The Hardest Post I Ever Had To Write…And A Giveaway!

Change is hardest. Everybody says he wants to change, but nobody actually wants to make it happen.

Humans do best in familiar conditions, as wrong, unhealthy or damaging those might be, the pull of the familiar is stronger in most of us than the will to change.

This dramatic, if true, introduction leads me to my theme of the day, or rather of the entire year.

I have to stop buying perfume. Sounds silly (because it is somewhat), but it is true nonetheless. I am going on a no-buy for perfume for the rest of the year. (You read that right, as unbelievable as it sounds, it is the sad truth.)

These are the rules:

1. No full bottles whatsoever. No matter how discounted, or how rare or however great a deal it might be, no full bottle purchase. Unless somebody gives it to me as a gift, no bottle will enter this house in 2011. (Gifts are accepted year-round, no special occasion necessary, I will find a reason for you if you need one.)

2. There are two notable exceptions to the no-buy: First a trip to London in April and another one to New York in November. I can’t fully be expected to not buy perfume there. That would be outright perverse. Still, restraint is going to be exercised.

3. Samples of just anything that strikes my fancy are not allowed either, exceptions are important new launches that I want to write about on the blog.

4. Blogging will not be influenced. I have enough samples and bottles here to safely bring us into 2012, but should I really run out of reviewing material, I am allowed to buy samples and samples only.

5. Now we come to interesting part for you: THE GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate and properly start my year of new found frugality, I bought one last bottle. 😉 And I made it a big one! So big actually that I want to share it with you!

I want to give away five 10ml decants of Atelier Cologne, I like these so much, I want you to have the chance to experience them as well. The winners can choose between a decant of either Orange Sanguine, Oolang Infini or Grand Neroli.

To enter (draw open internationally) please leave a comment on this post stating your preference of Atelier Cologne scent and any thoughts about not buying perfume you might have. You can earn a second entry by tweeting about the draw or sharing this post on Facebook. (Let me know if you have done so, please!)

The draw will end in a weeks time, on March 9, 8 am GMT, and I will draw a winner using random.org.

The prize has been bought by me and is not sponsored by anybody (well, maybe my dear husband! ;)).

Good luck everybody!

Let the hard times begin! 🙂

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92 Responses to The Hardest Post I Ever Had To Write…And A Giveaway!

  1. the husband says:

    who are you and what have you done to my wife?

  2. ChickenFreak says:

    I declared a six-month prohibition on perfume purchases above sample size myself, on February 2. I did this after noticing that my posts were less and less focused on enjoying the perfume, and more and more focused on Would I buy it? Should I buy it? Is it redundant? Does it fit the collection? Blah, blah, blah. Too much focus on possession, too little on enjoyment. Add in hoarder genes and a determination to squash the hoarder genes flat, and I decided that taking possession out of the equation might be an interesting exercise. I want to instead focus on the pleasure of the moment.

    Don’t sign me up for the giveaway–I continue to stay out of the whole swap/giveaway world, due to Postal Regulation Phobia. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      So how are you doing? Is it easy to live with the ban of buying?
      Focusing on the pleasure of the moment, taking out the focus on possession, you said exactly what I mean! At the moment I feel relieved not having to think about the fact will I buy it or not, do I need it or not. But it undoubtedly going to be hard when a really great release comes along – but I am counting on the commenter above for these (rare) emergencies. 😉

      • ChickenFreak says:

        It’s hard to say, because all sorts of other complications have been happening in my life, and when I’m too distracted, my perfume interest sometimes wanes. No doubt the inability to recharge my interest with a new purchase is part of the waning, but I think that that’s mostly about the distractions.

        But your post reminded me of the whole resolve, and today I got out the Current Sample Bag, and I put on a sample of Lostmarch Din Dan, a perfume that I wasn’t all that interested in sampling in the past because I kept wondering, “Do I need another citrus? Would I wear it? Would it go all synthetic like citrus sometimes does and I’d have wasted the price of a bottle?” Today, those thoughts keep floating by, and I keep shooting them down with, “Pleasure of the moment. Lemony goodness. Shut up.” And, yeah, I’m enjoying that. So far.

        Interestingly, while I didn’t include any prohibition on sample purchases (1 ml samples, that is – no large samples, no decants), I find that the urge to buy them is also reduced, and I haven’t bought any since I started the resolve. I think that when I eliminate the bottle purchase option, sampling urgency also goes down–no rush to find out if I like that new thing, because I’m not gonna buy it anytime soon anyway.

