Yuzu Ab Irato (Parfumerie Générale)

In legalese, ab irato ("from an angry man") indicates a deed performed for sheer calculated spite. When one gives a gift ab irato, the intent is to cause maximum inconvenience to the recipient. Besides being impractical and expensive to upkeep, such gifts often come heavily entailed (in other words, next to impossible to unload). This recalls the old British "lucks"-- those hideous vases or screaming skulls which ancient families kept around, not because they loved them so goshdarned much, but because VILE THINGS happened to anyone who tried to get rid of them. (Cue supernatural cackling and organ music.)

If Yuzu Ab Irato is the product of malice, then this must be the Maya Angelou prank show. Here's a cologne as pretty and breezy as ever could be, full of zingy citrus, scintillating herbs, and a springtime freshness that projects a sense of hope for yards around. I can only imagine the giver's supposed "rage" to be adorable, like that of Rumpelstiltskin or Danny DeVito's Lorax-- a lot of hopping around and comedic cussing to which the only logical response is "Aaaawwwwwww."

I'm sure that would make him even madder. I can't imagine it could make Yuzu Ab Irato any nicer. Wear this one for whimsy!

Scent Elements: Yuzu, spearmint, thyme absolute, hyssop, pepper, magnolia, jasmine, hyacinth, myrtle, bamboo