Amberene Demi-Absolute (Soivohle)

This weekend we are celebrating a belated Yule with my mother-in-law (she of 24 Faubourg and sundry other scent adventures). Consequently, the tree's still lit and decorated; presents wait to be wrapped; a house waits to be cleaned; a grocery list waits to be bought and cooked by me-- and I'm currently wearing Soivohle's Amberene, instant post-Christmas cool.

The easiest way to express it is that Amberene is VanillaVille after a sizable chill pill has taken full effect. Certain spices retain a cool aspect, and cardamom is one of them; here -- paired with one of the only grapefruit notes I've liked outside of Guerlain's Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune -- it achieves Prozac levels of heavenly detachment. Not that this is a deep freeze by any means; cinnamon and clove take care of that. But oh, the blessed disconnect between desire and achievement! Whether I clean the entire house in one go or collapse in a heap on the couch for a day is peripheral to the good feelings I'm entertaining at this moment-- all due to this perfume on my wrists.

There's so much I must accomplish to prepare for this visit; yet I don't feel in the least bit hurried or stressed. I haven't yet fired up the oven, and already the intense, spicy smell of Christmas baking permeates my immediate airspace. When my mother-in-law arrives on Saturday morning, I'll be delighted beyond words to see her. I may even greet her at the door with some Amberene-- this way, my heartfelt welcome will be made abundantly plain.

Scent Elements: Grapefruit, clove, cinnamon, cardamom, violet, heliotrope, tonka, benzoin, patchouli