Travelling Box of Perfume – Notes from Marilee

It’s been over two months since the previous installment to the Travelling Box of Perfume reports. I had difficulties with getting in touch with one person. The box eventually continued it’s journey but I still didn’t get the impressions to post. So here you have the impressions from Marilee, who is just about to bid farewell to the Box as she sends it to the next temporary home.


Your general impression of the box once it arrived…
WOW. Big box, so much inside.  The first thing I did was read all of the notes, which was an unexpected surprise. I decided to be systematic about going through the box.  Armed with paper strips, I started with bottles and travel sprays and then went on to the samples.  Everything new to me hit paper, and anything that intrigued me was set aside for skin. It took 3 sessions to get a full skin testing list.  Then I spent the next week trying things on skin.

Favorite perfume in the box…
Dior Gris Montaigne, Majda Bekkali Fusion Sacree Obscur, Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling

Least favorite perfume in the box…
4160 Tuesdays Maxed Out (cumin overload!) and Zoologist T. Rex (so heavy, evokes grilled meat for me).

Mini reviews
Jo Loves Vetiver:  a not too heavy Vetiver with a bright pepper opening; sadly the cumin took over
Memo Tigers Nest:  really nice “starter” incense – not too heavy or demanding.  Too pricey to put on the buy list.
Areej el Dore Oud Picante:  Hot. Pungent. If I was an oud person (I’m not) I would really like the spices here.
Papillon Anubis:  have wanted to sniff this forever. Heavy duty leather and smoke.  Not something I have occasion to wear but beautiful.
Heeley Coccobello:  green tropical – nice opening of coconut water and gardenia.  But it didn’t hold my attention after the opening.
Zoologist Camel:  definitely evokes the desert.  Nicely done but for the desert I have L’Air du Desert Marocain.
Child perfume oil by Susan D. Owens: this apparently had a moment as a celebrity fave.  Remided me of the Kai celebrity moment. So safe, a beachy tropical jasmine. I don’t get the idea that it’s the sexiest perfume ever (celebrity quote, apparently) but, whatever!


Out of the box
Atelier Cafe Tuberosa travel spray (this is on my buy list but the travel spray isn’t readily available)
Majda Bekkali Fusion Sacree Obscur:  I want to try this a few more times to see if it rises to buy status.
Neela Vermeire Bombay Bling
Dior Gris Montaigne (not much left)

Into the box
Some paper test strips (I went a little crazy adding but I love to share!)
Small Decants:
Tauer L’Eau
Atelier Pacifc Lime
ELDO I Am Trash
Dame Skyfather
Dame Peach, Violet and Vanilla
Goutal Bois d’Hadrien
Pharrell Williams Girl
Au Pays de la fleur d’oranger Violette Sacre
Marni Rose
SJP Stash rollerball – unused

Nicolai Cap Neroli and Rose Royale
Tauer Vanilla body oil
Jeffrey Dame Vanille Farfelue
Carthusia Uomo, via Camerelle, Meditteraneo
Mirus Perfumes- Silver Lining, The Elysian Fields, Driftwood, Ceremony
Olivier & Co Veil
Frapin Nevermore
Chris Rusak Bluer Skies, 33
Ormonde Jayne Woman
Stora Skuggan Silphium
Helmut Lang EDP
PK Perfumes Cafe Diem
Teo Cabanel Early Roses, Julia, Meloe
Sylvaine Delacourte La Collection Muscs discovery set

Thank you for allowing me to participate in the box. It was so much fun to spend a few days “reeking”. The timing worked for me as well – I’m a teacher and it arrived after school was out for the summer.

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6 thoughts on “Travelling Box of Perfume – Notes from Marilee

  1. Undina says:

    It looks like the box is growing as it travels 🙂

  2. Gabriela says:

    What a lovely description, I can almost imagine the pleasure of discovering scents…
    I’m already collecting samples from Carner Barcelona to add to the box!

  3. Coin-op says:

    Wonderful to read this! Enjoyed the mini reviews and update on the box.

    When I was in college some friends I met when I was studying abroad kept in touch sending “round robin” letters, we were 9 people – the first person wrote a letter to the group & sent it to the 2nd person, and so on – when you received all 9 letters back you would take out your old letter and write a new letter. Then Facebook happened and we stopped, but it was fun 😊

  4. hajusuuri says:

    I love the mini reviews and each person’s thoughts. BTW, please let whomever will send me the box contact me before sending it. I am going to take a mini vacation to go to a friend’s son’s wedding and want to make sure that the box does not sit in the hot sun too many days. Thanks.

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