I can’t believe that it’s possible that I have managed to create 100 postings since I started this venture back in January of last year. This blog has been a great experience and has allowed me to pursue an interest of mine without guilt and with a lot of fun. But the best part of this experience has been the people who are part of this “smelly” community who share the same interest and who come in all shapes, sizes and ages, but all with a common love and nose for fragrance. Without the camaraderie, this wouldn’t nearly be as much fun or satisfying.
To celebrate my 100th posting, I am asking the Scented Hound’s readers to participate in a “pay it forward” positive endeavor. Why you ask?
Back in August, I posted a review on George Sand by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. I had received a sample from Luckyscent earlier in the year and never got around to testing it. I fell in love hard and wanted a full bottle badly. The only problem is that Luckyscent and every other vendor who carried this fragrance was sold out. Being a former investigator, I never take anything lying down and with the advent of the internet you can find anything if you look hard enough. I found out who the wholesale distributor of Maitre Parumeur et Gantier was and they were kind enough to reply back to me, but only to tell me that they would no longer be selling George Sand. I asked to see if they had any bottles sitting around that I could purchase directly. No luck. I then found out from another source that the reason that they were no longer selling it was because of an expired licensing agreement.
So what to do next? After doing some more research I found that the “nose” behind the fragrance was Nicolas de Barry. Mr. de Barry luckily had his own website and to my surprise he cites the lovely George Sand on the site. Mr. de Barry in 2003 created a line of “Les Parfums Historiques.” These fragrances are created by Mr. de Barry in a historical manner by creating scents that are based on notes favored by the historical figure and by using the same materials available at the given time. These fragrances are not meant to remind you of the historic figure, but to take you back to their world, personality and being. In all, Mr. de Barry has created five historical perfumes, the latest is Empress Sissi. Well, not only did Mr. de Barry cite his perfumes, he also sells them under his own private atelier line. I was thrilled…but not as thrilled as I was when I came home from vacation and found that there was a box from Portugal; a gift of a bottle of George Sand from Mr. de Barry.
Mr. de Barry didn’t have to send me a gift; but such behavior is surprisingly typical of what I have found in the warmth and generous spirit of this community. And that spirit is truly lovely. Before I move on, please check out Mr. de Barry’s website to find out more about this historic perfumes as well as his other offerings. He also performs master class courses throughout the year. I for one, hope to participate in one of these classes in the future! Thank you again Nicolas for your generous spirit of the heart!
Now on to the draw. Following in Mr. de Barry’s footsteps, I would like to “pay it forward” to my readers with a draw for a Yosh Discovery Set of the Evanescent collection. There are six 3ml bottles in the collection which includes: Sottile, Stargazer, U4EAHH!, White Flowers, Ginger Ciao and Omniscent.
Now here’s the easy part. All I ask you to do to participate in the draw is to “pay it forward” with one good deed or thoughtful action; be it giving a co-worker a compliment to donating to your local charity. Please note in your comment how you are going to “pay it forward” and you’re entered!
The draw closes on October 13, 2012 and is open to any reader worldwide. The winner will be drawn at random and will be posted in a subsequent posting.
Good luck to everyone and thanks for helping me make it to my 100th post. Now let’s “pay it forward!”