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How are the olfactive families classified ?

There are six olfactive families of fragrances:

Hesperide / citrus scent

The citrus scent is an essential oil which is obtained from the zest of fruit such as bergamot, lemon, orange etc. Examples of citrus scent perfume are: Eau Impériale by Guerlain, Eau Sauvage by Dior, and CK One by Calvin Klein.

The floral family

This family is one of the most important. It includes fragrances which have a flower scent or a floral bouquet (pink, purple, yellow). Examples of floral perfume are: Diorissimo by Dior, l’Eau d’Issey by Myake, Chanel 5, and J’adore by Dior.

The fern family

The name fern does not mean the smell of the fern plant. A perfume called “Fougère Royale” was created by Houbigant in 1882 and was at the origin of this family. The fern scent is obtained with coumarin, bergamot, orange and woody notes. Example of fern perfumes are: Chrome Azzaro and le Male JP Gaultier.

The Cyprus family

The Cyprus family owes its name to the first perfume produced by René Coty in 1917. Cyprus scents consist mainly of oak, patchouli, labdanum, bergamot, and orange. Examples of Cyprus scent are: Miss Dior Original, Chanel 19, Antaeus, and Narcisso for her.

The woody family

The woody scent mainly consists of “hot” wood such as sandalwood, patchouli, though sometimes “dry” woods like vetiver or cedar are used. Examples of woody perfumes are: Kenzo for Men, Terre d’Hermès, and Dior for Men.

The Oriental / Amber family

This family includes perfume with soft, powdery, vanilla and sometimes animal notes. Examples of oriental perfumes are: Shalimar, Prada for Women, Hypnotic for Women.

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