Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (Handel) Perfume Oil
$20.00 – $85.00
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 with all of the fabulous elements that get along so well. It's an instant, sexy classic.
Another favorite. On my skin the suede in this blend does delicious things to the vanillas and the patchouli. The sandalwood comes across as creamy and non-astringent and the frankincense isn’t overpowering. Sometimes I find that too much frankincense can completely take over but it’s expertly blended in this perfume oil. Sometimes I swear I can smell a hint of rose in this but then it’s gone as quickly as it appears. Anytime I wear this I get compliments from both men and women. This lasts a good 6-8 hours on my scent eating skin. I feel like this is a scent that can be worn year round for sure.
Eleanor from Reddit –
A non-gourmand, unisex vanilla with an edge. Leather haters beware, this is verrryyyy leathery and aromatic. It’s powerful, sophisticated and a little dangerous. Dries down to a gorgeous incense vanilla. I layered with Fantôme’s frankincense and it was *chef kiss*. Stayed on for an entire 8-hour shift.
Occasion: stepping on necks.
A complex, warm scent, opening with a biscuity vanilla and that strange, inedible milkiness that resembles body butter that unfortunately really isn’t for me. Might be another of the vanillas. Large, but not expansive – “tall”, in a way, and almost thin. The woody notes unfold over the course of about half an hour, with a growing smokiness to it that unfortunately does not overpower the milk vanilla. Subtly sweet, a touch dirty, and very slightly warm.
chamomile-carillon from reddit –
Man, Possets is really testing my ability to describe things I like. This one is like…the vanilla from Seraphim meets smoke and warm spice. It seems edible, but not for any food that actually exists. I absolutely adore it. The patchouli is evident as it dries down, lightly earthy and in lovely harmony with the rest of the notes in a swirl over top. If Seraphim is a cream-colored angel, then it’s singing the arrivals of this queen and her caramel-gold entourage.
Expected impression: Ooo! ★★★★
Actual: YES!!! ★★★★★ There’s not really a way to put on paper exactly how this exists to my nose, and I mean that in the best way possible. This is another easy everyday scent for me, just a touch bolder and more regal.
Preliminary notes: While suede isn’t an outright leather note, I do really love leather, and combining it with four vanillas sounds delicious. After my experience with The Girls Love Vanilla, I’m a biiit leery of Possets’ vanilla notes (though I’m pretty sure it was the honey that went weird in that one).
DH’s preliminary notes: A beach in Florida. (??)
In bottle: Vanillic leather with a bit of fruitiness (which means the weirdness in The Girls Love Vanilla was probably the vanilla, unfortunately). Not nearly as dark as I was expecting.
DH’s thoughts: That’s much lighter. Maybe something almost fruity about it but also kind of floral. Something that almost reminds me of some kind of bread. Like a sweet bread.
On skin: Smells nothing like it did in the bottle (which is fine by me. I don’t want any fruity notes unless they’re supposed to be there). Dusty leather and a bit of dry vanilla and sandalwood. It darkens up quite a bit on the skin. It kind of smells like an old leather jacket that’s been sitting in someone’s attic for 30 years. I do get wafts of some really rich vanillas from time to time, but it’s mostly the dusty, musty suede.
Update: After about a week or so of resting/aging, the mustiness is completely gone, and now it’s suede with a delicious, almost caramelized vanilla backdrop with a touch of smokiness. Yet another lesson in “Please rest/age your Possets before making a final judgment.”
DH’s thoughts: I know there’s food in that. It smells like something sweet. Maybe there’s a little bit of vanilla and toffee?
Verdict: 4.5 caramel-covered leather jackets out of 5. I think it needs to age a bit more to get the balance right, but it’s sublime as-is.
Vee Gee (verified owner) –
My signature scent!
Susanne Lindberg (verified owner) –
Wow this is a decadent yet earthy gourmand that really holds its own space. I could swear I get a red saffron whiff but its probably the vanillas and suede dancing. Amazing power in this one.