The oriental category is classed as the oldest foundation for fragrances. The aroma of the oriental based perfumes combines exotic flowers and resins with intense spices. Oriental fragrances may include cardamom, ginger and cloves combined with a floral smell. This is a great perfume style for the young introverted women. High-end brands include Opium by Yves Saint Laurent and Shalimar and Samara by Guerlain.
Cyphre is French for Cyprus. This is a type of fragrance that is green or fresh-smelling and includes a touch of labdanum, bergamot, patchouli, oak moss and citrus. The family of Cyphre fragrances caters to both men and women. Extroverted and emotionally stable women are often attracted to this type of scent. Popular examples include Erolfa by Creed, Qyercus by Penhaligon, and Mitsouko by Guerlain.
A aldehydic fragrance is mostly created with synthetic compounds, while organic elements can also feature. An aldehyde based perfume is appreciated for providing a distinct fragrance that is described as modern, sparkling and effervescent. Popular choices include L’Interdit by Givenchy and Rive Gauche by Yves Saint Laurent.
Fougere is French for fern and a type of fragrance that is more often associated with men’s fragrance. Many of these scents are described as masculine, earthy and woodsy. Common ingredients in this perfume family include coumarin, lavender, herbs and oak moss. Popular choices in this category include Portfolio for Men by Perry Ellis, Xeryus by Givenchy and New Tradition by Etro.
A citrus scent is derived from the extracts taken from the rind of bergamot, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Many of these fragrances are combined with fougere or herb compounds to help with creating an equal balance between the more powerful notes.