The Ghosts In You

ImageThis time of year you might be out performing seasonal Ouija rituals or carving pumpkins or putting together a clever costume. Whatever you’re doing… beware… you’re being followed by ghosts everywhere you go. They are within you. They are a part of you. They are—right behind you even as you read this!

Don’t expect to see a floating white sheet. These ghosts I’m referring to are your memories, some of them hauntingly unpleasant, some of them challengingly influential, some of them sweet and welcome. Want to get in touch with a memory? You can look at photos, read old letters or journals, or experience that ethereal one of the five senses we’re all here to applaud.

Everyone has experienced just how much scent can bring us back to a certain place or time. Smelling the right thing can be like conjuring a dream in the middle of the day. There’s no doubt that smell is a stronger trigger for emotional memories than vision or touch.

Scientists have conducted numerous tests exploring how smell is related to memories and emotions. Our brains are engineered in a way that connects these things to scent more than other senses. We experience smell through the olfactory bulb which directly connects to areas in the brain that are linked to memory and emotion. Signals from sight, sound, and touch, on the other hand, do not pass through these areas. (You can read more on this study and others linking smell to memory here.)

There have been plenty of times I’ve been taken by surprise by memories—sometimes ambiguous, sometimes specific—that arise from a vaguely familiar smell. There’s an artificial berry scent in some chap-sticks out there that take me back to playing in the basement with my sister when I was five. I didn’t even realize that memory existed, couldn’t have described the basement, until I caught a whiff of that smell somewhere. There must be dozens of other ghosts of memories hiding in me, waiting to be remembered…

Maybe sometimes the memories are brought to us through smell by ghosts themselves. Or maybe what we smell is something left behind by those who are no longer with us, as a way for those who have passed to make themselves known again. After all, the dead must like their scents, too.

Paranormal themed websites across the internet share stories of scents with no apparent source. On website comments and forums you’ll find people sharing stories of floral scents at graves with no flowers to be found anywhere, stories of sulfur scented demons, stories of smelling a late relative’s cologne out of nowhere, and plenty of blog posts attempting to explain it. This article on lists several specific cases in which people seemed to perceive the paranormal through smell. Could it be that the ghosts still wear their signature scents in the afterlife?

I think the link between scent and the abstract, ethereal realms is fascinating, so I would love to hear bout your smell-memory links, or any time you’ve sensed something paranormal through scent!

Until then—if you’re looking, I hope you find your ghost… before it finds you! 0_o

By Katrina Eresman

Coming Blog Post

sample6blackI am going to be writing a very difficult blog post about one of my most deeply felt points in perfumery. I hope you tune in for this. I recently bought a bottle of Or Noir by Pascal Morabito and realized something quite profound. It didn’t make me happy but it certainly sobered me up. So, stay tuned. The piece does have something in it for everyone.

Fondly, Fabienne from Possets Perfume

The New Slider On My Blog

Now you can enjoy a slide show on my blog! Here is a nifty exhibition of the latest packaging, photos done by Master Photographer John Engleman, Professor at Antonelli College here in Cincinnati. He is a wizard with product shots, and has made my Possets really sing through his expertise. Just click on the first image for the show. Click anywhere on it to return to this post.

While your at it, don’t forget to pick up your favorites from Possets Perfume from the Halloween Collection. They are going to vanish around Black Friday and there will be no overlap with Yule.

Wait For It!!!

sample6blackWe are getting our ingredients together to give to our Samples Lady to put together for you. These are the winners from the Halloween Collection which you just got through voting on. The Winners were: Zombie, Min-Min, and Ouija. Alas, I don’t have them put together yet and so won’t be able to let you ask for them until I get them back all assembled and ready to go. Sorry, but it takes a bit of doing to get that aspect of the business together. But, they are in process, and you have a zillion other possible sample to choose from now. I will announce when the new samples are ready for you. In the meantime, take a look at the last days of the Halloween collection and buy the ones you want now. They won’t be around forever and I am planning on taking them down on Black Friday. No overlap with the Yules, so get your Halloween Possets now. Fondly, Fabienne from Possets

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Using Authentic Ancient Incense

featherPerfume lovers owe a huge debt of gratitude to the original perfume makers of the Arabian lands. Our word “perfume” does mean “through smoke” , that was the way people first scented themselves and smoke is still the way that so much scent is enjoyed today, especially on the Arabian Peninsula. I just bought quite a few different “bakoors” which are the traditional way that Arabs enjoy scent. Bakoor looks like wood shavings (sometimes compressed sawdust) and smells incredibly rich and pungent…much more so that Western room spray/scent/candles. It is heavier and woodier by far.

To use it, you put it on a glowing coal and the coal heats it, burns it, and releases its fragrance. You have to be careful and not burn too much because it puts out masses of smoke! I always cut just a small sliver off to burn when I am in a bakoor mood.

Whenever the group meets, which is very frequently in a room called a “majalis”, one of the younger men takes an incense burner with bakhoor on it and the men stand up and have their clothes incensed.

I am not sure exactly what bakoor is made of, and I am sure that the formulae are secret but I suspect that there is a lot of oude wood, some cedar, lots of rose attar, and sandalwood at least.

I hope you try this wonderful and different incense. In the meantime, come over to Possets Halloween Collection and frolic with us for a while. https://possets.come

Why I Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Natural Perfumes

faintingcouchI only produce one 100% Natural perfume per collection at Possets. Why?

First, my palette is limited. There are only so many natural ingredients I can use to make perfume, and some of the popular genres are just not possible with naturals. Forget the “foody” perfumes, the sweet sugar ones, the thumping musks; you won’t find them among the real naturals (maybe if someone is fudging).