        And I’ve experienced almost no temptation to break the ban. This is surprising, because previous efforts to cut down (one bottle per quarter, for example) were violated regularly. Apparently I’m a cold turkey sort of person, for at least some things.

        • Olfactoria says:

          Thank you for sharing your experiences!
          I think I am a cold turkey person too, since the radical approach, it is either all of nothing with me, always has been.

          I hope the other complications in your life resolve themselves in the way you would like them to. 🙂

  3. lady jane grey says:

    I might miss something, but what’s the reason ?
    Of course, my preference is the tea one….

    • Olfactoria says:

      The reason is to get in control again. Not to be governed by the impulse to buy, hoard and amass. To rediscover what I really want and need BEFORE I buy it. 😉

      Tea for you is noted. Good luck in the draw! 🙂

      • lady jane grey says:

        I can perfectly understand you : I have it behind me. I got into parfum frenzy 2-3 years ago and I banned parfum purchase for a while. And you know what : it was easier than expected. And I felt somehow free / liberated. And now I only buy those I really really really want (as Bob Dylan said “I want you so bad”…). Kopf hoch !

  4. Ines says:

    I re-tweeted this first (although I do believe this will not work well with my chances of winning). 😉

    And I’m with your husband on this? Just recently we discussed the inability to be frugal and now you go and change your stance on this completely? That was unexpected (although very, very brave of you). 🙂
    And since you are being so brave, if at any point during this year I talk about something interesting to you, let me know so I can support your decision by sending something over.
    Regarding decants, I think I’d be most interested in Orange Sanguine. 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Ines, you are so nice and lovely! 🙂
      That discussion about frugality is in part what set this in motion, it is unexpected even for myself, but I feel I need drastic measures, if just to show myself I can.
      There are so many great things in my closet that never see the light of day, the line of “to be reviewed” perfumes is miles long, I need the time out to catch up with everything and enjoy what I have. I hope it works out and the plan is to make me more happy after all, not less.

      Orange Sanguine for you, is noted (and the tweet of course ;))

  5. Gisela says:

    I had to seriously cut down my perfume budget this year and somehow I manage to feel good about it – most of the time. 🙂
    After hunting a while for frags with raving reviews or hard to get perfumes I am quite disillusioned how often I don’t like a scent and can’t even use up a sample (yes, I’m picky like that!). Now winning the Ooland Infini would be something totally different, I think… 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is god to hear that you feel good with the cutback! I know what you mean about the hunt and the following disappointment.
      Certainly Oolang Infini won’t fall in that category! 😉

  6. Tara says:

    I’m so glad you’ve written this post B, I think it’s a stage a lot of us go through. Obviously it’s not life and death but it is the Dark Side of our little perfume hobby. I’ve been feeling exactly the same lately about my sample habit. Apart from the money issue (which is no small thing in itself) for me it’s become more about devouring samples at a rate of knots rather than enjoying what I’ve got.

    Luckily I don’t have to declare a moratorium on buying full bottles just yet because I rarely buy them (being both incredibly fussy and cautious) but the constant buying of samples has to stop. I’m trying a new one practically every day and very rarely finding anything I even like. This is because I’m looking for that next hit of excitement that comes from finding something new. You’re right, it becomes more about the addictive thrill of acquiring and collecting than it does about enjoying perfume. You forget the last one you fell in love with because you’re too busy looking for the next. It will be hard, but maybe our level of appreciation will go up. Glad London will be an exception though!

    No need to enter me in the drawing thanks to my kind friend 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      We are absolutely on the same page, Tara!
      The point is not only the money, but first and foremost the taking away of speed, taking back the time to enjoy a perfume, stopping the frenzied hunt for the next best thing. No doubt I will have a hard time some days, but allowing myself to sample new releases should take the edge of, I hope.
      Also I certainly won’t stop sniffing in-store, as long as I don’t buy anything I am good!

  7. JoanElaine says:

    You are taking the right approach. I was too extreme in approach and ultimately failed. I wish you success in your plan, which you will no doubt have!

    No need to enter me in your generous giveaway. I have won a couple of prizes recently, and coupled with my vintage finds, I’ve had my share of good luck. It’s time fortune turned it’s gaze on another perfumista!

