Bottle Of The Month: November – And a Giveaway!

The bottle of the month for November was an utter indulgence and über-luxury. It may have subconsciously triggered my new frugality (only applicable for perfume, unfortunately): I bought the gorgeous Nabucco Amytis, the comfort fragrance from heaven. I seem to have thought I am deserving of it after all… 🙂

I bought my bottle at the Italian online Boutique Alla Violetta (not affiliated in any way, just a happy customer), as the price is unbeatable there.

I want to share two 1ml oil samples with two lucky winners this month.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post telling me about your favorite indulgence, be it perfume, food, clothing, a trip to a spa, whatever you deem as a personal luxury.

Tweeting or sharing this post on Facebook gets you an additional entry. The giveaway is open worldwide until December 11, Midnight GMT, and the winner will be announced on the blog on December 12.

Please be aware that I cannot be responsible for the doings of the post office and can’t replace lost packages.

Good luck everyone!


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144 Responses to Bottle Of The Month: November – And a Giveaway!

  1. Reading Frag blogs is my luxury time. Indulgence? My whole life is one delicious indulgence. I love your draws Birgit (and you), always such awesome stuff,
    Portia xx

  2. Lean S says:

    Thank you again for the generous giveaway. I would say high heels are an indulgence of mine, and a real weakness. I do love perfumes as well but I am new to the interest and have yet to try many of the wonderful fragrances I read about. I also tweeted this

  3. datura5750 says:

    My favorite indulgence, rarely done, is to buy a bouquet of tuberoses…
    Thanks for the chance!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Do you know that I never in my life smelled or even saw an real tuberose? They don’t grow here at all, and no garden center even knows what I’m talking about. 😦
      That is a wonderful indulgence, datura, enjoy!

  4. Undina says:

    I think my indulgence is buying wines. I do not drink too often (I’d estimate one glass of wine a week on average) but I really enjoy visiting wineries and buying wines.
    I’ll do twitter tomorrow (to spread RTs more evenly 🙂 ).

  5. Tatiana says:

    My horse and the time I spend with her is my favorite indulgence. I spent two hours with her today, grazing on the new grass in the pasture, currying and brushing her, picking her hooves and listening to her snuffle and nicker to me.
    Thanks for offering this generous giveaway.

  6. laniersmith says:

    My luxury indulgence is a trip to Rome.

  7. Andrea says:

    When I lived in Paris, one day I just went straight to Hermes store in rue de Sevres (which is outstanding), being there was already a great luxury moment, but coming out with an orange bag just made my day …. I bought JC Ellena’s ”Journal d’un parfumeur”. Ahahha I just loved that day and felt so relieved!

  8. Irina says:

    My favorite indulgence is a trip to Paris
    on a more realistic note, curling up with my cat while reading
    thanks for the draw

  9. andreawilko says:

    My luxury indulgence is cashmere, there is nothing that beats a cozy cashmere sweater when it is cold outside.
    My DBF is treating me to the ultimate luxury indulgence, a 2 hour spa treatment when we go away to Gleneagles next weekend (the hotel itself is also a luxury indulgence)
    I have just been on said website to see the perfume and prices (not so bad if you squint a lot) I might even treat myself to a sample of this one, it sounds divine. 🙂

  10. Alexandra says:

    I think as with most of use, perfume is definitely one of my biggest indulgences, especially when teamed with a trip to Les Senteurs and a coffee and almond croissant next door. On a smaller scale, this year I have rediscovered the joys of a bath: so a warm bubbly bath, a glass of wine, a couple of candles and a good book is my favourite current indulgence.
    Please do enter me in the giveaway; you have certainly piqued my curiosity with Nabucco Amytis!

  11. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Ach, indulgence – I’d need it in this very stressy month. Is it a shame that first thing first I thought of food when reading “Indulgence” ? A lovely comforting dinner in an inventive Indian restaurant in London (yes, I’m thinking of you Mr.Kochhar…). Right next is a spa-treatment for my suffering skin. Only on third place are the new Ormond Jayne parfums…
    Thank you, B. – it was nice to dream (although, 2 of those 3 might come true… 😉 )

  12. poodle says:

    Once in a blue moon I treat myself to a massage. I really should do it more often because my back really could use it. My more regular indulgences are perfume and wine/cocktails. I don’t even drink much but I guess that’s why I consider it more of an indulgence. Thanks for the draw.

