Swapmania Redux

By March

Today we’re having a review-gab of the Posse Swapmania of a couple weeks ago — how it worked out, what you got (and got rid of), any hiccups, etc.

1) It sounds silly in hindsight, but I was actually worried that nobody would show up and play.  As I write this I went back and checked, and there were 1,229 comments.  So … wow.  Thanks, everyone.

2) It seems like the threaded comments format worked out pretty well.  I was concerned that individual threads would get too complicated, and so I’d asked people to list their individual swap items separately.  Some did; some didn’t.  And yet it all seemed to work, in part because people swapped contact info and took their communications off the Posse sooner than I’d anticipated.

3) Late in the game someone posted the helpful detail that you can search comments on a PC by hitting CTRL + F (think “find”.)  Who knew?  I sure didn’t.  This makes it easier if you’re looking for a particular fragrance and/or your swaps.

4) I had some hilarious email communications where I said … wait, what are we swapping?  I assume that happened to some of you.  But we sorted it out.  I think I did seven swaps, both for fragrances I really wanted and chocolate/tea.  There were some very imaginative swaps going on, including foodstuffs, jewelry, and hand-knit items.

5) In hindsight, choosing Thanksgiving weekend maybe wasn’t the greatest idea.  It wasn’t a problem for our friends overseas, and my thinking was that it would give U.S. residents some time while they were off work/school.  But I hadn’t considered the problems this created for those (duh) who were away from home and couldn’t remember what bottles they had, the sizes, etc.  So if we do this again, I won’t pick a holiday weekend.

6) If there were any horror stories, I’m unaware of them.  As far as I could see, keeping an eye on comments, people were behaving with total respect and civility and a sense of fair play.  There were times when multiple people were going after the same items, and/or initial swaps that didn’t work out and people went with the second or third offers.  Again, kudos to all of you.

7) I was concerned that this swap wouldn’t work because people would be too narrowly focused – i.e., I have Fragrance X, and I will ONLY swap for Fragrance Y.  That’s what MUA’s for, right?  But there was some great bargaining and additional throwing-in of samples to balance things.

8 ) Speaking of balance, I was impressed by people’s ability to look beyond the “perceived” dollar value of a particular bottle.  Let’s face it – many of us have paid retail for mass market stuff, while also scoring killer deals on niche scents we got as bargains on eBay or elsewhere.  Nobody knows what a particular bottle really “cost” someone else.  People did what I’d hoped for – they had things they didn’t want, swapped for things they wanted, and didn’t stress too much on disparities in theoretical worth.

9) I’ve already heard several stories of people’s generosity in throwing in extra goodies in packages.  I’ve not heard from anyone who got totally stiffed (swapper or stuff vanished).  I have heard from a few folks who’ve not yet received their end, wondering how that is working out?

10) I’m thinking of doing this again, in the summer – that would be a new season and would give us six months to accumulate more samples/bottles we don’t want.  What say you?

A quick review – I got several things on my wish list, including Hanae Mori Magical Moon, YSL Cinema, and Jolie Madame (new version.)  Yes, I am just that lame and tasteless, apparently. One thing I swapped for on a whim was Annick Goutal Eau du Sud, because I’ve read several people calling it cumin-y, although cumin is not listed in the notes. I am thrilled.  As you know, I’ve been on a bit of a cumin bender.  I am pretty darned sure that Sud is not at the top of the AG popularity list (it has a miserable 45% rebuy rating on MUA).  I couldn’t even remember what Sud smelled like.  It’s sort of like Hadrien, but more herbal and with a hefty dose of salty sweat, which sticks around for the duration.  It’s both abrasive and oddly refreshing.

Okay, throwing it open to you all.  What did you get?  How did it go?  Any suggestions or issues we should work through?

image:  Hecate and Buckethead blow out the candles on their cakes this summer; she’s worms, he’s sharks, naturally.  They’re wearing swim gear because it was a migraine-inducing-super-soaker party with the more feral neighborhood children.  No, this has nothing to do with today’s post, but I ran across it and it makes me smile.

  • Elisa says:

    This was my first time swapping and a total success! I did three swaps and ended up with two lovely frags I’ll be mostly saving for spring/summer (La Chasse au Papillons Extreme and HdP 1873), plus a bunch of decants from Musette (my favorite of which so far is Dior Dolce Vita – yum!). Thanks so much for hosting it and I hope we do it again!

  • loledinburgh5 says:

    Thanks March for this!.It was my first time and I was very nervous;I don´t know if my swappers have yet received their packages and I am still waiting for mine to arrive(more presents for Christmas yipee…)
    It was a well organized chaos,great fun and the fact that everyone here is so lovely and understanding made me jump on board.
    I also loved the fact that people were willing to trade for non perfume things as well which was a huge relief as I don´t have a huge collection.
    Thanks again and please give us some more Swapmaniaaa!!!!.

  • taffynfontana says:

    I am looking forward to my swap

  • esther Hernandez says:

    Loved the swap

  • Colleen says:

    I swapped some vint L’Heure Bleue, MK Island Capri, a few Arabian oils for costume jewelry. I got a cute necklace with bees all over it and earring sets too.

    With the sets, I thinks it’s better to list bottles separately. Easier to find and easier to reply to. Overall loved Swapmanina and would be it again (just not on turkey day)

  • maidenbliss says:

    sorry March, that was intended to tango-it wouldn’t go.

  • tango says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to participate in the next swap. I discovered PerfumePosse just a few weeks too late to join in this previous one. :(( And I have so much to swap!

    • March says:

      Hey, welcome aboard! It’s a great group of people.

    • maidenbliss says:

      What do you have? I’m still game. I did 7 swaps, it was hectic, but a mother lode of fun. If you want to swap w me just respond here–next time will be even more fun–if that’s possible.

  • Victoria says:

    So, I read your comment on Annick Goutal Eau du Sud yesterday and once I got home, I put it on. You’ve really captured its spirit for me–darker, deeper, saltier Eau d’Hadrien. Your comment on its being abrasive and oddly refreshing stayed with me for the whole day. It was so evocative and oddly alluring. Somehow, I find that the winter is the time when I am most drawn to colognes. Maybe, because they are so summery in feeling. Eau du Sud definitely hits the spot by making me imagine the caresses of sand and the warmth of late afternoon sun…
    *looks outside at the half frozen Hudson*

    • March says:

      Colognes this time of year are kind of perfect, aren’t they? For exactly the reason you describe. I love Mandragore and Carthusia Mediterraneo and the Chanel cologne now, when it’s cold and they stand out in the frost. Of course they’re necessary sometimes in summer, but a different animal now… it’s good to be refreshed in the winter!

  • donanicola says:

    Due to a crazy period at work and Christmas parties/shopping etc I am very sorry to be commenting only now. Briefly – I had maybe 6 swaps? USofA, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands (I’m in UK) and all went more or less swimingly. I am delighted that people wanted the bottles/decants I put up for swap and viewed the return as a bonus but heh! What a bonus! Not going to single out anyone because all were generous, thank you, and thank you March for the wonderful idea and providing the forum.

  • helenviolette says:

    Thanks so much for hosting March! It was a hoot. I had 5 swaps going and have recieved everything (a bottle of Yvresse AND Champagne- can’t wait to compare! An older (90’s?) version of Bandit that knocked my socks off! Some great samples of stuff I want to try AND a bottle of Cuir de Lancome (which I am still awaiting from overseas). I am pleased as punch with my swaps.

    On a CUMIN NOTE- you need to try the new Fareb (8th Art) perfume- it packs a cumin whallop!

    • March says:

      Those are some GREAT swaps. And I have tried Fareb! It’s lovely and as you say, it packs a wallop. That and the iris one are the nicest, I think.

