Odor profile: Fragrances belonging in the Oriental family of scents often comprise spicy notes that come from exotic parts of the world, usually the Middle and Far East: cinnamon, clove, vanilla, pepper, mace, nutmeg etc. The classification of “spicy oriental” is an oriental accented by these notes.
Fragrances typically belong to one of nine fragrance families: Aromatic, Citrus, Floral, Fresh, Fruity, Gourmand, Green, Oriental and Woody. An Oriental fragrance is defined by its predominantly spicy character which is due to it containing spicy, peppery and notes exotic to North America. From peppercorns and cloves to vanilla, cinnamon and oud. Increasingly, there is overlap between the families of scent. Many modern-day perfumes, for example may contain ingredients or notes that allow them to be classified within more than one fragrance family: For instance, there are fresh-floral perfumes, aromatic-citrus toilettes and floral-oriental (sometimes called floriental) scents. Some notable oriental scents include Yves Saint Laurant Opium, Aramis Havana and Calvin Klein Obsession.