Traveling Perfume Box : US, UK, Europe

Our traveling perfume boxes for the UK and Continental Europe (and now the USA too) are ready for their next destination. If you would like to participate, here is how you can do it. And whether you’re participating or not, please read the perfume descriptions below. Both Abbie, Ariel and Paulina did a great job capturing their impressions on different fragrances. Now I won’t think of Goutal’s Nuit Etoilée as anything but “a mojito in a warm forest.”


How does it work: To enter, please post a comment answer these questions: 1) where are you based (UK, USA or Continental Europe), and if you’re a winner, can I share your email address with the original sender? ; 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 winner are: the UK– Marie-Sophie, the rest of Europe–aurora-r, the USA–Surbhi. 

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.

Paulina’s Notes for the EU Box

Like many of readers here, I have always loved perfumes. First fragrances I remember owning (as a 12 year old!) were a sample of Chanel no. 22 and a miniature bottle of Dior’s La Dolce Vita (which were very precious back then, when you really couldn’t get much of anything in Poland). Today I tend to drift towards gentle, green scents, classic colognes, tea notes, yellow and white florals, but I like to sample a great variety of fragrances. This box was like a science project to me and it took me on a real journey!


Chergui, Serge Lutens
At first it evoked an image of a well-groomed man in his 50s, someone in the likes of Roger from Mad Men, who attracts numerous girls with daddy’s issues seeking both: comfort and flirt. It transforms into something smooth and warm. I have been consciously avoiding testing this for over a year now, as I was afraid I would cheat on Volutes by Diptyque, believing I would not be satisfied with my carefully planned, precious purchase. And I was right – I like this WAY better than Volutes, it’s not dominated by iris on my skin.

Myrrhiad Huitieme, Art Parfums
I am a big fan. I brought a sample with me back from London, and even wore it out proudly at night (while most girls seem to have been wearing “fruit-chuli” numbers).
It makes me feel confident and it’s a compliment magnet. Tea, licorice, vanilla and myrhh. It could easily be a seasonal, limited edition macaroon flavour by Ladurée.

Rose Barbare, Guerlain
I have a sligthly complicated relationship with roses. Back in the day when I was growing up, there weren’t many perfumes available on the market. My grandmother would drench herself in both, jasmine and rose essential oils and, even though both are perfectly nice, as I child I found them to be cloying rather than pleasant. Then again, my grandmother’s handmade rose jam was my favourite filling in homemade pastries and my favourite choice of sweetener in my cup of black tea.
I wasn’t keen on roses in perfume up until a year ago. I am taking baby steps, drenching myself in ‘beginner’ roses and building up my resistance to understand deeper, bigger, lush rose compositions. I know that previous reviewer, Wendy, was disappointed by Rose Barbare, but I am in love and broken hearted at the same time. Oh boy, Rose Barbare. You stole my heart and broke it immediately on the spot, as I found out you are no longer available.
I fear no other rose will come close. You are just perfect – sparkling, champagne-like, happy, nearly edible, yet with a hint of darkness, still velvety and feminine. I am keeping you and I will be on my quest to find something similar.


Laison Dangerouses By Kilian
This is perhaps one of the biggest disappointments for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a perfectly constructed little fruit bomb: peaches, plums and currants trick my senses into thinking that I am smelling a crisp Granny Smith apple. However I find the drydown to be ‘shampoo-like’ and unremarkable.


La Fille de Berlin, Serge Lutens
My grandmother’s rose jam I mentioned before and her spice cabinet, all in one. I wish I could eat it! Note: the red liquid may stain your clothes.

Rose Infernale, by Terry de Gunzburg
Again – stain alert with this one! I find that all of the Terry’s fragrances I tested share the same base note, a signature musky-clean-buttery note, which is also very prominent in this scent. I also find that longevity is the issue with the whole line. Rose Infernale is a lovely, spicy rose (nothing like the rose jam I love) – it’s dry, slightly soapy, modern and elegant. Infernale? No, more like a rose on her way up from purgatory. At most.

