Picking Your Signature Scent

Buying a perfume is an incredibly personal thing and usually hinges on your emotions. But logic plays a role too — you’re bound to like fragrances that fall into the same or similar families. The Fragrance Wheel, first developed by Michael Edwards in 1983, is a classification method widely used in the fragrance industry and breaks perfumes down into fourteen different categories based on their notes. To help you figure out your favorite type of fragrance, we’ve rounded up our top choice from each group.

Floral: Apothia IF (Notes: Gardenia, white lily, freesia, yuzu, grapefruit, and musk)

Soft Florals: Serge Lutens L’Eau (Notes: Aldehydes, citrus, magnolia, white mint, clary sage, ozonic notes, musk)

Floral Oriental: BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir (Notes: Citrus, lily of the valley, jasmine, musk, patchouli, Virginia cedar, nougat)

Soft Oriental: Benefit So Hooked on Carmella (Notes: Lemon, grapefruit, rhubarb, cyclamen, peony, tiare flower, vanilla, sandalwood, amber)

Oriental: Calvin Klein Obsession (Notes: Mandarin, bergamot, and peach. Hints of lemon, jasmine, and oak moss)

Woody Oriental: LIV GRN Earth Eau de Parfum Spray (Notes: Jasmine, green leaves, lavender, lily of the valley, ocean, musk, sandalwood)

Woods: L'Artisan Parfumeur Premier Figuier (Notes: Fresh fig, sandalwood, milk of almond and coconut)

Mossy Woods: Dior Miss Dior Cherie (Notes: Green tangerine, violette, pink jasmine, patchouli, crystalline musk, strawberry leaves, caramelized popcorn, strawberry sorbet)

Dry Woods: Bond No.9 Brooklyn (Notes: Grapefruit, cardamom, cypress wood, geranium leaves, juniper berry, cedarwood, leather and guaiacwood)

Aromatic: Clean Ultimate (Notes: Italian bergamot, Provencal lemon, lavender, jasmine, white rose, muguet, neroli, musk)

Citrus: fresh Sugar (Notes: Bergamot, Brazilian sweet orange, white lily, heliotrope, caramel, and vanilla)

Water: Issey Miyake L’eay D’Issey (Notes: Lotus, freesia, cyclamen, rose water, fresh peonies, carnation, white lilies, precious woods, osmanthus, tuberose, amberseed, musk)

Green: Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Herba Fresca (Notes: Citrus, clover leaf, Italian lemon, peppermint, green tea, lily of the valley, cyclamen, pear blossom)

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