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The 7 main perfume families

The Société Française des Parfumeurs has seven major fragrance families. The first classification was created in 1984 after an important census of all the products, carried out by its Technical Commission. These different families help to classify perfumes and find our way us among so many scents. Perfume houses refer to them a lot to guide their customers in the creation of a bespoke perfume.

At Créassence, this classification helps us to support and guide our customers when creating their olfactory signature. Its presentation allows you to describe the scents, specify certain terms and start a constructive exchange.

Here are the seven main families:

1 Family of Hesperidae

It is the oldest of the families, at the origin of the famous Eau de Cologne. The perfumes of this family are mainly made of citrus scents: bergamot, lemon, orange, grapefruit, etc. … often accompanied by aromatic notes such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, tarragon … especially in the more masculine versions.

The main characteristics of these perfumes are their freshness and lightness.

The iconic perfumes of the Hesperidae family are:

At Créassence, we have created Ambata Au fil du Temps in the image of a breeze, a breath of fresh air.




2 Family of Florals

Fragrances with dominant flowers (pink, tuberose, …) from either a single flower (soliflore scent) or a mixture of several flowers (floral bouquet), the floral notes have an infinite capacity to marry with others notes and are rather characteristic of feminine fragrances.

The Floral family is probably the most popular amongst women around the world and the most used by the perfume houses and perfumers.

Indeed, it is the flowers that nature has chosen to endow with the most varied and most precious perfumes and which have therefore naturally been beautiful sources of inspiration for perfumers. The great olfactory variety allows each woman to find her favourite: the spring delicate lily, the opulent red rose or the more delicate and fruity pink variety, the iconic heady and sensual jasmine, the powdery iris powdery, the tuberose sometimes mischievous or more mysterious, …

What a pleasure for the perfumer that I am to reveal all the facets of each of them and bring them sometimes a fresh note, a fruity sparkle, a green note or a heat wooden note.

Examples of floral fragrances are innumerable such as:

Créassence has created Frond de Burren Perfumery, a warm, sensual and complex floral fragrance that highlights the Ylang Ylang associated with Sandalwood.


Boucle de Rose de Guêpes et Papillons is also an example of a floral scent in which a morning rose, fresh and soft, is sublimated.


3 Ferns family

More difficult to spot, the fragrances of the Fougères family combine woody notes with lavender notes (oakmoss, bergamot). The name of this family comes from Houbigant’s first perfume Fougère Royale created at the end of the 19th century. An innovative scent at the time, with its mix of lavender, geranium and tonka bean. Today the scents are lighter, more floral, fresh, fruity and can follow many variations. It is the typical family of male perfumes.

Two big trends in this family:

At Créassence we find:

  • 1725 Histoires de Parfums is an amber fern created by Créassence in honor of the symbol of seduction: Giacomo Girolamo Casanova


  • Centhom de Dr Juccheim is a fragrance that is a contrast between boldness and elegance, freshness and sensuality.




4 Family of Amber (or Oriental)

This family was created with the idea of ​​traveling without jetlag in the countries of the Middle East. When perfumers were able to visit the countries of the Orient, they were inspired by local fragrances.

You’ll easily recognize these fragrances that stand out for their combination of sensuality and warmth. There are warm notes, sweet, vanilla, such as musk, vanilla, precious woods (patchouli, sandalwood, oud).

These perfumes, described as round, enveloping and warm, are powerful and have a long life.

An oriental scent often revolves around a vanilla note that can be mixed with floral, exotic or woody scents. Hot and resinous notes such as benzoin, myrrh or balsams associated with musks are also often associated.

One of the iconic perfumes of the amber family is Shalimar from Guerlain, created in 1925 by by Jacques Guerlain.

At Créassence we work a lot with the amber family, especially with our Middle Eastern customers who are looking for fragrances that have real character, power and a long lasting effect. They often ask us to add their famous oud which brings depth, power and tenacity.

One of our creations is Luxor Oud by S.Hayat,  an amber fragrance that will be available very soon.



5 Family of Cyprus

This family takes its name from the famous Cyprus Coty created in 1917 by the Corsican François Coty who introduced it in the history of perfumery. From there was born an emblematic agreement considered as the skeleton of chypre perfumes. At the head, we often find bergamot; in the heart of jasmine and rose; and in the background, oak moss, patchouli and cistus labdanum.

The chypre perfumes are intense and can be aimed at women as well as men. Nowadays, the chypre chord is worked with citrus notes, red and yellow fruits, whiter and more transparent flowers.

Coco Mademoiselle from Chanel created by Jacques Polge in 2001 and Miss Dior created in 2005 by François Demachy are emblematic perfumes of this family.

Amongst our creations, Noir Patchouli from Histoires de Parfums is a dark and luminous cyprus that will not fail to surprise you.

1740 d’Histoires de Parfum is also a chypre inspired by the sulphurous French writer Donatien Alfonse François de Sade.



6  Wooded family

The wooded family, with the floral family, represents the naturalness. It is timeless and has not changed much over time. It highlights different woody raw materials:

– Dry woods (cedar and juniper)

– Smoked woods such as Gaiac wood and Vetiver

– Milky and creamy woods like Sandalwood

– Coniferous woods such as pine and various firs

– Hot woods like Patchouli

Egoïste from Chanel created in 1990 by Jacques Polge and Terre d’Hermès created by Jean Claude Ellena in 2006 are iconic perfumes of this family.

Winter Woods is a perfect example of woody fragrance that we created for our client Burren Perfumery.





7  Family of Leather

Named this way because the scents are from scrap leather used by Grasse perfumers, the perfumes belonging to this family have dry notes of tobacco and smoke, trying to reproduce the real smell of leather.

This particularly elegant note is mainly used in niche perfume and can be worked in olfactory signature as we did for our customer La Française AM, looking for a corporate gift but also a scent of atmosphere, or for an event like the one organized by BNP Private Banking.

Cuir Ottoman de Parfums d’Empire created by Marc-Antoine Corticchiato is a leather fragrance in which iris is enhanced by warm balms and resins.



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