From the novelty blood scents to the humble floral perfumes, there are thousands of scents and scent combinations one can come up with. People have tried to organize these scents, creating a series of scent categories that tell which scent can be paired with which. One of the most popular ways of organizing fragrances is the fragrance wheel.
The fragrance wheel was created in 1983 by fragrance consultant Michael Edwards. He aimed to show how four classes of fragrances relate to each other, and how these fragrances can be combined. The colour wheel we’re concerned with at the moment shows that fragrance classes next to each other can be combined to form harmonious relationships with each other. We've provided the image above to give you a better picture of what the wheel looks like.
One of the main fragrance classes is called floral. Just like what the name suggests, it concerns itself with flowery scents, including rose, lavender, and a lot more. It’s great for a soft, classic aura, and can be safely combined with oriental scents and fruity scents. In fact, fruit-and-flower combinations are among the most popular scents available on the market. For a sample, try this light daytime fragrance.
To the right of floral scents (on this particular wheel, at any rate) are oriental scents, a slightly misleading name. Oriental scents aim to capture the “exoticism” of the Orient, a rather outdated concept. Nonetheless, Oriental scents are made up of warm vanillas and lush musky scents that can be easily combined with floral scents and woody scents. This scent combines a variety of floral, fruity, and exotic scents in a rich perfume that would be great for a semi-formal gathering.
Woody scents are made up of moss, amber and wood fragrances. This earthy category is easily paired up with fresh and Oriental scents. Originally, they give off a smoky, earthy, relaxing feel, unless paired up with other fragrances. Some of our fragrances combine woody and fresh scents, giving you a mood boost that you might need. This scent combines the warmth of vanilla and fruits with a sultry musk.
The last type of fragrance on this wheel is called the fresh category. They’re the type of scents you usually find in air fresheners, thanks to their zesty vibe. These include mint, seawater (the good kind, not the dried-fish kind) and citrus. Leaves and herbs also fall under the fresh category. Fresh scents can usually be combined with fruity scents and woody scents. If you want an invigorating scent, this one is sure to give you a boost.
There are subcategories to each of the main scents, but they’re too specific and detailed to be discussed in a single blog post. One way to learn more about these scents is to search out fragrance-centered websites. Once you’ve read a little more about the ways scents can be combined, try out your own. Stick to the accorded rules for a while, then branch out. You never know what new combinations you may discover.