Welcome to the second session!

The olfactory families

Olfactory Families allow individual perfumes to be classified according to their predominant olfactory characteristics. In today's session, you will get deep into this classification method used in perfumery, and you will discover the wide range of ingredients that perfumers have in their palette.

The key elements of the session

Thank you all for having watched this session. We hope you have learned a few things about the Olfactory Families as a tool to classify fragrances and the diversity of ingredients found in perfumery.

Below we have listed the key elements we have learned about during the session:

The Olfactory Families

The perfume categorisation as we know it today dates from 1984 and was reviewed by the French Society of Perfumers. This categorisation tool allows perfumers to organise the different fragrances according to their predominant olfactory characteristics.

Perfumes are grouped into seven different categories according to the predominant raw materials (for example, flowers, woods, aromatics, or citrus fruits) or taking inspiration from traditional accords (for example, the chypres and the orientals).

The Citrus Family

Considered the most ancient olfactory family, the most common ingredients are bergamot, lemon, orange or grapefruit.

Most of the Eau de Colognes belong to this olfactory family that has freshness, acidity, and sunny notes as the most common attributes associated with it.

Zesty Citrus, Juicy Citrus, and Green Citrus are the perfect scents to create a Citrus fragrance.

The Aromatic Family

Also known as "Fern" or "Fougère", this name appeared in 1882 with the launch of an Aromatic fragrance called "Fougère Royale" featuring four specific notes: aromatic (usually lavender), a floral heart (either created with rose or geranium), an almond effect (frequently replaced by tonka bean or coumarin) and a woody base such as oakmoss.

Relaxing Aromatic, Deep Aromatic, and Fresh Aromatic are the perfect allies to create an Aromatic composition.

The Floral Family

Definitely, the most iconic olfactory family of them all. This olfactory family gathers perfumes whose central theme is a flower such as jasmine, rose, lily of the valley, tuberose, among many others.

Among our Scents, Blooming Floral, Pink Floral and Exotic Floral are the perfect canvases to create a perfume belonging to this olfactory family.

The Woody Family

This family features warm, resinous, smoky or even humid notes such as sandalwood, cedarwood, vetiver. It is hard to find a perfume that does not contain any ingredient belonging to this family.

If you love the smell of wood in your fragrance, Fresh Wood, Creamy Wood, and Vibrant Wood are three perfect bases for your perfume.

The Chypre Family

This specific Olfactory Family is named after a perfume called Chypre in 1917 by François Coty inspired by the gardens of the Island of Cyprus. Chypre perfumes feature two specific woody notes: patchouli and oakmoss, bringing a sensation of damp undergrowth and hints of autumnal scents.

Choose White Chypre or Moss Chypre as the starting point to create your Chypre fragrance.

The Oriental Family

This family appeared in 1925 with the launch of Guerlain's Shalimar when perfumers wanted to reproduce scents from the Middle East featuring notes of vanilla, amber or musk, among other balmy and warm notes.

Today, it represents one of the most successful families in the market, including sweet modern compositions known as "Gourmand".

Mysterious Oriental and Sweet Oriental are two completely different interpretations belonging to this Olfactory Family.

The Leather Family

A very particular Olfactory Family is the Leather Family which gathers fragrances with dry and smoky notes that attempt to recreate the characteristic smell of leather.

Sensual Leather is the perfect accord to add this strong personality to your perfume.

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Get ready for Session 3: The Perfume Structure and Concentrations

In the next session, we will explore the concept of perfume structure and the most popular concentrations found in perfumery.

To prepare yourself for the session, we have an easy task for you! We invite you to spray your favourite perfume on your wrist and smell it throughout the day. Does it fade? Does the smell change?

Watch now a preview of Session 3: