Sample Box Perfume Giveaway

Our reader and commenter Barbara contacted me recently, because she would like to share some of her sample treasures with other perfume lovers.

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“My package includes samples of Parfums de Nicolai (5 different perfumes), Serge Lutens (8 perfumes),  Guerlain, L’Artisan, Hermes and a few carded samples of department store perfumes (Thierry Mugler, Chanel, Issey Miyake).  Some are spray samples, others are small vials. There are about 30 samples in total. When I started getting into perfume, a couple of commenters here on Bois de Jasmin were kind enough to send me samples. Now, it’s my turn to share the perfume love.”

Barbara would like to send her samples to a perfume newbie, someone who has just started exploring fragrance, or anyone who has difficulty getting perfume samples for whatever reason. She’s ok to mail it anywhere in the world, but she notes that she won’t be responsible for loss or customs fees. If you might consider passing this package to another perfume lover, it would be great. Update: congratulations, Marika.  

If you’re interested, please leave a comment telling us a little bit about yourself, how you became interested in fragrance, and what perfume you particularly want to sample.  Also, please mention if you give me permission to contact you via the email address you use for commenting. Barbara will pick a person randomly, and I will put the two of you in touch.

Once Barbara contacts you, please communicate with her directly to make the necessary arrangements. In case the package gets lost, Barbara won’t be able to replace it or offer any shipping insurance. Bois de Jasmin is not responsible for the outcome of your exchange. 

Photography by Bois de Jasmin

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67 Comments

  • Diane: I am a small dairy farmer in VT who has always loved fragrance (Charlie in high school!) but don’t have the $$ to take the exploration v far. I love food too, and am fascinated by the connection between developing culinary/taste awareness and aroma awareness. This summer I have tried to delve deeper and have discovered my preferences for chypres and woody fragrances and would love to try the perfumes of the important houses of Serge Lutens, Chanel and
    Guerlain, etc to keep building a foundation to continue my exploration and understanding of this wonderful sense of smell!! August 16, 2013 at 7:36am

  • Nadja Sand: What an awesomely generous giveaway! I have been on my fragrance journey for about a year now but I haven’t had a lot of money to spend so I have had to stick to affordable indie and easily accessible designer frags… I would love to explore what else there is to offer, there are a lot of niche brands that are really interesting! But niche perfume is about as common in Finland as rain in a desert… I would especially like to try some Serge Lutens! I have never even seen a bottle of Serge Lutens, there are no retailers at all here…

    Oh, and feel free to contact me on my email! August 16, 2013 at 8:04am

  • patriciaC: I am a beginner, (about 3 months) i often say when i comment on fragrance. It’s my personal disclaimer of sorts, so i’m not held responsible for anything stupid i might say. I wish i had an amazing story to tell, something more than just being utterly dis-satisfied with the perfumes available at chain department stores. Most days i don’t wear any fragrance because i’d rather do without than wear somthing i dislike. I would love samples of somthing special or better yet, that made me feel special. I would most definatly pay-it-forward to another beginner such as myself. Thanks for the generouse offer! August 16, 2013 at 8:05am

    • patriciaC: Yes you are most welcome to e-mail me-sorry i forgot. August 16, 2013 at 8:07am

  • Belle: Hello Barbara! How mighty kind of you to do this!
    Well, I’m just a 16 year old nerd whose mind always seems to mature much faster compared to her body. I actually stumbled into the world of perfumes through National Geographic. They had samples of Cleopatra’s and Napoleon’s perfumes, the scratch-and-sniff type. I was enchanted with both of them, especially Cleopatra’s. The article which gave a background of perfume’s power and the business behind it further drowned me into this world.

    The nicer perfumes don’t exist in my city, and samples are almost impossible to get locally. Shipments from the U.S. take 3-4 months to arrive. Which makes it very difficult for me, a total newbie. If possible, I’d like maybe a few samples from PdN/Serge Lutens. Not sure what you have, so I’m not sure what to ask. You may contact my e-mail used for commenting.

    Again, thank you very much Barbara for your generosity! August 16, 2013 at 8:07am

    • Belle: Oh! And may I ask what flowers are included in the picture? Are they bougainvilleas? They look so beautiful! August 16, 2013 at 8:10am

      • Victoria: It’s a fuchsia plant. In the spring, the Royal Gardens here in Brussels were open to public for a couple of weeks, and we took a tour. They had a splendid collection of fuchsias, which trailed all over the greenhouse ceiling and looked like jewels. August 16, 2013 at 10:46am

    • Annikky: Belle, where do you live, if you don’t mind me asking? August 16, 2013 at 10:00am

      • Belle: I don’t mind at all! I live in the Philippines. August 16, 2013 at 11:01am

  • Radmila: This is truly generous and kind of you Barbara! I only started to explore the world of parfumery. Currently i am in love with light summery scents like those of Jo Malone, and my total favorite Montale Soleil di Capri. I have never tried Parfums de Nicolai though – simply because they, as well as many others, are not available in where i live in Ukraine.
    Thanks for the giveaway, Radmila, rada76@Mail.ru August 16, 2013 at 9:13am

  • Martyn: I think this is a most generous giveaway on the part of Barbara, and it reminds me that I’m still struggling with the UK Postal Service’s prohibition on sending perfumes, EDTs etc. in the mail. The rules have been relaxed slightly for inland, but even so they only permit such items to be sent in their original container and packaging (which I suppose would allow carded samples but obviously precludes decants); overseas postage is still completely interdicted.

