I have a huge pile of Possets samples that I’ve purchased straight from Possets, or from Ajevie, and some I acquired via freebies from purchases or swaps from other members of the Indie Perfume community. It is their time to shine!
Zombie is one of the blends I hear so much about! It’s always described as marshmallow oudh – what’s not to love about that?! The “official” notes are listed as: toasted marshmallow and oude, a bit of burnt stick, and the unmistakable fragrance of the crisp autumn air. (There are many different spellings for oudh, oud, oude, and I’m sure there’s more.) In the vial I get a bit of oudh and a touch of that crisp autumn air. On my skin it just … wow, it’s so unique! It’s marshmallow all right, that ooey gooey melted marshmallow that you only get from a stick and a fire. There’s no burning smell, just this lush woody scent topped with marshmallow. I get the hype! It’s very soft overall, however, the longer this sits the more the marshmallow fades to just a hint of sweetness and you’re left with this smooth and fragrant oudh.
I have to admit this next one I’ve tested already as I’ve been eyeing it fiercely for months and I’m happy it made the permanent collection! That scent is Min-Min (Ghost Lights) and it boasts notes of Sandalwoods, three of them, combined with the rich enticing scent of leather, a strong and classic patchouli. In the vial it’s almost all leather (it’s a cross between new shiny leather and that soft, well-worn leather I prefer). As it dries the sandalwood comes as does the patchouli. It’s a warm patchouli, almost golden in its scent. Despite the notes in this not typically being seen as ethereal, somehow it is just that – floating and ethereal, yet grounded. As this sits on my skin longer the leather goes from the forefront to somewhere in the back where it just gives hints as to its existence in the blend. Very beautiful and almost haunting blend.
Jeanne duVal is part of the Femme Fatales 2016 collection with notes of 5 ambers (two golden, one dry, one sweet, and one which is what I call Black Amber), add to that African Musk, a drop of aged sweet patchouli, a nice swath of labdanum, a large part of a very very dry and somewhat woody Bourbon vanilla, a bit of sandalwood, and just the right amount of Haitian vetiver. I get a nice sweet blast of bourbon vanilla in the vial and … chocolate? On my skin the vetiver takes over and for some reason there is something reminding me of chocolate. Or rather, more of a cocoa than a sweet milk chocolate. The ambers begin to make their appearance which pushes that weird cocoa note further away. I wonder if one of the ambers is a grey amber because I get just a hint of saltiness. The bourbon vanilla begins it’s ascent to the top with some of the sandalwood. I’m not getting a hint of labdanum which usually gives me a floaty feeling in a blend. This is a very grounded scent … but something is still giving me wafts of cocoa! So weird! If it weren’t for the cocoa I think I would really like it! Huh, it took a while, but the cocoa scent finally went away and now the labdanum has come out with it’s floaty essence.
The Mistress of Power will round out Part 1 of this review with notes of an incense and musk scent, a great oriental. Black, grey, and golden musks at the base, a good part of aged patchouli (which has gone from a thin light yellow to a thick dark brown over the years in the curing cabinet) there is absolutely nothing coy about this blend. Backdrop of a non foody and more brandy-like chocolate liquor, a small amount of clove, all finished off with an ambergris-like musk for a shadow-like staying power. The scent in the vial is boozy, but that goes away almost as soon as it touches my skin. Wow the patchouli is strong in this one with a good bit of a golden scent to it. The incense is strong, but not overwhelming. This is a resinous and incense blend, not for the faint of heart. It is commanding and powerful making itself known. There is a bit of subtle shifting between the notes as they vie for power and dominance. It takes a while, but eventually they settle into a golden resin and incense blend with just a hint of sweetness. This actually reminds me of the Lotus Spa I went to on the Outer Banks! Such a lovely and relaxing place. But that’s quite the dichotomy isn’t it?