Tuesday, July 12, 2011

June Drawing - aroma M geisha Samples and Mix CD!

I can't believe we're almost halfway through July and I haven't even posted a drawing for June yet. Time flies when you're, well, busier than a one-armed paper hanger, as my daddy used to say.

I'm lying.  He never said that.  Not in real life, anyway.  But the dad I've constructed in my head did and since I like him better than the man I knew, I'm going with it. Less with the alcohol and violence, more with the folksy humor. But I digress...

As you may have recently read, I really liked the aroma M geisha scents. There are a lot of unique takes on notes that dominate the market like white floral scents or heavy vanillas, because Maria McElroy balances them against against unusual fruits or spices like anise or lychee. This results in a surprising twist when you think you know what to expect, and the results are largely delicate, smooth, and elegant.

I liked them enough that for my July drawing, one lucky winner will receive a set of twelve samples from aroma M perfumes, my treat, along with the every present mixed CD, carefully constructed and decorated by yours truly.

I have to say, the more I work with and smell the work of independent perfumes, the more I wonder why I'd ever step into a department store again. Of course, I'll shop those scents, too, because girlfriend don't discriminate when it comes to a pretty perfume, but I do find the need to try the neverending churn of celebrity scents and flankers receding further and further into the distance in the face of so many lovely perfumes made by perfumers who, like Maria, are intent on breaking down gender stereotypes in the industry and are trying to create scents that are less about mass appeal and more about olfactory artistic endeavor.

So thank you to all you independent perfumers out there, established and just beginning. I love you all, and my life is infinitely more interesting and artful and emotional and inspired for having met you via your work.

To enter, post here by 12:01 AM PST, Sunday, July 17, 2011 and tell me what your favorite scent is that is made by an independent perfumer, or your favorite independent perfume line is, or simply what independent perfumer's line you'd most like to try.

Drawing open to anyone, anywhere. I'll ship to you even if your postal workers are striking; we just need to figure out how best to get the scents to you.

13 comments:

Alnysie said...

Yay, thanks for the draw! I don't know aroma M at all, so twelve samples from a new perfumer would be a great treat! It was actually an independent perfumer who got me into perfumes last April: I had so much fun testing Meredith Smith's samples (her shop's called Sweet Anthem and she's on Etsy) that I just kept going. Now I'd really like to sample some perfumes by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz and Mandy Aftel, I've read great things about them.

Ines said...

I don't have a favourite perfume (there are way too many) but I would love to try Mandy Aftel's work.
I still haven't tried anything by that line.

Undina said...

Yey, the draw!
My favorite independent perfume line is Sonoma Scent Studio and a favorite perfume is Laurie's latest To Dream.

Doc Elly said...

I really like all of the Aroma M perfumes. Thanks for doing the drawing, but please don't include me since I already have samples of most of them.

ccdouglass said...

I don't have a favorite perfume or independent perfumer, but I would love to try Tauer perfumes. I've read and heard so many wonderful things about them! Thanks for the draw. :-)

Anonymous said...

So many interesting independent perfume lines, many of which originate across the pond, that I simply can't choose one!

Is there a place in your generous draw for a hopeless case?

cheerio, Anna dithering in Edinburgh

Diana said...

Alnysie, welcome and thanks for reading!

Diana said...

Ines, I haven't tried nearly enough of Mandy's work, but it's on my "To Do Soon" list.

Diana said...

Undina--

Really need to try some of those.

Diana said...

Elly--

You and your work are wonderful. Frankly, I'm just flattered a talent like you listens to my blather. ;P

Diana said...

ccdouglass--

I should do a Tauer drawing at some point. He's an amazing talent and frankly I've never met a scent of his I did not enjoy.

Diana said...

Anna, I'd hardly call you a hopeless case. :)

Unknown said...

From my first sniff of Romea D`Ameor's "The Great Inca Priestesses" at Seattle's Parfumerie Nasreen I've been craving more samples of this hard to find line.

I just got back from a NYC perfume spree and it was nowhere to be sniffed.