The Fragrance Wheel
There is no standardized way to describe rose fragrance.
Some use their own private scales, others hire “noses” to smell their roses, and still others are nose blind from Covid. My sister tells me I have the nose of a pregnant woman. If there is a dirty dishtowel two houses over I am sure to identify it.
I like to use the Fragrance Wheel developed by Michael Edwards. Mr. Edwards developed this as a tool for perfume sellers and developers to discuss their scents.
Although I don’t use the aromatic fougere. Fougere is typically masculine while chypre is typically feminine. The description really isn’t needed in roses as no one wants to buy only manly-smelling roses or lady-smelling roses. As old Gerty said "a rose is a rose is a rose".
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