  8. Marina says:

    Let’s make plans for November. 🙂

  9. Marie says:

    This post was just what I needed. I have 35 + full size bottles in my collection + three coming in the mail + a good number of samples – and nothing to wear. That’s ridiculous! Nothing really appeals to and everything that’s not mine is better. I go meh, nah, hmm, in the morning because nothing appeals to me. Why? Because I’m too focused on being “out there” instead of “in here”. That needs to change. Like you I need to rediscover what I really like and why that is so. I will make one exception – a summer scent – which could very well be Escales a Portofino.

    Should I be one of the lucky winners I’ love to try Grand Néroli while I work on bettering myself.

    Best wishes from Denmark, Marie.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Marie, welcome!
      I am glad this post is relevant for you too, learning to appreciate what I have more than hunting for new thrills is what this is about.
      Grand Neroli for you, should you win! Good luck! 🙂

  10. Victoria says:

    Good luck!
    I actually know exactly where you are coming from, and to be able to reign in those impulses feels good. I observe the Orthodox Lent for this reason (no meat, no dairy, no eggs for 40 days, the Eastern European Lent traditions are super strict), and it is actually something I very much anticipate. Although this week, I am trying to get my fill of the tasty things (making krapfen with apricot jam today, I am even leaving the office early to get home in time to make them!) :))

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, V!
      Krapfen, now that is a great idea, I bought some today for dessert, but homemade, hhmmm, much better still! There are still a few days left to enjoy them before Lent begins!

      Reigning in the impulses, that is exactly it, being in control and in charge and not slave to every craving, I believe it is a healthy thing to do. We will see how it goes for me.
      I am glad for all the support in any case! 🙂

  11. Lissa Wolsak says:

    Your praise of Orange Sanguine several times has made me draw in my breath with hope. Hope that this could be my summer blessing. I have Frederick Malle’s Noir Epice and have sniffed Cologne Bigarade and they are not the “one”, the holy grail of citrus’.
    Orange Sanguine is very possibly my heart’s desire.

  12. deeHowe says:

    B.,
    I know that you can do it, and you can count on all of us for support… and samples 🙂

    This is a good challenge, and I look forward to following you as you embrace it— Resistance is NOT futile!!

    Sometimes I have to ask myself, am I being compulsive buying all these perfumes (no matter what the size, samples included)? My recent trip was very satisfying on this count. I did not set a perfume budget for the trip, because it was a “smell-only” adventure…. and I did not buy even one perfume! Not even the half-full bottle of vintage Joy edt! And this, as you said too, wasn’t even about money—because I ran across some steals—but about resisting the impulse to buy.

    Maybe you could host a monthly or quarterly poll this year, the Things I Did Not Buy report! Then we can all brag about our restraint 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, dear Dee!
      I count on your support (and later in the game probably also on your samples, lol).
      I plan to get back to that topic every two months or so to chart progress, the Things I Did Not Buy report sounds great! 🙂
      You did very well on your trip, on vacation it is infinitely harder to refrain from buying.

  13. kjanicki says:

    Good for you! I’m in exactly the same position; I have so many samples, more than enough to last me for a year (or three) of blogging, and a tight budget I have just imposed on myself. It’s so hard to resist, but I am going to save my purchases for a trip later this year, and that’s it.

    I’d love to try the Grand Neroli. Orange blossoms on the beach is my idea of heaven.

  14. angie Cox says:

    Oh dear Birgit I had the very same intention this year . I wish you luck you will probably succeed . Just today I found a small but cheap vintage Crepe de Chine . I have a Florascent bargain on it’s way ,what can I say I need to stop !

  15. bloody frida says:

    I should join you – instead of amassing more perfume, I should take into account what I already have, samples that I have not reviewed. It is difficult to squash the hoarding gene (like CF mentioned). I think “do I really need that $100+ bottle of this or that, or should I instead save money to travel to Europe?”

    That said, please sign me up in your give-away – Orange Sanguine is my choice. Thank you!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The hoarding gene is powerful indeed!
      Should you travel to Europe let me know, then we’ll go perfume shopping over here! 😉

      Orange Sanguine it is for you, good luck!

