Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Christmas Hauls for a Happy New Year :)

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday season!  Mine has been festive, blessed and lovely - filled with good food, friends and family. Everyone is healthy and happy, and my baby gifts me with smiles and giggles daily. There is truly nothing else I could ask for. But, it just so happens that we are a gift giving family, so I had to come up with a list! :)

This year I had a really fun Christmas, for two reasons. It was my first Christmas as a mother and my first Christmas as a lover of perfume! It was super fun to watch Walden rip through wrapping paper (he's too young to be excited about the presents, but he sure loved tearing up the paper) and it was also really exciting to unwrap my gifts! Everything on my list (except for 1 scarf) was scented - 2 candles, one FB and a slew of samples to keep me going for a long time. I can't remember the last time I exhibited childhood glee at opening gifts! Here's a breakdown of my haul, thanks to the warm generosity of my family.


Every year we draw names for our gift-giving and we provide fairly specific lists (often times a list of links!) - so in many ways we have a pretty clear idea of what we're getting before Christmas comes. However, one thing that made opening gifts this year so fun was the special surprise element - promotions with purchase and samples! For instance, I ended up getting 4 mini diptyque candles (Noisetier, Myrrh x2, Feu de Bois) thanks to holiday promotions by luckyscent and diptyque.

My biggest gift was the full bottle of Do Son, EDP - my love. YAY!! So amaaaazing. My MIL also took advantage of the luckyscent diptyque promotion, which scored 4 official samples plus one of the above duos of candle minis. The *only* thing I could possibly be disappointed about was the samples (NOT that I have any room to complain about free samples!!!). There are so many diptyque scents I want to try, but this time around I didn't get samples for any of them. The 4 official samples I got were Do Son EDT, L'Ombre dans l'Eau, Tam Dao and L'Eau de Neroli. I'm not super interested in the Do Son EDT (as I just got a FB of the EDP), and I already have samples of L'ombre EDP and EDT as well. 

Nicely, luckyscent also threw in 4 *more* diptyque samples, but they gave me another Do Son EDT and L'Ombre dans l'Eau EDT - so I guess they really want me to try those! Haha. They also gave me Oyedo and L'Eau des Hesperides. Sadly I already have a sample of Oyedo, so despite getting 8(!!) diptyque samples, only 3 are actually new for me. Oh well! I did give one of the Do Son samples to my sister-in-law since she seemed to really like the EDP on me. Perhaps it'll spark a love.

luckyscent pack
I was lucky enough to receive two diptyque candles - Santal and Violette. Santal smells heavenly!! Warm and rich and woody and sophisticated. Violette also smells really good, but it smells a little different than what I remembered from my trip to Nordstrom. That was a little disappointing, but I probably built up the memory too much in my head. It still smells really nice and I'm excited to burn it. I think the scent might also fit the new style of our DIY bathroom renovation. Needless to say, I'm in candle heaven!

I'm also in sample heaven - who knows when I'll even get to wearing my bottle of Do Son! I got the ridiculously cute Ineke Scent Library featuring Angel's Trumpet, Poet's Jasmine, Scarlet Larkspur, Sweet William and Briar Rose. It came in what I consider basically the best packaging ever. I love love love the old book design and the descriptive postcards tucked within. It completely fits the style of our 1911 farmhouse, and I'll probably display it somewhere. I accidentally ended up with 2 of these (I had also asked for the Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection vol 5).  I'm hoping I'll be able to exchange one for the other sampler for more Ineke fun!

is this not the cutest perfume 'book' ever?
Continuing with the sampler packs, I also received the full set of 17 Atelier samples - which was also packaged oh so nicely. I love the gorgeous postcards and can't wait to try them all.

My hubby got me a short subscription to Olfactif, which will keep the samples coming for a few months. The set looks really nice, and December's package was Vanilla themed. Included this month were Dame Perfumery Scottsdale's Black Flower Mexican Vanilla, Xerjoff's Lira, DSH Perfumes' Vanille. It was perfect timing because I've been on the hunt for some more great vanilla scents!

He also ordered me a lone sample of Hiram Green Moon Bloom. I am dying to experience it for myself!

Lastly, there were a slew of free samples that came with the gift purchases. I awesomely scored the following:

Annick Goutal - La Violette
Serge Lutens - Bois de Violette
Serge Lutens - Feminite du Bois
Frederick Malle - Lipstick Rose
Frederick Malle - Carnal Flower
Jul et Mad - Stilettos on Lex
Byredo - Bal d'Afrique
(side note - Aedes's 7 samples with purchase policy is the best!)

Von Eusersdorff - Classic Vetiver
Atelier de Geste - Blood, Sweat and Tears
Atelier de Geste - Wild is the Wind
Dasein Fragrances - Winter
Ramon Monegal - Mon Cuir

Whew! What a blast! I am so thankful for the beautiful scarf and the load of scented goodies! I am looking forward to trying and reviewing every single thing on this list.  :)  Maybe I can find another FB worthy scent in time for my birthday, hehe.


I hope you all have been enjoying your holidays. Did you get everything on your Christmas list this year? What were some of your most cherished gifts and memories?


  1. Happy New Year, Sun!

    It's a very impressive holiday haul! I hope you'll find just enough perfume loves among your samples not to go completely broke.
    I love that Ineke's set. I bought it even though I have 4 "books" of travel sprays of those perfumes already. Did you get a coupon codes with them to be used towards a full bottle purchase? If yes, and if you decide to go for a bottle at some point, sign up for their newsletter and wait until they offer a free shipping (they do it at least 2-3 times per year).

    I got only one perfume gift - for myself - Serge Lutens Boxeuses. I think I still might get one more - a candle - but I'll unwrap it only tomorrow when I get home from my trip.

    1. Happy New Year to you too Undina!

      I was fortunate to have such a lovely Christmas filled with yummy scents. :) Wow - I haven't tried any of the Ineke's yet - but I hope I love them as much as you do! I don't think I got a coupon code though, I'll have to have Clint check his email or something. :( I actually just sent one of the 2 sets back so I can get the Ineke deluxe sampler vol 5 - perhaps that will come with a code? I'll definitely be on the look out for free shipping though!

      Boxeuses sounds lovely - I really enjoyed Victorias review on it in Bois de Jasmin! I haven't found a leather I like so far, but I've only tried Knot and Kelly Caleche, so perhaps I'm not trying the right ones (and clearly not enough!). I do hope that you'll enjoy your bottle. I remember your posts about Boxeuses giving you strength before big meetings, and I'm so glad that you got your bottle!


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