Favorite Samples Giveaway #2

Merry Christmas! We have another great giveaway today thanks to our community. Sara was inspired by A’s recent giveaway, and she asked me if she could also share some of her perfumes. The set includes 5 x 2 ml samples of Tom Ford Black Orchid, Serge Lutens La Myrrhe, L’Artisan Timbuktu, Bottega Veneta and Guerlain Idylle.  Sara can send her package anywhere, as longs as customs restrictions don’t interfere.

We are not responsible for custom duties, leaks or damage during transit or for lost packages.

To participate, please answer these questions. I will randomly draw one winner.

1. Sara would like to find a new gourmand fragrance that is not too sweet. “I mostly like woods, floral, incense, but I’m starting to enjoy vanilla, cinnamon and dried fruit notes. I like Prada Candy and Serge Lutens Bois et Fruits, but I would like something even darker. Open to all of your suggestions.”
2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Sara?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Dominique. Congratulations! I will contact the winner via email and post their name here.

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  • Ine Espenes: 1.I wiuld suggest Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles and SL Arabie.

    2. Yes you can 🙂 December 24, 2018 at 7:46am

  • Guillaume Malingri de Bagnolo: 1. Musk al-Sheyukh (Perfume of the Sheikhs) by Oud Elite.
    2. Yes. December 24, 2018 at 9:06am

  • Heidi Czerwiec: 1. Have you tried MDCI’s Fetes Persanes? It’s pricey, but lovely — a spicier & drier Bois et Fruits
    2. Yes! December 24, 2018 at 9:23am

  • Sylvia: Thank you for the sample draw. I love SL and use Santal Majescule.id like to try this. Yes you can use my email address.
    I like Hermès Ambre de Mervilles … It has some vanilla and amber spicetones, with patchouli in the Base. It lasts well and wafts nicely when sprayed liberally on your hair and clothes. December 24, 2018 at 9:24am

  • Sara Cabral: 1. Maybe L’Artisan Parfumeur Mon Número 10 or Serge Lutens Fille en Aiguilles
    2. Yes please 🙂

    Merry Christmas. December 24, 2018 at 9:29am

  • Monica: Thank you Sara and Victoria for the giveaway.

    1. Hermes Ambre Narguile, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant.

    2. You can contact me. December 24, 2018 at 9:30am

  • Johanne Morel: Merry Christmas and thank you for the lovely offer
    1. I would suggest Eau du Fier de Annick Goutal
    2. Yes December 24, 2018 at 9:48am

  • OnWingsofSaffron: Thanks, Sara, for the generous giveaway!
    What about the vintage „Femme“ (Rochas) composed by Roudnitska? Its prune note, and dark, syrupy accord might fit the bill! It‘s easy to find the vintage version on ebay, and it won‘t come expensive either.
    Yes, do contact me. December 24, 2018 at 10:02am

  • Armanda Janjigian: 1. The scent “Spezie de Medici” by I Profumi did Firenze reminds me of all the best spicy Christmas cookies. I make sure to wear it around the holidays to envelope myself in a woody cloud of vanilla, cities,nutmeg, & cloves. https://en.spezieriepalazzovecchio.it/spezie-de-medici-eau-de-parfum.html

    2. Yes, email me anytime 🙂 December 24, 2018 at 10:03am

  • Merylam: Majaina sin by the different Company. Not too sweet and quite transparent but maybe not dark enough. I like tourbiere by coquillete paris and ambrosia (floral gourmand) by the same brand.
    2. Yes please. December 24, 2018 at 10:20am

  • KimCravatta: Roja Dove 51 Pour Femme is a beautifully blended fragrance. The gourmand notes take shape about 20 minutes in. Not too sweet or cloying. Woody, musky, boozy, with hints of vanilla. There are many decant sites online for purchasing. Quite lovely. December 24, 2018 at 10:21am

    • Kim Cravatta: Yes u may contact me! December 24, 2018 at 10:22am

  • Catherine: Hello!
    1- Kenzo Jungle Elephant? Plum and clove…quite intense!
    2- yes, by all means! December 24, 2018 at 10:49am

  • Brittany B: Thank you, yes! One I’d recommend is a woodsy fig, Nest Indigo. That brand’s packaging is so pretty. Another more gourmand scent is Histoires de Parfums 1828. Thank you again! December 24, 2018 at 11:38am

  • Christine: Hanae Mori’s Butterfly (the original, first in her line) so soft and creamy. December 24, 2018 at 12:12pm

  • Maude Froberg: The one and only is Dzongkha by L’Artisan Parfumeur. The very same name as the language of the majestic kingdom of Bhutan.

