Monday, May 10, 2010

happy 90th post: Rose Drawing and GIVEAWAY

As those of you who have been keeping an eye on this blog over time may know, this is a relatively new blog. I have been obsessed with fragrance for many years now, and keeping notes for myself, but it has only been a few months since I began making my thoughts and feelings on the subject public in this forum. I thank you for staying with me as my husband and I tweaked the format of the blog pages, and tried to get all the feeds, searches, etc. running properly. I am still feeling my way around the blogosphere, learning what works and what doesn’t and trying to figure out exactly how to tailor my own blog.

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There are a LOT of really great fragrance blogs out there, and I follow and admire the work of many writers who know way more about the fragrance industry and the art of perfumery that I do. I admire them and am not trying to complete with their expertise and knowledge. I simply add another voice to the chorus of fragrance enthusiasts, and offer a focus on integrating fragrance into one’s daily aesthetic life.

So, to celebrate ninety posts already since I launched this blog in March, I am going to put together a goody bag of fragrance decants from my collection centered around the theme of roses. I was trying to think of something very basic to fragrance, a basic note, that symbolized in some way a beginning, a basic first step, and it seemed to me that roses are about the most basic scent in the perfumer’s toolkit.

So, here’s the deal: I really want to get some more followers (I am writing this blog for my own benefit, but I wouldn’t mind having some friends to converse with as well) so please, get my rss feed, become a facebook networked blog follower, add me as a blogger friend, or subscribe to my blog in any other form you please, then post a comment below letting me know you are interested in the goody bag of rose perfume decants as well as  following Hortus conclusus. (if you already subscribed somehow before, let me know that too!) When I post my 100th blog (in about a week, I imagine) I will announce the winner of the draw!

What’s in the draw? Well, I’m not sure of all the contents yet, but I can promise you a generous decant of Guerlain’s brilliant rose perfume, Nahema, as well as equally generous decants of Priscilla Presley’s very pleasant and niche-y smelling Roses and More,  L’Occitane’s Rose Nuit de Mai parfum intense, Perfumer’s Workshop Tea Rose, and several other smaller more nichey decants which I haven’t chosen yet! Many of these are relatively cheap and easy to find, which I consider a virtue, when the juice is good, as I believe it to be in all these cases. For you nicheheads out there, I’m afraid I am not yet at the stage where I can afford large bottles of lovely creatures like ecume de rosine, maroc pour elle, and Rose Poivrée, three of my favorite niche rose-centered fragrances—I am still just living off of the occasional decant—but when I can, I promise equally

generous decants of these, if you just keep following my blog.

You see, I am monetizing my blog posts in the hopes that my adsense revenue will enable me to obtain bottles of those fabulous scents we all lust after, then  share the wealth with decant drawings here. SO, if you feel like it, click on ads when you pop by, because every penny I make on this blog is going back into my perfume researching project. I know it sounds like a pipe dream, but I know I’ll get there someday!

 

Anyway, thanks to all of you who have already shown your support by following my blog to date, and a thanks and welcome in advance to those I hope to draw into my fragrant web with this drawing, the first of a promised multitude!

 

 

image credits:

first pic mine

antique tea rose card from gasoline alley antiques

renaissance rose image from the medieval and renaissance food website

24 comments:

  1. Hi, I joined your rss feed. Please sign me up for the drawing!

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  2. Thanks so much for joining me! Welcome

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  3. Roses are my sore spot (I somehow overlook and skip them) so I would love to be entered for this. :)
    I'm already following you through blogger.

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  4. Hey Lady! Such a cool blog...glad to know of it now! I would love to be eligible for the drawing. Cheers! April

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  5. April, SO GLAD to see you here! thanks for the compliments too...love from me.

    Ines, I am glad to be of service on the rose front; roses were one of my first loves, so I have a bit of a collection of them, but you are right, they do get overlooked in the shuffle of all the really interesting new fragrances out there. I have been ignoring them for years as well!

