Sunday, December 9, 2012

Perfume: The Sample Herd

I've been acquiring a lot of samples. A whole lot. Well, at least by my standards. And a couple of bottles. I can't decide what to write about first. So, anything below that you want an opinion about, from my admittedly-not-so-expert nose? Any that you've sniffed and you think I'd love or hate? Let's talk!

The candidates are:
  • Aftelier Tango, Fig, Candide, Honey Blossom, and Wild Roses
  • Ayala Moriel samples, some of which have been waiting for just about a year: Treazon, Fetish, Cabaret, Espionage, l'Herbe Rouge, Song of Songs, White Potion, Rebellius, Vetiver Racinettes, Viola, Autumn, and Megumi
  • Dawn Spencer Hurwitz Gelsomino
  • Dior vintage parfum vials: Diorama, Diorella, Dioressence, Diorissimo, Diorling, Dolce Vita, Miss Dior
  • Montale Dark Purple
  • Parfumerie Generale Gardenia Grand Soir
  • Providence Perfume Co. Moonflower, Osmanthus Oolong, Lei Flower, Divine, Divine Noir, Moss Gown, and possibly Cocoa Tuberose and Hindu Honeysuckle (The package is in the mail.)
  • Puredistance Opardu, I, M, and Antonia
  • Serge Lutens Santal Majascule
  • Slumberhouse norne, rume, jeke, grev, vikt, sova, and Pear & Olive.
  • Sonoma Scent Studio Nostalgie, Forest Wak, Winter Woods, Incense Pure, Tabac Aurea, Fireside Intense, and Jour Ensoleille
  • TokyoMilk Garden State Mix N' Match Eau de Parfum
  • Guerlain Vol de Nuit, vintage parfum vial.
And some non-perfume oddments:
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Citron honey & coriander lotion
  • Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy. Not about the scent, but, well, my hands are going into winter dryness, so I'll be curious about how this is.
  • Thymes Agave Nectar body lotion
  • Thymes Eucalyptus body lotion
That's ignoring the preexisting sample backlog, and a few things that salesfolk tucked into bags along with bottles, that are now sloshing around in Ziplocs

FTC Disclosure: The Puredistance samples were kindly provided by the company, to me in my role as a blogger. The last three lotion samples were acquired for free in my role as an Ordinary Customer. I paid actual money for everything else, except for a couple of perfume samples that were kindly added to the ones that I ordered.

Image: By Joy Schoenbeger. Wikimedia Commons.


  1. Most of those are not names of perfumes that I recognize. I still have very pedestrian taste in perfume. I would be interested in hearing your review of any Dior perfume. Some of my favorite makeup items are Dior, and it's easy to walk a few blocks to the flagship Nordstrom in Seattle and check out the Dior counter. That would be my request. Is that a doable request or having I just written a bumbling comment? You have Miss Dior listed above, and I think I've even seen a tv ad for that.

  2. Yo, Melody! An extra doable request, because I already did it! Sort of. I haven't yet reviewed the vintage Miss Dior vial, which is no longer available except as vintage on eBay, but I have reviewed the current version.

    So, a few posts down is my review of Miss Dior Originale, as opposed to Miss Dior - there's a whole name change thing going on, but Miss Dior Originale, so far, refers to just one perfume. :) And it's the current version of the original Miss Dior.

    I liked it a lot, but it does have a pretty distinct semi-vintage vibe - not necessarily your grandmother's perfume, but possibly your cool aunt's.

    Miss Dior Cherie was renamed to Miss Dior, so if you go to a Dior counter and ask for just Miss Dior, that's likely what you'll get. My understanding is that it's pink and fruity, and was pretty interesting when first released, but is now less so, but might be interesting enough to be worth trying. (Whee!)

  3. I would love to hear your take on Opardu, because I didn't care for it in the way the majority of reviewers seem to have done - or indeed the way I hoped to like it. I am sure it is a matter of misbehaving musk on my skin, but it had a facet of "mainstream laundry musk" on me, to my great chagrin.

  4. Yo, Vanessa! Ah, cool; I'll try it soon. I've been hesitating about those perfumes. I think that for some reason they intimidate me. Laundry musk is worrying; I'm particularly intolerant of clean musks.