Derived from freshly cut wood and roots dried under the sun, woody notes are most commonly taken from sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli, vetiver and guaiacwood. Each offers its own unique aroma from smoky and rich to creamy and sensual.
Spicy notes bring magnetism and warmth to fragrances through a blend of both warm spices such as cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg as well as the modern, fresh spices including pepper, ginger and baie rose. These ingredients are often found in the Middle and the Far East and bring a certain exoticness to a fragrance. )
As the name suggests, Oriental notes originate from the world’s Orient region in the Far East. They bring a richness and warmth to fragrances through mysterious blends of opulent flowers, precious woods, treasured spices and resins alongside sweet vanilla and musk notes.
This classic summer fragrance family brings together an array of fruits from around the world including the humble apple, pear or peach alongside the more exotic mango, starfruit or papaya. They offer a fresh note to fragrances and are typically paired with ingredients from the floral and chypre families.
Fougere offers a masculine accord, based on a mixture of raw materials to create a well-balanced, fresh fragrance. The family consists of popular ingredients including lavender, patchouli, moss geranium and coumarin to name a few.
As the name suggests, the floral family combines ingredients from flowers from around the world. The likes of jasmine, rose, narcissus, tuberose, violet, mimosa and lily of the valley can all be found in floral perfumes alongside the more exotic frangipani and Tahitian Gardenia for a unique fragrance.
The French name for the Greek Island, Cyprus, this fragrance family is composed of citrus elements and woody notes as well as flowers and spices on a musky, amber dry down. It’s known for its long-lasting quality and mimics the aroma of a forest on an autumn day.
Aromatic notes provide the typical freshness of masculine fragrances. They combine herbal notes including lavender, artemisia and thyme along with anise notes and culinary aromatics including tarragon, basil, mint, coriander and rosemary for a uniquely blended fragrance.
Aldehyde is a chemical compound and the notes associated with this family are often sharp and vibrant similar to those metallic aromas experienced when running a hot bubble bath or steaming clothes with an iron.