New sample swapping site, and checking in…

I saw an announcement today for a new beauty product sample swap site, Edivv. Makeup Alley used to be a popular place for swapping, and then when blogs sprang up the swapping seemed to move from MUA to friendships made through interaction on blogs. This new site Edivv is aimed at beauty products in general so the fragrance samples look mostly like dept store types at this stage, but maybe it will develop over time to include more niche brands. I just thought it was interesting to see a new site dedicated to beauty product sample swaps. Edivv was inspired by the proliferation of subscription sample boxes with the idea that people can swap unwanted samples they receive via these services.

Nothing new to report on my front. I’ve been too busy with orders and other things to get much done on blending, but I should have time this weekend to get back to it. I took the 34 ml bottles of Ambre Noir down about two weeks ago because I was almost out again, but we made more so I can put it back up this weekend.

Our weather is still freakishly springlike, and I took advantage of that today to plant more lettuce in pots on the porch. We really need rain here in CA.

I recently had a chance to sniff a couple scents that are new to me and discovered that I love Aftelier’s Oud Luban solid. I’m not usually a fan of oud unless it is used gently and combined with rose, but this blend really appeals to me. I also received my Christopher Street sample and need to give that a sniff.

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  1. I’m dying to know how Christopher Street smells on you. I think I’m the only person who didn’t like it. A few reviews I’ve seen were positive.

  2. Hi Laurie, do you have an ETA for the new scents you are developing for this year? I am so excited about them. Happy to hear Ambre Noir is back in stock, that is on my wish list. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Tara. The floral seems about done; I’m trying a bit more oakmoss but other than that it seems ready for testing (it has shifted a bit more in the chypre direction and I’m liking that). I just need to get time to make tester vials and send some out. The Amber Incense will take longer; I’m not feeling satisfied with that one yet, though I think I’m on the right track.

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