Going Back To The One You Love…

Madame X of course. Recently I got a yen to smell a favorite perfume of mine from long ago, Or Noir by Pascal Morabito. Much to my delight I found that a site sold it. With some fear, I paid my money and ordered it. The bottle looked legit and it arrived last night from France.

I opened it up and the bottle was indeed right, I took of the top and sprayed it. Here is where the strange things happened. It was Or Noir, all the notes were there and the whole thing but it was now composed of several accords which came and went with some pleasure and some puzzlement. That never happened with Or Noir before, which was as tight as it could be, no accords peeling off and commanding your attention for 10 seconds before they turned into something very ordinaire. Then I had to say that it was Or Noir, and something insinuated that it was something far better than Or Noir, and I must believe it! For a moment I chased that thing, it was beautiful in a cheap and modern way, in a contrived way. Then it vaporized and I was left with something like a uni-dimensional Or Noir, a changeling which looks like the original but you know in your soul it is different.

This stuff was strong and it’s life cycle is tremendous. I think that to get it out of my jacket, I will have to burn the jacket! I reeked of Or Noir all night long, through my sleep, and as I staggered in to drink my coffee this morning. It had gone from an imitation of my old friend to an acquaintance who had vastly overstayed their welcome.

What went wrong? The European Union has waged war on perfumers. Some of the most benign ingredients have been declared off limits by the EU and cannot be used by perfumers, one of those is patchouli (thought to make the wearer more sensitive to sunlight…thought to be, by whom I do not know), and there are lots of others. In order to make up for this ghastly loss, there are several “green” chemical companies who are trying to simulate or duplicate the smells which are now “off limits”. Good luck with that. It never works. Honestly, you can get close to duplicating something like patchouli, but you are not going to make it exact, and even if you do, the resulting mix with anything else is at best unpredictable. So, if patchouli mixes well with a Bulgarian lavender, fake patchouli might not combine so well because it is not the same chemical mix.

Then, there is the ugly reality that when an perfume first comes out, the maker is glad to add expensive ingredients to it as the sales will be brisk. It’s new, it’s fresh, it’s different and so money is lavished on it! But once it is new no longer, the cheapskates march in and substitute more cost effective fake jasmine for real, rose for real, and whatever special accord now becomes something far more bargain priced.

Alas, that is why we are bereft of some of the best perfumes ever made. My greatest loss is Mitsouko by Guerlain. I tried it, it’s hot asphalt now. I will never buy it again.

These are the things which force a woman to become a perfumer, my friends.

Oh, and the voting is over at Possets. Zombie, Min-Min, and Ouija are the winners. The others stay around for a short time, so catch them now! No overlap. See for yourself.

Perfumer in Belgrade

eid_03Fascinating story about a perfumer who is struggling and doing well. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34807225

Read it, it’s captivating.

DO, hop over to Possets for the wonderful Halloween perfumes in the Scent of Night Collection. See for yourself.

LORD! So Many Good Things!!!!

20120324-145923.jpg…About our “hometown” of Cincinnati. There is a boatload of stuff I didn’t know, and a boatload I did. So, I used to think anyone would be nuts to want to visit here, now I know that anyone who didn’t want to put Cincinnati on their list of places to visit is nuts.

I used to take this for granted. Things have changed considerably. When I moved Possets from the Pendleton to East End, that was a great idea…we have gone from “East End? Who wants to go there?” to “Oh, yea, that is the home of Blank Slate Brewery.”

Such vitality in small cities like this, and you can still get from one end to the other in less than an hour!

Here is a great set of examples of where to go here: check it out and have fun!

Oh, and the voting is over at Possets. Zombie, Min-Min, and Ouija are the winners. The others stay around for 2 more weeks, so catch them now! No overlap. See for yourself.

5 Things You Should Never Do With Perfume!

fallingHere are a few things you should not do with your treasured fragrances, trust me on this:

  1. 1. Don’t try to duplicate a perfume you loved and lost. Just don’t. Why? It will never ever smell identical to the fragrance you loved. Accords and ingredients come and go and some can never be brought back, so the basic building blocks of your perfume may be gone forever. Just remember it with fondness and find a new favorite. I do this with Faberge’s Kiku, gone forever and loved forever.

2. Don’t wear your favorite perfume to death. Everyday wear turns even the most fascinating fragrance ho-hum, and quickly, too. Confine your best wear to once a week so retains the power to tickle your nose. I did this with Miss Balmain, a great fragrance but became vin ordinaire after about a week of constant wear.

3. Don’t save your favorites for the super special occasion either, that is once a decade at the holidays. You are trying to keep the balance of being delighted with the scent not tired of it. If you are going to err, though, wearing less frequently is better than overdoing it, just as long as it does not go bad in the bottle. Pascal Morabito’s Or Noir was one I saved and saved, then it turned bad on me.