    But for those of your readers who contacted me earlier this year about my own giveaway, please be assured that I’ve kept all of their messages and am still trying to find a way to get their samples sent out (perhaps eventually going to the length of taking a ferry to the Continent in order to do so). August 16, 2013 at 9:21am

  • Jonatan: Hello. Very beautiful giveaway, thank you Barbara.
    Well, I’m in the fragrance world for 3 years now, and here where I live it’s hard to find good Guerlains, Hermés or Serge Lutens…and when you find it, it’s really really really expensive. I have a lot of decants and bottles, I make a lot of trades too, I really like the feeling of smelling new things, blindly principally. And I’m each day more excited with this fantastic passion for the scents. I have just one Hermés bottle and I’m fascinated by this artwork, so, this is my choice if I can have the great luck to have this generous offer in my hands. I’m in love with Serge Lutens too, but I only tried a few samples in wax…
    Take care you all, best regards, and good luck for me, for you, for all…cheers!!
    Contact me by e-mail, please. August 16, 2013 at 9:26am

  • Sandy Cain: How generous! I am a relative newbie who has difficulty getting samples, because I do not leave my home much, and only very occasionally can I order samples due to the price. I am an ex-con, who was incarcerated for 10 years, with no access to any sweet-smelling girly things. I have been home now nearly 2 years, still on parole, and am desperately trying to turn my life around and get back into society. Hard trying to get my self-esteem and womanliness back! The Guerlains and the Lutens would be my very favorites. But what a sweet thing to do. Barbara has a heart of gold! (Of course you can email me!) I am in NY. August 16, 2013 at 9:27am

  • solanace: This is so sweet, Barbara, thank’s!
    I live in Perfume Mordor, so please, count me in! August 16, 2013 at 9:32am

  • Cecilia: This is a wonderful giveaway! I am a relative newbie on the fragrance journey and would love to try these fragrances! I think I would go wild over the Lutens. I have sampled Chergui and it is beautiful. Please add me to the draw and feel free to email me. :) August 16, 2013 at 9:48am

  • Phanie Constanda: I have been following perfume/beauty blogs
    over the last couple of years. I have some foundation theoritical knowledge but have not tried any of the PdN or similar niche fragrances yet
    Thank you for the opprtunity . I would be very happy to hear from you at my email address August 16, 2013 at 9:59am

  • RenChick: I just wanted to leave a comment, not sign up for the giveaway.

    Barbara, so very generous! It’s lovely to see people willing to share their passions so that others might be able to discover something they enjoy. I have pretty easy access myself to getting decants and samples from many sources, and wish that was the same for everyone that wanted to discover great smelling things. August 16, 2013 at 10:06am

  • Stephanie: How exciting and generous! I have really started exploring perfume in the last year or so, starting with more mainstream/accessible stuff. I’m now starting to order samples online, and it adds up! I haven’t had the chance to try anything by Serge Lutens or Parfums de Nicolai, so I would be most excited about trying those. At this point I’m eager to smell anything new to me! Please do contact me at this email address. August 16, 2013 at 10:06am

  • Aisha: Thank you, Barbara, for such a generous gesture.

    Although I’ve been wearing perfume on and off for years, I only recently discovered how vast and exciting the world of perfume really is.

    I’m a former reporter who left full-time work at a small-town newspaper to become a stay-at-home mom. For the past 7 years I’ve been mostly fragrance-free because I never took time to try anything. The only time I wore any perfume was for a special occasion. Well, about three months ago, I decided that every day is a special occasion, and that it’s time to start wearing something daily — that’s when I happened to come across Bois de Jasmin, and my perfume obsession began.

    I am a somewhat fortunate newbie because I have a stash of department store fragrance samples my mother gave me over the years. (She’s allergic to perfumes.) While I do have samples from Chanel, Estee Lauder, and others, I don’t have anything from Parfums de Nicolai or Serge Lutens. I’m not even sure they’re readily available in my state, much less the small town in which I live. Anyway, I would certainly love to sample even more fragrances I’ve been reading about, especially from Parfums de Nicolai and Serge Lutens.