  • lenika says:

    I swapped for the first time and did 4 swaps! I’ve got an almost full bottle of something I wanted for a long time (and I love it) and maybe a million decants and testers, some of the frags I already tried and wanted and some of new (for me) things that I don’t have chance to try in my country (and I almost never travel).
    And you, people, ARE generous! I’m impressed. It was a surprise to get all the extras you put in!
    Thank you so much, Ines, Anita, Marsi and Ann!
    And thank you, March, for hosting this event. I’m looking forward to next swap!

    • Ann N. says:

      Chiming in a little late here, but I second the many thanks to March and everyone for a great swap event. I got great stuff from lovely people (waves to Helena, Karin, Anita and March above) and also Geordan. Let’s do it again next year!

  • florentina says:

    First time swapper here and absolutely loved it! What a lovely and very green idea and just before Christmas too! When I first put up my list of bottles and samps ready to be swapped and a list of wants, I did not know if I would have any takers, especially when I saw what wonderful offerings other people had listed…

    Still, I took out my bottles and placed them on a table next to my laptop , hoped and just enjoyed keeping up with the ever growing list of entries, getting an education in the process…

    I ended up doing 5 swaps! The perfumistas I exchanged emails and with whom I traded treasures were knowledgeable, generous, courteous and clearly very passionate about perfume and making this a fair and exciting a process…

    What a wonderful way to learn about new perfumes, get decants of long lost loves and to know in your heart that the bottles that were no longer getting enough attention are going to appreciative and discerning owners…

    I still am awaiting 3 of the swap items and am happy with he the suspense… It is after all holiday time and the postal systems are overwhelmed… Each packet I get in the mail will bring more joy! I am already so grateful with the samples and decants I got so far…

    So far, I have gotten decants of TF tobacco vanilla( LOVE), new Balmain JM(WOW! I only knew the vintage), Demeter wet garden(a nostalgic scent for me) and a sample of ninfeo mio as well as samples of Caron tabac blond(HMMM,I can just see layering this one…), rose Alexandrie , Piguet Fracas and a Theorema mini (LOVE!!!)

    I have already looked and identified bottles that will likely make it to a future swap…It feels great to declutter and bring in what truly makes my heart swoon…

    Thankyou March for making this possible… I am happy you also got some of the things you were yearning for…

    • March says:

      I am amazed at the breadth of swapping that went on and that, all things considered, it worked out as well as it did. It sounds like you got some lovely new things.

  • mariekel says:

    On the whole, I thought it was good fun and I did get some lovely stuff from some really delightful people

    But…taking a deep breath…there were certain frustrations. The main one was that if there was something you might truly want but did not happen to log on at the right time, it was gone. The vast majority of swaps were listed on the first day, and many of those during working hours when a lot of folks would have been at work and not necessarily able to log in. (Guess I’m still a bit bummed about the Wildflower Honey that got away…)

    My suggestion would be to have the next Swapmania (and I do hope you do it again, March!) take place over a non-holiday weekend. I would add that I think it would much fairer if all those participating made one list of everything they had to swap and then let all interested parties make an offer over the course of the weekend. At the end, swappers could then choose which offer they preferred and no-one would get left out at having a shot at getting something they might really want.

    Just my two cents.

    • March says:

      I’ve been thinking about your comment for awhile. And with all due respect (picture a GIANT respect hat) I’m going to disagree with it… I might be up for doing a weekend, but I’d still likely start it on a weekday and leave it up. The reason is that for me, it’s easier to monitor it that way. Also, I encouraged (and in fact wanted) the kind of quick bartering and exchange that went on — part of the social-experiment angle. Allow me to argue my position.

      For people who want to take time, and get exactly what they want, there’s another forum — Makeup Alley (MUA). Folks list things there all the time — their swap lists and their wish lists — and they can take as long as they want, including “never”, to swap for them. There were things I missed out on too — things I’d have liked to get in early on. And I daresay that some of the folks who swapped with me maybe might have spotted something on there later that they’d have liked better. But hindsight, while 20/20, is rather slow and inefficient. We had a huge number of swaps, judging by comments, and by and large people seem pretty pleased. It did get crazy, and I did have some trouble getting on during the heaviest traffic (I’m grateful the site didn’t crash.) I did announce it, I think more than once, in advance so that people could try to plan a little, and while a ton of items were listed that first day, the swapping (and listing) continued on even after I’d officially moved on. By and large, it worked, and it worked well. I hope that makes sense.

  • Mary says:

    It was fun! This was my first time swapping, and it was fun just to connect with like-minded folk. I should have planned more in advance, as I was away for TG weekend, and did not have my details in mind, but that was my lack of advance planning/inventory control. Very educational– in addition to learning about some perfumes I hadn’t yet had the opportunity to explore, and to trade for some really interesting decants plus amy warm weather favorite ( got enough Ines to last the next spring summer and fall!) It was also great to learn about a local source of chocolate sable cookies, and to send some on!;)I’ll participate again when you do it again– need to get some decanting supplies–Mary

  • Tara says:

    I never swapped before so I just dove in and hoped for the best.

    It was better than I expected. I had four wonderful swaps…Each person was amazing in a different way.
    I swapped with someone from Germany which was cool..

    One swapper and I realized we had something in common (not something happy, but sometimes its comforting to meet people who have share similar experiences good or bad)…

    Another swapper helped me find my beloved, but discontinued HG Guerlain…It was an amazing surprising Christmas miracle.

    In my last swap I was so happy that a vintage perfume went to a home that would truly appreciate it rather than it languish in the back of my perfume drawer.

    I am very very happy I participated. It was a fully positive experience!

    Thanks March

    • March says:

      Congrats on the Guerlain! Now I’m curious which one…

      • Tara says:

        Plus Que Jamais….stunning…

        • Tara says:

          Although as I recall from your review I think you liked it, but there was something lacking in it for you that made you not smitten. For me, I understand it’s not querky or edgy, but there is something so perfect about it. I think it is really different from anything else…I don’t mean oddly different, I mean perfectly different, if that makes any sense..as in there’s always something about other fragances I wish I could change and then they would be perfect..Plus Que Jamais is perfect just the way it is…

  • Cheryl G says:

    I’m one of those out of towners who didn’t know what I had to swap. March held this virgin’s hand and there was no crying. I scored the beautifully presented Fidji that I probably would have paid big bucksahama for on ebay. All it cost me was a bottle of Magical Moon and a Lindt choco bar.
    Next time,I’m offering a gently used bottle of Amoureuse by
    Parfums DelRae, can’t wear it anymore and Bellodgia by Caron. Oh,and my dirty little secret-Bluebell! What the hell was I thinking?

    • March says:

      See, this is eggsactly what I was talking about. You got the vintage Fidji and are thrilled. I got the mass-market Magical Moon and am thrilled. (I ate the choc. Even shared a bit with the cheese.)

      Cannot help you with your Bluebell thinking. 😉

    • OperaFan says:

      Ooooh! I’ll be keeping an eye out for your Amoureuse listing! and the Bluebell…

    • mariekel says:

      OOOOoooohhhhh!! Pick me! Pick me! Whenever you want to offload the Delrae Amoureuse, I am your girl! LOVE that stuff!

  • Flora says:

    March, I had the BEST time! I was new to serious swapping on this scale – had mostly traded samples one-on-one with people-but I finally had enough of my own things to plunge into the fray. I swapped with five people, only one of whom I already knew (the fabulous Musette) and made some new swap buddies! I am doing follow up swaps with one of them since we quickly figured out that we are scent twins!

    I only swapped one FB so next time I will try to swap away the other one I had to give away and hopefully more. I ended up doing mostly decants of my vintage stuff but I got some FBs in return so I feel like the lucky one. One of my prizes was a long time HG, the original Parfum Sacre EDP, in The Black Box, now discontinued, and it is now MY PRECIOUSSSSS. :-D

    I found out that if I am willing to give some of my favorite scents away, I will be doubly rewarded with swapping Karma and get wonderful things back that I love. My vintage stash needs to be shared anyway, it won’t keep forever, and that perfume ain’t gonna wear itself!

