We all know and love Oriental food and fashion, but what does it mean when a fragrance gets classified as Oriental? Nope, it wasn’t made in the East! The term “Oriental” refers to the notes a fragrance comprises.
On the fragrance wheel, the Oriental family lies between floral and woody families. Though there are many variants, Oriental fragrances are generally richer and deeper than the other fragrance types. They are typically warm, sensuous and exotic.
Heavy and opulent, Oriental fragrances are long lasting and better suited to the colder winter months as they may seem overwhelming when it’s hot outside. Some of the most common Oriental notes include spices, musks, incense, amber and vanilla.
Here, a few of our favourite scents containing Oriental notes:
1. Thierry Mugler Alien, R995
2. Dior Poison, R840
3. Yves Saint Laurent Opium, R1060
4. Givenchy Organza, R989