One final chill? Amber, spice and everything nice

amber guysHappy Easter and happy Passover weekend to all those of you
who celebrate those holidays! Once again, Mother Nature has pulled one of her
tricks on us here with one last cold snap; I knew I should never have crowed
that spring had fully arrived. So with high temps barely into the 50s this
weekend, I decided to pass on my usual vanilla comfort scents. And instead
reached for something different: specifically, my amber, exotic woods and spice scents.

I poked around in my fall/winter scent drawers and came up first with Parfumerie
Generale’s Aomassai
, with its slightly exotic aura. Surrender to Chance describes it as “being built on a coffee/cashmeran accord, … a slightly bitter/woody oriental fragrance that uses the notes in a roasted/burnt way.” Notes per Fragrantica are wood resins, spices, incense, vetiver, hazelnut, caramel, licorice, hay and bitter orange. It really has that “yum!” factor for me and I’ve gotten several compliments when wearing it.

Next out of the drawer was one of my fave amber scents: Laboratorio Olfattivo’s Alambar. It’s another yummy scent for me, with a whisper of gourmet goodness, thanks to cocoa, cinnamon and other spices, but its overall vibe is a smooth, rich amber that’s incredibly soothing, warming and grounding.

And last but not least, I was grooving this weekend on the explosive hit that is Victor & Rolf’s Spicebomb, which pairs woody and spicy so well. It’s marketed as a masculine, but I love it on me, and have often raided DH’s stash of it. One of the best his-and-her shared scents out there, in my humble opinion.

What about you? What do you keep on hand to wear in case Mother Nature decides to play a late-season trick on you?

  • I have a sample of Ensar Oud EdP #1 that is hitting that exact spot.

  • March says:

    Why have I never tried Spicebomb! Must get on that right away….

  • hczerwiec says:

    We’re having a bit of a coldish snap — low 50s — but it’s so rainy that it feels melancholy, so I’ve been wearing moody chypres: Vol de Nuit, Mitsouko, Silences, Dryad.

  • hczerwiec says:

    I only recently discovered Ambre Russe, and it’s just lovely! Nice choice — I think I’ll go dig mine out.

  • Kathleen says:

    I explored and wore many ambers this winter cold weather, my favorite being Ambre Russe this year. We had rain and colder weather today, and I reached for vintage Ysatis.

  • Tara C says:

    It’s been cold and rainy here in Montréal but today we had sun and 18C, yay! I’ve been wearing PG L’Oiseau de Nuit plus a lot of Malle: Noir Épices, Dries Van Noten, Musc Ravageur & Iris Poudre.

  • Gwenyth says:

    I has been a nice weekend for Easter and Passover – I hope it has been the same for all those who celebrate either occasion.
    The weather gradually changed from warm and Spring-like on Friday to cool and rainy (that is Spring-like too, right?) today. I chose L’Ambre des Merveilles by Hermes to wear today to church. It is a more sheer amber, but is still cozy and warm.

  • Matty says:

    I really like Prada Amber X