Fragrance Families for Men


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The fragrance industry groups fragrances into categories called families, according to the ingredients and target. The main families for men fragrances are: Fougére, Woody, Oriental, Citrus and Chyre. Information about each fragrance family is provided below.

The Fougére family is the most popular men’s category. Fougéres are defined by notes such as lavender, geranium, tobacco and coumarin. They often times give a clean, grooming impression, and may be described as classically masculine.

  • Watery is a fougére structure with freshness inspired by marine and ozonic airy notes.
    If you like: Aqua di Gio
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Blue Rush.
  • Fresh is a fougére structure defined by fresh notes such as lemon, grapefruit, bergamot.
    If you like: Cool Water, Eternity
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Derek Jeter Driven, Patrick Dempsey Unscripted.
  • Woody is a fougére structure enhanced with woody notes like patchouli, sandalwood or vetiver.
    If you like: Polo Black
    You might like AVON Fragrances: True Force, Christian Lacroix Noir.
  • Ambery is a fougére structure with amber notes to give the fragrance a warm, sweet, sensuous back.
    If you like
    : Cacharel Amor
    You might like AVON
    Fragrances: Wild Country.

Woody fragrances are based on notes such as sandalwood, patchouli, cedarwood and vetiver. These woody notes may be blended with leather notes, spices, or other textures to create a more complete and balanced fragrance.

  • Watery is a woody structure enhanced with freshness inspired by marine and ozonic airy notes.
    If you like: L’eau D’Issey
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Ungaro for Him.
  • Green is a woody structure enhanced with green notes like galbanum, fresh cut grass or green leaves to give a more natural, rugged feeling. 
    If you like
    :
    You might like AVON Fragrances
    : IronMan, Turn4XT, Derek Jeter Driven Warm Cedarwood.

An Oriental fragrance is characterized as warm, sensual, exotic and long lasting. They obtain their richness and sophistication from ingredients such as amber, resin, tobacco, spices, and exotic woods.

  • Spicy is an oriental structure enhanced with spicy notes such as nutmeg, clove, cinnamon or cardamom.
    If you like: Old Spice
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Mesmerize, Touch by Black Suede, Patrick Dempsey 2.
  • Woody is an oriental structure enhanced with woody notes such as patchouli, sandalwood or vetiver.
    If you like: RSVP, Obsession, D&G The One for Him
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Derek Jeter Driven Black, Mesmerize, Black Suede.
  • Gourmand/Ambery is an oriental structure enhanced with notes such as vanilla to
    add an addictive quality, or amber to add texture.
    If you like: A*Men, LeMale
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Tomorrow.

Citrus fragrances in this family tend to be more simplistic and at times linear in structure. They are dominated by zesty citrus notes and are often described as fresh and clean..

  • Woody is a citrus structure enhanced with woody notes like sandalwood, cedarwood or vetiver.
    If you like: Sean Jean Unforgivable, Ed Hardy — Man, Polo Black, Polo Explorer, D&G Light Blue for Him, Polo Double Black, Dior Fahrenheit, Azzaro Chrome
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Herve Leger Homme, Musk Marine for Men, Derek Jeter Driven Cedarwood, Derek Jeter Driven Sport, Derek Jeter Driven Aromatic Spices, Derek Jeter Driven Fresh Citrus, Patrick Dempsey Unscripted, Ironman, U by Ungaro Fever for Him.

Chyre fragrances in the chypre family contain dominant woody and mossy notes. Patchouli and oakmoss are the key ingredients that give the earthy, woody feeling to a chypre. Chypre notes add warmth, depth and long-lastingness to a fragrance, and the family it is often considered the “darkest” of the olfactive families.

  • Fresh is a chypre structure enhanced with fresh notes such as lemon, grapefruit, bergamot.
    If you like: Terre d’Hermes
    You might like AVON Fragrances: Perceive for Men.

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