Being able to class perfumes in some sort of grouping is very important both for the perfume industry and the customers who are the end users.
One of the main reasons for this is because it makes identifying the fragrance notes, characters and the perfume ingredients in fragrances much easier.
Perfume classification and the benefits that it provides are particularly useful to perfume lovers and collectors who are very passionate about the world of perfume.
For instance, fragrance grouping can make it easier for you to work out what types of perfume last the longest, works with your body chemistry or will make the ideal gift for a particular person.
It can help you to make informed choices before forking out your money on expensive scents. The following categories and subcategories are the main classification of men’s perfume:
Chypre: These are generally built on outdoor type fragrance notes and the accords of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum. A lot of men’s perfumes are composed in this group. A good example is Ange au Demon by Givenchy. Other subcategories in this group are fruity chypre, floral chypre, floral aldehydic chypre and green chypre.
Citrus: This is another popular category of men’s colognes and contains lots of fresh citrus notes. A famous example is Tommy by Tommy Hilfiger. Subcategories are spicy citrus, aromatic citrus, floral chypre citrus, woody citrus and floral woody citrus.
Fougere: Scents in this group usually have sharp herbaceous top notes that are built on a base of lavender, coumarin and oakmoss. Famous examples are Cool Water by Davidoff and Eternity For Men by Armani. Subcategories of this perfume grouping include aromatic fougère, fruity fougère, spicy fougère and amber fougère.
Fresh/Aquatic: A lot of popular perfumes and unisex fragrances are made in this style. They have fresh, clean notes that are sometimes accented with fruity, green and light floral notes. Issey Miyaki perfumes and Egyptian musk are good examples.
Green: Perfumes in this family smell of fresh cut grass and hay notes mixed with light fruity notes and other herbaceous notes like galbanum, lavender, rosemary, pine etc. A famous example is Gio by Giorgio Armani.
Leather: These styles of blends are almost exclusively men’s perfume. They have well defined deep notes of honey, tobacco, wood, amber and wood tars in them that are reminiscent of the smell of leather. Floral leather and tobacco leather are other subcategories of this perfume group.
Orientals: Containing generous doses of spices, amber, musk, woods and vanilla, this category of perfumes are popular both in blends for men and women. A great example is Safari for men by Ralph Lauren.
Spicy: Scents in this family contain spicy, floral and musk notes. A famous example is Joop Homme! by Joop.
Woody: These types of perfumes are dominated by woody notes like sandalwood, Vetiver, Cedar wood etc. Polo Black by Ralph Lauren is a famous example. There are several subcategories within this group; they include amber woody, aromatic woody, citrus woody, fruity woody, spicy leathery woody and spicy woody groupings
Having access to the background information of perfumes goes a long way in revealing a lot of the mysteries of the perfume industry that perfume makers keep hidden from the general public. It opens up a totally new and exciting world for perfume lovers, by laying bare the composition secrets of artisan perfumers.
Ultimately, perfume classification goes a long way in helping all of us understand perfumes more.It can be a big help in the decision making process of selecting the right perfumes for you whenever you are looking to buy or make your own perfume blends.