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Founded by the fragrance expert and author Michael Edwards in 1983, Fragrances of the World is the largest guide to perfume classification that has ever existed.

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The Reference Guide

Now in its 33rd edition, Fragrances of the World is the definitive reference to luxury, prestige, niche and celebrity fragrances and their classifications.

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Perfume Legends II

First published in 1996 Perfume Legends is now considered one of the most significant books written on modern perfumery.

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Database

Updated daily, the database allows users to view, research, and compare critical fragrance information.

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Explore Michael Edwards’ Fragrance Wheel

The Fragrance Wheel explains the relationship between innate fragrance preferences and the fragrance families.

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Soft Oriental

Smooth Carnation, incense and warm spices … if these soft, yet sensual notes speak to you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Soft Oriental family.

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OPIUM EAU DE PARFUM

Yves Saint Laurent | 2009 | Soft Oriental

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Oriental

Vanilla and musk, cinnamon and cardamom … opulent, sweet and warm. If these sensual notes are what you are drawn to, then you’ll love fragrances from the Oriental family.

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TABU

Dana | 1932 | Oriental

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Woody Oriental

Take a healthy dose of patchouli and sandalwood, add a splash of spice and maybe something sweet enough to eat … if this sounds like the way you like to smell, then you’ll love fragrances from the Woody Oriental family.

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YSATIS

Givenchy | 1984 | Woody Oriental

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Woods

Cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver – raw and simple. Freshly sanded floors and sawdust … if these are the notes that make your senses sing, then you’ll love fragrances from the Woods family.

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PINO SILVESTRE ORIGINAL

Pino Silvestre | 1955 | Woods

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Mossy Woods

If it is traditional style fragrances with sweet, smooth, sometimes earthy woody and mossy notes that inspire you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Mossy Woods family.

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IRISCH MOOS / IRISH MOSS

Sir Irisch Moos | 1935 | Mossy Woods

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Dry Woods

The smokiness of smouldering embers and the unmistakable leathery smell of new shoes … if these scents define your style, then you’ll love fragrances from the Dry Woods family.

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KNIZE TEN

Knize | 1925 | Dry Woods

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Aromatic Fougère

If clean, uncomplicated and fresh describes you … if the blend of lavender and other herbs such as rosemary or basil teamed with the warmth of wood sums up your favourite smells, then you’ll love fragrances from the universally popular Aromatic Fougère family.

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COOL WATER

Davidoff | 1988 | Aromatic Fougère

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Citrus

If it is the smell of zesty, tangy and juicy lemons and mandarins that invigorates and energises you … then you’ll love the fragrances in the Citrus family.

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4711 ORIGINAL

4711 | 1792 | Citrus

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Water

The smell of fresh sea sprays, or wet air after a thunderstorm … if these are the scents that move you, then you’ll love fragrances in the Water family.

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L'EAU D'ISSEY EAU DE PARFUM

Issey Miyake | 1992 | Water

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Green

Nothing beats the smell of freshly mown lawns, and crushed green leaves, right? If you think so too then you’ll love the fragrances in the Green family.

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ALIAGE / ALLIAGE

Estée Lauder | 1972 | Green

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Fruity

Sweet, juicy and edible. Tropical fruits, peaches, pears and orchard fresh summer apples … if these mouth-watering scents excite you, then you’ll love fragrances in the Fruity family.

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CHIFFON SORBET 1993

Escada | 1993 | Fruity

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Floral

Can’t walk past a florist shop without slowing down, closing your eyes and taking a deep breath? Roses, jasmine, lily, frangipani ... if these are the scents your dreams are made of, look for fragrances in the Floral family.

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ETERNITY

Calvin Klein | 1988 | Floral

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Soft Floral

Soft, powdery … sweet, musky and creamy. If these nostalgic scents transport you back in time, then you’ll love fragrances from the Soft Floral family.

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JE REVIENS

Worth | 1932 | Soft Floral

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Floral Oriental

Florals like Orange Blossom, made smooth, sweet and subtly spicy with incense and amber … if these are the scents that say “style” to you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Floral Oriental family.

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AMOR AMOR

Cacharel | 2003 | Floral Oriental

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