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    I have to do some more research for this , but I know you all have some doozies for me.
    First up are Precious Woods, as opposed to regular old trees you'd find in any old forest, I suppose. Then there are blond woods, too.

    Breydo- Mister Marvelous has green lavender supposedly. Does anyone know how that smells?

    Bodicea-Nemer, Tiger Oud
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    This one has some interesting notes - not sure about odd ingredients 'though!
    http://www.basenotes.net/ID26121210.html

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    Not sure about "ingredients", but some crazy notes are:

    Tennis Ball (The Soft Lawn - Imaginary Authors)
    Pebbles (Odeur 53 - CdG)
    Industrial Glue (Glue - Demeter)

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    Ah, yes, I guess, 'Notes' is the more appropriate term. Sorry about that. I don't think I can edit, though. We'll have to soldier on.

    IPP, that Odeur 71 is a classic! I wonder how 'toaster' smells. Is that with or without burnt toast?
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    Ha - no idea, kumquat - but I do have some Toast edp - made last year as part of a healthy eating promo....it's a bit 'well done'....

    I can edit your title if u like btw.

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    Yes, please change it to 'notes'. Thanks!

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    Perhaps the mysterious "S note" in Mugler Cologne, as well as the slight burnt rubber note in Bvlgari Black might deserve, though comparatively less unusual, a mention.

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    Not sure I have any great ideas for oddball notes at the moment, though I know I've seen some here and there. However, Kumquat, I believe that if you hit 'go advanced' for editing a post, the title can, in fact, be changed. At least it works in marketplace.

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    I happen to like Ormonde Jayne's Man...but I was intrigued by the "black hemlock"note. It appealed to my dark side. Laughing...The precious woods comment gave me a chuckle.When you find semi precious wood then what?
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    Bogart Furyo's nagchampa incense + sandalwood accord (thanks ericrico) - i am not a good nose, but the sandalwood accord was unmistakable; even family members were commenting on the "wonderful sandalwood" perfume I wore the other day. However, there's no incense nor sandalwood listed on the perfume notes anywhere...

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    Horse's mane accord in Arabian Horse.

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    Starfish(????)-Calvin Klein-Crave
    Graphite-Fulgor-Cale(name sounds like coffee)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Horse's mane accord in Arabian Horse.

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    As opposed to horse's tail, luckily!

    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    Starfish(????)-Calvin Klein-Crave
    Graphite-Fulgor-Cale(name sounds like coffee)
    Starfish, what, no octopus?

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    Wow! that's a good one
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    Horse's mane accord in Arabian Horse.

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    I wonder what inexplicable note is in this one:




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    Austin Young Accident gives the notes as : Gasoline vapor, perfume spilled down a bucket seat, safety glass, a smoking tire, a last minute dab of face powder, the smell of a mechanic.

    I thought it smelled like bandaids and rubber, mostly. Does safety glass smell different than regular glass?

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    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...erke/gs01.html
    The top note here is something called Dewdrop Green.

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...F%2D%5FAB.html

    This 'Blood Concept' copy reads like Post Modern ArtSpeak. It has 'Mineral Notes'. So it smells like rocks or silverware, maybe? And other unknown chemicals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by foxbins View Post
    Austin Young Accident gives the notes as : Gasoline vapor, perfume spilled down a bucket seat, safety glass, a smoking tire, a last minute dab of face powder, the smell of a mechanic.

    I thought it smelled like bandaids and rubber, mostly. Does safety glass smell different than regular glass?
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    I wonder what inexplicable note is in this one:



    It's as if they are daring you to smell this stuff. Naming a perfume 'Accident' or 'Horseball'? Sky's the limit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    It's as if they are daring you to smell this stuff. Naming a perfume 'Accident' or 'Horseball'? Sky's the limit.
    I'm just worried about the missing ball...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OdilonRedon View Post
    I'm just worried about the missing ball...
    2 balls = two times the odor? Maybe they thought we couldn't handle it...originally formulated with two, but had to "cut" back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxbins View Post
    2 balls = two times the odor? Maybe they thought we couldn't handle it...originally formulated with two, but had to "cut" back...
    IFRA regulations, no doubt.

