30 Scents in 30 Days – Day 15 – Possets Cygnus the Swan

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.

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Cygnus the SwanCygnus (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.

 

Alkemia Perfumes – General Catalog Samples

More goodies from Alkemia Perfumes!  This is the last of the samples I currently have, though make no mistake, I’ll be getting more just as soon as I get over this small issue of moving states.  Always something hindering the perfume buying.

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De La Forêt contains notes of dry amber, golden musk, orris root, tonka, bergamot, rosewood, oud, sandalwood, paper, oakmoss, birch tar, and vetivert.  Oooh a paper note!  In the vial I get a nice amber and musk scent rounded out with lots of beautiful and fragrant woods.  On my skin this is so golden and soft.  The tonka is that beautiful brown fuzzy scent with a hint of the floral bergamot.  Some people have issues with orris root and/or vetiver … I am so happy I’m not one of those people (though it did take a few years for me to fully appreciate vetiver).  The birch tar gives this an almost sticky like feeling … you know when you get tree sap on your hand and it just never. goes. away.  In this case this is a good thing.  Oh wow, I get the paper too.  It’s soft, freshly pressed and almost papyrus like.  It’s homemade paper which was lovingly made by hand, not the college ruled paper from the store.   The oakmoss is soft and slightly green.  Overall I’m in love with this blend.  It’s perfect for a beautiful soft forest-like scent.  I could totally see this representing someone in the middle of a forest of tall trees looking up and soaking up the filtered sunlight.

Caveau des Innocents is all about the underground Parisian nightlife with notes of Tabac, dark coffee, piquant cloves, rum soaked pears, candied citron, dark caramel, and star anise bathed in intoxicating swirls of opoponax, labdanum, hashish, benzoin resinoid, vanilla incense, and guaiac wood.  In the vial this was mostly candied citron and a touch of vanilla incense.  Very soft and subdued – not at all what I was expecting.  On my skin this is still soft, but it’s got that slinky feel, as though softly traveling just above the skin.  There is almost a masculine quality about the blend, but it’s unisex too in a way.  No one note is really jumping out.  It’s all so very well blended and very intoxicating.  As this dries and warms on my skin it becomes almost overtly sexy – there’s no come hither finger wave but more of a grab them by their shirt and yank them to you.  Carnal is a good word to describe this scent.

Fumé Oud à la Vanille boasts notes of crushed tonka beans, woodsmoked amber, and bourbon vanilla aged with oud wood.  The woodsmoke is prominent both in the vial and on my skin.  There’s that wonderfully fuzzy tonka again and the oud is very fragrant.  Overall this isn’t heavy vanilla, but it’s not a bad woodsmoke scent either.  I would love it if the vanilla had come out more.  This is very masculine in my opinion, woody, a little smoky (not enough to overwhelm) and slightly resinous.

Aphrodesia will round out this set with notes of deep eastern spices warmed with creamy vanilla and a few drops of golden frankincense.  I have to confess I put this on yesterday when I was craving vanilla scents and fell completely and utterly in love with this.  In the vial there are these beautiful warm spices from an eastern market.  On my skin the frankincense comes out and you can smell those fragrant large resins being slowly and expertly burned in an incense burner.  Their fragrant cloud wafts up to caress your skin and that vanilla with those spices just makes for this intoxicating scent.  Sweet, a little spicy, and that lovely incense wafting in and out.  This is a very unisex blend – not overtly one scent or another, but all the scents melding in together.  It stays close to the skin and makes it a very personal scent.  Oh man, I still can’t stop huffing.  This is what I wanted another scent from another brand to smell like but it just never did for me.  Beautiful!

Possets Perfumapalooza – Part 1

I have a huge pile of Possets samples that I’ve purchased straight from Possets, or from Ajevie, and some I acquired via freebies from purchases or swaps from other members of the Indie Perfume community.  It is their time to shine!

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Zombie is one of the blends I hear so much about!  It’s always described as marshmallow oudh – what’s not to love about that?!  The “official” notes are listed as: toasted marshmallow and oude, a bit of burnt stick, and the unmistakable fragrance of the crisp autumn air.  (There are many different spellings for oudh, oud, oude, and I’m sure there’s more.)  In the vial I get a bit of oudh and a touch of that crisp autumn air.  On my skin it just … wow, it’s so unique!  It’s marshmallow all right, that ooey gooey melted marshmallow that you only get from a stick and a fire.  There’s no burning smell, just this lush woody scent topped with marshmallow.  I get the hype!  It’s very soft overall, however, the longer this sits the more the marshmallow fades to just a hint of sweetness and you’re left with this smooth and fragrant oudh.

