I think I have a couple of giveaways to catch up on.
First, the six winners of the Harvey Prince fragrances, and I’ll send these out randomly just by grabbing one from the box: Lisa S, Suzy Q, bookhouseshell, tika, Antje and rosarita. Just click on the Contact Us over there on the left, send me your address, remind me that you won one of the Harvey Prince minis, and I’ll get it shipped out to you!
Then I had 4 Cartier Convoitee samples I was giving out from the week before. So same instructions as above for these four commenters: Fearsmice, Cheryl, Barbara and EileenS.
I know y’all are getting ready to do that SwampMania thing. No, I didn’t spell that incorrectly. It’s just not for me. I used to swap on MUA and BN years ago, but the bad experiences and volume of people wanting to swap run of the mill department/discount perfumes for hard to get, expensive, never discounted scents was just daunting. Worse yet, I had specific things on my wishlist that I wanted to swap for but continued to get the “hey, look at my list and tell me what you’d swap for your ridiculouslypriceddiscontinuedraredoblisdawemesqueirisgris thing.” I’m too nice for swapping, I hated to say no, but to get even close to the correct value, I would have needs a couple of body parts in addition to their ENTIRE swaplist just to make it come out somehow.
So I gave it up and shut down all swapping forever. Then there was the splits. Most of the time, they went great, and I’d probably do one again if anyone could ever get us a cheap bottle of one of those Guerlain rarities that comes in large vats that begs to be split. My favorite split story was a Caron split, and I got a message back that one of the splitters really didn’t like the fragrance and wanted to return it for a refund. Huh. Well, no.
No SwampMania for me, but I admire y’all that do that. Now, I am going to add a note that March probably covers, but someone e-mailed me about. If you swap for a fragrance and for some reason the fragrance you were sending in the swap becomes unavailable because of breakage or something wrong with it, don’t guilt your swappee into taking something they don’t really want so you can keep The Precious. If you want it that bad, and they don’t want something else you have, just offer to pay them the going rate for it or send it back and cry yourself to sleep over the loss. If you’ve been using it with wild abandon and have to send it back, do offer to compensate them for what you have used if it’s beyond just a couple of sprays. The best rule I have, make sure the entire swap is complete and both parties say they are happy before you open and start using.
But I started thinking, if I were to swap, what would I want and what would I swap some of my most precious lovelies for, like the Parfum Sacre extrait and Chaos parfum and Doblis? Some of that latest uber-dollar Guerlain thing that was in that gorgeous big bee bottle (shaped like a bee, not their normal bottle they call a bee bottle) that I sniffed in Paris in November. More Quand Vient La Pluie in the parfum. I have some EDP, which is great, but I looooooved that parfum. I’m sure there are some other rarities out there that I’d swap for, but not that many.
I remember when I first swapped, I was delighted to trade off my unloved bottle of Fracas for a teeny sample or decant of Serge. Those were heady days, the thrill of the hunt. Tubereuse Criminelle was the most elusive. I think it was Marina or Victoria (Perfume Smellin Things and Bois de Jasmin) that were the saints I got that from. I would stalk the MUA lists daily, looking at what they had, what they wanted, working deals to get something they wanted, just to get a sniff of it.
Don’t judge, you know you’ve been in that jonesin’ perfume gutter with me. So your most valued treasure, what would it take to pry a small amount of it out of your hands?