Olfactive families

OLFACTIVE FAMILIES

WHAT ARE OLFACTIVE FAMILIES?

The adjective “olfactive” comes from the root word “olfactory”, which simply relates to the sense of smell. Considering perfumes ability to mimic or even create a particular scent, this word became strongly associated with perfumery.

To help us understand perfume and facilitate functioning within this capturing field, scents have been classified into several families, which function as a guide to deciphering a perfume composition.

HOW TO CLASSIFY OLFACTIVE FAMILIES?

With a plethora of about 1500 raw materials, perfumery might seem a dense environment to navigate but if you know the categories of olfactive families, you will feel at ease when discussing various perfumes from around the world or when composing your own scent!

The key thing to know is that the various fragrance families fall into simple categories of feminine, masculine or neutral scents. After that, scents are grouped into seven olfactive families based on their origin.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 100 CITRUS

    The oldest olfactive family. Fresh and light fragrances, which get their character from ingredients like lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot and other citrus fruits. Offering freshness and sparkle.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 300 FLORAL

    A wide family with a lot of varieties; white-floral like jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose; green-floral like violet and hyacinth; transparent-floral like lily of the valley, freesia and light rose notes. Bringing delicacy and elegance.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 500 CHYPRE

    A combination of a fresh top notes with a base of oak moss, ciste labdanum and patchouli. Fragrances can have accents through fruity, floral, green, woody, aromatic or leathery notes.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 700 ORIENTAL

    Fragrances that are characterized by an intense and full body. They are mainly based on an ambery accord with a vanilla background and often accentuated with precious woods and spices.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 200 FRUITY

    Notes smelling of fruits (except citrus fruits). They add liveliness, freshness and sweetness.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 400 FOUGERE

    Traditionally a typical masculine fragrance family. It is characterized by a combination of fresh herbaceous lavender notes on a mossy fond with coumarin which has a smell of fresh hay. Classical Fougères have a dominating lavender freshness.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 600 WOODY

    These fragrances have a dominating woody heart and base note, which are marked by the use of raw materials like sandalwood (smooth, rich and soft), cedarwood (dry), patchouli (earthy) or vetiver. Typically, these perfumes are warm, dry and elegant.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 100 CITRUS

    The oldest olfactive family. Fresh and light fragrances, which get their character from ingredients like lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot and other citrus fruits. Offering freshness and sparkle.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 200 FRUITY

    Notes smelling of fruits (except citrus fruits). They add liveliness, freshness and sweetness.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 300 FLORAL

    A wide family with a lot of varieties; white-floral like jasmine, ylang-ylang, tuberose; green-floral like violet and hyacinth; transparent-floral like lily of the valley, freesia and light rose notes. Bringing delicacy and elegance.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 400 FOUGERE

    Traditionally a typical masculine fragrance family. It is characterized by a combination of fresh herbaceous lavender notes on a mossy fond with coumarin which has a smell of fresh hay. Classical Fougères have a dominating lavender freshness.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 500 CHYPRE

    A combination of a fresh top notes with a base of oak moss, ciste labdanum and patchouli. Fragrances can have accents through fruity, floral, green, woody, aromatic or leathery notes.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 600 WOODY

    These fragrances have a dominating woody heart and base note, which are marked by the use of raw materials like sandalwood (smooth, rich and soft), cedarwood (dry), patchouli (earthy) or vetiver. Typically, these perfumes are warm, dry and elegant.

  • OLFACTIVE FAMILY 700 ORIENTAL

    Fragrances that are characterized by an intense and full body. They are mainly based on an ambery accord with a vanilla background and often accentuated with precious woods and spices.


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