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This page will help you understand how aromas are grouped. Reading about the groups below will help you decide what family of perfume you want to make. 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.
Blending aromas in the same family will help you create a perfume that is representative of the group and can help you stay on track when creating your perfume. 
We have also assigned a note group (top, middle and base) to these aromas. Although it is a loose grouping. True determination depends on the actual lasting ability of each aroma. the longest being a base note. Middle notes are the heart of the perfume. They are what you detect after the top notes have dissipated. Base notes are what makes a perfume long lasting on the skin.

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try the animal accord Animal- Used in extremely low concentration, animal notes give perfumes a warm, sensuous, exotic note. They add body, richness and depth as well as great fixative qualities.
try the aromatic accord Aromatic- Basil,mint, lavender, and peppermint. All the herbal, fresh, clean, uplifting notes. These notes are commonly used in men's fragrances and top notes. 
Try the balsam accord Balsam- Vanilla, balsams and benzion are the main aromas in this family. Their sweet and natural fragrance is often used in warm, rich feminine perfumes.
try the chypre accord Chypre - Is based on a woody, mossy, floral accord, which can include leathery or fruity notes.  Chypre perfumes have a rich, classic lingering scent. The perfume chypre was created by Francois Coty in 1917 and named after the Mediterranean island of Cypress and inspired Coty's perfume of the same name.
try the citrus accord Citrus- The citrus oils of bergamot, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin smell just like the rinds. Fresh, green, lime, galbanum, tart bright and clean. This group is comprised of mostly top notes.
try the floral accord Floral- Fresh cut flowers. Soft floral aldahydes and fresh powder notes. The heavy florals gardenia, tuberose, ylang ylang and lilly. The spicy floral notes are carnation, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom. A large majority many perfumes fall into this family.
try the fruit accord Fruit- Fruity notes in fragrances are currant and very popular. Most of them are obtained synthetically, with melon, peach, apple, cherry, apricot and berry being the base. The addition of wood and citrus are common in perfumes.
try the oriental accord Oriental- The oriental family is comprised of resins, vanillas, musk’s, animal and narcotic notes. Sweet spices and orange flowers. Soft oriental florals can have Incense, amber, powder and woody notes. Patchouli, sandalwood, teak and exotic dried spices. 
Try the wood accord Wood- Mossy woods, oakmoss, vetiver, earthy wood, sandalwood, patchouli, warm smooth notes.Some aromatic woods are cedar, juniper and pine. Rich warm woods are good in all perfumes they create a great base and longevity on the skin. 
Try the spice accord Spice- Warm notes like clove oil, cinnamon, pepper, thyme. They are warming in character and add richness. 
Try the herbal accord Herbal- A note that is natural cool, leafy, minty, aromatic lavender, chamomile, clary sage, rosemary. Herb oils tend to be sharp and green and diffusive.
Try the green accordGreen- The odor of fresh cut grass leaves. Green notes add lift and vibrancy to a fragrance composition and appear in most combinations to add a natural quality.
Try the gourmand accord GourmandDessert like. Sweet chocolates. Creamy fruity aromas. Yummy dessert. This is a fairly new group but gaining in popularity.
Try the fresh accord Freshlight airy, mostly citrus and floral. A bright morning daytime quality. Green fruit, water, air and sun-like scents.

Making Perfume Using Aroma Chemicals


Think about what sort of perfume you want to make from the groups above.

This is a formula suggestion but not carved in stone.

Your perfume can be made of

10 to 20% top notes

20 to 30 % middle notes

And the rest base notes.

This simple formula will help your perfume last longer on the skin.

Use a perfume smelling strip to collect a tiny amount of aroma chemical to smell.

If you don’t have smell strips use cotton swabs.

Choose what other aroma additives you want. Then smell them all together.

This will help you decide what aromas you want to use in your perfume.

When you reach the aroma you want, slowly add perfume alcohol until you reach the strength you want.

If you are making perfume to fragrance body products or candles, you will not be using perfume alcohol.

Write it down. So you can make it again. Start your perfume journal.