Incense Sample Giveaway

It’s the time of the year for my incense sample giveaway. The set this time I made includes 10 x 0.05 oz/ 1.5 ml samples such as Serge Lutens L’Eau Froide, Tom Ford Cafe Rose, Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant, L’Artisan Dzonghka, Chanel No 22, samples of pure frankincense oil, a few real frankincense tears and a couple of surprises. I can send package anywhere, provided the 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. What do you look forward to the most in winter?
2. What scents smell enveloping to you?
3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Sam. Congratulations! I will be in touch via email shortly.

Thank you to everyone for your beautiful comments.

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  • Iris: 1. I look forward to the deep quiet of December evenings, when I can read, sip tea, and turn inwards.

    2. To me the most enveloping scent is frankincense, probably because I grew up going to church every Sunday.

    3. You can contact me via email. December 2, 2019 at 7:18am

  • Isabelle B.: 1. Slowing down and meditating.
    2. Oud, sandalwood, chocolate and vanilla.
    3. Yes, you can contact me via email.
    Many thanks for the giveaway! December 2, 2019 at 7:40am

  • Monika: 1) The expression of excitement on my little daughter’s face when she holds out her hands to catch the year’s first snowflakes; and her astonishment when she feels the cold.

    2) The scent of rotting leaves under ice – sweet, thick, both earthy and radiant.

    3) Yes to email 🙂 December 2, 2019 at 8:30am

  • Robin A: 1. I love snow and sledding!
    2. Smoke, Evergreen, vanilla, fig, amber, copal
    3. Yes please email me.

    Thank you for the giveaway! December 2, 2019 at 9:18am

  • Sarah Hicks: 1. I look forward to cozy blankets, hot cocoa, Christmas carols and feasting with friends.

    2. The smell I love the most is putting whole cloves into oranges, something I did as a child at school.

    3. Yes you may contact me by email. Many thanks! December 2, 2019 at 9:19am

  • Diane: 1. Winter is my favourite season – I look forward to the cold temps, wearing sweaters and boots, long walks in the forest during crisp, snowy days, with my companion/ dog by my side. Also, cozying up by a fire, sipping hot chocolate, or a glass of red, and the fresh scent of a balsam tree, or wreath on the mantle.

    2. Amber, vanilla, and sandalwood are warm and enveloping scents to me.

    3. Yes, please do! December 2, 2019 at 9:33am

  • Dawn E Crawford: Snow when I do not have to go anywhere

    Rosewood and vetiver calms me

    You may contact me via e-mail December 2, 2019 at 9:35am

  • Perfumelover67: Thanks for such a generous giveaway, Victoria!

    1. I look for quiet weekends at home sharing with my mom and my dog and watching food chanels on tv to learn new recipes of holiday cookies, cakes and soups.

    2. Iris, benzoin, myrrh, frankincense and rose scents.

    3. You can contact me via email. December 2, 2019 at 9:37am

  • Kapka: 1I look forwart to Spring
    2 Benzoin & myrrh
    3 Yes, please.

    P. S. Lovely holidays to you Victoria, keep inspiring and enriching others December 2, 2019 at 9:41am

  • Cornelia Tersanszki: 1. Warm, flavoured tea, a good book, or a film, drawing on the coach…
    2. Oak moss, frankincense, vetiver
    3. Yes, of course.

    Happy holidays to you, too! December 2, 2019 at 10:02am

  • Jools Yetman-Michaelson: I just moved back to Kansas after 22 years in Los Angeles, and winter is EVERYTHING to me. My new neighborhood is full of oaks, maples, pines, and so many beautiful trees, and there’s an old tradition of a “wood share” on this street, so neighbors trade their fragrant woods with one another, so the scents of cedar, juniper, pine, oak, etc.. it seems that every house has a fire burning at night, and the different woods combine to fill the air with an incredible incense on the chilliest nights. I’ve never smelled anything so amazing.

    My children are in different cities now, so of course I can’t wait to have them home with their grandparents and me, and my nieces are little, so we’ll keep following the traditions that go back to my parents’ childhoods and we’ll make new ones.

