Come Fly With Me: Freezing Holiday Frags + GIVEAWAY!

Hiya Perfume Posse, Portia from Australian Perfume Junkies and by now I’m in an A380 heading from mid summer Australia for Europe in winter. I was going to write this post for last week but life got firmly in the way and left me running to play catch up before I left. So the theme today is Winter Warmers for a Freezing Holiday Abroad, or

Come Fly With Me: Freezing Holiday Frags

This year I have decided to take only three of my horde of fragrances. It has been a tough decision process and I winnowed it down to 25 with a LOT of Umming and Aahing, Toing and Froing, and some coffee. Now I like both warming frags to keep the chill at bay and super cool fresh ones to accent the mood, oh and I also like reminders of warmer climes for dead of winter too. If Europe is similar this year to previous visits then it will be COLD!

Freezing Holiday Frags Paris Yann Caradec  FlickrPhoto Stolen Yann Caradec Flickr

The Freezing Holiday Top 25

#2 Art Collection by Jacomo – Annoyingly my current bottle of #2 has no lid which makes it a bugger to travel.
Ambre Russe by Parfum d’Empire – Though I love Ambre Russe like crazy I think it may overwhelm me while traveling,
Arabie by Serge Lutens – I will be visiting the Palais Royal shop and grabbing a new Lutens so no.
Black Rosette by Strange Invisible Perfumes
Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche by Estee Lauder – Though it felt right to put it in the box, now I don’t know why I did.
Coco parfum by CHANEL
Cuir de Lancome – As much as I love Cuir de Lancome I think it’s a bit soft for the world.
Eau Arpege Vintage Mist by Lanvin – I think I’m worried about the fizzy hydrofluorocarbons in this vintage can. They may explode.
Geranium Pour Monsieur by Frederic Malle
Incense Avignon by Comme des Garcons – I love Avignon and think its spicy incense would be marvelous for the cathedrals and museums, but no.
Kashmir Spice by Ava Luxe
L’Eau d’Amber Vintage by L’Artisan – Excellent safe choice that always has me smiling and good 50ml size but I would be devastated if anything happened to it.
L’Heure Bleue Modern EdP by Guerlain. We are also making a Guerlain pilgrimage to 68 Champs Elysees, no.
L’Heure Convoiteé II by Cartier – This was stunning last year in the cold, bought with Jin in Prague and it would make me miss him.
Liberte by Cacharel – If I need a fruitchouli fix there is not going to be any trouble finding a substitute
Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gnu
Mohur by Neela Vermiere Creations – I will be grabbing an Ashoka from Neela while in Paris, I will be so happy!!! So no Mohur
Nuit de Tubereuse by L’Arisan – I am hoping to find a killer Tuberose frag in Europe, let’s see.
Premier Figuier Extreme by L’Artisan – Bought last year in Budapest with Jin, I think it would make me miss him too much.
Rosa sur Reuse by SOIVOHLE
Sepia by Aftelier _ This is the PERFECT size and I love it so much but Sepia may be too attention grabbing for holidays. I need to focus.
Silences PdT Vintage by Jacomo – I would be tortured if I lost this beauty
Trouble EdP by Boucheron – Trouble is just a bit too big for travel, though I have taken and worn it before.
Vanille by Mona di Orio – If this was a 50ml and less hefty I might seriously consider it, maybe a decant? No.
Vanille & Narcisse by L’Occitane

The Freezing Holiday Top 7

Black Rosette Strange Invisible Perfumes FragranticaBlack Rosette by Strange Invisible Perfumes

CocoParfum FragranticaCoco parfum by CHANEL (20th Century)

Geranium Pour Monsieur Frederic Malle FragranticaGeranium Pour Monsieur by Frederic Malle

kashmirspiceKashmir Spice by Ava Luxe

Midnight Oud Juliette Has A Gun FragranticaMidnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gnu

Rosa Sur Reuse Soivohle FragranticaRosa sur Reuse by SOIVOHLE

Vanille & Narcisse L`Occitane FragranticaVanille & Narcisse by L’Occitane

Which three have I taken? Why? I’ll keep you in suspense till I get home in a month.

Freezing Holiday Frags GIVEAWAY!

The first person to pick the three correct will get a sample of each of The Freezing Holiday Top 7 with P&H anywhere in the world. Just leave your three choices in the comments below.
Up Up And Away!!
Portia xx

  • Are we still playing? My guess is Black Rosette, Midnight Oud, and Rosa de Reuse. Stay warm!

  • einsof says:

    42 comments seems statistically impossible to win, but fun none the less! i guess: SIP Black Rosette, Rosa sur Reuse by SOIVOHLE, and Kashmir Spice by Ava Luxe. since the draw is after your return- WELCOME HOME.

  • Beth says:

    Lucky you Portia!! I’d love to be flying to Europe right now 🙂 My three guesses for you would be: Midnight Oud, Black Rosette, and Geranium Pour Monsieur! Have a fabulous trip xo Beth

  • Marjon Strobbbe says:

    Kashmir Spice by Ava Luxe, Vanille & Narcisse by L’Occitane ,Midnight Oud by Juliette Has A Gun to keep you warm.

  • Elia says:

    I think Coco because I have a feeling it one of your go to scents,
    Rosa Sur Reuse because you can’t escape the allure of the juice’s colour,
    and Geranium Pour Monsieur because you want to take a breath of fresh air with you.

  • Claudia D. says:

    My guess is Geranium, Vanille & Narcisse, and Black Rosette. Have a great time!

  • edpgypsy says:

    My guess is you took Kashmir Spice, Midnight Oud, and Vanille et Narcisse.
    Thank you! Be Safe and Enjoy!

