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    Default 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    The groups are all closed now.


    Packages were mailed on 3/14/11

    Order of shipping (asterisk indicates who has the box, or who it's been shipped to)

    Group 1:
    bogsc
    *inscents

    Group 2:
    Twolf
    *Warum

    Group 3:
    ExtremeKF
    *iechris

    Group 4:
    PerfumedLady
    *Robin-in-FL


    Group 5:
    *Weimar27


    I visited Nordstom again tonight, and sales associate Jennifer kindly shared 10 more Jo Malone spray samples, about 1.5 ml each, for BNers to try.

    I have 5 samples each of Orange Blossom and Pomegranate Noir.

    I'd like to do the same thing we did last time-- 5 groups with two members each.
    I'll mail to the first 5, who can sample for a week and then send to the second five, who will keep the samples.

    Takers?

    Anyone: guys and newbies included.
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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I'm off to bed, but feel free to post if you are interested. Room for 10 USA members.

    By the way the small bubble mailers I use for these only cost $1.22 in postage to send to the next person; (EDIT: Sometimes it's $1.39 if 2 oz.; just look at whatever postage is already on the package when you receive it.) You don't even need to take a trip to the P.O.-- just stick on the stamps, drop the packet in a mailbox, and you're good to go.
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 13th March 2011 at 01:38 PM. Reason: correction


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    30-R, you're awesome. I'm going to skip this one, but you're the best 'fumie in the world.

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    I haven't tried much (any?) Jo Malone so I'd love to try these 2. Posting on the Hermes sample group thread shortly about status of my poor sniffer.

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    Please include me. I do not know if Warum is in, but I would like to send to her -- I have something else to include, and I will be having a package from you anyhow in a week or two, should not be very heavy. To save on S&H. Please?

    Twolf
    Warum

    Warum, will it work for you?

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    30 R, I just wanted to say "thanks" for giving us the opportunity to try new scents. I've tried both of these, but i've been the recipient of your kindness in past sample-groups, and I really appreciate your efforts. You're a sweetheart!
    If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Thanks, ladies...I do enjoy these little groups myself (especially when people post their impressions).

    It's nice when SAs are willing to donate stuff for the groups, too, particularly as many people live where they don't have access to perfume counters that carry anything other than the usual designer fragrances. An some live rurally and aren't near any large stores.

    Bogsc, you will be #1 in Group 1.
    Twolf, you're #1 in Group 2. If Warum joins I'll have you send to her.

    Room for 8 more.


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    30 Roses, I would love to be included. I've been wanting to sample both of these for some time. Count me in!


    And thanks so much for setting this up.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Okay, ExtremeKF, you are #1 in group 3. Please PM me your address. (I have bogsc and Twolf's addresses.)

    Room for 7 more.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Group 1:
    bogsc
    (no second member yet)

    Group 2:
    Twolf
    (Warum?)

    Group 3:
    ExtremeKF
    (no second member yet)

    Group 4:


    Group 5:


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    I'll take a spot please!I'd like to continue my Jo Malone sampling(I'll be finishing my current two within the next couple of days,btw.)
    The nose wants what it wants!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Okay, PerfumedLady you are the first member of group 4.

    I've been away and have to be off the computer for a while but just keep on posting if you wish to join.

    Room for 6 more.


    Group 1:
    bogsc
    (no member as yet)

    Group 2:
    Twolf
    Warum

    Group 3:
    ExtremeKF
    (no second member yet)

    Group 4:
    PerfumedLady


    Group 5:
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 14th March 2011 at 01:24 AM. Reason: updates; tags


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    Please include me. I do not know if Warum is in, but I would like to send to her -- I have something else to include, and I will be having a package from you anyhow in a week or two, should not be very heavy. To save on S&H. Please?

    Twolf
    Warum

    Warum, will it work for you?
    Will work perfectly, thanks!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Twolf will ship to Warum, then.
    Room for 5 more.

    Ladies, I will be away from the computer (my mother is coming over for supper) but just keep posting if you want to join us. Guys too.

    I bought a deadly looking dessert called a "cannoli cake". My arteries are clogging just looking at it. I will have to take a photo.
    If I never return, you will know that I died happy.

    There:

    Last edited by 30 Roses; 13th March 2011 at 07:50 PM.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Can you count me for Room Five

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    Have napkins -- will travel. Mmmmm, cannoli!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Weimar27 View Post
    Can you count me for Room Five
    Okay, you are the first person in Group 5! Please send me your address.

    Room for 4 more!

    (Supper is over and now we are watching Secretariat DVD. Dessert later-- yum!

