First up is Howl. It has notes listed as black, red and amber musks wrestle furiously with sandalwood and opium tar resin. There is nothing light, sweet, or gentle about this scent. A burning incense backs it up, black patchouli stands in the forefront. In the vial it’s burnt opium tar and dark patchouli. On my skin the musks seem to be fighting each other though the red musk is at the forefront with a base of opium tar. This is dark and resinous, but it fights with itself – the notes all trying to figure out how they will meld together. It takes a while but the musks finally come together and take the lead with the rest of the notes hanging out in the back. It’s a rough scent with nothing soft or frilly about it. But man, once this dries down this is gorgeous! It’s incense and woody! It leans a touch masculine. Oh man, I honestly wasn’t sure I would like this at all, and for a bit I could take it or leave it, but after it’s sat for about 10 minutes this is just beyond beautiful!
I actually have a bottle of Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, it was my first bottle purchase from Possets. It has notes of Mysore sandalwood, suede, frankincense, patchouli, 4 vanillas. This is all vanilla in the vial, but it’s not that super buttery gourmand vanilla, it’s softer and gentler. On my skin the sandalwood and frankincense comes out with just a touch of the patchouli to tamper a bit of the vanilla. The suede is soft and touchable (that’s totally a thing ya know). Overall it has a soft almost fuzzy brown and sweet scent around it. It’s comforting and cozy.
And, because I have a bottle that has been aged nearly a year, lets see what aged Arrival of the Queen of Sheba smells like shall we? (The date I put on the lid is July 2015!) In the bottle the vanilla has an almost boozy quality to it, like one of the vanillas is a bourbon vanilla. The sandalwood and frankincense is super smooth and the suede is super soft and only a touch fuzzy. The patchouli has smoothed out as well. As if fresh isn’t comforting and cozy enough, the aged just keeps going, like sinking into the most luxurious seat imaginable. However, once both have completely dried down, there’s not too much difference. Aged is just slightly smoother overall and it starts smooth instead of the somewhat bumpy start the new vial had.
Nocturne is up next with the simple notes of balsam fir and a thick crust of sugar. So … different. I get the evergreen scent from the balsam fir and it is truly coated in sugar. This is so unique! I went to a museum of natural history yesterday and there was a display of different forests and this reminds me of what the display of coniferous forests smelled like. Solitary and steadfast are two words that come to mind when I sniff this. I think this would be a beautiful scent for an oil warmer. I’d love my house to smell like this. Unfortunately my skin eats this scent after a few minutes so I think putting this in the oil warmer will be best.
Lady and a Baby Unicorn will round out this batch of reviews and her notes are: using the right type and right amount and right dilution, vetiver (that sultry, earthy, wild, and dominant part) becomes positively docile, sweet, and innocent…almost fruity in the presence of three vanillas (dry, fat, and sweet). Vetiver and I … we have a love/hate relationship. Sometimes I love it, sometimes I hate it. In the vial it smells like … jello? Ha! On my skin I still get the jello association. Eventually it evens out and I get a touch of earthy sweetness. This scent is another unique one! Fabienne sure does know how to do unique scents!