Nuit Etoilée, Annick Goutal
So far I have only been familiar with the EDT concentration, which I absolutely love, however EDP took me somewhere else, somewhere better. It’s smoother, rounder, as if the fresh, ‘sharp’ and crisp mint in the EDT was replaced by fantasy mint leaves with no sharp edges, no angles, made out of green, fluffy velvet. A mojito in a warm forest.

Jubilation for Women, Amouage
I feel like I am not ready to appreciate it, not ready to wear it. Something to look forward to, perhaps, which seems like an odd thing to look forward to as getting older and mature scares people. Don’t be scared, think of all the perfume you will wear!

Object Celeste, Volnay
Now THIS took me places. Starts off like marzipan, then it transforms into my childhood vision of my mother. Powdery, warm, sunny. Good mood and warm weather in a bottle. Like the most comforting hug – it’s lovely.
It goes straight on my ‘to purchase’ list. Could someone please advise, where does one obtain a bottle?

Jangala, Pierre Guillaume
Pierre Guillaume’s Croisiere Collection was something I was really looking forward to, as I am a huge fan of beachy scents, coconut, tiare and gardenia. I was familiar with Jangala – It’s clean, dry and woody, easy to wear. Nothing damp about this jungle.

Inderlude Woman, Amouage
Notes may scream ‘spice-bomb!’, but it’s surprisingly gentle. I would imagine that it’s a wonderful fragrance to wear out to dinner, it mixes well with food and doesn’t clash with your (or other’s) appetite (as some powdery-iris-vintage, chypre compositions might).

Relique D’Amour Oriza L. Legrand
This is a challenging scent. My parents used to sing in a choir in various churches and this scent reminds of me of a wooden, Lutheran church (not Catholic, no incense there), where the air is cold, damp, mossy, musty, slightly oily and waxy. Sacristy’s old, heavy curtains. I find it very sorrowful. Would work better as a candle, or a room spray.

Ambre Russe, Parum d’Empire
This, unfortunately, was a scrubber for me. Smells spicy-ambery and pleasant on paper, on my skin reminded me of the worst hangover. Russian champagne and vodka? No, thank you.

Ormonde Woman, Ormonde Jayne
I searched for green aspects of Ormonde Jayne with very little luck. Nice on paper, however my skin turns it into a non-edible Coca-cola flavoured chewing gum.

Lush Smuggler’s Soul
I prefer my sandalwood to be creamy (Santal Majuscule), this is much sharper and aromatic. Great sillage and longevity, very impressive for Lush! Some more exclusive brands should take notes (Parfumerie Generale, take a hint).

Lush Death and Decay
A huge ‘no’ from my nose, which seemed to be very sensitive to indolic notes in this one. Death by indoles!

Serge Lutens Chergui
Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin
Guerlain Rose Barbare

Volnay Objet Céleste

Alaia Paris Alaïa
Amazigreen Comme des Garconnes
Creed Virgin Island Water
Diptyque Eau Duelle EDT
Estée Lauder Amber Mystique
Hermes Parfum d`Hermes
Juliette Has a Gun Anyway
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Cologne Pour Le Soir Maison
The Different Company White Zagora

Aedes de Venustas Œillet Bengale
Annick Goutal Heure Exquise (eau de parfum)
Annick Goutal Nuit Étoilée (eau de parfum)
Annick Goutal Eau du Sud
Amouage Jubilation 25 Woman
Amouage Interlude Woman
Chanel Misia
Estee Lauder Private Collection
Guerlain Encens Mythique d’Orient
Huitième Art Myrrhiad
Kilian Liaisons Dangereuses
Lush Death and Decay
Lush Smugglers Soul
Ormande Jayne Woman
Oriza L.Legrand Relique d’Amour
Pierre Guillaume Collection Croisière – Jangala
Parfumerie Générale Cozé
Naomi Goodsir Bois d’Ascèse
Naomi Goodsir Cuir Velours
Roads Lights
Tom Ford Violet Blonde
Parfum d’Empire Azemour
Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe
Serge Lutens Bas de soie
Serge Lutens La Fille de Berlin
Terry de Gunzburg Rose Infernale
Volnay Objet Céleste
Vero Profumo Mito (Voile d’Extrait)
Vero Profumo Onda (Voile d’Extrait)

Abbie’s Notes for the UK Box

To begin with a confession – I am a complete perfume novice. Having only ever owned three bottles of perfume (one glorious; two ignorant and expensive mistakes!) and sampled about the same, I made a commitment this year to learn more about perfume. So I’m hugely grateful for this opportunity to receive the box and dive into such an amazing collection!

