By Val the Cookie Queen of APJ
A Dislike of Cinnamon
But there is an exception to every rule.
After my chai post it was interesting to see both in the comments and in private messages that I was not alone in my extreme dislike of cinnamon.
When I bake I prefer to use allspice or nutmeg or cardamom, cinnamon makes everything taste like Christmas or an apple pie. Dior, one of the Poisons I think, and Diptyque’s L’Eau both have cinnamon in as far as I remember. I don’t have them here to sniff, but remember hating them. Correct me someone if I am wrong. My mother didn’t like cinnamon, and always made the most delicious baked rice pudding with nutmeg.
Perhaps my aversion to cinnamon is hereditary. There again I was brought up my first eight years in the States. That might have done the damage. Americans love cinnamon and they chuck it into and onto every possible thing. Real or artificial flavoured.Toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum. If you don’t watch out they’ll dump a ton of the stuff onto of your overfoamed coffee.
Do you know Cinnabons? Cinnamon rolls with half a gallon of cinnamon goop injected into each one. A chilled cardiac arrest. And then you get the sweet potatoes baked in maple syrup, topped with cinnamon.
Perhaps it offers comfort, in which case I dread to imagine how much of the stuff they’re gonna be using these days. Let us move on to perfume.
Musc Ravageur – The Exception
I love the Frederic Malle line. The old ones, the news ones, the reformulated ones. It is a stunning collections of perfumes.
Musc Ravageur was the first one that I bought. A thick and spicy vanilla. Created in 2000 by the great Maurice Roucel, also responsible for Iris Silver Mist and Dans Tes Bras.
Not a floral note to be seen. It is an oriental, and not a musk as we know it. A glittering citrus opening, captured quickly by a rush of cinnamon, clove and vanilla. I have learned through trial and error that you need to spray a decent whack of Musc Ravageur, to AVOID the cinnamon. A light spray seems to encourage the cinnamon to hang around way too long.
It dries down to an amber, sandalwood, patchouli base, wrapped in vanilla. It is kind of stained and slightly grubby. Not for your average American. They have Cinnamon Burst Cheerios.
My bottle is a good few years old. I understand the newer version is easier to wear. No, I do not know what that means.