Traveling Sample Box (Europe)

Our European perfume box is ready to make its 4th round. Thank you, Megan! So, if you are in Europe and would like to participate, here is how you can do it. And whether you’re participating or not, please read Megan’s perfume descriptions below.

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How does it work: To enter, please answer these questions: 1) are you in Europe, and if you’re a winner, can I share your email address with Megan? ; 2) do you agree to pass the box onto someone else (add a couple of your own samples and share your sampling notes with the rest of us)? and 3) what perfume are you wearing today? I will pick the next person to receive the box via a random number generator. I will announce that person in this spot and contact them via email. The next person to receive the box is Awfulknitter.

When a winner is ready to pass the box onto someone else, they should get in touch with me. Please include the list of samples and your sampling notes (what you’ve discovered, what you’ve liked/disliked, any observations you care to include).

To check the progress of our boxes, please click on the Traveling Sample Box tag.

Contents of the Traveling Sample Box:

Atelier Cologne : Silver Iris
Atelier Cologne : Mistral Patchouli
Bottega Veneta : Knot
By Kilian : Forbidden Games
By Kilian : Vodka on the Rocks
By Kilian : Apple Brandy
Chanel : Coromandel
Comme des Garcons : Bleu Santal
Comme des Garcons : Bleu Cedrat
Etat Libre d’Orange : Noel au Balcon
Grossmith : Amelia
Grossmith : Betrothal and Jubilee (for some reason I don’t have these two and I’m not sure if they didn’t arrive or if they’ve fallen out of the box and been lost here. I’m so sorry but I’ve had a good look where I kept the samples and just can’t see them)
Grossmith : Floral Veil
Grossmith : Golden Chypre
Grossmith : Saffron Rose
Hermes : Eau des Merveilles
Hermes : L’Ambre des Merveilles
A Lab on Fire : What We Do in Paris is Secret
Neela Vermeire : Ashoka
Neela Vermeire : Bombay Bling
Neela Vermeire : Mohur
Neela Vermeire : Trayee
Ormonde Jayne : Osthmanthus
Rouge Bunny Rouge : Cynefin
Rouge Bunny Rouge : Embers
Rouge Bunny Rouge : Sylvan
Serge Lutens : Douce Amere
+ There’s one that I’m not sure what it is but it’s not a Grossmith!

I kept: By Kilian Apple Brandy and Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling

I added:

Acqua di Parma : Eau de Cologne
Annick Goutal : Eau d’Hadrien
Annick Goutal : Ninfeo Mio
Annick Goutal : Sables
Atlelier Cologne : Grand Neroli
By Kilian : Back To Black
By Kilian : Playing With The Devil
Caron : Piu Bellodgia
Caron : Lady Caron
Chanel : Coco Madamoiselle
Diptyque : L’Ombre Dans L’Eau EDP
Diptyque : L’Eau Neroli
Diptyque : Tam Dao EDT
Miller Harris : Noix de Tubereuse

Megan’s Notes

First of all I’d like to say thank you to Victoria for this brilliant idea. I’ve really enjoyed sampling new perfumes. It’s simply heaven for a perfume lover.

My Favourites

Neela Vermeire : Bombay Bling : A sparkling fruity perfume with the first enjoyable mango note I’ve encountered. A happy perfume with fruit, spice and attitude.

Neela Vermeire : Trayee : A gorgeous, Indian spiced scent. It really does smell like an Indian specialty store. It feels very complex and changes often. I can smell ginger, cardamom and the incense quite strongly. Beautiful.

Neela Vermeire : Ashoka : The opening is green tinged and lovely. The fig smells quite sweet. I also smell something resembling coconut. It progresses to having a really, smooth creamy feel with lots of sandalwood. It feels like a decadent fig – miles away from the fresh, invigorating Philosykos. I think this one would work really well in autumn as it has a comforting warmth to it, whereas traditionally I have thought of fig only as a summer perfume note.

By Kilian : Apple Brandy : I love this one. It’s a VERY boozy gourmand that after the alcohol subsided reminded me a little of Parfumerie Generale’s Aomassai and its nutty sweetness. The perfume doesn’t change much as it goes along but remains sweet and full bodied – quite close to rum in my mind.
Hermes : L’Ambre des Merveilles : A really yummy gourmand caramelised amber. It’s quite sweet so perhaps it won’t be for everyone. But I can see how this would be absolutely perfect in winter. Quite keen on getting hold of a small bottle of this.

