Hemlock

You wouldn’t love the smell of hemlock if you got up-close-and-personal – and you’d be unwise to do that, as it’s a seriously poisonous plant:  in Ancient Greece, hemlock was the poison used to execute prisoners (including the renowned philosopher Socrates).

Crush the leaves of this frothily-flowered plant, and they smell fetid, rotting – rank, basically.  But as with many ‘unlikely’ perfume ingredients, add it in the teensiest dose, and hemlock can add depth and intrigue.  (And in similarly teeny does, it’s also been used in medicine as a sedative…)

Smell hemlock in::

 

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