Winners from last two drawing for perfume samples

Okay, the never-ending headache got me this week (allergies?). It is showing signs of diminishing this morning with the cool and rain, but not enough for me to form a decent thought about a perfume.

I was thinking about reviewing the new Puredistance Sheiduna, but Tom covered that. Also, the sample I got had leaked, so I barely have enough to review, and no samples to give out in a drawing – hate doing a review if I can’t do a giveaway of a couple of samples. Super sad about that.  The two new Zoologist perfumes are ones I’m anxiously awaiting, Nightingale and Macaque. I love what that brand is doing, and my general irritation with mainstream and large brands increases daily, and I just feel more inclined to support small brands like them and Puredistance, Andy Tauer, DSH, Mandy Aftel, Amouage (are they still small?  they feel like it) Neela Vermeire, Ormonde Jayne, etc.  Also playing around with the Phuong Dang perfume line, and a few are quite  good.

Do you find yourself feeling like that?  I keeping finding the quality is excellent in those small brands and then I wonder why I spend time with the big perfume houses ever.  I keep sorting how I feel about Le labo and Malle, who were bought by Estee Lauder, but so far – other than the same reformulation woes all brands had to suffer through – they appear to continue doing business as they always have, but with a little more accessibility in stores.  I’m in a wait and see on those, but I really did have a lovely time layering Le Labo Patchouli and Vanille yesterday. It’s my favorite fall perfume combo.

Winners of the last drawing for a wide array of random perfume samples – lisaindenver and jenbat.  Just click on Drop Us a Note at the top, send me an e-mail, remind me of what you won and get me your mailing address. I’ll send you a quick e-mail to let you know I got your e-mail and it didn’t land in a spam filter and then get it on the way to you.  I only check Posse e-mail like once a week, so it can take a few days sometimes to respond there – which reminds me I need to go check that e-mail box.

I do need a giveaway this week as an apology for this nonpost.  How about three sets of samples of the new Zoologist Nighingale and Macaque. I don’t have them yet, but should by next week when I announce the winners and hopefully do a review, though it ma

  • BOERSMA SK says:

    You are so right, I treasure my Tauers, Amouages and many other niche Perfume Houses!
    Your post is so not “non”… 😉
    Count me in please and have a lovely day!!

  • Lemoncake says:

    I’ve wanted to try Bat and now that these two have been released, I’m interested in them as well. Thanks for the drawing!

  • Maureen says:

    I would love to try the Zoologist fragrances. I have sampled a few small houses, but am a Chanel girl, so I really love their fragrances, just wish some of the newer ones lasted longer. Thanks for the drawing. Feel better soon.

  • Audrey says:

    Zoologist fragrance is an interesting concept. I would love to try. Thank you

  • rosarita313 says:

    Count me in too, Zoologist has been on my list of stuff to try for ages. And yes, I’m all about smaller indies when I seek new perfume at all. Imaginary Authors and En Voyage perfumes are my two favorites but I don’t do much sampling these days. Hope you feel better soon, P!

  • Connie says:

    Yes! I love Zoologist Hummingbird and found all of the other ones at least interesting 😛

  • Laurels says:

    It’s good (?) to know it’s not just me with the never-ending headache. I actually checked to make sure the carbon monoxide detector was working last week, and yup–must be allergies. It’s finally cooled off here in SoCal, but rain is still a distant dream. I wonder if the changing weather patterns are messing with allergies. The dog has certainly been shedding nonstop for months.

  • Marianna says:

    Count me in!!

  • Amateur Dilettante says:

    When I started (maybe 4 years ago) I jumped right in to the smaller houses because everything at the mall seemed the same.
    And, I’ve also been able to try the best of the bigger houses because of reviews on blogs like this one – you do such good work and it is much appreciated!
    I won a draw recently so don’t enter me.

  • mikasminion says:

    I’m looking forward to the new Zoologists. They haven’t all worked for me so far but they’re all interesting and oddly enough, my Hummingbird sample has almost run dry. It’s not the one I would have guessed I would fall for.
    At this time of year I start to stock up on naturals since they’re more likely to be ruined by hot weather and I tend to fall for the lure of lip-balms and salves to sneak into my orders.

  • Tiara says:

    When I pass along extra samples to my SIL and nieces, they always go for the big houses and tend to ignore indie. I’ll ask what made you choose that one? Oh, it’s Dior, or Chanel! OK, but this one is probably made with better ingredients. Huh, I’ll be darned and then they’re back looking for the “names”. My husband has caught on and tries not to laugh. My SIL did tell me a few weeks ago about one she loved. Unfortunately, it was a D/C Liz Zorn and she was so disappointed. I guess I’ll have to put a warning on them in the future.

  • Claudia S says:

    I’d love to try a few of the Zoologist fragrances! Count me in! Thanks!

  • GrandmaGaga says:

    Zoologist sounds so intriguing and unique…I ‘d love a chance try try them, please!

  • AnnieA says:

    “Macaque” always sounds like a sound a bird in the jungle would make. Is there some way to incorporate it into everyday conversation without necessarily talking about monkeys? Need to think about it…

  • shiva-woman says:

    Count me in! When I first really went crazy for perfume as a passion, I started with non-niche/indie. When I discovered Andy Tauer, Sl, Amouage (which no, doesn’t seem small) and Teo Cabanel among others, I just knew I had found “the sweet spot.” Now I’m dumping my “mall” scents on ebay. I try to “like” them, but very often they all blur, smell too sweet or synthetic, too ordinary. There are definitely some good ones (I still like Estee Lauder YD–I can hear the groans now, but not giving it up!). I like some of Tom Ford and I really love Malle (esp. POAL). I walked into a Macy’s the other day and wound up getting tagged by a lady asking me if I “liked florals.” Well, no. I don’t really–unless they’re good! They kept trying to “pin” me down, and were squirting various synth scents on me and flankers. I was wearing Musc Ravageur and the scents around me were nauseating. I fled. And then I scrubbed. I’m very excited by the new emerging perfume and indie perfumers/companies.

  • Christine says:

    Fascinated by the Zoologist concept. I will have to look into the line.

    And hope that you feel better soon! Allergies are the pits.

  • Olivia says:

    I wouldn’t count this as a “nonpost,” very informative, actually. I’m totally intrigued by the creativity of Zoologist. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  • *accessibility(Smh!)

  • Count me in. As long as Frederic Malle stays on with full creative control, I think it’ll be fine. Reformulations don’t freak me out like they used to, knowing that some are due to inaccability of materials rather than the bottom line….

  • really good idea ! I am in ! many hugs from RIBE in Denmark

  • grizzlesnort says:

    Zoologist: I definitely recommend BAT, which I got after reading a good review. It is said to smell like bananas and fur –and it does–but only in an idealized abstract way that you may or may not have thought of on your own. My choice for Day of the Dead. So, please enter me in your draw!