  13. My biggest indulgence probably is perfume, for all the reasons that we all know so well! Next to that, I would say solitude and reading. I find it hard to shake the feeling that there is something else I really should be doing – out in the fresh air, being useful, helping people – rather than curling up for hours with a cup of coffee, a cat on my lap and a book in my hand, so it really does feel like an indulgence.

  14. Jackie b says:

    I have days when everything seems indulgent, taking time to walk in the park with dogs…or
    Time off for coffee with my friends, nice wine with dinner, bath with oils and candles.
    But every day deciding which beautiful scent to wear.
    PS I do have a useful life too!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Isn’t that great? I wish I could see my entire life as an indulgence (that it absolutely is, it’s just hard not to whine all the time and count one’s blessings).

  15. lucasai says:

    I’ve never heard about this perfume house nor about this perfume. But I believe it’s so luxurious that it’s price is far beyond my reach anyway so I’m giving it a chance to win a sample.

    My favourite luxury is going to the shopping gallery and even if I don’t buy anything I like trying some clothes on. Another luxury is a good tea brew, jazz music and amber&sandalwood incense sticks burning in my room. They have gorgeous aroma

  16. Zazie says:

    Thank you for the draw!
    I am all for spoiling myself from time to time, and within reason 😉
    My latest indulgence is a bottle of vol de Nuit extrait – what can I say? I deserved it!
    I try to make the most of those little pleasures life brings: a box of “pasticcini” for the weekend lunch, taking the time to bake a cake, enjoy an interesting exhibition, spending quality time with my husband, or a day at the SPA with a friend…

  17. Elizabeth Watson says:

    My favorite indulgences: really good quality dark chocolate, and fresh-cut flowers in the house. I don’t know anything about this perfume but if you like it, chances are good that I would too! I want to say to Poodle (and anyone else reading): massage should not be an indulgence, it should be a regular occurrence for our well-being, like good nutrition and healthy exercise. 🙂 XO

  18. My personal indulgence and this may seem very mundane,is lying/sitting on my bed with my laptop ,surfing through all the blogs-especially yours ,eating sushi and watching TV all at once !

  19. Dubaiscents says:

    My guilty indulgence is watching Keeping up With the Kardashions (did I really write that in public?!) but, my true indulgence is perfumes, of course! There are way too many temptations around here so, unfortunately, I think I indulge a little too much 🙂

    Thanks for me wonderful give away! You are so sweet to part with even a tiny bit of this luxury!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hahaha, I’ve never seen that show (it’s not on here), but I haven’t managed to avoid still knowing a lot about these ladies. How is that possible? Your secret is safe with us. 🙂

      Indulging in too much perfume is something I know a lot about, sigh.

  20. Ferris says:

    My indulgence would have to be any kind of vanilla and lavender perfume/ cologne. My favorite being Caron Pour Un Homme. Those two notes together are luxury in a bottle and are so relaxing. I indulge every night before bedtime. I cannot get enough.

  21. shellyw says:

    Predictably my indulgence is perfume. No one in my family would ever give it as a gift, even with coaching. Teaching 7 year olds does not require one to be fashionable etc… so it is truly just because I want it. Thank you for the draw.

  22. nancysg says:

    At this point, perfume would have to be my top self indulgence. But deciding to spend more time with my children and grandchildren instead of working still feels like an indulgence at times. I am so happy that I can chose how to spend my days.

  23. Dominic says:

    My indulgence is related to two senses mainly, hearing and smell. So apart from perfume, which is so obvious, and natural oils in oil burner or candles, i adore a couple of minutes in warm bath with sensual bubbles or oils. It all happens with the candle light and… Jazz, lots of jazz.
    A total luxury is when I can leave anything and even fly to another country to enjoy jazz music in some fabulous club or other venue… With a glass of wine or even green jasmine tea… Btw Rotterdam’s club Bird has gorgeous tea, you can’t get enough… pure luxurious jasmine. What else you need

  24. susan says:

    I think perfume, as a whole, the hobby of perfume, is my indulgence.

