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?