If I were to describe my ideal fragrance, "gourmand" probably wouldn't be included in the adjectives. I typically lean towards musky, spicy florals that bring to mind visions of a cloistered yet sexy eccentric. In recent months I've made BYREDO'S 1996 my signature scent, and while vanilla is a note, it's the patchouli, leather and spicy juniper berries that steal the show.
That's why it's strange that I've been dousing myself in such sweet scents lately.
Something about a saccharine scent, grounded with the warm, "clean skin" note of amber, feels so right in the sticky, sweaty months of Summer.
I have two particular combinations that I've been drawn to, opposing each other on the scale of affordability but both still smell complex, unique and will force your friends to lean in and declare that you smell incredible.
Combo one, on the "high"-er scale of things, is a spritz of PRADA CANDY met with a spritz of LAURA MERCIER AMBRE VANILLÉ. Amber, musk, vanilla, caramel. It's like making out in a bakery. You smell sweet but not disgustingly so, not overpoweringly so. You simply smell intoxicating.
The second combo, more affordable, more purse friendly (lil' roll-ons!), is Nemat's oils in VANILLA MUSK and AMBER. Roll an "x" of one on your wrist, then top with an "o" of the other (hey, being creative with application is fun). Dab wrist to neck. Nemat's Vanilla Musk is pure vanilla, not phony, not drugstore body spray-like in the slightest. Like cracking open a vanilla bean on your skin. The Amber oil softens it up, makes it a little more complex and mature.