Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is an aromatic, spicy herb from the ginger family. The Egyptians said it was vital in making oil perfumes and physical hygiene since it made a great blend with incense for whitening teeth. Its essential oil is still a favorite today because of its woody, sweet, slightly nutty, and aromatic scent.


It is native to subtropical Asia and is a prominent ingredient in Indian cuisine, while modern cardamom is also produced in Guatemala, Malaysia, and Tanzania. It is sold in whole pods, whole seeds, or ground, in powder. Green beans, also known as “real cardamom”, have the characteristics best known as cardamom aroma: vegetable warmth like a fragrant amalgam between eucalyptus, mint, and pepper – a unique, almost equal, and proportionate mixture of spicy and hesperidic notes. It is sweeter than cumin, with which it shares a resemblance in the perfume industry.

Steam-distilled green cardamom essence is often used to flavor coffee in the Middle East. According to some authors, this traditional infusion of coffee with spicy notes of cardamom lasts for centuries, even more than 800 years. They say that this mixture has a very stimulating effect throughout the day, both on the body and the spirit.

Cardamom essential oil is obtained by steam distillation of spice seeds and is used for medical, therapeutic, and perfume purposes. Fragrant oil, with its intriguing and mystical sweet-spicy notes, creates a feeling of warmth, exotic sensuality, and mystery of unknown worlds. Due to the unique combination of its fragrant tones, it is no wonder that it is used to treat driving diseases, anxiety, and even as an aphrodisiac.

Aromatic, cardamom essential oil is a spicy, sweet, and refreshing middle note that blends well with other spicy notes, citrus, woody, and many others. This is not an oil that is used on its own, although many would like it. Although, there are perfumes that contain megadoses of cardamom, like the first perfume from the Amouage Opus collection. It is, however, perfect in conjunction with other notes.

Cardamom is one of the most expensive spices globally, so its oil is considered one of the most prestigious ingredients in the production of perfumes. One of the most famous cardamom perfumes is Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme for men. This perfume is considered intense, tense, and full of contrast. Mystery and luxury are embodied in a combination of cardamom with bergamot, lavender, and cedar, a blend that portrays a man’s strength. Cumin and vetiver as base notes provide a sensual dry-down and an elegant finishing touch.

Cardamom used to be used exclusively for men’s perfumes, but today it is increasingly used to produce women’s and unisex perfumes. Coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom are perfectly balanced in the spicy and creamy composition of the fragrance Intoxicated by Kilian.

Another interpretation of cardamom worth mentioning is the fantastic trio of tonka, mimosa, and cardamom pods that create an unusual floral perfume blend that is luxurious, intoxicating, but unburdening. It’s about Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardam.

Perfumes with fragrant note of cardamom are also:

  • Ajmal Evoke for Him
  • Amouage Opus I
  • Avon Surrender
  • Azzaro pour Elle
  • Bond no 9 Brooklyn
  • Bond no 9 Chinatown
  • Boucheron Jaipur pour Homme
  • Burberry the Beat
  • Bvlgari Calaluna
  • Bvlgari Omnia
  • Cartier Declaration
  • Costume National Soul
  • D&G The One for Men
  • DSH Perfumes Cardamom & Khyphi
  • Emeraldo Zegna Intense
  • Fragonard Santal Cardam.
  • Hermes Voyage d’Hermes
  • Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily
  • Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant
  • L’Occitane Eau des Baux
  • Lubin Black Jade
  • LUSH Cardam. Coffee
  • Marni Marni
  • Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau
  • Narciso Rodriguez Bleu Noir for Him
  • Neela Vermeire Trayee
  • Olfactive Studio Lumiere Blanche
  • Penhaligon’s Elixir
  • Penhaligon’s Endymion
  • Penhaligon’s Malabah
  • Tom Ford Noir Extreme
  • Versace Crystal Noir
  • Versace Man Eau Fraiche
  • Yves Saint Laurent Nu