Thank you, darlings, for all of the thoughtful, wonderful and funny ideas.
And it is wonderfully shaking up my classifications. I had pretty much shelved Pamplelune for the season, and with some regret, because it is a superb wake-up. But I wore it yesterday midday and found that it positively glows in fall weather, the cool bringing out a wonderful spiciness in the grapefruit. So guess this isn’t just for summer.
And spiced orange? I only have a few drops of Mandarine-Mandarin, but I’ve got a lot of Mararanih and it’s an absolute orange spice bomb! I’m just getting to know oudh, (expensive acquaintance, that) but I can see that medicinal note working right well.
And all sorts of things I usually think of as evening to try in the morning. Started the day in Chypre Rouge (not just for going out for Indian- but that alone would justify it for me!) and it rocked me out the door. I’m a new devotee of Mitsouko, so I haven’t tried it in the morning yet. But I’ve released it from summer lockdown (nearly fatal on a warm spring night!) and it purred like a kitten over Italian on Sunday night.
Ginger, pepper and more spices and chypres too- I may survive mornings after all. I can sort for the orientals that aren’t totally languorous. And I’m starting to like an occasional anise note(under the influence of the sugared anise seeds from aforementioned Indian restaurants). Coffee and tea, indeed, topically as well as ingested. Mint- unquestionably effective if I can get past the toothpaste idea. And fir crossed my mind(and nose) yesterday- I was sitting on the porch smelling like a grapefruit and suddenly noticed the scent of pine or fir. After a baffled moment, I realized it was not the Pamplelune- the driveway next to ours is being cleared and widened and they had been running chainsaws all day. A bit wintry, but quite awakening.
And contrariwise to Sakecat- even after an extended pas de deux with my snooze alarm, waking up tends to distress me!