10 Sources for Exotic Fragrances


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Nutmeg

If you're a cook, you're probably familiar with nutmeg. It's a spice that commonly appears in autumn dishes like pumpkin pie, apple bread and is often sprinkled on top of eggnog. The warm, spicy scent of nutmeg also adds some kick to exotic fragrances. Nutmeg is native to Southeast Asia, though it is now grown for commercial purposes in Indonesia. It comes from a fruit-bearing evergreen tree, and its oil is typically extracted via steam distillation. Unlike vanilla, nutmeg doesn't usually stand on its own as a good perfume -- it's blended with other scents to add spiciness to a floral or fresh fragrance. Nutmeg's spicy qualities make it a staple in men's cologne, but it's a common ingredient in women's perfume as well.