What is the "Granny" note?

    What is the "Granny" note?

    post #1 of 28
    Thread Starter 

    Difficult to explain but I pick up on a note that seems to be in the older classics. Most recently I've noticed it in Chanel No5 and Bois des Illes. Is it Ylang Ylang?

    post #2 of 28
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    Originally Posted by indianwells View Post

    Difficult to explain but I pick up on a note that seems to be in the older classics. Most recently I've noticed it in Chanel No5 and Bois des Illes. Is it Ylang Ylang?
    Perhaps that or gardenia
    post #3 of 28

    Perhaps powdery iris?

     

    cacio

    post #4 of 28
    Thread Starter 

    It could be either I suppose. My wife owns Chanels Gardenia and it's there as well. I received Creed Millesime 1849 this morning and unfortunately for me it has this same note and as I don't like it I can't wear it. I need to know so I can avoid the note in the future as I tend to blind buy more than I should. I know I should sample before buying but I have a very impulsive nature, though I really should address that, especially at this price point!

    post #5 of 28

    Indianwells - Do you also smell that note in Mitsouko or Shalimar?

    post #6 of 28
    Thread Starter 
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    Originally Posted by CapriDog View Post
     

    Indianwells - Do you also smell that note in Mitsouko or Shalimar?

     

    I do in Shalimar but I haven't sniffed Mitsouko.

    post #7 of 28

    There is no such thing as a 'granny note'. At least not in perfume school. :grin: 

    post #8 of 28
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    Originally Posted by hednic View Post


    Perhaps that or gardenia

     

    We think alike on this as gardenia was the first thing that popped into my head after reading the title of the thread. lol

    post #9 of 28

    Rose, civet, iris, neroli, oakmoss, aldehydes, saldalwood, jasmine, all can give you this feeling.

    post #10 of 28
    Egoiste in the summer



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    post #11 of 28
    Whatever it is, it's in Shalimar and Narcisse Noir. I LOVE IT!
    post #12 of 28
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    Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post

    We think alike on this as gardenia was the first thing that popped into my head after reading the title of the thread. lol

    Haha.I'm in good company I guess.
    post #13 of 28
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    Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
     

    Difficult to explain but I pick up on a note that seems to be in the older classics. Most recently I've noticed it in Chanel No5 and Bois des Illes. Is it Ylang Ylang?

    I got this from Shalimar

    post #14 of 28
    I think something of a rose and baby powder smell. Occasionally I get the "granny" vibe from whiffs of Aramis. This is what old lady smells like to me, but to each their own..
    post #15 of 28
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    Originally Posted by Pedro A View Post

    Rose, civet, iris, neroli, oakmoss, aldehydes, saldalwood, jasmine, all can give you this feeling.
    I agree with all of this.
    post #16 of 28

    In women's scents, I would say leather is the "granny" note.

     

    It is not often used in scents for women these days.  One sees to much candy, fruit and syrup.

     

    It made a recent appearance is the mass market with Fendi Fan di Fendi EDP, Avon Outspoken and Agent Provocateur Petale Noir, but the leather is very subdued.

     

    Think of the classic for women of the past:  Chanel Cuir de Russie, Piguet Bandit, Balmain Jolie Madame and Miss Balmain, Gres Cabochard and the original Miss Dior.

     

    Oddly, I recall an article suggesting a man interested in unique fragrances to wear is recommended to raid his mother's or grandmother's vanity.

    post #17 of 28

    Granny notes are made of real grandmothers.  :cry:

    post #18 of 28

    It's a captive molecule developed by Givaudan called 'Grannylol'. 

    post #19 of 28