By now most of you have heard that eBay is or has shut down decant and perhaps sample sales. For those of you wondering where to spend your sample/decant dollars, you can go hit my Surrender to Chance
No one is entirely certain why eBay decided to do this, but it is likely due to some perfume companies that asserted their VeRO rights (Verified Rights Owner), ignoring the fact that people are allowed to resell anything they buy. If they weren’t, you might as well shut down all the used car lots and pawn shops and all of eBay today. However, as the third party in this, they get the threats without having any control of what their sellers are actually doing. I can’t say I blame them, but eBay is not a stable business model for anyone to build their entire business on. They have shut down a lot of other sellers in the past. If there are any intellectual property lawyers out there that would be willing to give some little advice, let me know.
Tom Ford is a genius. First,the bottles for the new Private Blends are seriously gorgeous. This guy knows bottles. They have the same covered box that the Chanels had, but they are dark gray with the gold labels. You pull off the top of the box, and inside sits the black bottle, looks a little like an apothecary bottle — a somewhat phallic bottle — and truly gorgeous.
The eBay stuff distracted me from my mission of exploring these, but since I won’t have smelled them all until later today, I wanted to wait regardless and do two or three at a time. There are some winners and some meh, but I have a feeling some of my mehs will be someone else’s winner — Noir de Noir’s boozy note doesn’t work for me, but the boozy note lovers will likely rejoice. There are some that are remarkbly close to other scents that are well loved like Vetiver Tonka, Ambre Sultan. But each of them are enough different that these don’t feel like a mess where you can’t tell one from another. Regardless, it will be fun to go through them!