8 Basic Types Of Perfumes April 16, 2015

In ancient times, it was believed that each woman had her own natural scent/fragrance, which drew attention of men towards them. But now with changing times, women prefer to purchase and use fragrances that are based on her moods.

Did you know that perfumes have been used in some of the earliest human civilizations dating back to nearly 4000 years!!! No wonder there are so many types of perfumes in the market today!

So what is a perfume?

Perfume or fragrance as it is rightly called is a blend of fragrant oils, aroma compounds and fixatives to produce a pleasant and soothing scent for humans and other living objects.

Different Types Of Perfumes

Perfumes usually come in different formats. Let’s look at what these formats are, and what function they perform to offer you a good scent.

  • Floral
  • Citrus
  • Woody
  • Oriental
  • Fruity
  • Green
  • Oceanic
  • Spicy

1. Floral:

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Floral fragrances are said to cover the largest category of the different types of perfumes which draw inspiration from different sweet smelling flowers like roses, jasmine, orange blossoms, gardenias and carnations amongst others.

Floral fragrances are considered to be romantic and sweet smelling. These usually have a single note or a blend of different notes from different flowers. Floral fragrances are very feminine in nature and are classic choices for those who want a perfume with feminine touch.

2. Citrus:

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Citrus-based perfumes have the essence of citrus to offer a tangy feel. These perfumes are said to be lively and are perfect for person with a bubbly nature. Citrus fragrances are derived from lime, lemon, tangerine and mandarin; and some can feature real sharp tangy notes. Citrus fragrances also tend to give a naturally refreshing feeling and are perfect for use during the daytime. These also are known to blend well and give women a very soft fragrance which can be worn with ease.

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3. Woody:

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A combination of wood and moss is the main theme of these Woody fragrances, and are most commonly referred as chypre fragrances. The predominant use of oak moss, citrus, patchouli, bergamont as well as sweet earthy aromas help in creating a very soothing perfume. Chypre fragrances usually refer to fragrances for female category and sometimes the unisex, but are not for the male category. It is said that there is a strong and classical appeal in these chypre fragrances as these are most frequently used by corporate workers.

4. Oriental:

Oriental perfumes are a mix of earthy and musky fragrances. Ingredients like amber, musk, and animalistic base scents are often seen in Oriental perfumes. These are claimed to be ideal when one wants to attract attention or seduce that very special person. It is ideal for wearing on a special date or a romantic night out.

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5. Fruity:

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Fruity smells are also very pleasant and largely popular due to their sweetness. They have a blend of spicy and fruity notes which help make these ideal for usual dates and romantic outings. These include smells like apple, berry, mango, peach and other juicy fruits or possibly the essence of these fruits.

6. Green:

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Green fragrances are known to be very good choices for daytime casual events, as they offer scents of fresh leaves and newly mown grass. Green fragrances are known to be sporty and in most cases tend to be unisex perfumes. These perfumes are considerately mild and should be worn on casual events or occasions.

7. Oceanic:

Oceanic fragrances are claimed to be a relatively newer type of perfumes containing synthetic aromas to resemble smells of mountain air, clean linen etc. These fragrances are claimed to be very good choices for job interviews and official events.

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8. Spicy:

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These fragrances pack in those kitchen smells like cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves, pepper and more. Spicy fragrances claim to have their own alluring scents and are very luxurious in an old fashioned sense. These fragrances are a huge hit for casual occasions and brunches.