Share your thoughts: Giveaway roundup

I’m going to turn the tables a little on you today, darling Posse peeps, and put the ball in your court, so to speak. You get to be the reviewer today for our giveaway roundup.

giveaway roundup If you’ve won a sample or samples from us in the past couple of months or so, we’d love to hear your thoughts, good or bad, on what you received. And also if you liked it enough to get another sample and/or decant, or even enough to spring for a full bottle.

Or let us know if you’ve sampled something because of a review or mention on the Posse. Come on now, inquiring minds want to know. What new love did you discover because of the Posse?

I confess, I’m every bit as tempted as all of you every time Patty and company pull out something new for us to drool over. And it’s often frustrating for me because I’m nowhere near stores that carry the latest and greatest fragrances. I know it’s the same for many of you.

The Posse blog love for Chanel 1932, Maria Candida Gentile’s Sideris and Frederic Malle’s Dries Van Noten had me craving those big-time and I got samples/decants ASAP. Luckily, those are holding me for the time being and keeping my poor little wallet safe for now. And way before that, Patty and Musette carried on so about Amouage Interlude Woman that I had to get my mitts on some of that as well. And plenty more that I can’t think of right now.

Sometimes I just have to put my hands over my ears and chant to myself, “You can wait to try this; you can wait to try this” to keep the lemmings at bay. Or get up and do something really intense and detailed to distract myself.

Looking forward to hearing what you guys think.

99 Comments
Boriana May 10, 2013

Way too late, but wanted to chime in. I won a sample of Dries Van Noten par Frederic Malle, and really like it. The thing is, for me it seems too close to another favorite Malle - Dans Tes Bras, that I have a full bottle of, if not exactly the same scent, it gives me that huggable quality. So I guess I would wait. Thanks again for your generosity!

Susan J. May 1, 2013

The only thing I ever won was tickets to the Superbowl, utterly useless! I do have a generous perfumista friend who brings her samples over and we sit and sniff every couple of months. I fell in love with her vintage Diorissimo and her little sample of De Profundis. Why must I know of these things?

kizzers April 30, 2013

Well, I can blame the Posse Peeps for my swoon-worthy bottle of Kenzo UFO. The harder it was to find, the hungrier my Lemming got! But I think I can blame the Posse for most of my recent collection: Amaranthine, Seville, De Profundis to name but a few - the list is a long and very happy one :) And those Notes Guides? Don't get me started ! (Pipe down back there Lemmings, Mummy will feed you soon...) This blog is an amazing place for encouragement (and enabling!), and it's the only site where I look forward to reading the comments just as much as the articles themselves. Even if you guys have a less than positive review to give, it's always delivered with a little 'tongue in cheek' and the encouragement to go and try something out for yourself (old and new, niche and mainstream). The impartiality and respect shown for everyone's opinions is what makes this site an amazing resource and a home for a wonderful community of lovely, friendly Perfumistas. The Perfume Fairy Godmother and Swapmania features are just brilliant too. xxx

AnnieA April 30, 2013

This has been a big sample month, and I didn't even have to leave the house. I won a sample of Musc Tonkin. Sadly, it didn't work for me; I spent the whole morning asking myself what that musty smell was. Pretty sure the intention was *not* to make a perfume smelling of mothballs. Cute decant bottle, so am tempted to keep it just for that. Everybody was so generous and popped in extra items. A perfume fairy sent me some Mauboussin Histoire d'Eau: interesting if too cookie-like for me. Also got some fancy samples from a European traveller. The Francis Kurkdjian Absolue Pour le Soir smelled...like pee (sorry if I am being unladylike) and I had to scrub it away. The much-vaunted NV Trayee was also unpleasant: hard candy from the home of a cigarette-smoking granny. It's great to try things even if they don't work out, especially if they are wildly expensive. It is extremely interesting how vastly different reactions can be, so I will have to remember that one person's rave might be another person's pyew...

thegoddessrena April 30, 2013

Am loving the perfume fairy posts--can definitely see getting Opardu and Must de Cartier and possibly also Amaranthine that I only tried because they were sent to me (one as a bonus and the other two from a reverse fairy godmother)

hajusuuri April 30, 2013

Posse Peep hajusuuri reporting. I won a sample of the By Kilian Flower of Immortality and it will remain a sample forever. What can I say? A nice peach burst at the opening...and then...wait for it...wait for it...NOTHING. It is supposed to be an EDP but it smelled and lasted (or not, in this case) like a watered down body mist. Harsh, I know, but my wallet thanks Perfume Posse for letting it rest a little. I like the variety of postings, writing styles, educational/informative/reference pieces. The giveaways are a very nice feature, too. I also like giving back via the Perfume Fairy Godmother thread. The Oriental Lace "review" will be next, once I've tried it on skin -- it definitely passed the initial sniff test!

