Giveaway extravaganza today!

Hey!  It’s your lucky damn day if you’re reading this – or it could be for ten of you!

The nice folks at Coty Prestige – makers of Bottega Veneta’s new perfume and Balenciaga L’Essence – sent me a press release, I of course do what I always do, beg — er, asked for samples for me and however many of you I could get them for, and they sent me generous amounts of both scents that I’m going to decant into 10 2.5 ml spray decants to give away.  AND My Chanel Jersey came in as well as my personal bottle of Prada Candy. So, yeah, I’ll throw in samples of each of those in the giveaway too.  Last of the bonus pack (partly as guilt because I still haven’t done that ginger thing yet) a sample, if you want it, of the vintage version of Caron’s Violette Precieuse.  I wonder why I ever wear anything else?  So Ten commenterss drawn at random will win.

The Bottega Veneta – what March said.  Plush, luxurious leather, exactly the way those great 1k — 2k plus handbags smell like.  Anyone know exactly when 2k become the new 1k for luxury handbags?  Pretty soon a Birkin will be practically free at 9k.  It’s a great scent, easy to wear, upscale, not  pervasive  enough that you’ll start smoking people out of the next cubby, and you’ll probably get asked what you’re wearing about a zillion times, and you’ll feel like the inside of a super-plush leather bag, minus all the candy wrappers and keys poking you.

I ran BV by the youngest son, who by now is used to me sticking things under his nose to get his opinion on it, elder son has never had any patience for this game, and he says he could wear it.  I’m not saying he WOULD, but he has decants of Le Labo Rose 31 he takes with him everywhere.   BV is not strongly feminine, just a nice soft leather.  So guys shouldn’t be running the other direction on this just because they are displaying it in the women’s section. I think it would smell hot as hell on a guy. It may or may not work for you, though, cuz, well, you’re not me.

I don’t have any notes on the Balenciaga L’Essence or the Jersey yet, sorry!  I spritzed quickly on both, but wound up obssessing over the BV and Prada Candy (yes, again and still).

189 Comments

  1. Count me in; the BV scent is as close as I’m ever going to get to one of those handbags….

  2. Oh, count me in as, well, please!

    I’d love to sniff any of them, but that vintage Violette Precieuse is calling this die-hard Caronista’s name.

    Screaming it, actually.

    Perhaps even yodeling it. With a French accent, of course.

    (Slinks back under rock now.)

  3. I really, really, really, really want to try the Chanel Jersey!!! Oh pretty please :)

  4. Oddly enough, I have smelled some of these. Don’t bother entering me in the draw, but here are my impressions:

    Botegga Veneta was a nice enough leather scent, but if I want to smell like an expensive handbag, it is Cuir de Russie for me, or Kelly Caleche in EDP.

    Balencia L’Essence did not make me think of the original and was a little harsh.

    Prada Candy is very Prada and not very candy. It’s probably in better taste than I usually display. If I am going to wear a gourmand, I want a full on gourmand.

  5. Ooh, sample giveaways! Yaaay! I’m really interested in both the Prada Candy and the BV – it’ll probably be months before they carry the Prada where I live (my local Shoppers Drug Mart just started carrying the Azur flanker for O de Lancome – only about what? a year and half after it was released?) and the BV might never show its face round here.

  6. Whoo-hoo! What a great sample give away! Please count me in. The BV has much love in the blogosphere, and the Caron Violette Precieuse would be fascinating. Heck, I like Balenciaga’s Paris, so
    I’d probably like L’Essence. Thanks for sharing your ‘fumes with us.

    No worries on the ginger post. It’s fun, just hearing your quick take on new releases. If it ever cools down here, I’ll look forward to pulling out my ginger scents. The days are shortening, the light has changed to the crisp fall focus, but the temperatures are still in the +90F range. Come on, fall. Be well.

