Possets Spring Retour
3 1/2 Horsemen of the Apocolypse
Bacon and leather.
The darkest of all black musks, a gleaming DRY smokey vanilla, a very light dusting of precious jasmine, finally a light version of night blooming cereus and a wild incense which is like the lovechild of nag champa, high and dark. A deep sexual Tantric fragrance.
3336 Reservoir Road
Cool green tree lined streets, a whiff of tea being served in some successful man's drawing room, a bit of class laden perfume worn by the ladies at tea, and the far away scent of labdanum thrown in for good measure.
A Lady In Her Own Right
Neroli with a light kiss of beeswax, and sandalwood to round out things. A drop of myrtle, and a white musk backdrop.
The lightest of spring flowers, the reticulated iris combined with a green hay like grass.
A base of incense - a lighter Chinese blend rather than a richer Indian sort of incense. Combined with cardamom, hawthorn, tagates and a bit of thyme.
White vanilla, Australian apricot and a layer of honey musk.
Neroil, linden blossom, have turned up on an unexpected bed of ylang-ylang.
Clove, the smoothness of an exquisite silvered musk, and a drop of Mysore sandalwood, inculcated with a strong infusion of incense.
Hawthorne and black musk combined with woody coconut (!) and an overlay of oude.
Blue musk, very sweet jasmine, a hint of anise recalls a seed mixture, and a bed of black musk keeps it all together.
Ara the Altar
Black tarry musk and fragrant burnt oude smoke.
perfumy Madagascar vanilla, smooth Arabian Amber, a hint of bamboo citrus (a very light but present accord).
Apricot, and smoky Tahitian Vanilla (aged to perfection). A very small amount of black tea, and an edge of mahogany essence.
Ethereal musks are the opposite of earthy patchoulis and vetivers...if the two were to collide, what would happen? The best of both worlds if done in the proper proportions.
Green scent, chlorophyll and outdoorsy leafy accords BUT since the real star is actually red I thought a bit of red fruit would go nicely here to leaven out the greeness and bring it all back into perspective.
Icy edge of violet and mint, a note of hydrangea and a small small amount of sage makes this a lovely combination.
African Musk, Egyptian Musk, and Red Musk, Black cumin and spikenard.
Chloris the Goddess of Flowers
Lilacs, lily of the valley, rose, violet and several flowers which are part of my hedge at home (viburnum being one of them).
Strong sage tea is smoothed by a peachy addition, a bit of sugar evens out the mix.
The prettiest of all jasmines shines with a candy-like background pushing it forward. Feminine, floral, sweet and irresistible.
Baby powder, hawthorn, a bit of lemon cake, and a whiff of musk (skin musk) and you will probably find this rollicking vernal blend irresistible.
Nectarine, grey musk mimics a rainy day, a spark of cardamom, and a tiny bit of lime, a drop of parsley gives everything a delightfully fresh edge. Really like a rainy day in April filled with daffodils and tulips (it is) and you are thinking about dusting off that old painting set and capturing the light on the weeping cherry trees. Ravishing.
Saffron, strong and pretty "grey" musk that I make up as a Possets special is featured as a backup to the saffron, the crocus scent has a good shot of greeness.
Citrus and lily of the valley.
Abstract purple lilac essence, grapefruit (pink only) with an extra does of the zest. A drop of Hidecote lavender.
Essence of dandelion mixes with the remnants of the chill lingering in the vernal air (with a nod to a more minty sort of zestiness), a kiss of lemon, a small amount of ambient floral fragrance.
Crystalline musk, a very sharp musk which has no lyrical name, gray musk, and a very modern sort of edgy musk. Top all of this off with a fragrance which reminds me of stone and water on stone.
A man made ambergris combined with pink grapefruit and a l small amount of white musk and an elegant intrusion of saffron. Musky and resinous. Downright dangerous.
Toffee, butterscotch, cream, butter, and a tidal wave of vanilla.
A very dry and unusual green vanilla, a touch of nectar, and a bit of smoke from a fragrant wood fire blend perfectly with the lovely citrus paradisii oil.
Draco the Dragon
Fine Chinese tea and spicewood, a small amount of key lime zest, a bit of lemon pulp.
The smell of the inside of the Easter Basket combined with what happens when you open the windows on a beautiful beautiful day. Mmmmm, that scent greets you only once a year.
Chlorophyll combined with menthol, and a bit of eucalyptus, an ivy essence, a tiny amount of lime is put in for good measure.
A Japanese incense, a small amount of vetiver, a fine veil of violet leaf and rock rose.
A bit of mint and a bit of water as it melts away. This one is still pretty wintery but it's starting to be a warm watery scent rather than an icy cold one. Unisex, semi-sweet, watery, refreshing. Minty, dry, herbal.
Fornax, The Furnace Of Love
A strong and almost electric almond, cinnamon, and a really boozy vanilla, a hard shot of musk finishes it off. Very sexy, great for a date night which stretches into a much longer time frame.