    Yes, please contact me if I win. ALL of my recent perfume purchases have been incense-based, so I’d be *thrilled* to try more! December 2, 2019 at 10:31am

  • Micah: In winter I look forward to cozy nights at home reading with my partner. . . . To me tobacco is a very enveloping scent . . . Yes you may contact me! Thanks December 2, 2019 at 10:32am

  • Joanne Egerton: I’ve been a reader of your blog for many years. This will be a newbie participating.

    1) The smell of fresh snow falling and of course taking a late night stroll in that snow and hearing the snow crunch under my feet.

    2) Maple wood burning in the fireplace. Besides the warmth, it envelopes me in a cocoon of scents with snap, crackle, pop of the wood.

    3) Hot butter rum toddy! Oh my goodness yummy and the perfect thing after the stroll, sitting in front of the fireplace, and sipping that hot toddy staring into the
    flames as my thoughts swirl in this total experience. The sent of hot rum, butter, cinnamon and a dash of lemon – I am in pure bliss!

    Merry Christmas All! December 2, 2019 at 10:43am

  • Genevieve: Hello Victoria, and thank you for this giveaway.

    *I look forward to walks in the snowy mountains and to enjoying a slower pace where there is more time to savour books and good food.

    *Pinyon Pine incense is a special one for me. Reminding me of days spent in the SouthWest.

    *Yes. You can contact me via email. December 2, 2019 at 10:53am

  • Joanne Egerton: I’ve been a reader of your blog for many years. This will be a newbie participating.

    1) The smell of fresh snow falling and of course taking a late night stroll in that snow and hearing the snow crunch under my feet.

    2) Maple wood burning in the fireplace. Besides the warmth, it envelopes me in a cocoon of scents with snap, crackle, pop of the wood.

    3) Hot butter rum toddy! Oh my goodness yummy and the perfect thing after the stroll, sitting in front of the fireplace, and sipping that hot toddy staring into the
    flames as my thoughts swirl in this total experience. The sent of hot rum, butter, cinnamon and a dash of lemon – I am in pure bliss!

    Merry Christmas All! Yes to email. December 2, 2019 at 11:01am

  • Joelle L Walmsley: I live in Minnesota so winter is long but I do look forward to crackling fires, the smell of mulling spices, sitting in my hot tub looking at a starry night then jumping into the snow, the first snow that makes everything look like the inside of a snow globe and the beauty of Hannukah and Christmas (we celebrate both).
    I wear Timbuktu, Patchouli Intense by Parfums d’Nicolai, Chergui, and No. 5; I love cardamom, Ras el Hanout spice, saffron, Shoyeido Moss Garden incense, fresh pines.
    Yes, you can email me!
    Thanks December 2, 2019 at 11:05am

  • OnWingsofSaffron: What a lovely giveaway; thanks a lot!
    1) X‘mas, New Year‘s Eve;
    2) Myrrh, caramel/maple syrup, iris;
    3) Yes, please do. December 2, 2019 at 11:12am

  • Lema Haddad: 1) I always look forwards to the summer and endlessly long days that roll into one. What carries me through are spicy creamy scents or cardamom, cinnamon and Incense

    2) I was experimenting with gamma decalactone and orris-I’m really new to this and I was enveloped in a purple velvety cloak of sweetness, delicately floral slightly woody with a fruity softness.

    3) yes yes please contact me via email December 2, 2019 at 11:22am

  • Mridula Koshy: Hello and thank you for this chance. Its so fun to play these lucky draws.

    I look forward to cuddling the most in winter. Delhi nights are so hot, its difficult to cuddle in the summer.

    Anything soft smells enveloping to me. It can be a soft rose or a soft amber. Incense can be enveloping too. Trayee does that for me.

    And yes, please contact me if I win December 2, 2019 at 11:29am

  • Jean: 1. I look forward to sitting in front of a fire sipping a glass of wine.
    2. Evergreen, amber & sandalwood.
    3. Yes, you may contact me via email.
    Thank you for another lovely giveaway. December 2, 2019 at 11:34am

  • Ali Krantz: 1. Amazing, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and walking my black Lab in solitude on an otherwise crowded trail.
    2. Rose, jasmin, sandalwood, and frankincense.
    3. Yes, please; thank you! December 2, 2019 at 11:53am

  • Mela: Wow, I never knew these companies had incense, great thing.

