Traveling Perfume Box : USA

Our US perfume box is ready to make its next round. If you are in the States and would like to participate, here is how you can do it. And whether you’re participating or not, please read Theresa’s perfume descriptions below.

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How does it work: To enter, please post a comment answer these questions: 1) are you in the USA, and if you’re a winner, can I share your email address with Theresa? ; 2) do you agree to pass the box onto someone else within two weeks or so (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 box is going to rickyrebarco.

Winners, please read this part closely: When you’re ready to pass the box onto someone else, please get in touch with me. Please include 2 things in your email: the full 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.

Theresa’s Notes
This was a fun exercise, trying scads of perfumes which I knew nothing about. I decided to really test myself by trying the fragrances blind (without recourse to the internet for information) to see how many of the notes I could detect with my untrained nose. The answer: very few. Of course, the name often gave a strong hint “Ambre Precieux” or “Fleurs de Orangers” – but the names were sometimes deceptive.
Unsurprisingly, many of the mass market fragrances smelled similar to themselves and to hordes of other department store scents. However, some of the niche perfumes also smelled similar to many other supposedly niche perfumes, even if I couldn’t detect what their interesting notes were.
One downside of trying before knowing what to expect: while most of the perfume samples were relatively weak, a few were exceptionally strong so that I unintentionally over-applied the fragrance – Fleurs d’Orangers, I’m looking at you! This was an issue because we have a “No Perfume” policy where I work. Usually that is not a problem for me, because I am quite discreet with my own perfumes. However, I accidentally put on a squirt of Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid right before a meeting, and spent the meeting furtively looking around to see if my manager was glowering at me.
Mostly what this exercise taught me was sincere appreciation of the skill of trained experts like Victoria, who can tease out different layers of scent and weave beautiful stories about them. Thank you for our daily indulgence!

