We make the difference between 7 principal olfactory families, depending on its character and direction.
Those perfume families are axes in which we can class them, completed by olfactory facets, to make the composition of a fine fragrances.
THE AROMATIC FAMILY
Fragrances from that family are, as the name is saying, strong in aromas.
We find the bouquet of aromatic herbs (thyme, lavender, sage ...). Particularly appreciated by men, it gives a manly side, often associated with hesperidic accords.
THE WOODY FAMILY
This family is defined by a particular and reassuring woody smell. It has a real hot energy, sensual, but at the same time dry and balanced. Woody fragrances are mysterious and please to men. The main ingredients of its composition are patchouli, sandalwood, cedar or vetiver. They can have many facets, for a very surprising and elegant result. Mademoiselle Ricci, by Nina Ricci is one of the rare feminine-woody perfumes we can find in the market.
THE CHYPRÉ FAMILY
This family takes its name from the first "Chypre", launched by François Coty in 1917. Mainly based on accords of oak moss or labdanum rock rose, the chyprés are perfumes with pronounced character, easily recognizable, and can be softened by being mixed with other accords.
THE FLORAL FAMILY
It’s the most important family in perfumery. Because its principal theme is about flowers, this family is like a giant garden, with soft, feminine, natural and pure smells. A floral perfume can be soliflore (based on the scent of only one flower), or be a work around a bouquet of carefully selected species. Those perfumes are particularly famous, and really liked by women. It’s an iconic olfactory family.
THE FOUGERE/FERN FAMILY
The 1st perfume of this family is named « Fougère Royale » and is made in 1882. Mostly for men, perfumes from this family are not only based on the pure smell of the fern. We find here accords such as oak moss, bergamot or geranium.
THE FAMILY OF THE HESPERIANS
The first hesperides are of course the very famous Eau de Cologne that we know so well. This family refers to the accords found in citrus zest (grapefruit, lime, lime, orange, tangerine ...), and leaves a wake particularly pleasant and tangy, like a breath of freshness.
THE ORIENTAL FAMILY
Like an air of a thousand and one nights, oriental perfumes have a powerful trail. Based on hot notes, such as vanilla or oud, these accords can be a little heavier than the previous ones, without losing their infinite softness. Oriental fragrances are based on sun flowers and many oriental spices, for an elegant and sensual finish. Often associated with an amber or even golden facet, the Orientals are often powdered fragrances, betting on the idea of seduction.