    1. When it comes, if it comes, the snow is my favorite part of winter. Playing, walking, watching the flakes – and being very still, hearing the snowflakes as they land softly on their brethren.

    2. In the winter I love to smell soft Ambers, Incense and woods. A few flowers that linger with rose or tuberose blend beautifully with the woods.

    3. You may contact me by email December 2, 2019 at 12:18pm

  • Ghada Hannoush: 1. I look forward to being wrapped and cuddled sitting with my soul mate, drinking hit cocoa in a gloomy day of January, throwing all earthly worries behind us. Just watching the crackling fire and listening to the thunder.
    2. I love to smell cinnamon and cloves with a hint of sandalwood and frankincense. But i love to switch to citrusy fruity flavours from time to time.
    3. Yes please contact me through my email December 2, 2019 at 12:34pm

  • Martha Lewis: I look forward to a more introspective time where I focus on indoor things like reading and conversation.
    I particularly love incense fragrances as they take me back to childhood church memories, always stronger this time of year. A mixture of incense, perfumed furs and flowers.
    Please contact me by email, thank you. December 2, 2019 at 12:35pm

  • Raluca Zelinschi: 1. I look forward to wearing strong perfumes and reading more as well as wearing my favorite sweaters. generally i still prefer summer.
    2. patchouli is a favorite smell. Coromandel was my favorite before my bottle (only a few years old) turned.
    3. Yes, please contact me via email. December 2, 2019 at 12:53pm

  • Riv: 1. I look forward to snow, peacefulness of winter, warm drinks, warm foods. And moderately cold weathers (I live in Finland :))

    2. Moss in the forest that has just experienced rain.

    3. Yes.

    Thank you for the giveaway and for the lovely blog! December 2, 2019 at 12:54pm

  • John Luna: I am a pretty domestic character, so I tend to look forward to creature-comforts in winter. I usually associate this tie with old vinyl records, slowing down ordinary rituals (the making of a pot of tea or a plate of scrambled eggs, cleaning house) to a slowness that verges on the devotional; in short, courting the quotidian contemplative increment while outside it is inclement. Our place is an old farmhouse with poor insulation, so most of the curtains are drawn – if a window gives a view out onto windstorms (we get a lot of these) or snow, it is something to be observed.

    Enveloping scents, seasonally speaking, are a mix of things. I have recollections of incense from midnight mass at Christmas, as inseparable from the smell of the woodwork of a church. But also, the smells of hyper-vivid citruses or lavenders via Lush bath bombs that typically end up in my daughter’s stocking. My wife bakes a lot at this time of year: ginger snaps and ginger cake being the two kitchen smells I most associate with winter. There is a distinct, piercing dry lightness one associates with the smell of snow that should not be discounted as the base (but not blank) space that everything else inhabits, and there is woodsmoke and fir trees. December 2, 2019 at 12:54pm

    • John Luna: Oh, I guess I got distracted… Thanks for this offer, and yes, you may contact me! December 3, 2019 at 12:20am

  • Allie H: Hello! I am a long time reader, first time commenter.

    1. I love winter outdoor activities like snowshoeing and cross country skiing, but my favorite (that I’m most looking forward to) is called Nordic skating. Basically, it’s a type of long distance outdoor ice skating that is done using cross country ski boots attacked to long blades that can handle a rougher surface. It’s exhilarating and a unique way to experience the stark beauty of winter. And of course I love coming back to a cozy warm home after I’ve exhausted myself.

    2. To me, “enveloping” can mean two distinct things. The first is a cozy enveloping, like with a blanket by a fire, which I most strongly associate with soft musks (think scents that include the name “cashmere”). There is also a wilder and larger sort of enveloping, basically an atmosphere that engulfs you. Scents with religious associations (eg. incense, myrrh) can do this for me.

