Many types of scents are used as home fragrances. Becoming more familiar with the various types of fragrances can make it easier to select the right scent for your home, workplace or any other location. Whole Home Scenting fragrances combine the safest ingredients in blends that can be categorized under one or more of these 14 scent types.
14 Types of Scents Used in Diffusers
There is not a universal list of scent types, largely because fragrances vary based on intended applications. Some notes and profiles are more common in perfume and cologne while others are popular for home scenting. The types of scents available also depend on whether you use fragrance oils or essential oils.
Artificial fragrances are more consistent and perform better for interior air scenting applications than essential oils, which may not spread as far, linger as long or remain as true. Many Whole Home Scenting fragrances feature synthetic fragrance oils that meet the safety standards of the International Fragrance Association. Some fragrance blends combine artificial and natural ingredients.
Our fragrance bottles connect to a diffuser system that has customizable settings. You can diffuse scents through a unit in standalone mode or connect a diffuser to the outflow ducting of a central air system. Control the strength of a scent and time release with the buttons on the diffuser or in the Arome Homes application on your smartphone. Here are 14 types of scents to explore that can contribute a sensory element or cover malodors at home, work or any other location.
Aromatic scents feature notes that have herbal or camphorous characteristics. Lavender, mint, rosemary, sage and thyme all are aromatic types of scents. Several Whole Home Scenting fragrances incorporate aromatic elements to add complexity and depth to fragrance blends.
The fragrance called Lemongrass rounds out the primary note of the name with aromatic ginger, thyme and sage. This blend also features a camphorous note of eucalyptus and the resinous, woody scent of cedarwood. The Seaworthy fragrance has a top note of eucalyptus, a heart of spearmint and a base of musky spring rain.
The term “chypre” is used to designate a fragrance profile featuring notes of amber, citrus, florals and moss. These types of scents were popular in historical perfumes, and refreshed versions of chypre scents are intriguing choices for personal wear and indoor air scenting. You can experience the unique characteristics of a chypre scent when you diffuse the Amore or Welcome Home Whole Home Scenting fragrances in your home or workspace.
Amore is a sparkling scent that offers a floral take on the chypre type with top notes of champagne and starflower that bubble over onto middle notes of lily and sandalwood and a characteristic amber base. Welcome Home features lemon and citrus top notes with middle notes of jasmine and apricot over base notes of amber and musk.
Some types of scents have a longstanding association with cleanliness. For instance, the juice and peel of lemons have been used for cleaning for generations. When commercial cleaning solutions were introduced, many products retained citrus smells sourced through lemon oil or limonene. Studies also associate citrus aromas with increased focus and improved mood.
You can capture the essence of clean with Whole Home Scenting fragrances. Simply Citrus is a blend of lemon, bergamot, lavender and orange blossom. All of these ingredients are used in aromatherapy as well to reduce anxiety. Citrus elements are also present in the clean chypre scent Welcome Home.
Creamy scents are best described as soft and smooth. Butyric, milky, musky or vanillic aromas are all types of scents that can be characterized as being creamy. Butyric compounds evoke the smell of butter left sitting in the fridge for too long and can impart a gourmand or savory quality to fragrances. Milky elements have a creamy characteristic, as does white musk.
Vanillic scents are often described as being creamy. These fragrances may include notes of synthetic vanillin or similar scents such as heliotropin or tonka bean. Sweet Tobacco is a good example of a creamy fragrance to try in a diffuser. This fragrance has top notes of spice and tobacco over a heart of vanilla, tonka bean and cacao and a base of sweet dried fruits and woods.
Florals are some of the most popular scents for use in perfume and interior air fragrances. Blossoms smell fresh and sweet, olfactory characteristics that are considered desirable in many contexts. Many types of scents fall under the category of being floral, though the majority of fragrances also feature other notes. Fruity floral, soft floral and white floral aromas are a few popular variations on this scent type.
The Whole Home Scenting fragrance Paradise Blue is a good example of a fruity floral. Top notes of sweet tropical fruit and a bouquet of lily, violet and jasmine are rounded out by a heart note of lemon and a base of warm musk. The fragrance Linen and Lilies features powdery, soft floral notes of jasmine, lily and chamomile freshened with jasmine and lily blossoms.
Fresh scents can involve several similar scent types, including aromatic, clean, floral and even creamy scents that have aldehydic or starchy properties. These scents tend to feature botanical or fruit-inspired fragrance notes associated with freshness. Marine fragrances can also capture a sense of freshness, particularly if these scents also feature aromatic or fruity notes.
Several good examples of fresh types of scents include the aromatic Lemongrass and Seaworthy fragrances and the clean floral Linen and Lilies fragrance. A uniquely fresh scent is Cactus Blossom, which has top notes of green citrus over middle notes of coconut and florals and a woody musk base.
Fruity fragrances are some of the most popular types of scents. Ripe and sweet-smelling fragrance notes appeal to most people as long as the scent is not cloying. You can adjust the strength of a scent and the frequency with which fragrance gets released with a diffuser system.
