Saturday, March 6, 2021

Scent Split Sample Shipment #4


Wow! If you've seen any of my previous Scent Split posts (linked under the 'fragrance' tab at the top of the blog), you might remember they send their splits in pull top dab bottles. This shipment, however, had the sample atomizers with a spray. They're only filled partially, and a note is included to tell you that is intentional so you don't think you're getting less than you should. Do I like the bottles? Yes!!! Spray is so much nicer for testing!! However, if they were to go back to dab bottles, I would still buy. Trying before buying is absolutely the way to go with scent. What one person (or even hundreds of people) love, could be a total turn off to you, or not work well on your skin. 

For all of the scents I try, I only find a few that I really, really like and want to purchase in full-sized bottles. It is worth every scent cent though, because when I do buy, I know it's something I'm really, really going to enjoy. I found a keeper in this shipment (the seventh scent on this list) and that makes me absolutely delighted. There were some others that I enjoyed too, and some that I did not (which is to be expected). I'll list them for you below.

Atelier: Grand Neroli.  If you like Neroli, this is a good scent to try. It is a bright/crisp, fresh, citrusy (lemony), floral fragrance. Not overpowering. I can definitely smell the Neroli. I love that bright citrusy smell in the opening notes. The dry down is different though. Not as good. A little too earthy for me. It's not a bad smell, but it's not something I want to wear. I read that it has oak moss and galbanum in the dry down to add an earthy greenness. I guess that's the part I'm not overly fond of; perhaps this would be better suited for a man (it is a unisex fragrance). 

From the website: "Let the refined scent of Grand neroli make you discover the olfactory notes of Neroli from North Africa as well as the essential oils Galbanum and Pettigrain from Paraguay. This orange blossom perfume is softened by a round vanilla scent. Sweet, yet fresh and sophisticated." 

Atelier: Orange Sanguine. Ooh. I like it!! It's zesty and nice. A sharp blood orange scent is the most prominent note. That's what I smell more than anything. I think you'd have to be careful with this one. Too much spray and it might smell like a cleaner. A little is nice though! 

Notes: Blood Orange from Italy, Geranium from China, and Sandalwood from Australia.

Atelier: Vanilla Intensee. This is unisex, warm scent but the vanilla leans a little masculine to me. It's not awful, but it's not the kind of vanilla I like to wear. It smells a little 'dirty,' which isn't very appealing to me in a perfume. 

From the website, "Notable contrast between vanilla and woody moss. Among its exotic perfume ingredients you will find vanilla from Madagascar, lime from Mexico and cilantro from Russia."

Diptyque: Eau Duelle.  This is my first time getting to try a Diptyque fragrance. This is a fresh vanilla with a green punch or lime Jello kind of kick to it. It's bright and zesty but still subtle. I like it. It is pleasant. Update: The second time I wore it, I smelled vanilla with a touch of spice. No lime (or very faint if there was lime). Notes: Vanilla, Pink Peppercorn, Cypriol.

From the website, "An ode to travel and vanilla. Along the spice route, the vanilla at the heart of Eau Duelle takes on new aromas: luminous, addictive accents of calamus and dark, smoky nuances of cypriol. Travelling through time and over borders, Bourbon vanilla from Madagascar reveals itself between darkness and light."

L'Artisan: Couleur Vanille. I like a nice vanilla smell, and I heard this was really good in that department so I wanted to give it a go. It is so interesting. A combo of bright citrus and vanilla. Unlike any vanilla fragrance I've smelled. It's an 'in the natural environment' type of vanilla and it mixes well with the sea salt. Someone said it smells a bit green and herby/vegetal. I detect that too, in the opening and mid. Those smells are gone in the rather fast dry down and this becomes slightly floral and citrusy. Not heavy. In fact, it's very light with transitional depth. I like it. Daytime fragrance.  A unisex scent that does not lean masculine or feminine. I could buy a bottle and be happy. 

Top notes are Sea Salt, Freesia and Bergamot; middle notes are Immortelle, Cashmirwood and Vanilla orchid; base notes are Madagascar Vanilla, Tolu Balsam, Musk and Benzoin.