  7. The BV sounds insteresting (well, actually all of them do!). Please enter me in the draw as well.

  8. Hee Haw, vicarious luxury leather and Miss Havisham violets. Count me in please.

    • Love the Miss Havisham reference!! Would love to try all of these, thanks for the draw!!

  9. I would love to try both the BV and the Chanel Jersey. I can’t believe how far behind I am on sniffing the new releases!

  10. I would love to try these. Thanks for hosting the draw, and please enter me!

  11. Very nice giveaway! Candy and Jersey are both on my must-try list and the others sound very interesting, too. So please enter me.

  12. Please, please enter me the draw. I would like so much to get anywhere near these and it will take forever ( or never) till some of them will be available where I live. Thanks a lot

  13. Count me in! Who wouldn’t want to win any of those scents? Plus the scent of luxurious leather is as close as I’ll ever come to having a 2k bag. *sigh* Although if I had 2k to spend on a bag I’d spend it on perfume instead.

  14. Oooohhhh, it would be nice to get them, especially Chanel Jersey that I am very curious about. Many thanks for this opportunity!

  15. Please pick me ,pretty please:)
    Cant wait to read the review on the new Chanel :-?

  16. These all sound nice! I would love to try them, especially the Prada Candy.

  17. OOOOH what a super collection of samples to try! Please enter me, thanks for sharing with your readers :)

  18. Love a giveaway extravaganza!
    I’m especially curious about Jersey and Violette precieuse.
    BV sounds nice and fit for autumn.
    I’m crossing my fingers hard!!
    :)

  19. Maybe I can try and get my boyfriend to start liking leathers by introducing him to BV? Because he wears Paestum Rose a lot. :)

    Please enter me for a chance to win the samples. :)

  20. BV sounds exactly like something I would love. Please enter me in the drawing.

  21. Please count me in. I tried BV on a scent strip today but had no free skin for a proper test. But I very much liked what I smelled on paper. The SA assured me it would smell different on my skin. Like, derrr …

  22. Hey, is the giveaway draw still open? I hope…and now I’m lemming the BV.

  23. Wowzers!! What a fantastic giveaway :d. Great way to start my day. Would love to try them all ESP the Chanel and vintage Caron. Even if I don’t win, looking forward to reviews on the Jersey finally!! Thanks!!

  24. Please enter me in the drawing, Patti. I would love to sample the new B. V. I’m even interested in the other ones this time. :-)

  25. I’d love to be entered into the drawing! I’m so curious about Jersey. Do you plan to do a review soon? Thanks!

  26. Please count me in; I’d love to sample all of those, especially JERSEY. Waited a long time for that one!

  27. I’m lusting after the BV… and really want to try all of them! Thanks for the draw. :)

  28. I’m really curious to smell L’Essence. I’ve heard it’s fantastic.

  29. I would love to be included in the draw..I quite enjoy your reviews. : )

  30. Please count me in, too. Really looking forward to sniffing the new Chanel.

  31. Please count me in! I’m so curious about the new Jersey. I got samples of the BV and Candy in a GWP (Neiman Marcus, I think?) and of course I’ve fallen in love with both of them, although a FB of either is just not in the cards right now.

  32. Oh. My. God.

    PICK ME!! I am DYING to try all of those (particularly the BV). The closest perfume sniffing is 5hrs away, and I went recently before BV launched and therefore missed it. I am dying to try it! And I can’t wait to read the reviews of BV and Jersey.

  33. No draw for me, doll but I had to comment: have you seen the 2012 BV Spring Collection yet? There’s a croc (I think – it doesn’t look ‘gator) structured handbag that costs more than my car!

    😮

    And I waaaaaant it. Sooooo bad.
    :((

    but then I’d have to walk everywhere.

    And I live in the country.

    :-w

    xo >-)

    • I’m impressed that you can spot the difference between a croc handbag and an alligator one! I know I couldn’t!

  34. Well, I wasn’t really interested in trying Candy, but your enthusiasm for it has piqued my interest Patty, and all the others sound lovely as well, so please count me in on this generous giveaway! :)

  35. I’d love to be entered.

    I can’t imagine spending that much on a purse.

  36. Thanks for the big giveaway! Lots of new exciting things to try. I’m especially looking forward to sampling Jersey.

  37. I’m dying to try the BV, but I was one of the lucky winners of the Dior Patchouli, so if I’m not eligible, that’s fine.

  38. Well, so far it hasn’t been my day, but things could change, no? I’m intrigued by the Bottega Veneta and have been anxious to try it. And the scent strip of Prada Candy I found in a magazine was much nicer, more grown-up than I thought it would be, so I wouldn’t mind trying that either. Good luck to everyone!

  39. BV is already in my little notebook of scents to try when I hit NYC or to order samples from the Perfume Court or Lucky Scent. Thanks for offering such fabulous giveaways!

  40. Would love to try the Chanel Jersey and the BV. Had a chance to try the Balenciaga and decided I like the original BP more. Thanks for offering such a generous giveaway! Hope you have a great day.

  41. How wonderful of you to offer all these samples. I am especially excited to try Jersey, as I am a Chanel girl, and love everything Chanel except maybe Chance. Thanks for entering me.

  42. oooh what a generous giveaway! Prada Candy sounds cozy, I also have an almost embarrassing love for these types of scents ;)

  43. OOH OOH OOH , Please enter me in the draw. I have been dreaming off all of these scents and would love to try them. They will go perfectly with our beautiful fall weather. Rosie

  44. Oh, please do enter me in the draw! I would love to sniff the Chanel Jersey and the Bottega Veneta. I am loving leather lately ( sotd is Kelly Caleche- thanks Tammy!) and am coveting the mere idea of the BV!

  45. You are such a sweet lady for sharing the new goodies! Some of these new ones have really caught my interest. I think I would like the Prada now that the weather is turning cooler. Please enter me in the draw. Thank you.

  46. Haha! I agree! BV may be as close as I get to a handbag of that…magnitude? Dying to try Jersey! I’m just a pure Chanel girl!

  47. Well, about the begging part, I allready asked Grain de Musc for a review of jersey, very nicely. But Chanel upset Denyse with their Blah de Chanel release.
    Octavian from a 1000 fragrances is getting al tangled up in conversation’s with SA’s ,he accuses of selling rip-offs and going out of his mind over old German perfume houses presenting their rarities to detergent sellers (I loove his stories and fall over backwards by his knowledge — R.E.S.P.E.C.T)

    Could anyone please review Jersey? All I could think of when I tested it was Caron but I sprayed on a few to many things and the actual bottle wasn’t there yet.

    • I will next week, promise! I just didn’t want to short shrift it with a quick offhand review. I tend to not be a fan of lavender in perfume. But when you say Caron, that strikes me. It’s the mix of notes in it that gives it a peppery thing? I’m going to layer it next to maybe Violette Precieuse vintage, which has a good rendition of the old Caron smells.

      promise, that’s the review for next Thursday!!!

      • I’m sorry , it’s a Caronish lavender note I smelled so you might be disappointed..

  48. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but I’m really curious about the BV and Jersey and… well, all of them, really.

  49. I would love to try all the samples mentioned, and mostly because of reading your reviews and comments of them. Please enter my name in the draw.

  50. Me too!!! :) And I agree – the perfume is a much better deal than the handbags!

  51. Ooooh Patty, nice and generous giveaway!! Please enter me in and I’ll be crossing my fingers, toes, eyes, etc. until winners are announced. :d

    Thank you!

  52. Yea! I’d love to be entered in the draw.
    Thanks so much for the offer.

  53. March’s review of BV sent me running off to order a bottle unsniffed, and it’s out for delivery today – yay! But I have no shame, and would still love freebies, so please enter me in the draw. Thanks!