Grossmith : Floral Veil : A peppery?, slightly strange opening that just blooms into a gorgeously beautiful full bodied tuberose. It’s so smooth and creamy and the base feels rich and opulent. Love this, pity it’s so pricey!

Very Strong Like

Atelier Cologne : Silver Iris : This opens up very sweetly like a gourmand iris. To me it has a toned down Angel vibe at the beginning. I think this would be a good choice if you don’t enjoy the carroty, rooty iris perfumes. It reminds me a little of La Fin de la Monde from Etat libre d’Orange from memory but I didn’t compare directly. Like Feminite du Bois, this perfume grew on me as I wore it. I have my favourite iris (Iris Silver Mist) but this would be its more light hearted, younger sister who doesn’t take things so seriously. For me these two iris perfumes are poles apart but I found this to be a highly likeable surprise discovery.

Etro : Shaal Nur : This is a very fragrant light, spicy incense. It has an exotic feel with a breezy lightness. This would make an easy to wear but slightly unusual choice that satisfies that spritz and go need.
Hermes : Eau de Merveilles : Opens with a lovely citrus burst, then it becomes a bit salty, but has warmth as well. I thought this was really lovely. Surprisingly tenacious, yet a soft scent.

Neela Vermeire : Mohur : A mature rose that doesn’t come across as too strong or too light. It smells to me like it is flecked with green petals, even though it comes across as a spiced dark red rose. It also has a tinge of sweetness. I realise that description sounds all over the place, but somehow that’s how it smells for me. It feels like a perfume that wouldn’t work so well for someone in their 20’s it has more of a grown up feel. It reminded me a little of Oha from Teo Cabanel in its elegance. I imagine the Extrait would be right up my alley if everything is amped up a little.

Serge Lutens : Feminite du Bois : It had a spiced cinnamon at the beginning and sweetish plum. I also could smell cedar. I was a bit bored at the beginning, but this really warmed up 15 minutes in. Then the plum and stewed fruit mix really started to shine and suddenly I understood why this perfume is much loved and talked about. I think this is one of those perfumes that you need a little time with as I’ve sprayed it on in – store before and have never seen the appeal. I finally ‘got’ this perfume. I was very happy with this discovery.

Liked

A Lab on Fire : What We Do In Paris Is Secret : This has a very powerful opening and it comes across as sweetly honeyed vanilla. As it goes along it reminds me somehow of Angel (don’t kill me) – I think it’s the fruity sweetness association.

Bottega Veneta : Knot : A neroli centred musky light perfume. It does remind me of Yves Rocher’s Neroli but Knot is more delicately styled and smells smoother. I think this would be great for those that like easy to wear perfumes that aren’t too complicated that you can reach for on a daily basis. It actually developed a stronger presence and warmed up as I wore this as the tonka poked through. I think that if I wore this more often it would be a grower and would be lovely in summer. I’m not a huge fan of the name for this one though.

By Kilian : Vodka on the Rocks : VERY strong alcoholic opening. A little much at first to put it mildly. It’s vaguely coconutty as it works its way on the skin. Definitely more of a masculine bent to this one. Saying that it grew on me as I wore it but the opening is very bracing. It’s definitely an oddball but interesting.

Comme des Garcons : Blue Santal : Piney and peppery perfume. Bizarrely this evokes the beach for me as it has a bit of a salty tinge to it.

Grossmith : Golden Chypre : A beautiful citrus / bergamot opening. Really lovely. Then it warmed up so that you could imagine a deep mid day sun and the warming feel of its golden rays. I like this but I think that for the money you may as well try Mitsuoko.

Grossmith : Rose Saffron : This is a huge perfume and very heavy on the saffron. It smells similar to other rose and saffron centred perfumes that I have tried and reminds me of a much more sophisticated Agent Provocateur. It smells rich and decadent. The saffron was actually a little overpowering for me. I don’t think this is breaking new ground but it would be a good option if you like this combination and have a welcoming wallet!

