Friday, June 19, 2015

Lesson I: Olfactory Group Overview

Oh hi! Thanks for stopping by. It only feels appropriate to begin a blog about fragrance with some of the chief components of fragrance. Keep in mind that these are basic umbrella groups in which fragrances are clumped into; there are more complex sub-groups to each of these. Let's start simple.

Main Olfactory Groups:


FLORAL
  • Common Characteristics: fresh, pretty, airy, classic, clean, powdery
  • Composition: a singular flower, or an array of flowers at the heart (ex: rose, lilac, lily of the valley, violet)

CITRUS
  • Common Characteristics: fresh, zingy, clean
  • Composition: fragrances with a core focus on citrus notes (ex:orange, lemon, bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit)

AROMATIC
  • Common Characteristics: green, grassy, herb-y, aromatic (ha!)
  • Composition: a core of green, natural notes (ex: rosemary, basil, cumin, sage, lavender)

CHYPRE
  • Common Characteristics: earthy, mossy, woody, 
  • Composition: fragrances with sort of a mish-mash of notes belonging to other groups, typically includes a citrus top note, a labdanum mid note, and a mossy-animalic base note (ex: oak moss, patchouli, musk)

WOODY
  • Common Characteristics: deep, woody, some dry, some balmy, smokey
  • Composition: a heart and base comprised mainly of woody notes (ex: sandalwood, cedar, vetiver)

ORIENTAL
  • Common Characteristics: warm, exotic, spicy, sensual
  • Composition: a fragrance with a focal point on oriental notes (ex: amber, vanilla, spices, resins, exotic flowers)

LEATHER
  • Common Characteristics: smokey, errr...leathery...
  • Composition: while leather is a pungent component, fragrances which include leather often use other softer notes to counteract the negative, strong odors that can come from leather

Thanks for reading!

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