Angelic Host (5th)--Virtues (Yule 2010)

These were part of previous collections which didn't get voted into the Permanent Collection. They are beautiful and have their avid followings. You would be able to purchase them during a Retour, which Possets brings back all of the fragrances they have ever made and offers them for sale again for a limited time.

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Angelic Host (5th)--Virtues (Yule 2010)

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The Possets description: "Virtues are the force of making things happen. They are placed under the dominions to carry out the plans authority makes for mankind. A dashing fragrance with a decided masculine side to it, but perfectly at home on a lady who knows her mind and will not be cowed. A special chypre containing a very light oakmoss (blond oakmoss), is blended with frankincense and a very faint clove hint, small zest of lemon to keep it from being too heavy. Ethereal and stately."
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Fabienne is a genius with chypres, and she certainly proves it again with Virtues. This is the lighter, brighter side of chypre, thanks in part to the faint touch of lemon--not enough to dominate, just enough to become a delightful part of the whole. This has the suave chypre elegance with a sunny lilt. I adore this--it will be perfect for warmer weather when a more sober chypre like Death, Sorrow, or Drama Queen is too dark. I'm so sad that this didn't become permanent--it is a delightful addition to any chypre lover's collection.

Edited to add: Virtues just keeps getting lovelier as it dries down. I think this would be a great gateway chypre for posseteers who aren't sure whether they like chypres. The blond oakmoss is light, and it gradually recedes almost into the background.
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I agree with Petticoats! Beautiful light chypre with a dash of lemon and frankincense. As it dries, the oakmoss / chypre recedes to the background and the light frankincense remains. Lovely.
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This one has been on my list since i first realized that any chypre Fabienne made should be something I own. I finally grabbed it during this retour, and (spoiler) tried it on when my mom was here. She liked it so much, I'll feel guilty if I don't give it to her for Christmas lol.

In the bottle: The chypre is clear, and I also get a pen on paper note. If I hadn't known lemon was in this, I wouldn't be able to pick it out at first sniff, but as I inhale deeply, I get the faint edge of a very dry lemon note (no juice or pith, just wrung out bleached in the sun lemon that makes this feel a bit austere, but also plays very well against the chypre).

On my skin: Mmmm. That oakmoss is glorious. Truly glorious. And there's the lemon (a bit juicier now) to float to the top. This creates a smidge of pencil shaving note on my skin (but not woody, if that makes any sense). In interest of full disclosure, I am trying this on several locations, and my right wrist brings up a softer lemon with a touch of vanilla that plays and pairs amaaaaazingly with the oakmoss.

As it dries: On my left arm, it's very dry even though that oakmoss dominates. It's almost a little plastic-y (a surprise), but I can tell it's shifting to where it really wants to go. It also reminds me of Old School french perfume here, with a dash of hmmm avon from the 70's thrown in? Odd combo in words, but it's nostalgic and warm, and classic but also impish. On my right arm, the lemon really blooms and gets more pithy and juicy, almost overwhelming the oakmoss. The way it smells on my right arm is how it smelled on my mom and it's bright and happy but also soothing and amazing the way oakmoss can be.

I really don't get much clove from this, except as a back end (faint faint) supporting role. The frankincense is also low key, but helps to give a lift to the oakmoss. The lemon and oakmoss dance around each other beautifully on my right arm, the lemon giving lift and zest and the oakmoss making a warm cozy bed. My left arm would probably be described by some as "old ladyish" but I tend to think of it as more classic. This would be wearable in almost any situation (except where people complain about perfumes). It's golden and warm and cool and serene all at the same time. In short, it's a chypre worth wearing and adding to your collection if you like chypres. I'm glad I got the bottle, and in many ways I'm delighted that it's the one my mom gravitated toward because when I think of Virtues she is definitely top of the list. :hrt::
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