Types and Examples of Women’s Perfumes
With such an array of bottles, scents and advertising, how does the modern woman steer her way through all the most popular perfumes on the market? Firstly, it’s useful to know that perfumes are divided into several categories. Then, after a little time and experimentation you’ll be able to narrow down the choices to find the best perfume to suit you.
Womens perfumes are generally classified into 4 main categories and knowing your category will help to eliminate many of the choices at hand. The main categories, as established by Michael Edwards, perfume consultant, are:
- Floral perfumes
- Oriental perfumes
- Woody perfumes
- Fougère (men’s fragrances)
Modern fragrances and other synthetic blend perfumes now include a 5th category, so we will add this to our table:
- Fresh perfumes
A Summary of the Top Womens Perfumes: Perfume Classifications.
1. Floral Perfumes
Think feminine, sweet, romantic, and as the name suggests, a flower. Examples of the most popular floral perfumes for women include Chanel No.5 and Chloe by Carl Lagerfeld.
i. Floral Bouquet– a bunch of flowers, for example Joy by Jean Patou
2. Oriental Perfumes
Think ambergris, exotic, sensual, musk and vanilla. An example of an oriental perfume would be Opium by Yves Saint Laurent.
3. Woody Fragrances
Think sandalwood, cedar wood and patchouli – memories of clean forests and fresh coolness. Popular perfumes in the Woody Fragrance category include Rumba by Balenciaga.
i. Leather – sensual fragrances of honey, wood, leather and tobacco. A good example of Woody-Leather popular womens perfume would be Jolie Madame by Balmain.
ii. Chypre (means Cyprus in French and pronounced ‘sheep-r’) – think of strong and sexy patchouli, bergamot and labdanum. A modern heady mix of citrus and woody moss. Perfumes in this category include Mitsouko by Guerlain, and Believe by Britney Spears.
4. Fougère perfumes (means Fern in French). Think of ferns, oakmoss, lavender and a spicy mix of woody scents. Men’s fragrances fall into this category and would include fragrances such as Brut by Faberge and Cool Water (Woman) by Davidoff.
5. Fresh– think modern, clean, fresh, bright fragrances which are best for daytime use.
i) Citrus– a lively, energetic, orangey scent. Examples in the Citrus category include Happy by Clinique and CKOne by Calvin Klein.
ii) Fruity– fresh and spicy with fruits other than citrus. Think peach, mango, passion fruit and berries. Check out Fire Me Up by Avon and Ralph Wild by Ralph Lauren.
iii) Green– a sporty, unisex mix of fresh leaves and cucumber. The most sought-after perfumes for women in the Fresh-Green category include Chanel No.19 and Eau de Champagne by Sisley:
iv) Oceanic/Water – a fresh, light, aqua scent: Miyake by Issey is a good example.
v) Gourimand – a sweeter fragrance of dessert, coffee and cake with swathes of vanilla. Gourimand perfumes include Angel by Thierry Mugler.
Hope you found the above information useful? Now you’re more familiar with a good selection of well-known perfumes for women, you’ll be able to shop with confidence!
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