TESTED:
10 Corso Como, edp
Aftelier, Cacao – very sweet burnt chocolate; syrupy. I love the sample bottle itself – a little teeny tiny bottle with a screw top – very cute!
Amouage, Opus II – cool incense
Andree Putnam, Preparation Parfumee – Inoffensive scent, but an unfortunate name (reminiscent of the hemorrhoid cream “Preparation H.”
Annick Goutal, Petite Cherie edt
L’Artisan Parfumeur, Passage d’Enfer – light incense with floral.
Azzaro, Chrome edt — nasty
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke al01 – interesting floral scent, some jasmine maybe. Not very long lasting.
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke gs01 – something bitter to start, maybe sage? reminds me of being in the desert.
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke mb02 –This one is sneaky. At first it doesn’t seem like much, kind of dusty. I reapplied a little more heavily and was very pleasantly surprised by a warm enveloping scent.
Bottega Veneta, Essence Aromatique
By Kilian, Cruel Intentions – Woody with some incense. Very soft; nice vanilla undertones. Very pleasant, not what I would expect from the name!
Byredo, Black Saffron – spicy woody with a jammy heart. Very nice, but not long lasting or particularly distinctive. (later in the day assessment) Actually, the raspberry jammy note is very persistent – can still smell it hours later.
Byredo, La Tulipe – forgettable floral
Calvin Klein, Endless Euphoria edp – boring. nothing special. The same sweet fruity musky scent ever present everywhere.
Carthusia, 1681 edp – slight whiff of pine? amber base. Very soft.
Carthusia, Caprissimo – pleasant but faint
Carthusia, Fiori di Capri
Carthusia, Mediterraneo
Cartier, Eau de Cartier Zeste de Soleil – very pretty light cologne, similar to Orange Sanguine. only lasts a few minutes, but during those few minutes you have a delicious citrus burst!
Donna Karan, Cashmere Mist edp – I liked this one a lot. Couldn’t put my finger on the particular notes; not too floral or too sweet. Very cuddly, as its name suggests. Has a bit of vanilla in the drydown.
Comme des Garcons x Artek, Standard – soft woody scent with some kind of incense note going on
Comme des Garcons x Undercover, Holygrace – Interesting smell, not like anything I can put my finger on. Ultimately, not something I want to smell like personally.
Chloe, Roses de Chloe – another rosy scent
Diptyque, Ofresia edt – light flowered, pretty; not too sweet
Eau d’Italie, Paestum Rose – A much softer version of Andy Tauer’s Rose Incense
Elizabeth & James, Nirvana White for her – sharp and unpleasant peony note, settles into being very girly & flowery.
Etat Libre d’Orange, Rossy de Palma – this one smells like blood to me, which is not an association I like
Hanae Mori edt
Harvey Prince, Journey – Initial impression is bad (slightly urinous) but it quickly settles down to being a light floral with fruity overtones
Hermes, Jour d’Hermes – I liked this one a lot. Sweet tangerine, opens delicious but not very long lasting.
Hilde Soliani, ACQuilissima – light, clean. Like dish soap. Not my cup of tea!
John Varvatos edt – masculine aftershave-type of fragrance
Keiko Mecheri, Bois de Santal – nice but very faint.
Knize, Ten edt – leather
Library of Flowers, Forget Me Not – light pretty floral
Lush, Breath of God – bitter leather
Marni Perfume – opens with a blast of pepper than peony?? Faded quickly, thankfully, as those are notes I don’t care for.
MPG, Ambre Precieux – both this one and the “ultime” version are nice ambers
MPG, Ambre Precieux Ultime – a bit musty, then vanilla. The beauty of this scent crept up on me. I initially dismissed it, but in the hour after I applied only a drop to my wrist, the fragrance kept wafting up at me. I would bury my nose into my wrist, – but up close it didn’t smell that special. It was the slow enveloping in a veil of softest amber that captured me.
Michael Kors, Glam Jasmine edp – Very jasmine.
Montale, Blue Amber – very nice amber. Everything I’ve put on today seems like it was full of amber.
Nasomatto, Absinth – interesting herbal note, but fleeting fragrance
Outrageous – NOT! Seems just like normal orange flower blossom to me. Fades quickly to a mild musk.
Parfums Delrae, Coup de Foudre edp – this was the first scent I picked out of the box to sample, partly because I love the name. The frag doesn’t live up to the name,– pretty white floral, but nothing special. Fairly powerful, and persistent. I could still smell the base musk after showering.
Parfums de Rosine, Ecume de Rose – pretty rose scent. Longlasting.
Patricia de Nicolai, Patchouli Intense – this was my second choice to try out of the sample box, as one of my favorite scents of all time is Coromandel, which has an intense dose of patch. Patchouli Intense is indeed intense, with a strong woody overtone. Maybe too masculine for my tastes (and I often prefer the so-called masculine scents). One hour later, I’m liking the drydown more and more.
Profumum, Fiore d’ambra – nice amber base but unpleasant sour notes on top. Maybe the sample has gone off?
Profumum, Vanitas – almost candy-like sweetness, very delectable. Very strong vanilla, but with a slight edge. Kind of makes me want to lick myself!
Serge Lutens, Fleurs d’Oranger – opens like orange blossom (quel surprise!) – powerful floral blast. Lasts a long time. I could smell the dab I put on for a good 6 hours.
Serge Lutens, Jeux de Peau – sweet toasted spice, buttery
Simply Belle edp – peachy, clean floral with an undertone of vanilla. Quite pretty, if you like this kind of thing!
Sonoma Scent Studio, To Dream – Yum! very soft marshmallowy texture (if scent can have a texture). There is an appealing play-doh note, reminiscent of Farnesiana. Mimosa maybe?
Tom Ford, Velvet Orchid – get an immediate coconut note. Heady white flowers. Actually quite lovely, although this is not usually my kind of scent.
Versace, Bright Crystal Absolu
Vagabond Prince, Land of Warriors – sweet absinthe opening out into the smell of dark fir forests. Interesting!
Vagabond Prince, Swan Princess
Valentino, Valentina edp – a little fruity, sweet after a few minutes. The floral character comes forward – jasmine?
Xerjoff, Oud Stars Al Khatt – interesting progression: very sweet to start, then, in a few minutes, pronounced woody note (the oud?), then something medicinal creeps in.

