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Let's Talk Scent Family

There are four main scent family categories (and their own subfamilies as well):

  1. Floral
  2. Oriental
  3. Woody
  4. Fresh

Each scent family has distinctive characteristics, so you'll notice that you will gravitate towards one scent family over another when choosing personal fragrances. While most candles aren’t labeled with the scent family, you should be able to find out which components make up the fragrance by looking at the fragrance notes.

Let's Get into It!

Floral

The most common of the scent families, is the floral family! Floral scents are most often used in women’s fragrances, although they are occasionally used in men’s as well. They usually smell like fresh-cut flowers or have a powdery note to them.

Subfamilies:

  • Fruity: Sweet, edible and tropical like peach, pear and apple.
  • Floral: Smells like fresh-cut flowers — imagine rose and lily.
  • Soft floral: Soft, powdery and sweet with a hint of creamy.
  • Floral oriental: Florals with subtle spice notes.

Common Floral Family Notes:

  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Orange blossom

Oriental

The oriental fragrance family consists of rich exotic scents. When you think of oriental scents, think herbs and spices or dry, powdery, resin notes. Opulent and heady, these notes are often times softened with amber or sweet notes. It’s common to describe this family as exotic and seductive.

Subfamilies:

  • Soft oriental: Soft, floral notes mix with incense and warm spices.
  • Oriental: Sweet, warm notes like cinnamon, vanilla and musk.
  • Woody oriental: Earthy notes like patchouli and sandalwood mixed with spicy and sweet notes.

Common Oriental Family Notes:

  • Vanilla
  • Myrrh
  • Anise

Woods

Woody perfumes are usually warm and opulent, mixing incense-like fragrances like sandalwood and patchouli with drier notes like cedar. To tone down the warmth of these notes, fragrances will sometimes incorporate some fresh notes like citrus or floral. Notes in this family can be described as coniferous or woody and bitter.

Subfamilies:

  • Woods: Aromatic scents like cedarwood, sandalwood and vetiver.
  • Mossy woods: Sweet, smooth and earthy scents like oakmoss and amber.
  • Dry woods: Smoldering and smoky mixed with leather aromas.

Common Woody Family Notes:

  • Patchouli
  • Vetiver
  • Sandalwood

Fresh

The fresh scent family encompasses clean bright scents. Herby, citrusy and oceanic scents all fall into this category. More often used in men’s fragrances than women’s fragrances, fresh scents are paired with spicy notes to create a more robust fragrance. Aromatic, tart notes can also be found mixed with zesty or fruity scents.

Subfamilies:

  • Aromatic: Clean and fresh herbs mixed with lavender or woody scents.
  • Citrus: Zesty or tangy notes like mandarins or bergamot.
  • Water: Aquatic scents that smell of sea spray or rain mixed with or oceanic notes.
  • Green: Smells of freshly mowed lawns and crushed green leaves.

Common Fresh Family Notes:

  • Sage
  • Bergamot
  • Grapefruit

How to Combine Scents

Much like color, certain fragrance families go together well. The scent wheel makes it easy to see this. Fragrance sub-families that are side by side on the fragrance wheel will almost always blend well.

You can also pick a sub-family to start with and see which note appears across from it on the fragrance wheel. This means that those notes are complementary to one another. For example, soft oriental will complement citrus, and oriental will complement water.

Finally, you can select three fragrance sub-families that create a triangle on the fragrance wheel. You’ll find that these will complement each other nicely. For example, if you know you like floral oriental notes, look for a scent that contains mossy and water notes as well.

After you’ve decided which families you like best and what secondary notes you’re be looking for, it’s time to select candles from our collection by visiting herbykashay.com and clicking the shop tab. Find the scents that speak to you & go from there. If you feel you'd like to sample the candles first, our travel tins are the perfect way to do so!

Strike a match & keep Her lit!

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Original Article & Source: https://www.fragrancex.com/blog/fragrance-wheel/

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