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    Default Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass

    Hi All,

    A while back, when I was writing the article on ambergris for Basenotes, I was lucky enough to sample Mandy Aftel's Parfum Prive and a few others of her line. I got to wondering why there isn't much discussion of Aftelier on Basenotes, but the high cost of samples is probably the main reason. Anyway, I asked Mandy if she would be interested in sending sample kits out to Basenoters and she has very kindly agreed.

    The aim of the sample pass would be to discuss the Aftelier scents and add to the community's knowledge of the line. The hope is that we can build this thread up into a nice little resource for future members to read when researching this line. In my opinion, the very best of Basenotes lie in those big old threads where members write in with their reviews of fragrances in one house, like a sort of house referendum - those threads are incredibly helpful and contain an immense wealth of information.

    Mandy will mail four (4) sets of samples to different geographical groups - 2 groups based in CONUS, 1 in the UK, and 1 in Europe. Additionally, I will mail my own remaining samples to members interested in participating in the Far East. To keep things interesting, the kits will contain a different mix of samples (see below).

    This is the line-up:

    SAMPLE SET I & II - CONUS I and CONUS II

    Cepes and Tuberose
    Fig
    Bergamoss (solid)
    Lumiere
    Palimpest


    CONUS I GROUP: Mike Perez, Bavard, Epapsiou, IsoESuperman, thediamondsea, cestrum nocturnum, Carribeanisland
    CONUS II GROUP: Zephyr, Cytherian, N. Cal, Diddy, Scarce, Purecaramel*

    *I put Scarce and Purecaramel last in this group because they are both in Canada


    SAMPLE SET III - THE UK

    Amber Tapestry (new)
    Cacao
    Cuir de Gardenia
    Secret Garden
    Oud Luban
    Jasmine (solid)

    UK GROUP: Mrs. Dalloway, Teardrop, Funwithfrags, Foustie, Suspended, Kewart, Donna

    SAMPLE SET IV - EUROPE

    Vanilla Smoke
    Parfum Prive
    Memento Mori (new)
    Wild Roses
    Ancient Resins (body oil)

    Europe GROUP: the_good_life, Yellowtone, Scentwaves, Vernona (last port of call )

    MY SAMPLES

    Cepes and Tuberose
    Cuir de Gardenia
    Parfum Prive
    Cacao
    Vanilla Smoke

    FAR EAST GROUP:
    Diamondflame, MIxerscent

    The first listed name for each group will be the first to receive the samples, and that's simply because I have those people's addresses already!

    The sample kits have been sent out to the first person in each group, and I have mailed out decants of Tango separately. I will forward my own samples to Diamondflame this week when I've finished my reviews.

    When you get the samples, please start testing and dropping your impressions / reviews here into this thread. When you're done, please contact the person after you on the list and ask for their address and mail the samples to them. And that's it, really - enjoy! I think this is going to be great fun!

    There is space for 1 more participant on the European leg of the "tour" so, please, if you have any ideas as to who might be interested in this, feel free to send them my way! But be quick so that I can get them into the testing order on time, please.

    Mandy Aftel Samples.jpg

    The only prerequisites for joining are:

    1. You write about your SOTD regularly on BN forums, or write reviews for BN or in other places.
    2. You are willing to test the perfume samples and write about them for this thread
    3. You are willing to send the samples off to the next person on the list within two weeks
    4. Be able to organize to get the next person's address yourself by PMing then on Basenotes, and finally;
    5. Send me a PM or respond here to let me know you're interested!
    Last edited by ClaireV; 13th June 2017 at 12:13 PM.

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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    PM sent. It sounds fun. Thank you for organizing.
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Oh yeah. I am in. A good friend d of mine (non basenoter) was very interested in Aftelier and asked my thoughts. I could not help her as I had never tried them. This would help.
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    I've been to the Mandy's website half a dozen times since New Years. Would also like to participate if there is room. I've been considering doing a sample pass for Apoteker Tepe (maybe Baruti & Pekji too) so maybe this will prove useful for how it works.

    ---edit---

    There I go not reading the entire OP again - just saw my name in there. Thanks for considering, organizing, and starting this thread, Claire! With the amount of samples I've amassed, sometimes I need pressure to actually write a full-on review. This will do the trick for sure
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Thanks so much for asking me Claire, l am especially excited to try Cuir de Gardenia, as it's been on my test list for quite a while!

    l tried a few of hers a while back courtesy of dear forfreddie, & found all of them interesting with some unique twists.

    Looking forward to hearing everyone's impressions!
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Great, guys, thank you for participating! I will update the OP as we go along, but it's great to get the ball rolling!

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    If Canada is still available .....

    Her stuff is great. And quite challenging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    If Canada is still available .....

    Her stuff is great. And quite challenging.
    I'm in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarce View Post
    Her stuff is great. And quite challenging.
    Now that's what I wanted to hear! Challenging is just what I'm hoping for.

