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Types of Women’s Fragrances

When shopping for a fragrance it is always a good idea to start by knowing what type you are looking for. For persons who are not familiar with the various different types of women’s fragrances or for those who may need a little refresher course, I have written this article to briefly cover each of the four most popular types: floral, oriental, wood, and fresh. To be sure, there are other types, but they are significantly less common so I will only cover these four here.



Floral fragrances are my overall favorite type and I strongly suspect that this may be the case for the majority of women. This is why such a large percentage of the fragrances produced by perfume houses are floral scents. Women do love flowers, after all, so it only makes sense that we love to smell like them all day long. Floral scents can have notes from one flower or a combination of several different flowers in their make up. Chloe and Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf are two really nice florals that I have reviewed for you in my top 20 perfume list.


Perfume with scents that originate from more exotic parts of the world are referred to as orientals. They usually include spicy notes like cinnamon, pepper, and cloves. Oriental fragrances are typically very musky and rich, resulting in scents that are sensual and warm. Bvlgari’s Omnia is an excellent example of a modern oriental fragrance.


Sandalwood, cedar, and pine are all notes that fall into the woody type of fragrance. These scents are musky, earthy, and reminiscent of the smells you would experience when walking in a natural forest. It is common for woody notes to be used as the base note in floral fragrances, and where they are more dominant than the floral note you will have a woody fragrance. Woody fragrances are normally for men but there are some that are made for women as well.


Fragrances that contain strong citrus and/or green notes will normally be fresh fragrances. Bergamot, lemon, and orange are some notes that you will typically find in this type of fragrance. Herbal notes are usually used to accent these fruity notes to make them more revitalizing and refreshing. Fresh fragrances like Amazing Grace by Philosophy are excellent for wearing in the springtime.

You should by now see how important it is to know what type of perfume you are looking for before you buy one, especially if you are looking to get someone a gift. Florals tend to be the easy option when getting a perfume for a woman as a gift, but all women are different and some would prefer another type of scent. Consider your personality or the personality of the woman that you are shopping for, as well as the season and the occasion for which the perfume will be worn. Use the information above to help you make a wise decision.