Understanding Fragrances: Florals

Think about it, we eat different types of food, one day we might choose Italian, the next day Chinese. So why wouldn’t we want to understand the various fragrances and create a perfume collection that contains a variety of scents that are appropriate for your different moods and occasions.

In order to construct this perfume collection you first need to learn about perfume notes, how they smell different and which ones you like. If you enjoy rose fragrances you might want to try peony fragrances for a change. In the floral category I will try to show that despite the diversity of floral scents they are related to each other. I have limited this article to the more popular floral notes.

Floral Fragrance Notes:

Rose – rose notes have a distinctive honeyed, sweet characteristic. Regardless if they are light and airy or dark and opulent, rose notes can be interpreted in many different ways. Classical tea roses tend to be bright and citrusy while some of the more modern roses lean toward a crisp amber scent. When roses are combined with grapefruit or passion fruit this makes for a zesty twist.

When patchouli, moss and spices are added to a rose blend the affect is a dramatic and smoldering characteristic. This earthy, dense, rich amber scent is a great fragrance for men.

Carnation – fragrances with carnation notes are worth examining if you enjoy rose notes. Carnation is generally laced with jasmine-like notes, pepper and clove giving it the tendency to be dry and spicy unlike rose. Thus, carnation is usually considered a dark and spicy floral. In addition, carnation is considered an old-fashioned flower and is rarely the main floral notes in today’s fragrances.

Lilac – is best known as one of the more important floral notes in classic perfumery. Lilac is best associated for its use in air fresheners and bathroom cleaners. This fragrance combines the dewy freshness of the rose with the milky richness of almonds giving it a fascinating characteristic.

Peony – if you prefer your rose to be light and wispy then a fragrance with peonies would be a good choice. Described as dewy and fresh, modern bright and fruity peonies are often accented with tart fruity notes like pomegranate and rhubarb. These fragrances replace the heavier and more extravagant rose notes.

Hyacinth – hyacinth pairs the lushness of flower petals with a green, watery freshness. Adding to the floral exuberance is the undertone reminiscent of wet soil.

I hope this article gave you enough insight on floral fragrances and whether this scent will be part of your wardrobe.