I love the dynamic, effervescent quality that comes with having a liquor note in my fragrance. Liquor scents open differently, and there's a certain richness and complexity to them that you just can't get with an aldehyde or a floral. Unfortunately, until recently the most common liquor note was bay rum, which is almost always a men's fragrance ingredient. I was disgruntled about the idea that only guys get treated to the unique loveliness of these scents, and it seems a number of the best perfumers were as well. Recently there's been a mini-boom in women's fragrances that directly include, or even base their entire accord on, a specific alcohol, from sake to absinthe and everything in between. There are even some gorgeous rum fragrances out now. Click through to see if your favorite cocktail ingredient is represented.
The Spray-On Sophisticate: Liquor-Scented Fragrances