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Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 12:48 am
by Maya
Possets' description: A perfume named for the goddess of love and beauty should be extraordinary, and so she is. The very essence of gorgeousness- a ferny frill, sweet myrtle combined with a sweet and playful special white musk, a small amount of currant, a dusting of clove, and black cumin seed. An exceptionally womanly and beautiful perfume. Soothing and erotic at the same time. Very special.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:03 pm
by Narcisse
This is a fresh from the mailbox review so I expect it will change but since time is of the essence on these lovelies I decided to go ahead and review today and then update as time passes.
Fresh from the decant it's almost like a being in a citrus grove. There is the sweet smell of orange, orange blossoms, and the green of the leaves and grasses of a grove. I know that none of those ingredients are in this scent but that is what the mix of the currant, myrtle and musk are bringing to mind.
After about 5 minutes that phase shifts to a slightly creamy scent with a hint of tart berry underneath, in fact; it smells very similar to a dragon's blood single note perfume I have in my collection. I actually smelled the bottle to make sure (the color of the oil looked like dragon's blood so I thought it might be psychosomatic). It stays with the creamy, fruity, slightly floral scent for about 45 minutes.
At the 45 minute mark it transitions into a creamy musk scent on my skin that is slightly sweet and waxy. It actually almost reminds me of the scent of beeswax after the honey has been drained out. My aunt recently took up bee keeping so I have become all to familiar with honey related scents.
Eventually it dries down into a creamy scent and finally the clove makes a slight appearance it's more like a hint of warmth than a spice. It reminds me of oatmeal because as a kid I ate it with clove because I couldn't stand sugar in it, but it tasted like wall paper paste without something. If you couldn't do spice scents because they are too strong this one would be a nice choice, because clove can often run the show in scents, here it is more like a spice ghost.

2 day update: The opening today reminded me more of almond extract, but it still reminds me of dragon's blood musky, fruity with a hint of white floral. Aside from the beginning not much difference today from the first day.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:54 pm
by Petticoats
This is so freakin' beautiful. I say that about a lot of Fabienne's fragrances, because it's true of so many, but this is its own kind of beautiful. It's kind of ethereal, but the clove (maybe--or maybe something else) peeks out juuust enough to give it some warmth. Usually clove amps on me, but that's not happening here; my other fear was that my usual black cumin curse would render this soapy, but that's not happening either, thank goodness! This was my first eyes-rolling-back-in-the-head fragrance among my decants.

It’s not heavy but not wispy. It's quietly femme, not a show-offy beauty, just kind of steady and lovely... There's an uplifting quality to it. Oh lord, I don't even know what I'm saying, just buy it! It's not loud, you could wear this to the office, but it also makes me think of lolling in a field on a summer day.

I think--and this will sound like heresy--but right now I think I love it even more than Love. But that’ll remain to be seen in a solo test. There is something similar about them, unless I'm crazy (which is entirely possible)--it's almost like I'm getting a little of the silk note--but Venus is lighter and I think a little sweeter, which makes me think that those who don't care for Dragon's Blood will really love this. But I don't have Love handy, so that's just going from (admittedly imperfect) memory.

Honestly, I can't really pick out notes--it's just plain lovely. It perfectly fits the goddess of love and beauty. Hmm. I'll have to try reviewing again when I'm not so smitten... but I don't know if that time will ever come.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 3:00 pm
by sertso
My nose isn't good enough to pick out individual notes on this one, only that it's incredibly beautiful and sexy. Unlike Petticoats, I'm quite certain that I love it more than Love.

It's interesting too that it became stronger on me after an hour or so and then stayed the same for many hours. I could easily smell it on my wrists 18 hours after I first put it on. My first reaction was that this one wasn't all that exciting, but I'm glad I waited and didn't wash it off because I liked it better and better and better . . .

Another one I hope becomes permanent. :angel:

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:44 pm
by hill78
I have no clue why, since there is absolutely no similarity between the listed notes, but something about this reminds me of Angel. Keep in mind though that none of the listed notes are the same, so this may be a similarity that is unique to my nose. And if you do not like Angel, please, PLEASE do not let this comment steer you away from this fragrance.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:53 pm
by Atropos
I really want to try this one, but I am nervous about it going all floral with the cumin note.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:37 pm
by Maya
I'm copying my review from the main thread in case others want my initial thoughts on how this worked for me straight from the mail box (and who maybe aren't reading the main thread).
Venus in the bottle is pretty and femme. It has a faint undercurrent of what I adore in Bird's Nest in the Cowl, but this is a tad fruitier and much softer. On my skin, I smell a touch of what comes across as sweet orange cranberry bread (still slightly reminding me in tone of Bird's Nest in the Cowl). As it dries, this one blossoms nicely and becomes stronger. It's a gently compelling scent. The clove is a soft (almost powdered) baked clove (so far), and blends beautifully with the other notes. Without the clove this might be too sweet, but the clove gives this a nice depth and balance. The longer it is on my skin, the cumin begins to rise, giving this an edge of sweat/skank. If you amp skanky perfumes, you might struggle with this one but the way the notes are blended it's worth a try. :grin: This one deserves the love it has been getting, but I'm not totally sold on that skank edge. My skin goes from sweet orange cranberry bread (ish) to two-days-in-the-sun dried sweat and back. :trout:

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:30 am
by Chime
In the bottle and wet on skin - warm, culinary spicy (but not savory). Not sweet, not bitter and nothing bracing - it smells like you're smelling something you might use to season your food with. Warm.

Re: Venus-Love and Beauty

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:51 pm
by Oreana
Kinda sad this didn't make permanents :( Out of the decants I got, I've used this one the most even though I wasn't expecting to like it from the description - clove is the only note I know I like but it doesn't smell very clovey to me. It is a bit spicy, maybe in the vein of Over-the-Rhine but nothing like it overall. There is something soft and fuzzy about it like a sweater, and something that reminds me a bit of coconut although that's not in the notes. I think it's demure and a bit sexy like there is a silky cami under that sweater. May have to get a full bottle of this before it goes away.