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If you could wear your food as perfume...

cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 11:20 AM

what would you wear?

For me, it's tom kha gai, hands down. And the Hub would happily follow me around like a love-sick puppy if I dabbed Filipino pork adobo behind my ears.

What's yours?

So curious - because this whole house smells like the best perfume shop in the world right now and it's on my mind.


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    rhoneranger RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 11:26 AM


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      Georgia Sommers RE: rhoneranger Oct 30, 2010 02:31 PM

      It's gotta be an aphrodisiac!

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        Delucacheesemonger RE: rhoneranger Oct 31, 2010 09:13 AM

        My eldest son has often said why do they use lavender or other flowers in perfume. If a woman wants to capture a man , wear bacon dabbed behind your ears.

      2. ipsedixit RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 11:27 AM

        Garlic ... y'know in the spirit of Halloween.

        Durian ... to separate those who are die-hards, and the posers.

        Pizza maybe? Apple Pie? Or how about fresh baked bread.

        But in all seriousness, if I wanted a scent that was food-related or a food-derivative, it would be something like mint, or lavender and maybe (just maybe) vanilla.

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          HillJ RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 11:42 AM

          Fresh ginger. Making ginger infused perfume is super simple.
          Vanilla-ginger even better.
          Plenty of grapeseed oil injused lavendar, rosemary, thyme sachets that you rub on the skin after a shower.
          Lavendar soaps make a nice perfume.

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            Cachetes RE: HillJ Oct 30, 2010 11:49 AM

            I immediately thought of some of yours (vanilla came up first in my mind - it's a favorite flavor and smell of mine). Ginger sounds great! Adding in a bit of citrus smell to some of those might be nice also. Not very original, as many perfumes already do this.

            If we were to take this to the food extreme, and focus on favorite food scents, I guess it would be either cooked garlic/onions, or fruit crisp.

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              HillJ RE: Cachetes Oct 30, 2010 12:06 PM

              Oh yeah, orange would be nice. Have to try that one!
              I'd love to "play along" but I wouldn't wear food scents of the unusual kind...might attract dogs, cats, bugs...instead of compliments :)

          2. viperlush RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 11:43 AM


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              HillJ RE: viperlush Oct 30, 2010 12:07 PM

              I bet Amaretto would be nice.....must...talk...to....hubby..

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              Erika L RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 02:25 PM

              Browned butter.

              1. Georgia Sommers RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 02:30 PM

                Just last night we were out to dinner with another couple and as we approached the BBQ restaurant one of the guys said something like he'd wear that aroma as cologne if they bottled it. :)
                It did smell awfully good!

                As for me, I love citrus. Also the smell of fresh ginger. I used to have a body scrub that smelled of grapefruit and I loved it. Lemon and ginger, or grapefruit and orange and maybe even with the tiniest hint of clove in winter.. Nice.

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                  Terrieltr RE: Georgia Sommers Nov 3, 2010 11:49 AM

                  Mmmm, freshly grated lemon zest. A perfect scent for the hot, grimy, sweaty days of summer.

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                    Georgia Sommers RE: Terrieltr Nov 3, 2010 07:21 PM


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                    southernitalian RE: Georgia Sommers Nov 3, 2010 12:32 PM

                    There's a perfume by Perscriptives called Calyx that smells exactly like this.

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                      Georgia Sommers RE: southernitalian Nov 3, 2010 07:20 PM

                      Oh, thanks! I'll look for it.

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                    lemons RE: cayjohan Oct 30, 2010 03:21 PM

                    I have said for years that if they could bottle what my hands smelled like after I cleaned, cut up, sugared and froze 10 pouns of strawberries, it would be utterly irresistible.

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                      The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah RE: lemons Oct 31, 2010 10:32 AM

                      Lime. Cucumber. Truffles. Chocolate.

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                        invinotheresverde RE: The 1st and only KSyrahSyrah Nov 4, 2010 09:23 AM

                        Mine would also be lime (zest).

                    2. Veggo RE: cayjohan Oct 31, 2010 11:02 AM

                      Garlic so I would have the whole row on an airplane all to myself.

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                        HillJ RE: Veggo Oct 31, 2010 11:14 AM

                        Nah, I'd sit right beside ya, sorry.

