List and rate the tobacco frags you've worn

DEMON

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 8, 2010
Samba Skin-dirt cheap cherry tobacco. Surprisingly good for the price. 7
Pure Havane-excellent. Dry, but with a bit of fruitiness. 8.5
Tobacco Vanille-This seems a little polarizing, and though it's linear and simple to me, it's exquisite. 10
18.21 Man Made-high quality honeyed cigars. Great performance. 9.25
Insurrection II Wild-Probably the best value for under $30, and similar to PH. 8
 

hednic

Well-known member
Oct 25, 2007
Too many I own to list. I'll just mention five I currently enjoy:

Cuir Tabac by David Jourquain
Tobacco by Franck Boclet
Tabac Rouge by Phaedon
Herod by Parfums De Marly
Pure Havane by Thierry Mugler
 
Last edited:

checkmate

Well-known member
Sep 8, 2013
Rating is tough because I like them all for different reasons.


1. Moods by Krizia
2. Vintage Gianfranco Ferre for Man
3. Tobacco by Boclet
4. Tabac Rouge by Phaedon
5. Cigalia by Roger and Gallet

Honorable mention: Vintage Dolce and Gabbana PH

Edits: I mistakingly wrote down some leather frags that I just deleted... Oops!

Wild Card: Eau de Baux by L'Occitane (though not a true tobacco)

There are others, but this is my top 5 (for now :) ).
 
Last edited:

NickZee

Well-known member
Sep 19, 2014
Monsillage Aviation Club is my favorite tobacco - 10/10

Tom Ford for Men is another one I highly rate - 9.5/10.

The rest of my tobaccos are Basenotes favourites. Not much point listing them.
 
Last edited:

freewheelingvagabond

Well-known member
Jun 10, 2012
I take back my question. I don't think rating based on how good a 'tobacco fragrance' makes a lot of sense, as in that case anything that approximates some version of a tobacco 'soliflore' would be the best.

These would be my ratings for some tobacco fragrances (there are some here that I do not think of as tobacco fragrances, but are frequently mentioned in the same category) -


Feuilles des Tabac - 3/5
Tobacco Rose - 2.5/5
Back to Black - 2.5/5

Eau des Baux - 3.5/5
Pure Havane - 3.5/5
Havana - 4.5/5

Tabacco Toscano - 2.5/5
Acqua di Cuba - 4/5
Odori Tabacco - 4/5

Blend 30 - 4.5/5
Tabarome Millesime - 1.5/5
Tobacco Vanille - 3/5
Tobacco Oud - 2.5/5
Burberry London - 3/5

Chergui - 4.5/5
Czech & Speake Cuba - 4/5
Tabac Original - 3.5/5
Fumerie Turque - 3.5/5

Equipage - 4/5
John Varvatos Vintage - 2.5/5
D&G The One - 3/5
CK Shock for Him - 2.5/5
Vermeil for Men - 4/5
Cuir Cuba Intense - 3/5
Volutes EdP - 3/5
Versace Dreamer - 3.5/5
Jasmin et Cigarette - 2.5/5
Monsillage Aviation Club - 3/5
Tom Ford for Men - 2.5/5
Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme (Germany version) - 3/5
Guerlain Vetiver (ribbed EdT bottle) - 4/5
Gucci Nobile - 4/5
Davidoff - 4/5
Gucci Pour Homme II - 3/5
Ralph Lauren Polo - 4/5
Quorum - 3/5
Tim McGraw Southern Blend - 2/5
Spicebomb - 2/5
Jaguar for Men (current) - 2.5/5
Bel Ami (previous version) - 4/5
Jazz Club - 2.5/5
Tea for Two - 2.5/5

I'm not saying all of these are 'tobacco' fragrances - to me, at least. But each one of these have been mentioned/suggested by members on Basenotes in various tobacco fragrance threads.

The ratings are reflective of how good/bad they are as fragrances, and not necessarily tobacco fragrances.

