Possets Yule Retour Leftover Slinks
1000 Proof Egg Nog
It's like a teaspoon of egg nog in a gallon of whiskey and a lot of spices in there, too. Lighter on the cream and closer to an all out spice mixture.
Super Musk, a gasp of oude, softest leather, clary sage, and a bit of lime. There is an animalic edge to it but it's more of the white/crystalline sort rather than the brown/furry sort.
White musk sets the stage for softest rose and light mint.
Adagio For Strings
Rose, soft honey, and pink pepper with white musk and a small amount of saffron.
Toasted sugar and a deep drought of clotted cream which conceals a well of brandy and a tiny amount of 'nard.
Air On A G-String
(JS Bach) Cranberries through smoke with a couple of secret ingredients for a nice background against which to play. Fruity, sweet, smoky, cutting edge.
The All Chocolate Dinner
Bring on the milk and dark chocolate and while you are at it, haul out the rum to wash it all down. Make that a rum toddy, with a nice fat pat of butter in it.
All Sinners Day
The sweet smell of deep fried souls combines with one of the most sophisticated dry and austere vanillas.
All The Sweets
Wintergreen soft mints, a profusion of fruits and a hint of spice. For foody lovers everywhere.
All Those Things Whose Bite Can Bring
Cold and minty eucalyptus with pine and a background of deceptive vanilla. It does have a bite but that is due to a bitter almond/holly berry-like ingredient at it s core. Not your average fir. A very stony heart.
Rose (the universal odor of sanctity) and sweetest spun sugar, a small amount of the lovely sweet olive fragrance and a kiss of lilac. Just plain old beautiful.
Ginger and a bit of the patchouli with a lot of coriander and cardamom and a jolt of cumin to give it a sweet/sweaty edge. I have a very animalic musk which wandered in in a very small amount. A hit of teak, and finally a shot of golden musk.
Violet and black musk, honey and a pollen like turmeric.
Small and beautiful rose buds combined with a lightest lilt of spring flower, the color lightest blue, and and small lovely and indefinable scent of a baby's head which makes you want to nuzzle it.
The very best frankincense has been aged until it's a very dark, thick and syrupy brew indeed, combine this with a drop or two of galingal, a small amount of potent orris root, and bring the whole thing up with a twist of pink pepper.
100% Natural The absolute real deal, Balthazar contains the best frankincense I have ever had the pleasure of working with, along with the strange and compelling back up of myrrh. The two resins are knit together with a 100% natural golden amber blend which is gorgeous.
Banana Cream Pie
I just hate banana creme pie. Hate it. I would turn my nose up at just about all of them until I was served one made by a friend of mine from New Orleans. I was horrified at how good it was, how the bananas were not the harsh silly ingredients they turn into in the hands of lesser chefs, the bananas became the star of the confection but were perfectly tempered by sweet cream (not pseudo "creme") reduced to a custard and sweetened with cane sugar. There were very light and barely detectable spices kissing the mixture, and it was all held in the thinnest and most darkly golden lacy crust I have ever beheld. Pie of the Gods. This blend just about perfectly replicates the experience. It uses banana as a precious and valued part of the scent, rather than as a silly novelty and the result is captivating. Surprisingly sexy.
Yum, yum sugar plum and cream and a drop of calendula.
Sea salt, sea fog, bruised dog rose leaves, a ferrous note.
A scent of wet stone in the background, the field where it was built and a mournful feel of what happened there. A light dusting of ambient air and a bit of the sweet flag which was strewn about the floor of the old buildings. A beautiful and a bit sad fragrance, stately with a bit of the androgynous about it.
Lime as the top note, with bottom notes of: 3 ambers, aged patchouli, two frankincenses, and dry pekoe tea.
Sharp and masculine but with an easy suave nature. Bike is the sort of fragrance Steve McQueen would wear. Lavender and lime, a good dose of amber to hold it all together. Sportive without being too "toothy", very sexual but clean. Memorable.
Bird's Nest In The Cowl
Very gourmandy with a bitter chocolate, bread pudding with Bavarian cream sauce, and European Gingerbread on top. Mmmmm!
Vetiver from Haiti is the thick undermat, building up on a foundation of chypre and black musk. A hint of earth and a purr of black pepper. Galbanum makes for a mournful and stone like note. The smoke of a distant fire and a black musk with an abiding sexuality.
An almost indestructible and ineluctable blend of resins which is deep incense combined with dark velvety vanilla wood.
Blue musk, blue berry, angelica.
Lilac and crystal musk.
Rich violet leaf and a good dose of iris, a kiss of black musk and mere hint of leather.