    Lately I have taken to painting my nails again – something I haven’t done since before I had my daughter four years ago – and that also feels like an extreme luxury. I don’t go to the salon – out of my budget for the most part, unless I cut back on perfume shopping, and who wants to do that? I do my own. But still, taking the time out to relax, put some lotion on my hands, and paint my nails feels so nice. And having nice nails at work makes me feel like more of an adult too! As a bonus, I can now justify buying a new new nail polishes, since I’m actually painting my nails on a regular basis!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Nails and small children don’t go together very well, I know that from bitter experience. I’m glad you are getting back into it, now that your daughter is older.

  25. Irene says:

    Indulgence for me is a dinner with friends, accompanied by a red lipstick and a good wine and a perfume as Citizen Queen, a great combination.

  26. fleurdelys says:

    My indulgences that cost money are perfumes and jewelry. The indulgence that costs me nothing is sitting next to the wood stove and reading, sometimes with a cat in my lap (depends on the cat’s mood).

  27. Vasilisa says:

    My favorite everyday indulgence is reading in a hot bath, it makes me incredibly happy! And for special occasions.. I must say perfume.. and stays in very good hotels, which have good facilities for having a hot bath.

  28. My favorite indulgence is books. I buy them all the time and have a huge library, dating from childhood. I do like to read and smell good. Those two things go together SO well. My house has ten rooms, all full of books. They also line the stairs, at first on one side, now I’m starting on the other side. I do lend some of them, but not many people want to read everything published about the Kennedy assassination or all George Eliot’s novels. I’m not selfish, I have perfumes to give away and will post that list soon. Why should I keep things that I can’t stand and foolishly bought without testing first. Bandit, anyone, please!

  29. Maureen says:

    My indulgences are perfume and dinner out once in a while. Also a massage & facial once a year on my birthday.

  30. trickyholly says:

    my favorite indulgence used to be expensive yarn for knitting and books but now it’s chocolate. (I have two small children under 4, so chocolate pretty much always wins these days!)

  31. LCT says:

    Perfume, travel and good food are my indulgences. Though if I go overboard on one, the other two tend to suffer. Regardless, I’m a very lucky woman.

  32. Julie J says:

    Stunning bottle! My little luxuries lately have been: Chanel polish in Malice, Slatkin candle in Fireside, and Sleep foaming bath in lavender chamomile from BBW.

  33. Missionista says:

    I get my hair cut every few months at a student-training salon. Doesn’t sound like much of an indulgence, right? But! Because the students are still learning, it takes a solid 3 hours to get a haircut, whereas it would only take about 45 minutes in a regular salon. As a mother of a young child, having 3 hours alone is a HUGE indulgence.

  34. I have two daily indulgences: perfume . . . and fried food 🙂

    My dad is from the American south. He like to say, “If it ain’t fried, it ain’t food!”

    For another indulgence, I like to get a pedicure every two-three weeks 🙂

  35. amyorvin says:


  36. brie says:

    very expensive chocolate and a great cup of any type of floral/aromatic tea (unfortunately I am on a tight budget so my indulgences are few and far between!)

  37. julie T says:

    My luxury indulgence is solitude. It is such a luxury that I rarely have it….

  38. MariaA says:

    Besides perfume (duh! obviously!) I adore and indulge into coffee! I love the different tastes of the blends and the aromas – oops that has to do with smell too! I have asmall obsession with books too!

  39. vinery says:

    My luxury indulgence is having dinner at the city’s top restaurant with my loved one (while wearing a tiny drop of vintage My Sin).

  40. KathyT says:

    My biggest indulgence besides perfume is books. I’ve switched to a Kindle, and I think it’s impossible to have too many things to read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Eva S says:

    Like Poodle I occasionally treat myself to a massage, and books is definitely another favorite indulgence, along with jewellery and perfume…
    I guess I’m good at indulging myself!

