This is the largest family,
characterized by the predominance of heady flower
notes. They may focus on one single flower, or
may be a combination of many. These perfumes are
generally known to be good for general daytime
wear and for summer evenings.
Aldehydes give perfumes a distinctly individual
fragrance. Aldehydes were first used in Chanel
no 5, and they have typified French fragrances.
They amplify the top notes and bring a champagne
sparkle to a fragrance. Other examples include
Lanvin's Arpege, Mme Rochas, Je Reviens by Worth,
Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent, and L'Interdit
by Givenchy. These perfumes are very sophisticated
and modern, and are wearable all year round.
Green florals have the general fragrance of grasses
and green plant parts. They tend to be a sharper
type of perfume. They can be found in perfumes
such as Vent Vert by Balmain, Fidji by Guy Laroche,
Givenchy III, Ivoire by Balmain and Gio by Armani.
Calyx by Prescriptives, Sunflowers by Elizabeth
Arden, Diamonds and Sapphires by Elizabeth Taylor,
Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Escape by Calvin Klein.
Anais Anais by Cacharel, Flore by Caroline Herrera,
Eau d'Issey by Issey Miyake.
Woody florals have woody base notes. Examples
of these are Chanel No 19, Safari by Ralph Lauren,
White Linen by Estee Lauder.
Blue Grass by Elizabeth Arden, Gardenia Passion
by Annick Goutal, Eau Cuivree by Montana.
The Oriental family
The Oriental family of perfumes are also sometimes
referred to as "Amber". These perfumes
have a strong, musky, spicy and exotic scent.
They have a heavy sweetness obtained from sandlewood,
musk and vanilla. Classic orientals are Shalimar,
Samsara by Guerlain, Opium by Yves Saint Laurent,
and Youth Dew by Estee Lauder. These perfumes
are most suitable for evening wear.
Florientals have the oriental scent, but also
are also flowery and have a lighter scent. These
include Joop! By Joop!, Panthere by Cartier, and
Spellbound by Estee Lauder. These perfumes can
be appropriate for summer and daytime wear.
Spicy Orientals became popular in the 1990's,
and are rich in culinary spices. These include
Comme des Garcons, Angel by Thierry Mugler, Feminite
du Bois by Shiseido, and Old Spice.
Fruity Florientals include Poison by Dior, and
Casmir by Chopard.
Fruity Orientals include Roma by Laura Biagiotti,
Animal Orientals include Obsession by Calvin Klein,
and Egoiste by Chanel
Sweet Orientals include Must de Cartier, and Donna
Chypres is a highly original group that is based
on contrasts between bergamot-type top notes and
mossy base notes. Chypres perfumes tend to be
strong, spicy and powdery. This perfume group
was named after the famous perfume from Cyprus
of Roman Times. It is used primarily for women,
and is appropriate for both day and evening wear,
especially during winter.
Animal chypres has animal and sometimes leather
base notes. These perfumes include Cabochard by
Madame Gres, Cuir de Russie by Chanel, Scandal
by Lanvin, Jolie Madame by Balmain, Polo by Ralph
Lauren and Insense by Givenchy.
Floral Chypres perfumes include Crepe de Chine
by Millot, Ma Griffe by Carven, Montana, Knowing
by Estee Lauder.
Fruity Chypres perfumes include Mitsouko by Guerlain,
Femme by Rochas, Champagne by Yves Saint Laurent.
Sweet Chypres perfumes include Shocking by Schiaparelli,
Intimate by Revlon, Aromatics Elixir by Clinique.
Fresh Chypres perfumes include Diorella by Dior,
Eau Parfumee by Bulgari, CK1 By Calvin Klein,
Eau Sauvage by Dior, Fahrenheit by Dior.
Green Chypres perfumes include Charlie by Revlon,
Alliage by Estee Lauder, Boucheron Pour Homme.
Fougere is the French word for Fern. Although
ferns have no noticeable scent, the name depicts
a fresh, erotic, woodland scent. They generally
have a herbal, lavender, mossy scent These perfumes
are a mainly in the masculine family.
Floral Fougere perfumes include Canoe by Dana,
Wrappings by Clinique, Parfum d'Ete by Kenzo and
Leather Fougere perfumes have leather, tobacco
and animal accents. Examples of these perfumes
are Minotaure by Paloma Picasso, Brut by Faberge,
Tabac Blond by Caron.
Woody Fougere perfumes include Tuscany by Aramis,
Paco Rabanne Pour Homme, and Dunhill Edition.
Spicy Fougere perfumes include Alliage by Estee
Lauder, Jules by Dior, and Kouros by Yves Saint
Fresh Fougeres have citrus notes. These perfumes
include Eau d'Hadrien by Annick Goutal, O de Lancome,
and English Lavender by Yardley.
Green Fougeres perfumes include Cool Water by
Davidoff, and Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche.
Ozonic fragrances are a new category. They have
a watery, limpid feeling with a humble beginning
and a feeling of freshness. Examples of these
perfumes are New West by Aramis, Dune by Dior,
Eden by Cacherel and Escape by Calvin Klein.