                      2. blue room RE: cayjohan Oct 31, 2010 12:30 PM

                        I remember reading long ago in a newspaper advice column (Ann Landers Or Dear Abby) that a sure fire way to insure your popularity as a kindegarten teacher is to smell like .. candy, of course. There are chocolate scents (I like this stuff--
                        and I've smelled a scent for little kids called "Gummy Bears" -- it definitely smells like candy.

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                          Georgia Sommers RE: blue room Oct 31, 2010 12:37 PM

                          Mrs Piggle Wiggle smelled of sugar cookies and the neighborhood children loved her. :)

                        2. davalaban RE: cayjohan Oct 31, 2010 12:42 PM

                          I've rubbed torn basil on my wrists or neck for a temporary fresh scent.

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                            MrsT RE: davalaban Nov 10, 2010 08:51 AM

                            About 10 years ago the Body Shop had an olive oil and basil body moisturizer. It smelled as if someone spent their entire day in an Italian kitchen canning tomatoes. Every time I used it, had men coming up to me telling me that I smelled great. I think Coco Chanel got it all wrong....

                          2. steakman55 RE: cayjohan Nov 1, 2010 05:27 PM

                            Prime dry-aged and it must be dry-aged steak sizzling on the grill

                            1. Vetter RE: cayjohan Nov 1, 2010 07:28 PM

                              That really good, really expensive Mexican vanilla I received as a gift once.

                              1. BobB RE: cayjohan Nov 2, 2010 06:00 AM

                                Cinnamon. It's warm, it's sexy, and it's delicious!

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                                  link_930 RE: BobB Nov 9, 2010 10:50 AM

                                  I used to use the Philosophy Cinnamon Bun shampoo -- couldn't keep people away!

                                2. CindyJ RE: cayjohan Nov 2, 2010 06:36 AM

                                  Many years ago, I took Chinese cooking classes from a woman in Hartford, CT. Whenever she would slice into some fresh ginger, she would rub her fingers on the cut edge and dab a bit behind her ears. Personally, my preference is for Mexican vanilla.

                                  1. boyzoma RE: cayjohan Nov 2, 2010 08:15 AM

                                    I want to smell like a turkey dinner.

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                                      bushwickgirl RE: boyzoma Nov 3, 2010 12:43 PM

                                      Haha, good one, you will soon have the oppportunity!

                                      I smelled lilke garlic most of the time I was a chef; not the most desireable scent to draw people close. Now I would choose chocolate.

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                                      onigiri RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 11:52 AM


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                                        Tripeler RE: onigiri Nov 5, 2010 02:23 AM

                                        Right. Our neighbors here in Tokyo have a large Yuzu tree and in about a month we'll be getting lots. We like to throw the peels in the bath.

                                      2. arashall RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 12:39 PM

                                        About 15 years ago, when it was trendy, I had a vanilla oil perfume. I was wearing some when my guy friend came to pick me up for an outing. He finally mentioned it, after the smell followed me to the car. He thought I had baked cookies, and just not offered to share with him :-)

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                                          joonjoon RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 01:13 PM


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                                            BobB RE: joonjoon Nov 3, 2010 01:33 PM

                                            Very disturbing! ;-)

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                                              joonjoon RE: BobB Nov 4, 2010 09:43 AM

                                              More like DELICIOUS! :)

                                          2. mariacarmen RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 01:46 PM

                                            i wear vanillla oil...

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                                              boyzoma RE: mariacarmen Nov 3, 2010 05:39 PM

                                              A girl after my own heart. I love the smell of vanilla!

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                                                RealMenJulienne RE: mariacarmen Nov 3, 2010 11:45 PM

                                                My first girlfriend used (probably too much) vanilla scent so every time I smell it I go into evade-escape mode.

                                                If a woman smelled like freshly baked bread I think I might have to ask her out.

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                                                  boyzoma RE: RealMenJulienne Nov 4, 2010 09:34 AM

                                                  Must have used too much. You want just a whiff so that it entices that "did I just smell that?" kind of response or "how could someone be baking here?".

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                                                    RealMenJulienne RE: boyzoma Nov 4, 2010 10:26 PM

                                                    Nah it wasn't the quantity, more the negative Proustian memories that I associate with the smell. She ruined me for vanilla!

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                                                ricepad RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 06:19 PM

                                                To get Mrs. ricepad interested: chocolate. She, OTOH, should wear the smell of any grilling meat. And nothing else.

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                                                  burlgurl RE: ricepad Nov 3, 2010 07:51 PM

                                                  chocolate chip cookies baking...