  • My bet is Coco, Midnight Oud and Kashmir Spice. Thanks

  • Sarah K says:

    Coco, Midnight Oud and Rosa sur Reuse. Have a great time – I am very jealous of your trip!

  • Lotta says:

    Ok, My bet is on Coco , black rosette and Kashmir spice!
    Have a great trip 🙂

  • Solanace says:

    Have a wonderful time, Portia!

  • I reckon Vanille et Narcisse (smelt this the other day in the local pharmacy thanks to you writing about it – it’s really gorgeous), Midnight Oud and Coco! Not too cold where I am …. but wrap up wherever you’re going.

  • Sapphire says:

    I’m going to guess Geranium, Kashmir Spice, and Vanille & Narcisse. Bon voyage!!

  • FeralJasmine says:

    DNEM this time, but I hope that you are having a wonderful trip! #freezyurbutt

  • Elena says:

    I think Coco because it’s nearly as fabulous as you are, Gernanium pour Monsieur for polish, and Vanille & Narcisse for something easy.

  • tammy says:

    Oh, do have fun! I can see you swanning all ’round the Continent in Coco, Midnight Oud, and Vanille & Narcisse.

    And I was so thrilled to see you mention Sepia… I never see it written about and it’s my favorite of hers!

    Godspeed, my friend.

  • Jackie b says:

    I will guess
    Kashmir Spice
    Rosa sur Reuse, in THAT bottle please!

  • Cybele says:

    Coco, Midnight Oud, Black Rosette

  • Laurels says:

    I suppose traveling to cities full of wonderful perfume shops makes it easier to limit yourself to three! I’ll guess Geranium pour Monsieur, Vanille et Narcisse, and… Kashmir Spice. Have a wonderful trip.

  • Lizzy says:

    I?m thinking the Black Rosette (a beautiful and dead sexy natural rose, by a niche American perfumer, so not something you could easily spritz on a whim while traveling in Europe unless you had it with you already), Midnight Oud (as others have mentioned, you gotta have an oud, ESPECIALLY when traveling to wintry locales), and Kashmir Spice (just because it sounds heavenly!).

  • Lisa D says:

    Midnight Oud – you gotta have at least one Oud with you.
    Coco parfum – just because.
    Vanille & Narcisee – white flowers are always welcome, as is vanilla, and it won’t kill you if something happens to the bottle.

    Have a lovely trip!

  • Maya says:

    For fun, I’ll go with Coco, Black Rosette, and Vanilla and Narcisse.

  • Caroline says:

    Heya Portia, going to guess Geranimum pour Monsieur, Coco & Vanille et Narcisse. Have a blast!

  • xtopher says:

    I imagine you walking around smelling like Black Rosette, Rosa sur Reuse, and coco!

  • helical gnome says:

    My guess is Geranium pour Monsieur, Midnight Oud, and Rosa sur Reuse.

  • poodle says:

    Coco, Geranium, and Midnoght Oud.
    I hope you have a great time!

  • wefadetogray says:

    I never guess these things right yet I feel compelled to attempt to do it. Lets see mmmmh:
    Ava Luxe
    Black rosette
    right? yes? perhaps? maybe not…:(

  • mals86 says:

    Please don’t enter me, but I’m guessing just for fun! Coco parfum, Midnight Oud, and Vanille & Narcisse.

    That GNU showed up again… Rosa sur Reuse is really, really lovely, isn’t it? I love Centennial more.

  • Mary K says:

    i’ll guess Geranium Pour Monsieur, Coco and Rosa sur Reuse. Have a fun vacation! Hope you don’t freeze too much!.

  • CheninBlanc says:

    Black Rosette, Kashmir Spice, and Midnight Oud?

  • katrin says:

    My guess is Kashmir Spice, Vanille & Narcisse and Coco!

  • Stacey says:

    What a fun draw! Maybe Coco, Geranium pour Monsieur, and Vanille & Narcisse. Have a wonderful trip :).

  • Musette says:

    You are a lunatic! But you are MY lunatic! It’s -4F (-20C) and I hate it like a mongoose hates a snake so the idea of DELIBERATELY GOING SOMEWHERE COLD is just…….well, you bundle up, punkin!!! Have a wonderful time! I would invite you here…but there’s a 1/4″ sheet of ice over everything, from here to NYC.


  • Insensé says:

    Black Rosette, Coco and Rosa sur Reuse.

  • Ellen says:

    I’m guessing Kashmir Spice, Rosa sur Reuse, and Vanille and Narcisse. Have a good trip!

  • Connie says:

    I’m guessing Black Rosette, Coco, and Kashmir Spice. Happy times on your trip!

  • Nemo says:

    I will guess Geranium pour Monsieur, Coco, and Kashmir Spice 🙂 Have a wonderful trip!

  • Shawna says:

    Coco, Kashmir Spice, and Rosa sur Reuse.

    Have fun!

  • rosarita says:

    Let’s see, I’m guessing Geranium pour Monsieur, Midnight Aoud and Vanille & Narcisse. Have a wonderful time, looking forward to many stories 🙂

  • Martin says:

    Stay nice and warm while on vacation Portia. Well my first pick for you would be Geranium Pour Monsieur, followed by some warming Midnight Oud. I can envision you wearing Coco Chanel.

  • kizzers says:

    Happy Holidays Portia! (I hope you packed an umbrella for Europe!)

    OK I’d say you took: Coco (I mean, what else?!), Black Rosette and Geranium Pour Monsieur. And I think you will mostly wear Coco…

  • fanny says:

    Geranium, Rosa sur Reuse and Midnight Oud
    Keep warm!

  • Glannys says:

    Ooh, an interesting game! I do not expect to guess correctly but I’ll try anyway:
    Kashmir Spice by Ava Luxe
    Black Rosette by Strange Invisible Perfumes
    Vanille & Narcisse L`Occitane