Winner of a drawing!

My arm/hands are feeling much better, thanks everyone, but I’m still taking it easy since if I do anything too long, the pain kicks back up. I highly recommend that 3M joystick-looking mouse, and I am going to look into acupuncture. So thanks very much for the recommendations!

I have a drawing winner from a while back for the Profumum Volo AZ 686, Bois 1920 Sushi Imperiale, Profumum Alba, CdG Play and NR For Him and Musc for Him samples, and that winner is… Carlene!  Just hit the Contact Us button over there on the left and send me your address, and I’ll get these sent out to you.

Estee Lauder’s Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia showed up this week. I wasn’t paying much attention to it until both Marina and Ina said they liked it when sniffing in NYC last week. It has notes of neroli, lilac, rosewood, tuberose, gardenia, orange flower, jasmine, white lily, carnation and vanilla bourbon. I have this in both the EDP and parfum. The EDP is a big, but not too big, tuberose and gardenia scent. I get just the slightest blue cheese from it, but it is pretty beautiful and something only gardenia and tuberose haters would not like.  It’s not my favorite gardenia scent, that nod goes to Isabey Gardenia, nor is it my favorite tuberose scent, that goes to Frederic Malle Carnal Flower, but the combination of notes makes it not simply one or the other, but brings some of the best quality of each into a tandem run.  Taken for what it is, it’s certainly gorgeous and worth owning, and the price point on the edp isn’t horrific, under $65 for 30 ml or $120 for 75 ml. At least they did this in a smaller bottle, so maybe someone at EL has been listening to us. 

Now, the parfum is far superior to the edp for me.  Where the edp goes on a little sharp and pitches high, the parfum is a little richer in the right places, mostly in the gardenia, and the two flowers run in tandem truer in this strength. It just feels a little more complex of the two, but I still wouldn’t call this scent complex by our snooty niche-spoiled standards.  The parfum is $300 for 30 ml, and it may be worth it for those of you that love both tuberose and gardenia and like the scent a lot… The parfum may move you to love.

So while I’m still typing short things, let’s do another drawing!  This one will be for a sample of both the edp and parfum of the Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia and how about I throw in a sample of POTL cream and Carnal Flower Beurre Exquise. Just drop a comment and let me know you want to be in the draw!  I may or may not be responding today, depending on how the arm/hand is doing!

  • Jennifer says:

    Add me please to the drawing.

  • Kata says:

    I might be too late for the drawing, but please include me in case I’m not:)

    I haven’t had a chance to smell Tuberose Gardenia yet, however I love the packaging.

  • cjj88 says:

    Hiya Patty..

    Hope your hand feels better-i missed the explanation, but perhaps you have a case of decanters hand:) :d

    Please enter me in the drawing..i’m loving gardenia and tuberose lately…


  • Sudsy says:

    Thanks for having another draw Patty. Love freebies!!:x

    Please could you put my name in for the draw?

    Thanks & Cheers from AUSTRALIA!! 🙂

  • Marsi says:

    Count me in on the drawing, if you please!

    Speedy recovery on the hand!

  • Carlene says:

    Oh, you have made my day! I never win anything, thanks so much!


  • Clarissa C says:

    Please include me in the drawing–thanks.

  • CindyN says:

    Hope your hand gets healed pronto–it’s got to be a drag, not to mention painful. As a white floral addict–please enter me in the drawing!

  • Theresa says:

    Hope your hand improves. Would love to be entered in the drawing. Thanks.

  • elve says:

    Patty, I hope your hand gets better. Do everything to improve its working conditions 🙂
    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • diSola says:

    I am glad you are on the mend! Do give yourself time to heal, Patty. Meanwhile, how could I resist a chance at a draw for anything containing tuberose? Oh, my curious nose. Thank you for entering me!

  • Veronica says:

    Please, take it easy with your hands, it’s a serious matter! Have you tried those gel memory mousepads with a wrist rest, they’re great!
    And yes,please,I’d love to be in the drawing as a newly formed Carnal Flower addict:)

  • lissakv says:

    Does it smell anything like vintage fracas I wonder? I just recieved a beautiful bottle and it’s divine.

  • lissakv says:

    *channeling arnold horshack * OOOOH! OOH! OOOH! pick me!

