When searching for the perfect fragrance, it can be challenging deciding where to start. After all, there are hundreds of scents. If you are not familiar with the different notes, the process of finding out what scents you like can feel daunting.
That’s why it’s helpful to know the fragrance wheel and scent families before you start. It’s likely you have smelled each of the scent families at some point in your life, whether it be out in nature, the kitchen, or otherwise!
Here we’ll cover what the fragrance wheel and scent families are as well as delve into the main families and subfamilies. We’ll also touch on how to combine scents so that you’ll be prepared to walk up to the perfume counter with confidence.
Fragrances can appeal to you differently at different times. You may be more of a floral person in the spring, and by winter you may be drawn to woody scents. However, everyone has a unique personality, and it’s worth looking into which scents may be the most appealing to you. This quiz incorporates personality questions as well as preference questions to attempt to match you with your perfect perfume; it also gives you some examples of perfumes (in several price ranges) that match your personality. Happy perfume hunting!
1. Which of the following descriptions best matches your style?
a. Feminine and elegant
b. Cozy and inviting
c. Bohemian and chic
d. Casual and comfortable
2. Describe your preferred makeup style.
a. I typically prefer to wear a full face of makeup
b. I almost always wear basics such as liquid foundation and concealer, but I only add a little extra such as bronzer, mascara, and/or lip color
c. Whether or not I wear makeup, I care most about my skin’s health and using organic products on my face
d. I rarely wear makeup and/or only wear the bare minimum
3. Which of the following would be your ideal vacation destination?
a. Somewhere like Paris with romance, fashion, and delicious food
b. My parents/grandparents’ house; somewhere with family, warmth, and grandma’s signature apple pie
c. A tropical resort with a private beach, beautiful gardens, and fruity drinks
d. A mountain resort with log cabins, sparkling lakes, and lots of fresh air
4. Which of these combinations appeals to you most?
a. Roses and lace
b. Cinnamon apples and campfires
c. Fruit juice and the ocean
d. Wood and moss
5. Which of the following most closely resembles your perfect day off?
a. Shopping, reading magazines, or baking sweets
b. Reading novels, visiting coffee shops, or taking a walk
c. Spending time outside in the sun, such as by a pool or at a beach
d. Enjoying nature with activities such as hiking, canoeing, or rock climbing
6. Which scent would be most appealing to you?
d. Pine needles
7. Which of the following color combinations is most appealing to you?
a. Pastels (soft pink, pearl, lavender)
b. Jewel tones (maroon, emerald, navy blue)
c. Earth tones (greens, browns, warm grays)
d. Tropical (coral, bright yellow, light blue)
Mostly A’s: Your perfume personality is a floral. You are best matched with any floral scents, whether a single note such as rose or a combination of flowers. Floral personalities are typically sweet and girly, and like you, the perfumes are classic, elegant, and timeless.
The floral scent family is one of the most common families and is used in many well-known perfumes. Floral scents are most often used in women’s fragrances, although they are occasionally used in men’s as well. They usually smell like fresh-cut flowers or have a powdery note to them.
Common Floral Family Notes:
- Orange blossom
Mostly B’s: Your perfume personality is Oriental! Oriental perfumes are made often made of spices, vanillas, and ambers. Oriental personalities are warm and inviting; like you, oriental scents are homey and comforting.
The oriental fragrance family consists of rich exotic scents. When you think of oriental scents think herbs and spices or dry, powdery, resin notes. Opulent and heady, these notes are often softened with amber or sweet notes. It’s common to describe this family as exotic and seductive.
Common Oriental Family Notes:
Mostly C’s: Your perfume personality is Fresh! Fresh scents encompass multiple categories: you may be drawn to water scents, citruses, or greens. Fresh personalities are typically easygoing and laid back, similar to the light scents and less harsh tones.
The fresh scent family encompasses clean bright scents. Herby, citrusy, and oceanic scents all fall into this category. More often used in men’s fragrances than women’s fragrances, fresh scents are paired with spicy notes to create a more robust fragrance. Aromatic, tart notes can also be found mixed with zesty or fruity scents.
Common Fresh Family Notes:
Mostly D’s: Your perfume personality is woody! Woody scents are usually made of woods. Woody personalities are typically drawn to adventure and nature, and the deep sensual smells will match this.
Woody perfumes are usually warm and opulent, mixing incense-like fragrances like sandalwood and patchouli with drier notes like cedar. To tone down the warmth of these notes, fragrances will sometimes incorporate some fresh notes like citrus or floral. Notes in this family can be described as coniferous or woody and bitter.
Common Woody Family Notes: