Possets is a perfume company which is run by me, Fabienne Christenson, the president of Possets. It was started originally in 1992 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as an aromatherapy company using herbs, essential oils, and resins as light palliative potions…
I have held a number of jobs in my life but what I really wanted to be was a perfumer; and though I enjoyed my time as an aromatherapist, I had one quest: to make perfume the way that I liked it. It took a long time to get to that point.
I was a great frequenter of the perfume counters in my local department stores. I was always disappointed in what I found. Big companies only put out one or two new fragrances a year and they were getting less and less attractive to me. Around the ’80’s, perfume started to smell like bug spray. Things just haven’t gotten any better. And the prices! They have taken off like bottle rockets. If I don’t like the perfume, and it’s too expensive, and there is very little choice, and you have to be inconvenienced to get to it…well that is a place which could use some improvement.
In 2004, I came to the conclusion that nobody was going to make perfume the way I liked it. Nobody. Either I learned to make perfume in my style, or I was going to have to live without it. What was it that I wanted? Gourmandy fragrances, done without that bug spray wallop at the end. Chypres the way they used to be done. Florals which were actually beautiful and not head bangingly cloying, and (that most rare of items) musks which were actually beautiful and not sharp and aggressive. I think that perfume should be like a woman’s voice, beautiful and alluring not hard and demanding. That is the one thing that I wanted and I finally got it.
Being a perfumer was inevitable for me. When I was born, my mother had slathered on Bandit by Robert Piguet and when I took my first breath, it was full of Bandit, the great chypre. My first career goal was to be a perfumer, I announced that when I was about 7 years old. My parents were aghast, nobody could possibly be a perfumer! Well, that was then and this is now. So I am pretty lucky, I got to do what I wanted to do all my life. Not everyone can say that.
I feel like I have just begun to experiment and play with perfume, it is going to be a marvelous adventure so consider yourself invited to come along.
What can I offer you? Lots of new perfumes coming out several times a year. Some of my perfumes, Possets, are 100% natural and some are made of classic perfuming materials. They are all very reasonably priced. Possets are oil based so they last for a lot longer on your skin than the alcohol based perfumes. I do a very good gourmandy perfume, if I may say so myself, and I make very fine perfumy perfumes as well. Yes, I do ozones and aquatics and musks, too. I can make a perfume that I don’t like but I know that you will (that is one of the neatest tricks I perform and it’s a lot of fun). And I take extra care in the realm of shipping and all orders over $75 are shipped free anywhere on earth!
So, come and pay me a visit at www.possets.com. I think you will like the website, heavy on art history and snappy writing. The choices are staggering (don’t worry, I have made up a Newbie Sample Pack to get you started). I love to do podcasts, blogs, and YouTube videos about a lot of different aspects of perfume. There is a big and friendly forum where you can meet other people who like Possets. I take requests for a variety of things and really listen to you, too.
—Fondly, Fabienne from Possets Perfumes