  42. Joaquim says:

    My luxury indulgence is read about watches (I can’t afford most of them), photography, men shoes and perfume.
    But the best luxury I can give myself is, when I’m alone, listen “Illuminate my heart, my darling” by Yndi Halda, as loud as I can stand, seriously, the minutes 7 to 9 are one of the most soul-stirring pieces of music i’ve ever heard.
    Thank you for the draw!

  43. Kaia says:

    My personal luxury is buying (and burning!) candles.

  44. Woodgirl says:

    My personal luxuries are perfume and taking winter afternoon naps in our loft bedroom cuddled up with the dog. Thanks for the draw.

  45. Heather F says:

    What a generous giveaway! In addition to perfume, gourmet food is definitely a luxury/indlgence, particularly cheeses. Oh, and artisanal liquor…I’m a well-fed and pleasantly tipsy (and nice-smelling) poor grad student, if nothing else 🙂

  46. Olivia says:

    This one sounds so wonderful, Birgit – I bet it’s gorgeous! I feel a swoon coming on just thinking about it 🙂 I think the little treats in life are paramount; I love long, hot baths surrounded by scented candles and using rich scented oils on my skin afterwards. A cool, icy glass of amaretto or Baileys (yum!); fresh cut flowers in the house; taking the time for long walks and really taking the time to breathe in and live your environment. But most importantly, time with my family spent all together (rare these days as we all live in different places) or travel to far off places – it’s so important to get out there and see the world. Or Paris. I always love being in Paris.

    Thank-you for the draw, dear B!

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is gorgeous and I’m sure you would adore Amytis! Good luck in the draw!
      Your indulgences sound right up my alley. Maybe we could meet up in Paris for a glass of Baileys one day? 🙂

  47. Sagat Ebo says:

    Thank you for this awesome give away! My indulgence used to photography, camera and lens. It’s quite an expensive hobby but I were still going with it until this thing called Perfume hit me in the face( or nose). It became my recent indulgence almost right away. And then audiophile, gaming, time pieces showed up. Apparently, I could only love one and I chose this smelly hobby.

  48. immasgreb says:

    I love me some quality wacky tobacky!

  49. mridula says:

    My favourite indulgence is time to myself, to do nothing or t do something, hut basicallyy time that is not accounted for in any way.

    I remember when you said you were undeserving of this perfume. I think we often feel that way about our indulgences, but it is good t treat yourself, to correct that misapprehension about yourself as undeserving.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Mridula! I don’t feel bad about indulging in this expensive perfume, but it has brought about a more restrained phase and that is not bad at all.

      Unstructured time is simply wonderful, enjoy yours!

  50. Gogol says:

    Congratulation!. A really wonderful and exquisite perfume and so happy you bought the perfume at Alla Violetta – I love them, they are probably my favorite online perfume store.

  51. EaudAlice says:

    Thanks for making me remember the little pleasures of life! Let’s see:
    – curling up on the couch wrapped up in a blanket and with a cup of hot tea when it snows outside – check
    – a tub of chocolate mousse – check
    – Matt Berninger’s voice – check
    – Xabi Alonso’s face – check. 🙂
    Plus there’s always perfume to transport me across time and space… I was also going to mention cuddling up with my kitty, but sadly, she passed away recently… Cats are fantastic indulgement!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I love your check list! 🙂
      I’m very sorry about your cat, a cat is truly a wonderful companion and a role model when it comes to being self-indulgent. 😉 I miss my cat terribly still.

  52. luchessa says:

    Thank you for the lovely prize. It’s generous of you to share. 🙂
    I have to say my luxury indulgence is my free time. As cheesy as it sounds. In our fast society a day or two off from all your duties is a pure luxury.
    If talking about “material things” i would say my latest guilty pleasure are chocolate cupakes and the Victoria’s Secret Angel gold perfume 🙂

  53. dremybluz says:

    My indulgences would be perfume and jewelry. Both can make you pitifully poor. Thanks for another great giveaway

  54. Marte says:

    Perfume and books – but I’m trying to limit my spending at the moment. Reading for hours with a cup of tea and a blanket is pure luxury. My recent trip to London was also an indulgence – expensive but totally worth it! 🙂

