Perfume Olfactic Groups

Most perfumes are classified into differing perfume olfactic groups that define the fragrances within. This can give a quick insight into the foundations of the fragrance, and often helps to situate the perfume for the consumer, based on their personal likes, so they are in harmony with the perfume olfactic category assigned. However, there is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the olfactic groups, and as always with any perfume, it is a matter of personal taste whether a fragrance is liked or not, irrespective of which perfume olfactic group it seems to fall in.


Aromatic notes are often the combination of sage, rosemary, cumin, lavender and other plants that have an intensive grass-spicy scent. Many times they are combined with citrusy and spicy notes. Aromatic compositions are seen as more typical of fragrances for men.

This olfactic group has derived its name after perfume Coty Chypre created in 1917. In French, Chypre means Cyprus. This sharp scent is based on a harmony of oak moss, labdanum, patchouli and bergamot.


This is the largest olfactive group and encompasses a variety of compositions with a floral heart. Freshly picked flowers, flowers with an aquatic accord, green or powdery accords, as well as floral aldehyde, floral-fruity and gourmand compositions. 


Citrus fragrances are seen as old and abundant, having been available for so long. Their compositions are usually founded on lemon, orange, bergamot, grapefruit or mandarin, combined with other citrusy, aromatic and tarter notes for men and with floral notes combined for women.


This group is leather in a number of nuances, from the floral, velvety compositions to the tarter, smoky ones which are gathered in this group. Scenting leather products in order to mask the unpleasant scent of leather itself, since urine and faeces of cattle, in addition to blood and tar were used in traditional production, marking the beginning of perfumery.


With oriental fragrances it is amber that is seen as dominant and are placed in a separate category due to their strong warmth and sensuality. The extremely opulent bouquet includes very intense and intoxicating elements like musk, vanilla, exotic resins and woods, which are often joined with exotic flowers and spices.


Considered the most opulent in terms of its composition, with woody notes in the heart of a perfume that are then accentuated with woody notes in the base. Warm and mysterious sandalwood, drier and sharper cedar and vetiver, resin-like and more exotic types, not forgetting agarwood (oud, that are often accompanied with aromatic and citrus notes.