Olfactory families of perfume

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Traditionally, fragrances are ascribed to olfactory families.

Although it is not a closed classification, since the combination of perfume ingredients can touch several olfactory families, this categorization allows us to make an approximate description of a scent so that, without smelling the perfume, we can get an idea of how it smells.

In our case, as manufacturers of perfumes for third parties, the classification of olfactory families serves us as a working tool when we sit down with a client to create the briefing of the perfume we are going to create.

Our experts ideally know the olfactory families of perfume and master the entire palette of notes and chords of the perfumer’s organ so that we can fully customize the olfactory pyramid of a fragrance, sticking to the demands of customers who contact us to create a fragrance for a brand.

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Before launching a perfume, it is important to study the brand and its target audience to complete the briefing that will guide the perfumer in creating the fragrance. The perfumer’s technical training and artistic talent will result in an original and unique scent to the satisfaction of the client and the final consumer. They can even decide the duration and the projection of the perfume. 

Citrus or hesperidic family

This olfactory family brings together citrus fragrances, featuring fruits such as lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot, lime, grapefruit, citron, kumquat, and yuzu, not forgetting petit grain (essential oil obtained from the leaves of the bitter orange tree).

Citrus notes are typical of Eau de colognes, light and fresh, simple compositions, which does not mean that they are simple since to achieve enough projection and duration, it is necessary to skillfully combine them with more intense notes to improve their fixation without detracting from their freshness.

By cultural tradition, citrus fragrances are highly appreciated in Mediterranean countries. At Àuria Perfumes, we only work with top-quality raw materials that guarantee an optimal scent that fits the brand's values and satisfies consumers' expectations.

Floral family

Flowers, the absolute protagonists of perfumes, originate from the floral family, the best known along with citrus and the one most identified with feminine fragrances due to their delicacy and sensuality to the olfactory composition.

Depending on how the floral notes are worked into the fragrance, it will be more classic, romantic or transgressive, subtle, or intense.

The most popular floral notes are rose, jasmine, neroli, lily, violet, magnolia, tuberose, mimosa, geranium, heliotrope, camellia, cyclamen, cherry blossom, almond blossom, apple blossom, gardenia, sweet pea, sunflower, daisy, broom and ylang ylang.

The most popular floral notes are rose, jasmine, neroli, lily, violet, magnolia, tuberose, mimosa, geranium, heliotrope, camellia, cyclamen, cherry blossom, almond blossom, apple blossom, gardenia, sweet pea, sunflower, daisy, broom and ylang ylang.

Fougère or green family

Fougère is a French term meaning fern, a plant that proliferates in humid forests, whose fragrance reproduces the scents of moss and damp earth and evokes sensations of freshness.

The fougère family evokes fragrances that can be smelled in a forest and suggests a sense of cleanliness and vitality.

Because it combined green and earthy notes, the fougère family has traditionally been attributed to masculine fragrances. At the beginning of the 20th century, its usual structure was as follows: lavender, geranium, oak moss, patchouli, and coumarin. Today, this structure is more flexible and makes room for green, floral, and woody notes that bring new expressions to the Eau de parfum: sage sclarea, rosemary, basil, mint, cypress, anise, and tea are some examples.

Chypre family

The Chypre family has consolidated thanks to the success of the Chypre perfume, created by François Coty in 1917 and characterized by a green and woody composition evoking the scents that can be smelled on a Mediterranean island. However, it should be noted that Chypre fragrances have existed since Roman times, as there is evidence of them, thanks to an archaeological discovery on the island of Cyprus, where 4,000 years ago, there was a perfume factory that produced essences with native vegetable raw materials.

Chypre fragrances are universal, and when combined with floral and fruity notes, they tend more towards a feminine or masculine scent.

Frequent olfactory notes in the chypre family: bergamot, oak moss, cistus (rockrose), laudanum, patchouli and sandalwood.

Woody Family

Woody are compositions with an intense fixation and trail. Consumers prefer to use them in the year's cold months because they convey a warm sensation.

Woody notes bring warmth to the perfume and dry, comforting, enveloping, and creamy facets.

