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Tobacco: A Coveted Ingredient In Perfumery

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In other words, it’s nothing like walking into a smoky room that smells like stale cigs.

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Smoking cigarettes isn’t cool or sexy. While nicotine, the chemical compound in tobacco can do more damage than good to your skin, lungs and even your libido; tobacco-infused fragrances, on the other hand, are a different story altogether! Not everyone loves the smell of tobacco but be rest assured that catching a whiff of it in a fragrance is way more sensual an experience than walking into a seedy old, smoky pub with weekend revelers.

Sweet and sexy notes

In perfumery, tobacco is anything but chemical because it hasn’t been smoked yet! As it turns out, fresh tobacco pairs pretty gorgeously with every fragrance family out there. Sometimes sweet and sometimes earthy, it works well with—spicy, crisp, vanilla, woody, aromatic, and earthy olfactory notes. It can add a sweet, sexy and mysterious nuance to a fragrance, and teams beautifully with rich florals and oriental spices—evoking the sensorial notes of caramel or whiskey.

Turns out, tobacco can almost be addictive in perfumery because its fragrance note offers a familiar warmth and comfort of a well-stocked humidor or a Cuban cigar! The only difference? It’s a healthier/safer way to indulge!

In the words of a celebrated perfumer

Andy Tauer, IT-man turned self-taught perfumer, is a revered name in the niche perfume industry. Tauer shared his unexpected take on using tobacco notes in his creations at the Switzerland-based Tauer Perfumes with The Perfume Society and said: “Tobacco: loved by many when lit, smoke inhaled, brain bright and crisp. But in perfumery, I love it for its many facets. There is a wood line. There are dried fruits giving it a gourmand character, supported by what brings cocoa to mind. There is an animalic, furry, dirty line…. and so much more. Thus, it can be combined with all sorts of other notes: Think flowers, roses. The darkness of tobacco sets the flower petals on fire. Think patchouli, vetiver, amber, musk…. The possibilities are endless.”

Popular tobacco-infused perfumes

1. Zara Tobacco Collection Eau de Toilette
2. The Forest Essentials Room Spray Tuberose & Tobacco
3. Gucci Gucci By Gucci Pour Homme
4. Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Eau de Parfum

Tobacco-fuelled perfumes are great for setting the mood for cozy nights during the colder months, and even to match up to the bright and crispness of spring.