Hey there Posse, Do you ever look around your place an wonder at the sheer enormity of the Perfume Sample Collection you have? Mine has anything from 1ml dab vials to 10ml splits and there are HEAPS! Some of them are new, others half used, still others have dried up completely ACK!! There’s another reason for using them up.
So I’ve decided this week to wear at least one of my samples every day for a week. I have three major spritz times throughout my day: Morning: to wake me up and get me going, Work: after my bath and getting ready I usually spritz a favourite to waft around during the event, Bedtime: here is where I get most creative, something old will lull me into reveries, something new will send me on journeys and into sleep questioning.
Join me on a journey through a tiny bit of my Perfume Sample Collection.
Perfume Sample Collection OVERLOAD!
Morning: Oudh Lime by Montale: I love this mad bitter/sweet freaky adventure in scent. It’s big, fun and totally over the top. The screechiest citrus and the oh-so-Montale synth oud palette. I like it but could never imagine using a bottle of it up.
Bedtime: Jicky EdP by Guerlain: This lovely modern version is less animalic but the lavender is clearer and the whole fragrance feels newer. I like it a lot. When I’m finished my vintage I’m going to go buy some modern.
Bedtime: Leather Oud by DIOR: This is the left over of the Surrender To Chance DIOR Privee Collection Set I bought years ago. The reason there is some left in the sample is that I went straight out and bought myself a bottle. WOO HOO! Love it. Even though the leather/oud thing is becoming a bit of a fragrant trope DIOR does it so smoothly.
Morning: Eau Sauvage by DIOR: I think this is a pretty modern version. It’s nice. Memories of the kids at school who wore it. Not bad, not buying.
Work: Gunpowder Rose by Union: Sometimes I do like to take a chance for work. Soapy rose that turns sweetly sharp. It’s like the sci-fi rose experience, a little metallic under the sweet. Lovely lipstick waxiness and leather notes whirl around. I really like the progression and story, a cool rose with an industrial heart. £125 at Selfridge & Co, maybe next UK visit?
Bedtime: Dana Tabu EdT: If you haven’t tried Tabu then you don’t know what you’re missing: Even after all these years and reformulations it still smells incredible. No better way to fall asleep that floating on clouds of Tabu. MMMMMMM
Day 4: Didn’t wear a sample because in the morning I spritzed vintage Guerlain Vol de Nuit parfum and then decided I enjoyed it so much that I’d respritz in the afternoon and before bed. Sorry to let you all down but I smelled freaking amazing.
Morning: Morn to Dusk by Eau d’Italie: How do I not have a big fat bottle of this already? My sample is now officially dry because I chose to respritz at bedtime so I could drift off to sleep on a cloud of its gorgeousness. Resins both cool and warm, balmy smooth, fleshy and lightly salted. Nothing smells like this yet it is so cosy and comfortable. When I spritz Morn to Dusk I feel like I’ve come home. Just ordered an 8ml decant from Surrender To Chance that should tide me over till I’m in a place that stocks them.
Morning: Silk by Andrea Maack: I bought a bottle of this beauty and have left my sample languishing. So glad it came to my hand today because I love its freaky wet opening, sweetly fruity and very like cutting open a refrigerated watermelon and that first icy cold bite that cools your whole body in an instant, no matter how hot the weather. It’s interesting green and floral heart that warms only slightly in dry down. So good.
Bedtime: Musc for Her by Narciso Rodriguez: Didn’t even know I had this sample, it’s never been spritzed. Aha! It’s an oil. Fresh, clean and lightly floral, like the air of a cool country morning with the lightest hint of humanity. Nice but not really something I’ll wear.
Bedtime: Cepes & Tuberose by Mandy Aftel: The opening is dark & earthy, rich & sweet, like a fruit cake with a burning smoky backdrop. Capes & Tuberose is all light and shade, earth, balms and flowers. Majestic. This sample is empty now, thank goodness I have a mini bottle here.
Most of these fragrances are available to sample on Surrender To Chance
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Do you have a crazy Perfume Sample Collection? What samples will you wear this week from yours?