Ramona April 30, 2013

Well, my most recent Purchased due to Posse Persuasion (and have to adnit, have seen it mentioned on other blogs as well, so The Posse Peeps cant be held totally responsible) was Anne Pliska. Sampled it due to reviews, Loved it, and Purchased it as its so affordable. Home Run! I would love to get the parfum but cant find it anywhere and was finally able to find it EDP at Luckyscent. I am thinking of buying a back up as it seems to be getting scarce.

poodle April 29, 2013

I blame the Posse for a lot of purchases, too many to remember. I am also happy that the Posse saved me money. I won the samples for the By Killian Garden of Good and Evil scents and was smitten with the packaging. I almost bought one blindly because of it. Then I won the samples and tried them and found out that they were not for me. That saved me from a costly mistake. Recently I won Oriental Lace though and I kinda like that one. I need to spend more time with it but I could see at least a decant in my future. And Ann helped rekindle my love for Ombré Rose so that might get purchased as well. I don't mind the chatty, relaxed feeling here either. I'm glad to be a Posse peep.

Sherri April 29, 2013

Not only have i been inspired to try countless new perfumes by the Posse, but I now can't walk by the handbags at Nordstrom's without fondling the Balenciagas, thanks to Patty's post. (Good thing she doesn't do handbag posts too often; I'd be seriously broke!)

MariaA April 29, 2013

I haven't won anything but the new perfumes I tried lately are Jo Malones Osmanthus Blossom, Dior's Gris Montaigne and Elie Saab. Liked them all three and am anxiously waiting for the new Aqua Allegoria!

Dina C. April 29, 2013

The most recent purchase I've made that was influenced heavily by the Posse was Hermes L'Ambre Des Merveilles. I seem to remember it being on Musette's list of top scents for 2012, maybe? Well, someone raved on about it. Then I read "Floating Gold," the book all about ambergris, and I really wanted to sniff something with an ambergris note. So, I tested it out and liked it right away. Has a salty, amber, ambergris and vanilla blend that is lovely to smell. Thanks ladies for your good tip! :-)

Jennifer Counts April 29, 2013

I've been fortunate enough to have won two giveaways here at Perfume Posse. One was Patty's musk perfumes guide post giveaway, which was a *lot* of samples. It was definitely a crash course in musks, which I had not explored in any real depth up to that point. It was fun going through all of them and seeing how many different varieties of musk there are. The second was a post giveaway from Musette, which I just received last week (I think it was last week). That one included Huitieme Art's Poudre de Riz and Heeley Cardinal, among a few other things. All of the samples were from lines of which I hadn't tried anything yet, so it was a nice introduction. As for lemmings spawned, well most of the stuff I've tried in the last couple of years since I fell down the rabbit hole has either been because of the Posse, NST or Bois de Jasmin. When I read very positive reviews, it piques my curiosity and I want to know what all the fuss is about. I tried Seville a L'aube because I had heard so much about it, as well as NVC Mohur. They don't always work for me (Seville being a case in point) but at least I know what everybody's talking about.

Beth April 29, 2013

I have a mile long wish list over at STC that I'm slowly working through, and most of it has come from reviews on PerfumePosse. I'm with Elia on the vanilla note article ... that spawned a ton of wish list items. And I have to say, I love the tone of the Posse. It's like a bunch of friends getting together, talking about perfume. It's accessible and doesn't put you off if you're new to the subject, and it's fun. I don't care much for lofty, pretentious or stuffy. I'd rather be embraced by friends and entertained in the midst of lives that grow increasingly difficult and harried. Love you all!

Elia April 29, 2013

I won a sample of Flower of Immortality by Kilian. It's pretty enough but I'm going through a phase where I'm not liking any berries in my fragrances. I'll have to revisit. Of course reading about perfume always adds to temptation, whether it be here at the posse or elsewhere. Reading through the vanilla note article threw up several interesting scents I'd like to try.

odonata9 April 29, 2013

I requested and received a sample of FM Dries Van Noten based on Posse review several other mostly favorable review in the last Fairy Godmother post (which is genius and I love taking part every month!). I wasn't terribly taken with it as all the reviews noted it was quiet and sweet, while I got something not so nice. I like quiet and sweet, so I'm holding on to the sample as I'm pregnant, and figure that hormones or wacky skin chemistry may be the culprit!

Amy Bella April 29, 2013

I was the lucky recipient of an Amouage Beloved Man sample. As a previous commenter noted, it smells like class in a bottle! Shortly after I got the sample I rented "Somewhere in Time", sprayed generously, and watched the movie that inspired the fragrance. <3 Good times!

