Introducing the Posse Scent Club!


Readers have the best ideas! Thanks to Anne, who suggested a Monthly Scent Club, we are going to start one, beginning in October.

Here’s how we hope to have it work. We will select 3-6 scents the month before and let you know what they are. If you have all of them, wonderful, you’re all set to play along. If you have some of them, you can just play along with us on the ones you do have, you can arrange some swaps.

Once the month begins, we’ll have a series of discussions of the scents we’ve chosen — like a book club. Some of the months we’ll have a theme discussion like “virtual reality” or “sexy scents;” other months the scents we’ve chosen (e.g., ambers) we’ll likely end up comparing to each other. All of you who have the scents can play along and offer your thoughts on those scents in the comments.

This month’s series will be Gramma’s House, and it features CB Burning Leaves, Gathering Apples and Wild Hunt; Santa Maria Novella Nostalgia; Frederic Malle En Passant; and Serge Lutens Fumerie Turque. These are all great reality-type scents, very fall-like and homey — bread, smoke, grandpa, vintage cars, fall apples – like Grandmother’s House. We’ll talk about half of those on Tuesday, October 2, and the other half on Monday, October 15. We hope this will be a great way for us all to be playing with some of the same scents throughout the month — and (as Anne suggested) this way we can talk about them after you’ve had a chance to smell them, instead of before. My guess is we will learn a lot more from your thoughts than you’ll learn from us, but we’re happy to get the discussion going.

We also set up an a topic on our Message Board, which is a great place to have extended discussions beyond the comments in the posts we’ll do and to arrange swaps for samples ahead of time, if you don’t have them.

In the months ahead, we plan to do a Gourmand theme, Winter/Holidays, incense, ambers, You Sexy Thing, and more! We hope you’ll join us because we are so looking forward to this! Thanks again, Anne, for the suggestion!  If anyone has ideas on things you’d like us to cover in  the future, do let us know in comments or via e-mail.  This is new to us, too, so we’ll be looking for all of you for feedback on how to make it work and make it better.

Now for old business, the three winners of the Sarrasins samples from last drawing are:  Eliza, Rita and Musetta. Just hit the Contact Us button over there on the left and send me your address, and I’ll zip you out the sample. Thanks to everyone that entered!

  • SMY says:

    Hello! I just tried using the Posse discount code at the Perfumed Court, but I couldn’t get it to work as it said it was expired. In your post, you said it would be valid for 2 weeks after the announcement (I think it’s still within 2 weeks?), so I was just wondering if I did something wrong? Love the idea of a scent club. Thanks!

  • cjj88 says:

    How fun will THIS be?? I’m very excited and looking forward to this program (and that you included FT in the very first round)

  • capriccio says:

    Unlurking to make enthusiastic noises! I’m so in.

    There are two categories that I would love to try bundled: burnt rubber/rubbery leathers (road trip theme?) and hays/cut grasses. Or both in some sort of stable girl mix. Yum.

  • minette says:

    great idea! and i would add miller et bertaux’s no. 3 to the grandpa’s house list – it is one of the most comforting scents ever – all soft gingery and woody goodness.

    and i’d like to see a musk theme – and a sex theme. i’m still looking for the sexiest, dirtiest scents.

  • JenniferR says:

    Joining the chorus to acclaim the brilliance of this idea. I’ve been picking my little way toward collecting things that People Talk About, but very often what I like to think of as my expanding sample collection just doesn’t pass muster.
    Now I can plan to join the conversation more often! O frabjus day!
    (Well, when I can — Thursday I start two months of work with a frantic startup. I will have more money with which to procure delectable scents. And far less time to actually smell and talk about them. Ah well, eventually things will come together …)

    • Maria says:

      Jennifer, I’m in the same position. Good luck on your new job!

    • Patty says:

      Anne gets all the credit. Once she said it, I was like… of course!

      Congrats on the job!

      • JenniferR says:

        Thanks so much for the good wishes! And all the best to you in your new job too, Maria!
        This and a couple of other perfume blogs are my substitute homes these days — I’m working mostly away from home, and y’all do more than you know to keep me sane and centered. (Or what passes for sane and centered … I hope!) What a wonderful community!

  • Kim says:

    What a great idea – Yipee!! 🙂 I have been wishing that I knew in advance what perfume you would blog on so I could get it and ‘sniff-a-long’ (like sing-a-long?). Would love a series on perfumes that change with spray vs dab – it was briefly discussed a few months ago and sounds interesting. Also would love to hear about aldehydes, incense, and the perfume house Profumum. Thanks again for such a fantastic idea!