    • maidenbliss says:

      Flora! WE both got Parfum Sacre? Wanna trade the original for my newer version? hee hee….Karma is good, I agree.

      • Flora says:

        Maidenbliss, you should try the new Parfum Sacre Intense released a few months ago – it’s sort of a replacement for the old EDP but it’s woodier to my nose and has something synthetic in there that’s not in the old stuff. It’s wonderful but still not as good as the original formula IMHO.

        The old formula EDT in the solid gold box is about as powerful as anyone could ever want anyway, and it’s much easier to find than the Black Box. I will contact you directly with some more info. :-)

  • Miranda says:

    I can thank Perfume Posse for introducing me to my latest addiction a few years ago! I’ve learned SO much…and this continues to be my favorite perfume blog. First-time swapper–and so much fun! I was the person who swapped the beloved Mitsouko EdP for (prepare yourselves) Flowerbomb(!) I can hear March gasping! I had always loved edgier scents (Bvlgari Black; Ormonde Jayne Woman; Parfum des Merveilles; La Labo Vanille 44 (from The Perfumed Court), etc. However, I lost my Dad a few months ago, and for some arcane reason started craving Flowerbomb! I even spray the Flowerbomb Extreme on my pillow. It has comforted me. Don’t you think, fellow perfumistas, that we look for the absolutely perfect perfume to change our lives? I do. And I swapped Parfum des Merveilles for some incredibly beautiful scents: Guerlain SDV; Organza Indecence; etc. The two women I did business with were lovely, generous and knew their perfumes. I now have some new ones I think I must have! I dumped a tiny decant of M. Micallef Note Vanillee into my large decent of Givenchy Organza Indecence (such sacrilege!)–and it smells divine. Well, at least when I’m thrown into debtors’s prison, I’ll be smelling great! Thank you again, dear March, for giving so generously of your time and energy. I’ll definitely do this again!

    • Musette says:


      I, for one, am SO happy that you were able to make that swap, insane as it sounds to us Mitsoukoians. That Flowerbomb gives you such comfort puts it on the level of the most vintage of Mitsoukos – and for me to say that…well….

      I wish you much comfort and ease, as you navigate through this difficult time.

      xo >-)

    • maidenbliss says:

      It matters not the smell divine
      all we know is that it’s ‘mine’
      who cares to know what turns our nose
      always it will be mysterious
      the lavender
      the lily
      the rose

    • March says:

      OH MY GOD. 😮


      can I tease you just a teensy, tiny bit? Just, like, a millimeter? About the Mitsy?

      Remember, I’m the woman who swapped vintage Fidji for a mass market frag too, so /:)

      • maidenbliss says:

        A late response, but—which one of us is gettin’ teased? Ain’t it unbelievable? I’m tickled!!

        • March says:

          The idea of swapping Mitsy away for AP makes something seize up in my chest. :)>- But since my swaps no doubt look the same way to others…

          • maidenbliss says:

            wait…AP? confused here–is there some perfume lingo I’m ignorant of? hope i don’t look
            even dumber by questioning this:)
            how do ya think my chest felt when I got the offer? thumped and bumped.

  • Winifreida says:

    A spambot got into my email recently, causing a number of friends to hilariously tell me they were OK for Viagra and how come I had so much of it etc etc. Apols to anyone who had the misfortune to be on my contact list! It took me ages to sort out and I’m kinda glad I chickened out early in the piece (because of post office terror)…
    Next time I am going to sit down and really make a list and stop being so anally retentive! There must be some unsniffed bottles and decants that are not getting the lurve they deserve in my stash somewhere!!!

    • March says:

      Look, don’t FORCE yourself. I’m one of those people who has so many bottles they’re reproducing on their own. I keep my samples, mostly, but other folks felt that way about their samps… you’ll know when the time is right! :)>-

  • Connie says:

    This was so much fun to read. I’m with a few others on here who did not have the courage to dip my toe into the swapmania. I kept thinking that I didn’t have anything interesting to offer … and have never swapped. :-(

    But ya’ll have given me the confidence to try and I look forward to the next one! So happy everyone was pleased with their swaps.

  • bry says:

    Long-time lurker, first time swapper! I was able to swap a few bottles for some decants on my wish list and samples that were recommended by the swappers based on that list – this is quite the knowledgeable group, but you already knew that :)

    I have received 2 of 3 packages from the States. None of the packages I sent have been delivered to their intended recipients yet. It’s (only) been a week and I’m hoping they will reach their destinations before the weekend so as not to dissuade people from swapping with us Posse-fans up north.

    I’m already gathering samples for the next swapmania.

  • Dante's Bra says:

    I’ve actually never swapped before, and I was amazed at how patient, generous and sweet everyone was. It actually gave me the warm and fuzzies, which are sorely needed these days.

    Perfume peeps rule!

  • Rednails says:

    I had wonderful swaps with everyone.

    I was the lucky one who got Diana’s Alahine; it came beautifully packed, with lovely cards and candies — a box of southern hospitality.

    I traded my Mitsy with Musette for some decants/samples. What a BLAST it has been corresponding with her. Her notes are as great as the fabulous perfumes she sent. I hope she comes my way so I can meet the “evil auntie.”

    The gracious Marikel sent me some samples for a decant, with many extras.

    Geordan’s Detchema will likely arrive today. Don’t work so hard, sweetie! It’s Christmastime!

    I want to thank them all for their kind attentions and the Posse for hosting the swap event of the year.

    Best, Rednails

  • odonata9 says:

    It was such fun for me! I got rid of a few unwanted bottles and a few decants and got tons of decants and samples in return (too much to list each item – I had 5 separate swaps!). It was torture for a few days as I had a cold when I started getting the packages so couldn’t sniff all the goodies! All the swaps were great and came in quickly – no problems at all. Got a sample of De Bachmakov and am wearing that today – very nice. Most of the things I got are summery (PdN Eau Turqouise, AG Le Chevrefeuille, LAP The Pour un Ete, MH Tangerine Verte), so I haven’t been wearing them too much now. Luckily I live in San Diego, so it will be warm enough for them soon!

    Suggestion – I think listing each item separately was a good idea, and should be followed for future ones as even though it leads to a lot more comments, it’s much easier for the comment replying to know who is interested in what. Can’t wait to do it again!

    • OperaFan says:

      Totally agree with the suggestion.

      It may be difficult for those with a lot of samples and small decants and are allowing swappers to pick and choose.
      I had several swap partners willing to split my one bottle and once I agreed on who I was going to work with, we took our negotiations offline until we all agreed, and I came back and posted the status. So that may also work in this situation.

      • March says:

        People actually split up samples and decants in an incredibly orderly fashion, as best as I could see through that chaos 🙂 And then taking it offline for the details seemed to work out well.

    • March says:

      I do think I’m going to suggest again that people list stuff separately, although I acknowledge that people swapping bunches of samples/decants tend to lump them together, and then some of those got peeled apart in the swaps. But it made it easier for me, following one item per swapper at a time.

  • Alice C says:

    I had a great time reading through the comments and completed two swaps! I am very new to this wonderful world of perfume and I must say the two women I swapped with, March and Tommasina, were so kind and generous. I have so many new scents to try out, I am overwhelmed!! I will be ready to play next time, with more items to offer–I’m already looking forward to it!

  • Ms.B says:

    *sigh* I was too chicken. There were so many things that looked interesting, but sadly I am a newb and didn’t have much in the way to swap. I did however have a fantastic time reading through all the comments and living vicariously. As a swap virgin, this is the first swap that I have ever been tempted to join, because it all seemed so friendly. Hopefully you will do this again, and I will have more courage then!

  • maidenbliss says:

    Wow! Those twins are sooooo adorable! Fantastic opportunity, March! I thought I was fairly organized but when I stepped off the swap cliff I wasn’t prepared for it.

