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Six Fragrance Types at a Glance

The big trend right now in fragrance is gourmand, or food-based aromas, according to perfume expert Mandy Aftel. So what does it all mean anyway? Are you a floral kind of gal or does chypre do it for you? In case you're uncertain, check out six of some of the more popular fragrance category definitions below. Then, impress your friends with your olfactory group knowledge about the "juice" — 'cuz you know, that's how it's referred to in the biz.


Chypre: fresh, mossy, and leatherish

Gourmand: sweet and food-inspired

Florals: romantic, feminine, and smooth

Fougère: fresh, floral, and herbaceous

Orientals: sensual, exotic, and spicy

Citrus: crisp, light, and energizing
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HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
I like mostly Oriental, Fougere, and Floral scents. I'm backing off citrus scents as I used them too often.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 8 years
I kind of don't like Gourmand and Citrus scents. Chypre and Fougere (never heard of that term) are nice.
benedictxvii benedictxvii 8 years
Perfume is what I'm really into, I don't wear makeup or anything like that I like gourmands that aren't candy-ish and I like orientals My favorite perfumes are leathery and rubbery though (like Bvlgari Black)
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
Sephora has a scent finder that is awesome too. You can either put in the particular type you like or your favorite scent in general and it will categorize the rest for you. A great way to try something new!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 8 years
Oriental, gormand and florals are probably my favorite ones and for florals that includes the "old lady" ones. I don't necessarily like some of the "young" scents.
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
Awesome post! <3
missangelique999 missangelique999 8 years
My favourites are Oriental and Citrus.
emalove emalove 8 years
I think I like all of these, except for the "herbaceous" or "mossy" smelling ones. Yuck. I love vanilla-scented fragrances best. And florals too, as long as there are other notes mixed in and they're not old lady-ish.
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