Spice Notes in Perfumery


It has often been said that variety is the spice of life. It can also be said that in the world of spice we have a grand variety. Defining the limits of spice can be a trying task. We use all parts of a wide variety of plants including the wood or bark, leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds.

It can be said in a general sense that anything we add for flavor or fragrance value could be construed as a spice. This study examines many of the more common spices that one would find on a good supermarket spice rack as well as some that are relatively obscure.

Use of Spices in Fragances

While most people are aware of how and where spices are used, little is known about where and how they are used in perfumes or fragrances, There is scarcely a fragrance on the market that does not contain some sort of spice note. The most commonly used spice in fragrance and flavor is vanilla or its chemical surrogate 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde, commonly known as vanillin.

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