The oriental accord, with its deep, mystical, intense nuances, is at the very roots of perfumery. It is a combination among woody notes like vetiver, sandalwood, cedarwood, patchouli and vanilla, often complemented with Tonka bean and benzoin. This sumptuous accord may stand alone, but in most cases it is introduced by spicy or citrus notes and a floral heart. Examples may be Guerlain Shalimar and Yves Saint Laurent Opium.
4. Woody Accord
A well-balanced and rich woody accord, like an oriental one, might well stand alone, but green, spicy and citrus notes are widely used to extend its majestic dryness up to the top, while florals make a tender heart. It is a combination of woods like sandalwood, patchouli, guaiac wood, vetiver, oud, cistus labdanum, cedarwood, oakmoss or tree moss. Good examples are Hermès Eau des Merveilles and Chanel Égoïste.
5. Amber Accord
This accord features a mix of cistus labdanum and vanilla, complemented with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and balsamic notes like benzoin, myrrh, Tolu and Peru balsams. Also the amber accord is situated in the base of the scent; to announce its presence perfumers use mainly fruity and floral notes, like in Habit Rouge by Guerlain and Habanita by Molinard.
But the main accord may span the whole fragrance, binding note after note from the opening to the base.
6. Chypre Accord
Chypre is a combination of fresh/warm and bright/dark sensations, conveyed by an accord beginning with bergamot, rose, jasmin, patchouli, oakmoss and sometimes cedarwood and ciste labdanum, complemented with green notes on the top, florals in the heart and leather or tobacco in the base. Examples may be Aromatics Elixir by Clinique and Cabochard by Gres.
7. Fougère Accord
Fougere main accord is a combination of green, outdoorsy sensations of lavender, hay, thyme, sage, and thicker, darker notes of oakmoss, vanilla and musk. The accord may then be complemented with leather or floral notes. Shulton Old Spices and Drakkar Noir by Guy Laroche are good examples.