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Swap me if you can

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.

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5th blog birthday – giveaway winners

Until last Sunday you could share with me your vision of your ideal perfume. A perfume that will fit you perfectly, that you’d never get tired of and maybe even one that would express your own personality in one of a kind way, your way. All the votes have now been counted. I can see certain excitement around so without further ado let me announce the lucky trinity of winners.


3rd place – HanneA who wins exclusive sampler set from Puredistance.

Head: Grapefruit, bergamot, lemongrass, palo santo, elemi
Heart: Linden blossom, magnolia, rose, jasmine, Carnation,
nutmeg, Galangal, quince
Base: Oak wood, oud, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver, Myrrh, musk
I’d name it Tapestry because that has significance to me. It would come in a square or rectangular “ancient stone” like textured bottle with mixed jewel toned/natural multi threads around the neck of the bottle. Top of the bottle I’m not sure of, but maybe the eye of a needle…

2nd place – M3000 who wins mixed travel set from Aedes de Venustas.

I imagine a scent of a rather dark blue/green temperament, kind of dark turquoise. More celestial than from water. A dash of some dark and dry fruit, to address a typical head note area. That scent is clear, not clean. Not fresh, not aquatic. No lavender, at least not prominent. A slight ozonic note in the heart, maybe enhanced with Iris. Crumbs of black tea leaves. The heart shifts and densifies to a smoky base without noticeable sweetness. The smoke is not churchy but still cool, yet darker. Possibly a bit of birch tar. No leather. But dry. All that still floats around this vibe of blueness.

1st place – Jillie who wins a grand prize, a bottle of Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve.

“Magic” – that’s what I call my perfume ….. because it is a magical, shape-shifting, mood-reflecting potion. Like the green lipstick that transforms itself into your perfect shade on application, or the rings that echo your aura and change according to how you feel, my “Magic” senses my spirit and how I want to smell. It contains all my favourite notes and amplifies the particular essence that I most desire at any moment.
The bottle is a round ball that fits in the palm of my hand; it is heavy, matte black glass adorned with tiny, irregular silver stars that stand proud of its surface, like shimmering embroidery.
Sophia Grojsman is my perfumer – she knows just how to combine spice with flowers, a sweet hint of peach, a touch of mystical incense, and finally a sprinkle of fairy dust…

I will get in touch with you 3 shortly in order to get your mailing details. I’d like to say thank you to all of you who celebrated 5th blog birthday with me and who joined the giveaway. I know that the task wasn’t easy. Many thanks to Samantha, Portia, Megan, Laurie & Mary for helping me judge this giveaway. I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude towards Puredistance, Atelier des Ors and Aedes who kindly offered their great perfume so that this giveaway could take place.

Let’s enjoy another year together, discovering many more new fragrances.

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