    I am updating this list as people join.

    Group 1:
    bogsc
    inscents

    Group 2:
    Twolf
    Warum

    Group 3:
    ExtremeKF
    iechris

    Group 4:
    PerfumedLady
    (no second member yet)


    Group 5:
    Weimar27
    (no second member yet)
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 14th March 2011 at 12:47 PM. Reason: updates to include members


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    how does this work? do i have to swap with the other person

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Weimar27 View Post
    how does this work? do i have to swap with the other person
    Nope, just use a half of the sample that 30 Roses mails to you and send the other person the second half when you're done.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Weimar27 View Post
    how does this work? do i have to swap with the other person
    Quote Originally Posted by Warum View Post
    Nope, just use a half of the sample that 30 Roses mails to you and send the other person the second half when you're done.
    What Warum said! And if you would like to post your impressions, that is great too!


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Ok thanks

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I'll be mailing tomorrow to bogsc, Twolf, ExtremeKF, PerfumedLady and Weimar27!

    4 more can sign up.


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    Thank you so much 30Roses. You are the best!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Thanks!

    I think the SAs who contribute these samples are the best of the best!


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    Sign me up! And thanks as usual 30R

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    @ inscents: Done! bogsc will mail to you.

    Group 1:
    bogsc
    inscents

    Group 2:
    Twolf
    Warum

    Group 3:
    ExtremeKF
    iechris

    Group 4:
    PerfumedLady
    Robin-in-FL


    Group 5:
    Weimar27
    (no second member yet)
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 24th March 2011 at 01:48 PM. Reason: updated to add iechris to group 3


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    Can I sign up for this one as well? I'm enjoying the samples from the first go round right now.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Yes, you are the second member of group 3; please send your address to ExtremeKF.

    I mailed the packages this morning. They weighed 0.8 to 0.9 oz; postage to ship to the second person will be $1.22.

    Room for 2 more!


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I have samples of both of these, and can I just say, the pomegranate is GREAT to be used under their other scents. It adds a depth and a spice to the lighter smells. I have to review the last two yet, and will do so with and without the Pom.

    30Roses, do I send the last two back? I'd love for some people to be able to try them layered. From what I understand of JoMalone (thanks to Nordstroms as well), they really are designed to be both worn alone and layered. The fun starts to come in with designing different combinations.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    elizrj, if someone wishes to try that, you could send them to that member (I've already mailed out these.) Otherwise, they are yours to keep.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Hi if there is still room I'd like to try this, the "noir" makes it sound nice, and I do like orange blossom.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Okay! Please send your address to PerfumedLady.

    One more opening folks!


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    did anyone filled room 5?

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    No, still waiting...at this point it looks like you may be the sole member of group 5.

    Last call for one more member for group 5!

    I will close this group whenever Weimar27 gets her samples, so she'll know how much she can use.
    Last edited by 30 Roses; 16th March 2011 at 02:24 AM.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    where do i leave my Impressions at

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Right here, Weimar27!

    Group 5 is now closed. You do not need to send your samples to anyone.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Thank you 30 Roses can i add you as a friend?

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Yes, of course!


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    I'm eagerly awaiting your impressions of Pomegranate Noir. I used it today as a base for the Nectarine Blossom and Honey. It's so cool that you're doing this 30Roses!

    I'm not sure I could wear Pomegranate Noir alone over the course of an entire day. It goes on like a ton of bricks on me. I'll have to try it alone tonight and see if it mellows.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Ok I just Got my Sample Of Orange Blossom and Pomegranate noir

    1 Orange Blossom Opens sharp of Ciron but quickly turns sour on my
    skin then dries with liliacs gives an masculine and theres nothing
    sweet about Orange Blossom.

    2 Pomegranate Noir way better then Orange Blossom
    Opens dark and Indolic with Olibanum gives a smoky
    smell then dries to fresh Rubarb the pomegranate
    is sort of diluted due to the dominate oilbanum
    and resinious note but can hold it's own
    i can pick up cinnamon which it's not your
    synthetic cinnamon but a dry and powdery
    one the drydown turns into a bitter cederwood
    and incense.

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    Ok I just Got my Sample Of Orange Blossom and Pomegranate noir

    1 Orange Blossom Opens sharp of Ciron but quickly turns sour on my
    skin then dries with liliacs gives an masculine and theres nothing
    sweet about Orange Blossom.