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                                                    teemo RE: burlgurl Nov 11, 2010 12:54 PM


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                                                    sunshine842 RE: ricepad Dec 8, 2010 11:13 PM

                                                    but then there are the folks (not just women!) who, if they smelled like grilling meat, might have you checking to make sure they weren't standing too close to the radiator.... O.o

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                                                    AussieBeth RE: cayjohan Nov 3, 2010 10:55 PM

                                                    Truffles. No question.

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                                                      jester99 RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 09:06 AM

                                                      bacon is always awesome but I have to say, Roasted Cocoa Nibs smells awesome, i like to stick my nose in the bag and just inhale it lol.

                                                      1. alanbarnes RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                        My wife's favorite aftershave is a bay rum that has prominent notes of clove, allspice, cinnamon, and citrus. Slapping it on is lots easier than baking a pie...

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                                                          cayjohan RE: alanbarnes Nov 4, 2010 03:41 PM

                                                          Alan, it was my husband's eyes-closed, ecstatic deep-breathing exercises over the pot of adobo that initially made me think of what food smells would make lovely personal "signatures." My adobo is very heavy on the bay leaves, and I flashed on the bay rum my grandfather always wore - that deliciously spicy zing. I put bay rum aftershave on my Christmas shopping list without delay! Do you have a recommendation for a heavy-on-the-bay brand?

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                                                            alanbarnes RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 04:22 PM

                                                            For bay and nothing but, Dominica is the way to go. If you want your husband to smell like other spices, too, there are lots of good options from St. John (in a very gift-worthy bottle) to Meehan to Ogalalla to Clubman/Pinaud.

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                                                              cayjohan RE: alanbarnes Nov 5, 2010 12:01 PM

                                                              Thanks! Now I just need a little essence of pork to go with! ;-)

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                                                                alanbarnes RE: cayjohan Nov 5, 2010 12:05 PM

                                                                When I was a kid my mom used to tie a pork chop around my neck so the dog would play with me...

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                                                                  Tripeler RE: alanbarnes Nov 5, 2010 07:59 PM

                                                                  Sounds like a Rodney Dangerfield joke...

                                                        2. Gio RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 09:19 AM

                                                          cumin/coriander/cardamom/pepper/cinnamon/cloves nutmeg.
                                                          AKA Garam Masala.

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                                                            honeybea RE: Gio Nov 4, 2010 10:02 AM

                                                            tumeric, cardamom, yuzu... but not together

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                                                            harryharry RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 10:06 AM

                                                            Does tomato vine count... tomatoes right off the vine... I tried to rub it on my wrists but didn't get much effect.... yummmm.... I miss summer!

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                                                              buttertart RE: harryharry Nov 4, 2010 03:39 PM

                                                              The original DKNY fragrance (called City? in a tall skinny angular bottle) had tomato vine scent in it. I'm not sure if they still make it but you might look for a men's version of it - or check their other men's.

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                                                                lsmutko RE: buttertart Nov 9, 2010 07:32 AM

                                                                The smell of tomato vine always makes me think of my grandfather and his awesome city lot garden.

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                                                                  buttertart RE: lsmutko Nov 9, 2010 07:36 AM

                                                                  It is a great smell, isn't it. Nasty and nice.

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                                                              nsstampqueen RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 10:08 AM

                                                              Fresh made pico de gallo with lots of cilantro and lime. If my hubby wore that I'd never let him out of my sight. I on the other hand, could wear anything scented like food and he would follow...

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                                                                Auriana RE: cayjohan Nov 4, 2010 03:47 PM

                                                                The way my hands smell after rolling out snickerdoodles. Sweet, buttery, and cinnamony.

                                                                1. Manybears RE: cayjohan Nov 5, 2010 11:59 AM

                                                                  Rosemary and roasted almonds!

                                                                  1. Kajikit RE: cayjohan Nov 6, 2010 07:46 AM

                                                                    I hate floral perfumes - they're always too strong. I only like the scents from the kitchen. I adore my coconut shampoo and rosemary verbena condtioner... when I get tired of that I use strawberry. I use 'brown sugar vanilla' body spray, and the only 'floral' scent I enjoy is lavender (which can also be used for food.)

