Citrus accords are synonymous with colognes and perfumes which exude freshness, energy and zest. Popular citrus notes include Sicilian lemon, grapefruit, lime, elemi, bergamot and mandarin.
But the term citrus actually includes more elements than you may initially think. It can include citrusy-smelling raw materials such as lemongrass, verbena and bergamot.
These zesty, zingy fruity notes within fragrances have become a tried and tested way to add freshness to a fragrance. These refreshing and effervescent notes not only add life when blended with deeper muskier fragrances but can also add an elegant and sparkling quality to fine fragrances.
Citrus accords pair well with other fragrance families as they lift leathers, warm woods and brighten florals and when combined with other fragrance accords, they can create a hidden quality adding to the complexity of scent.
Wood fragrance notes are extremely versatile and range in profile from creamy white woods to earthy, rugged agar. Suitable for male, female and unisex perfumes, wood notes can include sandalwood, cedar, birch and agar. They are often paired with amber, subtle musks and woody accords that flourish in the dry down of a fragrance.
Leather fragrance notes in perfumery have been around for thousands of years. This ancient and much-loved scent is constantly being reinvented. The last few years have seen a re-emergence of leather notes within fragrance creation. Leathery notes can differ vastly from one another, ranging from smoky, woody and floral to tobacco scents. Perfumers today have a range of synthetic chemicals that are able to create a natural leather odour.
When blended with different elements, however, leather can assume either a lighter, gentle and more delicate feminine guise or deeper, stronger, dominating masculine accent.