Amber Rose – Shay & Blue

Une Rose Vermeille – Tauer Perfumes


The start wasn’t particularly auspicious… I’d decided to start with the four perfumes with rose in their name and began with Amber Rose and Une Rose Vermeille.

Amber Rose was dusty, dusky, not overly sweet, and rather mellow. For a few unfortunate minutes it smelt a little like vomit, but then that passed and it softened up and became creamier. As it got softer, it got lovelier but it didn’t last all that long.

Still, I wasn’t keen on it until I tried Une Rose Vermeille. Deeply unpleasant! I felt like I was under attack, it was big, spicy and brash. Burnt tyres and overripe fruit, but the weird thing was I keep sniffing my wrist – no idea what this is saying about me…

Saffron Rose – Grossmith

Rose Absolue – Yves Rocher
So my confidence shaken, I then tried Saffron Rose – so deep, calming, substantial. It felt opulent and old fashioned like an oak-panelled drawing room full of luxurious velvets and silks. It was spicy and balanced, and as it progressed it got a little grubbier – I liked this one very much.

Rose Absolue was strawberry and rose petal jam. So very sweet, it became spicier but lacked depth, it stayed bright and ‘top heavy’. Pretty and unassuming – lasted well.

Cristalle eau Verte – Chanel
My first Chanel perfume and oh, so fresh! It felt light green, clean, and citrusy. It meant I could postpone cleaning the house while it lasted, which wasn’t that long unfortunately.

Voyage d’Hermes – Hermes
OMG, this was lovely – a strong sea breeze on the wooden deck of a vintage cruise liner. It is a little cold yet definitely spicy, with wisps of smoke and an undercurrent of musk but the citrus keeps everything clear and crisp.

Embers – Rouge Bunny Rouge
My first thought – ooh, that’s unusual! Pepper for sure, and it was warm and cold, plus something I couldn’t place, then the smoke of the incense. It’s evocative; it smelt like the pot belly stove at my grandparent’s place as a child, then when it started to mellow, it’s like a crisp winter’s afternoon cutting wood for the stove.

Onyx Pearl – Agonist
I was expecting something deeper when looking up the notes, but it was light and airy. That’s as far as I got with my notes for this one as unfortunately I got a migraine not long after trying it. Not sure if it was Onyx Pearl or something else, but was too wimpish to try it again.

Eau d’Hiver – Malle
Sweet, almost edible – honey and citrus. There was some powder too. The initial blast faded quickly and became soft, transparent, almost a diluted version of itself. Still, one I’d like to try again.

Marions Nous – Oriza L Legrand
Haha, ‘great, let’s get married!’ Wasn’t sure what to expect with a name like that, but Marions Nous was complex, strong and dense. It started musty and floral, like opening up a long-shut attic, then it became smooth and warm, and I could smell orange blossom. Then it turned again and got a little more wild – smoky and tarry – and then really mellow and smooth. Deeply satisfying!

Vetiver Extraordinaire – Malle

Vetiver Fatal – Atelier Cologne
One of the reasons for my decision to learn more about perfume was a review I read late last year on Infusion de Vetiver by Prada. The way it described vetiver was captivating so it’s one of the notes that I’m particularly interested in finding out if I like or not.

Vetiver Extraordinaire was like a cool green forest, calm and peaceful, which then gets darker and earthier, with a slight mentholated coolness to the fragrance. I couldn’t get any of the spices but this is one that I’ll return to.

I paired it with Atelier Cologne’s Vetiver Fatal, a fragrance I find sweet, bright, warm and mysterious. Side by side, Vetiver Fatal was more translucent and the sweetness more obvious. VE was bitterer by comparison but had better longevity and mellowed well.