I have to admit this next one I’ve tested already as I’ve been eyeing it fiercely for months and I’m happy it made the permanent collection!  That scent is Min-Min (Ghost Lights) and it boasts notes of Sandalwoods, three of them, combined with the rich enticing scent of leather, a strong and classic patchouli. In the vial it’s almost all leather (it’s a cross between new shiny leather and that soft, well-worn leather I prefer).  As it dries the sandalwood comes as does the patchouli.  It’s a warm patchouli, almost golden in its scent.  Despite the notes in this not typically being seen as ethereal, somehow it is just that – floating and ethereal, yet grounded.  As this sits on my skin longer the leather goes from the forefront to somewhere in the back where it just gives hints as to its existence in the blend.  Very beautiful and almost haunting blend.

Jeanne duVal is part of the Femme Fatales 2016 collection with notes of 5 ambers (two golden, one dry, one sweet, and one which is what I call Black Amber), add to that African Musk, a drop of aged sweet patchouli, a nice swath of labdanum, a large part of a very very dry and somewhat woody Bourbon vanilla, a bit of sandalwood, and just the right amount of Haitian vetiver.  I get a nice sweet blast of bourbon vanilla in the vial and … chocolate?  On my skin the vetiver takes over and for some reason there is something reminding me of chocolate.  Or rather, more of a cocoa than a sweet milk chocolate.  The ambers begin to make their appearance which pushes that weird cocoa note further away.  I wonder if one of the ambers is a grey amber because I get just a hint of saltiness.  The bourbon vanilla begins it’s ascent to the top with some of the sandalwood.  I’m not getting a hint of labdanum which usually gives me a floaty feeling in a blend.  This is a very grounded scent … but something is still giving me wafts of cocoa!  So weird!  If it weren’t for the cocoa I think I would really like it!  Huh, it took a while, but the cocoa scent finally went away and now the labdanum has come out with it’s floaty essence.

The Mistress of Power will round out Part 1 of this review with notes of an incense and musk scent, a great oriental. Black, grey, and golden musks at the base, a good part of aged patchouli (which has gone from a thin light yellow to a thick dark brown over the years in the curing cabinet) there is absolutely nothing coy about this blend. Backdrop of a non foody and more brandy-like chocolate liquor, a small amount of clove, all finished off with an ambergris-like musk for a shadow-like staying power.  The scent in the vial is boozy, but that goes away almost as soon as it touches my skin.  Wow the patchouli is strong in this one with a good bit of a golden scent to it.  The incense is strong, but not overwhelming.  This is a resinous and incense blend, not for the faint of heart.  It is commanding and powerful making itself known.  There is a bit of subtle shifting between the notes as they vie for power and dominance.  It takes a while, but eventually they settle into a golden resin and incense blend with just a hint of sweetness.  This actually reminds me of the Lotus Spa I went to on the Outer Banks!  Such a lovely and relaxing place.  But that’s quite the dichotomy isn’t it?

Arcana Soaps – The Prynne Collection 2016

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I’m so excited to dig into Arcana’s Valentine’s Day Prynne Collection from this year (purchased via The Rhinestone Housewife).

Odalisque is from Part I of The Prynne Collection (notesThick vanilla syrup, golden musk, black musk, kyphi, and spikenard.) In the bottle it mostly smells like golden amber musk.  However, once on my skin it blossoms.  The black musk leans in the back, supporting the other notes.  The kyphi is nice and spicy and sweetened by the vanilla syrup.  Arcana’s vanilla is wonderful, and this is no exception.  The golden musk and spikenard give the blend a slightly lighter feel.  Overall, despite the black musk, thick vanilla and kyphi this is not a heavy blend.  It smells light and flowing.  More like a veil of scent than a blanket.  The throw is light to medium at times.

Tramp, from Part II of The Prynne Collection, contains: Red roses, worn leather, blood cedar, oudh, and 3 trampy musks. In the bottle is smells of beautiful full red roses.  On my skin the roses bloom with a hint of the blood cedar underneath.  As it dries the oudh comes out and it is a beautiful brownish-gold smell, deep and intoxicating.  The musks start to come out – perhaps one is a red musk?  When it is completely dry the leather comes out to layer along with everything.  At first this was almost boozy – but as it dried it’s become sexier with the leather, oudh, and musks coming out.  The rose is still apparent, but it becomes more like petals strewn across leather instead of full blooms.  Very beautiful and only slightly trampy.  This has a rather large throw.

Floozy, the last purchase from Part II of The Prynne Collection (notesSilky opium smoked with boozy amber, dark vanilla, and sandalwood.) In the bottle it smells strongly of smoky opium.  Wet on my skin it’s a bit more smoky, but not overwhelmingly so.  The sandalwood is fragrant and bright which contrasts nicely with the dark vanilla and the boozy amber.  This is gorgeous, flouncy and flowing, and so soft. Floozy is sweet, smoky, and woody – darkly golden with sweet opium smoke. It has a wonderful throw – not too much, not a skin scent – that nice in-between.