Sample Summer: Sneak-Peak

Hot off the postal truck, all the way from Canberra, Australia, here’s a sneak-peak into upcoming Sample Summer sniffies:

  • Frangipani Soap!
  • Chanel Cuir de Russie EDT (I’m going to get to the bottom of why I don’t like this)
  • Chanel no. 22 EDT
  • Parfums de Nicolaï Week-End A Deauville
  • Frédéric Malle Le Parfum de Thérèse
  • Eau d’Italie Sienne l’Hiver
  • Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Toit
  • Guerlain Arsène Lupin Dandy

Thank you Anne-Marie!

13 thoughts on “Sample Summer: Sneak-Peak

    1. The smell of that bar permeated through the packaging; when I opened it all up, and showed Matt the soap, he said, “So that’s what I was smelling!”

      It smells amazing! I can’t wait to use it…


  1. I just tried Weekend a Deauville while doing some cleaning around my apartment. I kept stopping and wondering what smelled so good. I kept thinking ‘Lysol doesn’t smell like this!’ It was quite pretty.

    1. Oooh! My interest is piqued (again)! I remember when the reviews first started coming out, thinking that I’d like to try it, but then forgot about it (as I often do); now I’m off to re-read reviews and see what I have to look forward too…

  2. I’m most excited by the frangipani soap too! I wonder what it is about the Cuir de Russie. I would have thought you’d love it. Do you not like the smell of birch tar? It’s tarry and animalic and not for everyone.

    1. I’ve never encountered such a powerfully, elegantly fragranced soap. It’s not just got killer sillage, but the smell… Oh the smell. It smells like it should be by Ormonde Jayne… But if I remember correctly, AM picked them up at a reasonable price…

      Cuir de Russie is one that I thought I would love too! In it’s defense, I’ve only tried it the one time, and it may have been before I got on the treadmill— probably not the best time to try a new fragrance. Now that I’ve got quite a lot of it, I’m going to get to the bottom of this. It might be a fun experiment— and I’ll treat it like that. Our sense of smell (and taste preferences in smell) are highly suggestible, so it will be interesting to see if I will grow to love it, or if it’s just utterly unworkable for me.

      Probably it was the birch tar, as you suggest. I just remember it smelling like a tannery: hot flesh being ripped from squealing beasts. Lol, s slight dramatization maybe… 😉

  3. Cuir de Russie comes off as a bit oily on me, that is my issue with it, sadly. Weekend-a-Deauville was pleasant as I recall, but didn’t rock my world, indeed no Parfums de Nicolai has ever managed that. Though I suspect Le Temps d’une Fete might well have done, had it not been so indolic, unfortunately.

    The soap bar looks awesome. : – ) Did it have its own ship?

    1. CdR… oh man, I have so much more to say about it now, but will hold off for the post (don’t want to give anything away). 😉

      I have wanted to fall in love with a PdN scent, because, like Tauer, I like what she is doing and how she is doing it— I want to support that, but the fact remains that I haven’t yet found love there either. Maybe WaD will be it…

      Hahaha! Yeah, that bar is HUGE! I think AM probably spent her annual shipping budget to share that thing with me (hugs to AM for that). I still haven’t cracked it open yet… and it’s fragrancing that whole end of the house. I can only imagine what it will do open and wielded in the shower!

  4. I love Love LOVE CdR! I’m sorry it doesn’t work for you.

    Dee, I clearly remember Un Jardin Sur Le Toit review on this blog last year… Was it A-M’s?

    1. I’m not going to say anymore about CdR quite yet— I have a lengthy post going up in a few days all about it! It’s interesting to me how many people love it though…

      Yes! You have a good memory Undina! There was a review, and I did write it. Birgit sent me a decant when she got her bottle, and now I’m topped up by Anne-Marie. I may still do a “sample” sized review of it, because who knows how the experience will change in this Texas heat! 🙂

  5. I live in Cedar Park. Can I drive by your neighborhood and smell the awesome soap?:-). I am tempted to purchase some myself, hate bath soap as I am a shower gel gal, but I LOVE frangipani. Used to climb frangipani trees and pick the flowers as a kid!


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