Santal de Mysore – Serge Lutens

Lumierie Blanche – Olfactive Studios
Probably not the best pairing to compare sandalwood but I was keen to try these both and I think it worked – totally light and dark! These are definitely two I want to explore more.

Santal de Mysore opened slightly medicinal, slightly sugar-frosted (I couldn’t place what it was) but with creamy, balsamic undertones. As it progressed, the spiciness came out but there was always that mix of spice and sweetness, creaminess with a crisp, clean edge to it. It’s a deep, dark fragrance that kept me coming back to it, despite the beauty of Lumierie Blanche on the other wrist.

Lumierie Blanche was brighter, fresher, and much lighter by comparison. It was milky and soft, definitely not as deep but still had that creamy woodiness underneath. It is a beautiful, comforting fragrance but what I especially loved was how I kept getting whiffs of both to create something multi-dimensional.

Elixir des Merveilles – Hermes
This is one I want to come back to as well – it was creamy, sweet, and edible with the vanilla, freshness of the orange and amber.

Eau d’Hadrien – Annick Goutal
This was so vibrant and fresh, and if I say Pledge-like, I only mean in its intensity. My experience of citrus thus far is that the initial burst quickly subsides, yet this had some staying power! Underneath there were whispers of pine, I guess the cypress. I’d like to try this out in summer.

Onda – Vero Profumo
Wow, this was powerful stuff! It was intense, almost overwhelming – woody, burnt tinges, industrial. There was an edge to this that I didn’t like but I can’t say yet what it is… More sampling is needed!

Noix de Tubereuse – Miller Harris
The card describes the scent as ‘powerful and expansive’ and it totally is. Very sweet and powdery as it developed, but it seemed to me to have more width than depth. A comment on Fragrantica said it reminded them of a 1940s femme fatale and I can understand that, though I would have thought she would have had a little more edge and darkness to her.

Silvan – Rouge Bunny Rouge
I love the word ‘sylvan’ – it reminds me of a poem by Wordworth: ‘Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey’. And I think this fragrance illustrates the poem well; the grapefruit creates freshness, the incense gives that hearth-like effect of a hermit’s fire, with an overall impression of coolness, darkness and serenity.

4160 Tuesdays Sexiest Scent on the Planet
4160 Doe in the Snow
Agent Provocateur Eau Emotionnelle
Agonist Onyx Pearl
Alexander McQueen Kingdom
Amouage Gold
Amouage Honour
Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage
Annick Goutal Ninfeo Mio
Annick Goutal Eau Hadrien
Aqua di ParmaColonia Essenza
Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons
Atelier Cologne Mistral Patchouli
Atelier Cologne Grand Neroli
Atelier Cologne Vetiver Fatal – added
Bottega Veneta Knot
By Kilian Vodka on the Rocks
By Kilian Back to Black
Cacharel Loulou
Caron Lady Caron
Caron Piu Bellodgia
Cartier Baiser Vole
Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
Chanel Cristalle Eau Verte
Comme des Garcons Blue Santal
Comme des Garcons Blue Cedrat
Donna Karan Gold
Etat Libre d’Orange Noel au Balcon
Diptyque L’Eau de neroli
Diptyque Tam Dao
Fendi Theorema
Frederic Malle Eau d’Hiver
Frederic Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
Grossmith Amelia
Grossmith Floral Veil
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Bouquet No 1
Guerlain L’Homme Ideal EDT
Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire
Guerlain Idylle
Hermes Un Jardin sur le Nil
Hermes Elixir des Merveilles
Hermes Voyage d’Hermes
Hermes Jour d’Hermes
Hermes Eau des Merveilles
Jardins d’Ecrivains Junky
Jardins d’Ecrivains Wilde
Liz Earle No 1
Liz Earle No 15
Mazzolari Lui
Miller Harris Noix de Tubereuse
Narciso Rodriguez Narciso
Nu_Be Helium – added
Olfactive Studios Autoportrait
Olfactive Studios Selfie – added
Oriza Legrand Marions Nous
Ormonde Jayne Osmanthus
Paul Emilien Une Belle Journee
Penhaligon Tralala
Penhaligon Quercus
Roger et Gellet Amande Persane
Rouge Bunny Rouge Embers
Rouge Bunny Rouge Cynefin
Rouge Bunny Rouge Silvan
Salvador Dali
Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau
Serge Lutens Santal de Mysore
Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna
Shay and Blue Amber Rose
Smell Bent Florist’s Fridge
Tauer Une Rose Vermeille
Tauer Pentachord White
Treffpunkt 8 Uhr
Tocca Simone
Van Cleef & Arpels First
Vero Profumo Onda EDP
Yves Rocher Rose Absolue

