I’m just going to follow March’s rules on this. I do try, as much as I remember, to note when the manufacturer has sent something, and then I usually try to give away samples of it to run out the amount I got, which is usually small. The number of full bottles of anything I’ver ever gotten I can count on one hand, and most of them are tragic and get given away or tossed.
Some comments in March’s original post noted my association with The Perfumed Court could be looked at as a problem. I do see how that perception could come about and really have nothing that I can say that would change anyone’s mind if they thought it was or might be. I do have a financial interest in TPC. I have a full-time job in a totally nonrelated field that provides the bulk of my income. I tend to review a lot more of the new things because I get ahold of them pretty early, either by buying them for my personal collection, getting a sample with an order I placed for other perfume, or because I’m doing the decanting of them for TPC, or I asked Lisa or Diane (my partners in TPC) to send me a sample of something to sniff that I didn’t have.
I’ve always thought that because I like some things and trash some things, most of which is carried in TPC by me or someone, would suffice to indicate that I’m not willing to sell an opinion on a bottle of perfume for maybe a couple of bucks proft.
So either you think I’m honest about my opinions or not. Nothing I say will persuade anyone thinking my opinion could be impacted by that assocation otherwise, so I don’t spend any time worrying about it. I make no secret of my association with TPC, but I also never flog or link to the site in posts because that would be just, well, wrong. But knowledge is usually the key – as long as y’all know that I’m involved with TPC, you can assign any skeptitude you feel appropriate to any of my perfume opinions.
Can we talk about Costa Rica now? We had an amazing time. That little Capuchin monkey picture at the top was taken while he sat in the tree right next to the house we rented, along with about 30 of his friends and 30-40 of his Howler friends and even more of his spider monkey friends – not all at once. They’d make the circuit daily, sometimes several times. It was like Monkey-vision entertainment off our deck. Howlers woke us up every morning at 4:30 and serenaded for hours, and sent us to bed every evening. If you’ve never heard a howler, google it. They used that sound, with modifications, for some of the dinosaur sounds in Jurassic Park. It’s spooky, but incredibly beautiful in some weird way.
I’m not going to touch on our stupidity when we were shocked that it got dark at 6 p.m. Earth, angle, sun, seasons just weren’t computing for an hour or so as we puzzled our way through it.
I’ll have more about the trip on Thursday, today’s post just needed a little bit of follow-up on the Swag Wanking with respect to the TPC association. My best advice, though, if you ever the chance to got to Costa Rica, do, and go to the Osa Peninsula. It is still so wild and beautiful. AND one of our perfume friends that comments on here and I did manage to find each other. How weird that we were both going to CR and staying in the Osa about 2 miles away from each other.