CORNUCOPIA: Scent Semantics #9

Hey Crew. Scent Semantics?

We get a word, we get a date, we have to choose a single fragrance that fits the word and then have to explain how it fits together, in our way. As much or little as we feel the word/fragrance connection needs. We are going to probe a little into how each of us bloggers see the world, fragrance, ourselves. We get to see how one word can inspire different directions in connection. or not.

CORNUCOPIA: Scent Semantics #9

Everyone is super busy right now. I had to jump in with a fill word because it was Friday and nothing had been organised. It’s no biggie. I too have been overwhelmed by life this month. So, CORNUCOPIA is our word. I’ve always liked the way it feels to say it. It suggests abundance but Hunger Games added a level of malevolence to the word that will never leave me. So, I’ve been looking for a fragrance that is fruit laden, woods and animalic to represent both baskets and horns, is quite large and has a darkness beneath. No easy find to be honest.


  • Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.
  • a representation of this horn, used as a symbol of abundance.
  • an abundant, overflowing supply.
  • a horn-shaped or conical receptacle or ornament.
So, what did I choose? After much tooing and froing there were three choices but one I’d already used for Scent Semantics and the other didn’t feel dark enough.

Womanity by Mugler

Womanity by Mugler

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Fig, Caviar, Fig Tree, Fig Leaf

Juicy, over ripe, luscious and over the top. Womanly is a big perfume that is figgy but smells like more fruits than just fig. Pineapple, cantaloupe, apple, fig and guava all reaching the stage they need to be thrown out. It’s a super sugary, boozy fruit cocktail. There are also green, floral, mechanical notes that rise to the top. Underneath all the crazy fruit is this so called caviar note that really just smells like you are wearing perfume and passing a fish shop dumpster. There is death, decay and salt in abundance.

Even the bottle is equal parts fabulous and disturbing.

How is this psychotic mish mash so gorgeous? Somehow all the parts create something mysterious, beautiful, enigmatic and desirable. That’s as close to our Scent Semantics word CORNUCOPIA as I can get for you all this month.

Womanity by Mugler


How do you interpret and what perfume would you associate with the word CORNUCOPIA?
Portia xx

Please go check out the rest of our Scent Semantics crew, I’ll be leaving messages at all of them.
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15 responses to “CORNUCOPIA: Scent Semantics #9

  1. Portia, firstly, I do hope you, Jin & your wonderful friends are safe from the flooding.
    Womanity was one of my bete noire smells. Along with ELDO Secretions Magnifiques. They both share that “marine bilge” note, Womanity being fruitier & SM being more floral.
    Having worked in both A&E and operating theatres SM doesn’t really smell bloody.
    Cornucopia, when applied to fragrance, makes me think of the “everything but the kitchen sink” old school scents. Maybe vintage Habanita, with it’s fruit, florals, white floral, leather, powder, smoke, oak moss, musks & woods? Or Poison, with it’s list of 21 notes given for the modern formula?
    However, I’m going to choose my personal GOAT, the one, the only, drum roll………….. Vintage Opium! Everything from hot spices, bitter citrus, sweet amber, juicy fruits, incense, balsams, vanilla, musks & beaver butt! A cornucopia of a fragrance if ever there was one

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    • OMG! Alityke, VINTAGE OPIUM was one of the fragrances I had as my final choices. As I said above, it just wasn’t dark enough for my reading of cornucopia. You’ve made me so happy by making it the first comment.
      It’s bloody gorgeous and a great fit for our word this month,
      Portia xx

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    • I had the same thought about one of those fragrances overflowing with various notes, but I went in a different direction with my post. But if I had chosen one of those vintage scents, it would have been vintage Ivoire, for which Fragrantica lists no fewer than 33 notes! Great stuff.


  2. Hey Portia
    Only you could come up with such an exceptional word at short notice. Love it.

    Cornucopia made me think of one of the first perfumes I bought (and actually emptied!) after going down the rabbit hole – the old Missoni perfume by Maurice Roucel. It was dark chocolate and orange fruits with flowers and amber. A really abundant mishmash but I really enjoyed it.

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    • I almost chose that one to write about! Great minds (and noses, lol) think alike! I wrote about Demeter’s Dirt instead.


    • Thanks Tara,
      I must have heard or seen the word used recently because it jumped out without warning when needed.

      That bottle was the cool pebble shaped one, yeah? Such a cool thing and i remember it smelling how you would expect a young fashionista to smell. Ripe, interesting and ready for anything.
      Portia xx


  3. Ripe, fruity, full of fall harvest. I can’t think of a fragrance at the moment. Maybe pear forward. Maybe some pumpkin perfume oils with spices. Some apple. Leaves. Autumn.


  4. Womanity! I always loved how Mugler was willing to put fragrances out there that were, on paper, not commercially appealing. I hope that the house continues the tradition because the legacy is a great one. There was a period when Womanity was difficult to find, but I’m happy to see it back on the Mugler website. It’s so original and a great example of a cornucopia!


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