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    Default Fecal Note in perfumes??

    I often come across reviews of perfumes where members describe some scents as having a fecal note! eeewwwhh! Should have taken note of those scents...

    I mean...are there really perfumes out there that smell like poop?? Can someone give me an example? I've never detected that note in any fragrance in my lifetime. The closest thing was a scent by Frederic Malle that I tested at Barney's - can't remember the name, but it smelled like dried up spit and cigarettes.

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    nearfantastica
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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    Hey there,

    This has been a long running theme of discussion on the site. I can't say I've ever literally smelled a cologne or perfume that smells like "poop" but there are some floral notes and animal notes that give off, what could be perceived as fecal-like notes...

    The often discussed "civet" note which, If I'm not mistaken is the secretion from the anal glands of some animal... is a note that has often been responsible for the "fecal" comparisons. Fragrances strong on civet often give off a funky type odor.. an animalistic pungent one <depending on how well it's been smoothed out by other notes>

    I have smelled fragrances that have a strong "body odor" or sweat smell, but none I can truly say.. smell like "poop".. thankfully..since it's an aroma that people take great steps to mask or eliminate!

    a.

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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    Here's one that's got a definite fecal note:


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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    Quote Originally Posted by rentboy
    Here's one that's got a definite fecal note:


    lol!

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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    What people usualli moan to smell like... ahem... is indole.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indole

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnifiscent
    What people usualli moan to smell like... ahem... is indole.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indole
    Thanks for this - fascinating.


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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    Quote Originally Posted by nearfantastica
    Hey there,


    The often discussed "civet" note which, If I'm not mistaken is the secretion from the anal glands of some animal... is a note that has often been responsible for the "fecal" comparisons. Fragrances strong on civet often give off a funky type odor.. an animalistic pungent one <depending on how well it's been smoothed out by other notes>

    a.
    Civet comes from the civet cat, a wildcat species out of west Africa. The musk from their glands is collected, which is only released when the cat is in heat. I've never gotten my hands on real civet, but every description I've read or heard is that on its own, it's pretty gross, but mixed into a perfume, it does something powerful in a good blend that makes a fragrance truly striking.

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    Default Re: Fecal Note in perfumes??

    Quote Originally Posted by serene111
    I often come across reviews of perfumes where members describe some scents as having a fecal note! eeewwwhh! Should have taken note of those scents...

    I mean...are there really perfumes out there that smell like poop?? Can someone give me an example? I've never detected that note in any fragrance in my lifetime. The closest thing was a scent by Frederic Malle that I tested at Barney's - can't remember the name, but it smelled like dried up spit and cigarettes.
    I get fecal notes from Aramis and Tabu and Acier Aluminium and several others. Many of the older scents have them--not so much the recent perfumes. The fecal notes are not persistant, they fade in and out the first few moments after application and then disappear--often I don't smell them unless I am specifically looking for them. They are not really odors from feces, so I don't let them bother me. They are used to give the fragrance longevity. There are several interesting and very knowledable threads on this subject in the basenotes archives.

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