    I was send there on a mission and also hiked up to the monetary Tiger’s Nest. I can still hear the bells from the horses that I met while climbing up. This scent will make people ask what you are wearing and you will be wrapped in a spiritual journey.

    L’Artisan says: Dzongkha is a rapturous fragrance, inspired by the remote Buddhist mountain kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalayas. After the critical success of Timbuktu, Bertrand Duchaufour once again turned his perfumery skills on faraway lands to focus on the combination of nature and spirituality found in Bhutan. Rich with aromatic influences: temple stones and incense, the sweet aroma of spiced chai tea, the heat of warm leather around fires, the heart of any temple or home in snowbound lands. Vetiver and green papyrus float through soft smoke with touches of peony, lychee and delicate iris. Dzongkha tells a special story on every skin: that of Dzongkha itself, the spiritual language of Bhutan.

    You may contact me. December 24, 2018 at 12:18pm

  • Theresa: I don’t think it qualifies as a gourmand, but you should try Andy tauer’s Une Rose Vermeille. it has a very rich jammy rose. It is powerful, so a drop will go a long way! or for incense, there is his Rose Incense – delicious! Of course you may contact me should I be lucky enough to win! several of those samples are items I’ve tried briefly before and liked, so would love a chance to get to know them better. Thank you for the offer, and happy holidays! December 24, 2018 at 12:45pm

  • Mela E.: Thank you!

    I am not big on goumand fragrance but these two made the grade.

    Here are two, one just tried and bought and one that doesn’t really get much attention at all.

    First is Le Lobo Thé Noir 29. They managed to make a smokey tea mix with fig and greens. At first I wasn’t that hot fir it but after I bit the combination started to really work for me.

    The other is Jacomo #9. It’s not new but also not well known. It is easy to wear, starting with fruits but moving into vanillas with yummy spices. I am always surprised when some one admires the fragrance because I don’t usually go for gourmands.
    And, yes, you can contact me! December 24, 2018 at 12:54pm

  • Joy: For fruitiness, I love Diptique’s Philosykos. For spiciness, I love Diptique’s Volute and the men’s Guerlain fragrance, Habit Rouge.

    I appreciate the suggestions above, and thank you for the give away. December 24, 2018 at 2:13pm

  • Johanne Morel: 1. What about Eau du Fier de Annick Goutal?
    2. Yes

    Merry Christmas!! December 24, 2018 at 2:40pm

    • Nancy Pacheco: Merry Christmas!

      I suggest you: 1. Annick Goutal, Nuit etc Confidences. 2. Teresa Helbig, A Bulldog in the Atelier.

      Of course you can send me a message.

      Thanks. December 24, 2018 at 11:38pm

  • Lisa Perini: 1) dsh – dawn spencer hurwitz – parfums des  beaux arts – mahjoun (honey spice fruit wood gourmand)
    2) yes December 24, 2018 at 4:04pm

  • lorri l.: Hi from Montreal. Enjoying all your posts.

    1. Miss Habinita. (not the latest version). In the slender curved bottle. The prices are still reasonable. Opens with a warm burst of caramel, fruit, something spicy, woody? Not overly sweet. hint of vanilla,, develops nicely. Some florals also.

    2. yes you may contact me! December 24, 2018 at 5:07pm

  • Olga: 1. Comme des Garcons Original. I’m not sure if it falls into the gourmand category, so feel free to disqualify me if it doesn’t. The perfume does have a lot of woodsy notes and a hint of something floral. But according to fragrantica.com this perfume has to be tested on skin to see which notes your skin loves most. And mine picks out a lot of honey and spices – cinnamon, cardamom, black pepper and nutmeg. Mixed with powerful cedarwood, cut hey and flowers it makes me feel like a bear who’s been wandering through the woods all day long and just hit a jackpot with some wild honey. 🙂 I’m probably making it sound too flat and straightforward but it’s not. It’s a pretty complex fragrance, it’s unisex, unique and full of character – typical Comme des Garcon.
    2. Yes. December 24, 2018 at 5:23pm