Some of the most popular fruity fragrances by Whole Home Scenting include Apple Crate, Beach Cove and Simply Citrus. Apple Crate combines a fresh note of apples with sweet musk and woody notes. Beach Cove has notes of peach, pineapple, orange, melon, raspberry, coconut and yuzu. Simply Citrus is a clean and fresh fruity scent.
Gourmand fragrances smell good enough to eat. These types of scents often feature savory elements. Vanilla is commonly found in gourmand fragrances, as are other creamy, sweet and warm spice notes. The creamy scent of the Whole Home Scenting Sweet Tobacco fragrance is gourmand on account of its inclusion of spices, vanilla, cacao and dried fruits.
This type of scent is most common in seasonal fragrances. Colder weather during the fall and winter holidays can make delicious-smelling scents even more comforting. A perfect example of a gourmand home fragrance is the holiday offering Spiced Cider. This blend has a top note of pumpkin over a heart of cinnamon and nutmeg and a vanilla base note.
Certain fragrance notes are associated with holiday observances. Most holiday scents are made for Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays celebrated over the winter months. Some of the fragrances that are most commonly associated with this time of year include naturally inspired notes of fir trees, pine and cedar and gourmand notes.
We offer several types of scents for the holidays. In addition to the gourmand Spiced Cider fragrance, you can also try the fruity, aromatic Snowed Inn fragrance. This seasonal blend has a top note of orange, a heart note of pear and a base note of rosemary. The woody Sleigh Ride fragrance has notes of cedarwood, cashmere, sandalwood, sweet musk and vanilla bean.
Indolic scents are called this based on the presence of indole in flowers such as gardenia, honeysuckle, jasmine, orange flower and lilac. This complex scent type also includes the pungent scent of mothballs. The characteristics of indolic scents vary based on whether stable artificial fragrance oils or natural essences, which are more prone to fade or turn, are used to produce a fragrance.
You can experience the best qualities of these types of scents in Whole Home Scenting fragrances. Try Eclipse, which has notes of jasmine and white florals, sweet pea and freesia with a base of amber and sandalwood. Sweet Magnolia is a fruity indolic fragrance with top notes of melon, apple and orange; heart notes of magnolia and iris; and base notes of balsam, sandalwood and musk.
Marine fragrances often contain artificial fragrance compounds with aquatic or ozonic properties. The characteristics associated with scents inspired by the sea have varied over time. Some of the most popular perfumes and colognes of the 1990s and early 2000s interpreted marine smells as aldehydic or soapy clean and fresh. More natural approaches prevail in contemporary interpretations of marine types of scents.
Three marine fragrances to try in a Whole Home Scenting diffuser include Lighthouse, Beach Cove and Seaworthy. Lighthouse has an ocean breeze profile with green top notes and floral middle notes over a base of amber, musk and woods. Beach Cove is a fruity floral marine-inspired scent, while Seaworthy has aromatic and marine characteristics.
There are many varieties of musk. Traditional perfumes utilize natural compounds, while newer scents tend to use synthetic types of scents. Most fragrances contain at least one musk component to add depth to any combination of top and heart notes.
Musk notes are present in a wide variety of our fragrances. Beach Cove presents a sweet, fruity take on the musky scent type. Paradise Blue pairs a warm musk base with sugared citrus and white floral notes. The Cactus Blossom, Seaworthy and Sweet Magnolia fragrances feature clean and even slightly creamy takes on musk.
13. White Floral
The term “white floral” is used to describe the scents of night-blooming blossoms in the jasmine family such as frangipani, gardenia, jasmine, orange blossom and tuberose. These fragrances overlap with floral and indolic types of scents.
Eclipse and Sweet Magnolia are some of the most white floral-forward fragrances available for the Whole Home Scenting system. Using a diffuser that makes it easy to fine-tune the concentration of a scent can ensure that you achieve the desired scent spread or throw with delicate white floral fragrances and prevent more prominent bouquets from getting cloying.
Woody fragrance compounds may be derived from natural sources or synthesized to resemble specific trees. This type of scent includes plants that have woody scents but are not wood, such as patchouli. It is also worth noting that some woods do not have particularly woody smells. Sandalwood is used to impart a creamy characteristic to fragrances such as Amore and Lemongrass rather than a conventional wood-like scent.
The Whole Home Scenting fragrance Cedar & Vine has a characteristically woody scent. This blend has a slightly gourmand top note of dark cherry, a heart of patchouli and base notes of cedarwood and musk. Traditional wood is also a base note in the creamy and gourmand Sweet Tobacco fragrance. The scent of softwoods is detectable in fragrances such as Cactus Blossom and Lighthouse.
Learn More About Types of Scents
This list of 14 scent types is by no means exhaustive. Fragrances are classified into many other categories and subcategories. Some of the other varieties of scents are typically worn as perfume or cologne, rather than being used to impart a desirable aroma to interior air through use in air fresheners or home fragrances.
Learning about different types of scents can make it easier for you to select fragrances for your home, workplace or any other interior space. Each Whole Home Scenting fragrance bottle lasts one to two months, on average. When it is time to put a new bottle in a diffuser unit, you can decide whether to keep using the same scent, try a similar scent or switch to a different type of scent.