Sample Summer

While it isn’t even close to summer for many of you, in Central Texas, where the other day it hit 85F, it’s pretty much on.

Oregon summers can be hot, but with the efficient and effective central air conditioning of my last home, I never gave a second thought to the safety of my perfumes in their cabinet. Not so here. The humidity is high, the heat even higher, and our apartment is so inefficient, it might as well be clap-board.

So I packed up all, yes all!, of my bottles and refrigerated them. At first I planned to pull out a few at a time, or just go fridge diving each morning after choosing a SOTD (the boxes are still nicely displayed in the cabinet, for window shopping purposes), but then I realized that it’s the perfect opportunity to work my way through all of my 1mL samples, and newer decants. Those things don’t last forever, you know!

Many of the samples have been tested, others not. I may write about a fragrance that’s already been reviewed here at some point in the past, but these posts are meant to be the 1mL (snippet) version of The Perfume Review.

I’ve convinced Dionne and Anne-Marie to join me (though it’s still pretty darned cold in Canada, and summer is ending in Australia) and I hope that these little snippets will be fun for all, no matter what the weather where you’re at.

I’ll see you tomorrow as we kick off Sample Summer!

Above image is my mare, Dagny,  on a bright summer day in 2007.

26 thoughts on “Sample Summer

  1. I live in Sunny Southern California, and I never think about fragrance in terms of seasons, as we barely have them! I just wear what I am in the mood for…I look forward to your writings!

    1. Judith, I’ve got to tell you, I was hoping for much less in the way of seasons here in Austin… But at least the “winter” is blessedly short! I’m curious to see how my usual summer favorites fare in the blistering heat! 🙂

  2. I told Archimedes about this upcoming project and your joke that he should help pick a snazzy title; we then got riffing on possibilities. Some were relatively simple, like Sample Season and Season for Samples (this prompted an outburst of singing, “We had joy, we had fun, we had samples in the sun….”) but these were deemed too boring. One possibility was A Seasoning of Samples, which plays on the mini-review aspect.

    I came up with Raiders of the Lost Stash, which I think is funny, but he vetoed. (Hey, pick that, and I can *nyah nyah* at him!) This devolved into further geekery: Return of the Sample, Perfume III: The Search for Samples, BoTo and the Chamber of Samples, Lord of Perfumes: The Return of the Sample, Vials of Glory… yeah, we really got going.

      1. Judith, one of the reasons why Dee told me to consider possible alternatives to Sample Summer is because I teased her about the summer thing – the weekend I got her e-mail suggesting this we’d had a big blizzard. We’re still 6 weeks away from even getting leaves on the trees.

        So we could go for something like Hot Time or Samples Like It Hot, but if we do that there’ll be a lot of “Ooooh, sure, rub it in!” from me. 😉

        1. Whatever it is called is fine, and as I said, I live in spring/summer all year ’round…I just look forward to the mini reviews! I feast on reviews..
          I had to stop reading some ‘blogs’ for a time, I was on overload, but I am back with a vengence!

  3. To borrow Dee’s phrase: mini-reviews are tops, so I look very much forward to them!
    Dionne’s names for the series are hilarious! 😀
    May I suggest: Dirty Sampling, Good Will Sampling or Samples Like It Hot (the last would be especially good for the Texan climate).

    1. Birgit, I love the suggestions. 🙂

      Bones (18yo Son #1) pointed out that it should be “Lord of the Perfumes: The Return of the Sample” – shame on me for missing that pivotal “the” – and he prefers Sample Journey III: The Search for Scent as a Star Trek shout-out.

    2. ROTFL! I love all these suggestions! Mini-reviews *are* tops— no matter what they’re called, I’m looking forward to them… Especially since my next planned review is Opus VI, and that is coming along s l o w l y !

      Samples like it Hot might be my favorite so far…

  4. Hey, I’m too remember! I’ve got plenty of neglected little fellas lying around. Short reviews will be good discipline for me. I do tend to get carried away!

  5. Love mini-reviews! Looking forward to whatever snazzy title you pick for these… might steal one of the unused suggestions, too.

    Yeah, Texas heat. I hear it’s awful. (My sister moved to Ft. Hood from VA last year, and the summer about killed her.)

    1. Steal away! Feel free to co-opt anything we use or don’t use— I’m all about sharing the love 😉

      I’m excitedly anticipating the summer… soon we’ll know if Texas is going to work as Home (I sure hope it does, because I’m really liking Austin).

  6. The fam started brainstorming last night during supper, and had a grand time coming up with even more names, some specifically about samples, others just perfume-related.

    The Sample Menace, Revenge of the Scrubber (“That’s no moon, that’s a perfume cabinet!” “May the Scent be with you”) which led to “Oh, oh oh….. The Cologne Wars!” There were cheers for that one 😉
    Sample Journey VI: The Undiscovered Scent
    BoTO: The Two Wrists (“Wait, how about ‘The Two Tauers?’ “)
    Fumes on a Plane
    Huffy the Sample Slayer
    Smell Hard
    How to Train Your Nose
    Big Smelly Panda
    The King’s Sillage
    Perfumistas of the Caribbean: Huffing the Chest
    Decant-able Me
    Perfume Club (the first rule of Perfume Club: you do not talk about Secretions Magnifique)
    The Sixth Scent, Unscrubbable

    Then someone started singing, “I’m Smelly and I Know It!” which then progressed to “Everday I’m Snifflin'” and then there was chair dancing…

  7. Huffy the Sample Slayer is my personal favourite!

    “Card-carrying fridge diver” here, but my samples live in the fridge too, so I am a sample diver as well, I guess… : – )

    1. Fridge diving! It’s a funny thing to say, lol, but don’t you have a mini-fridge just for ‘fumes? I need one of those… I’m going to see how long I can hold off, just living on samples— hoping it will make me more productive on the blogging front 🙂


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