    2 Pomegranate Noir way better then Orange Blossom
    Opens dark and Indolic with Olibanum gives a smoky
    smell then dries to fresh Rubarb the pomegranate
    is sort of diluted due to the dominate oilbanum
    and resinious note but can hold it's own
    i can pick up cinnamon which it's not your
    synthetic cinnamon but a dry and powdery
    one the drydown turns into a bitter cederwood
    and incense.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Envelope for group#4 received,superbly packaged as always!Perfect timing,I'm just finishing the roses.I'll get started on these and post back soon.
    The nose wants what it wants!

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    So, I just received my samples -- thanks 30R!

    First spray was Orange Blossom. My goodness, what an opening blast of citrus! And not in a good way, unfortunately. It's an awfully synthetic citrus. I definitely smell orange but there's something lime-y underneath there, too, and, like Weimar27 experienced, it goes sour on me very quickly.

    The other thing that is unfortunately highlighted on me is what I call the "vinyl shower curtain" effect. I get that same plastic-y smell with ELdO Jasmin et Cigarette and Gorilla Perfume's Lust. I suspect there's some synthetic note or chemical in those two and in JM's Orange Blossom that does it. I can wear A La Nuit, Sarrasins, Fleurs d'Oranger, Alien, Carnal Flower, and Amarige just fine -- no vinyl shower curtain effect, so it can't be just a reaction to jasmine or orange blossom generally. Sigh. So disappointing.

    ****

    So, about an hour in, the sour has tamed somewhat, and the plastic has retreated, but it still smells really synthetic on me. It's not a scrubber, but I'm not a fan. I'll give it another wear on Friday and see if I've changed my mind.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I tried Orange Blossom at the store. The top notes are orangey (as in the fruit, rather than the flower), but then it gets rather dirty on me. And goes on and on, making me feel a bit sick. Have to say I like the L'Artisan much more.
    Of course, that costs much more. *sigh*

    >>It might be interesting someday to compile and send around a sample set of various orange blossom perfumes.


    Jo Malone's Orange Blossom is reviewed in Part 1 of Perfume Shrine's 4 part series on orange blossom perfumes:

    http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...rt-1-true.html

    The other parts:

    Part 2: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...xy-aromas.html
    Part 3: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...h-nuances.html
    Part 4: http://perfumeshrine.blogspot.com/20...-abstract.html


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    Group 1 samples received. I will test them tomorrow.

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    Huh. Perfume Shrine notes the high percentage of natural essences used in Orange Blossom, but all I smell is synthetic plastic. My nose may be broken.

    This morning, I did check Turin & Sanchez's review of Orange Blossom, and LT apparently smelled lots of indolic jasmine in it. Maybe that's what my reaction is to, rather than the orange blossom itself. But that doesn't explain why I can wear other jasmine fragrances with no problem (with A La Nuit = Death by Jasmine).

    Well, regardless of whether my nose or body chemistry or whatever is broken, JM Orange Blossom doesn't seem to work well on me. As I said, though, I am planning to give it another try on Friday.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I'm noticing a lot of comments about how the Malones are intended to be layered, and that many of them are improved by layering. That could explain why I haven't found any of the regularly-available JM fragrances to interest me, just a few of the limited edition ones this past month.

    It would be nice if I could get a single, complete set of samples for the group to experiment with. But even then it might not be enough, as a single member could easily use up all the juice trying multiple combinations. I suppose there is no substitute for being able to test combinations at the store.

    Well, I'm going to try that and keep notes; maybe I'll find a winning combo. And then maybe we can get samples of that combo and test them as a group.


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    30Roses, that sounds like a great idea. I sampled Pomegranate Noir last night, and, while I'm not quite ready to post my thoughts, it did work better for me than Orange Blossom. But I agree with you -- the only JM that has really caught my fancy as something to wear on its own is Dark Amber & Ginger Lily. BIG LOVE for that one. I haven't tried JM's most recent releases, though.

    I wonder what Orange Blossom layered with Sweet Milk would be like?

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I found this PDF of combinations suggestions:

    http://i.nordstromimage.com/images/d...biningtips.pdf

    There is one listed that I haven't seen at the store: Verbenas of Provence. I wonder if that is discontinued?


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    I know that they encourage layering with up to 7 scents - but I really believe part of that is brilliant marketing. I have found that the Pomegranate Noir is a great base for the lighter ones. I'm going to add that to the English Pear later and see how it changes it.

    One thing they did at the counter was to spray several strips, one fragrance per strip, then you could hold them in combinations to your nose. I thought that was clever since you can't really spray yourself up with a ton of combos.