    Oh! Yes, you have my permission to e-mail me. August 16, 2013 at 10:13am

  • Susan Minnicks: What a fabulous offer,I’ll keep it in mind for the few samples I have and don’t like. Im a teacher so fragrances are a huge splurge, so I just sample and buy samples as much as I can. Im fascinated by Lutens in particular, and can’t find any place here to sniff them. Yes you may use my email! August 16, 2013 at 10:32am

  • Johanob: Hi Victoria!It all started with THE GUIDE…(or THE BIBLE as I sometimes refer to it,haha!)I bought the guide,and it was lying around the house,untouched,for about two years.One day I decided to start reading it;oh….boy….!And what a journey it has been for me since then!The wonderful smells and bottles,and also the wonderful people I have met through perfume,personally and on the interwebs,have enriched my life so much!!I am glad I started reading….
    Thank you Barbara for the give-away,I live in South-Africa and most stuff in your box are just impossible to find here,especially the de Nicolai’s!I would treasure the sample box!
    Please do use my email,should I be the lucky one!
    JohanoB August 16, 2013 at 10:45am

  • Shendel: Hello there, you can say I’m an old newbie. First time I got into fragrances was in 2003 and I lived in Austin. It was easy to buy perfumes in US, but soon I had to come back to Brazil. I used to participate in the MakeupAlley fragrance board as bordeaux73. So I gave up the hobby because of the difficulties and the expense to import fragrances. A couple of months ago I went to a Chanel boutique (they came here one year ago) to buy a face powder, and I felt in love with Les Exclusifs (I didn’t even know such a line existed) and got into the whole fragrance world again, reading blogs and exploring. I’ve never sniffed any Serge Lutens fragrances, and I’m crazy to try them, as well as the old Guerlains.

    It is indeed a very generous offer, thank you for that!

    BTW, I’m a 40 yo brazilian woman, and I love animals, knitting, fragrances and collecting books. August 16, 2013 at 11:05am

  • Gigi: What a lovely and exciting giveaway! Though I would love to have an opportunity to try more Guerlain and Serge Lutens in particular, I won’t actually enter as I believe there are many people that would have a harder time getting access than me. But I will say kudos! To your generous contest!!

    I’ll play along with the spirit of the contest, though.. I’ve loved perfume for as long as I can remember, and found buying it for myself the treat I’d go for whenever I needed a little luxurious treat for myself. Yet for the last few months I’ve been getting deeper into it and trying to learn more about the history of fragrance and trying to learn notes, etc. so much fun. Thanks to wonderful sites like Boisdejasmin!! Good luck everyone! August 16, 2013 at 11:43am

  • Barbara Fox-Hajj-Houssien: Barbara – I have always been interested in scents. When I was young, I wanted to be a perfumer when I grew up. As a teenager, I had an extensive sample collection that I have somehow lost along the way. These dreams were not realized because I listened to the negative people in my life – “You hate chemistry. There is no way to know how to create perfume without chemistry,” and “Yeah, you are going to go through the ten year apprenticeship just so you can design the scents for furniture polish.” Thirty years later, I am exploring again, and wish to re-establish my collection. I want to rediscover the love and the passion that was my obsession. I am interested in the Serge Lutens collection. Thank you so much for understanding my weird fascination. August 16, 2013 at 11:46am

    • Barbara Fox-Hajj-Houssien: Oh, and I give you permission to contact me at the e-mail I provided….. Thanks! August 16, 2013 at 12:57pm

  • Elia: Hi,

    I´d not call myself a newbie anymore, but accessibility to fragrances is always harder here on the island. Trying Parfums de Nicolai and Serge Lutens is always welcome.
    I got sucked into the world of perfume after discovering a fragrance I fell for was discontinued, so I started searching for a substitute and the search just never ended.
    You can email me. August 16, 2013 at 11:53am

  • CP: Similar story as Elia above – not exactly a newbie, but also living on an island with limited access to fragrances (especially niche). Have always loved scents and am happy just exploring department store fragrances, but I’d love to try something different. Barbara, thanks so much for your generosity! August 16, 2013 at 12:52pm

  • laluce hubbs: my name is laluce im 41 male and live n sunny miami where you only can wear waterdown summer scents which i HATE … LOL well i knew i always loved perfume but never considered myself a collector until 2yrs ago when i ran across you all and other sites thats when it hit me your a collector.. vintage the 80′s-90′s get a bottle here and there i love a head banger scent thats loud up n your face saying smell me.. lol few do but hey but unfortunately i cant buy like i use to no i cant buy at all to be totally honest like i once did maybe a scent every 4-6 months now and the dilemma ive noticed is that my collection is so vintage im afraid to use them because ive noticed how the prices of scents have went up and steady climbing so who knows my original Fendi or Donna Karan Blk n Gold or givenchy with the leaning bottle maybe valuable one day and can help out a lot so what do i do afraid to use and cant afford to buy more??? put my bid in for some free samples giveaway… lol and thanks for the opportunity August 16, 2013 at 1:10pm

