Heya Posse. There’s a thing that happens in the perfume world that I haven’t come across anywhere else. I’m sure it happens elsewhere and I’d love to hear some of the ways it happens from you all. Here in perfume world we have Buddies Sending Samples of things we love, we think they might love, we have too many of, or we hate. Buddies Sending Samples can be a thank you, a friendly gesture, a business or a way to let others know what their perfume buddies are doing. It’s so much a part of being in this crazy wonderful world!
If someone buys one of my bottles or goes in a split I’ll always add in a few samples of other completely unrelated things. It’s a really good way for me to pay forward the Press Bottles I receive. Send out a few samples to other perfumistas that might love them too. More than half the juice in my Press Bottles gets sent out as samples.
Buddies Sending Samples
Last week I got a really beautiful surprise. One of the perfume crew in Melbourne, the capital of another state known best for food, fashion and art, sent me a package! I met Aiden on a trip last year with a bunch of Melbourne’s coolest perfume crew. We had a far too short window to meet, greet, sniff and socialise in a cafe; right near the bus station to take me back to the airport. It was hectic, hilarious, loud, fragrant and super fun. The Melbourne crew are a riot and it was good to meet some people I’ve been online friends with for ages. Also, there were long time friends I was getting a moment with again. Aiden stood out as a calm point in the mayhem. We did get to chat a little bit. So for him to send a package was a delight.
Something else I find incredibly interesting is what people send. These are expensive perfumes. To give away 2ml in bought spray sample vials and posted is a financial investment. Buddies Sending Samples is a seriously generous gesture. It’s going to take me a few days to really wear these but as I spritz I’ll give you all a few short impressions.
Benjoin Bohème by Diptyque
Alphabetically Benjoin Bohème comes first but I left it to last because Aiden tells me it’s his gold standard for benzoin. That’s quite a big call so I wanted to try the rest in pairs and leave a full body free for the big one. I had also told myself to lower my expectations considerably.
OHHHH! The first whiff off skin is lovely. Resinous and slightly animalic but smooth and very elegant. You might remember that I am a big amber fiend. Here we have amber but with a gloss that does lift it. Once the fireworks of opening are done Benjoin Bohème settles into a soft, sensual amber. Beautiful, especially if your collection is amber poor. This will make an excellent addition. I know the word has lost all real meaning but I keep thinking, “This is classy.”
Halfeti Cedar by Penhaligon’s
In my collection Halfeti Leather is a regular spritz. I’m excited to try the cedar variant.
Ahhhh! A similar spicy rose/saffron style open. The woods are crisp and the heart has little hints of some of the Serge Lutens fruit mince fragrances. Not nearly as dark or dry as the leather flanker. I find this one infinitely more welcoming and friendly. A very nice reimagining. Easily imaginable as a daily go-to fragrance for someone who wants to smell like a cut above but not weird or challenging.
JTC 400 by Xerjoff
Here is something I’d NEVER have even thought of trying. In my early years of trying Xerjoff fragrances nothing seemed to click as FB worthy. So I wrote them off as a brand that just didn’t work for me. Sometimes it’s a relief to wipe a house. One less brand to get my sniff on.
WHOA! JTC 400 opens with a super honey citrus accord, captivating. It has taken over my perfume room in under 3 minutes. Then I went out to grab a coffee, came back and it smells strangely divine in here. Not what I was expecting to come back to. You know the taste of sugarless sweetened drinks? This is the smell of the taste. It’s a particular note (nope, no idea) but it’s in a few of the modern fruity fragrances, especially Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge. Sadly it ruins the heart of JTC 400 for me. Once the heart moves into dry down territory the base is a honeyed wood with soft vanilla overlay.
Nuits Indiennes (Indian Nights) by Jean-Louis Scherrer
WOW! I had no idea what to expect here. A clear white floral opening was definitely not on the list. When I think about it though on my first few visits to India the women would wear strings of jasmine and marigold flowers in their hair to events. The scent was so strong on hot North Indian nights and it blew me away. Like a dream sequence. Through the heart the flowers get a fruity sweetness and the perfume gets a much more french perfumery vibe. The base is a vanilla heavy amber with some remnants of the floral opening all the way down. HOW did I never hear of this wonderful perfume before? I enjoyed it so much.
Privé by Ormonde Jayne
Well, this is a surprise! It opens like a J C Ellena Jardin series fragrance for Hermès. Similar slightly oily citrus with a sweet berry overlay, verging on aquatic. Today is a sunshiny 24C (75f) in Sydney and Privé is a beautiful fit. The heart becomes more luxurious. There is iris, some greenery and soft woody, modern niche comfort. I want to use the word plush. A floral iris with fruity accents, and osmanthus doesn’t really become a player for me till well into the heart. I’ve only smelt osmanthus itself in life once but it’s indelibly locked in. Now I really wish I’d bought Privé in the Peony sale.
Talking about samples to full bottles in this Posse post.
So, are you one of the Buddies Sending Samples?