DID NOT TRY:

Burberry, ?? (unmarked pink plaid bottle)
Burberry, My Burberry edp
Calvin Klein, Euphoria edp
Calvin Klein, Euphoria Men edt
Carven, Le Parfum
Chloe edp
Dolce e Gabbana, Dolce edp
Dolce e Gabbana, Light Blue pour homme
Exceptional edp
Kenneth Cole, Mankind edt
Lancome, La Vie Est Belle edp
Lolita Lempicka edp
Michael Kors, For Men edt
Paco Rabanne, 1 Million edt
Prada Candy L’Eau edt
Ralph Lauren, Midnight Romance edp
Route de Th… edt (name worn off vial)
Thierry Mugler, Angel edp
Victoria’s Secret, Eau So Sexy edp
Viva La Juicy Noir edp
Versace, Pour Homme edt
Viktor & Rolf, Bonbon
Viktor & Rolf, Flower Bomb
Vince Camuto, Amore edp

DONATING TO THE CAUSE:
Anne Pliska, Parfum
Antonia’s Flowers, Floret
Bond No. 9, Chinatown
Bond No. 9, Madison Square Park
Donna Karan, Woman
Guerlain, Chamade edt
Halston, Couture
L’artisan Parfumeur, The pour un Ete
L’artisan Parfumeur, La Chasse aux Papillons Extreme
Viktor & Rolf, FlowerBomb

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26 Comments

  • Michaela: I do not want to participate, I don’t live in the US. I just have to thank you, Theresa, for sharing your notes. I liked very much your approach and adventures with so many unknown scents. I can relate so well with your experiences. I imagine you were not happy with your perfume meeting in a no perfume environment, but you tell the story so funny. And you are so right about our daily indulgence! September 3, 2015 at 8:16am Reply

  • Susan Sailor: Yes, I am in the U.S., in Florida where the humidity and heat today are truly making the air “thick.” Certainly share my email with Theresa. I agree to the terms of the Traveling Box. I’m wearing Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt today. September 3, 2015 at 9:15am Reply

  • Ashley A: I am in the U.S. and would love to participate and feel free to share my email. This is just too much fun. I love reading everyone’s notes! Thanks for sharing yours, Theresa! I received a lovely set of Tauer and Arquiste samples from a wonderful fellow fumie the other day, so I’m not sure what I’ll be wearing yet, but I have lot of great options! September 3, 2015 at 9:49am Reply

  • JoDee: Hello! 1. Yes, I am in the US and can share my email 2. Yes, I will pass on in 2 weeks, share notes and add some to the box 3. I am wearing Parfums DelRae Wit today. 🙂 September 3, 2015 at 10:10am Reply

  • Julie: Thank you, please, yes include me. I do live in the US and will happily share my email and pass along the box within the two weeks. I completely intimidated however of adding those lovely notes and comments regarding the fragrances. I will do my best should the box come to me. Today, its Agent Provocateur
    “L’Agent”. September 3, 2015 at 10:33am Reply

  • Karen: Please don’t enter me, but want to say thank you to Theresa for her notes! Always fun reading impressions of fragrances. Put on the teeny tiniest dab of Bois des Iles on one wrist before yoga this morning – love catching a whiff of scent. September 3, 2015 at 10:47am Reply

    • angeldiva: Hi Karen!
      Me too! I can’t enter the contest, but loved, loved, Loved the notes. And, your contributions are generous! September 3, 2015 at 9:24pm Reply

      • Karen: Isn’t it fun reading people’s impressions! And thanks for your sweet words. I’ve been on such a gourmand kick lately, unexplainable how two Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga and Gourmand Coquin are just hitting the spot. Got them as samples and can’t justify the expense of a FB, but yummmm! September 5, 2015 at 6:42pm Reply

        • angeldiva: Hi Karen, yes, it’s sooo interesting! The only gourmand scent I enjoy is cinnamon. I priced the essential oil at Whole Foods, then went to the grocery isle, and purchased a much larger bottle of cinnamon cooking oil that smelled even better for a fraction of the price.
          I read a study about the turn-ons of the male olfactory, and cinnamon and cheese pizza were the two at the top of the list. September 5, 2015 at 7:52pm Reply

          • Karen: Just be super careful if you apply any form of cinnamon oil to your skin. It is very concentrated and must be diluted (a lot!). You can end up with a burn type of irritation on your skin if you are not really careful! September 6, 2015 at 1:22pm Reply

