|Common scents: 6 basic fragrance
For men who find a trip to the perfume
counter more daunting than cleaning out the garage,
here's a simple guide for picking the right sweet
scent for your mom, keeping your wallet in mind.
The following list reviews the six common fragrance
groups and provides examples of top-selling brands and their manufacturers
in four price ranges:
Floral -- The largest, and most
popular, category is created mainly from flowers, such as roses,
orange blossoms, gardenias, jasmine and carnations. These are often
blended together to produce a distinctive floral bouquet.
$0-24: Beautiful (Estee Lauder) -- 0.06 oz. Touch-on
$28-49: Happy to Be (Clinique) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
$50-74: Summer (Kenzo) -- 2.5 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
$75-100: Vera Wang (Vera Wang) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
Oriental -- A heady mix of spices,
amber, balsams and resins marks this type, suggestive of warmth
and exotic sensuality. Because of the group's rich, musky traits,
these luxurious scents make the best statement in the winter, says
Rochelle Bloom, president of the Fragrance
$0-36: Taste (Jessica Simpson) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De
$37-49: Obsession (Calvin Klein) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
$50-60: Violet Angel (Thierry Mugler) -- 0.8 oz. Eau De Parfum
$70-100: Euphoria (Calvin Klein) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
Citrus -- Derived from citrus
fruits such as lime, lemon, tangerine and mandarin, this fragrance
type projects a sharp, tangy aroma. Naturally refreshing and uplifting,
citrus blends work well for women who don't want to wear overpowering
$0-38: CK One Summer (Calvin Klein) -- 3.4 oz.
Eau De Toilette
$39-49: Ginger with a Twist (Origin) -- 3.4 oz. Sparkling Body
$50-74: Be Delicious (Donna Karan) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
$75-100: Eau de Cartier (Cartier) -- 6.8 oz. Eau De Toilette Spray
Chypre -- A notably woodsy-mossy
mix, this type was given its name by French perfumer Francois Coty,
who created a scent based on his impression of the island of Cyprus.
"Chypre" simply is French for Cyprus and is pronounced
"SHIP-ruh." Hints of bergamot, oak moss, citrus and patchouli enrich
the sweet, earthy aromas.
$0-24: Pure Turquoise (Ralph Lauren) -- 0.25 oz.
Eau de Parfum Spray
$25-49: Lovely (Sarah Jessica Parker) -- 1 oz. Eau De Parfum Spray
$50-74: Cashmere Mist (Donna Karan) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Toilette
$75-110: Timbuktu (L'Artisan Parfumeur) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Toilette
Green -- Sharp, grassy notes
blend with pine, juniper, leaves and herbs to create memorable perfumes.
Sporty and brisk, green scents make good buys for the outdoorsy
$0-24: Safari (Ralph Lauren) -- 0.12 oz. Mini Perfume
$25-49: G De Gigli (Romeo Gigli) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De Toilette Spray
$50-74: Haute Couture (Hanae Mori) -- 1.7 oz. Eau De Toilette
$75-380: Bond No. 9 (Bond No. 9 New York) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Toilette
Fougere -- French for fern and
pronounced "foo-JHAIR," it's a combination of fresh herbs and mossy
ferns that come together in a sophisticated urban style. While men
typically wear fougere fragrances, fougere fragrances still capture
women's olfactory attention. One fougere scent, Jean Nate by Revlon,
has been a best-selling scent for women since its launch in 1935.
$0-24: Jean Nate (Revlon) -- 2.25 oz. concentrated
$25-49: Cool Water (Davidoff) -- 3.3 oz. Eau De Toilette Spray
$50-74: Sport (Liz Claiborne) -- 3.4 oz. Eau De Toilette Spray
$75-100: New Tradition (Etro) -- 3.3 oz. Eau De Toilette Spray
Leslie Hunt contributed to this story.