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Classifying Fragrances

Classifying fragrances into families is helpful when you want to make your own fragrance blends or perfumes. Fragrances in the same family usually blend well together. For example, rose blends nicely with jasmine (both are floral scents), and lemon and lime go nicely together (both are citrus scents). In addition, certain families complement each other. Fragrances that are floral tend to go well with fragrances that are citrusy, spicy, or fruity. Fragrances that are woodsy go well with fragrances in the spice family.
Here is our breakdown. You may agree or disagree with it, or may want to modify it for your own needs.
  • Floral Family: Rose, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli
  • Spice Family: Clove, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pimento (Allspice Berry)
  • Mint Family: Peppermint, Spearmint
  • Citrus Family: Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin, Bergamot
  • Herbal Family: Rosemary, Thyme, Sage
  • Woodsy Family: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Patchouli
  • Vanilla Family: Vanilla, Basalm Peru, Basalm Tolu
  • Green Family: Palmarosa, Galbanum, Lavender, Rosewood
  • Amber Family: Ambrette Seed