The Art of Scent

From Citrus to Floral: A Guide to Perfume Note Families

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From Citrus to Floral: A Guide to Perfume Note Families

It can be hard to keep track of which scent families and notes go together. Here is a comprehensive guide of the most common perfume note families, including examples of each, so you can identify your favorite notes with confidence.

Citrus Notes

Citrus notes tend to be light, refreshing and energizing. Popular citrus notes include:

  • Lemon
  • Grapefruit
  • Bergamot
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Tangerine

The most popular citrus-based perfume is Eau De Cologne, which traditionally contains a blend of lemon, bergamot, oranges and lavender.

Green Notes

Green notes are somewhere between citrus and floral. These scents often evoke the feeling of a fresh spring morning. Some popular green notes include:

  • Mint
  • Basil
  • Vetiver
  • Fern
  • Oakmoss
  • Grass

Chanel No. 19 is a well-known example of a green fragrance – it contains top notes of galbanum and lemon as well as base notes of oakmoss, vetiver and sandalwood.

Aromatic Notes

Aromatic notes have a sharp, herbal scent that evokes familiarity and peace. Some of the most popular aromatic notes include:

  • Patchouli
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