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Sep 302014
 September 30, 2014  Posted by on September 30, 2014 No Responses »

I, your faithful Musette, am off doing something planetary.  Please shout a HOLLA! to Marla who is Guest Posting for me!!!


Who Loves a (Perfumed) Mystery?

By Marla

I think all card-carrying perfumistas have heard of Chandler Burr’s Untitled Series. I tried to get in on the first series over at Open Sky, but it was a logistical mess. So I gave up on the idea until Luckyscent took over the operation. Since then it’s been smooth sailing and I’ve been a participant for the last two rounds. It’s been a surprising delight!

The Untitled Series is a project based on the idea that perfume is (or at least can be) olfactory art, and that it both follows and participates in major trends in Western art and architecture. Now whether or not you buy the premise, the game itself is a ton of fun. You buy a bland-looking lab bottle of either 15ml or 30ml for twenty bucks from Luckyscent. They ship it to you pronto, and you sniff. Then muse. Then sniff. Then write. Then read what everyone else is writing (“I can’t believe they said that!” or “I am thoroughly in accord with this wise perfumista….”) Chandler warns us over and over that we are not to try to parse notes, and that we are not supposed to guess the name of the mystery potion. OK, he warned us! And like the rowdy schoolchildren we are, we completely ignored him. Everyone guessed way wrong, each time.

S02EO3 was my first mystery perfume. It seemed over-the-top masculine and aquatic to me, very Cool Water/Issey Miyake. But the other female participants were wearing it, maybe I should, too? The guys around me used up much of my bottle before I could really decide if it was my thing. Other perfumistas reported that random dudes were seeking out and using up their bottles before they could fully report. When one participant left his bottle in his office’s men’s room as a social experiment, it was half-emptied pronto, then swiped! Finally, the reveal: it was a totally new perfume to the market, Drakkar Essence. We’d been sampling and writing about it before it was released. It was fascinating to try a perfume with no marketing materials, no identity at all apart from our own discussion of perfumery and art. I had thought I was immune to marketing and “only cared about the juice.” Ha! You can read the discussions over at Luckyscent, and on Basenotes, try the perfume the next time you go the mall, and form your own opinion on it. Mall trash or treasure? My guys say treasure. I for one am going to enjoy a few more samplings on the masculine side of the aisle, and I’m not so averse to the mass market as I snobbishly used to be- some of these mall thingies are pretty darn good.

S02EO4 had me screaming, “Yes, cupcakes!” and rolling around in the stuff (I sprayed it on my sheets and pillows) before falling asleep to enjoy some truly lovely, fluffy dreams. Other samplers got wildly different impressions: skanky flowers, musk, bakeries, plastic, and even dark forests. Some thought it pretty, some sexy, some puerile. A few of the guys actually rocked it, but most of us agreed it was pretty much a lady ‘fume. What a surprise when the mystery scent turned out to be the newly launched CK Reveal! Again, head on over to Luckyscent and Basenotes to read the discussions; they are pretty hilarious. I would never have tried this IRL, but I’ve used up half my bottle already and I’m still getting good dreams from it. Who knew?? I can’t wait for the next round, it could be anything….


Sep 292014
 September 29, 2014  Posted by on September 29, 2014 30 Responses »
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Esperanza the Perfume Fairy Godmother



Hey, it is time again for the Perfume Sample Fairy Godmother for October 2014.     So here’s how Fairy Godmother works – this post will be open for the entire month of October 2014.   I’ll start a new one at the beginning of November.   For those of you new or that need a reminder of how this works – in comments you can list one or two things that you are yearning for and can’t seem to get –  a perfume sample is the easiest wish to grant for me.  Or you can wish for a full bottle, decant, vintage perfume or discontinued perfume you can’t find.  If someone has it and can help you out, they can reply to you in comments and then you can arrange to go offline through e-mail to work things out.  

