Even if the bottle looks good, buying perfume isn’t like buying cakes from a shop window, where you go for whatever takes your fancy! You need to take your time and smell dozens of perfumes before you settle on the one that matches your mood and deepest desires.
Which perfume for which character? Fresh, floral notes with instant charm will please extroverted and bold personalities. Oriental notes with intense traces attract mysterious and sensual girls. Powdered notes are for emotional narcissists or young-at-heart women. Floral-fruity fragrances match optimistic characters who like taking the lead. Chypre perfumes suit ambitious, full of character women.
The different perfume families
Perfumes are classified into 7 main olfactive families:
Citrus, the family where we find the first eaux de Cologne, based on lemon, orange, grapefruit, mandarin and bergamot essences.
Floral, the most important family that groups together perfumes based on flowers: rose, violet, jasmine, lilac, lily of the valley, narcissus and tuberose.
Fougère evokes plant odours and consists of lavender, wood, oak moss and coumarin notes.
Chypre, mainly based on ciste-labdanum, patchouli, bergamot and oak moss. This family is named after the perfume Chypre by François Coty, created in 1917.
Woody, composed of fragrances with warm notes, sandalwood, patchouli, or dry notes, cedar and vetiver.
Amber, or Oriental, has powdery, vanilla, very distinct animal compositions.
Leather, the smallest of the families, is based on birch tar and tobacco.
Each family has sub-families:
Citrus: chypre floral / spicy / woody / aromatic
Floral: soliflore / floral bouquet / green floral / woody / woody fruity / aldehyde
Fougère: floral amber / soft amber / spicy / aromatic / fruity
Chypre: floral / fruity / green / aromatic / leather
Woody: aromatic / spicy / amber / fruity / marine
Amber: woody floral / spicy / soft / citrus / floral / woody
Leather: floral / tobacco
Which perfumes belong to which families?
Citrus: Eau de Rochas by Rochas, Eau de Cologne Impériale by Guerlain, Eau Sauvage by Christian Dior, Eau d’Hermès by Hermès.
Floral: L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, Anaïs Anaïs by Cacharel, N°5 by Chanel, Jardins de Bagatelle by Guerlain.
Fougère: Jicky by Guerlain, Paco Rabanne pour Homme, Azzaro pour Homme.
Chypre: Femme by Rochas, Mitsouko by Guerlain, Yvresse by Yves Saint Laurent, Miss Dior.
Woody: Vétiver by Guerlain, Kenzo pour Homme, Egoïste by Chanel.
Amber: Shalimar by Gueralin, Opium by Yves Saint laurent, Poison by Dior.
Leather: Cuir de Russie by Chanel and Tabac Blond by Caron.
What’s the current trend?
Floral-powdery perfumes are heralding a return to real scents: rose, lavender, jasmine and patchouli.
The presence of gourmand accords is also noticeable, as in Nina by Nina Ricci, which is more discreet than the definitive Angel by Mugler, which contains notes of praline.
The real trend is for changing your perfume or mixing it to create your very own.
Even if the bottle looks good, buying perfume isn’t like buying cakes from a shop window, where you go for whatever takes your fancy!
Fresh, floral notes with instant charm will please extroverted and bold personalities. Oriental notes with intense traces attract mysterious and sensual girls.
Like clothing, perfumes match the seasons. Gourmand perfumes bursting with ripe fruits are perfect in autumn; powdered scents, which embrace the body, are ideal in winter; florals awaken the heart in spring; and fresh scents stir up the skin in summer.
Source: So feminine