Nordstrom Fragrance Sample Pack (April)

Choose a Free Gift with Your $85 Women’s or Men’s Fragrance Purchase. During our Scent Event, try samples from Jo Malone, Atelier Cologne, Voluspa and more. Promo code (PINK or YELLOW) required. Plus, when you spend $100, you’ll also get a “bonus” gift.

Nordstrom were having yet another Scent Event and giving away x2 Fragrance Sample Packs (your choice of Yellow or Pink, each with different fragrance samples) during the month of April. I’ll list everything included in both packs below. Both packs included several items that I already own, but as you can see, I decided to go with the Yellow mainly because the adorable, itty-bitty Yellow Cosmetics Bag looked more appealing to me lol I’ll also be listing all the notes below (if I can find them) for everything that came with the Yellow Pack. Lastly, since I spent well over $100 I also qualified for the “bonus” gift which was a Nest Grapefruit Reed Diffuser!

• Antica Farmacista Hana Lei Body Moisturizer (2 oz.)
• Burberry Her Eau de Parfum (0.16 oz.) (here)
• Dolce&Gabbana Beauty Light Blue Eau de Toilette (0.15 oz.) (here)
• Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Body & Hand Wash (0.5 oz.) (here)
• kate spade new york live colorfully Eau de Parfum (0.25 oz.) (here)
• Moschino Toy 2 Eau de Parfum (0.17 oz.)
• Prada Candy Eau de Parfum Mini Rollerball (0.1 oz.)
• Tory Burch Just Like Heaven Extrait de Parfum (0.24 oz.)
• Versace Dylan Blue Eau de Toilette (0.17 oz.) (here)
• Voluspa Violet & Honey Votive Candle (1.8 oz.)
• Pink Cosmetics Bag

Use promo code PINK in Checkout.

• Antica Farmacista Santorini Body Moisturizer (2 oz.)
• Atelier Cologne Musc Impérial Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)
• Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)
• Clinique Happy Fragrance (0.14 oz.)
• Dolce&Gabbana Beauty The One Eau de Toilette (0.25 oz.)
• Lancôme La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum (0.135 oz.) (here)
• Lanvin Éclat d’Arpège Eau de Parfum (0.15 oz.)
• Sisley Paris Izia Moisturizing Perfumed Body Lotion (0.27 oz.)
• Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette (0.17 oz.)
• Viktor&Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette (0.24 oz.)
• Voluspa French Toast Votive Candle (1.8 oz.) (here)
• Yellow Cosmetics Bag

Use promo code YELLOW in Checkout.

Bonus Gift

Nest Grapefruit Reed Diffuser ($48 Value) (KD 15/750 Value)

A Diffuser carefully crafted with the highest-quality fragrance oils designed to continuously fill your home with lush, memorable scent around the clock using a premium formula that releases scents slowly and evenly into the air for approximately 90 days.

Notes: Pink Pomelo Grapefruit and Watery Green Nuances are blended with Lily of the Valley and Coriander Blossom. Zesty and effervescent!

Well, this was certainly different! Normally, I don’t ‘x with Reed Diffusers. I’ve messed with Oil Burners (purchased from The Body Shop circa late 90’s… even as a kid, I had an unhealthy obsession with nice-smelling things lol) and Incense Sticks and later on Wax Melts, in addition to the more common Scented Candles, but not once have I ever purchased or even tried Reed Diffusers. I’ll spot them in stores, but I wouldn’t even be tempted. My sister-in-law (younger brother’s wife) tends to use Reed Diffusers from time to time, in her home and they do look chic and smell lovely, but for whatever reason, in my almost 35 years of life (I turn 35 in December) on this Earth, not once have I ever messed with Reed Diffusers… until now! I got this thing as a “bonus” gift for spending a total of more than $100.

The only other item that I own from Nest is the Christmasy Mini-Candle (here) that I’d also happened to receive as a Gift with Purchase. So, despite my mistrust of Reed Diffusers (I was giving that thing some serious side-eye), I was happy to try out yet another product from Nest! Plus, it was in an appropriately summer-y scent, Grapefruit! Now all I gotta do is muster up enough trust to actually use this thing lol (…issues).

Antica Farmacista Santorini Body Moisturizer (2 oz.)

A medley of crisp citrus and green notes artfully paired with exotic spice and natural wood essences. Top notes of vibrant Italian Bergamot, Sweet Verbena and Fresh Vetiver are enhanced by the subtle sweetness of Rosewood, Sandalwood and Cardamom.

Our luxurious Body Moisturizer formula includes natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera, Apricot Kernel Oil, Green Tea and Fruit Extracts, Sweet Almond Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Shea Butter and Honey for superior hydration. Its soft, silky texture is flawless, leaving skin lightly fragranced, radiant and smooth.

