OOOOHHHHH! Mood scent 4 week! YAY! This month we sniff some spices. Spicy frags are up to bat. Now spice is a HUGE genre, so much choice. Some very fine houses got completely ignored today, sorry. I do think we have a nice cross section of price, availability and designer or niche. Some are pretty new and others are world builders. I’m hoping a couple will be new to you and at least one a total surprise.
Can’t wait to read about your fave spicy frags in the comments too.
Mood Scent 4: Spice It Up
Spice It Up! This was a very hard set to put together. SO MANY fragrances are spicy or show a couple of spices off beautifully.
Caravelle Épicée by Frapin
I’m pretty sure Caravelle Epicee has been on my list of faves for another Mood Scent 4 but when we start talking spices it’s one of the best. Pepper is surrounded by a cupboards worth of other hot and flavourful spices and some herbs. There are woods, patchouli and a sweet honeyed, smoky tobacco. Underneath all of this is a very slight brininess to give the scent a feeling of a spice trader ship at sea. Awesome stuff.
Jaipur Homme by Boucheron
My last long term partner is an Indian hotelier who lives in Alwar, halfway between Delhi and Jaipur. I have bought him bottles of Jaipur over the years and he absolutely loves the designers version of a French/Indian fusion. A recent re-acquisition to my collection, it’s a happy memory scent. After a very cool citrus opening cardamom, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon are fused with flowers. The heart and dry down add resins and tonka for a sheer wearing spicy beauty.
№ 12 Eau d’Épices by Tauer Perfumes
Eau d’Epices was my first niche buy. I’d just discovered the scentbloggosphere. I was reading EVERYTHING I could till the birds started singing each morning. It drove Jin bonkers that I’d become so obsessed with perfume. Eau d’Epices and LDDM were my two favourites from the sample set I’d ordered and I knew my BFF would fall in love with LDDM so I finally took the plunge and ordered a bottle of each for Xmas. Just put every spice you can find, scaldingly hot citruses, roses, resins, grass, ambergris and some super sweet amber in a blender, amp it up to 1,000 and spritz yourself. It is huge, beautiful, rich and gorgeous. Totally DCd. Sorry.
Parfum de Maroc by Aftelier
I’ve not been to Morocco, though have dreamed of going for decades. Visiting india, Asia and the Middle East though I have an idea of what markets smell like in those regions. This sadly discontinued rare gem of a fragrance is one of my Go-To spice scents. Nutmeg, ginger, pepper, cardamom and saffron with roses and resins. TBH I can only smell most of these spices as a group rather than their stand alone scents. The blending is flawless and underneath all the spices there is a hint of dust and humanity.
Spice Must Flow by Etat Libre d’Orange
How could I write about spice and not refer to the luxe ELdO lines yummiest release? Spice Must Flow is a sweet peppered ginger adventure with cinnamon for extra warmth. It comes with the rose/saffron/patchouli accord we see so often in modern niche. Not telling a brand new story but telling it nicely. I find it wearable and comfortable without being generic. That it references one of my all time favourite books could have something to do with my mad love for it too.
Youth-Dew by Estée Lauder
It’s so exciting to put one of my long term favourite perfumes here in this list. Youth Dew is arguable the starting point for American designer perfumery. A super spice bomb that wears as beautifully today as it did nearly 70 years ago. Don’t write off this aged beauty, She can stand tall with many and far above a slew of the most expensive niche perfumes on offer today. Sparkling aldehydes, spices, citrus, clove, flowers and resins drizzled over vanilla and wafting through smoky incense laden air.
Please share your Spice It Up faves