I always like to treat myself to a visit to the Saks Fragrance counter, Union Square, SF right after my dentist appointment. Lucky for me, it was a routine cleaning and I had no troubles whatsoever chatting with one of the lovely Sales Associates.
Right as you walk in, you are greeted by the Tom Ford fragrance/beauty line, Bond No. 9, By Killian (my expensive, guilty pleasure) counters and all the other usual suspect fragrances. I went to take a whiff of the new and final fragrance to the L'Oevre Noire collection: Sweet Redemption. It's not what I expected - it's sharper than I thought it was. Once the initial whiff of the bitter orange leaf dries down then I can move on, okay now I'm smelling vanilla..hmm, the jury is still out on this one.
This is no where near a fragrance review - I'm not one to take fragrance tips from. I do know what I like and what I don't. I do get odd fragrance cravings. One minute, I want to swim in a deep woody fragrances like By Killian's Rose Oud or I want to smell like a tropical vacation so I'll wear a coconut body oil. I'm weird like that I know but at least I'm unpredictable and try to apply with a light hand so I don't give you a headache when I walk past you.
What I wanted to share was the mini goodies I received for just stopping by, being polite and just generally excited by something lavish, like quality fragrances.
I was in pure luck! I received a sample of my favorite Killian fragrance - Liason Dangereuse, a very deep plum scent (so seductive), Sweet Redemption (the last sample on hand) and 3 Bond #9 samples - Wall Street, Bond #9 (which I can't wait to try) and West Side. If I were to buy these samples on Luckyscent it would cost at least $4 per Killian sample and I know that Bond sells a box of theirs. So I'm really pleased with my mini sample haul! Please don't let stores like Saks intimidate you. It might surprise you what you can walk out with without paying for anything by just being pleasant and curious.
I was really hoping for a sample of Tom Ford's Neroli Portofino but come on, even I'm not that charming!