Vintage L’Air du Temps Giveaway

Just a quick post here to say that if you haven’t already entered the giveaway for a 10ml decant of vintage L’Air du Temps, you have until 2 May to do so. All you have to do is comment on the original post here.

Winner of the Spring CB I Hate Perfume Sample Giveaway

© The Smelly Vagabond From left to right: Gingerbread, I Am a Dandelion, M3 November

© The Smelly Vagabond
From left to right: Gingerbread, I Am a Dandelion, M3 November

Drumroll please! The winner of the CB I Hate Perfume samples from the recent Spring Giveaway has been selected by the ever random Random.org, and the winner (I very nearly put a pronoun here) is…

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CB I Hate Perfume – I Am A Dandelion + Giveaway

Some days I find myself wishing that the wind would come and take me to a far-away land, where no one can find me and where I can be contentedly alone. On days like these I wear I Am A Dandelion by CB I Hate Perfume [water perfume, not the perfume absolute]. For then I don’t just imagine myself as a dandelion floating in the gentle breeze, I become the dandelion, I inhabit its body in a way that Thomas Nagel could never conceive of what it is like to be a bat. Continue reading

“Christmas Gift Guide 2013” + Mystery Samples Giveaway

NOTE: This is not a dig at my fellow bloggers, who have painstakingly compiled various Christmas Gift Guides.

The time of the year has come when the tills in the perfume department ring incessantly. Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Perfume has always been a risky bet since there’s always the chance that the recipient doesn’t like the gift. On the other hand, perfume does have great resale value on places like eBay or on various fragrance forums. Excessive commercialisation of Christmas aside, I do think giving gifts can be a meaningful way of demonstrating love for someone else, although I posit that it’s far better to treat your loved ones well all through the year rather than only on festive occasions.

I’ve compiled a list of Gift Guides that they have come up with here, if you wish to read them. I’ll also update this list as and when other bloggers post their Christmas Gift Guides. Some of them are fun ideas and suggestions and are delightful to read. That said, some do come across as simply PR for various perfume brands, but I’ll leave that up to your discerning judgment. Do drop me a comment or email if I’ve missed out on any so that I can include them here, thanks!

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Who Lives In A Pineapple Under The Sea? L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Ananas Fizz + Giveaway!

Spongebob’s Pineapple Under The Sea

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Why, SpongeBob SquarePants, of course!

For those of us privileged enough to be young (at heart!) or to have children, SpongeBob is someone we’d be familiar with. He’s inane, irreverent, impudent and just a whole lot of fun! And well, he’s my favourite cartoon character, so I just couldn’t resist the urge to feature him and his lovely pineapple home in this review of L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Ananas Fizz.

Boring details first, because I wish to overturn the clichèd convention of writing all the interesting stuff first. Oh wait, I’ve actually broken the rule by featuring SpongeBob as a hook for a perfume review. Oh well, writer’s license!

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