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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy 2007! A Poll and a Prize Draw

(The poll and the draw are now closed, thank you, everybody, for playing!)

I am entering 2007 with a cold, so forgive the absence of a review today. Instead, how about a poll?

And for the prize draw. If you would like to receive samples of the three of my favorite new releases from 2006, simply let me know in your comment. The samples will include Bond No 9 West Side, Guerlain Bois d'Armenie, and Parfum d'Empire Cuir Ottoman. The poll and the draw will stay open till Thursday evening. I will announce the results and the winner on Friday, January 5.

Happy New Year, everybody!


Blogger tmp00 said...

I am eagerly awaiting the new Serge.

Take care of the cold- I like ColdEze and try Trafitional Medicinals Throat Cat tea.

And of course, I'll throw my hat in the ring for the draw.

10:52 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like samples, so please enter me in the draw. Happy New Year! Here's to another year of your always enjoyable reviews :)

And if this gets posted twice, my apologies... blogger is being obstinate.

11:07 PM EST  
Blogger Madelyn E said...

Hello Columbina !
I would love to receive those samples especially the Bois D'Armenie !
Wow1 So much to look forward to in 2007 ! I am salivating foe the new Chanels especially the Iris one !
Hope you feel better .. sleep, hot tea, and more sleep (softly perfumed) always helps !
Madelyn E

1:00 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll join you on the cold front and throw in an ent infection for good measure... I'm reminded of that Monty Python sketch of one-upmanship:
"Well, we lived in a cardboard box in the middle of the road that would be run over every five minutes. I shared my box with 27 other people who all had gastroenteritis..." or something similar.

Get well soon, and throw me into your drawers.

3:46 AM EST  
Blogger carmencanada said...

Happy New Year, M.!
I'm looking forward to both the new Guerlains -- though I haven't been overwhelmed by them so far, even if Bois d'Arménie has started haunting me lately, months after sniffing it -- and the Serge Lutens. Again, with reservations. I bought a full bottle of Chypre Rouge on the spur of the moment, but sometimes it's too downright weird to wear. A cinnamon-based scent like Rousse sounds great, though, doesn't it?
As for the Chanels, I'm in doubt about their volume, concentration, and the sheer number of releases. And fairly sure their release will spell the death of the rue Cambon collection in its present form/concentrations. Not a very optimistic outlook, is it? Nevertheless, I'm sure that 2007 will bring some wonderful surprises. Count me in on the draw, and get well!

3:51 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Columbina! Keep warm and get over that cold.

I think I'm most hopeful about the Guerlains - as it's the l'Arts that have intrigued me most of any line this year. I'm excited about the Chanels, but also prepared for disappointment as I so often am with Chanel. But surely, with so many scents on offer, one of them will be a winner? And I never got to smell MW's Incense, so that will be a buzz!

Please enter me in your draw, and have a wonderful day!

5:03 AM EST  
Blogger Caitlin Shortell said...

Get well, dearie! Happy New Year.

6:13 AM EST  
Blogger marchlion said...

Leopoldo -- stay OUT of Colombina's drawers!

Marina -- why do the names of those Guerlains frighten me so much? Why am I picturing something "geared toward a younger audience?" Maybe they'll ask Xtina Aguilera to be their new spokesmodel?

7:35 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry you're feeling under the weather. Get well soon!!

I'm looking forward to the reissue of MW Incense. I have never tried this scent, but I have a feeling it will be a FBW scent for me since people have compared it to my beloved Mick's Wicks Temple tart.

Please enter me into the draw, M, and have a wonderfully fragrant (and healthy) new year!!

7:45 AM EST  
Blogger lilybp said...

Well, assuming the Guerlain rumor is true (those names sound so fake:), I am most looking forward to those--especially the oud!!--next, to the Chanels, and 3rd to MW I EdP redux. Which leaves poor Serge out in the cold--well, the last couple haven't been great for me, but I'm still excited about these!

8:13 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You mean Rousse? I personally don't have practically any interest in the "almond" one. And why would he make another almond scent if there is already Rahat Loukoum? Hmm.

8:28 AM EST  
Blogger elle said...

Tough choices! I always get panic stricken when limited to only 3. W/out doubt I am tapping my fingers for those Guerlains and Chanels. And I'm staring at the calendar impatiently, willing fall to get here for the MWI rerelease. But I'm also extremely hopeful about the Armani Jasmine and the new Serges. And I am anxiously awaiting the announcement from TM that the scents from the coffret will be released individually. OK...dream time there, but why not start the new year dreaming?
Sending cold vanishing vibes your way! I personally think the best remedy (distraction?) is some good online shopping...scents, clothes, books?