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    Both balls would definitely be overkill!

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    How about the "Naked Lady" accord in J. A. Schwarzlose-Treffpunkt 8 Uhr. (I swear this is true.)

    I guess no "balls" here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trex57 View Post
    How about the "Naked Lady" accord in J. A. Schwarzlose-Treffpunkt 8 Uhr. (I swear this is true.)

    I guess no "balls" here.
    Maybe just plenty of "spunk"?

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    Tiziana Terenzi has "oxygen" listed in one of their new perfumes. Way to go - a perfume smelling like air! I understand many accords are more literary reflections that literal constructions, but this is a new one for me. Still sounds like a wonderful scent, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by throwbookatface View Post
    Tiziana Terenzi has "oxygen" listed in one of their new perfumes. Way to go - a perfume smelling like air! I understand many accords are more literary reflections that literal constructions, but this is a new one for me. Still sounds like a wonderful scent, though.
    Yes, I saw that White Fire also contains notes of fresh ice. ​Way out and wild I'd pay big bucks to smell like air and water!

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    Well, I used goat hair tincture in my "Pan" perfume ;-) Had it analyzed in a microbiology lab for safety before using it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by throwbookatface View Post
    Tiziana Terenzi has "oxygen" listed in one of their new perfumes. Way to go - a perfume smelling like air! I understand many accords are more literary reflections that literal constructions, but this is a new one for me. Still sounds like a wonderful scent, though.
    I like the way you broke that down, throwbookatface. Yes, most accords are probably "more literary reflections that literal constructions". Perfume accords remind me of wine tasting notes--"burnt toast", "melting plastic" or "scorched earth".

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    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/detail.asp?itemid=21600

    Odeur 53- CDG, smells like air , pure energy and flaming rock among other things, so we're talking- essence of Volcano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Horse's mane accord in Arabian Horse.

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    That's pretty cool, an arabian horse can be sold for more than a million dollars. Not sure how it smells or how its made though. I have one that I felt was very interesting. Black Afgano has a Cannabis tope note. To me that's weird.

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    Lubin-Figaro 'Marine Pine', as opposed to... Mountain Pine? Dessert Pine? Valley Pine?

    Creed- Jardin D'Amalfi, 'French Apple' which is presumably superior to Washington State or even those we grow here in the home of Arbor Day- Nebraska City, where there is a splendid orchard.

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    Someone just posted in another thread about an "interesting note" they detect in many fragrances. The note is... (drumroll please)... "crushed ants."

    No idea what crushed ants are supposed to smell like, but it sounds like there's strong citronella association going on, by those in the know (and how they know, I don't want to know).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cytherian View Post
    I wonder what inexplicable note is in this one:




    That horse doesn't look happy. Someone should give him back his ball...

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Someone just posted in another thread about an "interesting note" they detect in many fragrances. The note is... (drumroll please)... "crushed ants."

    No idea what crushed ants are supposed to smell like, but it sounds like there's strong citronella association going on, by those in the know (and how they know, I don't want to know).
    Maybe Ozzy Osbourne does? Sorry--low hanging fruit.

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    Have seen many times "orchid" mentioned as a note...WTF? Orchid family is one of the most diverse group of plants in nature, with varying aromas ranging from turpentine, to rotting fish, to fresh meat, flowery or peppery.....So, my question to blurb-wirters: Wich orchid are we talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halo View Post
    Have seen many times "orchid" mentioned as a note...WTF? Orchid family is one of the most diverse group of plants in nature, with varying aromas ranging from turpentine, to rotting fish, to fresh meat, flowery or peppery.....So, my question to blurb-wirters: Wich orchid are we talking about?
    Same with "tea" accords. Teas range from smoky to fresh green to cabbage-vegetal to sweet to bitter to woody to flowery to fruity to chocolatey, depending on the varietal. And I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and presuming that they're talking about tea made from the tealeaf plant, not another plant or a mixed or spiced tea.

