Giveaway Monday: Samples looking for a new home

Hi, wonderful Posse folks and happy MLK Day! Hope you all are doing well as we’ve finished up our first two weeks of 2017. At my abode, we are on a major clean-and-de-clutter campaign (one room a month, DH has decreed). And much to my chagrin, we are down to the last downstairs room and the hammer has fallen: The dining room (aka my perfume room) has been deemed the target for January. Now I’m thinking it’s time for a giveaway (with more possibly to come as we progress along this tortuous journey).

So I’m rounding up some samples that didn’t work for me (some cumins, ouds, and numerous others) to pass them on to a loving home.

The idea of cleaning this room bums me out (actually freakin’ overwhelms me, as in I’m THIS close to a panic attack!), but since I know I have waaay too much, and it’s got to be done, I have to be brave and face the music. And a giveaway (s) would make me feel better about the whole thing.

I can’t pinpoint what exact scents would be in this goodie pack, but it will be a good mix of high-end and less-high-end stuff; if you like the deeper, more animalic notes, then this giveaway would be for you. And if there’s a few you don’t like, well, pass them along to another perfumista who might enjoy them.

Just leave a comment below, about the weather where you are, your pro NFL football teams/picks (we are Atlanta Falcons fans and so are super-psyched that our team will be hosting the Green Bay Packers next weekend — wish we could go to Atlanta to see the game), or anything else that strikes your fancy.

I’ll put the names into one of my big straw hats and have my teenage son close his eyes, reach in and pick a winner. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. EST Sunday, Jan. 22, and I’ll announce a winner in next week’s post. And I’m so sorry — I really hate this — but due to my uber-strict post office, the giveaway will have to be limited to U.S. addresses only.

Stay safe and warm, folks (or safe and cool for you all in the Southern Hemisphere)!

  • Kate E. says:

    Chilly and about to rain again in California but it’s giving me a chance to wear the heavier fragrances that I’ll have to tuck away during our long hot summer!

  • Well, it’s winter in Texas and while it’s been unusually chilly in the mornings it hovers between 70 and 80 degrees in the afternoon. Would love to win this!

  • Jumanji says:

    I’m currently in Boston, it’s chilly but not freezing. My wife is a Patriots fan so I guess that means I’m one as well.

  • Libby says:

    The rain has started up again in Seattle, so any new cozy Perfumes are welcome!

  • grizzlesnort says:

    a foot of snow in Portland “where it never snows.” No plows, no salt, no nada for a week. Now flooding rains. Please enter me in your draw

  • Hannah says:

    I have so much written work to do for my job at university at the moment, I don’t know where to start…so I ended up checking my emails and reading your latest blogposts. Weather here is very cold and sunny at the moment. My horse (a norwegian fjord horse) is very pleased with the temperature 🙂 He looks like a plush toy horse with all his winter fur.

  • laurallls says:

    I live in the Atlanta area and I have no tickets to the game. However, we have had amazing spring-like weather for five or six days. This is a great consolation prize.

  • Rachel W says:

    Rooting for the Greenbay Packers and wishing it would rain less and snow (a little) more on the East Coast.

  • Anne C says:

    Cold and wet here in Seattle. I came from a tropical country and this is my first winter. Brrrr!

  • I’m in Rhode Island and we usually get the least sucky weather of all the New England states. Not that that’s saying much. It’s cold, it’s overcast, but at least I’m not up to my navel in snow. I’ll take what I can get.
    I’m *supposed* to say I’m a Pats fan, but, I dunno man, I always tend to root for the underdog and the Pats are *not* that. So how about the Detroit Lions, instead! 🙂 I am from Michigan, after all!

  • Audrey says:

    San Diego just lost the Chargers to L.a. So no team here. Thank you for the chance to win. Clutter, cleaned a book shelf the other day. Got rid of encyclopedias. Now we have computers to help!

  • thegoddessrena says:

    Fairly mild winter so far here in Boston and of course I’m a Patriots fan. I’d love to see a Falcons/Patriots Super Bowl….I’m a sampling junkie– so winning more samples would be kind of fun, though it wouldn’t help my sampling backlog any

  • Katherine says:

    We have to declutter. I’ve been trying because we downsized into a smaller house, but it’s difficult. We are going through the closets because of lack of storage space in the new/1930 house. We gutted the kitchen and bath. We are about to finish our kitchen. I haven’t had a kitchen in 6 months. On the plus side, I got rid of a lot of china and glassware that I never used.