8:28 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you, you are in the draw.

8:28 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Sleep and more sleep sounds wonderful :-)
You are in the draw.

8:29 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I hope you get well soon!
You are in the draw(ers).

8:30 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am very worried about Rue Cambon collection too. Well, mainly I am worried that it will ONLY be available in 200ml. That would insane.

8:31 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I love most CHanels (with the exception of Chance and Allure Sensuelle), so I am very excited about the new releases. But I liked Guerlain's L'Art collection too...lots of stuff to look forward to.

8:33 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you very much. Happy New Year.

8:33 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

It's OK, because Leopoldo of course meant my sample drawers. :-)
I sure hope Aguillera won't be a spokesmodel for those, although I can picture her on the ad for Cruel Gardenia. The L'Art et la Matiere scents are so exclusive , March, they don't need a spokesmodel :-)

8:35 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you and Very Happy New Year to you too!

I must say that unfortunately I didn't find Temple similar to my beloved MWI. :-(

8:36 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I agree, the names...well, at least two of them, are quite silly. But so is Cuir Beluga. The sound of Cruel Gardenia plain scares me. Gardenia IS a cruel note for me anyway.

8:38 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Lead me not into temptation :-)
I am actually also looking forward to Ford's 12 scents...but then I was like one of 3 people in the Universe to like Black Orchid :-)

8:40 AM EST  
Blogger priscilla said...

Happy New Year M! Sorry to hear a cold has got you. Please include me in the drawing, as I have resolved not to buy any more samples until I've used up what I have...but I never resolved not to win anything! ;-)

8:50 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Happy New Year!
You are in the drawing!

8:52 AM EST  
Blogger Kelley said...

Remember what they say, "feed a cold". I am assuming that would mean that you are supposed to eat things like chocolate and banana bread.

I am working on a couple of reviews that I am hoping will be interesting.

Please enter me in your contest. Thanks Marina. Hope you feel better soon!

9:02 AM EST  
Blogger Gaia said...

Choosing just one wasn't easy. I went with Tom Ford, but Serge, Chanel... Oh my!

I hope you feel better soon. Sending you good thoughts of tea and soup.

And, yes, I'd love to be in the draw.

9:09 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chanel Exclusifs, no doubt.
Feel better soon!

9:57 AM EST  
Blogger Haus von Stone said...

happy new year! please enter me in the drawing so i can smell wonderful in 2007! hot baths for the cold!

10:05 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2007 and all things perfume related. AIRBORNE for the cold, it seriously works.
Please enter me in the drawing. And as a side note on 2006 good sniffs , I have a sample which I think you created, which is really extremely lovely: Mod 1 March No 4. Thanks!

10:19 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am so looking forward to more of your reviews!
You are in the draw.

10:19 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

The Non-blonde,
Thank you! You are in the draw.

10:20 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Les Excluisfs are winning so far.

10:20 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you. You are in the draw.

10:21 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

LOL, seriously, you have that "mod"? :-)
You are in the draw.

10:22 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marina, I am so sorry you have caught a cold. I wish you to get weel soon.

"Les Exclusifs" Chanel, certainly.
I can not wait to have 28 La Pausa (even without testing - Oh! Shame on me.)

I love samples too.

Happy New Year! Happy New Smells!

10:38 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marina,
I wish you a happy 2007 :!!! Get well soon!
Can you imagine, I already know the samples, so you don´t need to include me in the drawing.
I´m looking forward to many of your wonderful fragrance reviews.

11:13 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marina, thank you but I know the samples and like Malena I do not need to be included in the drawing.

11:43 AM EST  
Blogger IrisLA said...

Happy New Year!

I'm looking forward to:

Serge - I'm an almond lover

Guerlain - I like most Guerlains

Matthew Williamson - Early in my fragrance exploration, I obtained a decant of this. I didn't care for incense and swapped it away. Now that my tastes have evolved, I'm curious to sample this raved-about incense once again.

Please enter me in the drawing.

12:07 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Спасибо!! I want 28 La Pausa too..and at least 3 more. :-) Unsniffed :-)

12:41 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you very much! Happy New Year!

12:41 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I am counting the months till MWI is back. I hope they are going to keep the same beautiful bottle.

You are in the draw.

12:42 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Serge's new Rousse. Some hae already tried it! Please enter me in the drawing.

1:21 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wishing you a fragrant New Year and a swift end to your cold.

I cast my vote for the Guerlains, simply because I find the names intriguing. (I bet on horses and buy wine the same way, btw.) Given those names, I eagerly await seeing what Guerlain does with the ad campaign.