  16. Tarleisio says:

    B, you’re an infinitely better woman than I’ll ever be, but that also has something to do with that fact that until fairly recently, I had no perfume at all. At. All. A fate worse than death! 😦

    Things have improved slightly since then, but still – my full bottles only number single digits and my samples the lower end of doubles. Now, I might have some hopes to amend that situation, but I have one cardinal, overriding rule that does very much to keep me out of trouble:

    Never buy anything that doesn’t make me swoon or think I’ll die if I don’t have it!

    It has to be so totally, utterly an expression of what I want to say or state that particular day (in perfume terms, I like to be committed for the day!;) ) – in other words, an extension of…me, in whatever aspect.

    This doesn’t happen too often – I can think of only six the past two years, and I’ve sniffed a lot of bottles!

    Which isn’t too bad, considering. I admire your restraint, really, I do. I think Dee has the right idea – you have an online support group of Fumies Non-Anonymous right here!

    I have rotten luck in draws, usually – but should that ever change, sign me up for Grand Neroli. I’m a sucker for orange blossom, as you know! 😉 I’ve also ‘shared’ you on FB – because as all we readers know: You’re too good not to!

    And a better woman than I, by far! 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh, T, I am certainly not. The difference between us is that you know what you want – an extension of yourself. It is what I want to and that is what got lost in the frenzy for the next and newest addition to my collection. I want to find out (again) what perfumes are true extensions of myself and which are not.
      I am so glad to have my support group and that you are a part of it. 🙂

      You are in the draw for Grand Neroli of course, hopefully your luck changes this time!

  17. KathyT says:

    Good luck with your no buy! I’ve been in one for over a year now, but I didn’t consciously decide to do it. I have so many bottles of perfume that I never use or remember that I even own (hello unsniffed purchases!), and I started buying decants. I’ve discovered that if I can’t finish a decant of something then I certainly don’t need a bottle of it. I do like to look around and add things to my cart, but I force myself to go away from it for a couple of days. Rarely do I still feel the need to purchase! Now what to do about those unloved bottles??

    Thank you for the drawing, and I’d love to try the Grand Neroli.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hey Kathy!
      That is a good idea to wait for some days with a purchase, it is seldom I still feel the pressing need after some time has passed.
      I just donated unloved bottles to a local women’s shelter, since you asked what to do with yours. 🙂

      Good luck in the draw!

  18. Elisa says:

    “blond leather and tobacco flower”? The tea one sounds great! I have tried the clover and vanilla scents in the line and it’s really nicely done.

  19. Julie says:

    Good luck with your moratorium! I need to do the same – I have so many samples adn decants that I rarely use my bottles! I would love to try any of the Ateliers, but think that Oolang Infini would be the one I like best (I already have an orange I love – AA Mandarine Basilic).

    Also, first time commenter, but I’ve been enjoying your blog for some time now!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Julie, I am glad you “came out” to comment!. 🙂
      Thank you for the good wishes, I hope to enjoy some perfume peace and quiet for once! 😉

      Good luck in the draw!

  20. Warum says:

    Thank you for this post. I don’t believe I have much of hoarder genes, since hoarding scares me to death. I am only my second year, really, into perfumes, and by the end of this year when my FBs completely filled up one drawer of my dressing table and the samples and decants occupied the other one, I got scared. I decided to give away samples, ended up having a bunch of swaps, and the result is? More samples!

    So, I am on no buy right now. I am not even sure whether I will be getting anything for my birthday (coming soon in March) since I believe I am set for now. No to FBs and no to samples, except some samples that I share with my friends, a small close knit group. I will gladly accept whatever comes my way in terms of samples and occasional free decants and bottles, but I have set a comfortable pace for myself. I know many people sample faster than I do, but I like to wear one sample a day unless it’s an awful scrubber or a bore and maybe something from my FBs in the evening. It took me a while to find this pace, but once I found it, I am a lot happier.

    I have shared your post on Facebook and should I win, I would love to try Orange Sanguine. Many thanks for a giveaway but even more so — for a chance to share my musings about the hobby!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello Warum! (great screen name btw!)
      I like what you say about pace, that is just it – it has been a race lately and I would like more of a leisurely stroll with enough time to smell the flowers, quite literally. 😉
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!
      You are in for Orange Sanguine, good luck to you!

      • Warum says:

        Thanks! This screen name came as a quick thought when I needed to make me one a long time ago, almost 9 years ago, and that name got stuck to me so well that I’ve carried it into all my online communities.

