Weird Fragrance Notes That Actually Smell Kind of Amazing

Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga.
Your favorite fragrance is likely comprised of quite a few scents — and there are some pretty wacky ones out there. Don't believe us? Balenciaga's newest perfume channels a Japanese appetizer. Meanwhile, there's a bottle on the market with notes of English Novel. The crazy part is that these scents — at least when they're mixed with the rest of the fragrance — smell amazing.
The average perfume-shopper probably doesn't think much about the individual notes of a perfume. All that really matters is that is smells good on your skin, doesn't give other people migraines, and isn't the least bit reminiscent of your grandmother's dusty old atomizer — unless you're into that kind of thing. So, how do you dodge those perfume pitfalls and avoid smelling like everyone else? Ahead, find five of the strangest scent combos we could scrounge up. Go ahead: Let your fragrance-freak flag fly.
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Photo: Courtesy of Balenciaga.
Edamame
Alexander Wang's first fragrance for Balenciaga has a top note of green edamame. Yes, as in the delicious pods you nosh on pre-sushi. Strange? Maybe. But, our entire team fell in love with this fragrance at first sniff.
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Photo: Courtesy of Calvin Klein.
Peach Bellini
For the brunch set, we offer up Calvin Klein Sheer Beauty. It has a top note of peach bellini. That's right: not peach, and not champagne. Just full-on peach bellini. We'll toast to that.
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Photo: Courtesy of Thierry Mugler.
Caviar
Have a taste for the finer things? Thierry Mugler's Womanity boasts notes of caviar. And, while fish eggs may seem like the last thing you want to smell like, Womanity has a sexy scent we totally dig.
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Photo: Courtesy of Frédéric Malle.
Hay
Mention hay, and we immediately think "barnyard." But, Frédéric Malle thinks "perfume bottle." His Bigarade Concentree has notes of rose and cedar to round out the hay. The result? Earthy and amazing.
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Photo: Courtesy of CB I Hate Perfume.
English Novel
No, that isn't a typo. Christopher Brosius' In The Library scent was inspired by a first edition of his favorite novel. Other notes of In The Library include Russian & Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth, and wood polish. It smells exactly like an old book — a.k.a. just too good for words.
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