Rating Scale: 3.5 & up - positive / 2.5, 3 - neutral / 2 and below - negative

Edit: Put in italics and underlined the ones I consider as tobacco fragrances of one style or the other.
 
Last edited:

seekritdude

Well-known member
Jun 17, 2012
Still no place to reasonably sample Tobacco by Boclet in the US I assume? Thats still one ive wanted to try for a long time...

Anyway im bad at tier lists to many i like but, TV, the one, herod, tobaccognac, 1821, b2b, ck shock, commandante, pure havane, one million prive, tea for two, tabac rogue, light my fire, enigma blah blah could go on and on really right? But those are all things that I would wear and enjoy to varying degrees
 

MegaMav

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2013
These two are tops for me:

Frapin - Speakeasy (I absolutely love it, the tobacco accord is the real deal with tobacco absolute and stars after 3 hours in)
Odori - Tabacco (If you asked an artist to create a tobacco fragrance without actual tobacco absolute this would be it. Leathery tobacco leaves & vanilla with soft fluffy jasmine petals.)

Middling tobacco fragrances worth a try:

Chopard - Oud Malaki (Tobacco accord created with a combination of dry spices. It is humid at some points, even a bit sweaty like Pasha)
Tom Ford - Tobacco Vanille (I am certain they reformulated this for the better. More of the clove tobacco less of the tooth rotting sweet vanilla and gooey fruits)
Michael Kors - Michael for Men (virile with its dried plums and apricots in a leather bowl with tobacco leaves stewed in warm urine. Its an ambery type of tobacco scent)

These two are NOT tobacco fragrances (contrary to mass belief):

Thierry Mugler - Pure Havane (Wearing this now, its a spicy vanilla, probably selling it soon, mediocre fragrance)
Parfums de Marly - Herod (More of a cinnamon dusted custard filled italian pastry with a cherry on top. I get ZERO tobacco)

I recommend going to a cigar shop and get a pouch of unflavored loose tobacco so you understand the high degree complexity the smell of tobacco has.
I have come to the conclusion that many of those commenting on tobacco fragrances have no idea what real tobacco smells like.
It doesnt smell like cherries and it doesnt smell like vanilla. Its ripe, its complex, spicy, aromatic, dark, strong, deep, flaky, dry, slightly sweet, a little urinous at times.
 

Dandydude

Well-known member
Sep 26, 2015
Some stand outs in my collection

Oroville
Enigma
Back to Black
Chergui
Black Afgano
Tobacco Vanille
 
Last edited:

tensor9

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Feb 18, 2014
Chergui 6/5
Tabarome Millesime 3/5
Tobaco Oud 2.5/5
Tobacco Vanille -2/5
Diptyque Volutes -1/5

Yes, the last two are, in fact, negative values.

I'm sure I've warn some more tobacco scents here and there, but it's usually not my thing. Not because of the note itself, but because of what comes with it.
 

tspencer

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 12, 2016
Hmm,

So far this year I've worn and own only two I rate them:
1-Creed Royal Oud
2-Bvlgari Man in Black

Both are great for different reasons. I have smelled, but never wore Tom Ford Tabacco Vanille. I don't need a whole lot of tobacco scents. Two seems more than enough for now and it would take something very unique and good to get me to think another tobacco'ish fragrance is worth putting in my collection. I still want to try Parums de Marly Herod.

I'm shocked nobody mentioned Royal Oud. Sure, there are many notes in it, but smells like tobacco is one of the main front notes to me. And I don't care if Creed or Fragrantica doesn't list tobacco as one of the notes. It smells like it big time to me. I even layer a tobacco deodorant with this because of the scent.
 
Last edited:

pippin06

Well-known member
Feb 8, 2017
While john varvatos may not be a "tobacco" scent, I sure get tobacco every time I wear it, along with dates and vanilla. Regarding ratings, I think it's 5 out of 5. In addition to a lovely, mature scent that is versatile and sexy, I get great longevity--8+ hours, and I'm a light sprayer. However, projection may not be the greatest. For me, projection is no issue however.
 

