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THE 7 OLFACTORY FAMILIES

Perfumery has a very large range of raw materials (about 1500 different ones at least), whether:

  • Animal material: ambergris, musk, castoreum and civet ...
  • Vegetable materials: petals, flowers, rhizomes, roots, wood, bark, grass, leaves, fruits, seeds, pods, beans, gums, resins, algae ...
  • Synthetic materials obtained from petroleum (mineral origin), turpentine or basic raw materials of chemical industry: coumarin, aldehyde, hedione, vanillin ...

As a consequence, a fragrance is a complex essence composed of multiple essential oils. To speak of a perfume, to describe it, there is a classification that divides the fragrances in different types. Here it is:

1. THE HESPERIDIA FAMILY

Their composition: citrus fruits such as bergamot, lemon, orange, mandarin and grapefruit, orange blossom, the petitgrain, neroli.

Their accords: floral, cyprus or woody.

What characterizes them: fresh and light notes.

Our perfumes: for men : No. 8 Energetic.

2. THE CYPRUS FAMILY

Their composition: oakmoss, cistus-labdanum, patchouli and bergamot chords.

Their accords: fruity or floral.

What characterizes them: fragrances of character, easily recognizable.

Our perfumes: for women : No. 3 Captivating, No. 17 Romantic.

3. THE FLORAL FAMILY

Their composition: one-flower compositions (rose, jasmine, ...) or bouquets that combine several flowers.

Their accords: green, aldehydic, fruity or spicy.

What characterizes them: natural notes. The floral note is one of the largest women’s perfume composition.

Our perfumes: for women : No. 2 Radiant, No. 6 Delicious, No. 9 Precious, No. 10 Timeless, No. 13 Passionate, No. 18 Troubling.

4. THE FRUITY FAMILY

Their composition: fruity compositions (peach, apricot, litchi, red berries ...)

Their accords: floral, oriental, woody or cyprus.

What characterizes them: the greedy and sweet notes, very playful.

Our perfumes: for women : No. 20 In love.

5. THE ORIENTAL or AMBER FAMILY

Their composition: the musks, vanilla, amber, resin, tobacco, exotic spices and precious woods.

Their accords: In women’s fragrances, they are often accompanied by spicy or floral chords ... Among men’s perfumes, they are associated with citrus and aromatic notes.

What characterizes them: A mixture of warmth and sensuality.

Our perfumes: for women : No 1 Secret, No. 4 Mischievous, No. 5 Temptress, No. 7 Bright, No. 8 Bewitching, No. 11 Magnetic, No. 12 Dreamer, No. 14 Fatale, No. 15 Mysterious , No. 16 Enigmatic, No. 19 Seductive, No. 21 Sensual. For men : No. 2 Bold, No. 6 Dark, No. 9 Sensual.

6. THE AROMATIC FAMILY

Their composition: sage, rosemary, thyme, lavender ...

Their accords: citrus and spicy.

What characterizes them: viril, very masculine notes.

Our perfumes: for men : No. 4 Mysterious, No. 5 Rebel, No. 7 Charmer.

7. THE WOODY FAMILY

Their composition: sandalwood, patchouli, cedar and vetiver.

Their accords: citrus, aromatic, spicy.

What characterizes them: hot, dry and elegant masculine chords.

Our perfumes: for men : No. 1 Seducer, No. 3 Stylish, No. 10 Authentic.