This from a bone-chilling day earlier in the month: Forty degrees outside at 1:30 p.m. The heating system is roaring like a house afire struggling to keep the temp at 70-something for all the cold-natured ladies in the office. It’s an hour past lunch and I’m in my cubicle doing my level best to keep from nodding off as I look over what appears to be a never-ending sea of type on my pages. I really need a dousing of cold water but that isn’t exactly practical. I’ve tried caffeine and it’s helping a little, but I need something more. Maybe what’s called for is a loud, lively, olfactory shock to my system. I’m all alone in my four-cubicle room and can shut the door, so anything goes as far as a wake-up scent.
Hmmm … what’ll do the trick?
First thing to pop into my brain: Serge Lutens’ Tubereuse Criminelle. That camphorous blast ought to be enough to get my gray matter (and everything else) revving. Amouage Interlude Woman also sprang to mind. Its chameleon-like nature might keep me on my toes by keeping me guessing. But unless liberally sprayed, it might be too low-key for an effective wake-up scent.
What about a healthy spritz of Neela Vermeire’s Bombay Bling? That could work, although its bright, joyous spirit might have me up and dancing like I was in a big Bollywood musical number (“Bride & Prejudice,” anyone?). However, I would be in the doghouse big-time for causing a commotion in our very quiet office. 🙁
Keep thinking, keep thinking. There’s got to be some others.
OK, got it — a hit of Carnal Flower’s gorgeousness would surely dazzle me into alertness, right?
Or going in the other direction, perhaps a really potent, fumigation-grade fruity floral (you can’t doze off while you’re gagging, can you?). Off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that fits the bill, but I’m sure you guys could nominate a few.
What do you think would work for a middle of the day wake-up scent?