Olfactive Studio : Lumiere Blanche : This felt very light and delicate with a slightly sweet, milky yet comforting feel. I could really smell the star anise up front. This would be a lovely comforting, cashmere blanket style perfume and I could see how this one would have wide appeal.
Rouge Bunny Rouge : Embers : I found this to start off as a sweetly pretty incense perfume and then it warms up to become more comforting. I liked it but it didn’t wow me.

Not my cup of tea!

Etat Libre D’Orange : Noel au Balcon : This is quite spiced in the opening and definitely evocative of Xmas with cinnamon and other spices. The opening was my favourite part of this scent and then it didn’t hold my interest and became a bit dank a little like it’s burnt cherry tobacco.

Grossmith : Amelia : A feminine floral that I couldn’t really pin down, the closest I got was a slightly spiced rose. It smells expensive but didn’t really do much for me.

Rouge Bunny Rouge : Cynefin : This had quite a herbal opening and for me was quite an unusual perfume that I just didn’t warm to.

Didn’t Try

Either I already have these or thought I’d better hurry up and get the box to the next person!
Chanel : Coromandel : I absolutely love this and own a bottle. It’s a smooth but rich patchouli that dials down the musty aspects and really feels like a luxurious cashmere scarf. I love Borneo 1834 from Serge Lutens, and this is a tamer, more elegantly groomed take on a similar idea.

Serge Lutens : Douce Amere : I have a decant of this and it is quite an unsual Lutens. To me it’s sort of a bitter vanilla with a spiced lily. I think this one is a bit of an acquired taste, yes it’s a vanilla but it’s not a syrupy version like the more popular Bois de Vanille.

Atelier Cologne : Mistral Patchouli : I’ve got a sample of this one and it’s a light, breezy, watery patchouli. To me it’s patchouli for those who don’t like the dark, earthy style. This however, is a spritz and go cologne, easy wear option.

By Kilian : Forbidden Games, Ormonde Jayne : Osthmanthus, Rouge Bunny Rouge : Silvan,
Comme des Garcons : Blue Cedrat

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59 Comments

  • Hamamelis: Lovely notes Megan! Thank you for taking the time to write them. I remember that Anka (previous Travelling Box host) kept the Grossmith samples Betrothal and Jubilee. And I am glad L’Ambre des Merveilles ended in your Favourites, I added the sample as I have a FB now. It is beautiful comfort in a bottle for me. January 19, 2015 at 7:25am Reply

    • meganinstmaxime: I loved that Hermes so thanks for putting that sample in the box! January 19, 2015 at 12:18pm Reply

    • Karen: Hamamelis – nothing to do with the traveling box, but our witch hazel is flowering now and the fragrance is amazing! It’s an incredible treat as of course nothing else is flowering now. I wonder if there are any perfumes that capture its beauty? January 20, 2015 at 7:22am Reply

      • Hamamelis: Hi Karen, isn’t it the most amazing scent? And indeed part of the beauty is that it is a true soli-flore this time of year. I only wish there were any perfumes that capture it…I have looked for it but never found anything close to it. I even wrote a message to JCE to suggest he might come up with it! (did not hear anything back though…). Yves Rocher has a showergel, shampoo and bodylotion sort of scented with Hamamelis but it doesn’t do it for me. On my bucketlist is to visit the Arboretum in Kalmthout, Belgium, where there is a yearly Hamamelis festival from half January till end of February. The Arboretum hosts the largest collection of Hamamelis in Europe (or should that be Hamameli, Cornelia would know!). I think that smells of heaven on earth! January 21, 2015 at 3:55am Reply

        • Karen: Wow! That festival must be incredible! What is interesting is that the fragrance of ours – the wild Virginiana that was grown by an amazing plantswoman nearby – is that the fragrance wafts through the air and is not really discernible up close.

          For years I could not figure out what that fragrance was, but finally figured it out. Plus, the scent is not there all the time nor at regular times! I keep thinking I will make some witch hazel liniment as our tree has to be cut back regularly. Sounds easy enough, just have not done it yet.