  54. Wow! I’m a guy, and would love to see if my wife thinks it smells “hot as hell” on me!

  55. After March’s review I’m dying to try the BV, and you’ve also got me interested in the Caron. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks so much!

  56. Wow! What a great nice sweet thing to do! I have been wanting to try all of those. Please so fro my name in the hat. Mary

  57. Wow! What a generous giveaway!Thank you for thinking of sharing those wonders with your readers!Please, count me in!
    I tried to get the Prada Candy in stores around here but it seems
    it has not reached Canada yet! Jersey I might never have the chance to smell as I live in a too small city. You got my mouth watering
    with your description of the BV new leather.

  58. I’m especially interested in the BV (includes handbag, right?) and the Chanel Jersey. I still have a “nose in training” so I’m figuring out what I like and don’t like. thanks for the chance

  59. Please include me in the drawing. I can’t wait to hear your review of Jersey.

  60. Oh yes thank you and please enter me in the drawing! I am dying to try the BV and hoping it will be the first leather scent I can truly wear. And I’d like to test the Prada Candy and Jersey too. Fingers crossed & thanks! Ann

  61. Would love to be included in the draw. BV and Jersey are right at the top of my “to sniff” list. Many thanks!

  62. Hi Patty,

    Please enter me in the draw (I’m dying to try the new Chanel Les Exclu). I did get a chance to sniff the Bottega and it immediately reminded me of Miller Harris Cuir D’oranger, anyone else impression??

  63. Very generous draw offer! Please count me in. Looking forward to your review of Jersey.

  64. Oh, i will do my own begging here – PLEEEZZE enter me! Really want to try the BV and the Caron would be extra, extra awesome! Thanks so much!

  65. Thanks for the generous drawing! I’ve been dying to try Prada Candy, but too lazy to go over to NM!

  66. No sign of Jersey yet — wonder whether it smells of salt.
    Oh, @isayah: I saw/sniffed Prada Candy at the Bay (but it might have been Holts).

  67. Would I love to try these? You betcha! Thanks for entering me in the draw. (All this and Violette Precieuse too? Wheeee!).

  68. Please count me in the draw. I’ve been wanting to try Bv and Vp, and Jersey.

  69. I LOVE perfume! I spritz some on everyday or I
    feel naked…
    Many thanks for this grand opportunity!
    Cindi:)

  70. I actually dreamed of Prada Candy–never having smelled it–the other night, inspired in part by a review on this very blog! I’d love to win these samples and see if it’s as sweet as it was in my dreams. Thank you!

  71. Pretty plweeasse count me in !
    Dying to try Jersey and Bottega Veneta ! I wanna smell like those 2K bags !:D

  72. o.k. so this is comment #140, and I don’t know if you will read this, but did anyone see the little blurb in some magazine (maybe Real Simple) that said that something like 25% of people surveyed would rather give up their sense of smell than one of their electronic devices? what is this world coming to?

  73. Oooh, please count me in! (And yay, my net connection actually stayed up long enough for me to type this… darn DSL’s been up and down for a month now and the provider has no idea why :P )

  74. Squealing with joy! What an abundance of goodies and oh yes please enter me in the draw. I am in love with all Channel Exclusive’s line so this Jersey is sure to be wonderful too. BV oh yes, leather and sweet Prada candy. Yes. Thanks for this great write up to spur me on.

  75. Thanks for the generous and tantalizing offer of a chance to sniff so many intriguing scents.

  76. Well this is exciting. I want to sniff the BV, hoping it will nudge me outta the doldrums

  77. I hope I’m not too late to be included in the giveaway! I’ve been searching for where to get a sample of Bottega Veneta, it sounds like I’d love it! And I absolutely love the bottle. Simple. And classy. Please include me! thanks

  78. Put my name in the hat. What fun it would be to try all of these, all new to me, and in such generous sample sizes too.