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by elizrj View Post

    One thing they did at the counter was to spray several strips, one fragrance per strip, then you could hold them in combinations to your nose. I thought that was clever since you can't really spray yourself up with a ton of combos.
    Good idea, for starters. Of course, on skin they may be a little different, but at least it will give an idea of what combo might work.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by 30 Roses View Post
    There is one listed that I haven't seen at the store: Verbenas of Provence. I wonder if that is discontinued?
    Nope, I think not, it's in my Nordstrom. Will try to ask for samples when I get there (April).

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    Tried Pomegranate Noire this morning and we did not get along at all. Scrubbed it within minutes. Definitely got a synthetic vibe from top notes and then a weird camphor smell that did me in. I don't think that one would work for me in any layered combo. Blergh. Re her Orange Blossom...at first I thought it was a little like Johnson's baby aspirin but now it smells a bit like Orange Crush soda. ExtremeKF, maybe it's the power of suggestion but I definitely understand what you mean by vinyl shower curtain with this one as well. Nope, not tempting me. Would much rather spray myself hedonistically with Hermes Concentre d'Orange Verte. Now that's an orange I can get into!

    There was an orange blossom perfume (oil version as I recall) made by L'Occitane that I loved. They discontinued it right after a friend introduced me to it. Still kicking myself for not buying every bottle they had in store!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Warum View Post
    Nope, I think not, it's in my Nordstrom. Will try to ask for samples when I get there (April).
    I see it on the Jo Malone website too. Hmmm...could I have just missed this somehow at the store? I love verbena. Will have to look again.


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    I love verbena too, but it doesn't love me back, it stays true to the smell for about 1/2 hour max! Then my own skin smell wreaks havoc. I should be spraying on clothes I guess... verbenas de provence is nice, with some juniper notes in the top and then nice verbena on paper... but not on me

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    Oh,Orange Blossom-yet another Malone I would have loved...if only!I didn't get the vinyl shower curtain effect(that's a great description for what I was getting with Nectarine Blossom&Honey);I did in fact enjoy the sweet orange fruit and flower notes and found them to be very naturalistic.It's the darned indolic jasmine killing it for me-I don't make sweeping statements often but one thing I am sure of is that I hate dirty jasmine.It's not so indolic as to be fecal smelling but it does make me feel like I need a good long soaking in the tub.I agree with 30 Roses,it becomes almost sickening.Not just this scent,any scent with an indolic jasmine does this to me.Pomegranate Noir is better for me,I do like some spice and the pomegranate note is delicious and juicy.This one on its own is too "scented candle" in feeling for me but I'm starting to play around with layering(using that PDF a lot right now!)and it's quite nice when combined with English Pear&Freesia.I'm going to try a couple more combos and get these in the mail to Robin-in-FL by Tuesday.
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    O.K.,the package for group#4 is off to Robin-in-FL.Thanks so much for these Malone groups,30 Roses,this has been a lot of fun!I've been having a blast with layering these and it was especially a treat to have all four scents from our groups at the same time.I can understand how some would rather not have to buy multiple fragrances to make a complete one but the thing is,with these four scents I was able to try nine(!) different combinations and I had come up with a few others I didn't get around to trying.My favorite was English Pear&Freesia+Pomegranate Noir+Nectarine Blossom&Honey.The PN is so dense that it just covers that plastic-y vibe I get from NB&H on its own.EP&F is great for cutting sweetness down a little.Now I'm very interested in trying Amber&Lavender,along with some of its recommended partners.This has been so interesting!
    The nose wants what it wants!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Just to let everybody know -- I will mail my samples to Warum tomorrow, plus I am enclosing a barely used sample of Vanilla & Anise to Pomegranate Noir and Orange Blossom.

    You ladies, please do not forget to leave 30R. Positive Feedback on her iTrader page -- I know she is going to chew me out for that because it is not what she is passing them for -- but my firm belief is that the person went out to the PO and mailed something to you, no matter if it was a $300 fragrance or a free sample -- this person deserves a Positive Feedback entry.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    LOL Twolf, consider yourself chewed out!

    Regardless, the people I would like to thank are Matt and Jennifer at Nordstrom's Malone counter who generously shared these samples-- and the other 10 samples-- with us, which they didn't have to do, especially as anyone who decided they like them enough to buy isn't going to be buying them from our local Nordtrom when themselves they live in Kalamazoo!

    So-- THANK YOU Matt and Jennifer!


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    Default Re: 10 to sample Orange Blossom & Pomegranate Noir, USA only

    Quote Originally Posted by Twolf View Post
    my firm belief is that the person went out to the PO and mailed something to you, no matter if it was a $300 fragrance or a free sample -- this person deserves a Positive Feedback entry.
    You are absolutely right,Twolf!Thanks for the reminder!
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