HemlockSillage April 29, 2013

The divine Mrs. M wrote a reivew of Cartier's Les III Heure (L'Heure Verteuse), that made me long to try it. I stalked it about three times at my local Saks, spraying liberally, and adored it. To quote Bull Durham, "I'm too strong and powerful to get lured." I accept full responsibility for my purchase of this lovely herbal lavender fragrance. It is so weirdly medicinal, it will not be to everyone's taste, but I adore it. It has become my favorite calming scent. I wear it often at night. . .actually I had some bad news today, and if I weren't wafting clouds of Papyrus de Ciane already, I'd reach for Heure Verteuse to calm me. It's wonderful. Thanks for inspiring me to try it :D Be well.

Rene Groyer (@ReneGroyer) April 29, 2013

I won a sample of Puredistance Opardu on a perfume blog,loved it and am tempted to order a small bottle of it but living in South Africa,shipping is very expensive plus the conversion of our currency makes it unaffordable :(

mridula April 29, 2013

I received so many samples the two times I participated in Fairy Godmother sweepstakes. Yes, that how I think of it - as winning the sweepstakes. I have tried many Lutens, fallen hard for Bois de Violette, 9got myself a decant), tried By Killian's Rose Oud with the same results - fallen hard (but no decant yet), tried FM's Portrait of a lady and have my completely in line with the idea this is my anniversary present in July, tried Premier Figuier Extreme and edt and Phylosikos and become completely confused. I am to receive a full bottle from kids for Mother's Day except I don't know which way to go on this one. Help! Yes, I am a newbie and hooked in part because of Perfume Posse, in part because of the endless generosity of your readers. I love this site and read religiously.

Tiara April 29, 2013

I haven't won anything recently, but that hasn't stopped me from adding stuff to my "want to sample" list. Seville a L’Aube, Dries van Noten, Chanel 1932, Grand Bal (plus some others) were all added after reading about them here. I blame the Posse and the folks at NST for the enabling.

shaney April 29, 2013

I was lucky enough to win the sample of Oscar de la Renta Oriental Lace from Ann. Oriental Lace was a very well-behaved, gourmand oriental, and though I agree that there is a bit of Coromandel in there, alas, it was too sweet for me. I do like Oriental fragrances, but I need them to be less sweet to work well for me. I'll pass the remainder along, though, to someone else in a swap! Perfume posse has given me sooo much information and led me to quite a few perfumes. The 'best of' lists are my favorites, so comprehensive!

susan April 29, 2013

I won a sample of 1932 from the Posse. I like it. However, I can't help but think it's ultimately a bit too clean and well-behaved for me to truly fall in love with. I like my jasmine a little rougher around the edges. We'll see. I'll spend some more time with it. Thanks for letting me try it!

Kathryn April 29, 2013

I'm very grateful to the Posse for sending a sample of Dries van Noten my way. Although I don't love the raspy opening, I'm completely smitten with the luscious sandalwood that follows. The sample is long gone, I'm well into the decant I ordered after that, and a full bottle is definitely in my future. Thanks Posse!

Merlin April 29, 2013

I won something just very recently and am waiting eagerly!

Barbara April 29, 2013

Meant to type - would have ordered a sample ANYWAY if I hadn't have won it!

Barbara April 29, 2013

I was the lucky winner of a sample of Frederic Malle Dries van Noten. Was very excited because I love me some Malles and would have ordered a sample but it was WAAAYYYY to sweet on me. Oh well, money saved. The Posse is responsible for far too many purchases for me to even remember! I've always loved fragrance, but the Posse was one of the first blogs I started reading when I first fell down the rabbit hole. No one I know is obsessed with fragrance like I am ("Your hobby is perfume ? WHAT?") so it was wonderful to find people talking about it. It has also led me to movies, books, and countless other things so I thank all of the commenters for that also!

mim April 29, 2013

Most recent sniff, will retry and maybe get a decant: Dries Van Noten. It smells like a cuddly rainy day. Plenty of others throughout the years which I've sampled... have not bought a FB in a while though, am in the paring-down phase of perfumistahood.

Jackie b April 29, 2013

The perfume reviews at the Posse are so evocative, and accurate, and have been responsible for sample of Seville a L'Aube, which then went on the Christmas wishlist. Best Christmas ever. Bottega Veneta, same, except I bought it myself. Miriam, unsniffed but totally exactly as described and love it. Next...Opus VII Thanks for the ongoing sniffing education and Perfume Godmother opportunities!

masha7 April 29, 2013

I won a sample of By Kilian's Flower of Immortality and fell head over heels for its peachy goodness! It seems to be a very simple perfume at first, but by the third wearing, I was hooked. I'm saving for either a hefty decant or a full bottle.

