Perfumed Alphabet: N is for Nutmeg


Nutmeg goes under “fresh spicy”

As it adds zing to a perfume—

Like pink pepper, but less pricey.

The effect, I wouldn’t assume

Is anything like in coffee

Or pumpkin pie, the way it’s used.


Cool, in contrast to cardamom,

But nowhere near icy as mint.

Modest compared with cinnamon;

You can apply more than a hint.

On many spice racks, it’s common;

In perfume, it’s done a long stint.


I’ve heard that a little nutmeg can go a long way, and it seems to enhance cool and warm fragrances alike. It was a long time ago, but I remember being enchanted by Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gio, and I would sneak a spritz in shops—although I always thought of it more as an aquatic scent. Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau, which I bought for the bottle without having smelled it first, is much more of a holiday spice sachet. Frédéric Malle Noir Epices (by Michel Roudnitska) is a layered enigma, with nutmeg somewhere in the middle of the development.

What are your nutmeg perfume loves?

2 thoughts on “Perfumed Alphabet: N is for Nutmeg

  1. Off the top of my head, the only perfume I can think of is limited edition (I think) Jo Malone Nutmeg & Ginger. I liked it and used up a small decant but it never became a contender for a place in my collection.


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