Kitchen-Inspired Scents: When Smelling Like Your Dinner is a Good Thing

Kitchen-Inspired Scents: When Smelling Like Your Dinner is a Good Thing

Dana Velden
Dec 15, 2010

As a cook, at the end of the day I can smell like cinnamon or lemon or garlic. I've also been known to waft notes of orange, ginger, fried fish, cloves, hamburgers, fresh basil, vanilla, caramelized onions, chocolate, cooked cabbage, and, if my luck has run out, burnt toast.

Which of these scents would you deliberately dab on your wrist before heading out on a Saturday night?

One of my favorite perfume-selling websites is Lucky Scent, which also is a shop in Los Angeles. Lucky Scent carries hard-to-find, so called 'cult' scents and unusual, hand-crafted perfumes. The prices are often beyond my budget but they do have a nice sample program where you can purchase little vials for about $3. So while I've yet to purchase a perfume online, I have indulged in a few sample binges now and then.

Lucky Scent's site can be searched by perfume styles and one of the categories that intrigues me the most is their Gourmand/Foody perfumes. Not a fan of sweet scents, I first avoided this category, thinking it was stocked with cloying sugar cookie-like perfumes. But man, was I wrong! Check out some of these very enticing descriptions!

• CB I Hate Perfume's November: "Pumpkin Pie, Fallen Apples, Bonfire, Wood Smoke, Dried Grass, Fallen Leaves, Wet Branches, Damp Moss, Chanterelle Mushrooms and a hint of Pine Forest"

• Tilda Swinton's Like This: "The fragrance opens with a juicy hit of neroli and mandarin, and it is quickly balanced by the earthiness of pumpkin flesh, a note rarely found in perfume. A thread of exotic immortelle and powdered ginger add both sweetness and spice to the composition."

• From Noel au Balcon: "With its lusciously rounded top notes of honeyed mandarin, apricot, vanilla, cinnamon and orange blossom, Antoine Maisondieu's Noël au Balcon certainly conveys a sense of mischievous, festive flesh. The firebrand part kicks in with an unusual, nose-tingling red chili pepper matched with the bitter, slightly citrusy flavor of nigella sativa, better know as black cumin but also, provocatively, as devil-in-the-bush (no snickers!) or, in France, as Venus's hair."

• From Bois de Paradis: "…smells ripe and nectarous, its dark sweetness enhanced and perfectly balanced by woods. The rose note is exquisite, honeyed and sensual, and its union with juicy blackberries and pulpy figs, with delicate spices and a subtle incense-like accord is incredibly attractive."

How about you? Do you have a favorite food-inspired scent? Do you want to smell like sublime blend of "kumquat, bergamot, basil, pink pepper, black pepper, blackberry, Turkish rose, iris, patchouli, oakmoss, leather, vanilla"? (Mure et Musc Extrait de Parfum)

• For a complete list of Lucky Scent's foodie perfumes, go here.

Related: Holiday Memories: Why Food Scents Are So Powerful

(Image: Gourmandises)

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