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Incense adds sensual overtones to fragrant flowers, spices, and amber to create a softer style of Oriental. The base notes of a modern Soft Oriental are not as sweet or as heavy as a true Oriental and the result - a mélange of flowers and spices – is distinctly softer.
Orientals are the exotic queens of perfumery. Sensual, often heavy, blends of exotic resins, opulent flowers, sweet vanilla, and musks are introduced by refreshing citrus, green or fruity top notes. The new ‘sheer’ Orientals gained some ground in the late 1990s, but the appeal of the full-bodied, take-no-prisoners Orientals endures.
Woody Orientals produced some of the most original perfumes of the 1990s. Distinguished by a liaison of rich Oriental notes and the potent scents of patchouli, sandalwood or oud, this family emphasises the woody character of Floral Orientals.
Classic woody scents are dominated by harmonies of cedar, patchouli, pine, sandalwood, and vetiver. Now creativity in this fragrance family has been stimulated by modern technologies like fractional distillation, which has revealed a new palette of exotic woody notes.
Perfumers call these forest notes of oakmoss, amber and citrus Chypre fragrances. The family takes its name from the first significant mossy-woody fragrance, Chypre de Coty, created by François Coty in 1917. Today's chypres continue to be forest notes, with earthy patchouli and modern mossy notes.
The Dry Woods family is often called Leather, after the dry, smoky scent of Russian leather. Fresh citrus notes play an important role in most Dry Woods fragrances, lightening the deep, almost animalic heart notes, which may also originate from notes of smoky black tea or dried tobacco leaves.
Invigorating notes of citrus and aromatic herbs are warmed by sweet spices and oriental woods to give Aromatic fragrances a masculine character that men find comfortable, and women appealing.
From the zest of lemons, mandarins, bergamot, oranges, and grapefruit come the citrus oils that lend these fragrances their distinctive, tangy aroma.
Redolent of the scent of soft sea breezes or the ozonic aroma of wet air after a thunderstorm. Today, the water notes are more often used as an accent to enliven florals, orientals and woody fragrances.
Green fragrances capture the sharp scent of fresh-cut grass and violet leaves. Despite the outdoor imagery, the impact of the classic resinous galbanum accord is so potent that many green fragrances have a formal rather than sporty personality.
Peaches and pears, apples and plums. A twist of tropical fruits. Essences of strawberry, raspberry, and berries of all hues. Add a splash of flowers to create a family of fruity cocktails that smell delicious.
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.
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.
Soft, spicy orange flower notes meld with piquant aldehydes and sweet spices to create the heart of a Floral Oriental fragrance. Born in the 1900s, Floral Orientals came back to life in the 1970s and continue to be popular.