        Yes, I am very sensitive to a pace I’m working in. If it is a race, it immediately affects my well-being adversely, so finding a right pace for everything is crucial. Perfumes are not exception.

        I am glad to talk to you. I was also reading your blog for some time as a lurker 🙂

        • Olfactoria says:

          Regarding your screen name – do you speak German or is it just this word? I am curious! 🙂
          It is a good thing you came out of lurkdom, it is lovely talking to you too.

          • Warum says:

            I don’t speak German, no. At that moment in the past I needed a word-play on “why”, and that was the one that came to mind first, partially because of Schumann’s piece of the name Warum. I don’t play piano either, but I’ve enjoyed piano music since early childhood.

          • Olfactoria says:

            Thank you for letting me know! I like the “legacy” of your screen name. Schumann’s fourth symphony is one of my favorite classical pieces.

  21. Alyssa says:

    I applaud your effort and I think you will be surprised how quickly the time goes, and how difficult it becomes to remember all the things you were burning to try. Plus you’ll discover so many unexpected treasures in your stash, and get to know your favorites in a deeper way. Just a good thing all the way around. The one thing that always undoes my no-buys is when something is being threatened by discontinuation or reformulation–best to just not pay attention. 🙂

    And I would be happy to try any of those Ateliers! Maybe a slight preference for the oolong…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Alyssa, welcome over here! 🙂
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words, I am looking forward to discovering what I really have, there are so many samples not even smelled once, I’ll be busy anyway.
      Good luck in the draw, I put you down for Oolang Infini.

  22. Alice C says:

    What a decision…We’ll be here lending support. I’m cutting back myself, no time limit, just a general guideline. I’m fairly new in this pursuit of perfume, but my collection has grown alarmingly fast. I’m slowing down, but not completely stopping. I’m trying to be more focused and discriminating. I’ll see how it goes! I would love to try any of these…not really sure which I’d prefer…maybe the tea..Oolang Infini. Sounds great! Thanks for the chance!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Alice,
      thank you for the offer of support, I know in this community I’ll never be alone! 🙂
      When one is new in the “business” a collection has the tendency of growing real fast, I know.

      You are in the drawing for Oolang Infini, good luck!

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  24. RH says:

    Hello Olfactoria- I’ve enjoyed your writings at PST and lurked here for quite awhile… am a little ashamed I’m coming out for a giveaway but, hello anyway!

    I have not bought a full bottle of anything this year nor the last… times are hard and my family is amused that I’d spend up to $5 for a ml of something and skip dinner instead, but alas, I am an addict! Aside from financial reasons, being a newbie, at the moment I’m having more fun sampling around than committing to a full bottle. When I feel like settling, I’ll get a full bottle of… hmm, I’ll worry about that when I have to. 🙂

    Please enter me in your draw! I’m wavering between Oolang infini and Grand Neroli, but I have a huge sample package with mostly tea scents coming my way… so it’ll be the latter, if I have the luck to win. Fingers crossed- and thank you for the chance!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hello RH, welcome over here, I am glad you decided to de-lurk! 🙂
      It is certainly a good strategy to stick with samples, since you get so much variety for not so much money. And who knows, maybe you find your one true perfume love, then you’ll know it is time for that bottle. 🙂
      Good luck in the drawing, I hope you get to try Grand Neroli!

  25. I’m naturally a saver, so the crazy-to-impulse-to-buy-perfume that I’ve developed since hopping into this hobby has been somewhat balanced. I typically go for splits and actually have purchase THREE splits of Afteliers: Bois Blond, Grand Neroli and Trefle Pur. I love them all and keep switching between which is my favorite (Grand Neroli is more feminine, Bois Blonds is so zesty, and Trefle Pur has a unique spice set).

    I don’t like the idea of a no-buy, but I read Chickenfreaks blog too and noticed that she is on one. I like to think that I don’t spend that much on frags, but I am scared to start totaling it up. And now that I’m taking photos of my perfumes, I want to buy more than ever.

    I’d totally pick the Oolang, since that’s the one I don’t have. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  26. James Dennard says:

    Thanks for offering the giveaway, Birgit! The Oolang Infini sounds like the one I would like best. I’ve become a fan of tea notes. As for not buying any fragrances, I have slowed down significantly in the last year or so, but not buying anything would be tough. I wish you well!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi James!
      I am so glad you decided to share your thoughts! 🙂
      Thank you for the good wishes.
      Oolang Infini is a wonderful fragrance, I hope you get the chance to sample it! Good luck!

