Since gourmand fragrances took off, banana’s been used more widely:  the sweetness of the juicy fruit note gives a good-enough-to-eat quality.  But smell carefully and you might pick up hints of pink jasmine or even ylang-ylang, perhaps with green undertones.  (And don’t blame us if you’re busted sniffing the fruitbowl!) In some cases, the juice of the fruit – from the Musa sapientum plant – is distilled.  More likely, these days, it’s synthesised.  The leaves of banana are sometimes used in perfumery, too:  less sweet, more green and subtle.  (Meanwhile, did you that technically, a banana plant is a herb, not a tree…?  Just threw that in because you never know when it might come in useful in Trivial Pursuit, someday…)

Smell banana in:

L’Artisan Parfumeur Bana Banana

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