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Anise

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Citrus

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Floral

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Fruity

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Herbaceous

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Minty

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Resinous

Olfactive Groups

Olfactive family groupings enable individual fragrances to be classified in line with their key olfactive characteristics. Searching for a fragrance by Olfactive family is a starting point to determine a fragrance’s scent found in particular families. The specific characteristic of a single fragrance is then determined by looking at the notes for the selected fragrance.
 


Anise

Olfactive note:  A sweet taste and characteristic of anise-like color

Perfumery Usage:  Used in a wide variety of flavors and fragrances


Citrus

Olfactive note:  A refreshing lemon-citrus odor.

Perfumery Usage:  Used in a wide variety of lemon and bergamot flavor and fragrance compositions such as soap fragrances, detergents and fabric softeners for stability. It is also used as a supporting note in citrus and lime-type perfumes


Floral

Olfactive note:  Providing a fresh floral odor which may be reminiscent of rose or lavender. Can be distinguished by a fruit-like topnote or undertones of rose, muguet, hyacinth, green with honey and lilac.

Perfumery Usage:  Used extensively in perfumes as a fresh floral component, and used sparingly in citrus and berry flavors. Commonly used directly in soaps and detergents, and also in fragrance compounds requiring a sweet, floral-rose type odor. Gives depth and strength to functional products. It can be used in flavor applications.


Fruity

Olfactive note:  Offers the potential for combinations including floral-fruit, rose, lavendar and orris for a fruity musky character reminiscent of pear and geranium.

Perfumery Usage:  Used in floral and citrus-type perfumes and in various fruit flavor compositions.


Herbaceous

Olfactive note:  Can be citrusy in character offering a lemon odor with a slightly bitter, citrus-like taste, or spicy with a pleasantly herbaceous, peppery, woody odor intended for use in fragrances.

Perfumery Usage:   It is used in a wide variety of flavor and fragrance compositions, as well as extensions of citrus oils. Also used in soaps, shampoos, body lotions and cleaners. As a flavor it is used in applications such as mints, spices and fruity citrus.


Minty

Olfactive note:  A refreshingly cool, minty odor and taste.

Perfumery Usage:  Used extensively in flavor oils such as spearmint, but is also used in spice and floral fragrances.


Resinous

Olfactive note:  A very fresh and clean note. Can be eminiscent lime and lavender with a hint of pine needles.

Perfumery Usage:  Can be used with citrus and herbal accords to boost freshness and complexity.