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Oriental perfumes only became popular in France in the 20th century with the emergence of the great perfumes of François Coty which were centred around ambrein, the main component of ambergris. The first major success in traditional perfumery occurred in 1925 with Guerlain's Shalimar. These amber-like and oriental fragrances are indispensable ingredients in Oriental perfumery.
The fragrances of the Oriental family stand out because of their unique blend of warmth and sensuality. They take their richness from fine, decadent ingredients such as vanilla, tonka, benzoin, patchouli and balsam of Peru, which are often combined with exotic floral and spicy scents.
Characterised by their strength and power, their resinoids or absolutes are mainly used as base notes to evoke their warm and opulent tones.
The fruit of a plant belonging to the orchid family, its fragrance is associated with warmth and relaxation. We use its natural extract, vanillin, which is the main component of vanilla.
Find oriental notes in these classic perfumes: Shalimar by Guerlain, Emporio Armani in love with you by Armani, Soir d'Orient by Sisley, Ambre Tigre by l’atelier Givenchy.
Patchouli’s warm and oriental fragrance is obtained by sun-drying its leaves. Its essence has a powerful and complex aroma.