The best summer scent for YOU! – Part two

So my last blog was all about perfume strengths and notes, this one will look at perfume categories and which one might suit you.

Fragrances are placed in categories according to gender and scent profile. Most fragrances are either for men or women, but there are quite a few unisex ones on the market as well.

Fragrances are also divided into Fragrance Families or Perfume Category as they are sometimes called.

When searching on perfume-Click for a fragrance you can look at the left hand side, at the bottom, here you can choose Floral, Woody, Fresh, Aromatic or Oriental as your Fragrance Family.

If you are looking for a new fragrance try looking at the ones you already have, are they all floral or perhaps aromatic? If this is the case then you are most likely to find a new fragrance within this family. If you have quite a few different perfumes, belonging to different families, then don’t worry, this just mean that you are more adventurous in your choices of scents, but if you look closely at your selection most of them will fall into one or two of the families, and this is where you should start looking for your new scent.

The 5 main families can be divided into sub families. These tend to overlap, so one fragrance can belong to both the Floral and the Oriental Family.


Floral is the most popular fragrance family. Their repertoire is immense, ranging from concertos on the theme of a single floral note to mighty symphonies of heady mixed bouquets.

Floral notes can be divided into sub families of Floral, Soft Floral and Floral Oriental.

Florals tend to be light scents so perfect for summer. Some flowers, such as orchids and poppies, have a heavier scent that is not suited to summer use.

Joy from Jean Patou for women and Jovan Musk for Men are ideal for the warm summer months.


The sub families of woody notes are Dry woods, mossey woodsand woody.  These forest notes give the scent a warm glow and are often dominated by harmonies of cedar, patchouli, pine, sandalwood and vetiver.

Scents with rosewood and sandalwood are ideal for warmer weather.

Ysatis by Givenchy contain sandalwood and is perfect for women.

Versace Man Eau Fraiche from the woods sub family is ideal for men


Scents that are classed as Fresh include sub families such as water, green and citrus.

The water family has the scent of soft sea breezes. The early water notes captured the ozonic aroma of wet air after a thunderstorm.

A green scent capture the sharp aroma of fresh-cut grass and violet leaves. Most green scents have a formal , rather than a sporty, personality.

Citrus. These light, playful scents are the perfect choice for summer wear. Perfumes that include citruses tend to be described as having a fresh or clean quality.


Eau de Private Collection from Estee Lauder is a green scent perfect for summer.

Devin from Aramis is perfect for men in this hot summer weather.



Aromatic is an universal fragrance family, with sexy cool-warm notes of citrus and lavender, sweet spices and oriental woods.

cKBe by Calvin Klein is a perfect example of an aromatic scent. It falls into all the other fragrance families and is a very popular scent.


Perfumes in the oriental family can be divided into these three sub families Woody oriental, soft oriental and oriental.

Woody Orientals emphasises the woody notes in an otherwise dominant oriental fragrance. Flowers and spices play second string to the woody notes of the scent.

Soft Orientals. This is a softer style to the oriental sub family. The base notes do not tend to be as sweet and heavy as in a oriental fragrance.

Orientals are the exotic queens of perfumery. Sensual, often heavy, blended with oriental resin, opulent flowers, sweet vanilla and musks create a wonderful array of heavenly scents.

Most Orientals scents tend to be very intense so please use sparingly in the warm weather.

212 Sexy by Carolina Herrera is a woody oriental; there are two versions, one for women and one for men.

Choosing your perfume for summer.

Most people tend to choose scents that are both light and long lasting. Remember to avoid overly warm, rich scents that remind you of autumn and winter. A summer fragrance should evoke the image of the sea, a cool breeze and summer. When searching for a fragrance you can often tell by the bottle if it is meant for summer or winter, the summer ones are usually lightly coloured whereas the winter ones are dark and give of a heavy feel.


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