I know it has been a while since I have posted anything, and for that I am truly sorry! Right now I am going through some medicine changes and they are really, really messing with my chemistry and what smells good. I’m sure allergies are not helping either.
As soon as my skin and sniffer get back to some semblance of normal (even if its a new normal) I’ll be back!
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.
Continuing the celebration of Fabienne’s life – which will culminate tomorrow the 15th of October which will be a grand celebration – I chose The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon. Honestly, it gives me the giggles whenever I read the name and thing about what that would have been like. Could you imagine?
The Great Psychiatrist of Babylon – Back in the day, before a formal id, ego, and super-ego early psychiatrists roamed the land looking for loonies upon whom they could practice their trade. Babylon was a veritable hot bed of psychiatric investigation, and practiced by the female inhabitants of the city. The hypnotic base of the finest Bourbon vanilla shot through with incense smoke and the auxiliary smoke from “punk” fire, caramel, incense, and a small shot of whiskey on the side (for medicinal purposes only). There, now don’t you feel better?
Just imagine all the juicy gossip they were privy to! Gossip is my guilty pleasure – not spreading, starting, or repeating – but I’ll admit I like hearing it second or third hand.
I had a lot of running around to do this morning (new glasses yay!) so I swiped this on and got ready. Then, upon sniffing it on my skin, immediately slathered in it before I walked out the door. It was so good! Instantly I regretted never getting a bottle.
You get the vanilla and a gooey, smooth, and buttery caramel scent, but it’s juxtaposed with this incense. It’s not like burning incense, though the notes state “smoke” I didn’t get any of that. More it seemed like the scent was residual of years of burning incense so just the scent of it permeated everything around it. This is really just a sweet incense when you get right down to it and one of my favorites.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t get much whiskey, if any, from this blend, which is just fine. Whiskey haven’t got along since my 21st birthday. So … I have bad scent memories with it, needless to say.
About 4 hours later and I get just a sweet incense type scent, though it’s all but gone from my skin. I wish this lasted longer as I just love it! Though I suppose I should be happy that I get a nice wafting scent every now and then from my pulse points.
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.
First, let me apologize for skipping a few days there. Life got busy … and fun. Love museums!
So last week I got in more samples from Conjure Oils. Their TAT is really long compared to some other companies, but really, I’m beginning to think it’s worth it.
From the hat (really, it’s a box, but that doesn’t sound as cool) I pulled Bastet. Her notes consist of Egyptian red musk, catnip and warm amber. Yes – catnip. Kind of thankful I no longer have any cats because that could get awkward.
In the vial I get something green and nearly minty – which must be the catnip. I must be part cat because it smells amazing!
On my skin this warms up nicely – still with that hint of green mintiness – but it’s not like peppermint or spearmint or anything like that. It’s a unique mint. Around that is this golden and very warm amber. It’s not powdery at all, but soft and comforting. And under all of that is this glorious musk rounding it all out and the redness of it gives it a sensual lilt.
Normally, I’m not a mint person. It’s typically too sharp and feels like it’s boring into my nasal cavity. But this catnip … it’s different. Softer, almost sweet. And that mint ‘edge’ doesn’t really last that long.
Nooo! This is turning soapy! That gives me the sads. Oh, okay, that was weird. That soapy stage lasted all of like a minute before it went back to that gloriously soft and comforting scent.
The throw on this blend is nice. It’s soft, not overpowering, but you still get a sense of it without having to hunt around. So far the longevity is promising, clocking in at over an hour and it’s not faded a bit.
A few hours later and the catnip is mostly gone and I’m left with a slightly powdery amber, golden and warm, and a touch of red musk that clings to the skin. It’s a beautiful scent, calming and almost serene now.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m so very excited for fall and all the scents that come with it. I’ve already rearranged my bottle collection so that my “fall” scents are most accessible. Add to that everyone is starting to release their fall/autumn/halloween collections and you have me sitting here like a kid in a candy store!
Just the other day I received my Deep Midnight fall collection sample sets in the mail and I’ve been itching to try them. I may have cheated and not reached in my box-o-samples, but I still blindly chose from these … so that counts right?
Prairie Gothic – Absinthe, Anise, Amber, Soft Patchouli, Tumbleweed, Wet Concrete, and of course a healthy dose of mysterious spring water, along with a little touch of the Spirit Accord.
I think this is the first time I’ve been truly perplexed by the initial vial sniff. It at once smelled familiar but also there is absolutely no way I can pick out what I’m smelling other than … petrichor. So maybe it is the water and concrete? That was a very unique sniff.
