The second big problem with writing a perfume review is that you grab something you haven’t worn in a while, put it on, fall back in love with it, sit down to write about it while obsessively sniffing at your scented hand, tossing superlatives around in your head, Googling for notes, and find the review you wrote over two years ago. And I don’t care because I remember why I loved it, just wasn’t wearing it because, well, I didn’t have any! How many parallels this runs into in my personal life kind of scares me.
It’s Le Labo Gaiac. I don’t think I have anything new to say except it’s really the perfect cozy warm winter scent. It’s been snuggling up to my nose from my hand all day. And the sun is out. It fits in with my more contemplative frame of mind of balancing the dark with the light – preventing dark from beating the crap out of light and making sure light doesn’t burn so brightly and maybe a little too brightly in an effort to pretend dark doesn’t need to exist.
Y’all seemed to be most in favor of the Xerjoffs staying together or at least keeping the big pieces of it togther, so what I decided to do is keep the Discovery Set together in its cool little unseen kit as a prize for one commenter. It is Discovery Set Part Two, and it has Dhofar, Modoc, Uden, Oroville, Nio and Kobe in it, each of them 15 mls. I’m not sure what any of those scents are like. I’ve thought of a thousand different ways to do a contest for this, but in all of them, I’d wind up being the judge and probably make someone mad. I thought about letting you guys vote, and then thought that could be an even bigger mess – I went so far as to write it all out, then contemplated all the ways it could go wrong and deleted the whole mess. So random draw for this big prize.
Then I have a carded sample set of Elle, Irisss, XXY and Homme that I’ll give away as one set to another commenter. I have two sets of these, and the samples are really generous. I wanted to keep some of the other set for myself to try and for reference, but don’t needa lot, so I’m going to decant out a sample set of the same scents for another commenter from my carded sample set.
I’ve also got a carded sample set of Oesel, Lua, Nio, Oroville and Ibitra. I’ll do the same thing with this. I’ll decant out some of this into a sample set for another commenter to win.
Then they sent me a large’ish sample/decant of Richwood. It’s a gorgeous scent, and really rich. I’m still not sure what I think of it yet. I should have at least 10 samples of this that I’ll give out to another 10 commenters.
So! We will wind up with 11 winners, I think that’s a good compromise and gives a nice big prize and several nice smaller prizes and spreads around the Xerjoff generosity. When I draw the winners (On Tuesday, a day after Valentine’s Day), I’ll announce them in my blog post.
Comment away to be entered. Tell me which one of these you’d most like to smell or bag on the new American Idol judges. I’m a skosh conflicted about them – I miss Simon, but Steven Tyler and J-Lo are really kind of likable. If they’d just booted Randy, who seems to never offer anything to the discussion beyond DAWWWWG, and given us, well, anyone interesting, I could probably be happy enough. Even though I’ll absolutely hate myself in three weeks when I’m still watching it with all the bad contestants left in it that are boring as tadpoles because they are 15 and haven’t lived.