There are plenty of fragrance notes which are food based which I consider less pleasant, eg. celery, melon, even tea--although I can think of fragrances that do use them to advantage. I consider cumin a rich spicy note that evokes India to me more than anything else--pungent, slightly sweet, heavy. It can be overbearing at times--but in the right balance can be spectacular. I am one who finds Kingdom to be a masterpiece, and I do like Femme, both the cumin and the un-cumin versions. Why would cumin be any less useful a note than cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, clove, coriander, or any other intensely fragrant flavoring agent? To my nose, cumin is far from a natural body odor.