Forbidden Perfumes for Passover
Craving leavened bread and pastries this Passover? You may want to try these starchy, pastry-like perfumes. Or, alternatively, avoid them altogether. Some particularly zealous Jews even go as far as not using any toiletries made with grain alcohol (if you don’t eat corn and legumes during the holiday).
I’ll leave it up to you whether you use these perfumes to cope with the inert Middle Easter craving for freshly baked bread; or choose to use this list to decide what to clear off your shelves. But these are the starchy, pastry-like perfumes I found in my collection and after the customary soul-searching for leaven prior to the Passover.
My list is divided into three categories, by the degree of danger it may theoretically pose to those observing Passover: the dangerously non-kosher for Passover, containing wheat products; scents with unknown kosherism level that have a very clear pastry or starch-like qualities; and finally – gluten-free, rice-smelling concoctions. Feel free to add to the list as I’d love to hear of more scents from either categories.
Dangerously Non Kosher
These are dangerously non-kosher for Passover, which actually contain wheat absolute.
This light cucumbery lilac is reminiscent of the first sprouts of wheat and actually contains wheat absolute. Could be the equivalent of a Hendricks gin in the land of lilac. But honestly, with this name - could there possibly be a more appropriate perfume for this holiday?!
These cinnamon waffles are made with wheat absolute, maple syrup and orange. Delicious but definitely will not pass for a Passover brunch!
The Passover kosherism-level of these scents isn’t confirmed but they are quite possibly benign despite the fact that they remind me of pastries or starch;
This liquid version of violet macaroons is creamy and marzipan-like and as far as I can tell has all the baked goods qualities sans the wheat.
Starchy raw root aroma, reminiscent of a semolina dessert.
With an un-identified cereal note, this vetiver is as warm as roasted nuts with a hint of caramel.
Another starchy concoction, which is what I would imagine the “bread fruit” to smell like.
Sira des Indes
Named after a dessert of cream of wheat, banana and butter. That can’t be good…
Consider switching to rice-based, gluten-free fragrances:
Ormonde Jayne’s Champaca
Basmati rice gives champaca absolute the royal treatment it deserves.
KenzoAmour or KenzoAmour Le Parfum
Milky rice with frangipani and an almondy cherry note.