Fragrances in the Oriental family of scents often comprise spicy notes that come from exotic parts of the world, usually the Middle and Far East. This family of fragrances is known for warmth, sensuality and depth. They often include many spices used in cooking as scent notes
Five common notes...
1. Star anise
This distinctive star-shaped fruit originates from southern China and has been used as a spice and alternative medicine for over 3000 years as it's said to enhance relaxation, sleep and balance. Anise oil is similar to that of anise, but slightly more bitter. Its scent is rich in anethol, putting it in the same category as liquorice, fennel, and tarragon.
Cinnamon essence is obtained from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. It's scientific name stems from Hebraic and Arabic term amomon, which means “fragrant spice plant”. Cinnamon as a fragrance note has a warm, spicy, musky aroma and is said to have a toning and calming effect.
There are so many uses for ginger root: esthetics, perfumery, medicinal, culinary. The whole plant has a fragrance, but it is mostly the roots that are used. A very common note in fragrances, ginger scents are spicy, sharp, bracing yet light, and pair well with citrus notes, vanilla and woods.
Black pepper, otherwise known as “black gold” is one of the most important and widely used spices in the world. The essential oil is stimulating, warming, comforting and cheerful. Pepper is very popular as a bright accent top note in fragrances. It offers a hot and bracing aroma, which is often powerful yet short-lived.
Cardamom is one of the world's very ancient spices and also the third most expensive next to saffron and vanilla. It has an intensely heady and aromatic fragrance; warm, ethereal, intensely sweet and slightly spicy. Once you know its scent, you recognize it instantly. It becomes almost mesmerising.