Puro by Nejma – great giveaway!!! (Patty)

Nejma has done a very cool thing and sent us a bunch of Puro samples to give away to you guys, plus they threw in one 1.4 ounce bottle.  I’m a huge fan of companies that get the word of mouth concept through the online perfume machine, so I love to see you all support them, especially when they also produce a great scent, which they did.

So I’m going to do a drawing for the bottle when I get back (first part of December), but the easiest way to do the sample giveaway is just the first 15 commenters will get one, and then I’ll draw 8 more people at random just so you aren’t left out completely if you read us later in the day.  Now, I can’t send any of this out until the first part of December, so don’t be impatient!

From the Press release:

“On a recent stay in Havana, Christian Bousidan, co-creator of the Nejma perfume brand and great lover of cigars and rum, experienced a magical moment that transcended time; a moment so indefinable and unique that he wanted to share it with others, but could not find the words to do so… If words are not enough, fragrance must rise to the challenge. This unique feeling has been transformed into a perfume that takes us to another place, another time, like an epic novel.

Seated by the Malecón on the terrace of Havana’s Grand Hotel Nacional de Cuba, a Partagas Cigar in one hand and a glass of 7-year-old Matusalem in the other, listening to the sounds of Trova played on an old gramophone by the Buena Vista Social Club, a unique and magical moment was born and time stood still…”

Notes are rum, lime, mint, cactus sap, prickly pear, cinnamon, cigar, mahogany and vetiver.  Yeah, it trends masculine’ish, but tobacco scent lovers need not worry, it’s perfectly chick-wear-friendly.  A great citrus open to lighten things up before the nice, dark tobacco notes with a great cinnamonkick hit.  There’s nothing ground-breaking here, but it’s a well-made tobacco scent, very wearable.  I haven’t tried the Puro Intense, but have read that it is even better.

As far as availability, it is exclusively at Aedes.  But!  I read on Basenotes they launched last year, but that distributor was selling to the gray market, so there are bottles available at discounters still, older stock, which I assume will dry up soon enough.  The new distributor is doing a much tighter distribution. Exclusively at Aedes until Thanksgiving, then it goes to  Luckyscent, Bergdorf, Parfumerie Nasreen in Seattle, Jacqueline in San Francisco and Perfume Shoppe in Vancouver, Canada  $95 for the 1.4 ml bottle, which is really a pretty nifty size.

For those not my friend on Facebook, the Indian Visa arrived on Wednesday!!!  I”m officially set. As soon as I got it, I pulled out my suitcase and my very organized list and have everything packed but a handful of items that I need to use until Saturday.  Verizon seems to think I’ll have some coverage or maybe good coverage while I’m there since it’s CDMA-ville, and they totally hooked me up so my iPad will use my Droid’s internet service, if available.  I hope to post some photos and updates on Facebook, if I can get to it, and will of course write about the whole trip to share with you guys when I get back.

  • Alice C says:

    Please add me! I’d love to try this!!

  • Cherie Thomas says:

    Please add me also!

  • dremybluz says:

    please put me in the draw. hope you have a great trip

  • Rednails says:

    Please count me in! Thanks.

  • Julie says:

    I’d love to try this – sounds really interesting.

  • pam says:

    Please put me in the draw! It sounds delicious! Just got in from my travails all day.

    Patty, Glad the visa came. Can’t wait to hear about the trip.

  • Steve C says:

    I LOVE TO WIN!!! PUT ME IN!!:d

  • ElizabethC says:

    Rum, cigars and the Buena Vista Social Club. Wonderful! Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Fernando says:

    Heh. By the time I visited, there were 60 comments! Anyway, this sounds pretty interesting, and maybe I’ll win that bottle… Enjoy your trip!

  • odonata9 says:

    oh, i have been lusting after a good tobacco scent! and i love rum notes as well, so this sounds perfect for me. please enter me in the drawing!

  • you smell!!! says:

    Please enter my name in the draw for the bottle, have a great trip!

  • Dante's Bra says:

    Have a great trip– can’t wait to hear about smell adventures in India!

    Oh, and you can stick me in the draw, too…

  • violetnoir says:

    Oh, I knew that visa would arrive in plenty of time, Patty. ;)

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    Thank you, and big hugs!

  • helenviolette says:

    Sound nice! I would love to try it. Have a lovely vacation Patty :)

  • Isa says:

    I’d love to be entered in the drawing. Thank you very much, Patty!

    I love all the notes listed, especially rum, lime, cinnamon and vetiver, so this perfume is a must try.

  • d3m0lici0n says:

    This is awesome, please put my name in the draw and have a great trip!

  • k-scott says:

    Please enter me in the drawing, thank you! :d

  • Rosiegreen says:

    The scents all sound wonderful. Please enter me in the drawing.So glad your visa arrived in time. I am looking forward to hearing about your trip. Thanks for the draw, they are so much fun.:):)

  • Kim B says:

    Sounds like my kind of scent! Bon Voyage!

  • fleurdelys says:

    Rum? Cigars? Cinnamon? I’m there! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

  • Dana says:

    Seconding comments above, have a safe and wonderful trip and please include me in the draw. Thanks!

  • Claudia says:

    I’m dying to try these scents. Throw me into the pool!
    Have a great trip too.

