Classifying Fragrance

Michael EdwardsMichael Edwards, a consultant in the perfume industry, developed a perfume classification method called the Fragrance wheel in 1983. It is used to simplify fragrance classification through visual representation of the fragrance families to show the relationships between each individual class.

The five major families are: Floral, Oriental, Woody, Fougère, and Fresh. The first four families are considered to be more classic compared to the latter, which are citrus and oceanic fragrances that are brighter and cleaner. Each of the families are divided into subgroups and arranged around a wheel, with the exception of the Fougère family. The Fougère family … read more »