Hai guys! I just gotten my first Yule samples (seriously, Fabienne has been so amazing, I applaud her hard work!). I've gotten myself Peppermint Pig, Frog Princess, Lady and a Baby Unicorn and Silver Oud!
Now, I know the vials are just fresh off the package and probably don't have time to really shine, but I'm still wowed by how lovely LaaBU is. I literally smelled it as soon as I opened the envelope (and wow, this is a rich, fancy vanilla. I feel bad that I don't have some sort of 'vanilla chart' to point out its exact degree of fanciness, richness and wearability!). It's definitely a vanilla scent that reminds me of medieval ladies (even though vanilla was like strictly from South America). It DOES convey innocence but at the same time a languid sort of hidden sexuality (and it feels like...cuddly, like a baby unicorn). The vanilla note then floats off to turn into a light-brown dirt note and WOW, I want to *eat* this dirt! It's a clean-smelling kind of dirt which feels slightly gritty but has been packed solid onto the floor by many feet, which brings to mind of standing in a medieval courtyard in a dirt path (with a few hidden sprigs of hardy grass and weeds there). For those who like Violette Market's Zombie Cotton Candy, the grittiness and wearability of the dirt note is rather like LaaBU's dirt note. Except with LaaBU, there's no desolate 'sun scorched' feel like in ZCC. LaaBU's dirt scent feels much more homey in my opinion.
I also REALLY want to make an honorable mention of Peppermint Pig. Man, I am so glad I selected it (it was so hard choosing which fragrances to try, I spent a week thinking whether to choose Pink Festivus or Osmium instead of the Double-P but I'm super-glad I took the latter by chance). I'm the kind of person who couldn't get into Wings of an Angel because the mint felt a little too watery to me, but Possets did an amazing thing by making such an awesomely complex and unique peppermint scent! It's like bitey peppermint>crisp and cold mint stems>BABY-SOFT SWEETNESS (kinda like the silver note but different!)>rich brown bark>awesome cinnamon and clove. The bark note smells amazing, and it's so textured that it evokes something 'wild' and naturey to me (and the cinnamon and clove smell fresh, and like the real expensive kind that your parents will hoard and only use once-a-year for mulled wine because it's the SPECIAL STUFF). It really makes me feel squeaky-clean, and it absolutely warded off the stink of chopped onions on my arm when I was cooking yesterday (and the longevity is great too). Waking up today and still smelling it on my arm really brought a smile on my face. It IS like candy, but a badass gourmet version that gets eaten by your lumberjack boyfriend before he suggests a nice walk in the woods after breakfast.
I really oughta try the other two, but I don't wanna to scrub these two fragrances off my arm. Frog Princess does smell really happy and refreshing on the vial (and ooh! Is that wet moss I'm smelling? Wow, I guess I have a new favorite perfume note), and I can see how it'd go great even in warm temperatures. Silver Oud smells...interesting, I really like the wood scent but I've never smelled anything of its like before, so I will definitely try the two today (even though LaaBU and PP make me want to slather the both of them on me again).
Seriously, thanks so much again, Fabienne! I'm so glad I got to sample these scents (because as a receptionist from abroad, I would've been forced to only buy one bottle during this hectic holiday season--and then miss out on all the other fragrances that you have in the collection)!
EDIT: Oops, I just found out that the 'hardy grass' note is in fact vetiver! Never mind, I just want to clarify that there's no 'cut grass' note in Lady and a Baby Unicorn, but it does smell like a hardy plant that blends really well with the earthy note and vanilla.