My vote was a close call. New Serges are always exciting, even if not always in a positive way. I shudder with fright at the notes in the almond scent. And Chris Sheldrake is behind the Chanels, right? That is definitely worth anticipating!

1:40 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think that - luckily!- there won't be any ads for these Guerlains, since they from an exclusive line. I am afraid of that almond Lutens too.

1:43 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in the drawing!

1:43 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Serge, cinnamon, mmm...

Please enter me in the draw.

2:12 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You are in the draw!

2:18 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My blocked sinuses empathize with your cold-afflicted head.

I would love to be entered in the drawing for samples of fragrances your reviews have made me long for, especially Bois d'Armenie.

As to the new scents, Guerlain is bound to be interesting. What will they do with an oudh? I'm a little tired, though, of names that demonize white flowers.

2:56 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! You are entered in the draw, and I hope you feel better soon!

I agree about the names...Rose Barbare, Tubereuse Criminelle, Cruel Gardenia, Jasmin's getting a little old, no?

2:58 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Oud.. love oudh in most all it's forms.. I loved rose barbare and and am still searching for the perfect leather for me.. so, please enter me in the draw!! thanks, and wishing you a speedy recovery.

3:40 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I think I'd go as fara s to say that Dzing and Cuir Ottoman are my perfect leather scents. You are in the draw!

3:46 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you get well soon, dear M., as I am eager to read more of your perfume reviews (not that this poll wasn't fun!). Please add me to the draw :)

4:11 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you very much, M! You are in the draw!

4:15 PM EST  
Blogger Solander said...

I'm supposed to be a perfume blogger but I'm more interested in the present than the future so I have to admit I haven't heard of any of them. I voted for Rousse though, I like Lutens but not so much almond. And please enter me in the draw, I'd love to try Bois d'Armenia and Cuir Ottoman!

4:29 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

You are entered in the draw.
I am not excited about almond either. Of course, nothing is certain yet about that scent, for all we know it might turn out to have just a tiny almond note among lots of others. Or at least that's what I hope for :-)

4:40 PM EST  
Blogger Trina said...

I can't believe MWI is showing so poorly! I had my cold in the weeks leading up to (and it lingered on until just past) Christmas. I hope you feel better soon!

5:01 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I hope you are feeling better! Happy 2007!!
I think Chanel is going to win by a landslide. :-)

5:10 PM EST  
Blogger Ben said...

I chose 'other'. I'm actually looking forward to JPG's Fleurs de Male the most.

I'd love to be entered into the drawing! :)

I hope you feel better soon.

7:26 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you!
Fleurs de Male sounds great.
You are entered in the draw.

7:33 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you!
They are calling my name too...those evil Chanels :-)

7:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your blog. I am so new to scents and I love learning (and smelling) new things. Some days I feel hopelessly lost about perfumes though!

Please add me to your draw.

Catherine R

9:49 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thankyou! Some days I feel lost to, especially when faced with an overwhelming amount of new releases :-)
You are entered in the draw!

9:53 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chanels first, but the Armani Prive and the Guerlains also catch my eye, as do the Lutens. How about - All of the Above?!

And yes, I'd love to be entered in your drawing. Happy New Year! - minette

10:41 PM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

All of them sound exciting, don't they? You are entered in the draw.

10:42 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to try the new Guerlain perfumes. Please enter me in the draw, and thank you for your superb writing.

1:54 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Colombina!

I got to smell Incense a few weeks ago (it's not available in Europe), and I'd simply LOOOOVE to have the possibility of owning a bottle someday! The new SL scents are next on my excitement scale - I may not always like them, but they're always interesting! The Guerlains - after the major disappointment of Cuir Beluga and Rose Barbare my excitement about those is very subdued, and unfortunately no Chanel apart from the classics has ever really worked for me, so.... ho hum.

Nevertheless, o priestess of scent, I'd love to be in the drawing. Always ready to be proved wrong about a Guerlain scent!

3:53 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Thank you! You are in the draw!

8:25 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I really wasn't all that impressed with L'Art et la Matiere line either...up untill Bois d'Armenie. I do think it is the best scent so far. You are in the draw!

8:26 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't wait to try the new Chanels! How on earth am I going to afford the two (Coromanedl, 28 La pausa) I already know I want?

Please include me in the draw. I'd love to have a chance to smell Cuir Ottoman!


8:57 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

Those are the ones I want the most too :-) You are in the draw.

9:01 AM EST  
Blogger Marina said...

I haven't even heard of those two and now I am looking forward to them! You are in the draw.

8:41 AM EST  

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