Melbourne Man

Well-known member
Sep 23, 2016
Of the ones I have with prominent amount of tobacco in them, best to least best:

Herod
Versace Man
Chergui
Aramis Havana
Pure Havane
Tobacco Vanille
Cigar by Remy Latour

I like all of them, but the longevity on Cigar is pitiful. Herod is quite beastly, Havana is best bang for buck and Versace Man is the real surprise when I tried it. Very nicely blended tobacco and saffron.
 

Dnaforever2203

Well-known member
Apr 9, 2015
Xerjoff Naxos 3/5 - to close to PH
Phaedon Tabac Rouge 4/5
By Kilian Back to Black 2/5 - baby powder killed it
Parfums De Marly Herod 3/5
Tobacco Vanille 2/5

Next on my list 18.21
 

Trauerkraut

Well-known member
Nov 14, 2009
A*Men Pure Havane 8/10
Avant Garde 7/10
Back to Black 8/10
Black Afgano 8/10
Bois d'Ascèse 8/10
Bois d'Ombrie 7/10
Burberry London 7/10
Casbah 9/10
Chergui 8/10
Cozé 02 8/10
Cuba 7/10
Eau de Gloire 7/10
Eau des Baux 4/10
Envy for Men 7/10
Fumerie Turque 7/10
Furyo 7/10
Havana 7/10
Jasmin et Cigarette 6/10
Jazz 7/10
Oud Immortel 8/10
Panama 1924 8/10
Speakeasy 8/10
Sycomore 8/10
Tabac Original 5/10
Tea for Two 2/10
Tonka Impériale 9/10
Vermeil for Men 8/10
Versace The Dreamer 5/10
Vétiver Guerlain 7/10
Volutes 7/10
 
Last edited:

AnthonyG

Well-known member
Jul 27, 2015
Lucky Strike 10/10

Select honourable mentions: Jasmin et Cigarette, Speakeasy, Tabac, Boclet Tobacco, Fougere Nobile, Tabacco d'Autore, & Eau de Gloire
 

crashtestbrummie

Well-known member
Dec 14, 2016
...

These two are NOT tobacco fragrances (contrary to mass belief):

Thierry Mugler - Pure Havane (Wearing this now, its a spicy vanilla, probably selling it soon, mediocre fragrance)
Parfums de Marly - Herod (More of a cinnamon dusted custard filled italian pastry with a cherry on top. I get ZERO tobacco)

...

I've probably seen you say this about Pure Havane eight or nine times now on here. It was actually marketed as a cigar-evoking perfume, wasn't it? So whether or not there is an actually tobacco accord in it, it's all about the impression the fragrance gives to the wearer, surely?
 

Trauerkraut

Well-known member
Nov 14, 2009
I recommend going to a cigar shop and get a pouch of unflavored loose tobacco so you understand the high degree complexity the smell of tobacco has.
I have come to the conclusion that many of those commenting on tobacco fragrances have no idea what real tobacco smells like.
It doesnt smell like cherries and it doesnt smell like vanilla. Its ripe, its complex, spicy, aromatic, dark, strong, deep, flaky, dry, slightly sweet, a little urinous at times.

...obviously you forget that tobacco is not 1 smell: there are various cigar (matted/unmatted) tobacco smells, various cigarette- and/or pipe tobacco smells: it depends on how the tobacco is processed. Then you have also the fresh plant as in Havana (Aramis). There is tobacco in Pure Havane as well as in Herod (ask Jacques Huclier and Olivier Pescheux!).
 
Last edited:

sjg3839

Well-known member
Aug 21, 2012
Tobacco Vanille
Tobacco Oud
Tabac Rouge
Chergui
Pure Havane
Avant Garde
Burberry London
Carven Homme
Versace Dreamer and a host of others
 

MegaMav

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2013
...obviously you forget that tobacco is not 1 smell: there are various cigar (matted/unmatted) tobacco smells, various cigarette- and/or pipe tobacco smells: it depends on how the tobacco is processed. Then you have also the fresh plant as in Havana (Aramis). There is tobacco in Pure Havane as well as in Herod (ask Jacques Huclier and Olivier Pescheux!).