    3. Yes! December 2, 2019 at 1:49pm

  • Kat Oshields: 1. Snow and Christmas lights.
    2. The warm smell of lit scented candles. Spicy perfume with a certain rich opulence (e.g., Youth Dew or Cinnabar). The smoke of Japanese powder incense, which is enveloping but ephemeral.
    3. Yes! December 2, 2019 at 1:59pm

  • Audrey H.: 1. I love cozy sweaters & beanies. Staying in keeping warm.

    2. Chanel Coco always seems like a cocoon of warmth when used sparingly.

    3. Yes you may email me.

    Thank you for such a thoughtful giveaway. Happy holidays to everyone. December 2, 2019 at 2:09pm

  • Gaëlle: 1. The smell of cold mixed with the feeling of a warm and soft scarf.
    2. Eau des Baux de L’occitane, perfect for winter. Smoke, incense and vanilla.
    3. Yes, you are more than welcome.

    Merci, Victoria, votre blog est un baume et une source d’inspirations, notamment pour me remettre à apprendre trois langues supplémentaires. December 2, 2019 at 2:48pm

  • Matty Maccaro: 1. Love seeing the first snow fall & the smell of wood burning in chimneys.

    2. The smell of balsam fir always reminds me
    of Christmas time, also smell of turkey in the oven.

    3. Yes! please do email me, all best wishes! December 2, 2019 at 2:59pm

  • Tammie Holland: 1. I love soft cozy clothing, steam baths and Christmas lights.
    2.The scent of fir trees indoors and juniper smoke from the chimney.
    3. Yes, may email me, thank you! December 2, 2019 at 3:04pm

  • BARBARA CRILLY: 1. I LOVE THE COLD WEATHER MAKES YOU FEEL INVIGORATED.

    2. THE AROMA OF “YOUTH DEW” ON THE BLANKET I’M WRAPPED IN.

    3. YES! December 2, 2019 at 3:13pm

  • Payal: 1. Slowing down and having cozy family time
    2. Frankincense, vetiver, citrus/clean scents
    3. Yes, of course. December 2, 2019 at 3:19pm

  • Lillian Holloway: 1. Huddling in cozy blankets with a good book and a cup of tea. Not a fan of winter weather but I love how Christmas lights have extra sparkle in the cold.
    2. The smell of savory foods cooking with herbs and spices, the smell the beach and of course the smell of loved perfumes.
    3. Yes, please. December 2, 2019 at 4:08pm

  • Hayley: 1) I look forward to nice food to eat, reading, cuddling with my partner and cat. Sunshine on cold days when we can go for long walks.

    2) Smell of leaves and crisp cold days, perfume wise I love to wear Iris.

    3) yes please contact via email.

    Thank you for the chance December 2, 2019 at 4:11pm

  • Aniko: 1. I look forward to snow, snow, snow, Christmas, pine and fir scents, using my last few vials of Crabtree&Evelyn Noel fragrance oil, concerts, ballet, dressing up and going out more than usually, meeting some of my friends and family i do not otherwise see too often, winter food and heavier perfumes, wearing nice scarves and hats and my favorite deep aubergine coat, crisp air, frost on the windowpanes, icicles, walking outside on those very cold winter nights when the snow looks like falling diamond dust.
    2. Myrrh, frankincense, pine, fir, iris, coconut, baked apple, roasted chestnuts, roasted, almost caramelized sweet potato, quince, my favorite winter everyday scent Orlane Be 21, which is very cosy.
    3. Yes, please. December 2, 2019 at 4:16pm

  • kate: 1. time spent with family/friends, lots of cozy tea, british mysteries (i tend to watch a lot more of them in fall/winter!)
    2. amber, vanilla
    3. yes please! December 2, 2019 at 5:34pm

  • Lynn LaMar: Winter in Florida is my favorite time of the year. The sun is low and the shadows are cool. The leaves on my Golden Rain tree are tinged with brown and drift down on the breeze just like real fall leaves somewhere north! The grasses in the meadows are tinged with gold and I recognize, from my youth, the calls of Northern birds who have come to escape the winter. I love Birch tar essential oil in the diffuser with vitiver and geranium along with a good hearty glass of red or a wee dram of Jameson…please do contact me, Victoria. A most generous and wonderful Christmas treat!!! December 2, 2019 at 5:55pm