Top Notes: Crisp Bergamot, Brisk Saltwater, Green Verbena
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Mimosa, Herbaceous Lavender
Base Notes: Rich Vetiver, Sandalwood, Musk

I’ve never heard of Antica Farmacista before and only ever seen it on Nordstrom. As such, I was quite interested in giving this thing a shot! Also, I very much appreciated the fact they’d included a Body Moisturizer at all (and that it was more than a one-time-use sample), in the April Fragrance Sample Pack!

Initially, Santorini smelled lovely, all fresh and green and uplifting! It kinda’ reminded me of being at the beach! However, that quickly changed! Within seconds, my nose could detect a diaper smell (probably one of the florals). It was faint, but it was definitely there! I found it a bit off-putting, honestly. So, the Top Notes and Heart Notes were discernible, but the Base Notes were pretty much non-existent. In fact, the scent completely dissipated in under 5 minutes!

As a Body Moisturizer, it did make my skin feel quite soft, but it didn’t actually moisturize my skin. I felt that there was something in there (I wanna’ say Paraffin) that only effected the top layer of skin, without actually absorbing into the lower layers (… or something. I don’t know, ok? I’m no chemist). Also, I suspect this has more to do with all the oils and whatever, but this thing refused to wash off (so annoying)! If like me, you prefer moisturizers that actually moisturize, rather than just give you instant superficial results, then I wouldn’t recommend purchasing Antica Farmacista Santorini Body Moisturizer (sorry).

That said, I’ll continue to use this thing, up until it’s finished. I mean, it does provide some hydration (albeit very lightly) and it doesn’t smell too bad (not as bad D&G The One at least). Also it’s tiny and therefore cute!

Atelier Cologne Musc Impérial Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)
Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)

Okay, it’s official. I absolutely despise the packaging on samples from Atelier Cologne! Absolutely despise it! Sure, the whole postcard thing with a pretty picture on the front and the fragrance story and notes on the back, all wrapped up in semi-transparent tissue paper sealed with a foiled sticker was cute… at first. Now? It’s just annoying!

I’d received a sample of Orange Sanguine Clementine California earlier (here) and thanks to the silly packaging, promptly lost the sample, before getting a chance to sample it first lol It has turned up since, but I needed it at the time for my blog post and couldn’t find it anywhere, and now it’s too late.

Now with these two, again, thanks to the silly packaging, I lost one (but it turned up in time for this post) and I accidentally broke the other! Thankfully, I’d at least managed to dab some on my wrist before breaking the thing lol

I repeat, I absolutely despise this whole tissue papered postcard packaging thing that Atelier Cologne seem to implement for their samples. It’s just not practical… for clumsy people… like me.

Atelier Cologne Musc Impérial Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)

– Musk Accord
– Bergamot from Italy
– Cedarwood from the Americas

Okay, so I’m smelling a whole bunch of things and I honestly don’t know what’s what. Alls I know is, Musc Imperial is definitely a “woodsy” and “green” scent. To me it’s mainly herbal. There’s a bunch of sour notes in there and something distinctly sharp, that all together make me think of cigarettes and pool towels and shrubbery… possibly a forest (I don’t know, ok?), but over all, I quite like it! It leans more masculine, but I could see myself rocking this baby during October onward! Such an interesting blend!

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Cologne Absolue (0.025 oz.)

– Sandalwood from New Caledonia
– Limette from Mexico
– Saffron from India

I only got the chance to sniff this thing once, because I dropped it and consequentially broke it. As such, I’m not sure if I’m romanticizing the scent in my mind, or if it was actually that good! However, between the Sandalwood (which I will always stan… hard) and the Limette (one of my obsessions, in all its forms) and Saffron (which I very much enjoy in fragrances), I’m leaning more towards Santal Carmin actually being that good! In fact, it kinda’ reminded me of Maison Lancome Santal Kardamon (sampled here) which I’m quite fond of and seriously debating purchasing!

Clinique Happy Perfume (0.14 oz.)

Top Notes: Grapefruit
Heart Notes: Bergamot
Base Notes: Hawaiian Wedding Flower, Spring Mimosa

A hint of citrus and wealth of flowers is right! This was yet another very floral-y scent, which was just not my thing. There was some citrus to it, mixed in with a lotion-y smell, but mostly, all I got was flowers. It wasn’t a very strong scent and yet it didn’t disappear shortly after. I’ve always wanted to test out Happy, but for whatever reason, never got the chance to, until now. I kinda’ hyped it up in my mind, over the years, which was why I was expecting… more. It’s not bad, but I was expecting something… better. That said, Happy seems like one of those scents that grow on you with time. I mean, it’s touted as a “best-seller” for a reason, yeah?

Worthy of note, Clinique Happy Perfume was the only sample in the pack that came with an actual spray (unlike the rest, which I had to blot directly onto my skin).

Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Toilette (0.25 oz.)