  • Miriam says:

    I love animalics and deep scicy perfumes–please count me in!

    Recently I’ve been reorganizing too though since I’ve probably rescued more from the sell/swap bin than I’ve contributed, pretty sure it doesn’t count as decluttering. But it’s been more like a renewed appreciation for what I have and making it easier to use it every day.

  • Christine says:

    It was chilly but sunny today in south Jersey. Hope you end up feeling lighter after decluttering. ??

  • Musette says:

    Laughing here because a few days ago I tried to clean out the Messy Armoire – and I literally broke out in hives! Dunno if it was something in the armoire or just the stress of trying to make that happen – but it was so bizarre it ended up with me snorting with laughter. Just before my sinuses shut down – because Hives.

    xoxoxoA (and dnem – I would beat you senseless, were you to send anything here! lol!)

    • Ann says:

      Oh, no, the dreaded hives! I’m a little skeered that I will be right there with you before this stressful cleanup is done. Hang in there!

    • FeralJasmine says:

      Musette, I am quite sure that if I tried to tidy up my perfume collection I would get hives… and so I am careful never ever to do that…

  • Olivia says:

    We have typical cold and damp East Coast weather right now. Wishing you good luck with your decluttering, as well as sweet relief once it’s over! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  • Lisa Mielsen says:

    Bitter, dry cold here in northern Maine. The lawn is 4 inches deep ice. I love cumin scents!

  • Jillm says:

    15 degrees and more snow. Our team the Seahawks took a beating from your Falcons last Saturday. But wishing them luck as they move forward! Thank you for hosting this giveaway, cumin and oud can warm up a chilly winter 🙂

  • Eldarwen22 says:

    I love animalics! Mother Nature is such a strange thing in Ohio, it’s supposed to be in the 50’s today. Thus far, I have been trying to finish off a 1 ounce bottle of vintage Bal and then bottle of Chanel no 5. While looking at my collection, I seriously need to finish off a bottle of Shalimar. I have about 6 bottles of Shalimar to finish.

  • HeidiC says:

    Whoo-hoo! I am all about the animalics/indolics/anything that gets its stank on, so I bet I’d love this grab bag — thanks for the draw!

    Snow and slush and gray and cold continue here — blerg. My husband is a Vikings fan, and we have a standing rivalry with his sister & her husband, who are Packers fans, so I’m gonna say GO FALCONS! (I myself don’t really follow sports — I just like the smack talk.)

  • Patti says:

    Hello from Georgetown, Texas. Cool and rainy this January morning but it will be shirt sleeve weather before the day is over.
    Moved here from Atlanta about 20 years ago so I can say a heartfelt Go Falcons!
    Thanks for the draw. I love the heavy, dark stuff.

  • rosarita313 says:

    Good for you, Ann, clearing out is difficult but rewarding. I like my perfumes on the dark side so thanks for the chance. The weather here in the Midwest is bizarre – cold and snow, then 60 and raining, then normal. Where’s my beloved winter snow and cold? Rooting for the Steelers, I’d just like to see someone beat the Patriots.

  • Patty Pong says:

    13 degrees F as I type, sunny. As far as NFL I just enjoy whenever Patriots lose.

  • Connie says:

    Oh, I love the animalic things! Good luck with your cleaning- I always getting a feeling for overhaul this time of year and into the spring.
    Weather here is cold and clear. The snow is crunching on the ground.
    And as a native Bostonian I can’t help but like the Patriots. 🙂

  • Jeanne says:

    Today it’s freezing, tomorrow in the 50’s – welcome to Ohio. Bloom where you’re planted! I’m trying!

  • Koyel says:

    I have absolutely no NFL picks, and the weather here in Toulouse has been grey and highs of 45 – 50 °F. Miserable. Looking forward to moving back to the Bay Area, where hopefully the weather will get better than it is now. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Rina says:

    Love cumin!! I’m looking forward to baseball season to start again but would like to see a Pitt/GB Super Bowl. It’s DD’s birthday on the 5th so seeing the game is sketchy. One can hope, though.