  • Claudia: I love to wear my Portuguese flannel pajamas in the dark winter months. So cozy and warm! Amber is a scent that wraps its arms around me! Yes, contact me! Thanks December 2, 2019 at 10:24pm

  • Fazal: 1. The winter arrives at the end of the year so I usually begin my winters daydreaming about what I would like to happen in the following year :D.
    2. I think warm notes usually feel enveloping to me.
    3. Of course, you may contact me via email. December 2, 2019 at 11:18pm

  • El: 1. Snow, snow, snow.. and quality time spent with family and friends <3
    2. Vanilla, sandalwood, amber.. to name a few.. incense paired with any of those likewise.
    3. Yes, of course.
    Have a very merry holiday season 🙂 December 3, 2019 at 6:30am

  • sandra: You are so generous!
    1. Snow and toasted nuts sold on the side of the street in NYC
    2. Vanilla, Christmas trees, chai tea
    3. YES! December 3, 2019 at 10:31am

  • Rossignol: 1. I look forward to my birthday in a few days,to snowy mountain peaks and good winter recipes for warming your body
    2.Cinnamon,myrrh,oakmoss,oud,whiskey
    3.yes,you can contact me December 3, 2019 at 10:43am

  • Floramac: 1. Candlelit evenings, woodfires, tramping through the snowy woods with my dog.
    2. Vanilla, amber, and incense. I feel enveloped and protected in the winter by Bois des Iles, L’Air de Desert Marocain and spicy incense powder perfumes.
    3. Yes!
    Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season. December 3, 2019 at 10:48am

  • Angi: 1) lonely night walks through the pompous city center of Vienna underneath a frosty clear sky -makes me feel like Amélie…
    2) leather.
    3) yes. December 3, 2019 at 11:26am

  • Sarah Lewis: (1) During winter, I most look forward to the
    silence after a beautiful, undisturbed snow.

    (2) I feel enveloped by the scent of Mom’s cookies and scones baking in the oven.

    (3) Please contact me via email. December 3, 2019 at 11:40am

  • Jodee: 1. I’m a summer and spring lover. In winter I have to hunker down and endure the cold.
    I do this by drinking lots of warm teas, wearing my cashmere and boots, taking my daily walk with layers of clothes + gloves, scarf and ear warmers. I do enjoy a crisp day with no wind and clear skies. Other than that, the thing I look forward to most in winter is its end. 🙂

    2. Enveloping scents for me include Lalique le Parfum, Chanel Bois des Iles, Shalimar and By Killian Rose Oud.

    3. Yes, please do contact me via email to notify me of my win! 🙂 December 3, 2019 at 1:00pm

  • Figuier: What a generous giveaway; thank you! I love many things about winter, but most of all I enjoy frosty bright weather. And associated with the chill: wearing jumpers, hats, scarves & gloves; winter trees & shrubs – rosehips & haws & bare branches in silhouette & old man’s beard; winter spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove…

    2. Enveloping scents: Guerlain Terracotta Voile D’Ete (great in winter); Diptyque Volutes; all the ambers

    3. Yes, I’m happy to be contacted by email! December 3, 2019 at 2:58pm

  • Aurora: What a nice surprise, thank you Victoria.

    1. Not original, but winter makes me look forward to Xmas and New Year, especially mulled wine which I make this past few years and decorating the house
    2. The scent of immortelle as in Sables and Nuit Etoilee EDP
    3. Yes December 3, 2019 at 3:06pm

  • Muriel Gerrits: 1. It’s been aaages since I last posted here, too much work, too much stress… but December is there and in winter, I am looking forward to blue skies and cold crispy days, when you gear up and go for a walk in the woods.
    2. I think the “guerlinades” are nice enveloping scents.
    3. of course! December 3, 2019 at 4:20pm

  • Aglaia: To tell you the trouth: I hate winter, the cold , the darkness and the seemingly endless time of frozen environment without any green to be seen.
    The only comforting and really enjoyable aspect is the homefire burning in the fireplace at night, my three cats, husband and myself in front , reading or ( the cats) simply dozing and dreaming.
    And I love the scent of smoke, that settles in my hair from feeding the fire, and using comforting scents like ‘Arabie’ from Lutens.
    3. Of course you can contact me.
    Whish you a peaceful and good advent and thank you for this chance to sample new scents. December 3, 2019 at 6:51pm