    To all my fellow perfumistas–thank you so much for all the goodies! I hope you were happy with your swaps. I received so much stuff I can’t begin to list it all. I got things I wanted to try for years. The trip to my mailbox everyday has been fun as well as emailing back and forth w people in and out of the USA. I was given so many extras – haven’t even begun to sift through everything. Initially quite chaotic until I got a handle on it.
    If I knew how to knit I’d make you a scarf, March.

    • HemlockSillage says:

      Hope you love the TFs and CdG Incense Series! I have thoroughly enjoyed the skankfest that is Bal a Versailles. I also delighted in getting to know Maidenbliss a tiny bit.

      My other two swaps, one to Canada and the other to Switzerland, I’ve sent, but the packages from their end have not arrived. Here’s hoping it’s a slow mail thing. I think I’ll stick with swaps inside the US next time, as I really stressed about those overseas mailings!

      Overall, I’m so glad I participated. Lots of fun, and Maidenbliss is right, it made my trips to the mailbox lots more exciting. Perfumistas (perfumaniacs?) are the best folk. Be well.

      • bry says:

        Narciso is on its way!!! It would have been quicker to stick the bottle to you and send it by cab :(

        • bry says:

          ack – I was in Montreal this week so my English is off :”> The better way to have put that would have been: to send the bottle by cab.

        • HemlockSillage says:

          No worries! I was betting slow holiday mail was the culprit. My big fear was the HUGE sign threatening $250K fines for sending perfume, specifically in the mail or by UPS. I was so afraid of getting in trouble with customs. I’m so glad yours arrived without incident! Hope you enjoy the decant and samples.

      • maidenbliss says:

        Hemlock–I’ve been lovin’ them to pieces!
        Wanted the CdG series/TF and you came through.
        Got my last swap today from CA. I’m a kaleidoscope of scent.

        I lol-silently out loud when I get the speech about what’s in my packages at local PO. Part of me cringes at lying and the other devil-may-care laughs it off. So…? I have friends everywhere? Is that a problem with you? I bat my innocent eyes, just cosmetic samples, what’s the problem? Oh, the problem is wafting… hmmmm….

    • March says:

      Hey, someone’s making me a scarf! I am soooo excited.

      And I’m glad you had fun.

  • Patty says:

    I’m a Swap Virgin, and this first time was fine for me. I swapped a partial bottle of Crabtree & Evelyn Wisteria EDT for a partial bottle of Bal a Versailles EDC, and I’m very happy with it (got some extra goodies, too – olive oil soap and some samples, thanks to my fellow swapper!). I did find the multiple-thread format confusing to wade through. As it was my first swap, I kept it simple and picked one thing I was interested in among the first listings. I’m wondering if next time, the comments area should just be for the offers, with the negotiations being carried on via email? But I do hope there will be a next time, I thought this was a great idea.

    • March says:

      I’m glad your swaps worked out. It’s hard to know about the offers… I could argue either way. The nice thing about having that all transpire on the Posse is it’s transparent (messy, but transparent) so people have a sense of what’s being offered for and by whom. In my case, I backed off a swap when I saw that another person offered (for swap) something the original poster really wanted.

  • Fernando says:

    I did two swaps, in both cases to get rid of things that my wife didn’t like. First I swapped a bottle of HdP 1740 for a Miller Harris Terre de Bois. This one was completely blind, because I had no idea what Terre de Bois was like. It went smoothly and I liked what I got. The second was an older bottle of Ungaro Diva, which I swapped for a small Boucheron. My wife loved the Boucheron, so it was a win.

    I think the swapping worked well until the list of comments got enormous, at which point it became too hard to sort through, even using Ctrl-F (yes, I knew that one; use it a lot!). I had forgotten to tick the “email me if someone replies” box, which was a mistake; next time it might be good to have that default to “yes” for the swap event.

    The hardest thing for me was that my list of wants was too short! So I’ll have to prepare a list of things I’m willing to try for next time. I was mostly hoping for masculines, which restricted things too much. Next time I’ll be better prepared.

    • March says:

      I do think that people who get/got the most out of it were willing to try a bunch of new things, maybe stuff they hadn’t even heard of. MUA is better for people who are trying to swap for specific things, b/c then you can go search in a less frenzied way for what they want and/or what you have.

      The comments area got so big that eventually it took forever to load, and even I got lost a few times. I do wonder if it’ll be a bit more contained the next time, as perhaps people won’t have as much stuff, and we’ve all had some experience doing this once so will be more organized in our responses.

      • Kim says:

        umm, excuse me. you really think we all are going to slow down on our sampling/purchasing? trust me, I will have just as much if not more to swap next time ;))

      • nozknoz says:

        March, totally agree: the ‘fumes I swapped for were ones I would never have thought of asking for, including one I had never imagined (a perfume by an Icelandic artist!), and this is what made it all worthwhile for me.

  • Kym says:

    Hey March, I really wanted to get in on this swap, but I found it really hard to follow. The first few posts were easy enough to follow, but then it just got crazy. And while it was more obvious what people had to swap, I couldn’t figure out what people’s wish lists were…just some constructive, hoping that next time I’ll be able to participate…thanks for your consideration

    • March says:

      The Wish List thing is hard. I’ll just put that out there and say it. Having people drop in their whole MUA swap/wish lists is space-consuming. Having people go to MUA to look doesn’t work, because lots of people who played aren’t even on MUA.

      My hope, which I think we mostly managed, was that this wouldn’t be a mini-MUA — that folks mostly didn’t say, here are the three things I have, which I will ONLY swap for these things I want. That is, after all, what MUA is for.

  • Illertissen says:

    Until now, I’d never swapped, used MUA mail, or shipped overseas: new frontiers! I got lovely bottles of Paestum Rose, Escale a Pondichery, Ambre Gris, Barbara Bui Huile Blanche and a very generous assortment of samples. I love knowing that my neglected bottles of Jungle L’Elephant, Alahine, Nuit de Longchamp, Jaisalmer and Yvresse went to people who’ll wear them happily. (Frustratingly, Alahine’s list of notes SOUND right up my alley; sometimes I feel like the only person on the planet who doesn’t adore it).

    The best part was the conversation, and being reminded what nice, generous people share my love of perfume. Marsi, March, Eve and Millicent — THANK YOU!!

    Can’t wait for the next event…I’m already lining up candidate bottles and decants.

    • March says:

      It was great to swap with you! Alahine, I love that thing so much, and Louise laughs at me because she says it’s all amber. And I don’t Like Amber. [-(

      It sounds like you did great in your swaps. Your Elephant did indeed go to a loving home! lol of the weekend, my niece said, what’s THIS?!? (cool elephant bottle.) I said, ask, don’t spray that!!!

    • March says:

      PS If you come back, did you get your Barbara Bui samp? I threw it in the mail.

      • Illertissen says:

        I’m sorry I didn’t get back to you sooner: I did get the BB samp–thank you! It’s so cozy that I may have to start looking for a FB when the credit card recovers.

        I Love Amber — that’s why my reaction to Alahine’s so baffling. Wish I could identify which note (s?) is putting me off.

  • Kathryn says:

    So glad you will do this again and not on a holiday. In the occasional few minutes I wasn’t cooking or carousing with my family, I checked in and it looked like so much fun. Even although I didn’t have enough time to participate, I enjoyed seeing all the happy swapping. Good job in pulling this together, March!

    • March says:

      Thanks. Will definitely do this again, not on a holiday weekend. And it was, indeed, fun. I had fun just reading it and watching the bargaining.

  • sweetlife says:

    It was delightful mess, and fantastic for someone like me who has no trouble making decants but lots of trouble going to the P.O. So all at once was crazy, but in the end, easier.

    Still waiting on a couple of long distance things. My package to Switzerland made it there almost a week before the Canadian one.

    I am wearing my hat!

