Hi there Perfume Posse. Today I want to talk about sampling. If you saw my sample and decant collection you would be both entranced and appalled. BOXES and BOXES of them. Mostly tried once and put aside but also a fair amount of “Yum come back to it later and give it a real wearing”. I do try to pass on anything that is double, not my style or something I already have similar to but still the sheer enormity of my collection is sometimes overwhelming. Still I go back to Surrender To Chance regularly to get stuff still not available in Australia.
What Did You Last Sample?
I try new stuff every week so it’s good to read what others are sampling and what they thought about it. Obviously if the majority think MEH then I’ll probably give it a miss. It’s the polarising scents that I find interesting, the ones where maybe 70% are WOW and 30% are YUCK! Whatever the breakdown they are the ones I really like to get my sniff on.
This last couple of weeks I’ve tested some of the new Lalique range in the pillar bottles, Penhaligon’s London Borough trilogy (very nice) and two L’Artisan colognes, Amouage Beach Hut Woman, Miller et Bertaux Indian Study (O M G! Review coming), Floris 1988 and 1976 (patchouli glam). Revisiting my Criminal Elements Sample Set (bloody good Australian Indie crew), some of the JHaGs and Histories de Parfums. It’s been fairly fragrantly hectic and while I may have one fragrance on my body the skin flap between thumb and pointer on each hand has often had something completely different on each side as well. These are just the ones I remember.
SO, with the object being to help me out and narrow down the next round of testing I’d love to read what you have given skin time to lately, how you liked it and why. Also feel free to comment on others testing frags and give me your heads up on same, good or bad, no one’s going to get offended if you keep it fun and respectful.
Portia also writes for Australian Perfume Junkies.