Scent Families

Most people aren't aware that they have a type, or a few types of scents they enjoy and that stand out to them over the rest. Some people might hate a scent but have no idea why, other than "I just don't like it". Much like music and movies are organized by genre, scents are organized by "families".

You might be familiar with some of these families without even knowing it. Some of the most commonly known ones include; Sweet, Fresh, Fruity, Floral, Oceanic, Spicy, Woody, Green etc. Though these classifications' level of complexity or simplicity depend entirely on who's doing the organizing.

There are many extended and simplified versions of this information online. If you go to google images and type in "Scent Families", you'll see a very large collection of fragrance wheels come up, each one explaining scent families in a different way. For example, some people call the "Sweet" fragrance family by "Bakery" instead. And there are some who place "Citrus" within the "Fruity" category, while others give it its own, separate "family". The variations are endless. 


Here at Gleamie Designs, we will be using the following scent families to describe to you what our products smell like: 

Sweet - Scents that smell like baked goods, vanilla, chocolate and other such warm, sugary smells.

Fresh - Scents that smell clean, or minty, perhaps even smells such as linens or cotton.

Fruity - All the fruits including citrus types. 

Floral - All the flowers.

Oceanic - Scents reminiscent of water, rain, ocean, tropics etc. 

Spicy - No, this isn't the tabasco sauce scent. Spicy scents refer to cooking spices such as cinnamon, star anise, turmeric, basil etc.

Woody - Scents such as cedarwood, sandalwood, pine needle etc.

Green - Scents that smell like grass, moss or other such plants.


It is our hope that this description helps simplify and better communicate what our products smell like. So now the question is, what is(are) your favorite scent family(s)? Post your answer in the comments down below. 😊

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