  79. Patty, you’re KILLING ME with the vintage Violette Precieuse! Luck be a Lady tonight!

  80. You are so kind and fun!!
    I would love to be in on the drawing.
    Thanks so much.

  81. Hooray!
    I’m truly excited about a new leather. Maybe a suave leather can be the new oud! There just doesn’t seem to be enough out there in accessible perfume land.

    Cheryl

  82. Please add me to the mix — would love to try that new Bottega Veneta. Mmmmmm….leather…

  83. Yay, giveaway! If my computer hours aren’t too late, please enter me :)

  84. What a great drawing. I can’t wait to spritz jersey and the BV. How sad but true that 2K is the new 1K in regards to luxury bags.

  85. These sound amazing. I have to admit that I’ve never even smelled a 2k handbag for comparison, but I’m sure the perfume is lovely. Even perfume is too expensive for me mostly these days. Le sigh.
    It seems like money and jobs are getting scarcer, but prices just keep rising.

  86. How did I miss this? Thanks for the opportunity; I’d love to try the BV and am hoping that this is my lucky (birth)day :d

    • Huh – why didn’t that emoticon work? It was meant to be a big birthday grin, like this –

      :0D

      (is that better?)

  87. wow – you make them sound so wonderful. please enter me into the draw.thanks! :)

  88. Oh yes! Please enter me in the draw. The BV sounds amazing.
    I love me some leather, mhh-nnn.

  89. Please, enter me in the draw! I’m very curious about BV. It must be luxury with capital letters.
    And I loved the first Balenciaga, so I’m looking forward to trying L’Essence too.

    Thanks!

  90. Please enter me for anything but the Jersey – i’m in on a split already :-)

    Thanks!

  91. Great giveaway, please count me in.

    I’m getting more and more excited to try the Bottega Veneta, it sounds so very promising!

  92. Oh, please enter me!

    BV sounds wonderful, L’Essence is intriguing, and Violette Precieuse?! *swoon*

  93. OMG, this sounds better than a Luckyscent sample bag! Almost all of these have been sitting on my Basenotes wishlist.

    I would love to be included in the draw. March’s review of BV has me itching to try it. Thanks!

  94. I WANT CANDY !dum,duh,duh-duh,dumdum duh…Sorry I’ve been in the birthday cards (and musical ones too can you tell?) today hunting one for my brother’s 27th tomorrow.
    Please enter me in the draw-I’d love to sniff these!

    And thank you Patty ! The Dior Patchouli and Parfum Initial arrived safely today.I have to say the pink Shalimar IS nice but HAS to be tested AND waited for ON SKIN ! Paper testing is pretty useless to really smell this one(paper tested at Belk day before yesterday .I think they just got it.On paper it smelled more like a new book glue,+ a whiff of licorice? The vanilla is where?)

    Speaking of ginger- did you try Dior Homme Sport? Very very gingery.Mmmmm I picked up a sample at Sephora (we FINALLY got one here in Huntsville!!! Major happy dance time.:-) )

  95. Wow, how generous!!
    I’ll soon be over with the Lutens samples I just bought, so these would be welcome! :)
    And of course I’d love to try Caron’s VP! I tried Bois de Violette today; violet is a very interesting note indeed!

  96. I’d love to try any of these, please count me in! Thanks!

  97. Oh I would love to try them!! Thanks for a great giveaway! I hope I’m one of the lucky ones:)

  98. Looking forward to trying Jersey, although Octavian’s negative review gives me pause. (He criticizes the development & quality of the formula.) Prada Candy seemed too sweet in my 2 encounters with it, but I didn’t try it on skin. Can’t wait to try BV!

  99. I would love to try Chanel Jersey, especially that the Les Exclusives aren’t available in New Zealand.

  100. Eeps! It IS our lucky day, isn’t it?! Please enter me in this drawing.

  101. Ooh, I’d love to try the BV, if the draw is still open. :) Thanks for your generosity!

  102. hmm…please count me in too!

    have a lovely day and sweet dreams to you all. :D

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