What is it: a 50 ml bottle of Imaginary Authors Slow Explosions (used lightly for testing) + a 9 ml travel spray of 4160Tuesdays Centrepiece (unused).
How do I get it: For a chance to win, leave a comment on the website telling me that you live in the US (or that you can provide a US mailing address). Then tell me either a) your favorite indie niche fragrance, or b) the best fragrance you've smelled in all of 2016 (so far), or c) something else you've been dying to post in a comment.
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The contest will be open until noon or so next Wednesday, and I'll announce the winner next Thursday.
The fine print: Don't enter the contest unless I have permission to use the email address in your reader account to contact you. If the email address in your reader account is incorrect, you might want to fix it. If you are the winner and you fail to send me your mailing details within a couple weeks, I’ll give your prize away to someone else. Sadly, it
sometimes usually takes me a month to mail a package. Reasonable care will be taken in the packaging and mailing of your prize, but if the contents are lost or damaged or fail to please you for any reason whatsoever, I’m sorry but I cannot replace them.
Favorite indie/ niche…..Dame Perfumery…and I live in the US …thanks for the draw!
I live in the NYC. My favorite fragrance of 2016 is Fortis by LI.
Live in the US. My favorite fragrance so far of 2016 is Christian Louboutin Trouble in Heaven. Thank you!
In Alabama! Indie this year I like Hendleys Bourbon quite a bit. Vert D’Encens by Tom Ford is my top new release that I have to look up how to spell.
(b) There’s a woman in my building who goes to work very early each morning. She is carefully dressed — like she put actual effort into it, unlike 98% of people around here — and wears notably tasteful perfumes, mature and “classic.” On Monday morning we rode down in the elevator together and it smelled delicately yet perfectly marvelous in there. In the few seconds before we reached the ground floor I wondered whether I should ask what it was, but not wishing to appear too forward got the better of me. So — my answer, then, is: whatever she was wearing.
I am in the US. The best thing I smelled this year is Taklamakan
Hi, I live in the US! Fave niche indie would have to be something from Tauer or Sonoma Scent Studios, but it’s hard to pick!
1. I live in the U.S.
a. I don’t know that it is the “best” fragrance I’ve smelled in 2016, but the most interesting one I’ve smelled is Galop d’Hermes. That said, I’ve tried wearing it and the first half hour is too rough for me. I think it’s a triumph to create a perfume that really is unique and doesn’t remind me of anything else.
I live in the US. My current favorite indie niche is Neela Vermeire Trayee.
I live in the US.
Hmmm, difficult to come up with a favorite indie/niche fragrance, so my favorite thing I’ve tested this year so far is SJP Stash. Haven’t decided yet if it is FB worthy or not, will drain my sample first.
As always, thanks for the giveaways!
I live in the US.
I’m having a hard time pinpointing my favorite of 2016 so far, especially since I often take a while to smell newly released perfumes. I will give the honor to both Bruno Fazzolari + Antonio Gardoni Cadavre Exquis and Masque Milano L’Attesa.
I live in the U.S. (NYC). I think my favorite indie is Sonoma Scent Studios right now. No full bottles, but I’ve liked every sample. My sister and niece are big fans of Solstice Scents, so I should try some of those…
Not sure what the best is so far in 2016. It might be Angel Muse.
Im in the US. The best I smelled in 2016 is Kilian Apple Brandy because I am currently infatuated with it! And judging from the number of perfumes I own, my favorite house is Rouge Bunny Rouge.
In the USA, and what a great draw. Interestingly my favorite niche house is in fact 4160Tuesdays. I realized just the other day that I have more bottles of Sarah’s work than anything else except Guerlain and Chanel!
I live in the Chicago, Il. My favorite indie fragrance is by far Pear&Olive by slumberhouse which also is my favorite indie house period.
I live in the US and my current favorite indie scent is Tauer Incense Rose.
I live in the US, and the best fragrance I’ve smelled so far this year would probably be Ella, though I will confess to liking Mon Paris quite a bit because it reminds me of the original Miss Dior Cherie which I still love.
I live in the US!
Best fragrance this year is Stash!
The best fragrance I’ve smelled in 2016, though not a new one, is Lann-Ael. I’d heard so much about it and finally got my hands on a sample, and it’s the ultimate comfort scent!
I live in the US. Thank you for the giveaway!
In Boston and my favorite indie house is Soivohle and Gardenia Batik is one of my favorite scents of the year. I also really liked Golden Acacia and Vert D’Encens among the things I’ve smelled this year
My personal favorite this year was Parfums Quartana Hemlock. Have I mentioned how much I like this one????? I’m in the US and thanks for the giveaway!
I live in the US. Favorite indie niche perfume I’ve smelled this year is Zoologist Bat.
I live in the US and my favorite indie/niche perfume is Smell Bent Gimel a Break, depending of course on how you define indie/niche…
I live in the US. My favorite indie fragrance lately is Cafe V by Olympic Orchids – mostly for my boyfriend but also for me occasionally.
A friend gave me a sample set from DS & Durga. I really like what I’ve tried so far. My favorite from the set was Cowboy Grass (not sure when it was originally released). I’m in the US.
I live in the U.S. and my favorite new (to me) fragrance of 2016 is Escentric Molecules 03 (and thus began my love affair with vetiver) and La Fille de Berlin.
I like in the US you can contact me by email and 2016 perfume of choice goes to Alahine
I’m in the US. My favorite indie scent is L`Air du Desert Marocain by Tauer . Thank you!