Parfums de Marly: Darcy. Not my fave from this house. It's a little 'tinny' at first and then the dry down reminds me of a musky smell from my youth (which probably came from some woman wearing musk around me when I was a child). It's not horrible. I just find it seems outdated for my tastes and simply not for me. It is a woody (and I did think it had a very light masculine streak in it), musky and floral kind of smell.  I do smell a touch of fruit. It is smooth, as all Parfums de Marly fragrances seem to be, and you can tell it is a nice quality.  It is just not for me. Not at all.

From the PDM website, "A soft and sensual fragrance, Darcy blends sparkling citrus notes and sweet floral notes enveloped in fleecy and delicate white musk. The base of patchouli provides depth and a heady scent."

Parfums de Marly: Safanad. Soft floral. Smooth. Pretty. I definitely smell orange blossom. It gets better and better as it dries down (when the vanilla starts to feel present). It is subtle, not bold at all but still super pleasant and happy. This is a safe daytime fragrance. I like it quite a bit actually (delicious and yummy are the words that instinctively come to mind), and I would love to own it. It might even replace Athalia as my favorite (or tie it for my first place from this line).

I've heard people say it smells like Kilian's "Love Don't be Shy" (which I love) and JPG's "Classique" but I've never smelled the second one, and it doesn't remind me of the first, so I couldn't say. I do know that I really, really like this one.

From the website, "The oriental captivated by its delicate notes of orange blossom, iris and ylang-ylang that rush to draw a woody trail revealed by sandalwood, amber and vanilla. An addictive signature saturated with light."

Parfums de Marly: Sedbury. I smell soft, white, slightly pungent (that must be the Jasmine) florals. It's pretty, but it's not one I want to own. While nice, it's a little too 'white floral,' I think, for me.

From the website, "Sedbury combines the tenderness of florals and the freshness of aromatic scents. Its creamy tuberose heart is softened by a hint of jasmine and iris, lying languidly on a bed of amber and patchouli to make a fragrance that is refined and addictive in equal measure."

Maison Martin Margiela's Replica Line: Funfair Evening.  I absolutely hate this scent. It smells nothing like any of the descriptions and is the second fragrance I have found that initially smells like meat to me. This is just awful. Top Notes are Star Anise, Pear, Apple, Neroli and Petitgrain. Middle Notes are Orange Blossom, Tuberose, and Moroccan Rose. Base Notes are Caramel, Tahitian Vanilla, Ambroxan and White Musk. 

Vagabond Prince: Swan Princess. A combination of six musks. Jasmine, a touch of gardenia, lily of the valley, mimosa, iris, rose and peony...and a little bit of pink pepper. Nothing out of the ordinary. You can definitely smell the white flowers. Not bad, pleasant in fact, but it's not one I see myself buying. Daytime fragrance.

Xeroff: Ivory Route. I heard this was the best vanilla and sandalwood fragrance ever. False. Ew. No. Not even close to true. This smells cheap and old-fashioned, and it costs a couple of hundred dollars for the bottle, but I have no idea why. They say fragrances are very subjective, and this one proves that for me. They intentionally do not reveal the notes, so I do not know what is in it, but I can say it is a woody, spicy fragrance.

That's all I ordered for this shipment, but I am already looking forward to next time. Scent Split is a fantastic website that I trust when I want to order perfume samples. I've tried so many different perfumes and colognes now, and I log them all so I can keep track of what I like and don't like (and why). Searching for new fragrances has become so much fun for me. Although I probably have enough to last for the rest of my life now, I will still keep smelling. A big thank you to Scent Split for helping me find a new perfume favorite (Parfums de Marly's Safanad is awesome, fantastic, and amazing! It really just smells so, so good!). I cannot wait to purchase the full-sized bottle.

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43 comments:

  1. I prefer perfume samples over full size. I get a little bored with the scents and like to change it up.

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  2. I MUCH prefer small sizes like this, so a box that offers so many wonderful scents in small containers, especially for both men and women is perfect for me.

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  3. I do use perfume on a daily basis and thanks for introducing this to us - interested to try something new :) - Knycx Journeying

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  4. I love this. I much prefer smaller samples than huge bottles of perfume. also nice to add to gifts too x

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  5. Sounds great to try different scents every now and then. Thanks for sharing about this.

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  6. Gracelene Dela CruzMarch 9, 2021 at 9:23 AM

    I would definitely love trying out these scents.. Thanks for suggesting.

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  7. Love the review of the different scents. I can't even remember the last time I bought a full bottle of perfume as I too am all about the sample sizes. Hopefully I can get a couple mentioned above. Thank you - Denise

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  8. Because I can't smell much I really don't wear perfumes. I do sometimes put on scented lotions.

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  9. A lot of vanillas to choose from today, though there's only a few I'd probably try from this review. I also prefer a spray instead of a dab. You can't even try the perfumes on at the department stores since Covid, so I like this delivery option of trying before buying a full size bottle to make up for that!

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  10. Such a great way to figure out which scents you like best!

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  11. I am not big on scents but this sounds interesting. small pack is better for me to try and have a taste

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  12. This seems like a very lovely product, worth giving a try.

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  13. I would love to have these. It would give me a chance to really try out the different scents before making a decision.

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  14. You sure have a thing for finding the ones that smell like meat lol

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  15. I too really prefer sample sizes. I rarely use up a full sized bottle of fragrance.

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  16. You do a great job describing each one

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  17. I use samples a lot, sometimes more than full size ones because I always carry them with me in my purse or on the road!

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  18. The way you describe the scents are so specific and detailed! I prefer the Couleur Vanille because I like vanilla scents.

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  19. You did such a great job at describing the scents. I can almost smell it. I prefer sample sizes too.

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  20. I'm more into samples myself! Every time I buy cologne or perfume, it ends up lasting years and years long after I don't want it anymore. Samples are the way to go.

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  21. Lots to choose from here and some lovely scents too, I do love Neroli so Atelier: Grand Neroli sound be something I would love to try

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  22. Sample scents are always the best and make for perfect travel items as they are always airport size appropriate

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  23. Seems like lovely product. would love to try these. :)

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  24. I prefer and use samples a lot. You did a great job at describing the scents. ☺️

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  25. I love the idea of sample sizes because it gives me the chance to try different perfumes and to see if I'll actually like them enough to buy a full size bottle. I'll have to try this out myself.

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  26. Gracelene Dela CruzMarch 12, 2021 at 9:37 PM

    It's so nice to have an option like this. I know someone who will love this kind of deal.

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  27. I've never tried any of those scents. I love perfume. I will have to check them out. -LYNNDEE

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  28. I love getting sample sizes. That way you can try it out and see if you really like it or not. I love this.

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  29. This seems like a great way to try different fragrances! I'm glad you found one that you really like!

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  30. I am a fan of citrusy floral scents. I think I would like these.

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  31. For any product, especially foundations/concealer/perfume, its3better to try samples first! I will definitely check them out, look great 😍

    Thanks,
    Natural Beauty And Makeup blog

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  32. Mama Maggie's KitchenMarch 13, 2021 at 10:23 PM

    I love good perfume scents and Scent Split sounds really good! I will definitely check out these scents.

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  33. I love a good sample size! I learnt last year that there should always be an air bubble in the sample bottles or they don't spray! I have been looking for a way to try different fragrance samples of late as what I like has really changed.

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  34. I’ve never heard of split scent. I’m not a huge perfume fan due to my allergies so I don’t wear it often. I do love the idea of being able to try a small portion of a perfume before I commit to buying a huge bottle.

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  35. I really enjoyed learning more about these scents. Can't wait to try!

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  36. Lots of choose, I haven't heard out this before. something I need to look into. I love sampling things

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  37. I really loved having small portion of every scents. My mood for scents changes drastically.

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  38. Ooh lots to choose from, thanks for sharing!

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  39. I learned so much about these perfumes from your post today! Definitely gives me a lot to think about, so thank you!

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  40. Interesting! I think I'd love getting samples because I could try out a bunch.

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  41. I never really wear perfume as I am a teacher but it is interesting how people describe the scents. I can smell the scent with the way you describe them!

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  42. What a wonderful way to try out different fragrances!

    Happy Friday, Rosey!

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  43. I would like to give Atelier: Grand Neroli as a gift. Sounds like a greats scent. Can't wait to smell it.

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