What are Fragrance Families?

Discover everything you need to know about fragrance families and learn the olfactive families of the perfumes from my Fragrance Collection of Emotions.

Darlings, when it comes to the magical world of fragrance, there’s so much to explore! To make it easier for us all to discover our favourite scents and find your perfect perfume, fragrances are classified into four different olfactory groups, otherwise known as fragrance families: amber, floral, fresh and woody.

These four fragrance families take up a respective space on the Fragrance Wheel, originally invented by scent expert Michael Edwards, alongside fragrance subfamilies to illustrate how different scents are connected, overlap and differ. Once you’ve discovered which fragrance family you want to wear, the fragrance wheel makes it easier to identify the scents you like so you can source your next favourite fragrance.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about fragrance families and which fragrance families my SIX MAGIC FRAGRANCES in my Fragrance Collection of Emotions are in.

Fragrance Notes wheel

Amber fragrance family

Amber fragrances are usually rich, warm and full-bodied and can smell spicy, herby and dry. Because of their distinctive scent, amber fragrances give off a strong first impression and are usually long-lasting.

Subfamilies of the amber fragrance family

Subfamilies of the amber fragrance family include woody amber, amber and soft amber.

Common notes of amber fragrances

Common notes of amber fragrances include orange blossom, vanilla, myrrh, anise, tobacco, spices and amber.

Cosmic Power ingredient

Cosmic Power

Charlotte’s scents in the amber fragrance family

Part of the amber fragrance family, my Cosmic Power fragrance is empowerment in a bottle, darlings! With ambery spicy olfactory notes, it features top notes of bold Black Pepper Oil, divine Cinnamon Bark Oil, uplifting Bergamot Oil and fresh Woody Elemi Oil; heart notes of opulent Rose Ultimate and empowering Frankincense Accord; and base notes of mystical Amber Accord, enchanting Vanilla Bean Extract and powdery Musks. It feels like being transported to a higher frequency! The mystical amber and notes of spice help supercharge and uplift your sense of self-confidence. It will make you feel at one with the universe, giving you a sprinkle of pure stardust that feels like stepping into your inner power!

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Floral fragrance family

Floral is one of the most popular fragrance families. Typically feminine and featuring complementary petals and aromas, floral fragrances can smell soft and powdery or like freshly cut flowers.

Subfamilies of the floral fragrance family

Fruity, floral and soft floral are all subfamilies of the floral fragrance family.

Common notes of floral fragrances

Common notes of fragrances in the floral family include iris, jasmine, rose, jasmine, orange blossom and lily of the valley.

Love Frequency ingredients

Love Frequency

Charlotte’s scents in the floral fragrance family

Darlings, of my six transformative fragrances in my Fragrance Collection of Emotions, two are in the floral fragrance family!

Love Frequency is my love portal in a bottle. While its primary fragrance family is floral, Love Frequency is a sophisticated, enchanting blend of floral and woody fragrance notes that bathes you in a pure glow of love! Collaborating with master perfumers, we describe Love Frequency as ‘floral woody’ with top fragrance notes of addictive Pink Pepper; heart notes of sultry Saffron, romantic Rose Ultimate Extract and hypnotic Rose Essential; and base notes of sensual Musk, warm Cashmere Wood, alluring Ambery Woods and intoxicating Patchouli Heart. With ingredient combinations formulated using the IFF SCENTCUBE™ algorithm, Love Frequency smells of soft, velvety fresh rose petals and emanates that all-encompassing feeling of being loved and being in love!

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Another one of my Fragrance Collection of Emotions scents that is in the floral fragrance family is Joyphoria. With warm floral olfactive notes, it features top fragrance notes of joyful Petitgrain Oil, euphoric Coconut Water Accord and uplifting Neroli Oil; heart notes of intoxicating Tuberose Absolut, warm Jasmine Sambac and radiant Ylang Ylang; and base notes of enchanting Vanilla Bean Extract, velvety Cashmere Wood and powdery Musks. Smelling like a balmy, warm and radiant sunny bouquet and giving you feelings of escapism, celebration and abandon, Joyphoria will transport you to pure paradise. The captivating luminosity of its summer-blooming florals is perfectly elevated by the sweetness of Vanilla Bean. Darlings, Joyphoria is happiness in a bottle!

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Fresh fragrance family

Fragrances belonging to the fresh family are usually characterised as light, bright and clean. Typically, fresh fragrances have citrus and fruity top notes, which are backed by underlying woodsy notes to give the fragrances an energetic character.

Subfamilies of the fresh fragrance family

Subfamilies of the fresh fragrance family include water, aromatic, green and citrus.

Common notes of fresh fragrances

Common notes of fragrances in the fresh family include citrus, white flowers, bergamot, lemon, sea salt, apple, kiwi and pineapple.

Calm Bliss ingredients

Calm Bliss

Charlotte’s scents in the fresh fragrance family

Darlings, if you’re looking for your new favourite fresh perfume, discover the two scents in my Fragrance Collection of Emotions that are characterised as fresh: Calm Bliss and Magic Energy.

Enter a calm oasis where peace and harmony fill the air with Calm Bliss! While part of the water subfamily, this fresh scent can also be described as ‘aquatic floral’ with top notes of fresh Bergamot Oil, sweet Neroli Oil and relaxing Lavandin Oil; heart notes of soothing Orange Flower Absolute and serene Watery Accord; and base notes of warm Tonka Bean Accord, pure White Musks and peaceful Orris Concrete. Smelling like an ambient serene dream, Calm Bliss feels like a calm infusion that will soothe your senses. It’s serenity in a bottle, darlings!

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Designed to awaken your senses with a boost of fresh energy, Magic Energy is a green fresh fragrance, but I also describe it to be ‘citrus woody’. Featuring top notes of reawakening Bergamot Oil and earthy Myrtle Oil; heart notes of sophisticated Cypress Ultimate, sweet Jasmine Sambac and Seaweed Absolute; and base notes of Cashmere Wood, spiritual Palo Santo Accord, Ambergris Accord and Olibanum Resinoid, Magic Energy is energy in a bottle! Pure and light, it helps boost feelings of energy while grounding your senses!

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Woody fragrance family

Fragrances that fall within the woody family are warm, rich, opulent and seductive with earthy undertones and scent notes like sandalwood and patchouli. Typically, the woody fragrance family is popular for men’s fragrances, however, it’s now become a favourite for women’s and unisex fragrances too.

Subfamilies of the woody fragrance family

Subfamilies of the woody fragrance family include mossy woods, woods and dry woods.

Common notes of woody fragrances

Common notes of fragrances in the woody family include oak, sandalwood, cedarwood, rosewood and patchouli.

More Sex ingredients

More Sex

Charlotte’s scents in the woody fragrance family

If you’re looking for a woody fragrance, More Sex from my Fragrance Collection of Emotions is addictive seduction in a bottle! Part of the woods fragrance subfamily, it can also be described as in the ‘musk leather’ olfactive family, with top notes of bold Black Pepper Oil and magnetic Juniper Berry Oil; heart notes of seductive Sexual Accord (Ambroxan, sexual Musk and Aldron) and addictive Leather Accord; and base notes of velvety Musk, caressing Ambery Wood and sensual Sandalwood Oil Caledonia. Designed to enhance feelings of seduction, More Sex is a magnetising woody fragrance that smells like pure carnal desire and feels like a rush of pure passion through the body!

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.

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