A Universal Icon
To better understand the importance of fragrance, lets first take a look at the Fragrance Wheel. Its a universal icon in perfume classification and an essential tool used these days in candle manufacturing.
The Fragrance Wheel is often referred to as an aroma wheel, fragrance circle, perfume wheel or smell wheel. It is a diagram showing the inferred relationships among olfactory groups based on similarities and differences in their odour.
The groups bordering one another are implied to share common olfactory characteristics.
Michael Edwards, an innovator, author, industry ambassador and evaluator, first created the Fragrance Wheel in 1983 as a guide for fragrance retailers. His aim was "to make fragrance selection an exciting journey rather than a difficult choice".
The Fragrance Wheel is an olfactory ‘map’ explaining relationships between the fourteen (14) fragrance families.
Divided into four (4) main fragrance families: FRESH | FLORAL | ORIENTAL | WOODY. An additional fragrance family: FOUGÈRE was added to the centre of the ring much later is the fragrances in this area hold universal appeal.
Michael believes our sense of smell is emotional, and most of the fragrances we enjoy will probably belong to just one or two fragrance families.
The Fragrance Wheel holds the key to our fragrance likes and dislikes and lets us see at a glance the relationship between the fourteen (14) different families.
Each family leads to the next, for example - Florals become Soft Florals when blended with sparkling aldehydes and balanced by a powdery dry-down. Soft Florals are transformed into Floral Orientals by adding the scents of orange blossom and sweet spices.
To learn more about the Fragrance Wheel, the Fragrance Families, the latest (2019) fragrances, and to explore the enduring icons from each Fragrance Family, I highly recommend a visit to Michael's website: