Monday, June 15, 2015

Perfume Families

Cosmetics, used to give the human body a pleasant scent is called perfume. Perfume is a mixture of fragrant essential oils, aroma compounds, and other substances accustomed to enhance the odor of the human body. There are numerous types of perfumes, so you may easily feel lost with so many new fragrances being presented into the market each year.

Commercial perfumes consist of complex ingredients and odorants that they are of little use in providing a points in explanation of the experience of a scent. The most realistic way to start describing a perfume is according to the elements of the fragrance notes of the scent or the family it belongs to, all of which have an effect on the overall idea of a perfume from first use to the last lingering hint of scent.

Grouping perfumes, like any classification, can never be a completely objective or final process. Many fragrances contain aspects of different families. Although there is no officially established categorization, each of the new fragrances have certain tones which allow its tagging to one of the following groups:

Floral: Fragrances that are dominated by a scent from one particular flower or a combination of fragrance of several flowers. These fragrances are maybe the most popular ones.

Fruit/Citrus: These fragrances are featuring the aromas of fruits most often defined as fresh and light scents. They use the aromas of peach, black currant, melon, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, orange blossom, mango, passion fruit, and others.

Ocean/Aquatic /Ozonic: A very clean, modern smells leading to many of the modern perfumes. These fragrances are the newest types of fragrances based on synthetic ingredients which smell like fresh ocean waters.

Green: Modern interpretation of distinctive and fresh aromas with pronounced cut grass, crushed green leaf and cucumber-like scents, reminding you sweet smells of woods, grass, apples or lavender.

Oriental/Ambered: A large fragrance category introducing the sweet exotic spices and flowers, sandalwood and resin, scents of ambergris or labdanum, often combined with vanilla, tonka bean and woods. Can be enhanced by camphorous oils and incense resins. The oriental fragrances are usually very strong.