10 perfumes you won’t believe Exist
Most perfume-wearing people are satisfied with a good, memorable scent from a bottle by a trustworthy brand. But some picky scent lovers may find that nature’s raw smells carry more fragrance than any Calvin Klein, Hilfiger or Dior can provide.
Elle magazine collected this quirky concoction of smells, from scents that remind you of the forests to those that remind you of your childhood. Here are 10 perfumes you won’t believe really exist:
Beach lovers and people who love the sea may want to get this perfume by Profumi del Forte. For €113, exude a smell of citrus mixed with seaweed and salty sea spray.
Notes: Marine accords, bitter Sicilian orange, bergamot, Egyptian jasmine, elemi, basil, oakmoss, sandalwood, white musk
Swedish brand Byredo was able to capture the tart scent of fruity cores like apples and figs in this aptly named perfume that costs €106.
Notes: Bergamot, cardamom, black currant, fig, red apple, tiaré flower, cedar wood, praline, peach flower
However unconventional, you may still want to try this moist Earth-y smell for €28. Concocted by Demeter’s perfumer Christopher Brosius, Dirt is an ode to Brosius’ childhood farm. Madonna seems to be a fan of this scent, too.
At €91, Eau de Gentiane Blanche is a difficult scent to describe. Sometimes bitter (thanks to the herby gentian), sometimes smooth (the result of iris), Eau de Gentiane is best worn by those who have tired of flowery scents.
Notes: Musk, gentian, iris, frankincense
Imagine walking through an herb garden while chewing minty bubble gum. This is what Tubéreuse Criminelle invokes for €226, where the minty smell of tuberose hugs the lushness of jasmine and cloves.
Notes: tuberose, jasmine, orange blossom, hyacinth, nutmeg, clove, styrax, musk, vanilla
Those who grew up smelling the protective scent of mum’s perfume and dad’s cigars will love this perfume at €58. Jasmin et Cigarette mixes the raw smell of unsmoked cigarettes with the sultry jasmine.
Notes: Jasmine absolute, tobacco, hay, apricot, tonka bean, curcuma, cedar, amber, musk
Picture a bouquet of roses mixed with the camphory-minty taint of patchouli. L’Artisan hails their perfume for its ‘brutal collision’ on the senses at €106.
Notes: bergamot, rose, plum, patchouli
Aftelier Perfumes captured the wild smell of tropical flowers in their €285-bottle perfume. But what makes Parfum Privé extra exotic is its use of ambergris that is safely sourced from sperm whale excretions, giving a glow to each of the perfume’s delightful notes.
Notes: Bergamot, pink pepper, orange flower absolute, osmanthus, pimento leaf, ambrette (a botanical musk), ambergris
This feminine perfume carries a scent from home: ylang-ylang, a treasured fragrance among Filipinos. Don’t be fooled by its flowery notes though as underlying mossy, ashy bitter scents gives the perfume an extra bite at €109.
Notes: galbanum, ylang-ylang, neroli, orange, jasmine, tuberose, vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss, leather
Fig Tea Eau Fraiche is like taking a gulp of sweet, refreshing iced tea on a sweltering day. The aromatic, herby smell of davana is complimented by a tinge of bitterness from tea in this €87 perfume.
Notes: Fig, osmanthus, davana (Artemisia pallens), tea