Finished vials:

Grossmith Saffron Rose
Olfactive Studios Lumiere Blanche

Ariel’s Notes on the US Box

Byredo  La Tulipe:

Victoria likens this to the original Febreeze———which I’m not familiar with. My research says this scent is less about tulips than about “the idea of tulips.” I found the top note to be rather low-key, but the middle florals were more bodied.  Not memorable.

Eau d’Italie  Paestum Rose:

An incense-y rose with pepper topnote and woody drydown.  I’m a big Andy Tauer fan, so compared to his Incense Rosé, this is less startling.

Notes of Davana, cinnamon, pink and rose pepper, coriander, blackcurrant buds, osmanthus, peony, Turkish rose, tea, elemi, incense, myrrh, opoponax, cedarwood, papyrus, patchouli, wenge, vetiver, musk, benzoin

Amouage Opus II

Variously described as men’s or unisex.   I’m not a lavender fan (topnote). The fougeres were unusual for me, nice green notes. I thought I smelled something watery, but I don’t see that in the listed elements, so maybe I was dreaming. I’m more familiar with a couple of the Amouage Oud fragrances; this seemed quite different.

Annick Goutal  Petite Cherie

Perhaps a bit cloying (for my taste) Notes of peach, pear, rose musk, vanilla, cut grass.  This is generally cosidered a very girlish fragrance. As a naive high school perfume-wearer, I was dabbing TABU, so I might not be the best audience for this one.  I like the line’s Rose Absolu quite a bit.

Killian  Cruel Intentions

Not much was left in this sample.  Woody and powdery rose, it seemed to me, with amber drydown.  Online discussions focused on vigorous debate about the name.   If someone asks you what perfume you’re wearing, would you want to say, “Cruel Intentions”?

Viktor & Rolf    Flowerbomb

I got the feeling of a powdery opening with an ambery drydown, but I’m still learning. Perhaps the rose and orchid note were too subtle for me, but the whole fragrance didn’t seem to evolve much.

Roses de Chloe

The persistent eponymous rose note seems to fade in and out all the way through.  Florals and musk add a soupcon of interest, but not a lot.

Harvey Prince Journey

This fragrance has since been renamed Sincerely, which certain suggests a fuzzy concept.  Ingredients: freesia, orange flower, rose, clove bud, sandalwood, bergamot, tuberose, cedarwood, cyclamen.  On me, the clovebud seem very aggressive, reluctantly piping down only a bit when the flowers wanted to be heard.

Unum  Lavs

Based on ingredients that define RITUAL: “A paean to ancient traditions of scent.”  My reaction was of an inverted scent: it seemed to get lighter as it went on. Possibly they put the base notes at the top and the top notes at the end, but exactly how, I can’t fathom. I’d like to explore this further.

Black box
Byredo La Tulipe
Andree Putman Preparation Parfumee
Etat Libre d’Orange Roissy de Palma
Serge Lutens Jeux de Peau
Comme des Garcons X Artek Standard
Harvey Prince Journey
Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose
Tauerville Vanilla Flash
Rose Flash
Incense Flash
Bond No. 9 Chinatown
Madison Square Park