  • Morelle: 1. For a not very sweet gourmand: Serge Lutens Five o’Clock aux Gingembre (Earl Grey tea and gingerbread, one of my winter staples). For an unsweet vanilla: Vanille Insensée by Atelier Colognes
    2. Yes December 24, 2018 at 6:25pm

  • Isabelle Takahashi: 1. Bittersweet Symphony by House of Matriarch is definitely spicy and woody, not too sweet chocolate and my favorite gourmand from this house. Their Coco Blanc is a spicy vanilla counterpart. Avoid Nouveanille, too sweet and conventional. Vanille by Molinard is a simple Oriental Vanilla not talked about much anymore and can be layered.
    2. Yes. December 24, 2018 at 7:13pm

  • Fazal: you need to try vintage opium or Amouage Epic/Lyric woman. Amouage ones have incense, oriental elements, and dark florals but vintage opium is one of my most favorite perfumes of all time and it is also quite affordable if one knows what to look for.

    Amouage used to come with great perfumes but I have stopped following them in the last few years. Jubilation, Epic, and Lyric ones were some of the last greats produced by the brand before they decided to become more western. December 25, 2018 at 5:04am

  • Brigitte: Solstice Scents Estate Vetiver where vetiver plays a supporting role to the dark vanilla laced with patchouli. It’s a gorgeous rich gourmand that packs a punch.

    2. Yes December 25, 2018 at 6:30am

  • Stacey: 1. I suggest Slowdive by Hiram Green. The deep scent of tobacco flower and vanilla with floral scents evokes mystery and femininity.

    2. Yes December 25, 2018 at 9:07am

  • CristinaM: 1. Arquiste anima dulcis
    Chocolate spice fruity intense darkness
    2. Yes thank you!!
    C December 25, 2018 at 9:39am

  • roxann: May I suggest Or du Serail by Naomi Goodsir. yes you can share my e mail with Sarah. December 25, 2018 at 1:55pm

  • AlyssaJoyA: 1. If you can find it, Bulgari Omnia (the first one). It was the first fragrance that got me obsessed with perfume when it was launched years ago, and I was so sad when they discontinued it. It’s my perfect “gourmand but not sweet.”

    2. Yes December 25, 2018 at 4:53pm

  • Klaas: Hello Sara, thank you so much for this giveaway! I’m not a great fan of gourmand myself, but I do have a few suggestions that might tickle your fancy….they are marketed as mens fragrances, but I’m sure they would work perfectly on a lady as well 😉

    Have you tried New York Intense by Patricia de Nicolai? It is a great oriental gourmand featuring bitter oranges against gorgeous woods, vanilla, cinnamon, pink pepper and amber. Very chic, and not too much sugar!
    Pozzo di Borgo’s 19 Mai 1957 smells like caramel, spiced with eucalyptus, lavender and licorice. Very original, and even though it is a sweet, balsamic fragrance, it has a salty kick to it that keeps it from being cloying.
    The last one is a wild card. Read Victoria’s great review on Black by Comme des Garcons and see what you think. If you want dark, smokey, sweet and spicey, this one might be just for you! I love it, especially in winter.

    As I have too many samples as it is, please make somebody else happy! December 25, 2018 at 5:10pm

  • eudora: hello and thanks for the giveaway,
    1. Coromandel, Chanel.
    2. Yes.
    Thanks and happy holidays! December 25, 2018 at 5:57pm

  • Linh: 1. How about Silk Route by Amouroud?
    2. Yes.
    Happy holidays! December 26, 2018 at 8:04am

  • Charlotte Barrow: 1. I would echo many suggestions here (L’Artisan Dzongkha for incense, SL Arabie for dried fruit, Kenzo Jungle L’Elephant). Also (not yet mentioned) L’Artisan Parfumeur Traversee du Bosphore (Victoria gave it 4 stars), L’Artisan’s Seville a L’Aube (sweet, rich honeycomb and orange with tobacco smoke), SL’s Chergui, MMM’s By the Fireplace. I haven’t tried Hypnotic Poison but I imagine it might fit the bill, also Camel by Zoologist Perfumes which is supposedly similar to Arabie. Good luck!

    2. Yes!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway 🙂 December 26, 2018 at 9:01am

  • Marina: Thank you for the giveaway!
    1. I can’t promise that you’ll definitely like Series 7 Sweet Sticky Cake, Comme des Garçons but you could at least give it a try.
    2. Yes, of cause!