Top Notes: Madonna Lily, Italian Bergamot, Mandarin, Lychee, White Peach
Heart Notes: Ylang-Ylang, Orange Blossom, Broom Absolutes
Base Notes: Vanilla, Vetiver, Musk

Okay, now I get it! D&G The One EDT does in fact smell similar to Zara Black Amber EDT (haulage here), except this one is the softer and more wearable (read: less suffocating) version! It’s a little powdery (Madonna Lily) and a little spicy (Broom?) and a little warm (Vanilla?) and I quite like it!

Okay, never mind. I take it back. D&G The One smells way too similar to the vomit-inducing Zara Black Amber! I literally feel something choking me, at the back of my throat, every time I get a whiff of this thing! I need this thing to be off my skin, like, yesterday! It’s only been an hour, but the scent had gradually gotten louder (read: stinkier) with time! It smelled much nicer earlier! I honestly don’t know what happened! In any case, I find D&G The One Eau de Toilette absolutely repulsive! Unfortunately, I ended up getting another one (same size, same everything) for free with my order. So, now I’ve got two of The One lol Yuck!

Lancôme La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum (0.135 oz.)

Top Notes: Iris
Heart Notes: Patchouli
Base Notes: Gourmands (Vanilla, Tonka Bean, Praline)

What can I say about La Vie est Belle that hasn’t already been said at this point? It’s very floral at first, but has an absolutely delicious dry-down! It’s also an extremely sweet scent which consequentially makes it an extremely popular Perfume! The sweetness in this thing doesn’t smell like a Bakery (or any sort of baked good) at all. It smells more like candy to me (think along the lines of Starbursts or Skittles and such). That said, it’s not a particularly unique sweetness and I’ve actually owned something that smelled quite similar back in the day, Givenchy Play Eau de Toilette (photos, here) that came in the really cool refillable oblique packaging circa 2000.

In any case, La Vie est Belle smells great on my skin, in my hair, on my clothes and leaves a trail of deliciousness in the air after I’ve sprayed it on! Just like Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Lancome La Vie est Belle is very, very, very popular for a reason!

Oddly enough, La Vie est Belle was the only fragrance that arrived swathed in bubble wrap

Lanvin Éclat d’Arpège Eau de Parfum (0.15 oz.)

Top Notes: Lilac, Lemon
Heart Notes: Green Tea, Chinese Osmanthus, Red Peony, Peach Blossom, Wisteria Blossom
Baste Notes: Amber, Cedar, Musk

Wow! I was completely blown away by Éclat d’Arpège! It smelled so fresh and clean and just absolutely delightful! Then… it hit me. Éclat d’Arpège was very reminiscent of my beloved, long-time favorite, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue (reviewed here)! Initially, I thought it was because they both had the same Sicilian Lemon Note, but after sifting through online reviews, people claim the Cedar is what makes both fragrances smell similar to each other. It could be that they share a similar blend of Lemon and Cedar, I suppose. In any case, I’m quite proud of myself for noticing that both scents smell alike, because it means I’m getting better at this whole perfume thing (never mind the fact that I’ve been repurchasing Light Blue for years, which would mean my nose would have to be dead, for me to not notice the similarities lol)!

Now both scents are not 100% identical. Personally, I find Eclat d’Arpege to be less crisp and less zesty than Light Blue. During the dry-down period, it turns sweeter (definitely the Amber), which I quite enjoy, actually! Unfortunately, it turns into a skin-scent (barely discernible) within 30 minutes to an hour. I mean Light Blue doesn’t have the greatest lasting power in the world, but Eclat d’Arpege has no lasting power whatsoever lol Shame, because it’s such a beautiful scent! I’m actually debating purchasing a larger size as well, but then I already own D&G Light Blue which is obviously the more superior of the two, so what would be the point? I don’t know… decisions, decisions.

Sisley Paris Izia Moisturizing Perfumed Body Lotion (0.27 oz.)

Fresh, light and silky-soft, the Izia Moisturizing Perfumed Body Lotion is rapidly absorbed and allows you to get dressed immediately. It moisturizes the skin instantly and lastingly, leaving it soft, supple and delicately perfumed with Izia’s notes.

Top Notes: White Bergamot, Pink Pepper, Aldehydes
Heart Notes: Rose d’Ornano accord (Peer), Transparent Floral Accord (Jasmine, Peony, Lily of the Valley), Angelica
Base Notes: Cedar, Amber Accord, Musk

I haven’t tried this thing yet, so not much to say. However, as soon as I clocked Aldehydes (blech) in the fragrance notes, my excitement at sniffing a new scent was gone, instantly lol It is from Sisley (which is crazy expensive) though, so maybe it’s worth a shot? They can’t be selling all that stuff at those insane prices, if their products suck, right?

Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette (0.17 oz.)

