The third post in our ‘Inspired By…’ series has taken on a gourmet twist. Today, the majority of fragrances comprise fruits or spices, but there are a small number that contain more unusual foodstuffs. From vegetables to confectionery, here we take a look at five intriguing scents which are inspired by food…
We’ll kick things off with a sweet treat. Coach Poppy contains not one, but three unusual food notes. In the top notes, a bite of crisp cucumber lends clarity and freshness. In the heart, a vanilla-laden crème brûlée accord envelops the skin in sweetness, before a marshmallow accord in the drydown rounds off the light and fluffy fragrance.
CB I Hate Perfume In The Summer Kitchen
This fragrance is inspired by the scent of freshly cut vegetables and wooden rafters warmed by the summer sun. For the scent, Christopher Brosius was inspired by his own tiny kitchen on his family’s farm, which has retained the aroma of two centuries worth of cooking. This is a very foody scent which emulates the true fragrance of vegetables.
Etat Libre d’Orange Fils de Dieu
One of the many inspirations for this new Etat Libre d’Orange scent was Thai cuisine, and from the first sniff this is very apparent. The key composition revolves around lime, ginger, coconut and rice notes, which ideally reflect Thai food culture, together with spiced notes of cardamom, coriander and shiso. A zesty yet creamy fragrance with added bite.
Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau
One of the most comforting smells in the world, according to Serge Lutens, is the smell of freshly baked bread. In this composition a finely crafted bread note takes center stage, while notes of spices, liquorice, immortelle and amber evoke the warmth of a freshly baked loaf. Added woody notes evoke the toasted aroma of the bread, making for an intriguing sensorial experience.
Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina
My last pick is another sweet scent, the brand new Salvatore Ferragamo Signorina. This fragrance unveils its gourmand surprise in the drydown, after the more conventional notes of currants, pink pepper and jasmine: a creamy and joyful pannacotta note, which lends a sweet vanilla character. This scent is so wonderfully creamy that is smells almost like an ice cream sundae.