Halloween 2015 is the perfect time to try out a new perfume brand, right? Well, this Halloween I decided I was going to purchase these four perfumes from Possets new Halloween 2015 collection. I was a little on the fence about Asanbosam because the unique note of bitter almond… let’s see how they fared!
Asanbosam (African Tree Vampire): bitter almond, cardamom, arabica coffee, clove from Zanzibar and Vietnamese cinnamon.
In the bottle: The immediate sharpness of bitter almond stings my nostrils but it is fleeting, it is very heavy but short lasting. The cardamom note is at the forefront with a backing of the rich, dark, arabica coffee.
Wet on the skin: It blooms into something very different wet on the skin, gone is the sharp bitterness of the almond, it no longer singed the insides of the nostrils. The coffee really presents itself in its full form, but not creamy coffee, true rich dark coffee beans.
Dry on the skin: Dry down was fairly quick and my skin amps the cinnamon as it always does. I’m really finding the dry down on this surprising. It is sleek and sexy and truly captivating. It is spicy without being too spicy.
As a note this blend does contain natural spices and might irritate the skin of sensitive people, make sure you patch test!
Jurogumo (Japanese Spider Demon): vanilla musk, cardamom, nectar of peaches squeezed in the summer sun and concentrated to make a sugary peach liquor.
In the bottle: The vanilla is powerfully at the forefront with my first sniff. It is very rich and musky, which I adore. Musks and Vanillas are some of my absolute favorites but most vanillas are saccharine sweet but not this, it is very subtle yet seductive and light but rich. I know, a lot of contrasting adjectives but trust me, it is exactly what it is to my nose. The rich cardamom is present but not overwhelmingly so with a little sweet hint of the peach liqueur.
Wet on the skin: While wet on my skin, I’m getting more of that peach liqueur with our the typical astringent smell of liquor. It is sugary and slightly peachy, not at all like Arcana’s rich robust peach note, this is dainty and beautiful.
Dry on the skin: Dry the vanilla is light and appealing while being musky and sexy. It reminds of a peach ring with vanilla added in.
Ghost Fart: From the website,“Oh good grief! It must be a ghost fart! This annual blend is back to haunt us all again. Ethereal, very unusual and about as easy to explain as spiritual flatulence. Actually, its real nice stuff and you really should try it, but don’t try to explain it. Foody gourmand.”
In the bottle: It is very lightly almond, like an almond syrup. I get a very clean marshmallow smell and a little windex? It is really odd. Almost like an almond wet napkin.
Wet on the skin: It pulls a little cinnamon but with that same astringent cleaning product smell.
Dry on the skin: My skin as usually has ramped the cinnamon and spicy to 100% which in this case I don’t mind because dry is the first time I can say I almost like this perfume. It is a little creamy now, maybe some marshmallow.
Zombie: toasted marshmallow, oude, and smoky.
In the bottle: Who doesn’t love toasted marshmallow? But, do you know what is better resinous, smoky, sticky marshmallow. It isn’t in your face sweet marshmallow like ghost puffs from Haus of Gloi, Goofballs from Khemistrii or Toasted Marshmallow from Sixteen92. In bottle it is really interesting and I like it a lot.
Wet on the skin: White wet it reads very similar to in the bottle smoky yet sweet but not super foody sickening sweet.
Dry on the skin: I lose absolutely anything I liked about it. It goes straight deodorant on my skin. Kind of like baby wipes. Hopefully I can let this bottle age a bit and maybe, just maybe it will help a little bit.
Overall thoughts: My first time with Possets is most successful. I absolutely adore Asanbosam and Jurogumo which funnily enough are the scent’s I was least sure about from the beginning. Admittedly I did sort of just pick out Ghost Fart for the name, I mean can you blame me?
I think I’m going to give Ghost Fart and Zombie some extra time to age in a nice dark place and come back to them in a few months and see if they change at all.
I definitely think that I’ll be trying some more Possets perfumes even with my mixed results.