Please don’t post e-mails in comments unless you spoof them somehow, like this – patty at perfumeposse dawtcawm (spelling the dotcom at the end that way prevents robots from finding it as easily). Caveat Emptor and all that, don’t send people money, check out their references on MUA or Basenotes or the Facebook groups before you send something in a swap, if you wind up doing a swap.  We have some amazing Fairy Godmothers that show up every month, granting wishes right and left. If you’ve been the recipient of some kindness, do give back when you can. I know people have gotten wishes granted, and every month they comb through the posts trying to find one or two people they can help out, and it just makes my heart happy.  If it’s a gift, send away.  I should note that  it’s more likely that a Fairy Godmother will happen along if you are a fairly regular commenter on The Posse and people recognize your name. I’ll sometimes play Perfume Posse Fairy Godmother and go through the list and grant some perfume sample wishes. I’ll pick from ones that nobody has been able to help with – I’ll spin my random.org wheel  - and send them The Precious. 

perfume sample magic wand

So what is it that your heart desires?  (pulling out wand from the back of the closet and blowing off an inch of dust)  

Sep 282014
 September 28, 2014  Posted by on September 28, 2014 32 Responses »
Moon Bloom

Moon BloomBefore we get too far into the fall, let’s look at a branch of the tuberose family tree that I’ve been ruminating over for a while. So here goes: If Fracas and Carnal Flower had a love child, with Tubereuse Criminelle lurking somewhere nearby among the relatives (perhaps a grandmother?), Hiram Green Moon Bloom could very well be it.

It’s got a dab of the buttery, rubber-y note of Fracas, but not so much as to scare you off, lightened as it is by its charms echoing Carnal Flower. Also in its genes resides a small hit of the menthol-camphory pop that CF shares lightly with TC’s medicinal opening.

Moon Bloom straddles the tuberose fence nicely: On the days when more oomph than the elegant Carnal Flower is needed, but not quite as much firepower as Fracas provides, it creates a good balance. The tuberose starts off strikingly with a hint of menthol, then see-saws with a lovely jasmine, a bit of green, and a hint of coconut to top things off beautifully, lending a playful whisper as it does so well in CF, Ysatis, By Kilian Beyond Love, and others.

I just wish it lasted longer. Granted, my original go at Moon Bloom was via a dab sample vial. So I made haste to get a little spray decant of it to experience it in a bigger way. However, even that didn’t seem to last as long as I thought it should have. But then again, I usually only spray once. So perhaps what’s needed is what several Posse writers (Tom? March?) have said on the Posse: “Drench your poitrine until your socks are wet.”

So let me give that a go and see what turns up. Two sprays on one wrist (sorry, folks, I just can’t bring myself to do more) not surprisingly, resulted in a bigger medicinal whoosh, followed by a more intense unfolding of the other characters. Longer lasting most definitely and still quite enjoyable, and gives the menthol stripe a far longer ride.

BTW, I think this would be nice in a body cream or shower gel as well, not to mention extrait.

Notes from Fragrantica: tuberose absolute, jasmine absolute, ylang-ylang, coconut, greens, tropical spices and resins.

Have any of you tried Hiram Green Moon Bloom? If so, what did you think of it? Or what tuberose scents are you loving now?

Sep 262014
 September 26, 2014  Posted by on September 26, 2014 13 Responses »

tangoIf there’s one thing I love it’s a rich, spicy amber scent. When I was in ScentBar the other day, I got a whiff of this one, certainly one of the richest and spiciest I’ve smelled for a while.

Ingredients (via LuckyScent): Amber, jasmine sambac, turkish rose, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, tonka bean, benzoin, sandalwood, guaiac wood, cedar and melilotus.

The opening of Tango is all about spices and flowers. They bloom hot and fast and with an assertiveness that makes it an immediate head-turner. After a few minutes it starts getting sweeter, almost as if immortelle was in there (although it isn’t listed.) The scent just seems to get richer, smokier and more boozy as it keeps developing until it reaches the peaty richness of the smoothest cocktail made with scotch. It’s deeply amber and wildly sensuous and in my opinion, wholly wonderful.

The culmination is the perfectness of the dry down- it’s quieter than the passionate middle and the come hither opening but it’s a quieter version of the middle, an “après un rapport sexuel” that could easily be my new cuddle-up fragrance.

Which it sadly won’t be. if only because it’s $240 for 100ML. Not that I think it isn’t worth every dime, it’s just out of my range these days. Surrender to Chance here I come..

My sample was asked for and given to me at ScentBar.

Image taken from LuckyScent.

Dreams of Smoke

Dreams of Smoke

You know I love writing to you, darlings.  And, most days, I’m not bad at it.  But sometimes….sometimes….well, you know…..sometimes it’s better to just step back a pace and let a story tell itself, just the way it happened.  I’mo let that story tell itself here, lifting conversation whole-hog from The rest, please…