Brown Box
Library of Flowers Forget Me Not
Comme des Garcons X Undercover Holygrace
Montale Blue Amber
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Ambre Precieux Intime
Ambre Precieux
Keiko Mecheri Bois de Santal
Profumum Fiore d’ambra
The Vagabond Prince Swan Princess
Land of Warriors
Serge Lutens Fleur d’Orange
Lush Breath of God
Xerjoff Oud Stars Al Khatt
Biehl Parfumkunstwerke al01
gs 01
Guerlain Chamade
Nasomatto Absinthe
Hilda Soliani ACQuiilssSSIMMA
Carthusia 1681 EDP
10 Corso Como Eau de parfum

Goody Bag
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb
Prada Candy
Donna Karan Cashmere Mist
Chloe Eau de parfum
Roses de Chloe
Calvin Klein Euphoria
Endless euphoria
Versace Bright crystal absolu
Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance
Victoria’s Secret Eau so sexy
Michael Kors Glam jasmine
Elizabeth James Nirvana white
Hanae Mori Eau de Toilette
Burberry My

Small Plastic Bags
Valentino Valentina
Cartier Zest de soleil
Vince Camuto Amore
Lancome La vie est belle
Versace Bright crystal absolu
Thierry Mugler Angel
Donna Karan Woman
Dolce Gabbana Dolce
Halston Couture
L’artisan parfumeur Thé pour un été
Juicy Couture Viva la juicy noir
Bottega Veneta Essence aromatique
Barney’s Route du Thé
Lolita Lempicka Eau de parfum
Dyptique Ofresia
Aftelier Carob

Antonia’s Flowers Floret
Nicolai Patchouli intense
Anne Pliska
L’Artisan parfumeur La chasse aux papillons extreme
Delrae Coup de foudre
Carven Le parfum

Paco Rabanna 1 Million
John Varvatos Eau de toilette
Calvin Klein Euphoria men
Dolce Gabbana Light blue
Boss Bottled night
Azzaro Chrome
Versace Pour homme
Kenneth Cole Mankind
Michael Kors For men

Bubble-wrap Bag
Annick Goutal Petite cherie
Le Labo Oud 27
Vilhelm Dear Polly
A Lab on Fire Made in heaven
Sonoma Scent Studio Yin and ylang
Parfum d’Empire Ambre russe
Amouage Opus II
Jean Deprez Bal a Versailles
Killian Cruel intentions
Rosine Ecume de rose
Unum Lavs
Knize Ten
Marni Perfume

Pink Bag
(I added these)
Madini Ambre
Keiko Mechiri Oliban
Agraria Balsam
Le Galion Brumes VINTAGE
Balenciaga Cialenga VINTAGE
Cabochard Gres Paris VINTAGE

Photography by Bois de Jasmin, Petrykivka painting



  • aurora_rubinshtein: 1) EU, Latvia
    2) I agree with all the conditions!
    3) I am not wearing a perfume today, but enjoying pure aromatherapy – essential oil of lemon+white birch tree+coriander= spicy lemon sorbet 🙂 February 4, 2016 at 8:11am

  • Toumani B: Hi Victoria,

    Hope I am doing it correctly. So, here goes:
    1) I am based in the UK
    2) I agree with the rules
    3) Bvlgari Eau Perfumee au The Blanc

    Fingers crossed! February 4, 2016 at 9:54am

  • Surbhi: Victoria,

    1) I am in US
    2) I agree with rules
    3) I will add few of my samples
    4) I will be wearing Eau de Magnolia today. February 4, 2016 at 10:57am

    • Victoria: The US box is still with its owner, and I haven’t heard from them yet. So we have to wait. February 4, 2016 at 11:01am

    • Victoria: Ariel just got in touch with me about the US box, so it’s available! February 4, 2016 at 3:09pm

  • Elizabeth: Any chance of starting a Canadian travelling perfume box?. February 4, 2016 at 12:22pm

    • Victoria: It’s fine. I just have slight doubts about my ability to coordinate more boxes, since doing three is time consuming as it is. I’d need some help. February 5, 2016 at 6:10am

  • Karen (A): Not participating but have to say great comments! February 4, 2016 at 1:49pm

  • Jane C: 1. I am based in the U.S. and yes you may share my email with original sender.
    2. I agree to pass on the box within two weeks and I will add some of my own samples.
    3. Today I am wearing Ghost Deep Night. This is a bottle from the 2001 so I wonder if it has changed much. I have been inspired to revisit my older perfumes after finding your blog!

