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Perfume Families or Groups 

 

This page will help you understand aroma groups or "Families".  The best way to start making a perfume is to decide what sort of perfume you want to make. Select a base, then select aroma additives from one or more of the aroma families located at the bottom of the perfume base page.  Select additives for top, middle and base notes.  Most perfumers will agree on 5 or 6 perfume families (aromatic, citrus, fern, floral, oriental).  We have extended the families to include many more familiar aroma groups.


Read the descriptions of each family.  Click on a perfume family to see its additives. Select one or more additives that will give your perfume that quality. Let us say you have decided to make a floral perfume. You can start with a pre-made floral base or start from scratch, adding various floral additives to the perfumers alcohol. Either way, you can easily make a floral perfume from picking the family of aroma additives you think sound good and you want your perfume to reflect. 


All perfumes have many different additives. I suggest starting with a middle note as the perfumes main fragrance, focus or type. Take rose, for example. Think about what sort of rose perfume you want, a rich, warm, balsam vanilla type rose with deep woody base notes. Pick those qualities from the aroma additives in families below.


Think about the 3 phases of a perfume, the top note, the middle note and the base note. Try to give your perfume all 3 notes.  All of our aroma additives have a note designation within their description. You should keep this in mind when purchasing a new additive. The middle note is the heart of your perfume. After the top note fades this is what you will smell next in your perfume. The middle will blend, giving way to the base note, which is the finish to your perfume. This is usually a animal, wood or balsam note.  The base notes also help fix all the notes to the skin.


Smelling strips will come in handy and help guide you on how much of an additive you will want to use. The more additives you have the more fun it becomes. One new aroma additive can inspire a whole new perfume, and the more experimenting you can do. Building a library of additives is called building a perfume organ. The correlation between perfume and music is inescapable. They both float invisibly through the air, invoking memories and stirring our senses.