Second, you are not necessarily going to get the same quality of ingredients from your distributor every time. I have gotten rose otto which was wonderful and the next order smelled dreadful from the same supplier. Lack of consistency is the hallmark of every essential oil supplier. Some oils are more trustworthy than others (lavender, the more volatile-smelling herbals, and patchouli), but some oils are VERY variable (rose, vanilla, tabac).

Finally, there are some time honored blends which are staples in the perfuming trade, amber is one which comes to mind. Amber is a combination of several ingredients which makes a smooth/powdery/warm compound which is beloved by many as a base. I have one supplier who made it beautifully for years and then it went flat…did they lose the recipe or did their suppliers change or did they find a cheaper and worse source? I don’t know but I do know they will never be the same and I have to stop making several popular 100% Natural blends because of it.

This is all very sad but on the other side, I love the challenge of making 100% Natural perfumes and there are suppliers who go under there are also new suppliers who appear and add scores of new ingredients to the mix; ultimately that is thanks to you and your insistence that this be a world which has natural perfumes in it.

My current 100% Natural perfume in my Halloween Collection is Grim Reaper, a stunner with pink peppercorn and hay absolute. It has a charming olive oil quality to it which preserving a spicy kick. I would say it ‘s the equal to any “conventional” blend, take a look and also take a look at my 100% Natural section at Possets.–Fondly, Fabienne from Possets Perfume

Why You Have A Love-Hate Relationship With Natural Perfumes

I am sorry to have to tell you this but your taste is the opposite of what natural perfume can offer you! You want:

  • STRONG  perfumes which last for hours. Naturals have very few base notes which truly stick around and that is why so many natural perfumes smell alike…there are just so many ingredients we can choose from.
  • A NEVER ENDING VARIETY OF PERFUMES. You, my dear public, want: peach today, pink musk tomorrow, lily on Tuesday, a strange and sexy accord on Tuesday night, and so forth. The average perfume wearer now has a perfume wardrobe which would only be owned by the very rich just a generation ago! Since naturals have a limited number of ingredients, making a huge number of varied perfumes is pretty unrealistic.
  • THINGS WHICH REALLY CANNOT BE MADE BY NATURE, ONLY BY THE LAB-Musk, musk, musk…you crave musk in all its forms. Musk is artificial. Lily of the valley in buckets (it’s not available from the plant, only from the artificial lab). A pretty pink concoction (which you won’t find in nature). Fruit, you have to have it (but real fruit wont fit in a bottle). If you want peach, you are going to have to settle for artificial peach, you are not really going to find it among the tiny “Natural Nelly’s Peach Paradise” bottles sold in the organic big box.
  • ETERNAL FRESHNESS is not a feature of most natural perfume. Some of the oils therein are famously fugitive, like citrus oils and the flower oils can go rancid, too. There are some components which are really eternal, though, like patchouli and vetiver but natural perfume should be used within a year as a general rule, artificial perfumes also can go “off” but they normally have a better shelf life.
  • REASONABLE PRICING is not a feature of natural perfuming. Real naturals are much more expensive than artificial perfume so don’t expect to run across any bargains here because they don’t exist.

My current 100% Natural perfume in my Halloween Collection is Grim Reaper, a stunner with pink peppercorn and hay absolute. It has a charming olive oil quality to it which preserving a spicy kick. I would say it ‘s the equal to any “conventional” blend, take a look and also take a look at my 100% Natural section at Possets.–Fondly, Fabienne from Possets Perfume


5 Scents Which Are Past Their Prime In The Fall

Eeeeek!We were so thrilled when warm weather finally came. It was time to put on the light and ethereal perfumes and put away our heavy resins. But, the temperatures have cooled off again with fall and there are a few things I wish people would put away right now:

  1. Fussy Aggressive Crystalline Musks– for some reason, the toothy musks are seen as crystalline and cold and come out like mad in the summer. I think they were too strong then, and not autumnal enough now. I really like these for spring, which can be a cruel season and can take a bit of sharp poking to illustrate the time of year.
  2. So Light It’s Not There Florals-It’s fall, let’s smell your perfume. Florals need to be statements now, not hints.
  3. Cotton Candy-That was summer. Summer is over.
  4. Murky Aquatics-Please, let’s play with crisp aquatics now, long strands of greenery steeped in cold water doesn’t sound so appetizing at the moment.
  5. Tea-I love tea fragrances, but they have to be handled with care when the air turns cold. I made High Tea as a very warm perfume which celebrates the idea of tea hot in a cup and I love that one when the world turns crisp.

Come over to Possets Perfume to explore our Halloween Collection for 2015. These are the fragrances you are craving now:

Possets’ Halloween Collection Is Here

Bat by GoyaThe year has finally turned from summer to autumn and Possets has put away The Summer of Elegance and now is showing their fall line, The Scent of Night! We decided that peach was truly special for this time of year and too heavy for summer, it is combined with pumpkin and apple for a spectacular set of blends. Of course you will find several sorts of apple scent, and the excellent fall accompaniment, fallen leaves. Pumpkin? Of course.

This amazing line is wrapped in the theme of monsters which was a great challenge. One person on the forum challenged me to make a Sasquatch fragrance, it DID it! And it is animalic and very sexy.

The images were a pure pleasure to work with. I would like to be more detailed about them in later posts, and tell how they reinforced the scents I made. But may I draw your attention to the little detail image on this page. It is from our lead picture by Goya, The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters and is a little bat, drawn with just a few hatch lines on a copper plate. Goya captures the body, shape of the head, scallops of the wings, and even the tiny ears and tail of a bat with such ease as it goes about it’s earnest search for a nocturnal meal. The whole picture is filled with little masterpieces, take a look. And take a look at the Possets’ Halloween Line, I am sure you will love it.

Fondly, Fabienne from Possets Perfume