The last time Amazing Grace appeared on this blog, I referred to it as an “anti-perfume”, the smell of clean laundry, and described it as perfect for people who don’t really like fragrance. I stand by those things, but I also confess that I actually have a huge, sneaking, deep vat of love for it.
“Clean” fragrances are a not-so-secret vice of mine, the urge to smell like laundry musks and baby powder is a source of shame considering my role as a perfume blogger. I should live for skank, for the smell of musty underwear, of tropical mangroves filled with rotten fruit, of coughdrops, catpoo and honey, of death and foof, of leather and booze, of unshaven armpits, and grannies fighting over the last murray mint in a powdery handbag, that kind of thing. Well, one thing I’ve noticed since I lost my sense of smell and it’s “recovery” over the last couple of years is that the sense of smell I do have now has changed a lot. Where once Tom Ford Tuscan Leather was a “full-on smack in the face with a driving glove“, it’s now a fuzzy, fruity suede waistcoat made of raspberries and offcuts, more Top Gear than Top Gun. The fragrance hasn’t changed, but my nose definitely has. The world of smell is an odd place for me to negotiate these days, but I’m hopeful that my love of skank, of armpits and catpoo will come back one day.
In the meantime, a return to my love of clean and rather unchallenging scents is to be celebrated, considering the alternatives, and so to my delight to find that Philosophy Amazing Grace is having its 20th birthday this year. Can it really be that long since I bought my first bottle? Amazingly (see what I did there?) it can. Blimey. It’s just been released in a special edition livery ready for its party, and the smell has hardly changed at all. At once as familiar as your favourite item of clothing, and as inoffensive as a pretty girl at a beauty pageant, Amazing Grace has charm in a quiet and low-key fresh from the dryer kind of a way. If it’s the kind of thing you like, then you’ll love it.
Happy birthday, Amazing Grace!
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