4. Don’t store your perfumes in the sunlight on your dressing table, or anywhere else in the light. Light quickly degrades many ingredients, like the citrus oils, and so it will turn harsh and become useless very quickly. Dark cool places and colored bottles will preserve your perfumes best. I did this to Joy by Jean Patou, bad idea but the bottle looked so pretty.

5. Don’t mistrust your nose. If it smells “off” or “flat” it’s bad. Big perfume houses have the disconcerting habit of producing different grades of their favorite perfumes and selling them at the standard high price. Which one did this to me? Shalimar. I have bought a bottle at super high price only to have it be the ugly cousin of Shalimar. It was real, it was not a fake but it was not Shalimar. I got a reality check from not one but three Shalimar lovers on the bad bottle and sure enough, it was an inferior version of it. If you get a bad bottle, take it back to the place you got it and complain. They know it’s probable and  you will get your money back. Nordstrom was kind enough to refund me, the clerk knew what I was talking about.

There  you have it, the unvarnished 5 don’ts of perfume. If you are looking for something to DO, hop over to Possets for the wonderful Halloween perfumes in the Scent of Night Collection. See for yourself.

It’s Election Day-Vote for Your Favorite 3 Halloween Possets

Vote for your favorite 3 Halloween Possets and they will become a permanent part of the catalog!

In the meantime, hop over to Possets for the wonderful Halloween perfumes in the Scent of Night Collection. See for yourself.

A Great (And Healthy) Drink Addition


Happy Halloween! Last night my husband and I had a desire for salmon, when I was in the store I was presented with the opportunity to buy ginger root as part of the seasoning, and I did that. Usually, I chop ginger in the food processor, so after I peeled it I put about 2-3 cups of water in the processor, the ginger then went in and I turned it on. If you do that with water the parts are more uniformly chopped.

After the ginger was chopped, it smelled so good that I hated to just throw out the water. I have a big glass jug of green tea in the refrigerator and I drink that during the day and during workouts. I strained the ginger water into it and gave it a try.

Wow, that was amazing! It was as good as the fancy ginger drink I get at our local expensive vegan restaurant (and one of the main reasons I keep coming back). This is eminently cheaper and I can add things I like as opposed to having what they are serving. I am entranced with just putting it with green tea at the moment! Might see that combo at the holidays, as it smells great, too!

In the meantime, hop over to Possets for the wonderful Halloween perfumes in the Scent of Night Collection. See for yourself.

Possets Is Accredited By The Better Business Bureau Now!

Possets Perfume BBB Business Review

We just got our Better Business Bureau accreditation and I could not be happier. Come and visit Possets Perfume and get treated like you matter. Bottled happiness!

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

Our Charity–RAPTOR Inc

Since we have a wealth of owls on our site this Halloween, I decided to go looking for good owl related charities in my area. I didn’t expect to find anything BUT I found an amazing organization called RAPTOR Inc. They rehabilitate injured raptors of all kinds: owls, hawks, falcons, vultures (yes, vultures are considered in the raptor family), eagles, and osprey. They even took care of a peregrine falcon who had fallen way out of its nest and was walking down the street in Cincinnati this past year! He turned out to be just fine (amazing as he fell stories). He was kept by RAPTORS Inc and turned back into the wild when he was strong enough and old enough to survive.

RAPTOR Inc is located just outside Cincinnati and if you are passionate about owls and their kin, consider sponsoring one for yourself. We are sponsoring three: Great Horned Owl, Screech Owl, and the Barred Owl. Look at the video and then take a look at Possets Perfume. See for yourself.

Latest Possets’ Samples Have Arrived

possets samplerAs you know, each collection at Possets gets a survey toward the end, and you get to vote on the top 3 Possets of the season. Those 3 are sent to the Permanent Collection and I can then make samples of them to buy or request as freebies with your orders. I just got the samples back from the Summer of Elegance Collection. You can now get Summer (Mucha), Landscape in Suffolk, and Seascape in trial sizes.

  • Summer (Mucha) is the perfect floral for flower haters. It boasts carnation, fern, and sandalwood.
  • Landscape in Suffolk is a pure fougere, the scent of ferns. I have grown the scented fern and it is a marvel. Once a classic in perfumery, bringing it back with a modern twist was a wise idea.
  • Seascape was the surprise of the summer collection. Possets is known for its super popular foodie perfumes but Seascape (and aquatic) took over the summer of 2015. On a base of aquatic note, I floated coconut and cannabis (yes, cannabis) and a couple of other secret ingredients and it was incredibly popular.

So, come to Possets and explore our Halloween Collection. Reviews are coming in and they are VERY positive. We have all been waiting for the crisp weather which signals time for heavy perfumes again. As one happy customer put it about Dancing With the Sprites In The Fall Rain, “Fabienne has absolutely nailed being outdoors in autumn with this…a place where leaves turn and fall and fires are lit and the air turns crisp. Very much the smell of dead leaves and cool air in a bottle, with the barest possible suggestion of sweetness to remind you that it’s a perfume, after all.” See for yourself.