OOoh! I've been wanting to try this!!! Could I get squeezed in? Thanks so much!
The new "Floral Curiosities" fragrance, Sweet William, is now in Anthropologie stores and online.
Here is the information that came in my email:
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) is a clove-scented, fringed flower that is bi-colored in white/pink/red tones. Ineke has created a Sweet William soliflore fragrance that is ensconced by rich wood notes.
The fragrance opens with a peach note, then the Sweet William floralcy is further warmed with cinnamon, clove and cumin essential oils. The dominant wood notes are a blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and patchouli, softened with Bourbon vanilla.
Edit: to add that I didn't pick up on cumin, and the clove is muted, so don't let those notes put you off. It is pretty long lasting.
The store allowed me to decant samples for the purpose of passing around and reviewing.
I have 3 long glass dabber vials-- about 1.5 mls each.
Each group will get one long vial, which should give everyone enough juice to test.
To participate you must have joined BN on or before Sept 1, 2012 and must have made at least 5 posts.
It's okay to join even if you are in, or have been in, another sample pass.
Each member will test for about a week and then pass the package along to the next person. (You don't have to visit the post office to send the bubble mailer along to the next person in the group; $1.95 in stamps will do it. Bubble wrap + a bit of cardboard around the vial to prevent breakage is also good.)
The final person in each group keeps the sample.
Please post your impressions, whatever they are. We all learn from this process, and people who read the thread will have a better idea of whether they want to check out the perfume for themselves.
1. Twolf (who gave me suggestions for this pass)
3. cestrum nocturnum
Slot #1 members, please PM your name and mailing address to me if I don't have it already.
Slot #2 and #3 in each group can message their name and address to the person who will be shipping to them.
I will update this post as people join.
Last edited by 30 Roses; 27th September 2012 at 06:49 PM. Reason: updates
OOoh! I've been wanting to try this!!! Could I get squeezed in? Thanks so much!
Thanks! Hope to get you back on your kindness!
30R., please put kalli after me -- and kalli please PM me with everything I have promised to send to you -- I know for sure I want to share one of the Floral Curiosities sample with you, Briar Rose. If it is all right with you both?
I changed the order per Twolf's request, kalli, so she could send you more samples.
Oh well, someone,, hooked me up with a Briar Rose sample! My first sampling from the FC line. You don't need to send me anything T! It's all good! I think I ended up testing a couple of the ones I mentioned in that thread a while back. No worries!
Last edited by kalli; 12th September 2012 at 02:51 AM.
Kalli, is it all right with you? I have got your address already.
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Too late, I have seen your response.
Back the way we were, LOL!
My daughter is doing homework on the desktop computer and I'm on her laptop, just checking in every 20 minutes or so to save the battery.
Sorry about the musical chairs 30R, sorry guys! Sorry T.
May I try ,please?
We still have 6 slots open!
update: I mailed the 3 small packets.
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Bump to get 6 more members to test this....
Last edited by 30 Roses; 12th September 2012 at 12:45 PM.
So, I heard that there will be travel sprays available this fall through Anthro. of the FC line? Still not available on the site though. I hope it's true that they will be offering those.
May I join,please??
Yes, I'll add you to group 3 for geographical proximity. Please PM your address to bookwyrmsmith when you can.
5 more places open!
Alex in Chicago
Ok, Schilling, I'll put you in Group 1; will you kindly PM your name and mailing address to Twolf (or to me, and I'll forward it.)
4 spots still open!
Well, I got the Sweet William! And to my surprise, Ineke sent a Hothouse Flower sample as well, it was Ineke day! Well, the Sweet W... it's pretty soft and tender, soliflore, not too spicy. It's a really soft floral. I don't get a lot of carnation? Or at least true carnation. I guess sweet william flowers and carnations are similar, I've never smelled a sweet william flower though. I get more of a white and pink floral...not necessarily carnation though. Slightly sweet fragrance. Not a deep scent like a true carnation has..this scent is lighter. Not complex at all. I was expecting this to be more spicy but I honestly don't get a lot of spice from it. The spice is definitely there but the cinnamon and clove are light to my nose..and I was hoping for more spice for sure. It's just a delicate floral..with a light hand with the spice. It's a bit woody on the dry down..I don't smell a lot of patch...it's barely there. Most notes seem done with a light hand...with the exception of the floral. Floral is the most dominant note...but it's a delicate floral. I don't get a lot of peach, I get a little bit of peach. It's not a super ripe, sweet peach either. I was hoping for more peach for sure. Cause the florals kick in pretty quickly after the peach note. I think this would be a good wedding scent..it's light, floral, pretty. No notes overpower each other. Those looking for a true, red carnation may not find it in this scent. Cause I don't. I get a white floral and pink. It's really well blended though. The dry down is nice. So far, I much prefer her A-H line rather than the FC line. Someone told me that the SW is like an Evening Edged In Gold..I would say the sweetness and a little bit of the spice to it is similar but I don't see other similarities. It kind of has a background or signature of Evening perhaps. Evening is much more stronger and sweeter. Evening is also on my Christmas wish list.