  • Leah M: This really is a generous and fun idea! I decided to comment, mostly to just to say thanks for your generosity! I am in my 30s, and I would say am getting into exploring perfumes… My first experience was when I “won” a tiny bottle of Amarige for submitting a French essay in high school, never mind that I was the only one who submitted anything! I savored that bottle. Different fragrances have marked different phases of my life, some good, some bad, some I’d like to smell again or never again, purely for the memories they recall! A recent mail sample of Thierry Mugler’s Angel has reignited an interest in scents…. and while I’d like to have a bit more of Angel to enjoy, I’m afraid I’ve set myself on a journey to really sample a wide variety…. Guerlain intriuges me at the moment, as well as Issey Miyake. (You can contact me by email.) August 16, 2013 at 1:11pm

  • Dorothy: How wonderfully generous! I’m 20 years old so I definitely still consider myself a newbie to perfumes. As a college student in NY my perfume funds are a little tight. When I do splurge I usually order samples from Surrender to Chance. I first became interested in fragrance when I was in middle school, when i noticed that i seemed to appreciate different smells around me more than my peers. at the time I limited my purchases to places like bath and body works. As I got older I decided that I wanted to persue a career in fragrance, so I applied for the Cosmetics and Fragrance program at FIT, which is where I’m about to start my Junior year. Recently my interest had grown into an obsession and I cannot get enough of anything perfume related (especially literature). I’m particularly interested in sampling more Hermes fragrances since I seem to love all things Jean Claude Ellena. It is ok to reach me via email, and thanks for being so kind! August 16, 2013 at 1:59pm

  • Kathy Bible: Hey, I’d love a sample of Lutens in particular. I’ve a couple of Lutens but there’s no way one could sample them all, at least I have not. Thanks! August 16, 2013 at 2:22pm

  • Gila: I got my first perfume kit as birthday present when I was seven. I remember tiptoeing into the backyard with my precious box, sitting under the big magnolia tree and slowly opening each bottle.
    There was a delicious lilac, something citrus, a white floral…droppers, miniature tapered blue bottles, labels. It was the best present of my childhood. I mixed and concocted potions for every female I knew. My mother showed me the secret at the heart of the flowers she grew, and scent takes me back to the irreplacable sweetness of mother love in early childhood, and how lucky I was to have it.
    A long dryish spell in my life, in many ways, and now wanting to take classes in natural perfumery, and to sample widely, though money is tight. I consider myself on a journey, the one offered by each scent, and the larger one, to become a master blender myself. Thank you for the kind and generous offer. Please use my email, if I’m lucky enough to be selected. August 16, 2013 at 3:08pm

  • Isis: Barbara, how very very generous of you! I had a little explosion of adrenaline when I read this post. I would love love love to have your samples, but I think I need to pass and let someone else have them. I have no right. Not only am not not really a newby, I also can order plenty of samples here in Holland (money is the only issue, availability is pretty good here). I have been obsessed with fragrance for as long as I remember, and I have been exploring the world of perfumery more seriously for about two years now. So with an aching heart I say: give them to someone else. Yes, even the parfums de Nicolai samples. Yes, even if they should happen to include Sacrebleu, or Odalisque, of the Vaudeville-Weekend-thing. EVEN if you happen to be offering up Sarrasins or Ambre Sultan. If that’s the case and you give them to someone else I will weap a little but that’s allright. I can take it. should not complain, surely there is a girl living in a remote village in Tibet or in a swamp in Uruguay or some other place where the mailman doesn’t come who needs them much more than I do. August 16, 2013 at 3:18pm

  • Gayle Eppley: What a nice offer. I always loved my mother’s perfumes as a child. She had traveled Europe as a college student in the 1950s, and had many exotic perfumes with French labels. I remember her letting me dab a bit on my wrists on special “dress-up” occasions. I felt so grown up! Now I enjoy taking “smelling excursions” in perfumeries and shops.M favorite scent is Serge Lutens A La Nuit, with Prada Candy running a close second! I love love love this site!!! August 16, 2013 at 4:04pm

  • Courtney Washington: What a lovely gift to give someone. I love fragrances, and I love to smell differently from everyone else. I’ve never been the girl who purchased the popular fragrances even as far back as high school when everyone was buying pleasures or happy, I went for Chanel #19 and no one else smelled like me… I loved it. If I’m chosen it would be wonderful to try some new and not so universally popular fragrances. Like some of the others, I’m not really a newbie and the pleasure and happy reference does reveal my age so I’m just happy to be exposed to the names of some new fragrances. August 16, 2013 at 4:30pm