I dont need a note list or perfumer to tell me if tobacco is in a composition or not. I use my own nose.
The most basic form of tobacco and easiest to obtain is unscented loose tobacco. For those not familiar with the scent I recommend basing your tobacco experiences based on that and not perfume claims. You'll quickly see there are very few that are even close to attaining the level of complexity of actual tobacco regardless of its form.

I've probably seen you say this about Pure Havane eight or nine times now on here. It was actually marketed as a cigar-evoking perfume, wasn't it? So whether or not there is an actually tobacco accord in it, it's all about the impression the fragrance gives to the wearer, surely?

Literal or impression, I think it falls woefully short.
Its ambery, spicy, vanilla with a bit of leather. Maybe that maraschino cherry thing at the top was supposed to be tobacco. I give up on it.
 

LiveJazz

Funky fresh
Basenotes Plus
Mar 16, 2006
I've learned over the years that tobacco usually isn't my note, and I particularly have trouble with the big, sweet, heavy hitters like Tobacco Vanille and Back to Black.

I do enjoy a few that use the note with a lighter touch, though: Tabacco Toscano, Guerlain Vetiver, Diptyque Volutes.

In the next tier down, I'd place Chergui, The Dreamer, Pure Havane, and D&G Pour Homme (vintage).
 

Ken_Russell

Well-known member
Jan 21, 2006
In no particular order, the ratings being quite random and/or unsorted: Pure Havane-8/10, Bogart pour Homme-7,5/10, Tabarome Millesime-8/10, Zara Tobacco Collection (both scents released within this line so far)-7/10, CHH Tobacco-7/10, CK One Shock-7,5/10, Tabac Original-8/10, Lutens Chypre Rouge (even with no tobacco listed officially in this one, still getting a fairly strong and fairly credible tobacco note from it)-8,5/10, Chergui-8,5/10, Lanvin Avant Garde-7,5/10, Havana-8/10, the "boozy tobacco" notes in Escada pour Homme-anywhere between 7,5 and 8, The One EDP-8, Xerjoff Oesel-8,5/10, Xerjoff Oroville-8,5/10, Varvatos Vintage- around 8 again
 
Last edited:

Relic2279

Active member
Apr 13, 2017
1. Robert Graham's Fortitude

To be fair, that's the only tobacco scent I'm familiar with. Underrated though, if you ask me. Be nice if someone had a split of his frags going. Fortitude and Valor are good, don't care for Courage though.
 

epapsiou

Always be smelling
Basenotes Plus
Sep 28, 2015
I didnt get hardly any tobacco in that one either.
A big tonka bomb with a little bit of spice. Sweet & soft. Very amateur-ish fragrance at absurd pricing.
Don't know much tobacco but Robert Graham is worse than meh. I tried all three and was very disappointed
 

seekritdude

Well-known member
Jun 17, 2012
On the subject of what is real tobacco and what not, I think this kind of thought process potentially takes the fun out of things. Even if pure havane and herod have no "real" tobacco note, its what they are suppose to evoke. Its the fun, its the story of it. I mean lets be honest have you guys ever read some of the ridiculous stuff that companies put out on their fragrances "le fragrance you imagine the tropical air, the lambrogini with laser guns, you are smoke le tobacco, zesty sea breeze as you are with your girl on a seductive night" blah blah... Just let it be fun, as long as its with in reason whats the problem?

I can tell you I wear fragrances all the time people stop me and tell me they think im wearing something different, is it that bad if a certain combo of smells make you liken it to something else? Heres one I wear randomly montales vanille absolute.. you know how many times, someone has ever told me they thought I smelled like vanilla when I wear that?? maybe ONCE.. ONCE ever. Almost everyone thinks it smells like chocolate(which I also think vanilla and woods makes me think of chocolate as well), hell I even have some people say they think that one smells like pipe tobacco as well.

