Before we get to the CB I Hate Perfume Rare Flowers, I have a couple of winners of the Le Labo Benjoin 19 samples. I’m waiting for my bottle to come back from Le Labo refilled, so a few days wait is likely. Weird story of how I got it. One of those arrange for it, paid for it, can’t get it shipped, then finally the person in Moscow ran across a friend flying to Los Angeles, so tucked the bottle in their checked bag, and they mailed it to us once they got here. Just a surprise when it showed up in my mailbox since I had no idea when, if ever, it would get here. Anyway!! Winners are – Lynne Marie and Glannys. Just click on the Drop Us a Line at the top of the blog, send me your address and remind me what you’ve won. I’ll shoot you back an e-mail so you know I did get it, and I’ll get it sent out to you probably next week. congrats, and enjoy!!!
I’m officially giving up on a sandalwood guide for now. Watch, now I’ve given up on it, hoping to look at it again in a few months, I’ll get inspired to write it. My deep apologies for all of you that were waiting for it. Not sure why sandalwood just isn’t inspiring me to write about it, there’s so many great sandalwood perfumes, but I just can’t think of anything to say except, well, pretty! This could be my general reference point now more than anything lacking in sandalwood.
So while we are smack dead in the middle of winter and an embarrassing Super Bowl loss, it’s time to turn our attention to the lush overblown, overripe flowers of summer – CB I Hate Perfume rare flowers. I’ve got Jasmine Sambac, Tuberose and Narcissus. Don’t have the other three at this point to try. Christopher Brosius used great natural materials, many he uses in other of his fragrances. You can smell the quality.
CB I Hate Perfume Jasmine Sambac is a rich, pluffy jasmine. Not overly rank, but with a nice indolic edge to it. CB I Hate Perfume Tuberose is a greenish tuberose, a little mentholated, that somewhat rubbery smell to it. CB I Hate Perfume Narcissus is a little hay-like and narcotic. There’s not a lot to say about these except they are beautiful exemplars of the flower. Even though a soliflore, each of them is super-wearable on their own or, you know, mix and match. I’ve got all three on as I write this, and I am blooming like an overripe hothouse. I normally don’t care much for soliflores, but these are gorgeous. Throw some CB Musk on under it, and you’ve got a veritable smutty fantasy for your nose. The drawback is the price tag. I know how much great natural raw essences cost, so I don’t begrudge one cent of the price tag. This is a set that I’d collect some of your pals and do a bottle split on several of them so you can do some combining, then layer it over Black March or Musk. Now that I keep talking about it, you know what I’m heading off to do? That’s right, get some musk.
Of course we are doing a drawing for a set of these. I’ll give away three sample sets. Just comment for entry into the drawing. Did you watch the Superbowl? I didn’t, I just heard about it later because, well, I just don’t care about football that much, unless it’s the Kansas City Chiefs. But I am most annoyed that HBO pulled True Detective because of running up against Super Bowl. Is anyone else watching that? I’m completely addicted and bewitched by that. It’s probably the best television since The Wire that I’ve seen. It was just a placeholder until Game of Thrones came back on in April, but now I’m thinking Mr. Allrightallright is genius.
Okay, back to prepping for another wintery blast this week. Snow all week and freezing temps. Joyous! I had hoped to have another knitting project ready to show you, but i got held up being one skein short, ordered two, and the dye lot was just too wrong. Had to order two more skeins just in case, and, yes! perfect dye match. So back to finishing that project up. Next week!
I would love to try these soliflores. They sound fantastic. I’m no fan of football, but Downtown Abbey is another matter…
I’ve never watched the Super Bowl, though this year was the first I even knew it was on because there are a couple of Americans at work! Thanks for the draw – I’m slowly working my way through the Beginner sample pack I got from Surrender to Chance… there are so many amazing scents out there, I am loving this new interest!
The first time I saw at CB’s web this soliflores I was like: “I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeed to try this narcissus” but the price…oh, the price.
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl, I’m buried under books right now, finishing works for my Master!
Fun! I’ve only tried cb ihp’s in the library and would love to try more! Thanks!
Thanks for the giveaway! I sooo want to try this new CB series, but they are really out of my price range for more than small decants. And I did watch the Super Bowl, mostly because I just moved to Seattle last year so had to know what was going on. And I’m also loving True Detective. Such good acting, and I love the pacing of the story.
Thanks for the drawing-those scents sound delicious!
I am watching True Detective. What a creepy seductive show!! The acting is amazing!