    I am glad your hands are feeling better. Carpal Tunnel is no laughing matter. Have you tired a manicure massage? I bet a few dips in some parfin would feel nice. Or better yet, some attractive male perfume SA applying a hard to find scent whilst massaging. that would be even better!

  • sweetlife says:

    Mmmmm…more white flower adventures.

    Please put me in the draw — and feel better soon!

  • Susan says:

    Hope your hand/arm feels better soon!

    Because of the comparison to Carnal Flower and the availability of EL frags, please enter me into the drawing! Thanks-

    (In the humid Florida summer I loooooove me some Carnal Flower. Just didn’t like it during cooler weather-)

  • Amarie says:

    I am joining the ranks of those sending positive vibes your way, Patty. I am glad the mouse is helping, but do keep up the taking it easy on the hands/wrists because our bodies need our respect and care. We’ll all miss your longer posts but much can be said with few words, and you do it so well.
    Please enter me, I love the opportunity to try something new, but no need to reply.

  • JenniferR says:

    Have you got an ergonomic keyboard, too? I’ve had intermittent carpal tunnel for years … good to hear about the mouse, that’s one variant I haven’t tried. Also, ergonomically correct hand/arm/leg/back placement is important, but I’m sure you’ve already worked on them.
    Acupuncture is brilliant for a thousand things, including this. Good luck with it!
    And I have just begun my exploration of white flowers, having been scared off initally by my skin’s refusal to make Fracas smell like anything except cheap restroom cleaner. Carnal Flower, now, there’s a fragrance, though! So please do enter me in the drawing.
    And don’t you dare reply to this post, except perhaps with voice recognition software 🙂 Heal well!

  • Jennifer S. S. says:

    This sounds good, but not like something
    that will someday show up at TJMax or
    Marshalls, where I usually get my perfume.
    I’m on a budget.

  • sybil says:

    Ackk…hope the hand gets better soon! And even though I’m somewhat afraid of white flowers, please enter me in the drawing.

  • noyna says:

    Hi, Patty!

    Good luck with the hand, rest up, get that ergo mouse and keyboard…

    Please enter me into the drawing! Am working to get over my white-floral phobia, and a dear friend here loves them so much, I know she’d be thrilled for a sniff! Thanks very much…

  • patchamour says:

    Hi Patty,

    Do take good care of your hand. In addition to the ergonomic keyboard, I have found that a slightly lower keyboard position (i.e. elbows a little higher than hands) also helps. Please enter me in the drawing. Appreciate it!

  • Melissa says:

    Sorry about the hand/wrist–hope you continue to get better. My husband had some problems with his hand from his mouse. He ended up getting a different mouse that he uses with his left hand. Works for him now that he’s used to it, but anytime I use his computer it drives me nuts!

    Please enter me in the drawing, too.

  • SMY says:

    Hope your hand gets better. Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Lucy says:

    Hey – something you might like to try is a guided self hypnosis/relaxation download for pain relief — has some, very relaxing, plus the English accents are soothing…

    Please put me in for the drawing, your descriptions have me very interested…

  • Tigs says:

    So sorry about your hand – I will stop sending you long emails involving fizzy vintage scents that you feel obliged to answer! Know that we all appreciate the work you and the others are putting into the Perfume Court – I’m so excited! Please include me in the draw, like the sounds of this one and have been dying to try a Beurre Exquise. I had a scent strip with Fracas on it in my hot car yesterday and the blast of tuberose when my husband opened the door nearly knocked him over…

  • Murasaki says:

    I hope your hands/arm gets better soon–that’s so frustrating and painful.

    Put me in for the drawing please.

  • CH says:

    Patty, I hope you continue to do better with the arm/hand problems. I empathize with you! Physical therapy, with paraffin wax dips and cold compresses afterward can help, too.

    I’d love to be in the drawing.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • tmp00 says:

    Glad to hear that the mouse is working. I second the keyboard.

    I don’t need to be in the drawing, thanks.

  • luv_bug says:

    Poor hand! I didn’t hear about what hurt it, but I hope it’s not computer-related.

    I love tuberose and gardenia in the summer. They open up so beautifully in the heat, and make me feel like an heiress on a tropical vacation. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • MarkDavid says:

    I too thought this was a great scent, most especially for the price point. It also lasts a very long time on me which is a huge plus. I would love to try this in parfum strength – please enter me into the drawing and take care of that hand!!!!!


