A number of years ago, when I still shopped for most of my toiletries at drugstores, I received a gift of some fancy lavender-fragranced body cream in a prettily decorated tube. It was one of the first upscale bath-and-body items that I had ever tried, and it was made by Thymes — or rather, The Thymes, as the company was then called. I thoroughly enjoyed it, because it felt and smelled so different from my usual products, and since that time I've had a fond feeling for Thymes (even though the Filigree collection, my eventual favorite, was discontinued last year).
The Ambersweet Orange collection is a fairly recent addition to the Thymes range of body products and fragrance, and its Body Lotion sounded like an appropriate pick for early autumn. According to Thymes, in this lotion "the healing properties of creamy yogurt and the warm blush of honey combine to richly moisturize your skin while the harmonizing aromas of delicate orange blossom, creamy almond milk, tonka bean and vanilla swirl gently in the zest of nutmeg, sandalwood and cardamom for a natural goodness that radiates well-being." Ambersweet Orange Body Lotion gives off a gently sweet almond scent when it's first applied, and as it absorbs into the skin it has a consistent nutty-milky aspect with a light citrus-blossom note and a dash of warm spice. At this point, the lotion's fragrance reminds me of some tasty Indian dessert that involves condensed milk, rice, orange water, nuts, and a dusting of cardamom.
The end result of Ambersweet Orange on my skin is mostly a soft almond scent with a clean, soothing feeling. It's comforting partially because it seems vaguely familiar. I've been trying to think what it recalls for me. Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion? A more sophisticated Jergens "Original Scent" Cherry-Almond lotion? Or some perfume that I can't quite pinpoint? It would layer well under certain fragrances, incidentally; I'd try it under a light almond or vanilla fragrance, like Acorelle Amande de Blé or Les Néréides Douceur de Vanille, or beneath the wonderful-weird État Libre d'Orange Like This, with its ginger-pumpkin and immortelle notes.
The only problem with Ambersweet Orange Body Lotion, as you may have already guessed, is its name. There's no discernible amber or orange in the Ambersweet Orange fragrance blend, which could be confusing to prospective wearers. I'm wondering why it isn't called something that more accurately reflects its notes, something like "Milkflower Almond" or "Almond Spiceblossom." Then again, what do I know? In any case, if you try this lotion and you enjoy its scent, then you can truly envelop yourself in Ambersweet Orange: the collection also includes bar soap, bath salts, body wash, cologne, hand cream, home fragrance, and more.
Thymes Ambersweet Orange Body Lotion is available for $24 (9.25 oz.) at the Thymes website.
Note: top image is John William Godward's Dolce Far Niente (1904), via Wikimedia Commons.