No Super Bowl madness at my house, just a little Downton Abbey. Would those ladies enjoy some CB I a Hate Perfume Rare
Flowers? I know I would.
If you need an amazing perfume to re-ignite your Sandlewood love-fever, I would highly recommend Santal Exotique by Juan Perez. I’ve had it in my possession – and on my skin for a couple of weeks and am nowhere near bored. It’s interesting AND beautiful!
I walked in and out of the room as my dad watched it. Mostly I remember him going oh nooo, X is going to lose when the winning team scored and it was like 36-0 and I was all seriously? now you’re getting anxious that they’re gonna lose? not an hour ago?
Mostly I watched the Bruce Willis hug commercial and some others too.
Those flower scents sound like just the thing in winter, I’ve been doing spices vanilla and amber but mixing it up to think of growing things sounds great!
I had to look up who won the Superbowl because the closest I get is watching the Puppy bowl.
Having lived in Seattle when the Seahawks were formed, I have a sentimental attachment to the team. I was so excited they won their first Super Bowl. That said, after the beginning of the second half I quit watching because it was just not a competition at all. I’m not sure what happened with Denver, but I’m glad the Seahawks won! On another note, I’ve never tried any fragrances from this house so I would love to try these. Thanks for the opportunity!
my heart went aflutter when i heard about these essential oils. they sound very enticing. please enter me into the draw. i don’t care much for the superbowl but i did manage to catch renee fleming singing the nation anthem. phew she nailed that!
I didn’t watch the Superbowl since I don’t have cable and don’t otherwise get any TV reception, but followed the game via my friends’ Facebook posts! I’d love to be entered in this draw!
My comment was for Filomena813, not sure why it went to the bottom..oh well 🙂
YES WE WERE! That was a bucket list game if there ever was one! I miss it so!
Would love to try these – they sound fantastic. I am not a football fan, however, living in Seattle I had great fun seeing how enthusiastic the city became. Our neighborhood was full of fireworks and cheerful hollering! Loved the video of Seattle celebrators (in Ballard) waiting diligently for the crosswalk to turn green before continuing their celebrations.
By the time I tuned in to the Superbowl, the Seahawks were so far in the lead I didn’t even bother with the rest of it. instead I took a nap so that I could watch Sherlock (which, by the way, used perfume as a plot device in the third episode of season 3.) I’d love a chance at the draw!
I have a few CB I Hate Perfumes scents and they are expensive–even the samples.. These three sound wonderful.
I did watch the Super Bowl even though this time last year we Baltimoreans were basking in our Ravens’ win.
The Broncos and Seahawks game was a complete rout and although lots of points were made by the Seahawks, it was a boring game to watch–especially after the drama of last year’s game, including the lights going out.
Thanks for the opportunity of the draw!
These sound lovely! I miss flowers…
The three sound delicious. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I did watch Downton and Sherlock. I don’t have HBO so I haven’t watched True Detective, but I hear wonderful things about it. Stay warm and dry
I would love to try these – they sound wonderful. Didn’t watch the SuperBowl. All the reports on brain injuries have really dampered any enthusiasm for this sport.
Ohhhhh, Super Bowl 🙁 While not a huge fan, I do watch for the commercials which seemed to be slapped together this year and lacked focus. Is it an ad for a car, for Radio Shack, for food, for beer, for retro celebs (or all of the above??) and is that really Bob Dylan looking really, really old (not that there’s anything wrong with old). So, soliflores, love ’em. And through the fabulous tutelage of the Posse, I’m learning to love complex scents, as well. Hands down fave this year goes to Cuir de Gardenia by Mandy Aftel. I understand naturals through her work. Would love to have the chance to try theses CB I Hate Perfume naturals! Thanks for all the fab info!!
No Super Bowl for me either. Off topic, but today I’m wearing Le Labo Benjoin 19 (ordered a sample after your review) and it is amazing. At first I thought it was very bitter but a couple of hours in, I love it. Wouldn’t you know, I’d fall for one that’s nearly impossible to get…
You had me at Jasmine and Tuberose but then you threw in a layering of Musk and I’m sold!
Didn’t pay much attention to the Super Bowl but it was on in the background. My favorite part was the Budweiser commercial with the yellow lab and the Clydesdale and I’ll admit… I got a little choked up over it!
Thanks for the draw!
Super Bowl was awful. True Detective is a great show and I am a huge fan…can’t believe it was not on sunday. Please enter me in drawing.
No Super Bowl for me. But I can’t wait for baseball to start up again soon! This draw sounds lovely – thanks!
