BACCHUS, TOBACCO…& VENUS

It is an ingredient used in many men’s fragrances because it gives any composition a warm and masculine, yet refined note. We’re talking about tobacco, which adds to fragrances that extra touch because it lends itself to various olfactory interpretations. It can be “sweet, ” combined with fruity, floral notes, or those of honey and vanilla, “dirty” thanks to the addition of black pepper or other pungent spices, leather or musk, and finally “smoky” tinted with incense or scorched wood. In any case, its effect is hard to achieve with other raw material, and this makes tobacco much loved amongst fragrance designers, who also use it in the creation of women’s Asian inspired scents- but that’s another story.

Million Privé by Paco Rabanne has an effervescent and spicy opening, rich with notes of mandarin and cinnamon. The heart is enriched with Nargile tobacco and myrrh. The base notes are warm and sensual, with a mix of patchouli, and Tonka bean absolute.

Tobacco by Franck Boclet opens with top notes of ginger and tobacco leaves, softened by the fruity sweetness of plum. The heart reinforces the smoky notes of the tobacco thanks to clove and Tonka bean, united by cedar wood. The base has warm, amber and woody notes, with a touch of vanilla and musk.

Tobacco Oud by Tom Ford. The harmony in this fragrance found its inspiration in the Arabian “dokha,” a traditional blend of spices, herbs, flowers and tobacco with an intoxicating and narcotic aroma, added together with the intense and animalistic notes of oud.

Tobacco Nuit by Atelier Cologne Collection Orient is a cologne in absolute form, 20% concentrated, which opens with the fresh and spicy notes of clementine, coriander and cumin. A smoky heart of labdanum, incense and tobacco flowers, that closes with enveloping notes of patchouli, wood, cedar and Tonka bean.

Tabarome Millesime by Creed draws inspiration from Winston Churchill’s fragrance of choice, also by Creed. Tabarome is a combination of the words “tobacco” and “aroma” and calls to mind the scene of cigars, high back leather chairs and the scent of brandy swirling through an exclusive British gentlemen’s club.

Les Jeux Sont Faits by Jovoy Paris is inspired by French film noir of the 1960s, that of Jean Gabin and Lino Ventura. The fragrance opens with head notes of angelica and gin: aromatic, fresh and dry. In the heart, chords recalling the smell of a smoky gambling hall: bitter tobacco leaves and cumin. The base is a captivating blend of patchouli and a warm and fruity note of vanilla and labdanum reminiscent of Cuban rum.

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