  • Style Spy says:

    I got a little swimmy trying to follow the comments, but it was fun and I have two new big loves: Norma Kamali Incense and Dior New Look 1947. Gorgeous, both of ’em. My nose is thrilled, my wallet is apprehensive. Thanks to all my lovely swappers, and I would like to offer a public apology to a couple of people I think I lost track of and never responded to. I’m not a bad person, I’m just not a very smart one… ::sheepish::

    • March says:

      NK Incense, muWAHAHAHA. Don’t spill it! For heaven’s sake. I have a decant of Ceremony, which is marginally more civilized. I also still owe you a samp of Elephant. (hides face)

      Eh, some people didn’t get responded to, and nobody pitched a fit. Given the huge quantity of emails, I can’t say non-response was a shocker.

  • Holly says:

    This was one of the nicest experiences of online rapport I’ve had the pleasure to experience! The generosity of spirit was just awesome– one lovely lady kept coming up with more bottles/decants/samples she wanted to send me… so I went ahead and sent her my entire list. That was SO cool. Another wonderful new acquaintance went out of her way to make sure we worked out a swap for the decant that interested me, and I think we were both happy with the results ( I hope so– I know I am). And finally, as I was perusing the swaps that went on towards the end, I noticed that someone was looking for a bottle of something I just happened to have and forgot about, and contacted her and ended up get a lovely package of decants and samples (and a very pretty bottle with a bit left in it). Score! I loved being a part of this, and would jump at the chance to participate again. Thanks March, for initiating this! And many, many thanks to the generous and classy swappers who made this so much fun. XO

    • March says:

      I admit it was a personal moment of clarity/hilarity for me, seeing folks swap things I love — gah, take my Mitsouko/Jicky/whatever. And for almost everyone who hates something, there seems to be someone who wants it, as your story illustrates. Glad it worked out. Your swaps sound delightful.

    • OperaFan says:

      … and the best part was discovering at the end that your fellow swapper lives in your own state!

      • Holly says:

        I know, that was a nice surprise! You were a great swap-partner and I had so much fun emailing back and forth. Let’s do it again some time… maybe I’ll get something for Christmas that needs to be swapped away… :)

  • nozknoz says:

    This coincided with the final pre-holiday end of the year work frenzy and was my first try at swapping – so I only listed one swap and responded to one other, and was rather delayed in getting my offerings packed and sent off.

    I am THRILLED with the Icelandic perfume decant (and samples) from Annelie, and with Rich Hippie (and a treasure trove of samples) from Tammy. It is an almost alchemical experience to turn neglected bottles and samples into something new and unusual that I would never otherwise have sniffed, and great fun to meet virtually fellow ‘fume lovers in far-off places.

    It was also huge fun just to read the offers and counter offers. For example, Karin’s description of Jicky, “this one’s a civet monster! P-EW with a capital P-EW!” was the most perfect marketing catnip ever, IMO.

    Huge thanks, March, for organizing another super scent event!

    • March says:

      Yeah, I loved the descriptions and the way some of the people wrote, basically, take this thing off my hands, please! I laughed reading them. And it was great to see the long-distance swaps working out. I think some folks were dubious about overseas swaps or worried they wouldn’t work, and fingers crossed, they did.

      • Shelley says:

        Would you believe 4 of my 5 swaps were out of country? And most arrived in less than a week? What a world.

        What a smelly, friendly, crazy chat world. :)

  • Millicent says:

    I had a great time with this, despite swapping for the first time AND from a weird location (Malaysia). Although there were a few people who didn’t reply — some may have listed stuff once and not checked back in — everyone was really nice, even if we didn’t make deal.

    I did three swaps, all of which worked out smoothly. As a relative newbie living in Perfume Wasteland, I think I got the long end of the stick in some trades, but then plenty of others feel that way too, so maybe there’s just a lot of goodwill going around.

    • March says:

      Everyone WAS really nice. I need to say again how much that impressed me. There were swaps that fell through because someone else had something the swapper wanted more, or folks didn’t get back and say their swaps were done, but nobody pitched a fit about it. Considering how many people were playing, and how complex the offers got, wow. Gold (*) all around.

      I am always happy to hear people got more than they’d expected rather than less.

  • Shelley says:

    Timing will always be tough. I wouldn’t sweat that…holiday weekends might be great for some, horrible for others. For me, it would depend; this one was awkward, but I jumped in at the tail end, and still managed to end up in 5 swaps.

    Which brings me to mind set…hey, y’all who stayed one (or more) steps back…I get it. I wasn’t sure I would do it, but I got my party hat on, and all went well. Sometimes I’m up for garage sales, or a day with crowds, and others…NOT. :)

    My swaps, still in progress. (cf “I jumped in at the tail end,” add in “most of my offers were arrays of samples/decants I prepared myself.”) I have very much enjoyed the correspondence–had some delightful banter back and forth to Malaysia–and all that has arrived so far has either been Just As Expected (perfect!) or More Than I Imagined (spoiled!) Both categories, by the way, would be Beyond Expectations, because the main points were to get rid of languishing items and/or explore, right?

    Best of all…I AM GETTING A SCARF!!! I can’t wait. Little does my swapper know I am desperately trying to figure out how to persuade her to make me a hat to go with it. Oh, wait… ;)

    • March says:

      I know! Swaps in Malaysia and a scarf, does it get better? (no) And I hear you on joining/not joining. I held myself (?) to seven only because I felt like that was all I could keep track of.

    • Dante's Bra says:

      HAW HAW HAW! I’ll send a hat in a few weeks! gotta finish the xmas presents first!

      email your head deets: hair length and color, diameter of yer head, etc.

      The cat keeps sitting on your scarf while it dries, i’m about to kill him…

  • Olfacta says:

    I was in and out of town and couldn’t participate, but will next time!

  • Mrs.Honey says:


    Thank you so much. I was a fearless swapper when I first joined MUA (and was focused on make up) but had not done any swapping in close to five years. Thanks for the motivation.

    I had two unloved (but perfectly good) bottles. I just can’t throw perfectly good things away, yet I wanted the space they were taking up. (In return I got samples. Thanks, Nina)I swapped one bottle and now have space for my bottle of of Idole de Lubin. That was a good thing because I like to wear it in cold weather, and we have been freezing!

    That said, maybe a holiday weekend was not ideal. I got a response for my other unloved bottle, but could not respond as I don’t do Facebook or Twitter. (Occupational hazard: my teen clients would inevitable try to “friend” me. (Heck, I have had an adult client attempt to contact me via Linked In.)

    Thanks again for hosting!

    • March says:

      Thanks for playing! And yes, again, apologies for the holiday weekend, which worked for some and not at all for others. Since I’d not done this before, and we were only gone for one day, I just hadn’t thought it through.

      Idole. So much love. I have a bottle too.

  • Marsi says:

    Dear March, thank you so much for coordinating this swap. I haven’t swapped since the earliest days of MUA, like since 2000, so I had many treasures ready for new homes. I had four swaps:

    DIANA in Alabama: I swapped my Balmain Ambre Gris for her YSL Yvresse.

    HELENA in Israel: I swapped my SL Daim Blonde for her Guerlain Mitsouko.

    KATIE in California: I swapped my Chanel Cuir de Russie for her Chanel Coco and Guerlain Ylang-Vanille.

    NICOLA in the U.K.: I swapped my Chanel Bois des Iles for her Burberry Brit Gold.

    I’m completely delighted with my swap buddies and the new goods. Many thanks, Diana, Helena, Katie, and Nicola!

    I’m already looking forward to the summer swap!

    • March says:

      Hah, you swapped from all over too! It’s amazing, the things we can send … I did farm my packages out over different POs, trying to avoid suspicion. :d

  • Erin T says:

    I am not good at getting involved with swapping/splitting with people I don’t know, for some reason, though I love exchanging samples and bottles with friends, both online and in person. For this swap, I didn’t have anything I felt anyone would want, so I was prepared to sit out the chaos, just observing. I was very impressed and slightly baffled by those of you who managed something like eight transactions… and especially those who arranged mutiple swaps between others in order to eventually get something you wanted. But just browsing through, not looking for anything “Top Three” on my wish list, I came across a bottle of Mediterraneo (sorry, March!), which I’ve always been interested in, and I had what the swapper wanted in exchange (Sycomore decants).