Thank you so much for the draw!
Love those three flowers, and the corresponding “perfumes” sound lovely…
Besides, this is the time of year where I pull out my jasmine soliflores, so I’m keeping my eyes glued (well, metaphorically) on the jasmin sambac sample!!!!
When summer comes, I’d just crave tuberose, but jasmine is my mid-late winter flower.
I don’t have TV so totally missed the Super Bowl. I get my Downton Abbey fix from DVD’s at the library and have gotten hooked on other series that way. Looks like another snowstorm is headed our way so I’m looking to Ambre Sultan and Amber Oud to stay snuggly!
We love football and were so looking forward to the Super Bowl. Top offense vs top defense. Except it seems the top offense didn’t show up. Or something. Big disappointment as far as football goes (not to take away from Seattle but I expected some competition from Denver). Except for maybe 1 or 2, the commercials even seemed flat. Did like the half-time show and I’m not the biggest Bruno Mars fan but at least he brought his A-game.
Jennie, is it not the biggest pain when a store claims to stock a perfume line and only have perhaps two of them? I haaaaaaaaate curated shops of exquisiteness. Oh and no to theSB and all other sporting events.
Och! I became interested in football for the first time this past season, and…the Super Bowl was hugely disappointing. Bruno Mars was pretty good at half-time, though.
I love the few CB’s I have tried, and simply adore their Patchouli Empire water perfume. Sampling SL Santal Majuscule today. I’m not getting the rose…for some reason, it is reading more like cedar. Not sure I would buy a whole bottle, but it’s pretty nice so far.
Thanks for the drawing.
I am glad to see someone with about the same experience with Santal Majuscule as I had. I found very little rose and sweetness. I do like it, but not enough to buy a full bottle.
funny you should mention tuberose… while i am actively ignoring football and all it’s delightful triggers, reminding me how unenlightened i can be… i am off again searching for the perfume that will FINALLY make mom happy. she’s firmly declared she loves tuberose and jasmine. so there was the Fracas phase. and the jasmine sambac absolute in oil phase. The Annick Goutal Passion was listed here in the fairy godmother post. 😉
i’ve never tried any CB perfumes, and here we have THREE contenders?!
may that sandalwood post never see the light of day. *giggle*
thank you for the lovely post & draw!
I didn’t watch the Super Bowl for very long for a few reasons. In the first 10 minutes, I could tell it wasn’t going to be worth watching and after watching some of the commercials, it just wasn’t worth watching. The commercials, over the past few years have gotten crappier and crappier for some reason. So I spent the rest of that time playing video games. But the jasmine perfume sounds really good though. Thanks for the draw.
I did watch the super bowl bcs as an Indiana resident I love poor Peyton Manning. Bruno Mars was the best part & I watched Downton Abbey rather than the end. Thanks for having a flowery draw 🙂
I have never tried any of the CB IHP fragrances, but have wanted to ever since reading the great reviews many of them received in “The Guide.” The soliflores sound beautiful, thanks for the review and the draw.
Didn’t watch the Superbowl- I’m not a big football fan, and to the extent that I am, I root for the Patriots- but I heard that the groundhog saw his shadow- big surprise there. I’m normally not very into soliflores either- though I must admit that I love a great rose- but I have been unable to find a really jasmine-centric perfume that smells true to me. They’re all either too screechy and metallic or not indolic enough.
Howdy, Patty! I’m glad you’re not a huge Broncos fan, then, as when I looked up and saw the score was 29-zip, I really felt bad for you. It’s almost like the D team showed up, disguised as the A team. Oh well, I know Seattle-ites are happy. Thanks for the draw, but as always, none for me. You guys can have all the snow (makes the skiers happy at least), as here in the South after last week’s debacle, we’ve had enough to last us for a long while 🙂 Just stay warm and safe.
I’ve never watched the superbowl, not really a fan of football. I spent my time catching up on the new season of Grimm! Thanks for the draw 🙂
I have been wanting to try the CBIHP Rare Flowers for a while. Thanks for the draw.
Ah, Jasmine sambac 🙂 When I was living in Egypt, our next door had a garden full of them and I used to help myself to some for my living room. I miss the smell! Here in the EU, football is soccer… That’s all I know 🙂
How sad that you will not do a post on sandalwood! I have tried some over the last few years and have yet to find the perfect creamy sandalwood. After having had no luck with the FM Dries van Noten perfume or sandalwoods from Serge Lutens (not Santal Mysore), I feel I need inspiration. Would love to be in the draw, need more flowers among my perfumes, I tend to gravitate towards green scents or citrus.