  27. Irina says:

    I’m broke! )) That’s the only reason tot to buy anything except food. Last year I was enthusiastic shopper, so this year will be slow. I consider it as a pause, time for learning and reading, not buying.

  28. Irina says:

    And I am huge fan of Orange Sanguine.

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Last night I went looking through a cigar box full of samples I had not yet opened and discovered several fragrances that I was thinking of ordering! I fear that I may have some of those hoarder genes that Chicken Freak mentioned. One only has to witness my collections (vintage hankies, vintage costume jewelry, vintage silk scarves, etc.) to confirm this. I find myself caught up in a feverish race to collect the “important” vintage perfumes before they are all gone and no longer available. Whew. I admire your self-control and re-read a few times to, hopefully, gain some resolve of my own. I liked what you said about enjoying what you have. That said, I will still ask to be in the draw! All 3 of these sound great; I would be happy to win any one of them.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Elizabeth,
      The hunt for vintage perfumes is especially hard to stop I imagine. I feel your dilemma!
      You are entered in the giveaway of course, god luck! 🙂

  30. Silverlily says:

    I have to say. I would leave it up to you to choose which one to send to me if I win. Because to be honest I don’t know either one of the three scents…

    I think it is brave of you to make the change. Change is always hard and takes real courage. Sometimes it is because the Fates beyond our control push us into a change without asking our consent if we would like it. Sometimes it is for something we choose that is the bigger cause to make changes happen. What ever the reasons for it. It always begins with that first step…so bravo to you in your first steps….:0)

  31. Georgy says:

    Omg what happened? Should we call a Marshall plan and send you perfume care packetes???

  32. vanessa says:

    My urge to buy FBs is definitely peaking, but I have still managed somehow to accumulate 65 bottles in three short years, plus half as many sizeable decants. I probably am in the same place as you without actually committing not to buy, ie I am only likely to succumb to a purchase on a shopping trip to London – not to Germany and Switzerland, where I also go regularly, because prices are so much dearer there with the strong euro. (I was interested to clarify the background to Warum’s name choice, btw!) That said, I was in London last weekend and got as far as picking up Piguet Calypso but put it back on the shelf, unbought. I am pining for it now, mind…

    Oolang Infini would be my pick, thanks, were I lucky enough to win.

    • Olfactoria says:

      There seems to be a time of restraint as part of the “cycle of Perfumista-dom” for all of us. I am certain I won’t leave London without a bottle though. 😉
      You are in for Oolang Infini, good luck!

  33. Jasmine1485 says:

    I’m a starving student so I’m (fortunately?) unable to buy perfume very often anyhow, but I do adore the ones I have, as gifts or prizes etc. The orange sanguine one sounds lovely, I don’t have any citrus perfumes for some reason, even though I love the scents.

    kate1485 at hotmail.com

  34. Full of Grace says:

    I loved your idea about sending unloved bottles to the women’s shelter! Bravo. My dislikes could very well be their likes.
    I have so many bottles on my threee shelves and have stopped for a while….few months now so it not like I have a lack of fragrance to put on….
    But I’d love to be in your draw and win Grand Néroli, mmmm, mmmmm. Thank you.

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  37. axum says:

    Having to move continents every 2 years helps to limit my purchase of FBs (I’d have to worry about them breaking in transit, or going off while languishing on a customs wharf somewhere). I don’t have access to reliable postal services or perfume shops and so can’t order or buy samples regularly. But this means that whenever I fly out to a world city, a ‘binge and purge’ fragrance monster emerge who buys insatiably! This abates within a few days and is limited by the size of my suitcase…still, it’s over the top.
    Re your draw: either Oolang or Yunnan 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Wow, that is hard having such limited access, I fully understand the monster emerging at the sight of a perfume counter! 😉
      You are entered in the draw, of course for Oolang Infini. Good luck!

  38. axum says:

    Oops, I meant, just Oolang 🙂

  39. Good luck! I know I can’t do this but I should 😦
    I have gotten pickier and pickier. Yes, now I’m even picky about samples!
    If you need to break the glass in case of emergencies sometime during 2011, I can always gift you 😉

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