Anyway, just saying just because a fragrance doesnt have a "real" note of that, is it that bad? especially considering its SUPPOSED to make you think that in the first place?
 

MegaMav

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2013
On the subject of what is real tobacco and what not, I think this kind of thought process potentially takes the fun out of things. Even if pure havane and herod have no "real" tobacco note, its what they are suppose to evoke. Its the fun, its the story of it.

Just let it be fun, as long as its with in reason whats the problem?

Anyway, just saying just because a fragrance doesnt have a "real" note of that, is it that bad? especially considering its SUPPOSED to make you think that in the first place?

If a fragrance does not evoke "tobacco" is it a tobacco fragrance because the marketing insists it is?
Im not really getting your point here, fun or not, this hobby is a constant exercise in sensation and perception.
I've smelled many forms of dry, cured tobacco. Cigar, cigarette, hookah, chew, loose. Flavored and unflavored. I havent smelled the uncured wet, green leaf.
When I say a fragrance doesnt have tobacco, it means it doesnt evoke any of those I've smelled above. I've smelled plenty. Its one of my very favorite scents out there in the world.
Maybe I'm in the wrong on tobacco, anything is possible, but nothing gets my attention more than the smell of a freshly packed and newly lit pipe. Its magic to me.
 
Last edited:

cpp214

Well-known member
Jan 20, 2011
Tobacco Vanille 5/10 (not a tobacco fragrance at all to me, all I get is a vanilla bomb)
Pure Havane 6.5/10
Vermeil for Men 7/10 (animalic tobacco)
Tabac Rouge 9/10 (hands down best tobacco I've sampled)
Chergui 7/10
D&G Pour Homme (vintage) 7.5/10
Lanvin Avant Garde 8/10 (would get a 10/10 if it lasted longer/projected more)
Odori Tabacco 7/10 (would get an 8 or 9 out of 10 based on smell alone, but performance is horrible for me)

Really wanting to try 18.21 Man Made, may just blind buy it when funds become available again
 
Last edited:

tspencer

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 12, 2016
Is everyone picking only tobacco fragrances as single scents? I don't see anyone pick Bvlgari Man in Black which I think is a really great take on tobacco with a fresh, aldehyde-almost-mint back drop with tobacco and black pepper and a faint black tea note. I think it crushes Tom Ford's Tobacco Vanille. Just my opinion. That's why I own Man In Black over a number of others I've smelled. I just think Bvlgari's MIB gets no love because it's easy to hate on a corporate name. I think it's underrated now after reading this thread.
 
Last edited:
Sep 22, 2014
Scent overall...IMO

Franck Boclet Tobacco 9/10
18.21 8.5/10
Pure Havane 7/10
Burberry London 6/10
Versace Dreamer 5/10
Parfums de Marly Herod 8.5/10
Chergui 8/10
 

freewheelingvagabond

Well-known member
Jun 10, 2012
The whole point of considering what is tobacco and what is not is rather moot, unless one specifies the actual tobacco smell they have in mind. This actual tobacco smell needs to be a specific form of tobacco, in a certain condition, but even then there is likely to be significant subjective bias. In any case most of tobacco - pipes, vapes etc. are additionally flavoured which add aromas. Even the tobacco used in different cigarette brands smell different. Any tobacco aspect of Jasmin et Cigarette is completely different from that of Odori Tabacco - yet each one is a valid tobacco representation of two different forms. What about the uncured green tobacco leaves? What about Parfumerie Generale Coze? It manages somehow to hint and even briefly but successfully evoke certain aspects of a beedi, from the smell of unlit beedi to the smell that lingers on after a smoke.

Moreover, what exactly gives a perfume a 'tobacco' smell? To the best of my knowledge it's either tobacco absolute (which smells nothing like 99% of the fragrances listed here) or hay absolute or some combination of synthetics. This is unlike many florals such as tuberose or jasmine - where the contributing element is tuberose or jasmine absolute - which actually smell like the flower in question that most people associate with. Tobacco, by contrast, is more of a fantasy note - though not as much as leather. Therefore, any comparison is bound to be subjective.