  • SaadK: Saad: Hi Barbara. This is really generous of you. I’m from Pakistan and fairly new into perfumes. My first love was Aqua Di Gio (eventually bought the Essenza EDP for my dad), but my first purchase was Terre d’Hermes. I’m infatuated with almost all of the Hermes fragrances. I love how the Hermessence fragrances are elemental version of complex scents like the Terre d’. I’m currently using Voyage d’Hermes and would like to explore scents from Amouage, ouds, and Musk along with any Hermes I can get my hands on. Please feel free to contact me via email. Thanks! August 16, 2013 at 5:03pm

  • AmyD: This is a very generous offer indeed! I’ve just entered my 30s, and I’ve been lurking on this blog and a few other fragrance blogs for a few months now; frankly, I had no idea that there was this whole world of niche and artisanal fragrance beyond what one can find at Sephora and big department stores. I’ve recently been contemplating a Luckyscent sample order to try some fragrances and perfumers that sound interesting to me, but I’d be very, very thankful to try your samples as an introduction to this world of fragrances that exists outside of the typical department store perfume counter. Thank you for this inspiring offer, Barbara! You may contact me at this e-mail! – Amy August 16, 2013 at 5:06pm

  • Gozen: What a lovely thing to do Barbara! I got into perfume while looking for a favorite from the ’80′s – “Deneuve.” It breaks my heart that this fragrance has been discontinued and I cannot pay the prices that I see it going for on EBay. The perfume counters at the local mall have mainstream fragrances and very few Guerlain’s. I would love to be able to sniff the Lutens and de Nicolai samples. August 16, 2013 at 6:10pm

    • Gozen: And, of course, I can be reached via e-mail! August 16, 2013 at 6:12pm

  • Karina: Thank you Barbara for offering up your lovely samples, I hope this could become a tradition here at Bois de Jasmin as part of the joy of perfume is sharing it with others.

    I’m from Australia, I grew up on a farm and it was there, when I was about eight or nine years old that I started to take an interest in my mother’s small collection of perfumes such as Givenchy Amarige, Chanel No. 5 and Monsoon ( I remember being in love with the quirky blue-green bottle). I also relished in the smell of perfume wafting out from samples in my mother’s vogue magazines, it was a sense of glamour for me in a not so glamourous place at the time!

    After a few awkward teenage attempts at wearing perfume (I sprayed on Diesel Green and Anna Sui Dreams like there was no tomorrow), I feel that in my twenties my journey of discovering perfume is finally maturing but also just starting as I have recently become much more specific (and I’d like to think refined) in my tastes. I have also started to learn about notes and compositions and am learning to appreciate the scents that one finds everywhere, in the grass, in a cafe, a busy street, a lover’s hair…

    I am very interested in Serge Lutens at the moment, I’m saving up to buy La Fille de Berlin. It is quite difficult to get a hold of any niche perfumes where I live, and I am dying to try anything by L’Artisan as I have heard so many good things about their perfumes on here!

    Email is fine :) August 16, 2013 at 7:21pm

  • Nemo: Thank you Barbara for your generous offer! My favorite part of my perfume adventure has been finding out what a lovely community there is out there for perfume lovers, and being able to share my perfume experiences with others. I am a chemistry graduate student in the middle of nowhere NY state, but I have successfully converted one of my office mates into a perfume lover as well :) I would be particularly interested in trying the PdN samples, as well as the Serge Lutens! I can be reached by email. August 16, 2013 at 8:19pm

  • allgirlmafia: Thank you, Barbara for the giveaway. I live in Carolina and recently turned 27. I have always been somewhat of a tomboy. Blue jeans and tank tops. This obsession with fragrance arrived swift and strong. Strangely, I am the only woman in my family with this interest. It started with miniature bottles of Beyond Paradise, RosaAmour and Marc Jacobs for women I picked up from a thrift store. It became love the first time I laid in bed and smelled the Chanel No 5 eau Premiere I ordered from EBay. In fact it was more like rapture. My interest have since turned to vintage and niche. I have been wanting for some time to experience Guerlain (especially L Heure Bleue) and Serge Lutens (Bois de violete, Daim Blond, Amber Sultan…the list goes on) thank you again for your consideration. V, it is perfectly fine to relay my information. Thank you. August 16, 2013 at 8:19pm

  • Amer: The generosity of the perfume community never ceases to amaze me!

    I am a 32 year old Greek. My attitude towards perfume appreciation is like taking up a newfound faith (I am only seriously involved in this for the last 4 years or so and Bois de Jasmin was one of the first perfume blogs that initiated me). Although I like to try everything new I own very few bottles and I plan to keep it this way as “keep it simple” is a general principle which I try to apply whenever possible. Obtaining samples or trying fragrances at stores is the way I expand my horizons.

    My latest goal is to try the whole Vero Kern line of fragrances. It remains elusive so far but waiting for something only makes the pleasure of finding it greater so I don’t really mind.

