Grasse Fragrance Tutorials: You’ll Need to Know These Fragrance Types

Welcome to our fragrance tutorial series! As the top fragrance supplier in Manila, the Grasse Fragrance team gets a lot of questions about perfume making. Here, we’ll teach you how to start your own perfume business with our tips and tricks. For this post, we’ll dive into some common fragrance types.

Everyone has their favorite scents––perhaps the smell of your favorite fruit, flower, or your significant other’s cologne. But when you visit a fragrances supplier for the first time, you may be easily overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available. What scents should you start with? When it comes to perfume making, the scent selection depends on the tastes of your target market.

While we can’t make the final choices for you, The Grasse Fragrance Company can definitely brief you on the usual fragrances you’ll encounter. Whatever perfume raw materials you use, everything boils down to scent. Here are some descriptions we use as a fragrances supplier in the Philippines:

  1. Fruity

Fruity fragrances are pretty self-explanatory, but they still pack a lot of variety. There are light and zesty citrus scents. There are richer, oriental ones when combined with floral notes (think orange blossom). There can be classically sweet smells like apple and pear, or even fresh cucumber or melon. The trick with fruity fragrances is to know what end of the fruity spectrum you’re going for from the outset.

  1. Floral

Floral scents range from delicate to intense. Perhaps you’d easily cite rose and jasmine fragrances but you can also look beyond these to consider local flower varieties. Sampaguita, for example, is unmistakable in perfume and can make for an impactful blend.

  1. Herbal

What about plants that aren’t necessarily fruits or flowers? Herbal perfumes sound a lot like essential oils, what with scents like lavender, peppermint, or olive. They’re often earthier, warmer, and woodier, even leaning towards aromatherapy scents.

  1. Gourmand

If you can’t get enough of gastronomic delights, then gourmand fragrances are for your perfume making. You can wake up and smell coffee not from a cup, but from a bottle––with notes of vanilla cake or lemon meringue. They say that scent plays a big role in how we enjoy food, and the rise of gourmand fragrances is proof.

  1. Women’s, Men’s, Baby

Not to stereotype scent preferences, but consider this an observation of what’s commonly marketed. Women’s perfumes are usually lighter and sweeter, more on the fruity and floral side. Men’s perfume, on the other hand, tends to have deeper, richer, earthier, or spicier scents, more towards herbal or woody notes. Baby cologne is fresh and light, just like what a newborn represents. You’ll notice these qualities the deeper you go into the fragrance world.

Fragrance categorization is a subjective affair, so there are many other scent descriptions that you may come across. Yet we hope this quick briefer helped you in your fragrance journey. There’s more in store for you as a perfumer, and we have more in store if there’s any particular fragrance or perfume bottle you’re looking for.

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