  • Roberto says:

    Have a wonderful trip, and please throw my name in the draw.

  • Cheryl says:

    Cool. Please throw my name IN. Sampled one thing from these guys and fell in love.


  • Style Spy says:

    Tobacco! Cinnamon! Sign me up!

    Have a wonderful trip. Oh, the smells you’re going to smell…

  • Emilian says:

    Word of mouth concept just works!:d

  • Connie says:

    Have a great trip, Patty! I would love to be included in the draw, Thanks!

  • arch.memory says:

    Please count me in for the draw!

  • gator grad says:

    OOh. Tobacco. Count me in!!

    I totally agree about supporting the brands that make their products available to reviewers and give aways.

  • Francesca says:

    Have a great time, Patty! I look forward to seeing your pictures.
    Wishing you a safe and uneventful flight.

  • Jen says:

    Have a fun fun trip!! Count me in on the drawing. :)

  • mocards says:

    Please enter me in the drawing. Marvelous that your visa came in time! Have the MOST fantastic time in India. :-)

  • RM says:

    I know I’m late for this one but just chiming in to say I would have been very excited to get a sample of this! I’ve been looking forward to trying it since reading about it on NST – those list of notes seem write up my alley!

  • Debbie R. says:

    It sounds beautiful! Please count me in.

  • Ines says:

    This really is very generous from them and even though I’m not among first 15, I’m keeping my hopes up for one of the rest. ;)

  • Vintage Lady says:

    I can see myself in the description of this precise place in Cuba, not with a Partagas but a glass of Matusalen near me, in this magic and full of nostalgia moment. I also experienced this uniqueness during my stayings there. And I would love to try Puro.

    Good trip to India ;), a land I have always wanted to visit since long long time.


  • hongkongmom says:

    am so glad your visa came through, one thing to tick of your list and one less thing to stress about before your journey! I am sure you will have a greaaaaaat experience!!

    So re Puro: I need this perfume, it is me…pleeeeez pretty Patty, I will even take your side in the next challenge, promise!!o:-)(the embarressed angel is begging) Enough said. Stop already hkmom!

    So dude, fly safely. Bon Voyage>:d<

  • Fiordiligi says:

    No need to include me in the draw thanks Patty, but bon voyage and hope you have a fab trip. I am off to the US today actually! See you when I get back…..xxx

  • Irina says:

    I would like very much to sample this
    please, enter me the draw
    thanks and Bon Voyage

  • Amber Gi says:

    wanna be in it!!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

  • Eric says:

    Shoot, the one night I decide to have a night-life. D:

    But basically, this sounds awesome. Here’s hoping I get lucky. Scent-wise.

  • jen says:

    Rum and cigars, yes.

  • zeram1 says:

    Yes, great way to promote! Please enter me in the drawing as well.

  • Jennifer says:

    I would love to try this ! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • pyramus says:

    Oh, tobacco! I swoon. And I can’t even get a sample of this because Aedes won’t ship to Canada any more (although you do say it’s coming to the Perfume Shoppe). Chuck my name in the hat, will you?

  • Daniela says:

    I would love to try! Thanks!

  • Furriner says:

    I am curious about the line. At online retailers, the Nejma fragrances are listed as Pascal Morabito. Is/was there a connection?

    Please enter me in the drawing.

  • sunnlitt says:

    I would love to try this, so please enter me in the drawing.
    Hope that you have a wonderful trip!!

  • Geordan1244 says:

    Oh, I’d love to try this. I’m such a tabaco fan.

  • Tiara says:

    Would love to try this – thanks!

    Have a wonderful trip – looking forward to hearing all about it!

  • Natalie says:

    I might be just under the wire on this… While my eyes roll at the overly romanticized picture of Cuba, I’d love to try this nonetheless — thank you!

  • ScentRed says:

    Please count me in. Thanks Patty!

  • Panna says:

    I’d love to try this!

  • Nancy says:

    Wow oh wow, did I just come upon this. I so look forward to trying this. With the holidays it will be perfect.
    Thank you,

  • Beth says:

    long time lurker, first time poster! Happy your visa came Patty, I let mine go til almost too late the last time I went on vacation. I know how nerve wracking that can be!

    I’m up for a sample, been sampling like mad lately. Actually wore Misouko for the first time today. Needed “The Queen” on a drama-packed day. Wow.

  • vinery says:

    Yes, please thank you, Patty!

  • Jessica says:

    I love drawings : )

  • Musette says:

    I just want to say have a GREAT time!

    xoxoxo <: -p xo>-)

  • Sally says:

    WoooHooo! Thanks for sharing Patty!

  • tammy says:

    How generous of them! Thank you! Love to try it!

  • Ann N. says:

    Wow! I’m down with the cinnamon, rum, mahogany and cigar but the cactus sap and prickly pear should certainly make things interesting. Don’t think I’ve ever smelled those two ingredients. Thanks for the giveaway, Patty, and so glad that your India visa came through. Big sigh of relief!

  • Todd T. says:

    Love to try those samples. I do have the Puro Intense. It is a really great scent.

  • jirish says:

    Oh, I’d love to try this. Thanks for holding the draw.

  • HemlockSillage says:

    I’d love to try Puro! Thanks for hosting the split. Be well.