Mata Hari

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Mata Hari

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Synonymous with spying and the life exotique, Mata Hari was actually a Dutch woman who had had an unfortunate marriage and decided to branch out into living a Bohemian existence. She presented herself as an "exotic dancer" and stripped right down to a bra and headdress only (rumor has it she was very self conscious about her small bosom so kept on the bra.

Though deeply ensconced in the demi-monde, Mata Hari was not taken seriously by "good society" and so made her living as many do, as a courtesan.

She seemed to have a taste for the dramatic, and more than a passing ability to charm the gents (and keep them happy in bed), and around 1915 she embarked on a life of crime: gathering secret information and selling it to the Germans! Her deceptions were quickly ferreted out and she was arrested, tried, and shot by a firing squad. One of the soldiers even walked up to her prone body and calmly fired into her head to make sure she was dead.

This perfume is made to commemorate the grand and wild nature of Mata Hari (whose name means "eye of the day"). A base of dark Indian Patchouli, sticky black vetiver, true Black Musk with a very smoky edge, several threads of fine saffron.

Musky, resinous, woody.
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This starts and dries down quite consistently for me, with musk being the most prominent note. I chose this because of the vtivier and patchouli, but they are both tamer notes on my skin, with musk taking center stage. I cannot discern the saffron. This would not be too strong for work environments, as it stays close to skin.
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Minh Scent wrote:This starts and dries down quite consistently for me, with musk being the most prominent note. I chose this because of the vtivier and patchouli, but they are both tamer notes on my skin, with musk taking center stage. I cannot discern the saffron. This would not be too strong for work environments, as it stays close to skin.
Hmm, I am hoping for more than musk on my skin. :gnome: I wonder if it would age fantastically.
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Testing fresh from the mailbox, like we do.
A patchouli heavy musk in a light but intriguing scent. My favorite thing about possets musks is seeing how they unfold over time. I like them from the get go but they often have something new to say as well after a few days/weeks/months.

This scent to me feels insanely easy to wear. It meshes on me in a way that I could sneak it into a no-scent zone and people would just think I naturally smell like this. I wish I smelled this pretty on my own!
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Oh fantastic review! I tend to amp musks, but yes, you're right, Possets always age and show new sides to themselves. I can't wait for my samples to arrive!
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In the sample vial this has that fresh, medicinal patchouli scent I really love with some lovely dark notes backing it up but once on my skin it goes sour so I don't think my skin chemistry agrees with this one, unfortunately.
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Apollonia wrote:In the sample vial this has that fresh, medicinal patchouli scent I really love with some lovely dark notes backing it up but once on my skin it goes sour so I don't think my skin chemistry agrees with this one, unfortunately.

I'm so sorry to hear that my friend. I love this one. It smells marvelous on me, but it's light and has to be reapplied often. But it hasn't turned sour, so far. But I just put it on my hand. I'll have to try it on my wrist for a real review.
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Okay after my past failed tries with vetiver I've tried two scents now with it that have restored my faith in my skin chemistry to handle it.

Let me get this out of the way so I can, hopefully, do a proper and helpful review. I LOVE THIS PERFUME! I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! OMG, its spectacular, amazing, incredible! :frolic:

Thank you for your patience! So based on the notes, I thought this would be a heavy, incensy, head shop type of perfume. I happen to love those kinds of perfumes. But no, this is pure genius. I don't know how Fabienne took such rich ingredients and actually made them fresh, light, and airy. Yes, airy. This is a clean and fresh scent.

The patchouli, vertiver, and musk all blend together so beautifully that you get a lovely clean almost herbal scent, as if you are smelling Mata Hari's skin after a luxurious bath. The saffron does not stand out at all, but I believe adds an almost creamy feel to the whole thing. I can see how this went sour on Apollonia, there is that lingering sour sort of note that I think is the immature vertiver trying to get cute. But on me it stays at bay. And I think that would go away completely with some aging. In fact, this is already a stunner, but will be irresistible once it's aged, irresistible like the woman herself, I dare say. I will be getting a full bottle of this. And I will be voting on it. I hope it makes it.

Please folks, if you're scared of patchouli, dont' be. This is not your typical head shop patch, the musk keeps it light and makes it behave. Again, a testament to Fabienne's growing talent.
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Atropos wrote: So based on the notes, I thought this would be a heavy, incensy, head shop type of perfume. I happen to love those kinds of perfumes. But no, this is pure genius. I don't know how Fabienne took such rich ingredients and actually made them fresh, light, and airy. Yes, airy. This is a clean and fresh scent.

The patchouli, vertiver, and musk all blend together so beautifully that you get a lovely clean almost herbal scent, as if you are smelling Mata Hari's skin after a luxurious bath. The saffron does not stand out at all, but I believe adds an almost creamy feel to the whole thing. I can see how this went sour on Apollonia, there is that lingering sour sort of note that I think is the immature vertiver trying to get cute. But on me it stays at bay. And I think that would go away completely with some aging. In fact, this is already a stunner, but will be irresistible once it's aged, irresistible like the woman herself, I dare say. I will be getting a full bottle of this. And I will be voting on it. I hope it makes it.

Please folks, if you're scared of patchouli, don't be. This is not your typical head shop patch, the musk keeps it light and makes it behave. Again, a testament to Fabienne's growing talent.
Yep, agreed. This is remarkably smooth and sophisticated and elegant ... though the drydown is approachable, and as Atropos says, I think with some aging this will be even more harmonious. This was not what I expected - I thought it would be more headshop/belly dancer with a more prominent incense vibe, but this is warm, clean, rich, airy, and rather sexy perfume. It calls to mind clean, sun-warm, slightly salty skin plus sexy musk. I do recall that the saffron in BPAL's Love's Philospohy the saffron has a warm, salty-ish/spice-ish scent. The musk is really pretty - not powdery and heavy like BPAL black musk, but more like a ramped-up skin musk, heavy and translucent and sexy. The Possets this reminds me most of is actually That Oude Time Religion. The musk reminds me of the brown, warm, almost leather-y oude in that.

Not what I expected, but a definite winner. Very sexy. This is a femme fatale for sure, but since it is not floral, I bet it would be a stunner on a guy too.

Not giant throw, but this one is strong and frankly, intoxicating. I do not think I would wear this in an office or an enclosed space if I didn't want to broadcast my scent. This is more a dancing and seduction scent, where I bet my body heat would make the scent form a cloud. This is a power perfume, not a casual perfume for me.
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I gave this another try after gypsyjolie's marvelous review...but I came up short again. I am getting a patchouli that borders on leathery (and though I love both patchouli and true leather, it's just meh here), slight amberish-powder and that nutty vetiver again. To me it smells like dirty incense. I think I'm burned out on resins for a while.
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