The Fragrance Wheel

THE FRAGRANCE WHEEL

Although your sense of smell is emotional, the fragrances you most enjoy will probably belong to just one or two fragrance families.

The Fragrance Wheel holds the key to your fragrance likes and dislikes. It lets you see at a glance the relationship between the 14 different families.

Each family leads to the next, for example - Florals become Soft Florals when blended with sparkling aldehydes and balanced by a powdery drydown. Soft Florals are transformed into Floral Orientals by adding the scents of orange blossom and sweet spices.

Click to open The Fragrance Wheel

EXPLORE
THE FAMILIES

Select a family on the wheel by spinning from left to right. Additional fragrance pairings can be found with the Fragrance Finder.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY AROMATIC

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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILY 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.

FAMILYSOFT 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.

FAMILY 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.

ICONIC AMBRE SULTAN Serge Lutens Palais Royal

1993 | Serge Lutens Palais Royal | Soft Oriental

AMBRE SULTAN Serge Lutens Palais Royal
ICONIC EMERAUDE

1921 | Coty | Oriental

EMERAUDE
ICONIC ZINO DAVIDOFF

1986 | Davidoff | Woody Oriental

ZINO DAVIDOFF
ICONIC PHILOSYKOS

1996 | Diptyque | Woods

PHILOSYKOS
ICONIC PALOMA PICASSO 'MON PARFUM'

1984 | Paloma Picasso | Mossy Woods

PALOMA PICASSO 'MON PARFUM'
ICONIC ANTAEUS

1981 | Chanel | Dry Woods

ANTAEUS
ICONIC JAZZ

1988 | Yves Saint Laurent | Aromatic Fougère

JAZZ
ICONIC EAU D'ORANGE VERTE

1979 | Hermès | Citrus

EAU D'ORANGE VERTE
ICONIC ESCAPE

1991 | Calvin Klein | Water

ESCAPE
ICONIC DEVIN

1977 | Aramis | Green

DEVIN
ICONIC ROCKIN' RIO 2005

2005 | Escada | Fruity

ROCKIN' RIO 2005
ICONIC STELLA EAU DE PARFUM

2003 | Stella McCartney | Floral

STELLA EAU DE PARFUM
ICONIC ESTÉE / ESTÉE SUPER

1968 | Estée Lauder | Soft Floral

ESTÉE / ESTÉE SUPER
ICONIC OMBRE ROSE L'ORIGINAL

1981 | Jean-Charles Brosseau | Floral Oriental

OMBRE ROSE L'ORIGINAL
Mask
The Fragrance Wheel
Back to the top

“as a designer of perfume bottles since 1959, I frequently use Michael's Bible to research dates of my own creations”

Pierre Dinand
© MICHAEL EDWARDS 2016