HEAT ME UP WITH CINNAMON : Ambre Narguilé by Hermès (2004) + Vanille Cannelle by E. Coudray (1935) + Rousse by Serge Lutens (2007) + Incensi by Lorenzo Villoresi (1997) + Ambre Cannelle by Creed (1945) + Noir Epices by Editions de Parfum (2000) + Cinnamon sherbet by Comme des Garcons (2003) +..

POST-PARTY BLUES

The Black Narcissus

 

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It is  absolutely freezing here in Kamakura today. Grey, icy, miserable, with the possibility of sleet or cold rains tumbling down this afternoon as I have to head out into the sticks to do my evening classes.

 

Ugh. While the temperatures this week, hovering just above or below zero, might seem positively balmy to some of you reading this, especially those suffering under the current deep freeze in North America, the particular problem here is the heating systems, or lack thereof. With a country as hot and humid as Japan is for much of the year, the traditional houses here are not insulated at all, and there is no central heating as Europeans know it, with the hellish result that any heat generated by the detested ‘air conditioners’, those nasty machines that make you sweat yet always seem to have a top layer of…

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  1. I don’t normally like gourmands since I spend so long baking, but I adored Ambre Narguile! All cosy and gorgeous.

    • It really is, isn’t it?

      I do find it a bit much, but like just knowing it is there in case I need it. For me it requires the coldest weather, and just a spray on the back of the hand is like a blanket. I don’t think I have ever actually worn it out the house.

      • Oh I know exactly what you mean! I have several fragrances that I keep for just in the house. LouLou is one of them. It takes me back to the 80s when I was a student. I won’t wear it out though, as I would hate to hear someone say “Can you smell LouLou?” I like my smell to have no name!

      • THE LOULOU SHAME! How I know it. And understand completely, although I HAVe worn it out and been vastly complimented on it. I adore that scent. Absolutely and wholeheartedly.

  2. Tora

    I love cinnamon, too in cold weather. Eau Lente, Un Crime Exotique, Tabac Rouge and 5 O’Clock au Givembre are the one’s in my collection that have that warming note. Un Crime is the real huge cinnamon bomb, though, and garners many compliments.

    Gosh Neil, I can’t imagine having no central heat!! Even here in Florida, I avail myself of central heat when it drops below 65 degrees. I am a wimp!! It sounds like you guys need a good New England wood burning stove to ward off the chill. Stay warm!!

    • Un Crime is amazing: I put it in my Ginger post, but it could just as easily have been in this section instead. I don’t think I have ever smelled such a spiced cornucopia done so convincingly. Eau Lente! I love that perfume and had forgotten about it. Can you still get it? In Japan typically they only sell the fresher Diptyques: I would wear Eau Lente because I love that dense, slow-moving opoponax. Tabac Rouge I know nothing about….more please!

      • Tora

        I do not know if Eau Lente is available in full bottle form. For sure on E Bay. I bought a decant from STC. Will they ship to you? I would be MORE than happy to send you some Tabac Rouge. You have my email address if you want to send me yours. I could send you a little international care package!

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