  • Eudora: Hello Victoria and thanks for being so generous with us…not only because of the giveaway but for all.
    Like I think only one person before me, the thing I look forward the most in winter is its end. I don’t like the cold at all. For me is a bit like survival. I am a coward against the cold…but reading you I am thinking about changing my attitude because I am missing a lot of good things!
    That said I try to enjoy life wearing my huge old collection of my grandma’s wool knitted sweaters -my treasure, I wear them year after year.
    Incense is enveloping me right now. Iris also. Everything is in our childhood…the smell of churches, incense and candles. I also love my husband’s smell when he comes from running smelling…cold…does cold smell? Yes! I smell the smoke of the chimneys in my place. People complain because the clothes, when drying in the outside, get the smoky smell…Well, I like it!
    Yes, you can contact me. December 3, 2019 at 7:02pm

  • Cyndi: I like the first snowfall. I enjoy curling up with a good book, listening to music, or watching a classic film.I love the scent of Christmas trees, cinnamon sticks and vanilla lightly simmering on a back burner in the kitchen, Christmas cookies baking in the oven. My favorite perfumes for Winter have been the same for many, many years: Chanel’s original Coco EDP,
    Guerlain Shalimar EDP, YSL Opium EDP. To me, these fragrances embody the winter season, by adding a feeling of warmth like a luxurious cashmere sweater. Yes, you can email me. December 3, 2019 at 8:21pm

  • Lora Wooten: Where I live the winters are mild and it typically
    doesn’t snow but I do enjoy a fire! We have a wood burning fireplace on our back patio and I’m exited to use it, we recently moved here.
    I enjoy baking so it is nicer at this time of year too. Breads and cookies!
    Enveloping scents for me would be ones with amber, sandalwood, resins and spices like Chanel Coco.
    Yes you may email me, and thank you for the giveaway!! December 3, 2019 at 10:37pm

  • Wendy-Kneale: 1. In winter, I most look forward to the first night of an expected snowfall: it’s so full of excitement when you see the first snowflakes lighting up the darkness. I love the quiet too that follows- everything has been muted by snow.
    2. Scents that smell enveloping to me are nag champa and sandalwood incense, wool blankets, Christmas trees, baking gingerbread, and the peel of fresh clementines.
    3. Yes, please contact me via email! Thank you for this lovely giveaway😊 December 4, 2019 at 12:10am

  • Carin Olsson: 1. Escaping the dull & cold & grey Swedish west coast winter – today it’s +8C and yesterday it was -8C…

    2. Warm scents e.g. leather, amber, rice powder and sandalwood – I’m not a fan of light flowery scents or patchouli madness.

    3.Yes! December 4, 2019 at 6:26am

  • Karen A: What a generous giveaway Victoria! Fun reading everyone’s comments. I love the quiet of winter, it feels less frantic with less to do in the gardens. Sweaters, wool skirts from my handwoven fabric, and bundling up!

    The smell of pine trees outside, baking bread inside, and warm rich perfumes that work only on the cold.

    No need to enter me in this giveaway, I’m living in a new extravagant treat – Coromandel extrait! Happy for the winner! December 4, 2019 at 7:31am

  • Zeezout: 1. Building the very first snowman of his life with my two and a half years old grandson.
    2. Noir Epices by Frederic Malle, which I only wear in December. It feels absurd in summer, wonderful in winter.
    3. Yes. December 4, 2019 at 7:40am

  • Stacey Shinkel: 1. Slowing down and enjoying the beauty of a fresh blanket of snow.
    2. Oud, chocolate and vanilla.
    3. Yes, you can contact me via email.
    Thanks! December 4, 2019 at 7:46am

  • Rachel h: 1. Being out in the quiet snow, if we get it, the brisk clear air, deeper colors.
    2. I love the smell of wool
    3. Please contact me by email!

