Today is the 1st Annual Celebration of Life for Fabienne Christianson of Possets. Already so many mourn her passing, but let us not be sad, but instead be joyous that she was able to share her vision, humor, kindness, and creations with us for but a seemingly brief period.
I chose for today’s scent – The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba. It was the first bottle purchase I ever made from Possets and it is what made me want to seek out more and explore the various aspects and scents that Fabienne had created.
Surely I’m not the only one who procrastinated, who said “next order” or what have you … and while we may regret that procrastination now, don’t dwell on the lost, but seek out what you have and enjoy it. Enjoy every last drop of it and know that it was created with joy and with love and meant to be loved by you.
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba – Mysore sandalwood, suede, frankincense, patchouli, 4 vanillas. This blend is tough and tender at the same time, like the queen herself. This one makes vanilla turn tricks as an oriental ingredient and all of the fabulous elements get along so well. It’s an instant sex classic.
Please keep in mind, the scent I’m describing is from my aged bottle that was purchased back in July of 2015 and so it does not reflect a newer (or even older perhaps) blend.
In the bottle it is vanillas. As the description says, there are four of them, though I’m not sure I can pick them all apart. I definitely get a buttery vanilla and I get a dry vanilla and I’m sure the other two are somewhere in between.
On my skin this is still those vanillas, but more melded together so they are less able to be distinguished. The suede is fantastic in this blend as it brings this soft and almost fuzzy appeal to it making it cozy like a favorite blanket. The patchouli isn’t overwhelming, in fact I have a hard time picking it out when it’s wet at all. Though as it dries it comes out as a brown and woody patchouli. The sandalwood adds this softly golden wooden scent to the blend and the frankincense just a touch of resin to kind of glue it all together.
There is not a lot of morphing from this scent from wet > drydown >dry phase – it stays fairly true to itself and only gets deeper, more refined, and more cozy as it dries. The throw is decent – not overwhelming and just enough to get lovely hints of it as you move.
I remember when this scent was fresh it was just a tad too sharp, just a bit too rough around the edges. Then, as I let it sit, let it age away in a cool dark place, it became so much more. And then I promptly ordered another one to set back. I find I like to wear this blend to bed as it comforts me as I sleep and is still there to greet me in the morning. My pillow has taken on this sort of vanilla/suede scent along with another vanilla/leather scent I wear to bed so that I am in olfactory heaven when I sleep.
The wear time on this is impressive lasting as I said above well through the night and into the next day.
This feels like Possets to me, Queen of Sheba, soft and comforting in its embrace.