Know the scents families: Oriental

By Lourdes Nicolle Martínez, Editor in Chief

We continue the scents families series of articles to help you better understand the differentiations in perfumes. This also will allow us to go further and deeper in learning all there is to know about perfumes and which one is the best for us.

The oriental fragrance family consists of rich exotic scents. When you think of oriental scents think herbs and spices or dry, powdery, resin notes. Opulent and heady, these notes are often times softened with amber or sweet notes, commonly described as exotic and seductive.


  • Soft oriental: Soft, floral notes mix with incense and warm spices.
  • Oriental: Sweet, warm notes like cinnamon, vanilla and musk.
  • Woody oriental: Earthy notes like patchouli and sandalwood mixed with spicy and sweet notes.

Common Oriental Family Notes:

  • Vanilla
  • Myrrh
  • Anise

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