Would I buy it? I would have to think about it..when I very first sniffed this..I was like 'oh yeah, I dig'. Cause it has a nice sweetness about it that I really like and I could tell it was an Ineke scent. I would have to test it again to see if it's full bottle worthy for me.
Hothouse Flower..well, it sure is a wallop of gardenia. I want to like gardenias..I like that coconut-y thing going on with them but they smell too condensed and creamy, I don't like that. HH, it's nice for a gardenia..but I can't do gardenia, especially in those big of doses. I will save my sample for Mims, I know she would probably love this..so when she gets back..she will have something lovely to sniff. If you like gardenias..HH is a must have. Must. It's well done. Even if gardenias aren't my thing. I do like that tea note in there..I hope she uses it again for something else! I basically get a very slight, earthy tea note and then all gardenia.
Last edited by kalli; 15th September 2012 at 01:05 AM.
Can I join in if I paypall the shipping costs?
It is good of you to offer, yet cost is not my primary objection to sending samples out of the USA. It's not so very costly to send a sample. The risk of loss is also not an issue if the international recipient is the last in line to receive.
My main objection to including internationals in these groups is that I don't like to ask USA members to lie on Customs forms (this is a legal document that we have to sign, after all.)
Additionally, many people can't get to the post office during the week due to the inconvenient hours (closing time is 5 p.m.) and have to spend their Saturday doing it, when they may have had other plans. It's easy to mail a packet within the country without a trip to the P.O., but not so international packets.
However, if any of the other group members wish to take on the responsibility of shipping to Canada-- or Poland, to Lucasai-- then they can speak up and I will put the two of you into open #3 slots. Otherwise, I'm going to leave this a USA-only group. I am reserving the #2 slot in group 2 for a USA member for now.
can i join?
1. Dior Homme Original
2. Musc Ravaguer
3. Portrait of a Lady
4. Noir de Noir
5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
6. New Haarlem
7. Pure Coffee
8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
9. Rose 31
10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille
Yes, I'll put you in the #2 slot for group 2!
Please PM your name/address to kalli.
3 places still open!
I'd love a spot! Was waiting to see if this filled up quickly before I got grabby!
I'll be mailing to Lucasai in a month or so, will be happy to include Sweet William at that time.
The nose wants what it wants!
Okay, PerfumedLady, I'll put you into group 1.
2 slots still open!
kalli, while we are all laughing and playing, you have improved! I am reading this here thread and another one about Orange Blossom -- looky look atcha! -- you who always say "idk, if I can write much and stuff, idk" -- are doin' like a pro.
30R., I will check my mailbox tomorrow, OK? We were out of town, just dragged our bodies back.
Package arrived here today!
First impressions -This is a light floral in a Floris or Penhalligon's style.It has some cinnamon/clove to it and( judging by the droplet that got on my finger while uncapping the vial )it seems to have about a three foot throw(my brother could smell it from his seat across from the couch as we were watching TV tonight. Longevity -so far three hours but it has faded a bit (however it probably has better longevity/sillage with proper application amount/location -fingertips get used/rubbed more than wrists and necks do!)
I'll try to do a proper test and have it posted to Pinkjewel within the week. I will need her to Private Message me her address though!
Lol, thanks T. I think it's cause I've got a real thing with o. blossom and Ineke, perhaps why I got a bit more chatty, lol. I was really wanting a red carnation, heavy on the spice..but I will have to seek elsewhere for that. I was looking forward to sniffing this as I was like, 'oooh perhaps a modern take on the carnation perhaps', only to find no carnation. Bellodgia seems like it would be musky..I don't want musk with my carnation, thanks. Also, don't want green like CDG. Oh well, the search remains.
The FC line(from the ones I've sniffed) seems more restrained..probably to suit the Anthropolgie retailer. As I appreciate the notes..I would like to see them in her own, special A-H+ style. I would love for Ineke to do carnation and jasmine focused fumes/soliflores in her A-H+ line. Especially, after sniffing Hothouse. So, I really, really, really hope that "J" in her line ends up being a jasmine. Or "I" Indole? Lol. I would seriously consider blind buying a jasmine or carnation in her line! But no tuberose, please, no tuberose lol! I am really looking forward to her next release, whatever that may be.
She did Jasmine in Floral Curiosities, called Poetic Jasmine. Fleeting, green and sweet, I was not impressed, at all. Not at that price.
I would like to try this, if I haven't gotten in trouble with my dubious response to JM Blackberry & Bay. Thank you 30 Roses!