Every cloud has a silver lining, so every scent has a story that can instantly catapult you to a bygone era or a cherished memory. The perfume you wear is like a secret code, expressing your personality more than your favorite jeans can. Selecting a perfume can be a bit of a head-scratcher with the myriad of fragrance families floating around. To help you out, we have dissected the nine different perfume families, giving you a low-down on what they are and what they smell like.


1. Woody: Embrace the Great Outdoors

Think of a crisp autumn day spent in a forest, the smell of damp earth and fallen leaves. Woody fragrances capture this essence with their earthy, warm, and often a bit spicy notes. It's like wearing a cozy sweater in a scent form.

Some Woody Perfumes to Try:

  • The ethically sourced Ojai Wild's Redwood Leaves Eau de Cologne blends redwood leaf extract, blond tobacco, and chamomile.
  • Les Vides Anges' Bonjour Madame Eau de Parfum is a creamy, woody scent with notes of assam oud, cardamom, iris, benzoin, leather, and sandalwood.

Tips: To prolong the life of your perfume, store it in a cool, dark place, away from air conditioning or heating units.

2. Citrus: Zesty and Refreshing

Citrus scents are your cup of tea if you're after an energizing pick-me-up. Characterized by notes of lemon, grapefruit, orange, and bergamot, these fragrances are like a cool breeze on a hot summer day.

Citrus Perfumes to Try:

  • Montale Paris Soleil de Capri Eau de Parfum is an alluring blend of grapefruit and kumquat notes.

3. Gourmand: Sweet Tooth Indulgence

Gourmand scents are the dessert of the perfume world - sweet, indulgent, and powdery. They're reminiscent of delicious treats, featuring notes of vanilla, chocolate, burnt sugar, and caramel. These fragrances evoke a sense of comfort and nostalgia.

Gourmand Perfumes to Try:

  • Thierry Mugler’s Angel is a classic gourmand fragrance.
  • Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Spray is a delightful blend of sweetness and sophistication.

4. Floral: Romance in a Bottle

Floral fragrances are the quintessential romantic choice - feminine, soft, and graceful. Depending on the blend of flowers used, they can range from being subtly sweet to overwhelmingly intoxicating.

Floral Perfumes to Try:

  • Strange Invisible Perfumes, Aquarian Rose blends rose, orange, marjoram, and sandalwood.
  • Les Vides Anges' Surréel Eau de Parfum features notes of elemi, lemony citrus, spice, and a fresh air accord.

5. Fruity: Summer in a Spritz

If you love the smell of fresh fruit, then fruity scents are the way to go. These fragrances are light, playful, and packed with notes of cherry, pear, and watermelon. It's like sipping a fruit cocktail on a hot summer day.

6. Spicy: Add a Bit of Heat

Spicy fragrances are like the bold red lipstick of the perfume world. They're warm, sensual, and mysterious, with notes of cardamom, incense, and pepper.

Spicy Perfumes to Try:

  • Tom Ford's Private Blend Soleil Blanc Eau de Parfum is a captivating blend of summer and spice.

7. Aquatic: Freshness of the Sea

Aquatic scents transport you to the beach with fresh, clean, and airy notes. They're like a refreshing sea breeze in a bottle.

Aquatic Perfumes to Try:

  • Maison Margiela's Replica Sailing Day Eau de Toilette Spray evokes breezy summer sailing days.

8. Green: Nature's Essence

Green scents are like a walk in the park on a spring day. They're fresh, clean, and reminiscent of freshly cut grass and wet leaves.

Green Perfumes to Try:

  • Henry Rose Jake's House is a grassy, watery blend perfect for daytime.

9. Fresh: Clean and Pure

Fresh fragrances are simple, elegant, and timeless, like a crisp white shirt. They're perfect for those who prefer a light, unobtrusive scent.

Fresh Perfumes to Try:

  • Aerin's Waterlily Sun Eau de Parfum Spray is a delicate, bright, fresh fragrance.

To wrap it up, choosing a perfume is a deeply personal experience. It's about finding a scent that resonates with your personality and emotions. Whether you prefer a woody or floral scent, or a spicy or fresh fragrance, remember to wear it confidently!