    Happy holidays! December 26, 2018 at 3:00pm

  • Dominique: Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noël!

    1. Try Kenzo L’Elephant, Tom Ford Cafe Rose, or Guerlain Shalimar if you like classical perfumes.
    2. Yes! Thank you. December 26, 2018 at 6:07pm

  • Rachel: 1. My suggestion would be Serge Lutens Chergui. It is deep and sweet but not too sweet. I feel mysterious and elegant when I wear it and it is the only perfume my husband says that he loves. I am not a overly sweet perfume wearer either. It actually took me a couple years tp appreciate this now I am loving it.
    2. Yes you may contact me. December 26, 2018 at 8:23pm

  • Elizabeth: 1. Ambre Cashmere Intense EDP by Parfums de Nicolai (Patricia de Nicolai). This is a beautiful gourmand with a peppery note that keeps it comfortingly spicy.

    2. Yes! December 26, 2018 at 11:34pm

  • Neva: Hi Sara and Victoria and thanks for the giveaway.
    1 – I recommend one of my latest dried fruit perfumes – Zoologist Camel. It’s delicious, warm and not too sweet.
    2 – yes, of course.

    Happy holidays to everyone! December 27, 2018 at 8:53am

  • AmberVH: What a nice gesture during the holidays! I am not sure wether it qualifies as a gourmand scent, cause it obviously contains a lot of Amber, but a scent I recently discovered, and really like is Prada Amber. It has a sort of fresh quality to it that reminds me of Turkish delight and wine gums. Quite ethereal but with a milky vanilla touch, and some subtle citrus fruits. It is a lover or hate scent though, since there is something quite pungent about it. Give it a try though, it is a very comfortable, yet interesting perfume. December 27, 2018 at 12:19pm

  • Anna Egeria: My favorites are Angel flankers, Angel Violette and Angel Lily, both beautiful. I also like Kenzo L’Elephant. Yes, you may contact me. Thank you Sara and Victoria for this giveaway! December 27, 2018 at 1:00pm

  • Former Puffin Now a Monkey: 1. Try Frederic Malle Dries van Noten if you like Prada Candy. It is a more grown-up polished gourmand perfume. Also, Serge Lutens Arabie is full of strewed and mulled fruit. Very Christmassy.
    2. Yes. December 27, 2018 at 1:11pm

  • Anna Ryberg: 1) I have three suggestions:

    Lune Feline from Atelier des Ors – vanillia, woody, warm spicy (cardamon + cinnamon), balsamic. Mmmmm… Personal favourite!

    Vanille from Mona di Orio – spicy, smoky, woods, vanilla. Barely gourmand. Love or hate, I’d say!

    Herod from Parfums de Marly – Tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon, incense, woods. For me one of the best and smoothest gourmandish tobacco perfumes.

    2) Of course! December 27, 2018 at 3:17pm

  • Annis: 1) I have three suggestions:

    Lune Feline from Atelier des Ors – vanillia, woody, warm spicy (cardamon + cinnamon), balsamic. Mmmmm… Personal favourite!

    Vanille from Mona di Orio – spicy, smoky, woods, vanilla. Barely gourmand. Love or hate, I’d say!

    Herod from Parfums de Marly – Tobacco, vanilla, cinnamon, incense, woods. For me one of the best and smoothest gourmandish tobacco perfumes.

    2) Of course! December 27, 2018 at 3:31pm

  • Minh: I have been reading your blog and loving it this whole time!
    1. I’m loving Santal Majuscule from Serge Luten. It is not sweet but it is definitely very deep and edgy 🙂
    2. Yes of course December 27, 2018 at 3:44pm

  • Alessandra: 1) Off top of my head, I would definitely recommend Diptyque’s Eau Duelle (EAU DE PARFUM, not the edt) or the surprisingly awesome Arizona by Proenza Schouler – a recenty discovery of mine and a total shocker, as it’s really well made, imo!

    2) Yes of course, you can contact me via email 🙂 December 27, 2018 at 6:52pm

  • Huey: What a terrific giveaway! Happy holidays to all!

    1) I would suggest Tom Ford Plum Japonais and Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre; and
    2) Of course you may! December 27, 2018 at 8:24pm

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