One of the fields you can sort in the search tables on the Search page and Brand pages is scent type. I've classified each scent according to what it smells like. Some of the scent names may be classified as a different scent from the name, as some scents don't actually smell like the name.
Apple/Pear is any kind of apple or pear scent, including fresh apple/pear, apple/pear bakery scents, apple cider, and fall/harvest apple scents.
Beachy scents are those that have a Coppertone Suntan oil note.
Any scents where chocolate is the dominant note, even if it's a chocolate bakery scent.
In the Cinnamon category are scents where cinnamon is the dominant note, like straight cinnamon, cinnamon "Big Red" gum and "Red Hot" candy cinnamon scents. It might also include cinnamon bakery scents with cinnamon as the main (or strongest) note, as opposed to bakery scents with just a note of cinnamon.
Clove scents are sweet, warm, earthy, rich, and a little spicy. Clove scents are similar to cinnamon and incense scents. Once you've smelled cloves, you'll never forget the rich fragrance.
Coconut scents include plain coconut, perfumey coconut scents, coconut and lime. and palm (a nutty coconut type scent). Coconut must be the dominant note in order to be classified as a coconut scent.
This one doesn't need explaining.
Cologne scents are scents where a men's cologne note is the dominant note.
Cucumber scents are bland and watery, well, "cucumber" scents. This category also includes bland, watery aloe scents.
Currant scents are fig-like soapy scents with a tiny bit of tartness, a hint of a perfumey note, and a smidgen of a berry note with hardly any sweetness. It's a very sophisticated scent that, when mixed with other scents, gives them a classy note. Currant scented oils, candles and wax melts, however, don't smell like the actual currant fruit. Red currant fruit tastes like lemon with a smidgen of a fruity note. It's very sour and tastes nothing like currant scented oils. And the fruit has no scent at all!
I also classify fig (like currant, but generally with no sweetness) and cassis (a type of currant, similar to fig, but more fruity, with slight cedar, clove and even patchouli notes) scents in the Currant category because they're so similar.
Eucalyptus scents are similar to pine, but more pungent, with a menthol, Vicks VapoRub, even slight camphor "sinus clearing" effect. It's different from scents in the Mint category.
Floral scents are flowery scents that are more "floral" than perfumey (like authentic florals). Although lavender is a floral, Lavender is a separate category.
Foodie is a broad category that covers any type of food (like bakery scents) or drink that's not under another category. But if it's a fruity bakery scent where fruit is the dominant note, then it will go under Fruity. Same with apple bakery scents, chocolate, coffee, vanilla scents and savory foodie scents.
Fresh scents smell like fresh air, fresh water, oceany type scents, and maybe even a fresh men's body wash unless it's more of a men's cologne type scent (in which case it would be classified as Cologne).
Fruity is berry type scents (strawberry, blueberry, cranberry, plum, grape, banana, etc.), as well as fruity florals, perfumey fruity scents, and even fruity bakery scents, if fruit is the dominant note. I have some fruits in their own categories though, like Apple/Pear, Grapefruit, Lemon/Lime, Orange, Peach, Tropical, and Watermelon.
This one needs no explaining!
Grapefruit is any scent where grapefruit is the dominant note. Often grapefruit is mixed with other citrus notes, like lemon and orange, and if one of those notes is dominant, then it will classified under Lemon or Orange.
Herbal scents are "green", grassy scents, natural herbal scents, and even bitter medicinal scents. But if it's a garden mint scent, then it's classified under Mint.
Incense scents can be patchouli, tobacco, nag champa, even cedar if it's not a very woodsy cedar (in which case it would be a Woodsy scent).
Laundry scents have a main note of laundry detergent or fabric softener.
Lavender is any scent where lavender is the dominant note.
Any scents where lemon or lime is the dominant note, even if it's a lemon bakery scent. But if it's a lemongrass scent, it will probably go in the Spa category.
Melon is any scent where melon (watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe)is the dominant note.
Mint is a natural garden mint type scent (including spearmint and wintergreen), rather than Peppermint. Some mint scents might be classified as Spa scents if they include other spa-type notes like lemongrass.
Orange is any scent where orange is the dominant note.
Doesn't need explaining. Some mango scents smell like peach, so they may be classified as Peach rather than Tropical.
Peppermint scents are sweet peppermint candy or candy cane type scents. This is different from the Mint category.
Perfumey scents smell like women's perfume, but may also include floral scents that are not authentic, soapy scents that are not laundry or clean scents, and other scents that have a strong perfumey (but not men's cologne) note.
Pine is any scent where pine or spruce is the main note.
Savory is a scent that's not sweet at all, and is not included in another category (for instance, some tropical fruits are sour, but they would be considered Tropical). Savory scents might be zesty, with "salad" like notes. But if it's lemony, it might be classified under Lemon/Lime.
Smoky scents smell like smoke or a campfire. If it's more woodsy than smoky, then it's a Woodsy scent.
Spa scents include lemongrass scents, and blends of lemongrass with garden mint and lavender. If mint or lavender are the dominant notes, then it will be classified under Mint or Lavender.
Tropical fruit includes mango, papaya, guava, pineapple, and any fruit that has a "tropical" feel, even if it's mixed with coconut (unless coconut is the dominant note, then it's classified as Coconut).
Vanilla is plain vanilla, or vanilla cookie or cupcake, or vanilla buttercream. If it has other notes (such as a vanilla cookie with chocolate or cinnamon notes), then it's classified as Foodie.
Woodsy scents have a dominant note of wood, including raw wood, oud, sandalwood, sweet vanilla wood, cedar, etc. If it's a smoky wood, it might be categorized under Smoky. If it has a strong pine note, it's Pine.
Miscellaneous scents are any scents that don't fall under any of the categories above, or where it's difficult to pick a dominant note. Miscellaneous scents might also be duo or trio scents where each scent in the clamshell is in a different category.