Ella April 29, 2013

Still waiting for the sample pack of lily of the valley scents that I won recently (wiiie!), but given that I, like many others, live in a land sadly devoid of interesting perfumes, the Posse can be held accountable for me running around Paris like a bewildered pilgrim, the smile of a mad woman plastered on my face, sporting sillage the size of a small city block...

australianperfumejunkies April 29, 2013

Oh My! The Perfume posse has a LOT to answer for. L'Artisan, Lutens, Amouage, Malle, Piguet, Caron, Acqua De Palma, Heeley, di Orio, Kern etc etc etc. If I didn't want it before you all wrote about it then I definitely did after. Gladly I am a Peep and a Guy, I like it modern thanks, it feels like I'm talking with my crew and family. Portia xx

rosarita April 29, 2013

I won a sample of Chanel 1932 on the Posse and it's a pretty spring jasmine, probably worth a decant. I've been sampling lots of florals lately, stretching the limits of my comfort zone, and there are always great suggestions here; thanks to Musette I even gave Carnal Flower another try and didn't hate it. Progress, right?

Red April 29, 2013

I have received a test amount of Spritieuse Double Vanille by Guerlain and Santal Mysore by Serge Lutens from two very kind hearted perfumistas here. They're amazing but I ca't afford a full bottle of it. and would love to want some more. They may be winter perfumes but hey, a spray or two makes it suitable for spring and fall as well. I wish I can have some more of these amazing two perfumes.

Elena April 29, 2013

I won a sample of Musc Tonkin, and my dog who has never cared a whit about perfume was profoundly interested. I guess they did a good job of recreating natural animal musk! I loved it, too, and it was totally different from anything I've ever smelled. I am considering a decant, but probably not for spring/summer. It makes me want to try MKK, because it just purred to me from the get go, no weirdness to get over, it just smelled good. I have been inspired to get untold numbers of samples from this blog and others (Bois de Jasmin and NST, mostly).

Martha April 29, 2013

I suspect that I most of the fragrances I've sampled are because of the Posse. Since I started participating in the Perfume FG swap & sample sprees, I've sniffed some lovely, and not so lovely, perfumes. One perfume that has really grabbed me is Mohur. Oh my word, but I am practically in love with that scent! I'm also smitten with Trayee. Not fond of L' Ambre des Merveilles though it seems there was a lot of discussion about it last fall right here at Perfume Posse. Also found Sideris to be "interesting", but not something I would like to wear more than once. Probably I am more interested in niche and luxe perfumes because of the Posse. It seems that there is an emphasis on those types of fragrances on this blog. Mind you, I am not complaining. I consider myself to be a newb. My ability to sample is hampered by the fact that I live 30 - 50 mi. from any major shopping centers so I can't just hop on over to Nordstrom's or other upscale dept. stores that would stock high quality perfume. There are many more perfumes out there that I want to get my nostrils on, but I usually have to order from a sampling/decanting service and that depends on discretionary income. Not a huge expense, I know. It's worth it if you're strongly considering a bottle that is priced around $300 or more. Now we're talking about discretionary income. So, thank goodness for generous perfumistas who just want to spread the good smells. Seriously. OK, I'll stop now :)

FeralJasmine April 29, 2013

I won a little vial of Amouage Opus VII from Miss Musette's post and just tried it this morning. A rush of delicious pepper followed by three hours of delicious leather scent, perfect leather scent. I am very surprised to read that some consider the leather note subtle. On me it was pure leather, the scent of a lovely hand bound book. I'm in a phase of hyperfeminine perfumes, so tomorrow's project is to spray this one on my husband. What fun. With regard to artcraftcultire's comment, I love the fact that there are all sorts of writing, and all sorts of people, on the Posse. Thanks for giving us all a comfortable place to hang out.

solanace April 29, 2013

I was lucky enough to win a sample of Amouage Beloved Man. What can I say? It is class in a bottle. Class and sex appeal. I want a FB for my husband. But that price... Oh, but that juice... I guess I'll just have to save my pennies for this one - it costs about four Lutens, ouch!

eldarwen22 April 29, 2013

Right now, I just ordered my mother her mother's day gift. She is not a perfume fanatic like me, so I can't quite give her the bottle of Noontide Petals that I just ordered unsniffed. I think that it is the second bottle that I have ordered unsniffed due to the Posse. I did get her a couple cutting boards and a room diffuser. I know that I am lame and boring but her birthday comes a week later so that's when I know what she really wants.

artcraftculture April 29, 2013

Wow. I'm not a "guy" or a "peep" and the reason I fell in love with Perfume Posse is because the writing was adult and sophisticated and non-cutesy-bloggy. When did that stop?

spiker April 29, 2013

I'm blaming the Posse for introducing me to Serge Lutens. While I haven't yet tried the new Fille de Berlin, I got curious and looked at your old postings. Five O'Clock au Gingembre turned out to be one of my primary scents this winter. I finally broke down and got a FB. Now that I think of it, I believe you all talked me into Seville a L'aube, too. You're not doing my pocketbook any good, but my do I smell pretty!