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...it's not baby pudding time.
L'Occitane Eau des Baux doesn't have any tricks up its sleeve. This eau de toilette is a straight-ahead amber that comes in smelling good, and stays smelling good. It doesn't hijack you down a dark alley littered with licorice and ylang-ylang, it doesn't twist your melon with a salvo of ozone or men's tears.
Eau des Baux keeps it simple by humming a happy little tune peppered with a smidge of cardamom and dry, incensey woods. It is vanillic, but not at the cream-pie-in-the-face levels of L'Artisan Parfumeur Ambre Extrême or Annick Goutal Ambre Fétiche (which isn't an implied criticism of cream-pie-in-the-face perfumes, by the way.)
Just know that Eau des Baux is on call as your Johnny-on-the-spot "mall amber". It's never been so easy to smell so snuggly.
Eau des Baux is available from Amazon.com at $44 for 100ml