A small amount of the finest leather, a tiny bit of tea, a whiff of a basic chypre note.
3 ambers (one honeyed, one dry, and one very sweet and dripping golden).
100% Natural Perfumy bergamot is combined with glorious rosa damecina trigintepetala (Damask rose), and a hint of rare Australian sandalwood (which is not endangered) and you have pure magic from pure sources.
The bite and sniff of ginger (the best quality) combines with the cold of flitting winter and a kiss of oncoming spring.
Beautiful big fluffy peony scent is married with the flakiest and most tender of pie smells. It's like you walked into some divine Hoosier kitchen and smelled the scents floating in from an open window. Lovely.
Bitter almonds, cucumber and a very woody vanilla go hand and hand with patchouli. Resinous and foody at the same time.
Libra the Balance
The most sophisticated of rose essences and the most animalic of patchoulis. There is a drop of sandalwood and a tiny bit of lemon for zest.
Grapefruit with counterpoints of sage and cedar.
White Amber, white oude, white (sharp) musk, a small small amount of a water accord, a tobacco flower background, a small amount of silk fragrance. It's really a beauty.
Madame Eglantine The Prioress
Honeysuckle and lilac with a kiss of incense and a float of citrus. Shy and beautiful.
Maharani of Kuch-Bahar
The purest of classic thick patchouli, a good dose of blood orange from Sicily, a light brush of incense, thick dark tamarind from India.
The freshness of a new spring grass with fern, a hint of spearmint, a small tot of bitter galbanum and a bit of one of the coldest African Musks I have ever used.
The essence of bubblegum combined with serious sugar (as in "give me some sugar"), add in sticky sweet vanilla bean syrup, a drop of butterscotch.
A mildly spicy but totally fresh floral with a whisper of pink phlox is added here to give this blend the mid spring boost of the less watery fragrance we come to associate with the end of April or the beginning of May.
7 different musks and they have combined to become a wondrous cloud surrounding you all day long. White, grey, and a silver musk (not the famous Silver accord), with a foggy sort of sweet and beautiful musk which is called Musk 322, labdanum, and hawthorne.
Peach and carnation, a bit of crystal musk and a very small amount of ginger (just to mellow this out and not to play anything like a major role in it).
Violet for humility, iris for courage, sandalwood for patience (because it is long lasting) and finally sweet flag for something which shows its true nature when trodden upon.
Pepys Green Pepys
A bit of the sweetest and least volatile of mints combined with a bit bit bit of lime and a great big slath of melted marshmallow for openers.
Pepys Pink Pepys
These are the most sticky and gooey smelling of the bunch. Unabashed sugary sensation with sticky over-the-top fruity associations.
Pepys Yellow Pepys
A whiff of banana and a slight zest of lemon which pairs up so nicely with the marshmallows underneath it all holding it together and keeping it in the family.
Pineapple and the smoothest of custards dripping with cream and vanilla.
Smooth brown sugar and cream mix with a twist of funnel cake and a light addition of pineapple juice and a dusting of sweet spices for an alluring foody combination that is out of this world.
The perfect wonder of freshest lime and the famous "silver' accord dancing along with a few secret enhancements.
Grapefruit zest and a cold and salty aquatic remind you of the first days of spring, combined with a bit of fougere and a good helping of herbaceous accord and a nice bit of rue and a hint of elimi.
100% Natural Wet stone and a fuzzy dark olive green scent, strong and sharp like platinum.
Pink grapefruit, a glorious musk, and a small proportion of an incense-like and glowing "cool resin" kind of a special Indian "green oude".
Heavy cold musk and bright crystal musk, a drop of galbanum and a kiss of myrrh.
Portrait Of A Lady
A combination of lovely cupped old roses and modern florist's roses combined with that unique scent of wet stone for balance.
Hyacinth and lily of the valley lead the way in this procession of spring flowers, slightly dry but with a touch of sweetness, a non-floral floral, a waft of sweetness about it but overall just about perfectly pitched.
Black amber, black musk, black lavender, black coffee, black oude, black tea. Mmmmmm. Really good.
A stone-like scented accord combined with a melange of spice, a waft of capsicum and the beauty of a bit of love-in-a-mist.
Strong red fruit and a sharp peppery background.
Dark tears of myrrh, green moss, and lively fougere. There is a light edge of luan wood and a very small kiss of a brown musk.
The finest of burgundy, the richest of scents. Very red, very lovely, very smooth. Hints of pomegranate with a background of vanilla and oak, a drift of black pepper, with overtones of black currant.
Deep and ferny green fragrance covered with the crystals of a slight vanilla, lemon zest-like backdrops with just a kiss of patchouli and vetiver to ground it all.
Coconut dust and sugar and honey and a bit of toasted grain.
Bright starry crystalline musk and cast a foreground of darker more resinous things to enchant: aged patchouli, deep woody vanilla, a goodly jolt of sandalwood, white oude, a pearly clove scent, a fat vanilla, a black vanilla, and natural tonka bean infusion.