    Thank you so much for this lovely giveaway!
    Best wishes for this beautiful season. December 4, 2019 at 12:14pm

  • Theresa: thank you for the chance to experience new scents!
    1) I love being cozy, and winter is the time for coziness. So wrapping up in the blankets and reading a good book, or watching a good film. (Right now I am re-watching the TV Pride & Prejudice film – the one with Colin Firth. Now THAT is cozy!)
    2) warm smells – sandalwood, patchouli, yummy cooking odors like chipotle chiles, baking spices…
    3) yes of course you can contact me! December 4, 2019 at 1:18pm

  • Amie: I look forward to wearing my handknits and wool skirts.

    Serge Lutens Arabie and Guerlain Mitsouko feel very enveloping to me.

    Yes you can email me. December 4, 2019 at 2:02pm

  • Sebastian: 1. I look forward to coming home from a walk in the cold air to sit down in front of the fireplace with a glass of whisky.
    2. The smell of wood fires, of fir trees, of Christmas cookies and black tea, of wax candles, of whisky and wool sweaters. Perfume-wise, sandalwood, dark and earthy vetiver, peru balsam, and frankincense.
    3. Yes, please contact me by email.

    Thanks you for the generous idea! I’d love a surprise. December 4, 2019 at 3:40pm

  • Sil: 1. Even though I hate being cold, I enjoy the different foods and sweets that winter brings

    2. Food being made. Some scents, like bread, always remind me of my family and how, even if we were in our bedroom, my sister and I always knew when food was ready

    3. Of course December 4, 2019 at 5:02pm

  • madtowngirl: I would love to try these-thank you for the chance!

    1. Now that my two oldest children are off to college, I most look forward to winter break when they are home again and the house is not so quiet.
    2. The smell of something baking-particularly with cinnamon.
    3. Yes! You may contact me:) December 4, 2019 at 5:44pm

  • Chris in Oakland: Thank you!
    1. I most look forward to lighting candles around my apartment and filling it with baking and cooking smells.
    2. Similarly, steamy home smells like stews, baking bread and sweets are wonderfully enveloping in a way perfume sometimes is ephemeral. I work in a church and of course the incense is wonderful. During Advent we are abstaining so I look forward to Christmas when it returns! ☺️
    3. Yes, please do contact me by email. December 4, 2019 at 5:55pm

  • James Dotson: 1. I look forward to watching winter storms over the ocean while reading.
    2. woodsmoke scents are favorites
    3. Yes, of course use the email December 4, 2019 at 6:02pm

  • AfonsoC: 1. I look forward to wear my most deliciously enveloping perfumes. I look forward to spend Christmas with my family. I look forward to the comfort food.
    2. Burnt wood, incense, leather, cream, sugar.
    3. Yes, of course!

    Thank you for the opportunity. December 4, 2019 at 8:07pm

  • Rosie: Here in Australia summertime is getting started… though while vast swathes of the rest of the country are burning (literally), my adopted home of Melbourne has failed to get the message, and it’s mostly remained an extended windy spring. When winter does come around again, I know I’ll be sick of the long hot days that I’m currently looking forward to, and be yearning for the relief and comfort of rain, early sunsets, and cooking with my favourite fruit, the quince. But the thing that brings me the deepest feeling of peace is walking in the Australian bush, especially just after rain. The currawongs warbling, the eucalyptus leaf litter gently soggifying and giving off its sour reek, and, towards the end of winter, the intense honey perfume of the wattle exploding into blossom. My birthday is in August so I’ve always associated the first wattles blooming with that.

    When I have friends round for meals in the wintertime I make a pot of smoky Lapsang Souchong tea after dessert, and we sit around on big floor pillows with the lights dimmed and let the conversation find its natural end. I also like to burn little concertina strips of Papier d’Armenie on a ceramic dish as a way to scent the house. These are the wintertime scents that make me feel enveloped — somehow, their smokiness is distinctly indoors-y, very different to the airiness of the scent made by bonfires or neighbourhood chimneys.

    When I choose what perfume to put on of a winter morning, I’m drawn to similarly smoky, woody scents: L’Artisan Timbuktu, CdG Ouarzazate, Jo Malone Incense & Cedrat, Keiko Mecheri Genie des Bois. If I need a break from these I choose something vegetal, like Tea For Two or anything with vetiver – the vetivers that smell like dried hay, rather than the sappy green ones.

