An Introduction To Scent Families And The Fragrance Wheel


As we all know that there are multiple kinds of fragrances exist in the market. And when it comes to knowing which fragrance should choose might not be easy. You should know about different notes so that can select which fragrance is perfect. Therefore, we bring here an introduction to scent families and fragrance wheel.

The purpose of this article is to introduce the fragrance wheel and the scent families, as well as the major families and sub-families. Our discussion will also cover how to combine fragrances.

What Is Meant by Fragrance Wheel?

To know about the fragrance wheel, it will be easier if you understand the wheel and fragrance separately. Here you must know what is fragrance and the wheel means wheel which are in vehicles. But here the wheel of the cart makes no sense. Here using a wheel with a fragrance means a round diagram as if the wheel is round. You can know about scent families with the help of the fragrance wheel. Fragrance wheel is popular by the other name fragrance circle, aroma wheel, smell wheel, and perfume wheel.  Fragrance wheel analysis the relationship of all olfactory groups based on similarities and odoric smell.

A fragrance wheel is divided into four different notes – floral notes, oriental notes, fresh notes, and woody notes. After the four divisions into different notes, it further plotted onto a new circle on an old circle.

On new circle or wheel have –

Scent Family

What Does Scent Family Mean?

The Scent family is a taxonomy in which all kinds of perfumes are divided based on their common or uncommon characteristics. And this process of assortment of perfumes has been used for years in the perfume industry. There are the types of scent families that are categorized into four main – floral, oriental, woody, and fresh. You were thinking that it is a fragrance wheel for about we have discussed in the above paragraph. So yes, the main category of this fragrance wheel is known as scent families. let’s know the types of scent families in detail.

Types Of Scent Families

The scent family is of four types – floral, oriental, woody, and aromatic

This thing you already know is that a scent family has pre-eminent features. Because it has four different notes that are further divided into woody, fresh, oriental, and floral scents. The distinctive characteristics make bound a person toward one scent family while choosing a personal fragrance.

  1. Floral Scent Family

The floral scent family is one of the well-known and popular scent families. This floral fragrance is produced through fresh flowers. Companies use floral scents for making women’s perfume however also use for men’s perfumes. In the spring and summertime, floral scents are ideal.

The floral scent family is further divided into four different subfamilies –

Fruity – sweet, edible, tropical

Floral – rose, lily, jasmine, sunflower ( flower cut smell)

Soft Floral – soft, powdery, sweet, and like creamy

Floral Oriental – Floral smell with spicy notes

Here are the common floral scent subfamilies notes –

Rose, jasmine, and orange

  1. Oriental Scent Family

The Oriental fragrance is not floral it is like herbs, spices, powdery, dry, or resin notes. Such oriental scent family is used in the home as incense or diffuser.

Oriental scent family is further divided into three subfamilies –

Soft Oriental – soft oriental is mix with some floral and warm spices

Oriental –warm notes (cinnamon, vanilla, musk), sweet

Woody Oriental – Earthy notes like patchouli and sandalwood mixed with spicy & sweet notes

Here, is the common oriental family notes –

Vanilla, myrrh, anise

  1. Wood scent family

Wood scent family includes woody-like smell – sandalwood and patchouli with drier-like cedar. Woody perfumes are made using warm and some fresh notes like citrus or floral.

Wood scent family is further divided into three notes –

Woods – fresh and aromatic scents like sandalwood, vetiver, cedarwood

Mossy Woods – earthy, smooth, and sweet (like oakmoss and amber)

Dry Woods –  Smouldering and smoky mixed with leather aromas

Here are the common woody scent family notes –

Patchouli, vetiver, and sandalwood

  1. Fresh Scent Family

The fresh scent family givesa fresh smell like citrusy, herby, and oceanic scents. As floral scent family often use in women’s scent same as fresh scent family often use in men’s scent.

fresh scent family is further divided into three notes –

Aromatic – pure and fresh herbs mixed with lavender or woody scents

Citrus – tangy or zesty notes like mandarins or bergamot

Water –aquatic fragrance like sea or rain mixed or oceanic notes.

Green – the smell of fresh crushed green leaves and mowed lawns.

Here are the common fresh scent family notes –

Sage, grapefruit, and bergamot

How To Combine Scents?

There are certain fragrance families that go well together, just as there are certain colors. By using the scent wheel, we can easily see this. A fragrance family that lies next to another on the fragrance wheel will almost always blend well. In the fragrance wheel, you will see three fragrance sub-families that form a triangle. These two will work well together. Consider also looking for a fragrance that contains mossy and water elements if you are fond of floral oriental notes. Once you’ve established which families you prefer and what notes to look for in secondary notes, it’s time to start looking for the perfect perfume.