On my skin I get a large dose of anise. It actually reminds me of my Chinese Five Spice I use when cooking. Under that I get a splash of almost bitter absinthe and then the petrichor. I get the sense of warm concrete cooled by a recent rain. There’s almost something a touch desolate about this blend.
Honestly, had I been able to choose what went into this pack, I would not have picked Prairie Gothic because it’s so far removed from any of my typical (though rather large) range of scents. And yet I can’t stop sniffing.
About 20 minutes into the dry down and it’s verging on soap. A very clean, very beautiful smelling soap.
Now about an hour into it and it’s still rather soapy on my skin but the scent that wafts up is … different. It’s warm, wet, and haunting. This is so weird. It’s like fog but warmer? I know that doesn’t make sense.
Two hours in and its starting to fade. The anise has gone, as has the absinthe. I’m left with a light amber and watery scent with a touch of what, I assume, is the Spirit Accord. Hopefully I run across her Spirit Accord in other blends as it is something quite beautiful.
Everyone is unique, like a snowflake … your chemistry, your environment, your diet, your medications, your lifestyle … all these things come together to form a unique you.
No, this isn’t a pep talk about how awesome you are (you are awesome!), but a gentle reminder that seeking out other reviews for scents is a good thing!
Don’t take my word for it!
I’d hate for someone to see my review, expect the exact same experience and then become upset with me or the perfumery for not living up to someone’s expectations. Not saying you specifically, but this is my segue into showcasing three lovely reviewers!
Zombiiesque – …because who needs brains to smell good??
So true! Niki, my girl, is awesome and tells it like it is. She is enthusiastic, sweet, kind, caring, and has a nose for some of the same scents and scent families that I enjoy. We are constantly chatting back and forth about this or that favorite scent of the day!
PacificRedhead – An Indie Perfume + Makeup Blog
Who doesn’t like to smell AND look good? This lovely lady has good taste, good reviews, and kick butt photos!
DeathScent – Exploring the weird & wonderful world of fragrance & funerals.
Have a penchant for the macabre? This is your jam then! This blog is filled with beautiful and thought-provoking articles while exploring the history behind why things are the way they are when it comes to death and the ritual people surround it in.
Do you have a review blog for scents that you’d like me to link to? Then drop me a line! I enjoy reading others reviews to find new and interesting things I wouldn’t necessarily find on my own.
Creamy, silky, smooth … and it smells awesome! What more could you want from a body butter?
Solstice Scents makes a variety of bath and body products, each scented with something from their catalog. The Body Ganaché is heavenly, I must admit. I have horrible hands, calluses, dryness causing cracks and rough patches … I’ve tried so many things and so far this ganaché is TOP NOTCH! It healed my hands in about two weeks to the point my kids no longer comment on how rough my hands are when I hold their hand.
On top of all the wonderful benefits of using it, it smells awesome!
On initial application of any of the scents you typically get a familiar blast of cocoa, since cocoa butter is used in the ganaché. Worry not, though, that cocoa scent dissipates within a minute or so and you are left with the fragrant beauty in the scent you chose. The formula goes on thick and a little can go a long way. It takes a minute for it to absorb but once it does you’re left with silky smooth skin with a light fragrance that you can add to or layer different scents on top of.
Another benefit of wearing this ganaché is that it helps your oils last longer on your skin. Dry and dehydrated skin tends to make the scent disappear quickly – to make it last, moisturize and drink lots of water.
The first spray of this you get a strong vetiver that comes out initially. It is almost sharp in its beginnings. Slowly, as your body warms the blend, the vetiver slips back and becomes brown and earthy. I happen to adore vetiver, though not everyone finds it appealing.
Dried rose petals are noticeable also at first. They are deep, yet fragile in their scent, lending almost a paper-like quality to the blend which is enhanced, I believe, by the woods and sandalwood. These roses were once red or purple in their color.
Soon the vanilla and sweet incense comes out to mingle with everything, lending a lifting quality to everything, giving it that sweet edge to soften the sharpness of the frankincense and vetiver. The oud adds it’s own warmth into the mix.
This calls forth visions of summer night rituals, wafting cauldron smoke, and fervent invocations. This blend is not soft, nor sweet and girly, but powerful and commanding. It is dark, as the name suggests, and wafts around you. The longevity on this blend is wonderful and lasting. The throw is medium – it will proceed you at times, but not often, though it is not a skin scent.
One cannot deny the absolute quality of this blend. It comes in a 60ml frosted glass bottle with beautiful artwork adorning it along with hand written name.