    I’m glad I limited myself to one transacation, but it went fabulously. I got to meet another Canadian, wonderful Annie, and she sent her package super-speedy. I got a full bottle of sparkling Mediterraneo, some samples of new stuff, lip balm, a fire-engine-red lip liner (how did she know?), brown eyeliner and a Japanese mystery package, which turned out to be bath salts (of so-far undetermined color). We emailed back and forth and the whole thing was just a delight. Perfume people are the best! Thanks so much for braving the server crash by setting this up….

    • March says:

      See, this warms my heart, and I’m glad you wound up with that Mediterraneo and she got exactly what she wanted – and a perfect example (if I say so myself) of that courtesy — I really wanted the two of you to hook up, I backed off right away and sincerely. And now you’ve “met” a new swapper. 😡

    • AnnieA says:

      I had a great time with Erin too! It was lovely that we both felt we got the better deal: Erin not only sent the Sycomore decants, but other decants (NOT samples), samples, and the WHOLE BOTTLE of Knize Ten. !!! I even got an amazingly strange bar of chocolate I hadn’t had the gumption to buy in Vancouver.

      Alas that my second swap is not quite finished, as I am dying of curiosity how Ms. J from Swizterland will like her package. *I* have already received the package with the Cuir de Lancome decant, as well as samples and chocolates, from the Chocolate Centre of the Universe. It really did feel like Christmas.

      BTW thanks again, March! Everybody has been so incredibly generous.

  • Francesca says:

    It sounds like it was a lot of fun and you get a medal for hosting the whole thing, March. It was all a bit much for my tiny brain to encompass, so I didn’t try it this time, but I love that it worked out so well and that people swapped for craft items, too.

    And the picture of the twins is adorable. And I got to see them in person. Squeeee!

    Must add I can’t believe so many people don’t like Eau du Sud. It was my long time monogamous love before I met y’all and started branching out like crazy. Can’t wear Hadrien, though.

    • March says:

      The Hadrien/Sud thing is funny — either people love Hadrien or they think it smells like Lemon Pledge, and it goes there a bit on me too. Sud is my Hadrien substitute, but the comments on MUA are pretty cruel… see, our tastes are just more sophisticated. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

      Those twins, oy. It’s a good thing they are so cute. Julia wants a bobcat for Christmas. I had to work out whether it was the construction vehicle or an actual live bobcat (it’s the latter.)

      • Francesca says:

        erm…i don’t think your dog would be too happy about a bobcat.

      • Kim says:

        OK – just remember that the sense of adventure and derring-do will serve her well later in life….. You just have to survive it all for a while!

      • Musette says:

        she would do better to get the heavy equipment. Srsly. She could rent it out and pay for undergraduate school. I doubt she would make much renting out an actual, live bobcat – but I could be wrong….:-?

        besides, I’m a big fan of earthmoving Bobcats. Great things, there.

        xo >-)

  • jen says:

    I bad a blast with this. I offered my pathetic assortment of samples and minis, which no one wanted, but that was totally fine by me, since most people were interested in my crocheted items and willing to swap for those. One swap we have by mutual agreement delayed until finals and my holiday crafting are complete, but I am completely confident it will happen, and I can’t wait to get started on her scarf! So I will end up with two bottles and a boatload of samples that I am currently digging my way through. This was so much fun and a huge thank you to March for setting this up. I too would like to send you a little something as a thank you for setting this up March, would you like a hat or scarf? Email me!

    • March says:

      Are you SERIOUS?!?! I’ll be honest: I was a little bummed that I’d failed to think of swapping for a hat or scarf. I am the Queen o’ Knitwear, wearing a scarf right now. I bet the neighbors think I’m hiding something wrong with my neck. 😉

      • jen says:

        Absolutely serious – I can try a hat or mittens or something. Email me – you totallymdeserve a knitwear treat for hosting this madness. And oh what fun madness it was! Also I was a swap virgin too, this was my very first one, and everyone has been so delightful. What a wonderful community this is. I’m so pleased to be a part of it.

  • karin says:

    Thank you, March, for hosting! I was one of those who was supposed to be away for the weekend…but ended up at home because my DH was ill (he’s fine now). Swapmania provided a great outlet for fun! I only dipped a toe in – two swaps and one side swap. Have tons of bottles I could easily swap away, but didn’t want to overwhelm the process. I “listed” three, and swapped two, but then spotted an offer to someone else for a Cartier Heure, and ended up swapping some Amouage samples and such for a sample of XIII and other goodies (thanks, Musette!). The other swaps:

    – Jicky EDP for Nahema/Eau Legere (a wave to OperaFan above – thanks! And so kind of you to offer some J to March. :-) )

    – Decant of Escale a Portofino and various samples for some Apres la Mousson and a bunch of other fun samples, including the two FK colognes (pour le soir = yum!).

    Thought it worked out great, though those 1200 comments were a bit overwhelming to read through! Definitely helped that participants took discussions offline.

    Looking forward to the next bash!

    • March says:

      The search feature — that would have made things so much easier, I’ll put it in the post next time, I bet I wasn’t the only person who didn’t know how to search comments. I kept losing my personal threads and had to keep checking back, slowly. It sounds like you got some great samples.

      • OperaFan says:

        The search feature (or Edit-Find on windows explorer) was my saving grace from bug eyes…
        Karin, waving right back at you!

      • karin says:

        Oh March! Meant to ask – how’s that Magical Moon? I’ve been curious about it for awhile cause I’ve heard others say it’s a dupe for Attrape Coeur/Guet Apens. Do you agree?

        Yeah, I didn’t know about that search feature either – great find!!!

        • March says:

          I’m a fanclub of one. As far as I know. It’s a nice … woodsy/fruity incense? Sort of a comfort scent to me, like a cheap and easy Annayake Miyako, if you know that one. It’s still around at some of the Nordstroms for sampling.

          A-C?!?! Nooooo. Nothing at all like the Guerlain to me. I mean, nothing.

      • Kim says:

        I also didn’t know about the search feature and it would have made it much easier – I gave up at about 500 comments cuz I couldn’t keep up. But I re-entered once the search function was mentioned. Don’t want to think about how many comments would have been there if people hadn’t taken it off line :)

        • March says:

          I was doing two things — trying to mind my own swaps and keep an eye on the “tenor” of conversations — and point out missed connections to people who seemed to have things another person would want. And I scrolled up and down until I was dizzy.

  • waftbyCarol says:

    I had been really looking forward to this , I swap all the time and have a huge collection . Then I got sick and came in late . Bummer .
    The swaps I tried , ended up with people who were away from home and could’t remember what they had at home so I ended up swapless .
    Next time for sure I will be an Olympic swapper , I have so much great stuff that needs new homes .
    Thanks for doing it March , I look forward to the next one!

    • March says:

      Yeah, sorry about that schedule fail… next time I’ll do some random midsummer swap. I bet some folks will re-swap things they got.

    • Musette says:


      SWAP by Carol! OOOOH!

      crap. I can’t imagine….it would be like swapping with Patty. Or the Pope. Or Elizabeth Taylor (hey, Liz! Swap you this Jared bracelet for your vintage Bulgari zigzag, whaddayasay? /:)

      But maybe I can boost an armored car or something, so I’ll have something to swap with you!

      xo >-)

  • Elizabeth says:

    I swapped with eight people and had a blast! I won’t list everything here–too many little samples and things, but I now have a lot of new perfumes to try. I swapped away some things I won’t miss or will never use, and also decants of my favorites.

    There is one person who may or may not still be waiting to see what I offer…I am now too occupied with holiday planning to follow through–(sorry, E!) but hope to catch up with her later.:-\

    Thank you March and all of my wonderful, generous, kind & interesting swappers!