          But we must find someone to create a perfume that captures this beautiful, captivating fragrance! January 21, 2015 at 5:34am Reply

          • Hamamelis: What is the temperature now where you live? Because the Virginiana doesn’t flower in winter here, but in Autumn, and it is a very slow grower here so it is amazing to learn you have to cut it back regularly! That would be a horrible thing to do here as it grows so slowly! We mostly grow Hamamelis Mollis, a Chinese variety, although apparently in prehistoric times Europe was covered in witchhazel…Mollis smells heavenly and I recognize the capricious nature of its scent, now I am here, and now I am not…(or is that why it is called Witch Hazel?) I think some warmth, at least here, helps to bring the scent out. I read somewhere the Hamamelis flowers carry a sort of natural anti freeze in their (stringy) petals so they survive harsh temperatures.

            And yes, let’s hope someone can create a perfume of this… January 21, 2015 at 6:36am Reply

        • angeldiva: Wow! Hamamelis! I am so touched by your sharing of your dream to attend the Hamamelis festival that I want that for you, too! 🙂
          It’s so important to cherish your dreams in this world. Here’s a positive thought that you will make your dream come true!
          P. January 21, 2015 at 6:14pm Reply

          • angeldiva: Sorry, V,
            I’m not in Europe, I just wanted to CHAT with y’all!
            P. January 21, 2015 at 6:15pm Reply

          • Hamamelis: Thank you January 22, 2015 at 4:50pm Reply

            • Karen: Hi Hamemalis! It is winter here – it’s been in the 30’s (F). Typically, it flowers now and in to February. People are shocked at how massive the “shrub” is, but everything I bought from this woman has grown to epic proportions! It is protected as it is by the house – probably not the ideal spot since it became so massive.

              One of the rambler roses, American Pillar, kept propagating itself by layering canes and eventually was 20’x25′! We had to cut it completely back as by that point it was completely covered in honeysuckle. I dug up, divided and replanted a bunch of it and created a border between our yard and hay field.

              With a new landscaping project underway, I hope to propigate the witch hazel and have more to plant here and there. I’ll have to look up your variety – I wonder if it does well here? (mid-Atlantic region, we live in Maryland) January 23, 2015 at 5:20am Reply

              • Hamamelis: I think it does, is Maryland in USDA zone 5 or 6? It should grow there. Apparently the Hamamelis Mollis is the most fragrant of all Hamamelidaceae (I look up the plural ;-)) , so worth a try!
                Maybe your Amazing Plantswoman can find one for you. Best wishes! January 23, 2015 at 7:46am Reply

  • Awfulknitter: 1) Yes, I’m in Europe, and of course you can share my email address. 2) I would be delighted to pass on the box after sampling, and add samples of my own – and share my thoughts on the box’s contents. Reading all these different thoughts is fascinating! 3) I’m wearing L’Eau d’Hiver today – it seemed appropriate as the temperature is struggling to get above two degrees! January 19, 2015 at 7:33am Reply

  • Lorenzo: 1) Yes, I’m in Europe; and of course if I’ll be the winner you will share my email with Megan
    2) Of course I do, and I will add (maybe some lesser-known) samples from my collection!
    3) Today I’m wearing the powerful, buttery, charmingly, sadly discontinued Tubereuse from l’Artisan. January 19, 2015 at 7:53am Reply

  • Anka: Oh, how nice to see that the travelling box moves on, it was interesting to read your notes, Megan, I am glad that you love the Apple Brandy!
    Yes, Hamamelis remembers right, I kept Diamond Jubilee and Betrothal, you can find what I kept and added in my notes.
    I guess, the one you’re not sure what it is must be the J.F. Schwarzlose “Treffpunkt 8 Uhr”, it has a lovely mango-vetiver aroma. January 19, 2015 at 8:46am Reply

  • zazazelle: Megan, great notes, very useful and intriguing… And, as I am quite new to niche parfumery, I am very interested to try your samples, famous, but unknown to me – Sables, Tam Dao, Back to Black, Lady Caron and others… Thank you! And thank you, Victoria, for managing this lottery.