There are other notes where the smell comes from a combination of synthetics, but the note in question is so well understood and uniform to everyone that there is hardly any scope for controversy. Off the top of my head examples would be several fruity notes such as pineapple or watermelon. These are purely synthetic notes yet everyone either smells pineapple/watermelon or not - since everyone has the same olfactory association of these fruits - unlike tobacco or leather.

Fresh uncured tobacco leaves, dry cured tobacco, cigarettes, snuff, hookah, cigars, beedis, pipe tobacco, tobacconist's shop, smell of tobacco smoke (the list is endless ...) - all these vary wildly in their olfactory ranges and additionally are different across geographies and cultures. Mentioning something to be a tobacco smell without context is not useful, and considering one's personal associations and evocations to be definitive is plain silly.
 
Last edited:

MegaMav

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2013
freewheelingvagabond, im not going to quote your long post.
By your assessment, anything usually paired with tobacco like vanilla, cherry, mint, cloves has the potential to evoke "tobacco" so its fair game to be called tobacco.
I disagree, there still is the underlying material of tobacco, when dried has a pretty unique scent profile.
All the additives put in, are just that, additives, just like in fragrances.

IMO, this is no different than flavored foods like almonds. Smoked, habanero, wasabi, cinnamon.
All flavored, but I know what an almond tastes/smells like without the additional flavor.
My smoked sausages and pork dont evoke almonds. Neither does vanilla or cherry with tobacco for me.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, fruit, like apples, oranges. There is no base "apple" or "orange" flavor.

As someone with a small private orchard I'd ask:
What is an "apple"? McIntosh? Gala? Jonamac? Orleans Reinette? Kidd's Orange Red? Cox's Orange Pippin? Jonagold? There are 1000s and they all taste different.
Even the blossoms all smell different. My Orleans Reinette tree is blooming and addictive to smell right now.
Notes: Sueded rose petals, intensely musky, lilies. Deep, heady stuff.

Most would probably recall a blended apple juice as their base "apple" flavor to associate, but thats not even accurate as blends change each year and its not one type of apple.

We can go back and forth on sensation, perception, heuristics and association. Like everything else in this hobby, even life, its subjective.
To me "tobacco" is unflavored, loose tobacco, unsmoked.

I guess i'll never understand why people smell cherry or vanilla or clove and say "Tobacco".
Its just not tobacco to me without the base element of tobacco, flavored or not.
 

Relic2279

Active member
Apr 13, 2017
Sure. Just dont call it tobacco. :)

Not that I disagree with you, since my tobacco scent experience is non-existent, but doesn't that raise the question; For a scent to be considered "tobacco​", does the tobacco have to dominate? If it's a subtle tobacco, is it something else instead?
 

MegaMav

Well-known member
Dec 12, 2013
Not that I disagree with you, since my tobacco scent experience is non-existent, but doesn't that raise the question; For a scent to be considered "tobacco​", does the tobacco have to dominate? If it's a subtle tobacco, is it something else instead?

Personally, it has to be a noticeable primary note that lasts.
To me tobacco is a base note, so its just about how much it sticks out.
I view tobacco as a literal material not some associative thing like claimed above like part of a shop, smoke or any other material added to tobacco.
With that in mind, tobacco could be 2 materials. Raw, green, uncured. Dried, cured. All the rest is just additional processing variance to me.

I didnt mean for this thread to get derailed like this, but I think its important to talk about associations of this material and how utterly frustrating it can be searching in this genre when so many people will claim "tobacco", but in reality its something else. Like vanilla, cloves, cherry, osmanthus, mint, incense, smoke or some other associated material.

Next time I go into town im going to buy a pouch of loose unscented tobacco and a cigar for fun, just to revisit.
Frapin's Speakeasy is the most literal fragrance creation of tobacco for me, as it uses a hefty dose of deniconized Tobacco Absolute.
 

