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Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 1:10 pm
by Maya
Possets' description: "The title is from William Blake's poems, Tiger Tiger Burning Bright. Inspired by the beauty of Sacred Geometry and the dynamic symmetry which we all respond to, this blend is the fanciful ode to secret knowledge, without the guile of logic, just the guide from the heart.

Deep crystal and grey musks, combined with an ambergris-like accord which I have developed to have less marine and more astringent edge to it. White oude and comfry, sandalwood, light smoke and black amber. A very mysterious and profoundly beautiful perfume, for when you wish to be seriously desired. Aromatic, strong."

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:43 pm
by sertso
This one has been puzzling to me, but I finally figured it out.

In the bottle: banana? Something very familiar, but not sure what.

Wet: The same, but it gradually devolves into probably the most beautiful of the Possets I've sampled.

And finally: it's somewhat similar to BPAL's Morroco, which I've loved, but which doesn't stay with me long enough to be worth the effort.

This is not only better, it stays with me for a number of hours. I want to wallow in it, it smells SO good. :pom:

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:21 pm
by elfnwitch
Yep, banana! But this morphs quickly on dry down to something more sweet, almost resinous. Not quite sure what--I can't pick anything specific out of it, but it is nicely blended!

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:40 pm
by tarayvonne
Banana Bubblegum is what I'm getting during wet application. Wowsers. It's subsiding a bit, mellowing out. I think I smell the comfry and the strange "astringent" ambergris and I'm not fond of how they play together. I can see how some will like this but I'm not sold yet. Something about the combination bugs me at this middle dry down stage. Total dry down is getting better. It's quite pleasant now, but that middle section might will be hard to sit through for me at least. It was a little funky before it sank into my skin and dried well. Now I feel it's soft and soothing, with a slight dry sheet vibe that smells clean but sweet. Yeah, I think that's what it is-it reminds me of sweet scented fresh laundry right as it comes out of the dryer. It's comforting at this point. It's nice.

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Sun May 05, 2013 11:41 am
by sertso
I've put this one on many times now and I don't get that "middle area" clash that you sense. I strongly suspect my nose isn't as sensitive as yours.

All I get is a sweet, musky, rich and rounded scent that's absolutely exquisite. Not a lot of throw except at first (maybe 20 minutes). It's still my #1 favorite of the Possets I have. And the banana goes away quickly, though it has it's own special scent--rather like bananas with praline sauce.

Isn't it wonderful how we all are different in terms of what things smell like on us and what we like!

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Fri May 10, 2013 11:12 pm
by Maya
I am In Love with this one. I grabbed it because I needed something "fun" to help me through today and I was just wanting to dash and go. I thought this would fit the bill for fun. Imagine my surprise when it turned into something so lovely that I couldn't stop huffing my wrists. In fact, I love it so much, I should be in bed preparing for a festival for tomorrow and instead I'm over here giving a review lol.

In the bottle: bananas (a mix of them--almost too sweet like the way they smell when they are over-ripe, and also the almost bitter green sweetness of them when they are not quite yellow), and something really deeply beautifully perfumy down on the bottom.

On my skin: The banana pops, but I also immediately get something that comes across as a very pale wood--could be the sandalwood with a very fine touch, could be the white oude. When I sniff close and deep, I get what comes across as a very smooth sandalwood. The banana note begins to ride up more on the green scale, while still retaining that sweetness of the ripe while dropping some of the heaviness of the ripe note. The notes already begin to shift and resolve into bringing up more of that beautiful perfumy base. I can't put my finger on that base, but it is lovely.

As it dries: The sandalwood is baby soft here--like sandalwood powder without being powdery. The banana note continues to weave in and out of the other notes, rising in sweetness then falling again. I normally don't go heavily toward crystal or grey musks, but I do get the lift of the crystal musk and I also get an almost zen feel of the grey musk, and I really like how they are playing around here.

