January Joy Part 2 - Adding Spice

Happy January!  I awoke this morning to . . . wait for it . . . a dusting of snow!  The first of the year.  It was enough to turn the ground white and slushy, really just an inch but it pleased me immensely.  I didn't even mind the feeling of freezing water seeping into my sneakers (foolish I know) as I rushed about running errands this morning.  

Yesterday I forgot to post the rules for the Joy In January blog project.  My apologies.  I was supposed to let you all know that the three winners would be drawn and posted on January 19th.  Each comment was to include a name or nickname and an email address.  Oh well, no harm done.  Please check back on Thursday when I'll post the winners using your comment name.  Make sense?  Winners will be chosen at random from the comments posted for that days giveaway. So if you only leave a comment on the first day you'll only be eligible to win that days prize. Whew, glad we got that out of the way.  

I've decided to make up a pot of chili or spicy Asian mushroom soup today to help warm up.  Spices such as cayenne and ginger are fantastic antioxidants and are even shown to increase metabolism, just what we need when it's cold outside!  Something warm and hearty with a kick.  Keeping with this idea of spice today we will give away a 6 ml. atomizer of Ginger Lily edp.

Ginger Lily is a unisex perfume, a fresh clean oriental blend with spiced ginger lily, allspice, clove, ylang ylang, rose, black pepper, amber and vetiver.  It's one of my personal favorites and has garnered many loyal fans over the years.  I find it's scent clean and uplifting.  Would you like to try it?  If so, please leave a comment with your favorite spice.  This spice could be your favorite to cook with, to wear in a perfume, to eat, to sniff, to uplift.  Whatever you please.  To start the ball rolling, one of my favorite spices is cardamom.  I love cardamom!  I add it to steel cut oatmeal and once made a killer cardamom scented whipped cream!  I'm guessing the increase in metabolism from the spice will not offset the fact I'm eating whipped cream :( 

How about you? What spice do you adore? Please visit these perfumer's blogs for more uplifting scents and giveaways:
















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I also love cardamom, along with saffron, coriander, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves…I love spices in food, bath and body products, and fragrance! Ginger and vanilla too.

I like Indian cooking which uses spices in balanced combination rather than highlighting any one, usually. I also like adding a few threads of saffron or pods of cardamom or piches of coriander to a pot of cooking rice or tapioca pudding, or making warm vanilla milk using one of these spices and vanilla (my mom made it for us in the winter/when we were sick, it’s like cocoa without the cocoa).

Saffron might be my favorite in a perfume (because of safran troublant) but pepper, clove, cinnamon, and cardamon are all very close seconds!


Oh, that scent sounds lovely. Cardamom is a big favorite of mine, too, and spicy scents are my favorite category. Other scent loves are clove, cinnamon, ginger, anise, nutmeg……and I love to eat these flavors, also. :) And of course, there’s cumin, coriander, curry……whatever I can get my hands on!


Ginger Lily sounds inspired – I love ginger and other fragrances & spices for a winter lift, and the pairing sounds perfect. I have a much milder form of SAD living in L.A. than I did for many cold, dark years on the east coast – but it still hits around January.

My favorite spice smells & tastes are cardamom, black pepper, cumin & coriander . I also like the middle eastern mixture called adviyeh – which varies from recipe to recipe, but the one we make contains cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, rose petals, cardamom, black pepper and cumin – a gift from my Perso-Armenian husband. It’s great in stews and just for smelling.


Ooo cardamon is totally a fav. I think anything spicy has to take the gold though. Mmm mom got me some ghost chili sauce back in the fall I am still in love with. A lil bit of that will liven up any dish.


Yum. The soup looks delicious and I would say my favorite spice combination is Cardamom and Coriander. I keep a small bottle of freshly ground and add to my morning oatmeal and waffles. I also like to sprinkle on hot chocolate. The Ginger Lily sounds fabulous and I would love to smell it!

Karen Williams

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