FRAGRANCE NOTES -- from splendid to icky IMHO

FAVOR: Mild, low-pitched, green, citric, floral, and resinous scents; old-fashioned chypres.

★★★★☆ GOOD: Acacia, Amber, Angelica, Artemisia (Wormwood), Balsam, Basil, Blackberry, Black Currant (Cassis), Cade, Caramel, Cardamom, Castoreum, Citron, Civet, Clover, Coffee, Coumarin, Cucumber, Datura, Fig, Frangipani, Green Tea, Hazelnut, Immortelle (Everlasting Flower), Iso E Super, Lavender, Leather, Lemon, Linden, Mint, Musk, Myrrh, Oak Moss, Opopanax, Orange Blossom, Pineapple, Powder, Praline, Rose de Mai, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Strawberry, Sweet Grass (dried), Tangerine, Tiare, Tonka, Vetiver, Ylang-Ylang, Yuzu.

★★★☆☆ IFFY: Aldehydes, Almond, Anise, Aquatic (Marine), Carnation, Cedar, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Coconut, Fern, Galbanum, Gardenia, Geranium, Grapefruit, Heliotrope, Incense, Jasmine, Lilac, Lily-of-the-Valley, Patchouli, Peony, Pepper, Rose, Tea, Tuberose, Vanilla.

★★☆☆☆ UNENTHUSED: Almost all modern, mainstream department store frags.

★☆☆☆☆ ICKY: Apple, Cloves, Coriander, Ginger, Honey, Licorice, Melon, Metallic, Smoke; Spices in general, virtually all Orientals.

☆☆☆☆☆ SEMI-ANOSMIC: Honeysuckle, Iris, Lily, Violet.

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Well-known member
Oct 19, 2009
Oh, my sweet dear. Anosmic to iris. How cruel can life be for you?! Mwaahhh, ha ha! A sarcastic joke of course, Mrs. Q.

Great list! And I should think about just this thing myself. It would help to clarify seemingly random likes and dislikes. Thank you for the idea!


queen of the universe
Basenotes Plus
Jun 8, 2008
Very interesting. Thanks for making it alphabetical. I like your categories, esp Iffy, Unenthused, and Icky. Fragrance hits us that way. Iffy is in the middle, but it hardly sounds neutral. After all, who is neutral when it comes to smell, it's either "give me more" or "get it away from me."

Given the notes, I'd love to see your Top 10 list (or 20, or 100...).


Well-known member
Feb 8, 2009
Thanks, Quarry,

I'm concluding that we're all different. E.g., I'm very enthusiastic about Honeysuckle but borderline anosmic to Iso E Super & all the modern synthetic musks I've tried.

Is it only the perfume iris note (made from the roots) that you can't smell? How about the flowers, some of which I really love?

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