As I’m sure many of you know a great mind, a wonderful human, and a perfumer of immense skill was lost earlier this month. Fabienne Christiansen of Possets was a kind and gentle soul who was always a joy to communicate with. Her tongue-in-cheek scent names never failed to bring a smile to my face. I only wish I had discovered her world sooner.
Please, join me and countless others at the Indie Perfume Lovers facebook group in a Celebration of Life from now until October 15th in honor of dear Fabienne. May she live on in our hearts and memories.
Today I chose Gelato: Vaniglia – mostly because Fabienne chose it for me when I went in search of vanilla’s after having fell in love with Queen of Sheba. I’d purchased a vanilla pack and explained I wanted to explore it all and she sent more than I’d ordered with a note on why she chose the extras. It was sweet, touching, and a perfect example of the type of human she was.
In the vial this is that buttery vanilla, almost like a cake batter. Such a bakery-type smell, but not? There’s also something spicy like a cinnamon and nutmeg in there. (I’m actually going about this blind – no notes until the end.) Now that it’s dry, it’s like the cake/bread has been baked and is still warm from the oven.
This never leaves that comforting and warm stage, I always feel as though it is surrounding me in comfort. It gives a little bit of a throw and maybe it gives more than I’m realizing because I’m constantly feeling as though I’m comforted. And slightly hungry.
It almost smells deep into the dry down that there’s something nutty in there, almost like an almond extract. Maybe even something woody. Hours and hours go by and this is still a buttery, sweet, and warm vanilla. I will admit, this was very gourmand to me and on a few occasions it made my stomach growl.
Fabienne listed the description as: It is possible to have vanilla as a top, middle, and bottom note. I just did it. It is just a halo of vanilla as I have tasted it among the best of gelatos. Mmmmm. Vanilla was never so concentrated and so pure.
This really could explain why I was drooling over the ice cream at the store earlier.