Say ‘papyrus’ and you probably think of an ancient form of paper, crafted from this member of the sedge (grass) family as an alternative to using wood (its botanical name is Cyperus papyrus).  Abundant on the banks of the Nile and in the marshes around the river, its use goes back to the time of the ancient Egyptians:  some scrolls still survive from that time, and are still being deciphered by archaeologists.  But papyrus’s history isn’t just long, though:  it’s fragrant.  It can smell aromatic or woody, a little dry, earthy and spicy.  And though it’s more popular in Indian perfumes, papyrus can still be enjoyed in some stunning contemporary scents.

Smell papyrus in:

Juliette Has a Gun Midnight Oud
L’Artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu
Miller Harris La Fumée

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