Gourmet Perfumes

A spate of food-inspired perfumes has hit the market, including Cartier's Le Baiser du Dragon, which is laced with hints of chocolate and caramel, and J. Lo.'s Still Jennifer Lopez, which features top notes of sake. "Rum, licorice, milk and rice flavors are now used in perfumes frequently," says Jean-Michel Duriez, a perfumer for Jean Patou Paris.

The company's latest scent, Enjoy, carries notes of blackcurrant bud, green banana and pear. Observes Michael Edwards, author of the yearly guidebook Fragrances of the World: "Gourmand notes in perfumes are comforting."...

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