You may or may not have noticed that I have re-arranged the Scent Samples website. I have categorized perfumes using the Michael Edwards Fragrance Wheel system. I understand there are other classification systems out there but I have decided to go with The Fragrance Wheel system. This is a detailed diagram of the Fragrance Wheel, courtesy of Michael Edwards, Fragrances of the World.
Michael Edwards has grouped the main four fragrance groups into – Floral, Oriental, Woody and Fresh. They are further broken down in fragrance families as follows:-
Florals range from single floral concertos to mighty symphonies of heady bouquets.
– Soft Floral
Soft Florals are the marriage of sparkling aldehydes and delicate flowers, balanced by soft notes of iris, musk or vanilla which creates a soft, often powdery floral.
– Floral Oriental
Floral Orientals have sweet, spicy notes of orange blossom blended with sparkling aldehydes and sweet spices to create the heart of a floral oriental fragrance.
– Soft Oriental
Soft Orientals are of incense blended with flowers, spices and amber. This results in a softer, spicier style of oriental.
Orientals are the exotic queens of perfumery, sensual, often heavy blends of oriental resins, opulent flowers, sweet vanilla and musks.
– Woody Oriental
Woody Orientals have rich oriental notes of patchouli and sandalwood.
Woods – new, sheer and exotic wood notes give new appeal to the classic harmonies of cedar, patchouli, pine, sandalwood and vetiver.
– Mossy Woods
Mossy Woods have been previously called Chypre fragrances. They have notes of oakmoss, patchouli, amber and citrus.
– Dry Woods
The Dry Woods family is often called leather. Cedar, tobacco and burnt wood notes add a dry, often smoky accent to Mossy Woods fragrances.
The sexy cool-warm notes of citrus and lavender, sweet spices and oriental woods blend to a zesty, masculine character than men find comfortable and women find appealing.
From the zest of lemons, madarines, bergamot, oranges and grapefruit come the citrus oils that lend these fragrances their clean, tangy aroma.
Redolent of the scent of soft sea breezes. The marine notes were created in 1990. They capture the ozonic aroma of wet air after a thunderstorm, the freshness of a waterfall.
Green fragrances capture the sharp scent of fresh cut grass and violet leaves. New softer, lighter fragrance family fresh appeal.
Blend peaches and pears, apples and plums, a twist of tropical fruits with berries of all hues. Add a splash of flowers to create a family of fruity cocktails that smells delicious.
All of the above information has come directly from the Michael Edwards book – Fragrances of the World 2013. The Fragrance Bible.
So now that we have the fragrance groups and their families down pat, what is your favourite group of fragrances? I have always been a fan of florals but I am now also heading in the mossy woods direction. Why not have a look through the 14 different fragrance families at Scent Samples and try a new sample for yourself?
Happy scent sampling x