Have you tried Champagne de Bois from SSS? I adore sandalwood and that may be my favorite.
No, that line is not easy for me to get hold of due to shipping and custom/import restrictions, but I guess I should try to get hold of a sammple at least.
I am vacationing in Thailand and surrounded by jasmine and all sorts of yummy flowers. Please enter me in this draw, I would love to try these samples of perfumes when I return to the cold wet of winter! Couldn’t watch the super bowl but followed it on line, wincing for family in Denver. Thank you for the blog, I read it religiously!
Have not seen True Detectgive yet, but a friend gave it a strong recommendation last week.
would love to be in the draw – thanks for the samples
Will have to check out True Detective – I have been impressed by McConaughey’s recent movie performances so not surprised to hear good things about True Detective. And I loved Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre so would love to see more of his directing as well.
They all sound positively gorgeous. Thank you so much for the draw.
I love love love jasmine. Indolic or green. I don’t care. My mother used to have a big jasmine tree next to her window. It reminds me of my childhood.
Thanks for the giveaway!
I am not familiar with soliflores. My perfume journey is rather short and in the year or so I have been dabbing and sampling, I haven’t yet managed to get to white flowers properly. This can be a nice way to start. Thanks!
I don’t know how football works, so I did not watch that at all. Instead I sat on my couch and watched episodes 1 and 2 of Sherlock, Season 3. It was not a hard choice 🙂 I love the sound of the CB IHP soliflores, thank you for the review and draw!
Thanks for this giveaway. We are truly in need of flowers here. I didn’t watch the superbowl. I just don’t like sports but I am counting the days for the return of Vikings, watching Travis Fimmel is my favorite sport 😉
Have absolutely no interest in football, so I didn’t watch. I do have a great big interest in these CB IHP flowers. Lately I’ve been looking for more narcissus based perfumes and would love to try theirs!
I don’t follow football, so I didn’t watch the Super Bowl. I was busy watching Downton Abbey. Right now I’m really looking forward to watching the Winter Olympics.
Those floral CB IHPs sound really well done. I’d like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks Patty!
We visited New York two years ago and all of us had an absolute ball holding the vials up to each other’s noses and going ‘guess what this is’ – black pepper, green bell pepper, wet pavement, old baseball glove, play doh, etc., etc. I bought Hay and Cucumber Roll and adore them.
The soliflores sound fabulous. Please count me in. It’ll probably be at least another 5 years before I get to go to New York again.
In the last few years we’ve been seeing a lot of references to the Superbowl here in Australia ….. but I don’t know anyone who follows it. IMHO we’ve got enough football codes already.
I don’t know anywhere in Oz that stocks the CB I Hate Perfume brand, so it’s all new to me. Please enter me in the draw. Thanks Patty.
Jennie, the CB I Hate Perfumes website (http://cbihateperfume.com/shop/other-stores/) lists a place in Sydney and two in Brisbane”
Thanks. Interesting – I just did a quick web check. One of the Brisbane stockists is a quirky menswear shop and appears to sell just one CB item, the other is an independent 2nd hand bookshop. No wonder I’ve never come across them.
When I contacted them, I think CBIHP did suggest that the Australian stockists may be able to order something in for you (but don’t quote me).
We skipped the Super Bowl as our tv is in the back of the room where I put the plants during the cold. It would have taken the shifting of about 50 heavy pots and vacuuming the sofa and since we had been out of town it just wasn’t happening. I love CBIHP but can’t afford samples of the Rare Flowers right now so have missed out.
Love The Wire! Heard great things about True Detective. Need to check it out. Oh, and Go Chiefs! Really want to try these CBs, esp. Narcissus. Thanks for the draw!
Hmm…. I’ve been stewing in warm, spicy scents for weeks now trying to stay warm. Your idea to change up to flowers sounds like a lovely change of pace.
I don’t have a television so I miss all this stuff, but I don’t feel at all deprived. Being without three white floral soliflores, though? That’s deprivation. Please do enter me!
Ugh, the Super Bowl was a disappointment–not to detract from Seattle’s first ever championship, which they played hard for, but Denver completely dropped the ball (several times, literally) and it was no fun to watch. Even the commercials lacked the flash and humor of previous years. YAWN. Sounds like True Detective would have been a much better show 😉
LOVE True Detective! It’s Twin Peaks meets the Bayou and I’m hooked. And MM is easy on they eyes too. YUM!