Frequent notes in woody fragrances: cedar, mahogany, fir, acacia, sandalwood, olive, ebony, papyrus, moss, cashmere or musky wood, smoky or burnt woods, and oud.

Oriental, spicy or ambery family

Woods, resins, and spices give rise to the oriental, spicy or ambery family, typical of Arabian countries and increasingly appreciated by European consumers who have developed a more sophisticated taste for perfumery over the years.

Nowadays, it is common to find fragrances that play with contrasts, confronting fresh notes, such as citrus, with other deep notes that evoke warmth, such as spices and resins, which also add an exotic touch to the perfume.

Typical notes of oriental perfumes: pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, clove, saffron, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, myrrh, patchouli, tonka bean, sandalwood, patchouli, benzoin, resinous balsams, vetiver, ambergris and tobacco.

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Other olfactory families:

Fruity family

The sweet, fresh, and natural scent of mint and ripe fruit gives rise to the fruity family that encompasses all fruits - beyond citrus fruits, which have their own family. It transmits energy and joy to the fragrance and is very present in feminine and children's fragrances, working in different ways. In women's fragrances, fruits bring a juicy and sensual touch, while children's scents transport us to a universe of taste, soft and gourmand.

Fruity notes are the result of the fragrance laboratory since, due to their high water content, the natural scent of the fruit cannot normally be extracted.

The most frequent fruity notes in perfumery are fig, apricot, apple, berry, pear, peach, plum, raspberry, pineapple, currant, coconut, blueberry, strawberry, tropical fruits, melon, watermelon, and grapes.

Aquatic family

Aquatic fragrances are compositions in which marine notes predominate, evoking the smell of the ocean and sea breeze. They are fragrances whose demand grows during the summer when the consumer likes fresher perfumes that reproduce summer sensations and an aquatic or icy effect.

Typical of the aquatic family are the synthetic molecules calone and azurone, which reproduce marine and ozonic scents. Often combined with tropical notes such as mango, coconut, papaya, and pineapple, they are the undisputed protagonists of summer fragrances.

Leather family

Although they have gained prominence in recent years, the truth is that leather perfumes date back to the 16th century, when it became fashionable to perfume the leather gloves worn by the nobility to mask the strong smell given off by tanning. Floral and musky essences softened the intense aroma of the gloves, creating a sensual, intense fragrance with an animal touch.

The creativity of perfumery is capable of recreating accord notes using dry, smoked, and burnt ingredients that reproduce the sensuality of the natural smell of leather. These notes are persistent in masculine perfumes that seek to reinforce their potency with deep, dark nuances.

Notes typical of the leather olfactory family: civet, suede, smoke, and gunpowder.

Aldehyde family

Aldehydes are synthetic molecules with their scent, which, depending on how they are worked in the laboratory, provide different nuances to the perfume: metallic, soapy, clean...

They became important in 1921 due to the success of the legendary Chanel perfume No. 5 by Ernest Beaux, which included aldehydes in its formula. Perfumers use them to create luminous and long-lasting perfumes.

Aldehydic fragrances appeal directly to the olfactory memory of consumers who, when they smell them, associate them with a clean, soapy, white cotton linen smell because of their powdery and powdery scent. Try to imagine what a new pure white cotton shirt smells like. What inspires you? This is the perfumer's exercise to recreate an aldehydic note through molecules created in the laboratory.

Gourmand family

Fragrances that reproduce food ingredients are called gourmand. They can transport us to the world of confectionery with sweet notes and recreate salty, toasted notes or smells as recognizable as coffee.

Gourmand fragrances were born in the mid-20th century, thanks to advances in synthesis molecules, and are common in women's and children's perfumery, more open to exploring gustatory ingredients. However, they are increasingly common in men's perfumes (cocoa, coffee, mojito, rum, and whisky).

Most frequent gourmand notes sugar, cotton candy, caramel, coffee, cinnamon, almond, hazelnut, butter, chocolate, honey, milk, marzipan, popcorn, licorice, balsamic vinegar, amaretto, and vanilla.

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