40 Days and 40 Nights of Fragrance Notes: Almond
By Jessica M
I love the taste of almonds, whenever and wherever they show up---a handful or raw or salted almonds is a perfect snack, and I’m also a big fan of almond butter on toast, chewy almond confections like marzipan, nougat, or macarons, or just a sip of amaretto after a special dinner.
Without even realizing that I was doing it, I’ve also gathered and used many body products and home fragrance products scented with almond, and now I’m noticing that this note has become a stealth favorite in my perfume collection, too.
The almond tree, with its delicate pink or white blossoms, is native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East; in the United States, almonds are grown in California. The almond nut is, technically speaking, the seed of the almond fruit. I find its flavor difficult to describe. It’s smooth and a tiny bit sweet, but also dry and almost floury.
In fragrance, almond is a less dessert-like alternative to vanilla: it can make a perfume “gourmand,” without pouring on the sugar and syrup. Of course, it can also be intensified with the addition of other notes, so that it turns buttery or creamy. Perfumes often combine almond with vanilla, with musk, or with cherry---occasionally, with all three!
Here are some almond-inspired fragrances to try, ranging from light to rich:
L'Artisan Parfumeur Jour de Fête
Acorelle Amande de Blé
Carol's Daughter Almond Cookie
Lush Snowcake (limited edition)
Crazylibellule & the Poppies Vanilla Macarons
Serge Lutens Louve
Calypso St. Barth Léa
Acqua di Parma Mandorlo di Sicilia
Dior Hypnotic Poison
Do you have a favorite almond scent? Feel free to share in the comments!
Disclosure: The perfumes mentioned in this post were purchased (or sampled in stores) by the reviewer.
Reviewer: Jessica M
Photo Credits: The Almond Harvest (California), via Art.com. Almonds, via Wikimedia Commons.
Graphic Credit: Melanie Parker