Winter is the time that I really start reaching for the ambers. I love ones like Ambre Sultan, which seem to pulse with their own heat. A good amber for me is so comforting and sensual it’s almost post-coital. It’s liquid afterglow. But I don’t think of them as hot weather scents. In a baking LA summer day I’m likely to be thinking “get off me”, which would be pretty much my reaction to a boyfriend when it’s truly hot. (I know, you’re thinking “how does he remain single?”..)
But this is the winter that wasn’t. We’ve had two days that were in the 60’s and one day of rain and the rest in the high 70’s, with no end in sight. I know the east is doing the same thing. While it is a pleasant thing to be wandering around in only a polo shirt and jeans in January, the lack of rain and snowpack will affect out ability to actually flush our toilets come summer..
But worse, what amber can I wear? Without thinking “stay on your side of the bed, bub. and you’d better not snore..”?
Enter Isabey and L’Ambre de Carthage.
It starts off blissfully cool with bergamot and a sharp, rather brittle labdanum. It’s bracing and quite lovely. It slowly starts warming as it adds jasmine and incense and finally, like a clever seducer slips in the warmth of the amber and musk. It even makes me want to stick around and cuddle.
It’s listed as a man’s scent and I would be thrilled to smell it on one (that isn’t, you know, ME) but like all really great men’s scents I think women could totally rock this. I’d love to hear how my Scent Twin finds this one..
$160 for 100ML ay Luckyscent, where I asked for my sample