  • Betsy: I am in the US and please feel free to share my email. I agree to pass along and add! Today, it’s Rose Ikebana (Hermes). Might be a little too buttoned up for me… September 3, 2015 at 11:00am Reply

  • Theresa: thank you, everyone, for your kind comments! Another fun thing about this project is that it forced me to take a “vacation” from my favorite scents for several weeks. So, now I am on a voyage of rediscovery, remembering why I REALLY like the scents I normally choose to wear. Yesterday it was Sycomore and today is Coromandel – wonderful! (but hopefully in small enough doses that no whiff will reach the boss…!) September 3, 2015 at 11:45am Reply

  • Marianna: I am in the US and my email can be shared and I agree to pass on the box and share my notes.
    Today I am wearing The Different Company de Bachmakov and and am feeling very icy. I have been involuntarily watching a lot of “Frozen”, and if Queen Elsa was wearing a fragrance, I think this would be it. September 3, 2015 at 12:55pm Reply

  • Anna F.: 1) Yes, I’m in the US, and Yes, my emai lcan be shared 2) yes, agree to send off perfume in 2 weeks and share notes and 3) Serge Lutens “Jeux de Peau” — I’m still so new to perfume, and this absolutely made my morning delightful. I don’t think I’ve ever had a perfume that put such a smile on my face! Except now I’m craving bread with cheese fondue… September 3, 2015 at 1:34pm Reply

  • Aamaal Abdul-Malik: Hello! I am in the U.S. and would love to participate. Yes, please feel free to share my email with Theresa. I agree to send the box to someone else within two weeks and include a few samples of my own, along with my sampling notes. Today, I’m wearing Helena MMXIV. This project sounds fun indeed! 🙂

    —Aamaal September 3, 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Melanie: I’m, in the US and would love to participate. Happy to send the box on it’s way within 2 weeks with extra samples added, along with sampling notes. Today: by Kilian Liasons Dangereuse. September 3, 2015 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Melanie: And yes, my email can be shared!! September 3, 2015 at 4:19pm Reply

  • E.v.S.: Hello Bois de Jasmin: 1) Yes, I am in the USA and if I am a winner, you may share my email address with Theresa. 2) I agree to pass the box onto someone else within two weeks or so whilst adding a couple of my own own samples to share along with my sampling notes for everyone. 3) Today I am trying out a new one (for me): Hermes – Un Jardin de Monsieur Li – On my skin, it is a very pristine and clean green, an almost soapy EDT that is reminiscent of something from my past that I can’t quite put my finger on…my childhood babysitter’s laundry soap? Good luck, everyone! September 3, 2015 at 5:32pm Reply

  • rickyrebarco: I am in the USA. Pls share my email with Theresa. I will abide by all box rules, sharing my impressions and adding samples. Sounds amazing! September 3, 2015 at 6:50pm Reply

  • rickyrebarco: Forgot to add, I am wearing GuerlainBeaute Spiriteuse Double Vanilla. September 3, 2015 at 6:52pm Reply

  • silverdust: Yes, I’m in the U.S. I’ll share my email address with Theresa and will pass along the box within two weeks as well as add some samples and my notes.

    Today was Agent Provocateur. September 3, 2015 at 10:44pm Reply

  • angeldiva: I forgot, too! I am wearing YOHJI perfume solid. This is the one that’s has been placed in the French museum. September 3, 2015 at 11:01pm Reply

  • karen H: I’m in the U.S. I’ll share my email address with Theresa and will pass along the box within two weeks as well as add some samples and my notes.
    I am wearing gucci eau de perfume (brown) September 3, 2015 at 11:56pm Reply

  • Toni Kennington: I am in the U.S. and will pass on the box and samples within 2 weeks. I am wearing Tom Ford Vanilla today. September 4, 2015 at 5:00pm Reply

  • Christina McCarthy: Hi Theresa! What a absolutely cool idea! I am in the USA and will happily pass the box along within two weeks and add some samples and my notes! You can share my e-mail..I am wearing Love in White by Creed. September 6, 2015 at 9:00am Reply

  • Dorothy Van Daele: What a wonderful idea! I’m in Canada, and I understand that customs, etc., would drag the two weeks out unbearably! Wearing Amouage Jubilation 25 to a wedding. September 13, 2015 at 12:12pm Reply

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