Sumo wrestlers (and samurai and geishas) all used scented hair oils to gloss and help hold their complex hairstyles in place. J-Scent (a Tokyo-based fragrance manufacturer) describes its Sumo Wrestler perfume* like this:
The scent of bintsuke (hair oil) subtly ﬂoating from digniﬁed sumo wrestlers. Eucalyptus and anise give this perfume an aromatic scent, and the notes of violet and heliotrope ﬂowers creates a powdery scent, which is the characteristic of bintsuke. Last notes, musk and the combination of patchouli and sandalwood arrive. This scent represents the power and grace of a sumo wrestler, combined with the gentle warmth within, like that of an incense.
Sumo Wrestler is a lovely scent that conjures (the dearly departed) Crown Perfumery Eau de Russe. There's a "chilly" citrus peel-eucalyptus accord up top, then comes orange blossom mixed with anise and cinnamon, and a true heliotrope aroma. Sumo Wrestler plays up the pampering aspects of the sumo wrestler: his relaxing bathing ritual, his shiny (dressed and elaborately styled) hair, his powdered body. Sumo Wrestler has a vintage vibe, with amber-scented "talc" in the dry down. It's on my to-buy list for autumn.
J-Scent Sumo Wrestler is available in 50 ml Eau de Parfum for $80 (a bargain) at Luckyscent.
*Listed fragrance notes of orange, eucalyptus, anise, orange blossom, cinnamon, heliotrope, violet, jasmine, labdanum, patchouli, sandalwood.
Note: top image is Kunisada Sumo Triptychon by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) [cropped] via Wikimedia Commons.