The Story of Fragrance Notes, in Their Countless Scents, Retold



Invisible yet memorable, fragrances are one of the oldest storytellers. Some come across gently, soft as musical notes that tingle your senses, while others declare themselves among the symphony of fragrances surrounding them. Each perfume belongs to one, if not more, of four distinct notes, forming their own unique fragrances.

Fresh Fragrances
Fresh fragrances include the aquatic, citric, and green notes, providing scents that remind you of all that is refreshing and vibrant. With bases such as lemon, sea spray, or leafs and herbs, these aromatic notes leave an impression like their peach and plum examples did, having captured people’s hearts in many iconic perfumes distributed in the first half of the twentieth century. Like Francis Kurkdjian’s Aqua Vitae with its Calabrian lemons or Histoires de Parfums’ Jules Verne with its combination of grapefruit, nutmeg, cedar, and other notes, fresh fragrances are breezy and inspirational, like light music that speaks of a lively spirit.

Floral Fragrances

Romantic to the core, floral fragrances are as diverse as flower petals and their scents, ranging from the delicate to the intense, and everything in between. They can be pure, soft, or combined with fruits or sweet spices, though they always invoke a sweet union with nature. Like the scent of roses and blackcurrant berries in Diptyque’s L’ombre dans l’Eau Eau de Toilette, their story is for daydreamers who love nature and all kinds of flowers, such as violets and water lilies. They are also often used for aromatherapy, as they put the mind and body in harmony, like a tender musical masterpiece.

Oriental Fragrances
Luxurious and warm, oriental fragrances, like oud, are either quick and sharp, or slow and long-lasting, like frankincense. Sensual and often spicy, their impact can be softened or strengthened by the ingredients added to them, giving you a wide range of fragrances from which to pick your desired effect. Such scents as Memo’s Irish Oud invoke memorable, rich notes that make you stand out and feel grand.

Woody Fragrances

Woody fragrances, such as sandalwood and amber, take the senses to the great outdoors, bringing to mind an adventurous quality. They are perfect for an evening out, and enhance the mystery of their wearer. Whether classified under mossy woods that give an earthy tone, or dry woods associated with a leathery smell, woody fragrances are united in being warm and unforgettable. Like Byredo’s Oud Immortel, the unique oud fragrance from the Aquilaria tree, for example, woody fragrances are complex and captivating, like the music of the night.

Every perfume we have is as distinctive as it is popular. Be it fresh and zesty, floral and romantic, oriental and rich, or woody and mysterious, our O100° online store experience provides an orchestra of melodies, which can be found in our many, distinguished products that come from well-known perfume ateliers. By clicking here, you can easily explore our exceptional fragrances or read more about the brands we sell and the categories we are dearly fond of. Once you come to own one of our special fragrances, you can finally enjoy a presence that invites the admiration of those around you, and inspires them to attain their own unique scent, just like you.