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  6. HI Sarah! So glad for the invite! I would love to be entered and I am excited to read your blog. :-) ~Abbie

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  7. hey sarah!

    i love the blog--it's nice to be connected and to know what's going on around ithaca. i just added you to my "following" list (my own blog is now defunct, but whatever), and i'd love to be entered!

    xo from spain; miss you guys!
    j

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  8. Welcome, all! SO nice to see the followers lists filling out. Thanks for your support!

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  9. Another rose lover-- you're my kind of perfumista! Have you tried OJ Ta'if (love this one!). I just discovered your blog and am a follower. Please enter me in the drawing. :)

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  10. HI Gator Grad, and welcome! I have had the Ta'if on my wishlist of samples, but haven't got around to testing it yet. Your recommendation clinches it. I also need to try Amouage's Lyric Woman, and was thinking about it and the Ta'if yesterday, when, lo and behold, a slew of posts about roses appeared in the blogosphere today! If you are interested, see:

    http://perfumesmellinthings.blogspot.com/2010/05/caron-parfum-sacre-and-amouage-lyric.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+Perfume-smellinThingsPerfumeBlog+(Perfume-Smellin'+Things+Perfume+Blog)

    and

    http://thenonblonde.blogspot.com/2010/05/stella-mccartney-stella-in-two-peony.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+blogspot/thenonblonde+(The+Non-Blonde)

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  11. Thanks for the link on your blog list! I will be coming back to visit shortly.

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  12. glad to see you here! I love your site.

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  13. Enjoying your posts! I'll be adding your blog to my blogroll soon, and hope to visit here more.

    I love rose scents - Lyric W, Parfum Sacre, Ta'if, L'Arte di Gucci, and PdR Rose d'Ete being some of my favorites - and think I've tried just about everything I could get my hands on. (Awaiting test: PG Brulure de Rose, Guerlain Rose Barbare.) Might have to snag some of that Roses and More, though...

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  14. I want to try Guerlain's Rose Barbare as well! Let me know what you think when you try it, muse.

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  15. Sharing your blog with others in my neighborhood. Bringing fragrant enlightenment to my friends . . .

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  16. Thanks for the invite Sarah! I had no idea you had started this site. I've never been into perfumes, though I've long loved fragrance (it's one of the reasons I enjoy growing herbs). Recently I've been experimenting with making my own salt scrubs and other cosmetics with my herbs. Now you've catalyzed me into thinking about perfumes seriously for the first time.

    A few months ago I went to a "perfume bar." It had had floor to ceiling shelves full of different perfumes and fragrances, anything you could think of--things like musk and ambergris and benjoin, which I had only heard of in poems. The owner told me that if I brought in this Moroccan scented lip gloss that I adore, that he would try to mix up a matching perfume...how cool is that? If I could have a perfume that smelled like that lip gloss, I would start wearing perfume.

    My friend buys perfume from this company, which might be of interest: http://www.blackphoenixalchemylab.com/welcome.html

    I've subscribed to your RSS feed! So please include me in your drawing...

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  17. Welcome, Stephanie--moroccan scented lip gloss, huh? Where do you get it? It sounds pretty nice. What's the name of the bar? Is it in Boston?

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  18. The lip gloss came from my brother--he traveled to Morocco several years ago. He bought it at an outdoor market. I've been hoarding it all these years, wearing it only on special occasions.

    The bar is in Newburyport, MA; it's called John Harding's Fragrance Bar; but it is part of a small company based in Nantucket: https://nantucketnaturaloils.com/about_us.php

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  19. Thank you so much for the info, stephanie. I will have t check out the bar the next time we're in New England. The lip gloss sounds amazing. I hope to travel to M0rocco this August, so maybe I can find some for you and me then....We can hope, anyway!

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  20. ooh I'd love to be in the draw! I love rose! I started 'following' you here through my blogger

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  21. HI Bloody Frida! I am glad you're here! I've been following and enjoying your blog as well. Consider yourself officially entered!

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  22. YAY!!!! Thanks so much!!! I'm really enjoying your blog as well

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  23. Ooh, another fellow blogger friend! Let's keep in touch...

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