I can’t even begin to tell you just how many times I looked at this scent on Possets website. It came up time and time again searching for scents and I really should’ve listened to Fabienne’s words (they’re right there on the site) and just sprung for a bottle. But I didn’t, however she was kind enough to send me a sample, and so I will at last get to try the scent that so haunted me on the website.
Cygnus the Swan – Cygnus (the Swan) is a very very very very sexy blend of the scent of real vanilla, rose, golden musk, sugar concentrate (do not eat this), an accord which smells a lot like fondant, and a pink musk which I have not used before. Very strong and very long lasting. Very. It is gorgeous, and I would say an instant classic.
In the vial I get a very dry vanilla with a hint of something ambery or golden, and a touch of something verging on bitter (the fondant I’d suppose – I’m not always good with wearing almond). Oh my skin it’s very much the same except the vanilla goes from dry to slightly buttery and sticky. I have this jar of vanilla bean seeds I use for baking and they are sticky – it reminds me of this – super concentrated true to life vanilla.
The rose is pink, or maybe combined with the rose musk it’s super pink. Almost too pink, overwhelming pink. Pink everywhere! (And I know about pink – I have two young girls.) Pink is a smell, let me just tell you. It’s bright and cheerful and bouncy. Like Pinkie Pie from My Little Ponies (remember, two girls).
Thankfully the super-duper-pink-power-hour really only lasts while wet. As it dries down the musk part of the scent comes out and tones it down, though the rose is still fairly prominent in it’s pinkness. It’s reminding me of this toothpaste I bought my daughter one time. I can’t remember what the name of it was but this is eerily similar – and of course she loved it and I have no idea what it was. Don’t cringe at the toothpaste reference, it’s not as bad as it sounds!
Fabienne stating this is very strong is not an overstatement in the least. It has a great throw and I have to only wave my wrist in my nose’s (possessive nose, not plural) general direction to get a good waft of the scent. It’s very pretty, delicate actually, and quite musky – but not anything like an animalic musk, but a sweet and soft, almost powdery musk. You still get some of that sticky sweet vanilla with a dollop of that sugar that’s almost like marshmallows.
To be quite honest, if it had stayed in the super pink mode, I wouldn’t have liked it. But this dry down, this is glorious and has me sniffing for more. Which is weird because this is just such a girly scent and that’s not usually my modus operandi. I would say my daughters would love it, but one is a patchouli head and the other likes black musks so … who knows.
Such a unique scent! I’m enthralled.