  • Sherri M. says:

    March, thank you for having the Swap! I had so much FUN! Thanksgiving weekend was actually good for me, because the kids didn’t have basketball or any of their other activities which keep me running, and even though I had Thanksgiving here, the rest of the weekend I was able to enjoy browsing thru the Posse. The best part of the swap was getting to make new acquaintances. I think I got blessed with the most generous, sweetest four people on the planet. Thank you Holly, Lauren, Aimee and Geordan! I was overwhelmed with your kindness and generosity! It was fun both making up and receiving the little swap boxes. The swap also forced me to clean out my samples boxes, drawers, etc. and I have now found more which needs to find new homes, so I would love to do it again. THANK YOU, March!! :-)

    • March says:

      Hey, that was another thing — going through the collection, culling, thinking, do I really WANT this? And you’re one of the people for whom the weekend schedule worked. :)>-

      Perfume friends are great.

    • Holly says:

      You are the best, Sherri! I just wanted to hop on here and thank you again for a swap made in heaven. :)

  • Louise says:

    Y’all are brave, and have inspired me to dip in next time. Great job, March-and lovely pic of the twins!

  • FragrantWitch says:

    This was my first set of swaps and it was absolutely great. I am still pretty much a newbie so it was a great opportunity to expand my collection- I got things I really wanted, like Bulgari Black ( so gorgeous!) and wanted to try like SSS and I am now in love with Tabac Aurea and Winter Woods. Ooh and Eau de Merveilles and Chergui! My swappers were lovely and generous- I would love to swap with any of them again (Hi guys!). I think we are all happy bunnies!

    Thanks again March! :-)

  • Pimpinett says:

    I swapped an unappreciated, unloved and unworn bottle of original Armani Mania for a much-loved bottle of Rochas Femme, and a decant of Azurée which I am pretty sure I will love once it arrives. This was fun! I am very pleased, I’d do it again in a heartbeat, and I’m so glad that that bottle of Mania found a better home.

    • March says:

      There you go. Perfect swap, everyone’s a winner.

      • Pimpinett says:

        Yes! Now I’m eyeing my splash bottle of vintage Ma Griffe EdC, which doesn’t get enough love either. Anyone? Anyone?

        • Shelley says:

          Stop that! I’m interested…but I’m tuckered out, and holidays are coming! Go put that in a safe corner and come back in 2011. ;)

          • Pimpinett says:

            Allright, I will. :)
            Full disclosure: It’s a 2 fl oz splash, about 75-80% full. I’ve worn it a few times and made a decant, but it was completely full when I got it and smells good. Not sure how vintage, but I’d guess 60’s/70’s.
            It has a hard plastic white screw cap with a horizontal green line, bottle is clear glass and ribbed horizontally with the company name, fragrance, size and Bottle Made in France embossed on the bottom. The label is green with two horizontal white stripes, and says ma griffe, eau de cologne, carven, paris in white lowercase letters.

          • March says:

            lol you all are out of control, I’m going to have to stage an intervention.

        • Masha says:

          I love my vintage CLAW- but I have to be in a really French, really aldehydic mood to wear it….

          • Shelley says:

            Ha! Love that advert. Don’t scare me with the aldehydes; it’s the green, the moss, the galbanum I’m all about.

          • Pimpinett says:

            It is definitely more of an aldehydic floral than a green chypre to my nose. I like it, but I find I do not love it – I think I like my greens greener and my aldehydes more on the powdery side.

          • Mrs.Honey says:

            I received a sample of vintage Ma Griffe. I am not usally a “green” person, so I was surprised I liked it so much. On the other hand, I LOVE aldehydic florals.

  • rosarita says:

    I used to be a veteran swapper on MUA and quit last spring when it stopped being fun. It was nice to just do the Posse short term thing! I met some lovely people, and a certain alien from this forum knocked out my wishlist single handedly. It was lots of fun and I’ll do it again next time.

    • March says:

      I only did a few swaps on MUA. My experience is that people want very specific things, which is fine. Mostly I go on MUA and read the reviews when I’m writing one, to see how the general feeling is about a scent, which is always interesting.

  • Austenfan says:

    I enjoyed it. I didn’t have a whole lot I wanted to get rid of. In the end I only swapped one bottle of Habit Rouge for a bottle of Eau Turquoise ( and extra’s!). I was more than pleased with my swap. I still need to get rid of 2 bottles so those will be for summer!

  • Ines says:

    Oh, this was great fun! :) I enjoyed it immensely (I love swapping in general) and I think I did 8 or 9 swaps in total. Some of my items didn’t go and some were taken almost immediately and I loved it how everyone was very much open to any suggestions.
    I went in open-minded without any special thoughts on perfumes I wanted to swap for and I got many interesting things in return (including a bottle of Shalimar! yes!) and chocolates from around the world. Not everything has arrived yet but that’s even better as I’ll be getting more around Christmas. ;)
    Thanks to everyone who swapped with me and I can’t wait until we do it again.

    • March says:

      It’s fun when those packages show up, innit? I keep swearing to my husband that they are NOT purchases. Which is … mostly true. :”>

  • hongkongmom says:

    ps: March i could eat those two, never mind their scrumptious cakes, they are sooo cute!!….i just made a double tiered cake covered with an assortment of cookies and candy for my 7 yrs olds birthday….swimsuits and swimming are a perfect solution for sugar induced kids!!! Happy birthday!!

    • March says:

      We just guarded the door for two hours and said NO YOU CAN’T COME IN. Then cake on the porch and voila. I bet your 7-year-old loved the cake.

  • hongkongmom says:

    WELL done and thanks!! I had loads of fun in reading and gently attempting, but couldn’t quite it together…I am still in the wall flower category, but would love to join in the dance in the future. I have loads to give away(just need to figure out which ones I will be willing to part with) and need something to light the fire in return!! Well tht goes with extreme personality> I loved reading all of the comments and bantering between perfumistas….u guys r the best

    • March says:

      It really was fun reading all of them, trying to figure out who was up to what.

    • Millicent says:

      Not to sound too desperate here, but I come to Hong Kong periodically (will be there next week, in fact). If you ever want to swap without having to mail, I’m your woman. :d tartufi AT gmail DOT com

  • Tamara*J says:

    I loved it! Yes it was hella hectic but all in all, I enjoyed the ride immensely. I made out like a bandit with some lovely swaps and decants. For the most part I ended up feeling like I got the better end of the deal, but whether I truly did or not I guess that depends on each person’s perspective. I hope everyone I swapped with left the game happy cause I really was.

    Perfumistas are the most loving, generous, passionate and thoughtful folks around. I continue to be touched and grateful for the many emails and contact I have had with perfume peeps, always willing to go the extra mile to make you feel special.
    It matters so much, especially in this world.
    The kindness that abounds always gives me hope.
    I really mean that.
    To everyone I swapped with- THANK YOU.

    Love, T

  • Annelie says:

    I´ve got a nice bottle of Villorezi Musk, I like it, but when I sprayed some on my husband I realise I should leave the musk scents to him. For some reason musk work wonderful with his skinchemistry and not really as wonderful on me, so I guess he will use it more then me.

    And finally I had me some salt water taffy and they where so jummy. Really worth waiting for.

    And samples of some Neil Morris scents and others. Oh, and some lovely extras also.

    I am very satisfied with my part of this swapmania and I hope the one´s I´ve swapped with also is that.

    Thank you for this fun opportunity.

  • Nina Z says:

    It was so crazy and fun! I ended up with two great swaps, getting a bottle of something I love for something I kinda regretted buying and as well as an almost full bottle in exchange for a pile of high-end samples (which I enjoyed putting together with the person’s taste in mind). Plus, I got to initiate Pam into doing her first swap! And she seemed very happy. All in all, a super positive experience (though–boo hoo–no one wanted the three bottles I offered up–gifts I don’t like–maybe next time).

  • Ms.Christian says:

    I will never do this again. I hate swapping. Always did. Always will.

    I just wanted to get rid of the item I listed. The person who wanted it was fine and not a problem or a pill in any way, so she did not make the experience a nightmare.

