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    Default What does Rhubarb smell like?

    I know there are online dictionaries to answer this, but I want an answer from people who understand fragrance. Someone said Vintage by John Varvatos has a rhubarb note, I don't know. From what I have read, rhubarb smells like strawberries???
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    It's sweet and sour with a fruityness.

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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    From what I have read, rhubarb smells like strawberries???
    No, but it does go well WITH strawberries, providing a perfect balance between sweetness and sourness.

    Rhubarb smells green and fresh, sharp, almost like freshly cut grass. There is a sort of sour feel to it, especially if you taste it (pretty bitter - hence why it's often mixed with strawberries or sugar to balance that out).

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    Difficult to describe - tart, citrusy-green.
    Aedes de Venustas does / did a rhubarby perfume, if I recall.
    There's a dominant rhubarb note in Jour d'Hermès, too.
    The material typically responsible for the smell in perfume is Styralyl Acetate.
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    Try Dunhill 51.3, this has a great rhubarb note that exemplifies rhubarb in perfumery imo. Plus it kind of smells like Dior Homme, which is always a plus.
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    Rhubarb smell is green sappy plant citrus red fruit berryish with a definite earthy note too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    Rhubarb smell is green sappy plant citrus red fruit berryish with a definite earthy note too.
    Great description !

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    Thank you. I broke a bit and smelled it from the garden.

    http://your-perfume-guide.blogspot.c...9/rhubarb.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    Rhubarb smell is green sappy plant citrus red fruit berryish with a definite earthy note too.
    That's about the most accurate description for the note I have heard. Well said.
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    Fahrenheit (1988)
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    Burberry London (2006)
    Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
    Live Jazz (1998)
    Eau des Baux (2006)
    Midnight in Paris EDP (2010)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    To me it smells like a cross between strawberry and soursop with an earthy feeling.
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by gandhajala View Post
    Difficult to describe - tart, citrusy-green.
    Aedes de Venustas does / did a rhubarby perfume, if I recall.
    There's a dominant rhubarb note in Jour d'Hermès, too.
    The material typically responsible for the smell in perfume is Styralyl Acetate.
    You are thinking of "Aedes de Venustas Eau de Parfum" and it's still in production. I agree it's a good example of a rhubarb scent, in fact I think it pretty much steamrolls all the other notes in the fragrance.
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Try Dunhill 51.3, this has a great rhubarb note that exemplifies rhubarb in perfumery imo. Plus it kind of smells like Dior Homme, which is always a plus.
    Yes, I have been reading about 51.3, but Dunhill Desire (the red one) made me gag, so I am hesitant, ha. Still, might be worth checking out.
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Thanks, everyone, for your info and suggestions. When I get stuck on a mysterious note, I HAVE to find it, ha. (Okay, I admit I am obsessive/compulsive.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    Yes, I have been reading about 51.3, but Dunhill Desire (the red one) made me gag, so I am hesitant, ha. Still, might be worth checking out.
    Well that's understandable. Dunhill Desire is swill. The synthetic cloying mess that that stuff is is just sad. I've tried a lot from Dunhill, they actually have many good offerings. I currently own 51.3, Pursuit, Pure, and Fresh. They all have their own unique character and charm.. Pursuit is probably my least favorite of the 3, but it's still better than many current designer releases.

    I've seen 51.3 going really cheap on Perfumania site, I picked up a small bottle for like 13 bucks I think, about a year ago though. I don't reach for it often, because I just have so many others to choose from. It is nice though.
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    Burberry London (2006)
    Prada Amber pour Homme (2006)
    Live Jazz (1998)
    Eau des Baux (2006)
    Midnight in Paris EDP (2010)
    Arpege pour Homme (2005)
    Eau Duelle (2010)

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    Live Jazz has a good rhubarb presence and is a great scent overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    It's sweet and sour with a fruityness.
    This

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    Acidic and "green" in my opinion.

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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Rhubarb smells tart and acidic with a kind of semi-sweet grapefruit/strawberry scent, watery, with cucumbery notes, a bit green-soapy like coriander leaf. Overall you'd probably say it was a green citrus smell.
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    B*Men has a strong rhubarb note, try it

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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    While searching for rhubarb frags, I found Burberry Brit Red (marketed to women). Basenotes description doesn't mention rhubarb, but another site does. Now I have to find it, especially after reading one review that specifically calls it a "rhubarb fragrance", and how a man can EASILY wear it.
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Well, I went to the grocery store this morning to find some rhubarb, to see what it smells like. They didn't have any, but the woman working there told me rhubarb "doesn't have a fragrance". No, I'm serious, that is what she told me. But anyway, they didn't have any yet, but she said it is now coming into season, so should be here soon.
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    Some people cannot smell things at all. She must be one of them. What a great shame in life, not to be able to smell.

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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by mumsy View Post
    Some people cannot smell things at all. She must be one of them. What a great shame in life, not to be able to smell.
    I can't imagine what that is like.
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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    Try Dunhill 51.3, this has a great rhubarb note that exemplifies rhubarb in perfumery imo. Plus it kind of smells like Dior Homme, which is always a plus.
    I plan to visit the local outlet mall this evening and look for 51.3N. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    Flash Back by Olfactive Studios has a Rhubarb note and is a great unisex fresh transparent summer fragrance. It almost made my to buy list because of it's uniqueness.

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    Default Re: What does Rhubarb smell like?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen-at-home View Post
    I plan to visit the local outlet mall this evening and look for 51.3N. Thanks for the suggestion.
    I have and enjoy 51.3N. Very inexpensive on fragrancnet.com

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