    Scarce and Iso E know that I'm very curious about natural perfumery at the moment, having just tried some Providence Perfume Co. scents. I found these challenging as well, and loved them. One I NEED to own, two I would like to own and one that made me blush. I am definitely up for more challenges!

    Thank you so much Claire and Mandy! I'm beyond excited!! We appreciate your generosity!

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    Omg guys, I'm so jealous of all of you that can participate in this excellent thing! Thank you, Claire for making it happen!

    I would love to take part but Croatian rules don't allow shipping perfume (decants or samples) outside of the country anymore. It can come in but can't come out. I will check with customs again tomorow but that's the last info (and experience) I have. I used to be able to ship everything out, but not anymore. Effing post.

    I will enjoy reading your impressions, guys. I've never tried anything from Mandy Aftel even though I wanted to. I didn't mind paying for samples but the shipping to Croatia is just too high. Even for samples only.
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Vernona, how about if we slot you in last on the Europe posting list? That way the samples finish with you and you don't need to send them out of the country.

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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post
    Vernona, how about if we slot you in last on the Europe posting list? That way the samples finish with you and you don't need to send them out of the country.
    Oh, smart girl!! Boy my brain is so slow these days!
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Ok, the CONUS group seems to have filled up or even exceeded the number of slots, but perhaps Mandy will agree to send a greater number of samples to this group. Is Europe online yet? America is barely awake and they're already ON it

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClaireV View Post
    Ok, the CONUS group seems to have filled up or even exceeded the number of slots, but perhaps Mandy will agree to send a greater number of samples to this group. Is Europe online yet? America is barely awake and they're already ON it
    That's 'cause they're still having their morning coffee. Just wait for everybody here to get home from work!
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    Oh damn there's a line already?! Nonetheless throw my name into the list! Thanks for doing this Claire!

    I'm sure thediamondsea and kotori would jump in when they see this
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    Default Re: Aftelier Perfumes Sample Pass - Gathering Interest

    Well, we have 9 so far for the CONUS group - as long as Mandy doesn't mind sending a greater number of samples to this group, then we are still ok. We might break this group into two for ease of logistical organization, we will see. Like Teardrop says, I think we are seeing the results of early morning caffeine in the States, and I hope to see some more from the UK, Europe, and Asia as soon as people start to come home, put their slippers on, stuff their pipe, etc...

    I've had to re-jig the list of samples because some of the perfumes, such as Tango, Shiso, and Haute Claire are no longer in production. I've added some of the current ones, plus a solid or two.

    By the way, apart from where I've indicated a solid, the perfumes will be in pure parfum format (not EDP) so as to give everything the full, original experience of the fragrance. The solids are sold in beautiful antique silver compacts, which Mandy collects, and when you empty one, you can send it back to her, she cleans it and fills it up again - how cool is that! Naturally, the solid perfume samples will be sent in sample dab jars, not the lovely antique compacts, but I thought it was worth knowing.
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    Thanks for keeping me under consideration despite my location, Claire. I'm more than happy to help.

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    Thanks Claire, I'd love to join the UK sample pass. Will send a PM.

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    Brilliant - I have added you and only wish that there was some way to "like" a post on Basenotes Heh heh, just kidding - Purecaramel, don't take that as a call to arms....

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    Claire, have you contacted Jon about this? l would perhaps also add kewart, La Flaneuse, Foustie & donna to the list of UK possibles.
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    Interested in hearing everyone's reviews.
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    If there is any room left for CONUS, I'd love to join! If not, I'll definitely be following!
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    Update: I've split the CONUS lot into two groups - maybe one more space left here, but I've reached out to Mike Perez so would like to hear back from him before I close those groups

    Teardrop - many thanks for those UK suggestions, I will PM them tomorrow morning to gauge interest! I've reached out to two German members, but if anyone from mainland Europe is reading along and would like to take part, please do PM me. I will also PM Darjeeling and Mixerscent to see if they would like to be part of this sample pass. Night all!

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    I have never written a review, so I know I'm not qualified to participate, but I will look forward to reading reviews of these by folks who are good at it. Thanks, what a great idea!

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    Yes! I'm in. Thanks for organising this Claire. I haven't been involved in a big sample pass for years, since the postal restrictions I think, so it's a grest idea to do them by geographical area but then we can all meet here! Looking forward to it.

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    Could I be included in the UK one please. I've sent you a PM. Thanks
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    Thanks guys - you're added now. There remains one spot on the CONUS I group and one on the UK group, and a big gaping hole on the European one....

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    Europeans = YUUGE gaping hole

    Better fill it!

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    Thanks for organising Claire. I have sent you a PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Suspended View Post
    Could I be included in the UK one please. I've sent you a PM. Thanks
    Great! So it makes sense for me to pass the samples to you. Over a coffee or a drink in town preferably.

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