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A Guide to the Different Types of Fragrances

If you’re someone who likes to smell good, then you know how important having a fragrance that fits your style is. Choosing the right perfume or cologne can take a lot of research and vary from person to person, but it’s well worth it!

If you’re looking for ways to find the perfect aroma for yourself, then you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ve created a guide to the different types of fragrances and what they smell like.

Let’s get started!


These are an incredibly popular type of scent and are known for their warm and comforting base notes of sandalwood, cedar wood, and amber. True woody scents also incorporate aromatic notes of herbs and spices.

There are a variety of different woody fragrance families ranging from light, floral-woody scents to heavier, musk-woody fragrances. Light woody fragrances maintain a balance of freshness with soft woody nuances and typically contain floral notes such as jasmine, rose, and lilies that work beautifully with their woody base.


Fragrances containing citrusy tones can add a refreshing, light note to a perfume. There are a few types of citruses used in perfumes, including lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, and bergamot.

Lemon-based scents tend to be sharp and uplifting, giving off a sparkling, bright aroma, while lime is more mellow. This contains an effervescent zest and is perfect for an ultrasonic diffuser.

Grapefruit provides a tart, energizing effect, and tangerine, often paired with nutmeg, is zesty and warming. Bergamot has a distinctive smoky, bittersweet aroma, which is usually paired with essences like lavender and rosemary.


Gourmand fragrances are especially attractive to those with a sweet tooth! Gourmand fragrances are inspired by sweet, dessert-like aromas like cookies, candy, fruits, and chocolate. They often contain notes of booze, cinnamon, orange, and other warm spices.

Common notes in a gourmand fragrance include caramel, brown sugar, honey, vanilla, and other dessert-like smells. Gourmand fragrances are especially popular in winter and autumn, but there are plenty of lighter scents available for warmer weather as well.


Fragrances come in many different types, each with its own unique smell. Of all the fragrances, floral is one of the most common and popular. They always have a light and refreshing smell that can easily be identified.

Examples of floral fragrances include Rose, Lavender, Jasmine, and Violets. Rose fragrances are known for having a sweet, warm, and playful smell. Lavender fragrances are usually calming and have a very earthy aroma.

Jasmine fragrances are a bit more strong and more exotic and hit different olfactory receptors. Lastly, Violets are known for having a seemingly innocent but strong smell.


Fruity fragrances generally smell like different types of fruits or berries, such as peaches, oranges, strawberries, mangos, and watermelons. Fruity fragrances are mostly light and sweet, as they usually combine natural fruity notes with floral or woody elements.

Some popular fruit fragrances combine various notes to create more complex scents. For instance, Jungle Fruits by Lush combines notes of mango, guava, peach, and coconut to create a unique fruity concoction.

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Learn the Different Types of Fragrances Today

Fragrances are a great way to express yourself and make memories. With such an array of different types of fragrances to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

Whether you want a clean, fresh scent or a deep, luxurious one, now you know the essential types that will help you find that special fragrance!

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Jeff Campbell