  • Twibbet says:

    Have you tried that weird mouse that you hold in your hand in the air? It’s supposed to be good for wrist and hand problems, but I haven’t gotten the hang of it.

    I’m not sure I want to try the POTL cream (I’m scared of heliotrope and cherry), but I’d love to be in the drawing for the new TG!

  • IrisLA says:

    Take it easy with the hand. Adding another voice for acupuncture. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • Debbie W. says:

    Smelled the EDT version of EL’s Private Collection TG… loved it! Would love to be considered for a sample. Hope all is good with your hand and arm very soon.

  • rachael says:

    I hope your hand feels better soon, and take it easy in the meantime. I personally am not fond of tuberose, but my mom loves it, and has been so excited about this scent, so please enter me into the drawing on her behalf.

  • Amy says:

    Sending lots of healing vibes, except those I need for me (got my foot fixed last week). Definitely look into acupuncture, it’s wonderful. Also, I think it’s time to teach the kids to take dictation.

    I’d love to try those frags — sign me up!

  • Kelly says:

    Sorry to be OT, but the Ladyboy comments are all *poof*… like Keyser Söze…

  • Marina says:

    I like blue cheese and I don’t get any in PCTG, life is unfair 🙂
    Feel better soon, Patty! 😡

  • Elle says:

    Sending all sorts of healing vibes for your hands. Agree w/ Katy – acupuncture can work wonders for stuff like that.
    I *wish* I loved TG, given the price, but it just left me yawning in the “like” zone.

  • Judith says:

    Take CARE of yourself. Need to smell that TG. Off to NY (really–though not primarily for that purpose):)

  • katy says:

    Hi Patty,
    Take care of your hands ! Acupuncture is really great.
    About the drawing, please put me in ! I love gardenia.

  • Jo says:

    So sorry about hands. Take care. Please send me that sample! I really want to try this.

  • Louise says:

    Heal quickly.Today I finish a keyboarding-intensive course that has left me with slighly relapsed hands. My short term cure-a deep massage yeaterday by my manicurist. Maybe give that a spin for fun? At least your nails will be a distraction…

    Please throw me (or my name) in the drawing pile.

  • helg says:

    Just wanted to say best wishes for your hand.

    No need to enter me in the draw, as I have already sampled this and reviewed it on the blog.
    Btw, liked it a lot; indeed it combines the best of both worlds.:)>-

  • annie says:

    :((OMG!!!!!!….we CANNOT have you injured…..please take care of yourself,guuuuurl….we need you all(I know that’s selfish,but that’s jus’ the way it is.)….of course enter me in the drawing,but do it with your big toe,or something.

  • Lee says:


    That’s my ‘glad you’re getting better’ boogie.

  • Flora says:

    So sorry about the hand! I did not know you were having trouble with it. I hope it gets better with rest.

    I love every note in that perfume, so please put me in the drawing! 🙂

  • Steve H says:

    I missed the “hand issue” – I hope that things get better soon. My ex-boss once had botched surgery on his arm and was slinging it for over a year. He tried one of the bigger name “dictating” softwares – it was so horrible that he went back to typing (albeit slowly).

    Please enter me into the drawing as well.

  • Kim says:

    Please enter me in the draw – would love to compare the Estee Lauder to Chanel Gardenia, which I love in the summer – it just blooms and is luscious on me in the summer heat/humidity.

    Re: hands/wrists – I had a similar problem a few years ago and purchased a Goldtouch keyboard – it is adjustable in many dimensions and resolved my problem – spendy but totally worth it to protect my irreplaceable wrists/hands!!

  • Kyra says:

    Skip this drawing but let me know if you got an ergonomic keyboard. They really help.

  • Alica says:

    I have almost all tuberose frags that exist around the world. I love this smell. JUst the new EL, I haven´t tried yet. Would be my pleasure to be entered in the drawing. Thx.

  • Maria says:

    Hi, Patty, I’m glad your hands are improving. That mouse sounds grand. I may need to look into it. Now, for the fragrances. It’s the sharpness in the lower concentrations that keeps me going back to pure parfums when they’re available. I could save a lot of many if I didn’t mind sharpness. $-)

    This new scent sounds lovely. Please put me in the drawing!