  • phelenet says:

    Here in the SF Bay Area (Marin County) we’ve come down with a bad case of northeast temperatures (in the 30’s every night!!!) after weeks of heavy rains, much needed but now our local little mountain is overflowing, can’t absorb any more, and the lowlands are flooding at high tide. Every morning commute is an adventure. I love the animalic and skanky scents, would love to try whatever you have to spare! Wearing something new every day or two keeps it interesting…

  • William De Shazo says:

    Was raining, foggy and chilly here in our part of Texas today and I’m not really a huge football fan anymore but when i was my favorite team was the 49’s. I’ve recently become a huge fan of ouds so sounds like a great give away and thanks for the chance.

  • Merry Rower says:

    Cloudy but warm in Los Angeles today. The camellias are gorgeous and the hills are gloriously green. No football here, but a deep love of deep, animalic scents, which is a good thing, because I have something big living under the house!

  • Nemo says:

    Chilly but clear in the Bay Area 🙂 At least it didn’t rain! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • Ellen M says:

    Weather is beautiful today in Charleston, SC. We’re Bears fans, so we aren’t psyched about football right now.

  • ELdora says:

    Snowing here in the foothills of CO. Doing the usual January clean out, such a PITA but always so nice when it’s done!

  • FeralJasmine says:

    Here in New Mexico we’ve had 14 hours of cold drizzle, about an inch of rain total, and in the desert that’s something to celebrate. Besides, it’s ideal weather for my favorite deep animalics! Thanks for the draw dear.

  • Julie Finn says:

    Rainy, lots of thunder and lightning off and on all day. Brrr. I finally turned on my heat after shivering in front of youtube for 9 hours. Currently 45 degrees. Thankfully, no tornado warnings in Weatherford, but I still love the Dallas Cowboys!

  • Clarochka says:

    Great weather in California for another couple of days and then it is rainy weather again. I am overdue clean and organize my samples – have started on cleaning and now cannot find 2 bottles i had before I started cleaning!!

  • torayume says:

    Ouds and animalic scents are my favorites – you’re very sweet to do this. I hope your team won! And have fun cleaning up – always gives such a good feeling afterwards, especially when it goes along with a new year….

  • Nelle says:

    Well the weather in Philly has been weird, it was freesing cold for almost a week, a warm 60 degrees for 2 days now it is back to a normal 30! Since I am a Philly girl I stick with my home team of the Eagles and I am sorry that you have to let go of some of your samples, but I am glad that one of us lucky readers will be the recipent of those samples! Thanks and good luck with the harrowing cleanup!

  • Tara C says:

    Cool here in San Diego, but not bad – low 60’s. It’s our rainy season and we are being served, which is good after all the years of drought we’ve had.

  • Weather here in Buffalo is crazy! 20 degrees then 30 degrees then 59 degrees!!! next week then back down to the 30’s. Rain but no snow. Cleaning up is going on here too because we are moving in two weeks and I can’t seem to pack without cleaning up and getting rid of whatever I can. I’m still a somewhat new perfumista though so my perfume is growing, not going! 🙂 I looove animalics so this giveaway sounds great!

  • Winterlude says:

    Gah, we are going through the dreaded clean-out at my house too! I hate it, but seeing a mountain of things headed for the Goodwill and a new home makes it a little better. The things I’m not sure I can face are the 20 years of papers, photos and correspondence. Honestly, I’d almost rather burn it all than go through parts of it again.

  • Paddy Mogan says:

    Wintry rain here in Santa Fe NM. Better than snow however! Not a skier!!

  • andrea says:

    Cold and snowy in NY!

  • Troy says:

    Rainy, windy and tornado warnings with flash flooding in Dallas. Not a football fan at all, so don’t disqualify me for that. Ha! Thanks for the entry!

  • rickyrebarco says:

    Great weather in Florida, 65 degrees this evening when I walked in the park. I support the Pittsburgh Steelers! Go Steelers!!

  • GrandmaGaga/Teresa says:

    Well, I hate to say it but the weather in my area…the Valley of the Sun, otherwise known as Phoenix, is glorious right now; We had a light sprinkle this afternoon but right now, at 8 pm, the grandkids are out in the yard playing badminton in their shorts, flip-flops and hoodies. It’s brisk outside but hot compared to a lot of the US right now.