Hi, I live in in US. My favorite niche frag at the moment is Providence Perfume Co. Moss Gown. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!
I live in the US. My favorite niche frags are all ancient history now, in that they came out at least two years ago, and what I want to say the most is that I am either getting too lazy to keep up with all the new niche frags, or that there are too many new ‘fumes for a somewhat lazy perfumista to keep up with! Is that sentence a run-on or does it express exasperation??
Hey Robin, I live in the USA and you can use my email. My fave indie is Andy Tauer, and even though it was launched last year I just got to sniff Rose Flash this year and it is awesome! Lucky me, a bottle is coming my way in the swap meet!
Here I am in the US, thinking that the best scent I’ve smelled in 2016 is Muguet Porcelaine, and then contradicting myself by thinking it has to be Geisha Vanilla Hinoki. I’ll call it a tie.
I live in the U.S. and you may use my email.
My favorite indie niche fragrance is Dame Perfumery Scottsdale Dark Horse.
I haven’t sniffed too many new scents in 2016, but my favorites (it’s a tie) are Dame Chocolate Man and SJP Stash.
Thank you, Robin!
I am in the US
It”s not from this year, but the best thing I smelled this year is Bogue MAAI.
Apparently smelling unapproachable is a characteristic I find appealing
I live in the United States, and you can use my email. The best fragrance I have tried this year is Atelier Camelia Intrepide. It has really captivated my attention.
Thanks for the generous draw, Robin! I live in the U.S. One of the best fragrances I smelled this year is Guerlain Mon Precieux Nectar!
I’m in the US, of course!
My favorite thing I’ve smelled this year is Nanban. Dear Lord, it is heaven. All the way down, too, which is rare these days.
Oh, and Dilletante too! Yum.
Thanks for the draw Robin!
I live in California and mmmmmmm I think the best scent so far this year has been SL Bapteme de feu
I’m in the U.S. My favorite indie niche is Blocki This Grand Affair. Thanks for the drawing!
Thanks for the draw, Robin! I live in the U.S., and the best fragrance I’ve smelled this year might be the L’Attesa I tried yesterday — iris to the MAX!
I live in the US, and my favorite indie niche fragrance (for today at least) is SSS Tabac Aurea Thank you so much for the draw!
I have an address in the US! NVC Mohur might be my favorite indie niche fragrance? What even counts as indie? LADDM maybe? Lumière Blanche?
I live in the USA, and my favorite indie scent is Lonesome Rider by Tauer Perfumes.
I live in the U.S. Current favorite indie scent is two weeks by smell bent. Thanks for the draw!
I live in the US. Favorite indie scent is Providence Perfume Co. Samarinda.
Thanks for the draw!
I’m in the US.
I’m a huge fan of Kerosene and his perfume that smells like licorice (Black Vines I think?); dying to try…anything! I’ve been on a brief sniffing hiatus…
1) favorite niche or indie? Kerosene, SSS, 4160 Tuesdays, so many!
Thanks so much for the draw!!!!
I’m in th USA. My favorite new scent is Vert d’Encens by Tom Ford.
I am in the U.S.
Both Imaginary Authors and 4160 Tuesdays are among my top indie brands. I adore pretty much anything either of these perfumers creates.
I am crazy about IA Memoirs of a Trespasser and 4160 Tuesdays Lady Rose Lion.
Awesome draw! Thank you.
I am in the U.S.
The best indie fragrance I’ve smelled this year is Smell Bent Incensed Short Fuse.
Thank you for the chance to win such a lovely prize!
In the US and you can use my email. My favorite niche perfumer is Andy Tauer, not sure of the release dates but I like his Tuberose Sotto la Luna and Fruitchouli Flash most recently.
I live in the US, and you may use my email. The best fragrance I’ve smelled in 2016 is Midnight Fleur by Nest – a blind buy at that. I made the life-changing turn from fruity-florals to amber/woody scents (and sparked an obsession with all perfumes) because of it. Thanks for the giveaway!
HIYA from New York, NY in the USA
My favorite indie niche frag would be Smell Bent’s Incensed Short Fuse.
Thanks for the chance!!
I live in the US, and my favorite indie house (so far, anyway) has to be Naomi Goodsir. Thanks for the contest!
I’m in the U.S. How exciting! I got to smell the semi final version of Slow Explosions, and it was wonderful. This year I’d have to say Tauer Une Rose Chypree is my best indie smell.
Hi! I live in the US. My favorite niche fragrances that I smelled this year are Zoologist Bat and Rania J T. Habernaro. Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks for the chance. I can provide a US mailing address.
I live in the US and my favorite indie niche fragrance is Tomato from Demeter. I also love Smell Bent, Dame, and Gallaghers.
I live in the U.S.
Is Tauer still considered indie? I will choose him anyways.
I live in the US. My favorite indie niche scent is Neela Vermeire’s Mohur. Thanks for the draw!
I live in the US.
I like SSS Cocoa Sandlewood.
My question I’ve been dying to ask- ????Can someone tell me why some distributors are discontinuing Gurlain samplers? Do you think Chanel will follow?
Is this an indication that prices might jump on fb?
I live in the U.S. and you can use my information.
My favorite Indie perfumer would probably be Slumberhouse. I adore Pear & Olive. So sad it has been discontinued.
i live in the US, and I have enjoyed SJP Stash. thank you for the giveaways!
I live in the US and would really like to try the SSS line. Thanks for the draw!