Top Notes: Pomegranate, Yuzu, Iced Accord
Heart Notes: Peony, Magnolia, Lotus Flower
Base Notes: Acajou, Vegetable Amber, Musk

First of all, the tiny bottle is to die! It’s so stinkin’ cute! That said, I’m sure I wouldn’t be as big of a fan of the bottle had it been in the normal size (case in point). Based off the color and design of the liquid and design of the bottle, I was expecting something syrupy sweet. However, despite the misleading bottle, Bright Crystal smelled quite light and fresh! Initially, it reminded me of freshly cut grass, but with time, the florals made an appearance alongside a faint citrus-y note (Yuzu, possibly) and despite my aversion to most floral scents, I found Bright Crystal to be quite pleasant! I could totally see myself using this baby as a refreshing pick-me-up during Kuwait’s unforgiving summers!

I’m actually becoming more and more impressed by Versace‘s range of Eau de Toilettes! Also, not to be snarky, but I feel like Versace Bright Crystal was what they were aiming for with Tiffany & Co Tiffany Eau de Parfum Intense (reviewed here), but they didn’t quite get there.

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette (0.24 oz.)

Spicebomb fragrance is born of the incendiary encounter between two accords: the first is a heart
of incandescent spices – Chilli and Saffron – with the all-masculine roundness of Leather and Tobacco,
along with the distinguished brute strength of Vetiver. The second is explosive, fusing fresh zesty
notes of Bergamot and Grapefruit, while cold spices – Elemi and Pink Pepper – leave the mark of their icy bite.

Spicebomb is a burst of spices tamed by an enveloping freshness, a controlled surge of power.

As soon as I blotted this baby on my wrist, I was reminded of the extremely masculine smelling Bergamot & Black Pepper Soap from Bath & Body Works (haulage here) and was immediately put off. Not a minute later, it mellowed into a rather pleasant unisex scent! I could totally smell the Chilli and Saffron and possibly Cardamom (all the scents that make Chai Karak or Masala Tea smell so delightful)! I could also detect the scent of Tobacco (which I tend to enjoy in fragrances) and possibly Leather, so very well-blended with the Bergamot and Grapefruit! The Vetiver made this thing smell more manly, but it wasn’t overpowering. Not quite sure what Elemi or Pink Pepper are supposed to smell like so I can’t say much about either.

All in all, despite being touted as a masculine scent, it’s so spicy and lovely that I feel like I might possibly be able to get away with wearing Spicebomb! If you’re a fan of MAC Velvet Teddy (here) or Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille then definitely give Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb a sniff, because you just might be blown away (heehee couldn’t resist)! Honestly, the longer this stays on my skin, the better it starts to smell! I’m slowly but surely falling in love!

Voluspa French Toast Votive Candle (1.8 oz.)

French Toast: featuring notes of Brioche Sweet Bread, Maple Syrup, Vanilla Almond Whipped Crème and French Toast Crunch Cereal Pieces

I’ve actually purchased the larger size earlier (here) and enjoyed the scent French Toast more than a little! As such, I was happy to receive this lil cutie in the same yummy scent!

Yellow Cosmetics Bag

Too tiny to be of any actual use, but I still found it stupid cute! I mean, it’s pebbled leather (which I’ve mentioned having an affinity for) and it’s Yellow! The other pack had the exact same Cosmetics Bag, except that one was Pink, which was another reason I went for this pack.

Fresh Scents:
– Nest Grapefruit Reed Diffuser
– Antica Farmacista Santorini Body Moisturizer
– Atelier Cologne Musc Impérial Cologne Absolue
– Clinique Happy Perfume
– Lanvin Éclat d’Arpège Eau de Parfum
– Versace Bright Crystal Eau de Toilette

Spicy Scents:
– Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin Cologne Absolue
– Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette

Sweet Scents:
– Lancôme La Vie est Belle Eau de Parfum
– Voluspa French Toast Votive Candle

Nasty Scent:
– Dolce & Gabbana The One Eau de Toilette

Final Thoughts

I simply adore these Fragrance Sample Packs from Nordstrom! For starters, I get the chance to experience so many wonderful scents without having to worry about the sample being too old (read: expired) or suspect (counterfeit) or whatever else! I rarely experience that same peace of mind when it comes to samples I’ve received locally. Also, the scents found in these Sample Packs are a nice mish-mash ranging from popular designer scents to niche scents, with a scented body moisturizer or two thrown into the mix, and finally, some form of room fragrance (be it a mini scented candle or reed diffuser or whatever else) to round out the Fragrance Pack! I’m not quite sure if every Fragrance Pack has a theme or not, but apparently, with this month’s Fragrance Pack (April), the focus was more on light, fresh and herbal-y scents, which seemed appropriate, on account of the temperature rising and all. Last but certainly not least, the tiny bottles were stupid cute!

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