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                                                                      myaco RE: cayjohan Nov 7, 2010 07:03 PM

                                                                      Essence of garlic sizzling in good olive oil. Course some times I do smell like same -

                                                                      1. Cheese Boy RE: cayjohan Nov 8, 2010 10:00 PM

                                                                        No doubt would have to be Veal Pizzaiola or Rosemary Chicken. Now if I had to choose amongst fruits perhaps, it would be a toss up between carambola, guava, or mango.

                                                                        1. ZenSojourner RE: cayjohan Nov 10, 2010 01:15 AM

                                                                          Bread. Or maybe cloves. I actually do wear a straight-up clove scent.

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                                                                            buttertart RE: ZenSojourner Nov 10, 2010 06:08 AM

                                                                            What one, may I ask?

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                                                                              ZenSojourner RE: buttertart Nov 10, 2010 06:31 AM

                                                                              The clove scent? I use an essential oil. All my scents are (more or less) natural essential oils. Clove, cinnamon, cedar wood, cedar leaf, sandalwood, like that. I don't go in much for florals or "perfume-y" kind of scents, except for carnation, which (if it's a good one anyway), is more of a spicy clove-y kind of scent than a flowery one.

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                                                                                buttertart RE: ZenSojourner Nov 10, 2010 06:39 AM

                                                                                I'd think Bellodgia might be up your alley carnation/covewise.

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                                                                                  ZenSojourner RE: buttertart Nov 10, 2010 07:11 AM

                                                                                  Wow! Not sure I'm olfactorily sophisticated enough for that, LOL!

                                                                                  There is a lilac scent I've always meant to try. It's supposed to be the truest representation of lilac available (you can't make an essential oil from lilac). It's made by the Highland Park Lilac Gardens, a botanical garden in Rochester, NY.

                                                                                  I love lilacs. My great-grandmother had lilacs. She died when I was 5 and I still miss her. The scent of lilacs is forever associated with my memories of her. But at the same time I've never been into flowery perfumes. One of these days I'll get up the nerve to give it a try. I want it to smell just like lilacs, and not like lilac perfume. I'm afraid I'll be disappointed, I guess.

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                                                                                    buttertart RE: ZenSojourner Nov 10, 2010 08:23 AM

                                                                                    Bellodgia is very nice.
                                                                                    According to a perfumeaholic friend (has as many scents as I do cookbooks) Floris in London has the truest flower scents. Love lilacs for similar reasons, our backyard when I lived home.

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                                                                            mtbwustl RE: cayjohan Nov 10, 2010 07:12 AM

                                                                            My perfume smells exactly like cucumbers, the most refreshing smell ever. I used to wear a perfume called Gin and Tonic...it was glorious.

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                                                                              mariacarmen RE: mtbwustl Nov 10, 2010 07:16 AM

                                                                              who made that??

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                                                                                buttertart RE: mariacarmen Nov 10, 2010 08:21 AM

                                                                                Sign me up too!

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                                                                                  mtbwustl RE: mariacarmen Nov 10, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                                                  The G&T perfume is by Demeter Fragrances. They have a ton of food related fragrances, and a whole line called Happy Hour. The cucumber perfume is by Kiehls.

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                                                                                    grayelf RE: mtbwustl Dec 8, 2010 10:22 PM

                                                                                    I would like to wear the scent of waffle cones baking, please. Now you know what I want for Christmas :-).

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                                                                                      bushwickgirl RE: mtbwustl Dec 9, 2010 05:24 AM

                                                                                      I had that Gin & Tonic spray, light and crisp, great for summer, and one called Vanilla Cake Batter, very sweet with vanilla hints. I bought a friend a bottle of Sugar Cookie. Demeter makes a Tomato scent also, and one called Dirt...very earthy, like freshly plowed garden soil in the Spring.

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                                                                                  NicoleFriedman RE: cayjohan Dec 9, 2010 12:05 AM

                                                                                  Almonds or pumpkin pie! I actually have on occasion added almond extract to my bath... because it's yummy and I'm allergic to real perfume!

                                                                                  I haven't thrown a pumpkin pie into my bath yet though....

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                                                                                    buttertart RE: NicoleFriedman Dec 9, 2010 05:30 AM

                                                                                    The smell of pumpkin pie is supposed to have an erotic effect on men, I've read. !!!

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                                                                                      HillJ RE: buttertart Dec 9, 2010 05:34 AM

                                                                                      ..I think it's the cinnamon in any form...not the pumpkin pie :)

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                                                                                        buttertart RE: HillJ Dec 9, 2010 05:51 AM

                                                                                        Nope, apparently the pumpkin part enters into it.
                                                                                        May also be the milky aspect, Gucci Rush was famously described as smelling like mother's milk mixed with hairspray, thereby eliciting primal memories, etc.