Every Yuletide collection needs a scent which is pure balsam and spruce, cypress and holly and whatever is decking the halls. Boughs is wonderful for putting on a cotton ball and hiding in the artificial tree. It is all that is lovely in the forest at this time of year, and a treat in a simmer pot for fragrances. A holiday must.
(Wagner) There is a lot of hawthorne here, a very sugary musk, a kiss of what I call a "silly musk" and it's all about silky skin, girly-ness and great fun.
The Burning Xmas Tree
Rich dark arabica Coffee, soft brown leather, balsam fir, and smoke.
Divinely delicious buttermilk, butter, sugar, and the most perfect pie crust which has ever been made.
Light clove and heavy sugar with a great sheet of the most buttery of toffee on top.
Rose and patchouli, so wonderful together but it is the quality of the rose and patchouli which make all the difference. What kind of rose? What kind of patchouli? The rose here is a very classic peppery kind of hybrid tea lipstick red type. It is ripe and mature and unabashedly rose. The patchouli is a medium dark Indian patchouli which has been aged for about a year and has deepened in it’s more amber like qualities rather than its earthiness.
A delightful white and fluffy coconut enhanced with a backwash of copra (the concentrated dried essence of coconut) flirting with the most beautiful (and non-stinky) jasmine ever.
100% Natural Oakmoss, lavender, and orange together make a fabulous natural chypre.
Circle Within A Circle Within A Circle
Clove and vetiver, basil and a light kiss of violet. A strong camphor musk rounds out the blend. Not for the faint of heart.
Clara's Party from the Nutcracker
Black musk, Arabian frankincense, 3 golden ambers, gingerbread, and a goodly shot of black tea.
Something sweet, very sweet but yet subtle with a hint of something your tongue and mind just keep on chasing around and never quite catching. To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, it is that which satisfies completely but leaves you craving more. Complex sugar, the height of civilization, no?
Pomegranate, ginger, a bit of chrysanthemum, cranberries, a bit of cherry syrup and that is cornucopia.
Oooo, tart and puckery but sweet and surprising...cranberry pie is just right if you are a fan of the beautiful red fruit and fancy an adventure into just how far you can go with these deep rouge berries. Spice dances in this mixture, and a wonderfully fruity thick and dark back wall of caramelized juices blend so perfectly with the crust around this one that it is an amazement. Not too too sweet and it is ravishing.
What is better than staying home with an unlimited supply of hot buttered rum and a huge bag of marshmallows and an easy way to toast them?
Nutcracker Pekoe tea, green tea, incense, and lime leaf.
Dance of the Hours
Mint, coconut, copra, and Meyer lemon make up The Dance of the Hours.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Fruit wine with a powerful violet snap to it. Very cold but deeply musky.
Non stop fun with coconut. Here I explore a woodier part of the coconut which makes this a more grown up blend than a simple foodie. There is a true loveliness to a good coconut blend and this one is put together with that staple of winter, the beautiful "incense" balsam pine. there is also a small amount of pineapple which is a sweetener for the balsam with some of the same elements shared by both. a very unusual blend but one which is a true gourmandy.
This is a symphony of musks, a white, crystal, yellow and a small amount of lemon which really made me think of an evening in December standing outside and marveling at the diamond dust coming out of the sky.
Two types of patchouli, a ginger backup, the classic dirt accord, a small small drop of vetiver, and a waft of galangal.
A cool vanilla mint and warm bitter chocolate become more than just a marriage of great foodie combinations.
Eine Kliene Nacht Musik
Melon, mint, a schmere of marzipan, smoke, resin, fruity, musky, woody, smoky, astringent but with a very smooth edge.
Elegant floral wood with a sweet white musk undertone and a very animalic part to it all, in a very sexy way.
The most beautiful of frankincense, the most subtle and luxurious of white oudes, the most sweet of myrrh (a very special type of golden myrrh), a light golden patchouli, and a drop of styrax.
Neroli blossom from Italy, delight in grapefruit to cut the sweetness, a lashing of vanilla, and a far call of lily of the valley.
The Enormous Rose
Roses and opium, the scent of stony soil. A celestial sort of a rose scent which somehow manages to combine: the earthiness of civet with a calcium fragrance, with a deep and earthy amber.
Warm wheat scent from the sun, a sparkle of an invading virus (which is a touch of wine in this case) blended with a comforting bakery scent and a bit of sugar frosting.
Sugar, violet, and tamarind, clove.
Two kinds of oudes (a white one and a black one), a dark and zesty grey musk, and a lashing of aged patchouli but not so much that it's characteristic scent overwhelms.
Wintergreen, turbanado sugar accord, a proprietary musk I make which I call Musk 31, a very hard apple note, and a backdrop of black oude, and a bit of luan wood. There is a very angry vanilla vibe about Flaming Angel, but it is beautiful.