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    An alleged "vodka" note makes me roll my eyes, since fine vodkas should be tasteless and odorless so all you should smell is alcohol, or the scent associated with alcohol ...so really, it's a "note" in most commercially available perfumes. I'm surprised you don't see more fragrance pyramids that include it, just 'cuz they can.
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    Kitchen Sink - Victor & Rolf

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    Jovoy-Rouge Assassin, Solar Accord- so what does the sun smell like? one has to wonder.

    http://www.luckyscent.com/shop/secti...FAssassin.html

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    Well, there's 'Love & Angel Guidance' listed in the notes for Calling All Angels...

    Presumably not a regulated ingredient....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    Solar Accord- so what does the sun smell like? one has to wonder.
    I found this:

    "Thierry Mugler Alien lists one of its notes as solar accord. This note comes across as the same of the cashmeran accord: something pale, abstract, warm and comforting. Cashmeran accord is known in perfumery to be a soft evocative character, similar to the feel of light cashmere wool. More concretely, however, cashmeran accord is a synthetic mix of amber, musk and florals. The effect--sweet, soft, and warm--is something Thierry Mugler calls the solar accord. As this note is deliciously delicate and comforting like sunlight, it seems this note is aptly name. This solar accord, or cashmeran accord, opens this Thierry Mugler Alien with a uniquely ethereal quality."

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    Well done, Remik!

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbapapa

    Aquolina's Pink Sugar has a 'barbe-a-papa' accord listed. It turns out this is French for 'cotton candy' or 'daddy's beard'. They list it twice, also in English. I guess it smells even better in French.
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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    I found this:

    "Thierry Mugler Alien lists one of its notes as solar accord. This note comes across as the same of the cashmeran accord: something pale, abstract, warm and comforting. Cashmeran accord is known in perfumery to be a soft evocative character, similar to the feel of light cashmere wool. More concretely, however, cashmeran accord is a synthetic mix of amber, musk and florals. The effect--sweet, soft, and warm--is something Thierry Mugler calls the solar accord. As this note is deliciously delicate and comforting like sunlight, it seems this note is aptly name. This solar accord, or cashmeran accord, opens this Thierry Mugler Alien with a uniquely ethereal quality."
    I just tried 'Alien' for the first time. It didn't smell anything like the sun or a soft sweater to me. All I got was an overly-sweet note in the beginning that was very off-putting. A scrubber. Thanks for the poetry, though.

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    I can understand a lot of these notes. I live in Sheffield, which is full of places that process metal and I can tell you can find a forge just by smell and you can indeed tell the difference between different grades of steel by smell (the scalpel works smells different to the cutlery works) and ditto if you go to St Helens you will find that not only can you find a glass works entirely by smell, but different sorts of glass do smell different. Whether I would actually want to smell of them myself is another matter. I like the smell of baking bread, but it's not really the sort of smell I'd choose as a perfume.

    I quite like 'horse' smell, so I don't imagine that a horse mane smell is unpleasant. I certainly prefer it to dog smell, although their paws do smell quite nice- as long as they haven't been anywhere smelly!- sort of biscuit like.

    Crushed ants smell of formic acid, which is a very particular smell.

    EDIT- I've no idea what a solar note is though
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    http://www.luckyscent.com/product/25...ferent-company

    "Light wind" heehee! Let's hope it is light.

    What do you suppose is calisson?

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    What do you suppose is calisson?
    From Wikipedia:

    Calissons
    are a traditional French candy consisting of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing. Calissons have a texture not unlike that of marzipan, but with a fruitier, distinctly melon-like flavor. Calissons are often almond-shaped and are typically about two inches in length. Calissons are traditionally associated with the town of Aix-en-Provence, France; consequently, most of the world supply of calissons are still made in the Provence region.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    From Wikipedia:

    Calissons
    are a traditional French candy consisting of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing. Calissons have a texture not unlike that of marzipan, but with a fruitier, distinctly melon-like flavor. Calissons are often almond-shaped and are typically about two inches in length. Calissons are traditionally associated with the town of Aix-en-Provence, France; consequently, most of the world supply of calissons are still made in the Provence region.