    Thank you, Victoria, for instigating this comment thread. I’ve already made many notes of perfumes to try when winter comes around.

    I’m happy to be contacted via email. December 4, 2019 at 10:18pm

  • Ferris: Thank you for such a lovely giveaway Victoria!

    1. I look forward to warm fireplaces and sipping hot spiced apple cider.

    2. The scents that smell enveloping to me is the smell of burning dry wood and spices. I also enjoy the smell of baked goods ie chocolate, cinnamon buns. Freshly baked vanilla cake with caramel icing. These scents wrap you in cocoon of scent that is so comforting. I love it.

    3. Yes of course you can contact me via email if I win. December 4, 2019 at 11:17pm

  • Mai: Hi, Victoria!

    In winter, I look forward to cozy reading days, with a nice cup of hot cocoa, of course! The cloudy skies are also beautiful!

    I really like the scent of spices and amber in cold weather (Chanel Coco!), but lately I have also been enjoying vanilla-centered perfumes – from N5 Eau Premiere to Prada Candy.

    Yes, please contact me if I win the giveaway. That would be awesome! December 5, 2019 at 1:12am

  • Zaneta: 1. Snow!
    2. Incense
    3. Yes, you may contact me via email.

    Thank you for the giveaway. December 5, 2019 at 1:21am

  • Sam: Spending time with family during holidays, skiing, making mulled wine.
    Oranges and spices.
    Yes! December 5, 2019 at 4:26am

  • Johanne Morel: 1. Reading by the fire when snow is gently falling or when there is a storm
    2. I love vétiver and oud
    3. Of course December 5, 2019 at 7:38am

  • Antonina: 1. What do you look forward to the most in winter?
    – In the winter season i mostly look forward to enjoy the landscape. I live in the mountains, and love it when the leaves are gone, leaving only the vast scenery of snow and sharp edges of the bare trees and rocks. Also, i I enjoy how in the cold all of the smells seem to be more vibrant and clear. For me winter is the season of the most intense sensations, from the cold, dark mornings to the evenings spend by the fireplace.
    2. What scents smell enveloping to you?
    – i think most of the moody tones, like incense, cinnamon, sandalwood or tonka bean. Also jasmine, bergamot and vanilla seem to cover me like the old, well-known blanket.
    3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win?
    – Please, do so! And thank you for this opportunity 🙂 December 5, 2019 at 10:16am

  • Anouk: 1. The sensation of heat through the cold and vice versa: a cup of hot wine on a christmas market, my partner embracing me on a long walk, going to a crowded cozy pub but smoking outside, short cold baths at the banya, hot soup after horseback riding, layering up several chunky woolen sweaters and a scented scarf before going outside

    2. Smoke, amber and a combination of rose water, rose oil and a rose themed perfume

    3. Please contact me via e-mail if I win December 5, 2019 at 1:38pm

  • Cassy J: 1. What do you look forward to the most in winter? I hate sweating and love to cuddle. I look forward to bundling up and heated blankets. Also the food – everything rich – creams, stews, squash, lots of butter. Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, New Years parties. I love drinking hot tea and hot coffee. Hot chocolate. Everything seems to go at a slower pace like the city itself is hibernating.
    2. What scents smell enveloping to you? Smoke, wood, pine, tobacco, honey, cream, coffee, tea, caramel.
    3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win? Of course 🙂 December 5, 2019 at 1:45pm

  • Yumi: 1. What do you look forward to the most in winter?

    I live in the southern hemisphere and it’s almost summer. Nevertheless, it’s the end of the year and I think we all look forward to the “retrouvailles”, the French word that means the joy of reuniting or meeting with someone after a long separation; from the verb “retrouver”, to rediscover.

    2. What scents smell enveloping to you?
    Petrichor, as soon as a few raindrops hit the sun scorched ground. At midday, the enticing smell of ripe, velvety peaches and plump watermelons being sold by loud street vendors. And at night, the intoxicating perfume released by the night blooming jasmine in my garden.

    3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win?
Yes 🙂 December 5, 2019 at 9:03pm

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