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.