    1) Yes, I’m in Europe and ready to share my email and my home address with Megan
    2) I promise to add some new samples
    3) Shalimar Initial l’eau Guerlain now is my favorite and number one, I am wearing it all the time, except the days I’m testing something new January 19, 2015 at 9:36am Reply

  • Elitsa: 1) I’m in Europe and yes
    2) agreed and agreed 🙂
    3) Not wearing anything per se, as I was testing Guerlain’s Santal Royale and Oriental Brulant 🙂 January 19, 2015 at 2:47pm Reply

  • heleneo: Thanks for this wonderful website!
    1. Yes, I am in Europe and happy to share my email address with Megan
    2. Yes, I will sample, provide notes, add new samples and send the box on.
    3. I am wearing Lipstick Rose by Frederic Malle today. January 19, 2015 at 3:29pm Reply

  • Amer: 1) yes and yes 2) yes (yes) 3) Wearing Eau de Gaga (zoinks!)

    Ooooh, I am so anxious to participate in this experiment. So much fun awaits the lucky recipient 🙂 January 19, 2015 at 3:50pm Reply

    • angeldiva: Amer-
      How are you liking the Yveresse?
      Love,
      P. January 21, 2015 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Reg: How generous to add so many samples of yours.
    1. yes
    2. yes
    3. I put on Dior Addict EdT this morning from a sample I swapped and while I expected typical mainstream i was pleasantly surprised by an elegant, uplifting and subtle gourmand. I completely ruined it later today by trying the EdP at the perfume shop, a brutal vanilla as far as I’m concerned. Nothing like the EdT. It has been highly praised, is it the reformulation that makes the difference? January 19, 2015 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Rosie Jeffery: I’ve been reading BDJ for several months now having fallen down the rabbit hole. This is such an inspirational blog and I would love to participate in this fun filled venture!
    1. Yes I live in Europe and I’m happy to share my email address.
    2.Yes, I will sample, provide notes, provide samples and send the box on.
    3. Today I’m wearing PDN’s Sacrebleu. My husband acquired the 100ml bottle in the half price January sale in the tiny PDN shop in Fulham! January 19, 2015 at 5:12pm Reply

    • Victoria: Rosie, welcome to Bois de Jasmin! 🙂 Your PdN sounds like a great bargain. On a grey, cold day, it’s such an ideal perfume. January 20, 2015 at 2:19am Reply

  • christiana: Hi Victoria.
    Feeling a liitle left out here in Australia.
    Could I start one here?
    My sample collection is small…mainly Ineke, a Fragonard solid, 1 or 2 Agonist. I’m sure that I can gather more samples from around the traps!
    If anyone has more to offer in Australia, please let me know!
    Christiana January 19, 2015 at 7:31pm Reply

    • Victoria: Of course! I know that we have a group of perfume lovers in your part of the world, so it would be fun. I’d be happy to post it for you. January 20, 2015 at 2:17am Reply

    • Sofie: Oh Christiana, please don’t feel left out! Europe and USA started with a give away that evolved into the traveling boxes. Up to us to organise one in Australia :-). I don’t have much samples, and they are a bit all over the place but I’m happy to share. So, count me in! January 20, 2015 at 6:47am Reply

    • Lynley: Im in Australia too and will happily join in! 🙂 January 20, 2015 at 11:02pm Reply

      • The Blue Squid: I have a few things I could add into a travelling box in Australia also. I’ll check back in the next day or two. January 21, 2015 at 8:27am Reply

  • Preskal: Great!
    1.Yes, I live in Europe and Megan may get my e-mail
    2. With pleasure!
    3. Serge Lutens Cedre- still getting familiar with it as this is a new purchase January 20, 2015 at 3:14am Reply

  • Steph: Hi
    I’m based in Australia and I’d be happy to be involved. It sounds like fun! January 20, 2015 at 3:25am Reply

    • Victoria: Great! So, maybe you and Christina can start an Australian box? January 20, 2015 at 4:16am Reply

  • Sofie: (Please don’t include me)
    Great descriptions Megan! I think you’ve done a wonderful job. I’m really impressed with the way the recipients thus far have been able to describe everything.
    Makes me realise how little I have learnt yet 🙂 January 20, 2015 at 7:44am Reply

    • Michaela: Agree with every word of this comment! 🙂 January 20, 2015 at 7:54am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, everyone has been so good to take time to write down their thoughts. This is such a fun part of this exchange.

