7 olfactive families 1/2

In 1990 the French perfumers’ society set up a classification dividing mens’ and women’s fragrances in 7 olfactive families. Discover which one by going through this first part, full of perfumed examples… 

7 familles olfactives

Floral perfumes

It is the most important family which mainly concerns the women perfumes. We can find fragrances elaborated around a unique flower (called “soliflore”) such as the perfume “Diorissimo” based on the lily of the valley, or others composed of several floral essences.

There are floral bouquets with the perfume “Trésor” by Lancôme made up of roses essences at the same time soft, powdered and slightly fruity.

Or “aldehydes flowers” perfumes, in other words of pure abstraction, whose leader in this in this field is the famous Chanel “N°5”.


 The chypre perfume 

The chypre are a mixture of autumnal and undergrowth scents which we categorize as “hot-cold”, and which suit both for men and women.

One of the most famous chypre perfume is “Mitsouko” by Guerlain, launched in 1919, in which we smell the oak moss scent, associated with the scent of peach, bergamot orange, rose, jasmine, and spices.

Miss Dior” created in 1947, is also a chypre fragrance which cultivates this characteristic agreement of “hot-cold”.


Citrus perfume

They are categorized as tonic and joyful fragrances where we find citrus peel which gives a fruity and sparkling vigor. The most known example is the famous “Eau de Cologne” where the notes of lemon, orange, bergamot orange, or mandarin are recognized for their invigorating effect, but which “do not perfume.”

Indeed, we have to look to water called cool, which have a citrus start but a perfumed body, as for example “L’Eau Sauvage” by Dior, or « l’Ô de Lancôme. »

You want to know more!? See you next week!


Source : Le parfum by Catherine Donzel

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