    Of course you may contact me via email. August 16, 2013 at 8:30pm

  • cynthia: Hi Barbara! What a generous offer. Im so impressed with how fellow perfume fanatics take care of each other and encourage each others journey. I started reading perfume blogs at the beginning of the year. I became enchanted with the quality of the writing, the descriptions, the humor of this world. Im interested in trying new notes and have yet to start ordering samples because i am on a tight budget and i am trying not to go overboard. And so i just spray on at stores! Heres a little about me: I am a woman in her forties. I am a caretaker for my aging parent and so my time away from the house is limited. (visiting the blogs gives me a lift and a welcome break :) ) I have two small white dogs whom i adore. By the way, i go by “poodletwins” on a few blogs and have just started to de-lurk. I love reading, trying new foods, theater and film. i would love to try any of the p de nicholai. especially if you have temps d’une fete because i am exploring green florals or green chypres. Or any serge lutens because I have heard so much about this line. Thanks again and yes, you may contact me via my email. August 16, 2013 at 8:38pm

  • Susiebelle: This giveaway is so exciting. I decided to make some changes when I turned 50. I teach preschool and put a great deal of time into work and family. Now I’m putting time into some pampering and fun. I browse at stores! I got my first pedicure. I’m not cutting and dying my own hair. I’m having a blast reading this blog and smelling some great perfumes. I even went into Strange Invisible in Venice CA and bought an amazing perfume. I’m going to hit 52 in a few weeks and my husband and I are empty nesters having the time of our lives. The fifties are fabulous. I give permission to pass on my email. August 16, 2013 at 9:57pm

  • Yulina: I am a high school student. I just began my journey in perfumery in December, I was 11 then. At that time, I was attracted to mainstream fruity floral celeb perfumes, although my first fragrance was Red Door, which I have given away, since I do not like it. My first celeb fragrance was Meow by Katy Perry. I found it too sweet for my taste now. As time passed, I found my favorite notes and accords. It turned out that jasmine, vanilla, and musk are much to my favor. I love oriental, sweet, white floral, and woody fragrance. It is quite hard for me to try niche, so I would be really happy to try vintage and niche samples! I have tried Serge Lutens. Quite a lot of them and I love them, especially A La Nuit. I would be most interested to try SL Jeux de Peau and any Mugler fragrances.
    Feel free to email me! August 16, 2013 at 10:46pm

  • Eastofeden: I am in my 40′s and live in Steinbeck country on the California Central Coast. I am most interested in trying new chypre scents. Discovered perfumistas through this blog..but have always been interested in fragrance (Stealing bottles of White Linen from my Mom when in High School) & loved to experiment combining scents at the fragrance bar in The Body Shop (Remember those) in the ’80′s.Yes you may contact me through my emails. August 16, 2013 at 10:55pm

  • Christina D: What a lovely idea and great way to know what is out there – so thank you! I am 21yrs old from Canada and I just started to know about the different kinds of scents. There are so many now that it can be overwhelming when finding that exact scent that defines you. I’d want to sample ANY kind of perfume, I’m open to new things. I think there is a perfume that fits every mood and occassion. But I know I would love any scent that is fresh and reminds me of the outdoors. Makes me feel like a kid again if you know what I mean.
    Yes you can most definately contact away! ;)
    Xo Christina August 17, 2013 at 12:19am

  • Buka: Hi! I’m very exited to participate! Scents always played a significant role in my life: from my childhood through my teenage years to my present life. They bring me happy memories from my past, help me in difficult times and generate fantasy dreams for the future!
    I would not wear a piece of expensive jewelry, but I would put a perfume on…
    Nowdays my fragrance preferences would be mostly niche perfume houses, as I find them more unique and uncommon, I also appreciate good quality of the perfume. Annick Goutal is amongst those! And from “old” ones are: Flower by Kenzo, Dune by Christian Dior…
    Serge Lutens, L’artisian, Perfum de Nicolai are on my path for exploration!
    And how precious and fun those moments, when me and my 7 year old daughter “working” on trying out and describing scents together!
    You are welcome to reply on my e-mail.. August 17, 2013 at 1:14am

  • Lyubov: Hallo, Victoria and Barbara,
    such a glorious and inspiring giveway! Thank you!
    I am a Bulgarian amateur parfumista with a plant-biotechnology background. I am now working on my Ph.D thesis and let’s hope I can finish the paper work till the end of August.
    My love for perfumes began in the previous century – like all of you, maybe! I found myself sniffing my mom’s crystal flacons and I had a teenage crush for Chanel 19 and Vent Vert! For the last 2 years, I am trying to handle an olfactive blog, but the Ph. D. work is keeping me away and my publications are not as regular as I wish. The blog’s idea is the description of my experience with a fragrance, not only of the pyramide and the development on the skin.
    Bulgaria is quite new to the EU and a lot of perfume brands are not sold here and are uneasy to be found. Even if there is shippment from a real or online shop, it is usually higher than it is to the other ‘old’ EU countries. Well, certainly there are some great options still, and I am really grateful for their shipping policy (Juliette Has A Gun, Czech & Speake, Atelier Cologne, to name some). However, I haven’t tested any from Parfums de Nicolai, and almost none from the jar bell collections of SL – they are the ones that appealed to me from your offering. I have some new-to-perfume blog followers who became my friends and who would be the receivers of the other samples, if I win them!
    Thank you and have a splendid time for the rest of the summer! August 17, 2013 at 3:52am

