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    Default What does cumin smell like?

    I've never smelled cumin before in its original form. I do eat Indian food alot so I may be unaware that I have smelled and tasted cumin before. The only fragrance that I have smelled that fragrance heads claim to have significant cumin in it is Amouage Jubilation 25 but its not in the official notes. When I smell Jub 25 on paper, I get a distinct curry-ish note from it but on skin, its not so prevalent. So I'm just wondering, is that curry note I caught cumin? I like it somewhat, adds depth to the fragrance.

    I've heard that Rochas Femme (new formulation) has loads of cumin but its not sold in my country so I cant use it as reference.

    So, what does cumin smell like? Is the curry note from Jub 25 it?

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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    Cumin is present in some curries and I put it in my chili, but the easiest way for you to isolate the scent is to buy a small jar of it in the spices aisle.


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    Exactly. After you smell it, if you can't tolerate it, just ditch it.

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    Le Labo's Rose 31 is notorious for having a lot of cumin, but I'm pretty sure virtually every rose scent will have some.

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    In a fragrance it come across as a BO scent and for that I am not keen on the note. Except for a few exceptions I steer clear of cumin heavy scents.

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    A lot of people will tell you that cumin smells like sweat. More specifically, that it smells like the armpits of a guy who's gone too long without a shower. That is a kind of smart-alecky answer, but there really is quite a bit of truth in that characterization. The newer Rochas Femme (i.e., not the vintage) does have a lot of cumin. Alexander McQueen Kingdom has even more; it's really an audacious scent! L'Autre by Diptyque as well. Unfortunately, the latter two will also probably be hard to find. If you can smell Eau d'Hermes, that should give you the idea. But as 30 Roses suggested, the best way to find out what cumin smells like is to purchase some from the spice aisle of the grocery store.
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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    In a fragrance it come across as a BO scent and for that I am not keen on the note. Except for a few exceptions I steer clear of cumin heavy scents.
    Yes. If you want an interesting cumin scent, try Al Oudh by L'Artisan. Prepare yourself for a blast of armpit!

    However, one of my closest friends loves the smell, each to their own!

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    I hear so and so perfume has cumin and then it makes me wonder whether the cumin we put in food here is different than he cumin used in North America........... either our cumin is different or we don't know what cumin smells like...

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    Smells like chili, tacos, carnitas, curry....
    Good in food. Bad in perfume.
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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    Often a strong cumin dose can remember an unpleasant onions, sweat smell..
    Examples for overdosed scents you can smell for a good idea: Autre by Diptyque, Serge Noir by Lutens. A bit less, but attendant, Crystal Rock by Durbano, Absolue pour le Soir by Kurkdjian
    Rose 31 Le Labo, on the contrary, has not adequate robust dose...
    You can find same smell in tex mex food..
    Imo, cumin smell is for experiencent noses, already a bit deviated!

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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    cumin doesn't smell like onions to me!

    chili +3. it's the main spice

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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    In a fragrance it come across as a BO scent and for that I am not keen on the note. Except for a few exceptions I steer clear of cumin heavy scents.
    Same here.
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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    I can see why some might say BO, but I respectfully disagree. Anything can smell gross if there's too much of it. Rose 31 is an example of cumin being well done - not overdone in a fragrance. IMO

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    Default Re: What does cumin smell like?

    A lot of people say that it smells of BO. I personally love it - and the bet scent that uses cumin is Musc Ravageur (in my humble opinion)

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    Quote Originally Posted by heperd View Post
    Smells like chili, tacos, carnitas, curry....
    Good in food. Bad in perfume.
    agreed

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