Flight of the Bumblebee
Erratic green notes of grass and green leaf combine in totally unexpected ways with deep resins of the East making a very unusual and attractive perfume which is at once daring and comforting. Out of nowhere a violet-like note weaves in and out of the blend, and the heavy patchouli and saffron positively dance.
100% Natural Orris root is part of the symbol for Florence's Iris talisman. Then there is the coffee from everywhere all day long.
A small amount of lilac for a snowy out of season luxury, a kiss of carnation and a bit of lemon zest in this blend combine with a crystalline musk which can only be described as sleek like the pelt of a white ermine.
Very classical Possety smell, sweet and edible but really a perfume. Vanilla-esque and real easy to wear. Again another twist on that ever most popular smell. Gourmand foody.
A sweeter note of cedarwood rounds out the introduction to the dark damp earthy ring of labdenum and black oude, barded over with a light float of nigella seed extract.
Carnation, Black Pepper, golden amber, brown amber, a proprietary golden musk.
A homemade aquatic base with a subtle hint of coconut and mint.
Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire
A 100% Natural starring the incomparable Possets' lavender. This time it is paired with a fabulous sandalwood which would make a pasha swoon.
The Ghost of Xmas Future
Possets took a literal approach to its holiday “cracker” with the gunpowder effect, and inside the brightly colored tube there was a silky raspberry treat and a toy monocle to have fun with.
The Ghost of Xmas Past
Licorice, Black coconut, an icy non-mint musk, and a marigold leaf.
The Ghost of Xmas Present
One thing I will never forget was the year dad cut down a fabulous balsam pine tree for Xmas. There had been a roaring fire in the fireplace and the stocking had tangerines in them which was the fruit which appeared at Yuletide. Their peels had been warmed by the fire and that smell mingled with the tree scent. It was so pretty I had to make it again for this Yuletide.
Sweet silky and spicy gingerbread is amped up with more ginger and then smoothed out with a thick coat of light lemony sour cream frosting.
Girl In White
Grapefruit, pink musk, a drop of white oude, a real stunner through its simplicity and harmony.
Girls Love Pumpkin
A bumptious pumpkin dripping with honey smell and a dusting of traditional pumpkin spices. A fall treat and a real classic with just a hint of resin in the background to keep it from getting too too foody.
There is a good shot of earth in this, and a bit of green that you might be able to detect, the nutmeg really is a welcome bit of zest given to the whole, again calendula and turmeric make an appearance and hold the entire thing close to the ground.
A deluxe Black Musk pairs with black oude, grey musk, sandalwood, myrrh, and blonde luan wood.
100% Natural Beautiful antique patchouli of the most mature and glorious thick and dark gold variety, combined with a rose so lovely it is the soul of midsummer delights captured in a bottle.
At first it's a sharp and pungent whirl of incense augmented with a backdrop of banana, sandalwood, black carnation, and black musk put it all together into one great and passionate blend.
Fennel keeps things light while brown sugar sweetens it up without making it too sweet, a splash of crystal musk, and a slight amount of a silk like fragrance.
I see this one as being one of the truest yet prettiest interpretations of the scent of linen (the fabric from which the hennin was made) and a wisp of incense like one would find in church or in the silk imported from China. A touch of galbanum, a whisper of grey musk, combines with a fabric accord which is hard to describe. It's a very intimate perfume, one with a light but persistent dry down and the sort of perfume which delights you after you have forgotten that you put it on, a stray whiff or two will have you thinking, "My goodness, this is a pretty smell!"
Holiday in Oz
Coriander, cumin, turmeric, pineapple, coconut.
Holy Holy Holy
The most fair and golden of my amber, two honeys (one herbal and one sweet) with a soft unburned incense.
Yellow musk, white oude, chrysanthemum, and a tiny amount of strawberry.
Peach nectar and mulled cardamom-laced spice wine, and a great lashing of resinous frankincense brought back from the levant.
Tobacco, pipe smoke curling round, and a burning cozy fire heating the corner.
Sugar, sugar, sugar. Maybe there is a shot of butter somewhere in there and I am suspecting that there is a tot of vanilla (the really good Mexican vanilla for sure).
Smooth incense and leather start out the journey. Throw in a melange of spices and a bit of resin and a floor of sweet flag and Joseph is a smooth, spicy and beautiful classic.
The lilt of clove-like carnation takes on a drop of mint and a teaspoon of sugar. There is a hint of anise which rises up from it all.
Clove and copra (dried and expressed coconut), grey musk, violet leaf, myrtle, and magic.
Full sized bottles are stocked at Possets Perfume. As limited edition collections, these scents will be allowed to sell out.