What Does Orange Blossom Smell Like?

orange blossom

Orange blossom are mysterious — something about the way those elegant white petals unfold has been arousing the minds of humanity since the minds of humanity were capable of being aroused. It’s a flower that’s been used in perfume for ages; I’ve heard an account of cavemen rubbing it on their necks to improve their […]

What Does Cardamom Smell Like?

With its beautiful emerald green pods and spicy-sweet scent, cardamom is one of the loveliest spicy notes in perfumery. An excellent addition to perfumes of all kinds, both male and female, the sweet, spicy, resinous scent of cardamom adds an exotic flare and compelling depth.  It’s also a staple in Indian cuisine, used in a […]

What Does Lavender Smell Like?

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One of the most well-loved scents of our time, this purple flower is instantly recognizable and has an instantaneous effect on human minds. Profoundly relaxing in its odiferous glory, lavender comes with the added benefit of quieting our inner chatter and instilling a deep sense of contentment. But what does lavender smell like? An ancient […]

What Does Tonka Bean Smell Like?

From traditional South American cuisine, to French sensuality and “fièvre tonka,” this unassuming, shriveled bean plays a larger role in our world than many of us realize. Multipurpose in its aromatic profile, the tonka bean is a fantastic perfume ingredient you’ll be better off knowing about. I know what you’re thinking: “A bean? In perfume?”  […]

What is Indole?

  Fecal matter? Moth balls? Perfume? What is this crazy chemical substance, and why should you care?   If you’ve read anything about perfumery — particularly florals or chemical compounds — you might have come across indole. A fascinating chemical compound, indole is extremely attractive in a perfume. I know what you’re thinking — attractive? […]

What Does Tuberose Smell Like?

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In a world of floral scents, tuberose is the black sheep; the dark horse; the unexpected phantom in the night. A flower of the highest erotic character in perfumery, this is one ingredient your nose should be quickly acquainted with. A narcotic flower, tuberose smells sweet, voluptuously creamy, and very full. Taking over Europe in […]

What Does Jasmine Smell Like?

A beautiful introduction to the world of white florals, jasmine is the kind of scent that floats to you on a magical breeze and leaves you spellbound. Floral, yet muskier and more animal than your typical flower, jasmine can be found in a number of perfumes for both men and women all over the world.  […]

What Does Vanilla Smell Like?

One of the most recognizable perfume notes of all time (and we really do mean all time, people have been using this stuff for literal ages), there’s nothing quite like vanilla. Be it in baked goods, perfume, confectionery, or you name it, there’s something uniquely universal about vanilla.  First used in fragrance in the 20th […]

What Does Tobacco Smell Like?

A flowering plant commonly found growing in areas with mild, sunny climates, you may be more familiar with tobacco as something you smoke, not something you smell. Well, we’re here to tell you that you’re missing out. Tobacco smells sweet, with a subtle spice and woodiness. It’s often used in sweet, spicy perfumes, but the […]

What Does Vetiver Smell Like?

Vetiver is a type of grass that grows in many tropical climates, including India and Indonesia. It has long been used as a scent base in perfumery, thanks to its strong earthy aroma. Vetiver oil is extracted from the roots of this grass and has been used for centuries by aromatherapists to calm anxiety and […]