    • Belle: Say, Lyubov! Can you give me link to your blog? I’m very curious about it! August 17, 2013 at 5:12am

      • Victoria: Click on Lyubov’s name and you’ll land there. But it’s in Bulgarian.

        Lyubov, when you enter a URL in the website field, check that it’s formatted correctly. Yours appeared doubled, so the link was broken. I’ve fixed it though. August 17, 2013 at 7:59am

        • Lyubov: Thank you, Victoria! And thank you for your interest, Belle! It is bilingual and far from being professional, but this is all I can afford so far. I corrected with the English link. August 17, 2013 at 3:58pm

  • Lia: Wow what a sweet lady! I would love to sample serge lutens! Niches are very very rare in my place & it’s hard to order samples from the internet as most of the sites don’t ship to my country.

    I think I can be counted as a newbie. I started my fragrance exploration when I came across fragrance blogs & started reading their articles in 2009. This blog was one of them. I started off as a big fruity floral fan then my taste changed entirely. Now I love love big florals, & floral aldehydes. & I began to appreciate orientals too. I felt so lucky to have come across this side of the internet. I began to appreciate different smells around me & the world just feel so much alive.

    Please count me in the draw. Thanks. August 17, 2013 at 10:19am

  • Marika: Barbara, thank you for your generosity! I’m a newbie, only 18 and I live in a small town. We don’t even have Sephora nearby. I sample perfumes when I travel to visit my older sisters. I’m saving for college so my budget is tiny. I don’t have many friends who are interested in perfume and I love meeting other perfumistas through blogs. I will of course be happy to send a package to another perfumista. August 17, 2013 at 11:22am

    • Victoria: Marika, congratulations! Barbara will be in touch with you about your sample box. :) August 21, 2013 at 7:59am

  • Nici: How exciting and generous!! I am a fragrance lover new to a lot of the more niche perfumes. I would be fascinated to sample the Serge Luten lot as I recently smelled Chergui and fell IN LOVE and will own it one day but I am on a very small budget at the moment. I live in a larger town in the midwest but dont have access to wonderful niche fragrances in my town so online it is. I also would love to try more Chanel fragrances. I currently own Coco and it is one of the the only ones I own that I deem ‘season specific’ to fall. Thanks again for sharing and if I am the lucky winner feel free to contact me at this email. Enjoy a lovely day!!! August 17, 2013 at 11:39am

  • Samantha: I’m 45 years old, a primary school teacher. For many years I didn’t wear any perfume until a friend moved and left me several bottles. There was a bottle of Clinique Happy and I loved it so much I used it up and bought my own. Then I got tired of it and started researching online for something similar. That’s how I discovered blogs. Love how generous people are in this community. Thank you for this giveaway.

    P.S. You can use my email to contact me. August 17, 2013 at 12:33pm

  • Robin Adair: First off, THANK YOU to Barbara, Victoria, and Bois de Jasmin for “paying it forward” with perfume samples! :)

    I am a 46 year old female from the USA, part-time Life Coach, and full-time Counselor Educator at an awesome charter school, grades K-8.

    I have been wearing the same fragrance almost daily since I was 15! It is actually an oil essence so it lasts a long time and I buy it in bulk so I never run out!

    I do have one “classic” back up fragrance that I adore (BVLGARI pour Femme) and wear now as well and this past Summer even branched out to Bvlgari Voile De Jasmin (another new fave!)

    I honestly don’t stray that much in the fragrance department, but since I accidentally stumbled upon Victoria’s Bois de Jasmin, I have admittedly been doing more sampling!

    I would be most interested in experimenting the
    Parfums de Nicolai (any or all of the 5 different perfumes, Thierry Mugler, and perhaps even Chanel!

    * Victoria and Barbara, you both have my permission to contact me via email. Thanks again, and good luck to all of the entrants!*

    Cheers! August 17, 2013 at 5:16pm

  • DP: How interesting to read so many stories. When I was younger and fascinated by fragrances of all kinds, I had no idea that other people were as keen to discover and explore olfactory delights. I loved older ladies’ perfumes, as they were the most interesting. I loved visiting gardens when we traveled so I could find new flowers. Perfume counters at the mall quickly became a scary place because they were all marketing and very little discovery of quality or uniqueness. I owe much to patient and thorough salespeople who did take the time to help me learn, as well as brilliant blogs such as this one that are rounding out my knowledge. What I lack is actual samples and availability of niche lines to try. I want to learn next how to begin ordering or trading samples, but i really have nothing to start with. I think the biggest problem will be sharing them once I finally get to smell them more than once at a counter!!

