Perfumed Alphabet: F is for Fenugreek

Patrick Roger chocolate sculpture
Chocolate sculpture by Patrick Roger

 

Is that maple syrup I smell?

No, there are only legumes here.

Are you sure it’s not caramel?

Only seeds from a pod, you hear?

 

That’s the magic of fenugreek,

A Mediterranean plant;

If increased lactation you seek,

Maybe it helps. Maybe it can’t.

 

It feels at home in the kitchen—

As a spice, it mimics curry.

From cow feed and folk medicine

It’s moved into perfumery.

 

 

I’m stumped. I haven’t smelled any marketed perfumes that contain fenugreek that I remember. From my previous experience playing with it in a blend, I know it’s a strong and dominant note. Do you know and love any perfumes featuring fenugreek?

 

 

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “Perfumed Alphabet: F is for Fenugreek

    1. I just discovered your perfume poetry as well! What a creative and refreshing way to express how a perfume makes you feel.
      And yes, the perfume blogosphere is a wonderful world of its own.

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    1. The list on Fragrantica isn’t as long as for some other ingredients, not surprisingly—but Tom Ford Santal Blush, Guerlain Rose Barbare, Comme des Garcons Series Luxe: Patchouli, and Lush Never Ever Om are on it. I would imagine those are among the easier ones to get to, though I haven’t yet.

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        1. It really is quite an enigma, because the maple syrup/caramel/toffee smell is strong, but it doesn’t let you forget that it’s a plant, either—with the woodiness of those hard, inedible shells of some dried fruits, or a brown paper bag, in a good way.

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