A drop of rose and a bit of white musk blending with a small amount of lily.
Solid Gold Bangles
Light pomegranate syrup combined with a golden sweet musk, a hint of sandalwood for a serious basenote, and pear. Fruity, musky, and very golden. (A personal favorite - Angi)
The true essence of a jelly bean, yes, this is the True plain white jelly bean (faber jellius beanus Americanus et Britannicus et Gaullus est) and I hope you love it.
Montmorency cherry is brushed with glorious fresh ground Italian coffees and finally encased in excellent white chocolate.
A bed of roses, myrrh, along with a small amount of oude. A lovely sort of a blend and I like it especially on a bright blue day in spring.
Sterling Swizzle Stick
A bitter amber with a tot of vanilla of the more dry variety, muhuhu adds a definite metallic tang all finished off with the lees of the grapes.
Orris root, dry and radically chic, quintessentially French and delightfully inchoate, married with green stems in the nicest way (and all of the bitterness removed), sandalwood, and a small amount of myrtle. This is the fun and cool beauty of being an adult.
The finest Jamaican ginger, a bit of honey, and drop of almond for the top note, and a jot of pink peppercorn to bring up the rear.
The scent of warm red shiny strawberries flirts with the fragrance of pinks and the two hues flirt with each other as well. A slight bit of greenery and a sparkle of water completes this olfactory sketch of the delights of the beginning of the growing season.
Perfume and a heady mix of big flowers, Thaw says in scent what you are thinking as you see your sweetie coming toward you in the good strong new sunlight. Thaw is for men and women, honeyed in many ways, sweet but not overly so in the foody department. Foody, dry, minty.
A "summer chypre" made cooling by the addition of pink Indian River grapefruit zest and something which I call "igneous musk" because it is a stone-like musk which is quite unusual and very arousing.
The Floral Chaplet
Jasmine, blue lilac with a very lovely white musk which has a slightly animalic edge to it which fully compliments the jasmine and keeps the lilac from becoming too "bossy”.
The Girls Love Chocolate
A thick chocolate shell covering a center of semi-crystallized honey which crunches ever so appealingly as you bite into it. The honey is of the very high class sort, not at all cloying and very fresh.
The Grace of the Posset
This was something like the foam on cappuccino. The thicker and more substantial part of the posset lay underneath. So creamy and yummy was the "grace" that I wanted to recreate it here for you in the spring. Lighter than the Yule Posset but with a sweet and insinuating creaminess, cut with enough non-sweet parts to make it a succulent wonder.
The Great Housewife of Babylon
Rich aromas of deep black musks combined with almost choking smoke from incense braziers going all the time. A hard edge of thick black tea, and a mighty wallop of tobacco resin. Spicy and resinous.
A simple, beautiful, masculine fragrance which can actually be worn by anyone. A light light scrap of the softest leather combines with a drop of tobacco flower and fern.
The Mink Hairshirt
Oude, paired along with yuzu peel, a touch of leather and a kick of chypre.
The Queen's Strawberries
The most luscious strawberries with clotted cream flown over from the Cotswolds.
The White Crow
A white leaf sage (more like Tuscan herbal accompaniment), lambs ear (again a white leafed desert plant) with a cascade of distant white flowers from the Eastern woodland, and a drop of white tea.
The Wife of Bath
Deep thunky musk from a smoky source, wild animalic and beautiful lacy jasmine, a drop of honey, a thrill of oak and a bit of rare and highly aged vanilla from Madagascar.
Cherry blossom mixed with aquatics and splintered green woods. A sad yet poignant blend, beautiful but lachrymose.
Lime and strong rye, a bit of unsettling whiff of mint when someone left the door open to sober up all the merrymakers.
Yes, there is the true scent of bacon shot throughout this offering, BUT it is married with BUTTER!!! Great mother of pearl, but the degeneracy doesn't stop there, it is wrapped in the most gossamer of phyllo pastry, and coated in Anatolian honey!
An unapologetic floral and it reminds me of a huge field of tulips in Holland, all waving in the spring breeze and they are all purple, blue, and white.
Van Gogh Desecrated For Charity
Honey, and plenty of it, on top of vanilla (in the gooiest of all manifestations, the Mexican persuasion) and a spot of an amazing sugar musk which is an exceptionally powerful elixir!
A bright yellow golden musk combined with a light sugary accord, golden hawthorne, lush pink citrus paradisii and a small amount of bukhoor (Arabian incense).
Blue musk, pink musk, and a bit of a new silk essence I found. There is coolness about this blend, but in general it is an indefinable perfumy scent with a foody bent more in the way of a seductive insinuation rather than an in-your-face sort of food.
Sandalwood acts as a seductive and earthy base for a bed of grapefruit and refined grapefruit expressed oil to lie down on. White and pink grapefruit, a concentrate of grapefruit which is meant to make it last longer than the lilt of fleeting topnote.