Six Fragrance Types at a Glance

The big trend right now in fragrance is gourmand, or food-based aromas, according to perfume expert Mandy Aftel. So what does it all mean anyway? Are you a floral kind of gal or does chypre do it for you? In case you're uncertain, check out six of some of the more popular fragrance category definitions below. Then, impress your friends with your olfactory group knowledge about the "juice" — 'cuz you know, that's how it's referred to in the biz.



Chypre: fresh, mossy, and leatherish


Gourmand: sweet and food-inspired


Florals: romantic, feminine, and smooth


Fougère: fresh, floral, and herbaceous


Orientals: sensual, exotic, and spicy


Citrus: crisp, light, and energizing
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