SPICY

Type
Natural raw material
Parts used
Dried rhizome reduced to powder
Extraction method
Steam distillation

Slightly earthy, bitter, peppery, lemony.

Spicy, creamy and warm—the curcuma note smooths with an enriching, root-like woodiness. Unexpected inflections of bright, peppery lemon give this note its unique vibrancy. A rich note to both freshen and soften complex accords.

Production

This distinctly orange and velvety spice is similar to ginger. It is widely grown in India and to a lesser degree, in China, Taiwan, Japan, Burma, Indonesia and Africa. The dried rhizome is ground to a powder and steam distilled.
Origin
People's republic of china, india, taiwan, province of china

History

During his time as a vagrant wandering along the Silk Road during the High Middle Ages, Marco Polo stumbled across turmeric and noted its similarity to saffron. Not too long thereafter, the vibrant spice found its way to Europe where it was used in medicine to treat ailments of the liver. However, the spice had been widely used across China and India for centuries before its fragrant aroma and bold coloring met the likes of Europeans. Turmeric was originally used as a natural dye, with Buddhist monks using it to dye their distinctly orange robes. While turmeric continues to be used as a spice across much of Asia, it is used in Europe to imitate saffron, hence the name “Indian saffron”, and as a food coloring under the code E 100.
Turmeric is commonly used as a spice in Indian cuisine—most notably in curry dishes. The delightfully bold color of turmeric is derived from the presence of curcuma, a compound found in its rhizomes. Its equally alluring fragrance can be attributed to turmerone, a substance commonly used in essential oils.

Some fragrances related to the ingredient

Affinessence

CUIR-CURCUMA

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
FLORAL / WATERY
FLORAL
Demeter Fragrance Library

TURMERIC

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / CITRUS
CITRUS / GREEN
Comme des Garçons

MIRROR x KAWS

FLORAL / CITRUS
WOODY / CITRUS
Amouage

ASHORE

FLORAL
Xerjoff | Shooting Stars

EMERY

FLORAL
WOODY / GREEN
Comme des Garçons

COMME DES GARÇONS 8 88

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Avant-Garden Lab

VANINGER

FLORAL / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Tom Ford | Private Blend

ROSE DE RUSSIE

LEATHER / WOODY
Miller et Bertaux

A QUIET MORNING

WOODY
Florascent

BAHOU

AMBERY (ORIENTAL) / FLORAL
Bond No. 9 I Love NY

CHELSEA NIGHTS

WOODY / AMBERY (ORIENTAL)
Nobile 1942

1001

LEATHER / GREEN

Musk

Bergamot

Sandalwood

Patchouli

Amber

Vanilla

Jasmine

Cedarwood

Rose

Vetiver

Lemon

Iris / Orris

Orange Blossom

Cardamom

Pink Pepper

Lavender

Woody Notes

Leather

Incense / Olibanum

Geranium

The perfumes that captivate you and the ingredients that brings them to life shape your olfactory profile. Here you can develop it. And because scents reveal your essence, you'll receive recommendations that fit your olfactory personality like a glove.

Sign up to save your searches, findings and our recommendations.