    I found listing and chatting and cross chatting here was way too confusing, and I did not even bother to look at the stuff listed after my very early in the game swap item post. Too much going on. I really didn’t want or need anything and to be truthful, I have yet to open the package that I swapped for.

    Just call me a turd in the punch bowl. Your idea was lovely, March, and I am sure almost everyone had a blast. I am just a loner odd ball misfit.

    • Masha says:

      Don’t feel bad! I used to do swaps for quilting blocks, and I know, it can really feel like being in over your head–I found them too overwhelming, and gave up mass swaps altogether. For those with the stamina, they are a lot of fun. I prefer my wallflower status,however (so there are at least 2 of us!). And bravo to Highly Energetic March for hosting this, it’s quite a commitment! I am in awe!

    • Louise says:

      I am not a good swapper, and knew this going in…so I sat this one out, and am just enjoying watching!

    • March says:

      Hey, no worries — I know a bunch of folks just watched the drama from the safety of their own homes… I hate making decants, for what it’s worth. Only swapped bottles.

      • Musette says:

        Oh, it was a wild ride, all right! I found the best thing to do was keep a list and then I put each swapper’s ‘stuff’ in a paper bag with their name/address, etc….but even then I lost track. That’s when I sat out a day and took a breath.

        All in all, though, it was a blast. My PO gals were Not In Love with Musette, though… /:) Had to back ’em some brownies!

        xo >-)

  • Furriner says:

    My experience was very pleasant! I swapped to someone who really wanted what I had. I knew one of the samples I was getting, but the rest was a surprise. I am very pleased with what I got in return… almost all was stuff I have never tried, so, like or not, I’m expanding my horizons!! My swapper also felt like I gave more (really?), and offered very generously to send me more stuff. But I didn’t care! I am more than happy with what I received!!!

    I only swapped samples this time out because I never did this kind of thing before. Next time I may swap whole bottles.

    • March says:

      I swapped bottles because I file my samples for reference (seriously) and hate making decants … or, I give my samples away. But lots of people swapped samples and as you said, it’s a great way to try things that might not ever cross your radar.

      • jen says:

        March have you considered a post about how you file your samples for reference? As a noob it’s something I ponder frequently. Also how you keep track of notes, opinions of the scent et al.

        • March says:

          Sure, I’ll think about it. I think someone (Robin at NST?) did this once, with great style.

          I keep mine sorted by house (so you can try all of a line at once), keep the houses together in small Zip-locks, and then sort alphabetically into small sealed plastic tubs from the container store. They are stackable, labeled A-C (or whatever) and in the closet. When lots of samples are carded or one tub gets too tight, I add another tub. (Example – L’Artisan has their own box now.)

          I really do get them out for reference, like if I’m trying to decide if something new smells like something else. I have at this point, thousands of samples, probably.

          My biggest fail since I don’t keep a spreadsheet is: did I file Serge Lutens under S or L? So sometimes I discover “missing” samples like that.

          Opinions: I google the fragrance, read other blog reviews, and look at what people say on MUA. The MUA reviews are not highbrow — just what people thought/felt about it which I find very useful. Notes I often grab from the manufacturer’s website, LuckyScent, Osmoz, Fragrantica, or other blogs. You might be surprised how much those note lists can differ.

  • Musette says:

    Mistress March,

    This was SO much fun! I have NO idea if I got all my swap stuff – and I don’t care! I got so much stuff and most folks were all about Numbers 7 &8, which made it much more pleasant. I didn’t really care if I swapped $XX for teeny pennies. I hate it/you love it, it’s all good!

    I swapped to Israel, Switzerland, Malaysia, Oakland, Jupiter…

    I got chocolate sables (yum!) for the price of postage (I threatened to BEAT the lovely who sent them Priority – they’re full o’ sugar. First Class is good enough! But bless her for caring!)

    I am awash in the most interesting, beautiful vintage perfumes. It’ll take me a month to try them all. Ditto some weird/fabbo stuff from Not Here. Yay!

    I got a hat! A cuuuuuute hat!

    I lamed-out and forgot to send out a couple of things. People let me know – but very graciously. Thank you, all!

    One interesting experience: I had just lovingly chastised a swapper who felt lame for sending xx for my XX! About 30 minutes after I fired off that email I got hoist on my own petard. One of my swappers was so generous it left me with my :o…..and I proceeded to feel all lame,myself!

    I hope most folks just enjoyed the swaps and didn’t worry too much about quid pro quo. You’re right, that’s what MUA is for.

    xo >-)

  • OperaFan says:

    March – I had a great time. The best part of this; however, was getting to make new acqaintences as well as renewing existing ones. I really enjoyed the conversations with everyone.

    My listings: One item listed got zero response, but is more suited for summer anyway so I’ll try again the next round. The Montale Aoud Roses Petals, however, found 3 different homes in the forms of decants and partial bottle, and in return, I received (or will be receiving) bottles of Delrae BdP (Tammy – hang in there, it’s coming!) and PdN Sacrebleu, and a host of samples and decants to keep me busy the next several months.

    Others’ listings: 1. Thanks, Mals – for the Coupe de Foudre (and in the process, I made an unexpected swap for some of my Jasmin Vert)! 2. Thanks to Karin for swapping her Jicky pdt for my Nahema (which I like very much but pales against my love for Jicky – I have the edt) and some Eau Legere (ML version). It turned out we both swapped the same packaging type, which was perfect. I’m very happy with the Jicky (civet not bothering me so far) and hope she’s enjoying hers.
    One final note to March – As a “thank you” for graciously hosting the swap-a-thon and not getting a “hit” on the Jicky, I would like to offer you a decant as a consolation prize. Please contact me!

  • Natalie says:

    The sheer magnitude of swaps drove me bananas — this whole shindig happened to coincide with my busiest time of year at work, which didn’t help — but it was totally worth it. Not only am I the proud new owner of Theorema, Naked Honey, Bellodgia, Ivoire, and some other goodies, but my swap-mates were lovely and kind (we even did a few follow-up swaps!).

    I would love to have more frequent swapfests, because then I could offer just one or two items at a time instead of trying to unload several years’ worth of detritus and confusing my tiny little brain. However, frazzled-ness-inducing though it was, THANK YOU for hosting this!

    • March says:

      You had some great swaps too! And I think we were dealing with some swap backlog here by people who don’t usually swap. :d Next time should be easier, particularly with the search feature.

    • Suzy Q says:

      I agree with you, Natalie. Two or three times a year would be great. I don’t swap except with my Evil Scent Twin. I have a backlog of things I could swap with others. It felt overwhelming. But next time I’ll be prepared! You got some great scents!

    • Kim says:

      also agree. I would like to do this more often, get rid of accumulated stuff more often and it’s easier to keep track of what’s going on when I am only dealing with a few of my bottles. Plus I was out of town the whole time so couldn’t remember what I had to get rid!!

  • James Dotson says:

    I swapped to SLOVAKIA! Really. And it worked. I am very happy with a vintage monster oakmoss Femme, and a vintage Antilope by Weil (had never sniffed it: strange animal-asleep-in-the-hay notes.) Love the old-lady goodness.
    And someone wanted my reformulated Tabac Blond which I found icky.

    • March says:

      EVERYONE – I will read ALL of these but likely will not respond to each one, I’m doing (gasp) work today.

      James — ooh, great swap. (I’ve swapped to Latvia btw.) Antilope is a great scent, and I love me some Femme, old and new.

      • Musette says:

        ^:)^ on the Femme, James! Never smelled the Antilope but it sounds fab!

        Glad your swaps went well! Mine were GREAT!

        My little PO folks already think I’m an >-) because I get letters and packages from all over the globe…when I got a box from Israel…you should’ve seen the look on the kid’s face……I may just be the strangest person he knows!

        xo. >-)

    • maidenbliss says:

      Let me know if he’s/she’s open to more swapping–I’d love to do a swap.