Relic2279

Active member
Apr 13, 2017
I don't think it's derailing the thread, I'm learning quite a bit. :)

Speaking of Tobacco scents, I've had my eye on Royal Crown Habanos. I think Naylor is splitting it and I'm going to pick some up unless anyone thinks it's a bad idea.
 

Roky

Well-known member
Jun 1, 2015
Big love for tobacco here! My top 5 is pretty old school though ...
1. Vintage Tabacco d'Harar is my tobacco heaven (almost exactly the smell of the fire-cured kentucky tobacco I use to smoke. There's cloves/carnation in it, fougère elements and musk.)
2. Early versions of Tabac Original After Shave (comes close to Tabacco d'Harar)
3. Boss Nr. 1 (rose fougère and cigarette smoke)
4. Bogart pour Homme (cherry tobacco/marzipan/gasoline barbershop - a bit of a genre of its own ... :)
5. Nobile (refined leafy tobacco and blonde smoke)
 

mhiregoudar

Well-known member
Jul 13, 2015
The whole point of considering what is tobacco and what is not is rather moot, unless one specifies the actual tobacco smell they have in mind. This actual tobacco smell needs to be a specific form of tobacco, in a certain condition, but even then there is likely to be significant subjective bias. In any case most of tobacco - pipes, vapes etc. are additionally flavoured which add aromas. Even the tobacco used in different cigarette brands smell different. Any tobacco aspect of Jasmin et Cigarette is completely different from that of Odori Tabacco - yet each one is a valid tobacco representation of two different forms. What about the uncured green tobacco leaves? What about Parfumerie Generale Coze? It manages somehow to hint and even briefly but successfully evoke certain aspects of a beedi, from the smell of unlit beedi to the smell that lingers on after a smoke.

Moreover, what exactly gives a perfume a 'tobacco' smell? To the best of my knowledge it's either tobacco absolute (which smells nothing like 99% of the fragrances listed here) or hay absolute or some combination of synthetics. This is unlike many florals such as tuberose or jasmine - where the contributing element is tuberose or jasmine absolute - which actually smell like the flower in question that most people associate with. Tobacco, by contrast, is more of a fantasy note - though not as much as leather. Therefore, any comparison is bound to be subjective.

There are other notes where the smell comes from a combination of synthetics, but the note in question is so well understood and uniform to everyone that there is hardly any scope for controversy. Off the top of my head examples would be several fruity notes such as pineapple or watermelon. These are purely synthetic notes yet everyone either smells pineapple/watermelon or not - since everyone has the same olfactory association of these fruits - unlike tobacco or leather.

Fresh uncured tobacco leaves, dry cured tobacco, cigarettes, snuff, hookah, cigars, beedis, pipe tobacco, tobacconist's shop, smell of tobacco smoke (the list is endless ...) - all these vary wildly in their olfactory ranges and additionally are different across geographies and cultures. Mentioning something to be a tobacco smell without context is not useful, and considering one's personal associations and evocations to be definitive is plain silly.

Nicely said & agree with you,

I don't associate the following fragrances with the smell of tobacco,
Herod - Cough syrup opening & vetiver/cedar drydown
Pure havane - Cough syrup opening with original A* Men drydown
Tobacco vanille - Toothpaste with clove essence
D & G The one - Sweet woody fragrance
The Dreamer - Tonaka, vanilla, lavender & woods.

Now The fragrances that strongly remind me of tobacco are,

Memoir man - A mixture of wet & Dry Tobacco with limestone (at least for first 4 hours)
Jubilation XXV - Opened pack of Marlboro red cigarettes (2 hours after application)
Perfume Calligraphy Rose - Dry tobacco (5-6 hours after application)
Bois d'Argent - Dry tobacco mixed with eucalyptus - Snuff powder (right from the opening)
Polo green - Wet green tobacco (To some extent)
Guerlain vetiver - Dry tobacco (way down into the dry down)
Creed Royal oud - Dry tobacco (first couple of hours)
Burberry London - Butter coated with dry tobacco :grin:
 
Last edited:

Staff online

Latest News

Top