    Now my daughters are in their teens and (finally!) showing a sincere interest I would, love to share with them. It has been so much fun starting them on a fragrance journey from a much different place than I began. And of course their tastes are very different as well.

    The samples I am most interested in are the Here’s. I had smelled the new Jour only in a magazine strip,.and read the reviews. Then I was at my brother’s wedding and hugged a cousin. Her perfume was light but it lingered in my mind. I finally had to ask her if it was the Hermes! It was, and we had a lovely conversation about traveling, fragrance, gardens, etc. So I thank accurate reviewers and educational blotters for that pleasant visit.

    You have my permission to use my email, and I live in the US. August 17, 2013 at 10:43pm

    • DP: Autocorrect got the best of me – Hermes is the sample I am anxious to try, and I am grateful to educational bloggers, not blotters. :-) August 17, 2013 at 10:48pm

  • Barbara: Thank you very much! I’m blushing, becase everyone said all of these nice things about my little offer. Thanks to Victoria for agreeing to host it and for providing such a nice place to chat for all of us. August 18, 2013 at 10:34am

  • Jill Wan: Ever since i was small, i used to sniff everything from books to newspapers, blue vine flowers, books to imprint the moment. Just like mouldy smell reminds me of my aunts place or overly sweet cheap perfume reminds me of my barbies. With age and life passing by, daily weight of life i just kind of forgot how much i love smelling the moment. Especially those that take me back to my childhood or my mother’s scent. Dune she used to wear and for which i will always associate her with, yet i do not seem able to find my signature scent for people to remember me by. The yearly fickle commercial fragrance(dior addict, aqua di gioa, etc) leave no lasting imprint. No ‘YES this is it’ moment.

    Some plants which i have bought just started blooming and one orange flower gives the most intense sense which i am thinking of distilling, although i have no idea how to. I am thus reading on how to make your own perfume and on specialist non mass perfume and came across Serge Lutens Sarrasins and ALa Nuit known for the jasmine notes.

    Both are not available here as i live on an island and i would be very happy should you choose me for those 2.

    Merci. August 18, 2013 at 3:41pm

  • silverdust: This is very generous of you, Barbara! While I have loved perfume all of my life, I’ve never lived near a city big enough that carried the names mentioned in your sampler. I can tell you all about all the cheap stuff (LOL), but unless the local dept store carried a particular Chanel (I know they don’t have the other lines), I’ve never had the pleasure of sniffing them.

    It’s fine to use my email address.

    Thanks, again. August 18, 2013 at 8:21pm

  • Maren: Hello Barbara, Thanks for the chance at your generous give away. I began exploring fragrance last fall after I happened to pick up the Turin/Sanchez A-Z Perfume Guide at work. I am a librarian and I tend to read a wide range of topics. Well, I was hooked by that book and wish I could sniff so many of them described. Exploring perfumes at my 50+++ age has opened a whole new world for me. There is so much to learn and enjoy, Victoria’s blog here has been a real delight for learning. Thoughtful, informed and beautifully written reviews by Victoria and the other contributers. I do live in a metro area in the midwest, but sadly there isn’t much in the way of places to do much sampling. I am quite interested in th Parfums de Nicolai, I read such great things about her work. Yes, it is fine to use my email, and if my name is drawn, I do hope to pay it forward at some point. August 18, 2013 at 8:46pm

  • erry: Hi Barbara! Thank for your generosity.
    I have liked perfume since I was a teenager but only giving it a serious thought the last 2 years when I started reading Bois de Jasmin. It really broadened my perspective about perfume world.

    I always curious to try Serge Lutens, PdN, and classical Guerlain and Chanel perfumes. I live in Indonesia where our option of perfumes is limited to drugstore/dept. store brands. Of course we still have the option to buy online but I still find it difficult since not many online shops willing to ship to Indonesia . This makes it hard for me to experience niche brands and classic perfumes from Guerlain, Chanel and other major perfume houses.

    I would be very happy if you choose me as (one of) the winner of this giveaway. And yes, you can contact me via email. August 18, 2013 at 9:21pm

  • Elizabeth: I became interested in fragrances about four years ago when I found how certain fragrances were calming and opened up windows of memory from when I was very active outdoors. Fragrance triggers those sensations experienced while being in the great outdoors. I explored fragrance to find the perfect notes… they remain elusive and delightful!

    I most would like to experience the Serge Lutens’ series. I’ve been reading up on his beguiling fragrance creations and his inspirations.

    I give you wholehearted permission to contact me via my email address. Thank you for the chance for this offer! August 19, 2013 at 12:34am

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