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                                                                                          HillJ RE: buttertart Dec 9, 2010 06:02 AM

                                                                                          interesting article. But, isn't it the cinnamon that carries the major scent. what does pumpkin alone smell like? It's the cinnamon in a cinnamon bun...etc.

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                                                                                            buttertart RE: HillJ Dec 9, 2010 06:24 AM

                                                                                            No, I think it's the combo vegetal/spice/dairy thing.

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                                                                                    ceekskat RE: cayjohan Dec 9, 2010 06:01 AM

                                                                                    St. Germain Elderflower liquor...love this stuff!

                                                                                    1. hennybee RE: cayjohan Dec 9, 2010 07:24 AM

                                                                                      Lilac: There used to be a great one from Crabtree & Evelyn--I loved the body lotion as it wasn't too perfumey and the scent came through subtly. Discontinued, I see a bottle on ebay for $50! But body lotion separates and breaks down after some years so even if I would, I wouldn't...

                                                                                      Cucumber: I used to wear the Demeter one and the Tomato scent too (which has that viney smell). They are great but wear off quickly.

                                                                                      My perfume of choice these days is a fig one. I love Le Premier Figuier from L'Artisan Parfumeur (it's green, sappy, milky, woody) but after a tiny $95 bottle broke on my bathroom floor I had to give up that luxury for a while. Amazingly, I found a Spanish fig perfume on clearance at a strange markdowns store, called Essencia de Higo by Campos de Ibiza. It's not quite as good but it was $10 for a size that would be $135 from L'artisan. (Who also make some other really wonderful scents: I've always wanted a man who smelled like orange peel, tobacco, coffee, whiskey...)

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                                                                                        buttertart RE: hennybee Dec 9, 2010 04:04 PM

                                                                                        You should have known my father!

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                                                                                        makonna RE: cayjohan Dec 9, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                                        Ripe peach or citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, orange). I know I'd be popular with my children.

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                                                                                          buttertart RE: makonna Dec 9, 2010 04:03 PM

                                                                                          There used to be a Nina Ricci called Deci-dela that was almost pure peach.

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                                                                                            HillJ RE: buttertart Dec 9, 2010 04:04 PM

                                                                                            Do you mean this one? No mention of peach, but apricot is listed.

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                                                                                              buttertart RE: HillJ Dec 9, 2010 04:37 PM

                                                                                              The very thing, I didn't think it was still available. Smells quite peachy.

                                                                                        2. chefathome RE: cayjohan Dec 16, 2010 06:21 PM

                                                                                          Chiopotle chiles.
                                                                                          Vanilla beans.
                                                                                          Tomato leaves.

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                                                                                            beethoven RE: cayjohan Dec 16, 2010 06:31 PM

                                                                                            Heck, I did this when I was a kid - snuck the almond extract out of the cupboard and dabbed it on my wrists. Drove my mother nuts.

                                                                                            1. beekeroc RE: cayjohan Dec 17, 2010 08:25 PM

                                                                                              Fresh baked home-made cinnamon buns! The best smell in the world !

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                                                                                                Harters RE: cayjohan Dec 18, 2010 04:52 AM

                                                                                                You could do worse this Christmas than try Jamie Oliver's new fragrance "J'ai Mange".
                                                                                                It's a completely new concept - a perfume you can cook with as well as wear. As the advertising has it

                                                                                                "This is no ordinary fragrance, J'ai Mange, is the world's first edible perfume. For Man, Woman or Salad, the subtle zesty undertones and aromatic highnotes of freshly cut lemons, work well on both skin and leaf."


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                                                                                                  mamachef RE: Harters Dec 19, 2010 05:15 AM

                                                                                                  This sounds like it would smell really really nice, but I'd have to dock anyone and send them home if they showed up for work wearing any kind of scent whatsoever......

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                                                                                                    Georgia Sommers RE: Harters Dec 19, 2010 10:38 AM

                                                                                                    Love it!

                                                                                                  2. mamachef RE: cayjohan Dec 19, 2010 05:14 AM

                                                                                                    All citrus, especially grapefruit. Most "warm" spices; cinnamon, clove, ginger....
                                                                                                    Hibiscus tea. Green Tea.
                                                                                                    Fried Chicken ; )

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