I have some new samples that came to me earlier in the week but I still need to spend with them some more time before I can write a review, it will be coming up in the following days. Since I didn’t want to keep the blog empty (for how many days can you re-read my last L’Artisan Parfumeur review, right?) I wanted to shortly talk about a different matter closely related to perfume.
Ever since I got seriously interested in perfume, especially in niche when I started Chemist in the Bottle, I always hated buying samples. Of course sample is the easiest way to discover a fragrance but if there were so many things you wanted to try, it would be quite easy to spend a little fortune just on samples. I just didn’t want to do that. That’s why I was so happy when I discovered that out there are
small online communities of people sharing the same passion for scented things. And they are so eager to help each other.
Not only they talked about perfume, shared their scent of the day, posted interesting articles or latest new perfume announcements. They were also exchanging stuff. That’s how I discovered swaps. To me swaps are one of the coolest things within perfume community. At the moment I have few drawers overflowing with samples and there are many that I didn’t like. Why keep them forgotten while they can give a thrill to somebody else. Swapping makes both of the sides happy, especially because you know that in exchange you’ll get something you’ve been wanting to try.
In addition to making new discoveries and getting numerous new lemmings via swapping I also made friends in the process as there are people who swapped with me several times over the years. I usually exchange samples, sometimes decants if I have a fuller bottle & I know it’ll take me ages to make it empty. It really is a great way to broaden your perfume collection without committing to full bottle of every perfume you truly like. Of course decants are not as pretty as perfume flacons but in the end what really matters is inside. Have you ever joined a perfume swap? What was your experience? Is there any perfume you’d like to swap now & what would you like to get in return?
[note] photo of Hermes Eau de Neroli Dore – my own, all rights reserved.