      I also think that anyone who reads this right now sat down with a perfume sample and really concentrated on describing what they’re smelling, they would come up with something fascinating and much more detailed that they’d expect. Some of us just don’t often get a chance to do that. But the moment you start thinking and trying to articulate, it all just clicks. And the more you do it, the better you get. January 20, 2015 at 8:19am Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Victoria!
        I’m so glad that you suggested this little olfactory exercise! I have just come home from a rare afternoon of enjoying a SNIFFORAMA at Sephora!
        Here are some scents I tried:
        Burberry Rhythm: thanks to my new BdJ nose I could actually isolate the blackberry and neroli. I enjoyed your review so very much. This scent was full and even, it smelled wearable. It smelled wonderful.

        Daisy: this was an unexpected pleasure, as I had sniffed it before, but did not get the full effect of todays sniff! You have suggested that one should try a scent more than once. I found Daisy very clean smelling, and not so young on my skin as to be a turn off.

        Kenzo Flower:
        I was inspired by all those French Women, how could they be wrong? How wonderful this smells!!! The notes are a bit exotic for me to identify. And, I had a preconceived notion about this because it is so readily available on O.co.. It really it is a keeper. I would order a bottle, but I just ordered Kenzo Summer, and am sooo looking forward to it.

        Clean Rain:
        I’m on a quest to learn about clean smelling scents, and water scented scents. The plain Clean smelled exactly like American janitorial hand soap. 🙁 But, this was lighter, and waterier… I liked it- 4 stars 6 squeaks.

        Issey Miyake L’eau D’issey- On the net this seams like the king of clean. So glad that I did not buy a bottle last night, because it was just too commercial smelling on my skin. She gave me a decant, anyway. So, I’ll try again, or save for a traveling box. Boy, do I have some gems for a box!

        Prada D’iris: I have read that it costs a boatload of money to add iris to a perfume. This perfume really taught me what iris actually smells like! Not really knowing how to describe iris- I can explain it on an emotional level. It smells bright, exciting, sweet, happy and it’s a turn on. Really need to save this for special occasions !

        lastly,
        BRONZE GODDESS!!!!! Boy, did I luck out! There was a tester from last year. Thanks to you, V, I am really sniffing American scents in a more open way. I need a full bottle of this! It’s like you showered after being at the beach, and there is a very pretty ghost left behind by your suntan oil. But, then you’d have to add some refinement and sex appeal to that.
        P. January 21, 2015 at 6:57pm Reply

        • Victoria: I love it! Kenzo Flower is definitely worth revisiting, despite its popularity. It’s such a terrific, beautiful perfume. January 22, 2015 at 10:09am Reply

  • monsieur: 1) I’m not in Europe
    2)with pleasure! 🙂
    3) I did layer today with two unique perfume. I sprayed Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire after Ambre Sultan. It has been amazing! 🙂 January 20, 2015 at 10:57am Reply

  • c: Great idea!

    1) are you in Europe, and if you’re a winner, can I share your email address with Megan? Yes.

    2) do you agree to pass the box onto someone else (add a couple of your own samples and share your sampling notes with the rest of us)?
    Absolutely

    3) what perfume are you wearing today?
    A sample of Tauer Perfumes Lonestar Memories. January 20, 2015 at 11:05am Reply

  • Karen: Not in Europe, so not part of the drawing but it’s fun reading what people are wearing. I’ve got Luten’s La Fille de Berlin on today – had a meeting earlier and was afraid to wear Carnal Flower like yesterday, even though it was difficult to resist! January 20, 2015 at 3:27pm Reply

  • johanob: South African Perfumistas:Raise your hands!I’m sure we can do this as well! January 20, 2015 at 4:44pm Reply

  • Nora Szekely: Dear Victoria, Megan and Perfume Lovers,

    1. Yes.
    2. Yes.
    3. Shalimar Parfum Initial (discontinued, a shame) January 21, 2015 at 3:44am Reply

  • Rose: 1) yes 2) yes

    3) what perfume are you wearing today?
    Today I’m wearing L’Air de Rien, which really suits the chilly winter weather. In summer I find it turns a bit too ‘horse manure’! But in winter it’s mostly a cosy incense/patchouli/orange blossom.