As it continues to dry: I can see why Tarayvonne gets a dry sheet vibe. It rode that way for a while on me--almost fresh out of the dryer feel, clean vibe, snuggly--then it began to shift again and all of a sudden I was getting the most amazing perfume rising on my skin. I am normally not someone that likes perfumes that smell like, well, perfume. I want it to remind me of something, evoke an image, make me close my eyes. I don't go for something that says perfume. Although this does that, it also does so much more. The banana remains, but what it adds to the whole is...I don't quite know how to put it into words. It's like a banana, but a banana wearing a little black dress, the perfectly matched pearls, and the smoothest kid-skin heels. It's banana, but that's like saying The Queen is rich. There is a small (teeny) part of this that reminds me of Issota and Sigismundo, but it's on a much softer but richer edge. There is a part of this that reminds me of upscale spas and luxury and quiet serenity. There is a part of this that brings to mind the softest white pepper in the world without smelling like any kind of pepper. When I sniff deeply, I get a very faint hint of sea air mixing with the above notes, rounding out the depth of this. This is smooth, perfumy, fruity (but not fruity floral), clean, soft, and just surprisingly good.

The final dry down softened the above notes, but kept them riding on my skin for a long time. I first put this on around three this afternoon, and I was still smelling it nicely on my skin when I came home at 10:00 and washed my arms with the idea of putting a fresh spot on so I could do this review. I have a feeling this won't make the final cut, but it should. Oh my it really should. It's so different than anything I've smelled here, so far.

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 2:45 am
by lulu
This is a strange one.....like everyone else has said this starts off with a huge shot of banana bubblegum that quickly goes to over-ripe bananas. For a good 15 mins those bananas go sour-vomity and gut-wrenching, making me feel a bit nauseous :sad: but thankfully it moves on and becomes more cuddly, slightly sweet and sandalwoody. This fragrance is just so weird- I was kind of turned off by it but realize I have been surfing the net for about an hour with my nose completely glued to my wrist! I think I was just expecting something quite bracing and astringent with those notes and got the complete opposite. I think I need a full day of wearing this before I can hand down a verdict...... :wink:

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Sun May 12, 2013 10:34 am
by Maya
lulu wrote:This fragrance is just so weird- I was kind of turned off by it but realize I have been surfing the net for about an hour with my nose completely glued to my wrist! I think I was just expecting something quite bracing and astringent with those notes and got the complete opposite.
Yes! When I smelled it in the bottle and when it first went on my skin, I thought hmmm, well, at least it's a "fun" banana scent, but not really my thing. But the longer I wore it, it turned into something smooth and gorgeous, and I fell in love. I caught a little bit of it on my pillow last night from the night before and I shoved my nose right into that spot so I could sniff it while falling asleep lol. The way it softens on the skin and turns into something soooo pretty is quite a shocker to me.

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 5:29 pm
by hill78
I definitely get the BPAL Morocco association that Sertso mentioned. I do see where folks are getting the banana bubblegum when it's in the bottle and very briefly while it is wet on my skin, but it passes very quickly. The interim stage is nice, but after about 30 minutes is when the full beauty is apparent. So good. This is when it reminds me of BPALs Morocco, but fuller, rounder, and slightly sweeter. This is gorgeous. So now I know that two of my three votes for permanent will be Fearful Symmetry and The Arc of Venus. I have no idea how I will narrow down a third.

Re: Fearful Symmetry

Posted: Mon May 13, 2013 7:44 pm
by Maya
hill78 wrote:...after about 30 minutes is when the full beauty is apparent. So good. This is when it reminds me of BPALs Morocco, but fuller, rounder, and slightly sweeter. This is gorgeous. So now I know that two of my three votes for permanent will be Fearful Symmetry and The Arc of Venus.
Yes, this is definitely getting one of my votes. (I feel like I should go vote now, just because.) This one shocks me with how lovely it is, and I agree that it takes a little while for it to get to where it's going, but once it gets there it's pretty fantastic.