    • Patty says:

      Exactly! Shared sniffing really helps me. I know some things I would dismissed, I’ve given a second look because it works so great for someone else, but that can take months or years for me to realize! This way it’s instant feedback on if you’re missing something or overloaded.

      Great ideas! I know we have a couple of those tentatively penciled in!

  • Maria says:

    I’m so excited! Thanks, Anne, for thinking this up, and thanks, Patty, for making it happen! I was flabbergasted to see that I already have and like very much three out of the first three. I’m enjoying your concept of Gramma’s House and sooo looking forward to the winter/holidays and incense.

    If you ever get around to having a month dedicated to one perfume house, may I humbly suggest Caron? :”> And how about a labdanum month?

    • Patty says:

      Oh, a Caron month! Sheer heaven. I’ll have to talk March into it, I’m not sure if she’s all in for Carons yet, just in theory, but January would be a great month for Caron!

  • violetnoir says:

    Great idea! Let’s play! 🙂


  • Linda says:

    What fun! 🙂

  • March says:

    Hey, P — look at all the great suggestions!*-:)

  • Anne says:

    Wow Patty, you took my basic idea and raN rAN, RAN with it! I ordered my set from The Court when my eyes were still blurry this a.m. An “official club” for the addicts! Now we’re talkin’!

    • Patty says:

      You are so sweet, and I’m soooo happy you suggested it! I call it the Club for people who don’t get to go sniffing with their perfume pals because they live too far away Club. 🙂

  • Louise says:

    Great idea! Got to hunt down some Musc now!

  • Teri says:

    ooooooooh goody! Sounds like great fun. I don’t have a single one of that first group of scents you mentioned, so I’d better get cracking. :d

    As for category suggestions, how about ChiChiChypres?

    Faboo idea!

    • Patty says:

      Even if you don’t get them all gathered together, you can play alon g with those that you do have, so don’t feel like you hae to get them all!

      • Teri says:

        Ssssshhhhh….don’t tell me that. You’re supposed to be my enabler. lol I WANT to get samples of them all and this is my excuse! 😡

  • bluechile (Cathy) says:

    What an awesome idea — this is going to be a blast!

    • Patty says:

      Yeah, we are pretty jacked about it too! Just given how much fun everyone has when they go out sniffing in stores together, this is as close as we can get to all of us having the same thing in front of our noses at the same time and sharing our impressions and what we like/don’t like, comparing skin chemistries, what works for one, people finding a scent twin.

      It’s great fun!

  • Lee says:

    I’m very much psyched for this!

  • Veronica says:

    Wow, what an awesome idea! Can we do musks, or do they fall under *You Sexy Thing* category? How’bout boozey frags or leather?

    • Patty says:

      Pretty sure musks are on the drawing board. We’re going to try and gear them toward the season we’re in, so we have to get musks and leather in during cold months.

  • perfumequeen says:

    Oh this will be too much fun. Like a book club for those of us with little time to read….
    Here’s a scent idea — Rich Girl month. things like 24 Faubourg and some chanels that reek of class and money. Followed by B*tch Girl — scents for the Dom. in us all.

    Awesome work!

  • Gail S says:

    A Scent Club!!!! What a fabulous idea! I can hardly wait for it to start, will be there with bells on!

    • Patty says:

      Oh, good! Anne was genius to suggest it, and we are counting on all of you for input and suggestions and participation.

      Can’t wait! It’s fun to sniff in groups!

  • sariah says:

    Great idea. Thanks Anne and Posse! Of course you’ll have to do a set for Skank / Dirty Girl for March and all the people she’s turned on to the skank. :d

    • March says:

      Did you notice there’s a Skank Me sample set on the Perfumed Court? Heh heh. Wonder how that got there… I helped in a consultant role.:-“

    • Patty says:

      March already helped with a skank sampler that I think is truly a masterpiece of some of the dirtiest scents out there, and I”m sure we’ll use some/all of them in one of our Club themes!

    • Carol says:

      Looove the Skank Me list…. please, please do a Scent Club with those!!

  • Rita says:

    Thank you! I’m very excited about the Sarrasins-I love, love, love A La Nuit(just got a full bottle, hooray!) so I can’t wait to try it! I just received some samples from the Perfumed Court today, and now I also love Chergui and Muscs Koublai Khan as well. I also sampled Fumerie Turque, but I’ll save my thoughts on that one until later! A scent club is such a great idea, can’t wait to get started!

    • Patty says:

      Congrats, Rita! Hey, you’re fast becoming a Serge slut too? I don’t love everything he does, but I do find them interesting! I like Sarrasins a lot more than A La Nuit, but I think it will depend on your own taste. I can see why a good number of people would prefer the nuit.