic Fougere Base, to which other notes are layered. Aromatic Fougeres 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.

This creates a perfume with a distinctive character to which notes within that category are added. However, some fragrances can also be described as being ‘Primary scents’ with one or a few main ingredients for a certain concept creating a central theme, some have been modified where a primary character is changed to include notes from another, such as fruity floral perfumes.

Floral Perfume Givenchy Absolutely Irresistable Women

Floral Perfumes

Traditional Floral perfumes were one of the first perfume categories created and they remain one of the most popular perfume categories for women, with large numbers of floral perfumes created each year in this group.

Floral perfumes have a vast array of colours and flavours. They can be full creations taking many aspects of this huge range of scents, or simple odes to a particular flower. Floral perfumes continue to inspire, especially with modern technology that is now available to perfume houses. This technology offers perfumers the option to clone the essence of flowers from which no oils can be extracted and has led to a surge of new an interesting new scents, such as Givenchy Absolutely Irresistable.

Pictured Floral Perfume - Givenchy Absolutely Irresistable

Givenchy Very Irresistible
Givenchy Amarige
Anna Sui Love
Carolina Herrera For Women
Cheap n Chic
Cheap n Chic I Love Love
Lolita Lempicka Fleur Defendue
YSL Paris
Boucheron For Women
Stella McCartney Stella
Christian Dior Diorissimo
Max Mara Gold Touch
Soft Floral Perfume Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Soft Floral Perfumes

The Soft Floral Category is 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 full bouquets.

Animal, powdery or slightly woody notes often enhance the soft floral bouquet. The top note is a marriage of aldehydes and hesperidia, giving a lighter uality to the the fragrance thatn would be in the oriental or woody families.

Pictured Soft Floral Perfume - Dolce & Gabbana Pour Femme

Anna Sui Flight of Fancy
Donna Karen New York Signature
Lanvin Arpege
Vivienne Westwood Boudoir
Agent Provocateur For Women
Burberry Touch For Women
Gucci By Gucci
Gucci By Gucci EDT
Madame Rochas
Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionelle
Be Delicious For Women
Givenchy Ysatis
Fruty Floral Perfume Christina Aguilera Inspire

Fruty Floral Perfumes

This is a relatively new category in the world of perfume and was born in 1995 with the launches of Versace Red Jeans, Tommy Girl and Eden to name but a few.

Since this date new fruity notes have blossomed in the world of perfumery and it has become one of the largest perfume categories, especially in the past 3 years. In these feminine and mouthwatering aromas, the floral body is easily identifiable and exceptionally feminine, given a sparkling, effervescent and often youthful quality by the obvious fruity notes tones. Popular fruity notes include apricot, raspberry, lychee, mango, strawberry, and apple.

Pictured Soft Floral Perfume - Christina Aguilera Inspire

Christina Aguilera Signature
DKNY Red Delicious
Anna Sui Secret Wish
Anna Sui Dolly Girl
Mediterranean Breeze
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue
Cheap n Chic Hippy Fizz
Gucci Eau De Parfum 2
Hugo Boss Hugo Woman
Britney Spears Believe
Armani Acqua Di Gio
YSL Paris Baby Doll

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PERFUME
This 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 fragrance.
EDP
Eau 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.
EDT
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.
EDC
Eau 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.
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