The Fragrance Wheel

THE FRAGRANCE WHEEL

Although your sense of smell is emotional, the fragrances you most enjoy will probably belong to just one or two fragrance families.

The Fragrance Wheel holds the key to your fragrance likes and dislikes. It lets you see at a glance the relationship between the 14 different families.

Each family leads to the next, for example - Florals become Soft Florals when blended with sparkling aldehydes and balanced by a powdery drydown. Soft Florals are transformed into Floral Orientals by adding the scents of orange blossom and sweet spices.

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THE FAMILIES

Select a family on the wheel by spinning from left to right. Additional fragrance pairings can be found with the Fragrance Finder.

FAMILY SOFT ORIENTAL

Smooth Carnation, incense and warm spices … if these soft, yet sensual notes speak to you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Soft Oriental family.

FAMILY ORIENTAL

Vanilla and musk, cinnamon and cardamom … opulent, sweet and warm. If these sensual notes are what you are drawn to, then you’ll love fragrances from the Oriental family.

FAMILY WOODY ORIENTAL

Take a healthy dose of patchouli and sandalwood, add a splash of spice and maybe something sweet enough to eat … if this sounds like the way you like to smell, then you’ll love fragrances from the Woody Oriental family.

FAMILY WOODS

Cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver – raw and simple. Freshly sanded floors and sawdust … if these are the notes that make your senses sing, then you’ll love fragrances from the Woods family.

FAMILY MOSSY WOODS

If it is traditional style fragrances with sweet, smooth, sometimes earthy woody and mossy notes that inspire you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Mossy Woods family.

FAMILY DRY WOODS

The smokiness of smouldering embers and the unmistakable leathery smell of new shoes … if these scents define your style, then you’ll love fragrances from the Dry Woods family.

FAMILY AROMATIC

If clean, uncomplicated and fresh describes you … if the blend of lavender and other herbs such as rosemary or basil teamed with the warmth of wood sums up your favourite smells, then you’ll love fragrances from the universally popular Aromatic Fougère family.

FAMILY CITRUS

If it is the smell of zesty, tangy and juicy lemons and mandarins that invigorates and energises you … then you’ll love the fragrances in the Citrus family.

FAMILY WATER

The smell of fresh sea sprays, or wet air after a thunderstorm … if these are the scents that move you, then you’ll love fragrances in the Water family.

FAMILY GREEN

Nothing beats the smell of freshly mown lawns, and crushed green leaves, right? If you think so too then you’ll love the fragrances in the Green family.

FAMILY FRUITY

Sweet, juicy and edible. Tropical fruits, peaches, pears and orchard fresh summer apples … if these mouth-watering scents excite you, then you’ll love fragrances in the Fruity family.

FAMILY FLORAL

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.

FAMILYSOFT FLORAL

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.

FAMILY FLORAL ORIENTAL

Florals like Orange Blossom, made smooth, sweet and subtly spicy with incense and amber … if these are the scents that say “style” to you, then you’ll love fragrances from the Floral Oriental family.

ICONIC COCO EAU DE TOILETTE

1989 | Chanel | Soft Oriental

COCO EAU DE TOILETTE
ICONIC OBSESSION

1985 | Calvin Klein | Oriental

OBSESSION
ICONIC FENDI 'CLASSIC' (1985)

1985 | Fendi | Woody Oriental

FENDI 'CLASSIC' (1985)
ICONIC GREY FLANNEL

1975 | Geoffrey Beene | Woods

GREY FLANNEL
ICONIC EAU FRAÎCHE DIOR

2009 | Dior | Mossy Woods

EAU FRAÎCHE DIOR
ICONIC KNIZE TEN

1925 | Knize | Dry Woods

KNIZE TEN
ICONIC JEAN NATÉ

1935 | Ritz | Aromatic Fougère

JEAN NATÉ
ICONIC BVLGARI EAU PARFUMÉE AU THÉ VERT

1993 | Bulgari | Citrus

BVLGARI EAU PARFUMÉE AU THÉ VERT
ICONIC ACQUA DI GIÒ POUR HOMME

1996 | Giorgio Armani | Water

ACQUA DI GIÒ POUR HOMME
ICONIC VENT VERT

1999 | Balmain | Green

VENT VERT
ICONIC RALPH

2000 | Ralph Lauren | Fruity

RALPH
ICONIC FIDJI

1966 | Guy Laroche | Floral

FIDJI
ICONIC JOVAN MUSK FOR MEN

1973 | Jovan | Soft Floral

JOVAN MUSK FOR MEN
ICONIC L'HEURE BLEUE

1912 | Guerlain | Floral Oriental

L'HEURE BLEUE
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