    I’ve been exploring the way perfumers use orange blossom, having recently bought myself some orange blossom absolute, and L’air de Rien’s orange blossom is one of the most unusual versions – all that soapy prettiness is turned into something quite earthy and very human, quite cuddly! January 21, 2015 at 3:45am Reply

  • Rosie Jeffery: I’m very new to this wonderful perfume world, & L, air de Rien was one of the first samples that really intrigued me too. its such an unusual scent, really interesting, but comforting as well! January 21, 2015 at 7:14am Reply

  • Helga: This travelling sample box is a lovely idea, I love reading the notes.

    1: Yes
    2: Yes
    3: Today I am trying Creed Sublime Vanille. January 21, 2015 at 7:23am Reply

  • Victoria: The next person, Awfulknitter, has been selected, but I’m not closing the thread to allow our South African and Australian cohort to decide if they want to create their own traveling boxes. It would be a great idea! January 21, 2015 at 7:56am Reply

    • Sofie: Congrats Awfulknitter, enjoy your box!

      Yaj, Australian box! All right, Victoria, I’m going to bite the head off and start one. (Can you tell I’m excited?)
      Now, I just have to get organised and order some stuff to decant and package. I remember you’ve written an article about it, I’ll look it up tomorrow. So, samples, a little notebook, anything else that needs to be included? January 21, 2015 at 8:16am Reply

      • Victoria: Terrific, Sofie! Thank you so much for taking the initiative. Yes, that sounds good (and what a nice touch to include a little notebook!) Just email me (the address is on my contact page) and we will get this box off the ground. 🙂 January 21, 2015 at 8:29am Reply

      • The Blue Squid: Hi Sofie, thank you for taking the initiative. If you would like some extra samples to plump up the box’s contents before it departs, let me know. Perhaps Victoria could put us in touch, if all parties are willing. January 22, 2015 at 6:15am Reply

  • Gentiana: Congratulations, Awfulknitter!
    Enjoy the wonderbox, I keep hoping I’ll be the next … 🙂 January 22, 2015 at 6:54am Reply

  • johanob: OK,so apparently South Africa won’t be involved in a similar project!Enjoy the box Awfulknitter! January 22, 2015 at 1:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: Maybe, people just didn’t read the thread, since it was titled Europe. I will repost your request into our Perfume Recommendations thread, where more people are likely to see it. January 22, 2015 at 3:21pm Reply

      • johanob: That would be great,thank you Victoria! January 22, 2015 at 3:49pm Reply

        • angeldiva: Good luck, Johanob!

          P. January 22, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

      • angeldiva: Hi Victoria,
        Can I make a United Nations suggestion? At some point would it be possible for the European Box to Travel to a US winner? And, eventually the South African box would travel to Europe? If we could integrate the destinations or these boxes from their original locales wouldn’t that be a real treat?
        There are just so many wonderful scents in this world!
        Peace January 22, 2015 at 6:32pm Reply

        • johanob: I second that!The sister(brother)hood of the travelling perfume box!Any Mules planning a visit to South Africa soon,box in hand?Lol!Add a sticker on the box from your place of origin,or a small non-perfume memento from your country as a keepsake for the next recipient!There are sooo many cool and fun things that could be incorporated into this!Throw in a scented scarve or handkerchief!Colorful scented goji-beads from Africa!If only the airliners and postal services/customs would play ball! January 23, 2015 at 2:47am Reply

          • Victoria: This sounds like a good idea! A little souvenir in addition to perfume samples would be great. We can always just try it with a small package of few samples that shouldn’t cost too much to ship. Anyway, we can discuss it more. January 23, 2015 at 3:49am Reply

            • angeldiva: Wonderful,
              I will put my money (US dollars) where my mouth is , and commit to the first donation of 5 samples/decants. Just let me know where to send it. I’m neutral- like Switzerland!!! lol
              Sorry, I can’t fit a surfboard into a traveling box! Let’s keep it simple?
              So Much LOVE,
              P.
              V- I know you are busy, so take your time. January 23, 2015 at 4:50pm Reply

        • Hamamelis: Lovely idea! Intercontinental Sample Travelling Box. January 23, 2015 at 7:49am Reply

          • angeldiva: 2nd !
            “The Intercontinental Traveling Sample Box”
            Peace January 24, 2015 at 3:43am Reply

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