Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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The two characters from Edith Wharton's highly amusing House of Mirth, Lily Barth was the toast of the London scene. Astoundingly beautiful but not rich, she was forward and committed the fatal error of choosing the wrong friends. With the means to save herself at hand, yet being of too good stuff to use it, Lily is ruined in the most socially hideous way watched by her cowardly admirer, Lawrence Sheldon. A magnificent story told magically. The fragrance hopes to conjure up all of the misery, longing, piquancy, and thrill of the tale. Something which could be worn among the elite of early 20th century English society, yet a bit outre. A small amount of "too sexy" does show through and all may be lost or found. Rich myrrh and vetiver are woven through with Indian incense and a flash of camphor to provide the right bite, angelica for uprightness, and opoponax for the base. Too fabulous on one hand, so envied on the other. A cool resin with a deep heart.

wet: cinnamon & camphor

dry: The camphor burns off, and leaves a lovely spice incense (my nose says cinnamon, but that's not listed as an ingredient) and I am getting the incense as a wafting smokiness. This reminds me of Guinevere in the airiness and the spiciness (even though Guinevere is clove and this isn't). This is a dark, resiny but airy scent. There the myrrh and the vetiver in the basenotes, making this a bit church-y. There is a middle note that reminds me of linen - I'm guessing that is the angelica. It's in no way discernably floral. It smells like cinnamon incense over woods/vetiver.

full drydown: warm, dry, smoky, airy, resin-y. Exotic spicebox. Unisex. Nice longevity and decent throw.


I am surprised that there were not more reviews on this - Spice lovers and resin lovers will like this. It has an airier feel than many of the spice Possets (Orion, Whorehouse, Moonie, etc.) but similar to those favorites. This could be wearable in warm weather instead of just being a fall/winter scent.
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Re: Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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Gypsyjolie, I am wondering if anyone other than you or I ordered this? If not, more's the pity. I did review, but under a generic heading, you have to scroll waaay down to get to it.
I'm so glad you mentioned that unlisted "cinnamon", I figured I was going mental. Then I thought maybe cloves? Spicy carnation? Could not figure it out, the best I could do was to suppose it was an interaction of the camphor and myrrh. Though after I read your post, I think you've got it, it's the incense. Probably. Lol, what do I know?
Doesn't matter. What it comes down to is that I Like It! And I think I have decided what to wear tomorrow.
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Re: Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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I too get cinnamon. This scent smells like red hots, and then settles down to spice, still very cinnamon (but no skin irritation, yay) and a kind of woodiness that anchors it. But it's very spicy. I'm sorry it didn't make the cut as I love cinnamon and spice without the welts.
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Re: Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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Yesterday my Possets order came so I'm doing frantic reviews today in case folks are planning a last minute order!

This one is wonderfully spicy -- not Gingerbread Whorehouse spicy but heated spicy. (I will note that when I applied to the inside of my elbow and behind my ear, my skin burned, the way it does with cinnamon and BPAL's myrrh, so sensitive skin folks, be warned.) The spicy here is fiery, but not Red Hots candy spice -- there's a kind of dryness to the scent -- the incense, I think. I get almost no vetiver, which is good, because I'm not wild about vetiver. If I stick my nose up rrrrrrrrrrrreally close to my skin and sniff (about an hour after application), I get some camphor.

I will echo what gypsyjolie said, about this being an airy spice -- it doesn't feel like sex-me-up spice, and yet, it is VERY sexy.
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Re: Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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Trying this the day after my order arrived, I get cinnamon bark. It's a very nice cinnamon bark, not too woody, not too sweet, but it does react on my skin the way strong cinnamon blends do. The throw and late drydown seem to be a bit more complex, but up close and wet this is mostly the Cinnamon Show. Based on the other reviews, I'm hoping for more complexity after the bottle's had some time to sit. It's the kind of blend that should age well, and I do like Possets' orientals.
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Re: Lily Barth & Lawrence Sheldon

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This is straight up cinnamon on me too. I think if I use my imagination I could detect some vetiver but that is about it. It smells like a wearable version of Deep Heat Muscle rub so it might come in handy if I go socialising after a long run. I wish I could discern the notes listed but maybe they will come through after this sits for a while.
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