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Aromatic Basil, mint, lavender, peppermint, herbal, fresh, clean, uplifting notes. These notes are commonly used in men's fragrances and top notes. 


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


Floral  Fresh cut flowers. Soft floral aldehydes and fresh powder notes. The heavy florals, gardenia, tuberose, ylang ylang. The spicy floral notes are carnation, jasmine, neroli, orange blossom. A large majority many perfumes fall into this family.


Fruit  Fruity notes in fragrances are currant and very popular. All of them are obtained synthetically, with melon, peach, apple, cherry, apricot and berry being the base. The addition of wood, citrus and florals are common in perfume.


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. 


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. 


Green 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 fresh natural quality.


Gourmand Dessert, Vanilla, sweet, chocolate, nutty, Creamy fruit aromas you would normally think of as dessert. This is a fairly new group but gaining in popularity.


Fresh light clean and airy. A bright morning daytime quality. Green fruit, water, air and sun-like scents.


Other important perfumery ingredients.


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.


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.


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.


Spice Warm notes like clove oil, cinnamon, pepper, thyme. They are warming in character and add richness. 


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.