    I hope the US box becomes available, (it would be very embarrassing if it did not). February 4, 2016 at 3:00pm

  • Wilma: 1. I am based in the Netherlands, and yes I agree with all the conditions.
    2. I am wearing Aquolina Pink Sugar today. I just love this vibrant and somewhat silly perfume. It is my way of putting some fun into the rather tedious meeting I had today 😉 February 4, 2016 at 3:20pm

  • LaDomna: 1) I’m in Finland, which I guess counts as continental EU. 😉 You may share my email.
    2) I agree with the rules!
    3) I’m wearing Slumberhouse Jeke! <3 February 4, 2016 at 5:41pm

    • Victoria: It should say “a UK box” and “a box for all other European countries that are not the UK,” but that’s too long. 🙂 If Finland doesn’t have restrictions on mailing perfume beyond its borders similar to the ones the UK has, then it’s fine to enter. February 5, 2016 at 6:08am

  • Elena M: 1) I am US-based!
    2) I agree to all the rules, and will add some samples. Ok to share my email.
    3) Today I am wearing Atelier Cologne Cedre Atlas.

    This is so exciting! February 4, 2016 at 5:59pm

  • JoDee: 1. I’m in the USA.
    2. Yes, I agree with all the rules.
    3. This morning I put on Chanel Bois des Iles Parfum and this afternoon I sampled Prada Candy at Ulta. So I guess I’m wearing both! 🙂 February 4, 2016 at 6:08pm

  • rickyrebarco: I enjoyed my time with the USA box. I like to see other people’s reactions to the various scents. February 4, 2016 at 7:44pm

  • Alison: 1. I’m in the U.S.
    2. I agree with all the conditions
    3. I am wearing Vacances February 4, 2016 at 11:12pm

  • Qwendy: Great to read Paulina’s impressions, so different from mine in general, as must be our chemistry, as OJ Woman is the greenest woods scent ever on me (sorry), but we both loved Volnay Objet Celeste. BTW it is available at Jovoy Paris and Parfums Volnay, both online. Don’t give up on Rose Barbare, it is widely available here in the US at department stores, on ebay us and large airport shops, though not directly from Guerlain. I am wearing Vero Rozy today, which I discovered in the Euro Box! Love at first sniff! February 5, 2016 at 12:30am

  • Qwendy: PS I can’t believe how many samples are in the US and UK boxes, great to get a vicarious sniff from their notes! February 5, 2016 at 12:32am

    • Victoria: They’ve been going around for much longer. February 5, 2016 at 5:19am

  • Connie: 1) USA, and yes!
    2) Yes!
    3) Cristina by Hilde Soliana February 5, 2016 at 7:57am

    • Connie: *Soliani February 5, 2016 at 7:58am

  • Garrett: 1. I’m in the UK
    2. I agree to T&C’s
    3. I’m wearing Dzongkha today from L’Artisan Parfumeur

    I have several niche samples I’m never going to use up, so happy to add to the box. February 5, 2016 at 7:59am

  • Marie-Sophie: 1. Based in the UK, happy to be contacted by the box owner.
    2. Of course! Sharing is caring 🙂
    3. Vanille 44 by Le Labo. February 5, 2016 at 8:28am

  • Janet M.: 1) I am in the US . Please share my address with the original sender.
    2) I agree to send along in 2 weeks or so with my notes and additions.
    3) Pacifica Mediterranean Fig and just loving it today. Thank you for the review, Andy! February 5, 2016 at 9:34am

  • Ida: 1) I’m in the UK and you can share my email address.
    2) I agree to pass the box on to someone else within two weeks or so, add a couple of samples and share my sampling notes.
    3) I’m wearing Emozione by Ferragamo. The sample had been lying around unused for a while, I just wasn’t getting the emotiones I was hoping for. But then I fell pregnant, my taste’s slightly changed and I’m really enjoying it! February 5, 2016 at 9:44am

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