    That explains the melon note. Thanks. I was too lazy to look it up.

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    Default Re: Most Entertaining, Outlandish, Inexplicable Notes in a Perfume

    I thought I'd mention Soft Lawn by Imaginary Authors which boasts a note called 'tennis balls'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by remik View Post
    Someone just posted in another thread about an "interesting note" they detect in many fragrances. The note is... (drumroll please)... "crushed ants."

    No idea what crushed ants are supposed to smell like, but it sounds like there's strong citronella association going on, by those in the know (and how they know, I don't want to know).
    It's a very distinct scent, bread-like but pungent and rancid. Smells of childhood, lying on the hot pavement after a swim, squishing ants with a pudgy thumb in the summer heat...squish...squish...squish.

    Harissa from CDG smells like crushed ants to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beach Girl View Post
    I thought I'd mention Soft Lawn by Imaginary Authors which boasts a note called 'tennis balls'.
    That is a hoot- what smells - Fuzzy, yellow, hot and round?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    That is a hoot- what smells - Fuzzy, yellow, hot and round?
    I haven't smelled it, but I've smelled a fair few from the line and I'd wager it's a more grassy, rubber note than anything.

    While not totally unique, "The Cobra and the Canary" from the same line has an asphalt note that is fairly pronounced.
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    Demeter Fragrance Library has several weird ones (unfortunately, all very short-lived), including Beetroot (spelled as one word) which smells like root of beet (of course), and I actually like it. Possibly their most infamous one, Mildew: http://jefouinetufouines.fr/wp-conte...moisissure.jpg And here's the story, from their own website: This one has quite a story. As told by one of Demeter's own: "One of the largest woman's magazines put my home number in by mistake. Late one night during that month, a really lovely woman from New Jersey called. We chatted for awhile about Demeter, and finally I asked her what aroma she really enjoyed. She said 'You know it's the smell of first turning my air conditioners in May'. And I replied: 'Well that's Mildew'. We did Mildew in honor of her. And sent her some, much to her happy surprise." It goes to show that odd aroma can be very appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by throwbookatface View Post
    Same with "tea" accords. Teas range from smoky to fresh green to cabbage-vegetal to sweet to bitter to woody to flowery to fruity to chocolatey, depending on the varietal. And I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt and presuming that they're talking about tea made from the tealeaf plant, not another plant or a mixed or spiced tea.

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    Default Re: Most Entertaining, Outlandish, Inexplicable Notes in a Perfume

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    Demeter Fragrance Library has several weird ones (unfortunately, all very short-lived), including Beetroot (spelled as one word) which smells like root of beet (of course), and I actually like it. Possibly their most infamous one, Mildew: http://jefouinetufouines.fr/wp-conte...moisissure.jpg And here's the story, from their own website: This one has quite a story. As told by one of Demeter's own: "One of the largest woman's magazines put my home number in by mistake. Late one night during that month, a really lovely woman from New Jersey called. We chatted for awhile about Demeter, and finally I asked her what aroma she really enjoyed. She said 'You know it's the smell of first turning my air conditioners in May'. And I replied: 'Well that's Mildew'. We did Mildew in honor of her. And sent her some, much to her happy surprise." It goes to show that odd aroma can be very appealing.
    This strikes me very funny.we fought mildew odors for years. I had the vents cleaned, got a new roof, cleaned the inside of the furnace and changed the filters. The odor never left until recently when we got new air conditioning and furnace- both!

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    I don't know if this one has been mentioned yet but in my search I found a fragrance called Pan by Anya's Garden with the note of goat hair tincture. I have no idea what that smells like..maybe like sheep?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    This strikes me very funny.we fought mildew odors for years. I had the vents cleaned, got a new roof, cleaned the inside of the furnace and changed the filters. The odor never left until recently when we got new air conditioning and furnace- both!
    Great thread, Kumquat!

    How about a "horsemane" note in Cartier IV L'Heure Fougueuse.

    Another is a "clean shirt" accord in Richard James EDT.
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