  55. Cherie, I am in heaven with the Discovery Set from Mona de Orio. It has changed my entire response to fragrance. Her fragrances are so subtle – they don’t announce themselves with an obvious name, but just wind around you like smoke and change an entire perspective. I am so in love with these fragrances that I want to have all of them. That’s an obvious way to go broke, so they will have to be acquired one at a time. I’m starting with her Musc. Then Vanille, and so forth. You introduced me to this line, and I am so grateful. Sweet regards, AnitaATM

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh that is so lovely to hear, it makes me very happy that I introduced you to Mona’s work and that you are enjoying it so much. For me it was the same. No question of whether I would need all her perfumes, only a question of when. 😉

  56. calidreamin87 says:

    My favorite indulgence is definitely perfume! It makes me happy & is calorie free. 🙂

  57. Åsa Firth says:

    Thank you so much for this opportunity Birgit. You are truly generous. And I have so enjoyed reading all the entries; there is so much to enjoy in life! From fried foods to a house lined with books.

    For me, champagne is what first springs to mind. Although I love shovelling snow and carrying wood inside for the fire (we’re spending 8 glorious winter weeks at our house in Sweden), I do believe I was made to drink champagne ;-). But since I’m partial to indulgence and have no desire to become an alcoholic, I would also like to mention spending hours speaking on the phone with my best friend in Amsterdam, reading on the sofa with my whippet snuggled up next to me, ordering expensive sample/discovery sets for myself for Christmas (by Kilian, Mona di Orio and Hermessence so far this year — do you have any other recommendations Birgit?) and hiding the receipts from my husband, or, like right now, just sitting and watching the snow fall softly outside my window, as some of my favourite ways to indulge myself.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Asa,
      thank you for your lovely comment. Those winters in Sweden sound wonderfully cosy.
      And I’m so with you when it comes to champagne, I don’t drink any other alcohol at all, but I can’t say no to a glass of champagne. 🙂
      Your sample sets are a great idea. I can also recommend the Ormonde Jayne and Parfum d’Empire sets.
      Which Hermessences did you order?

      Have a lovely Holiday season and good luck in the draw!

      • Åsa Firth says:

        Oh, so we agree not only on many fragrances but also on the importance of champagne. I’m so pleased.
        I’m already a very satisfied owner of the Ormonde Jayne sample set, now I’m just waiting for the new scents to be made available. But thank you for your suggestion of Parfum d’Empire, I have been curious for some time…
        I ordered all 10 Hermessence samples through The Perfumed Court. Very excited. It’s going to be a beautiful Christmas.
        All the best from a frozen north.

  58. Veni from Prague says:

    My personal indulgence is to have a hot bath for as long time as I can “survive”, together with a glass of mulled wine (also hot) and something to read about perfumes. Either a book from a library (if only there were more of such books available…), or articles printed out from the web. As both my hands are above the water, why not to apply a perfume sample for testing on each one? 🙂 If there is no new sample to test, I grab my favourite El Nabil “Jeddah City” Arabian perfume oil. This is the true luxury for me. I remunerate this way several times a week when I come home from my work and make fire in our wood stove in a cellar (such a smelly task does need a fragrant compensation).

  59. Kandice says:

    Unfortunately I don’t have anything to list that hasn’t been mentioned already, but mine include good, dark chocolate, mulled wine, fresh flowers, perfume samples (of course) and curling up on the couch under a quilt on a cold, rainy day with my fur baby sleeping by my side.

    Thanks for the generous draw!

  60. TaffyJ says:

    Of course, sampling perfume is one of my favorite indulgences. Another indulgence is dancing happily and crazily to rock and roll music. It makes me feel so good; afterwards, maybe not so much. lol

    This is quite a fabulous draw!

  61. Isabeau says:

    My favorite indulgence definately perfume!! So happy I could share this lovely fragrance with you and you got hooked on it too!!

  62. Civava says:

    I’m glad you managed to get this lovely gem for yourself ;-).
    I indulge myself mostly with perfume, but peacful vacation by the sea and diving are also among them.

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