I just happened to be in the vicinity (because I usually park my car in the underground parking lot) and figured I’d replenish my stock of Beef Jerky. One thing led to another and I ended up with… dis. To be fair, I can’t find Beef Jerky anywhere else, other than Carrefour, which is why I buy the stuff in bulk (Avenues isn’t exactly around the corner from my place). Also, our local co-op is always out of whichever coffee drink I happen to enjoy at the time, so that’s why I buy a pack or two at a time.
Nordstrom was having yet another promo and just like it says on the sticker, with every $135 Fragrance Purchase (which converts to around KD 40) you qualified for the pack of fragrance samples (as shown)! Most of them were tiny spray samples, but there were several adorable mini perfume bottles and even an actual candle! Not only that, but they were all either from designer or niche brands! A lot of them were relatively new fragrances too! Best of all, included was a sample of Delina by Parfums de Marly (which I’ve been dying to try)!!!!
This particular promo could not have come at a better time, especially since as I’ve already demonstrated (haulage here), I was more than willing to spend my money on samples. Funny how only a few months prior, I would’ve barely glanced at this promo, but now that I’m obsessed with perfumes, I was giddy with excitement, practically salivating, at the prospect of playing around with all those perfume samples!
So my obsession with Perfumes was at its peak. However, I didn’t want to purchase them locally because they’d be more expensive and I wouldn’t receive anything else with them (as a gift with purchase or loyalty points or whatever else) no matter how extortionate the price was, and and I wouldn’t know if I was getting an older batch (potentially expired) and worst of all, I wouldn’t know if they were fake or not, but mostly I was anxious about purchasing locally because of this (Perfume Fail). If I bought them online, they’d be new, less expensive and more often than not, I’d receive a gift with purchase or samples or something. However, I wouldn’t be able to give them a sniff beforehand, and based on previous experience, I’m not really the luckiest when it comes to blind-buys.
Even though I’d love to, I couldn’t sign up for those monthly subscription boxes (such as Scentbird and the like) because the cost of shipping to Kuwait via Aramex, would add up to something ridiculous. In comes MyPerfumeSamples.com which was exactly what it sounded like! You pick out the scents that you wanted and the sizes that you preferred (with the pricing varying from scent to scent) and they’d ship them over. Up on the website, each scent had the fragrance notes and the year it was released and so on, listed next to it. I purchased a handful, in varied sizes.
– Sample Vials: smallest size and cheapest, comes with a dip-stick applicator (I only got 1)
– Pocket Sprays: bit bigger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap (I got 5)
– Travel Sprays: substantially larger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap, wider spread (I purchased 6 but only 5 arrived)
Each sample came in a plastic sachet of it’s own, with the name of the scent printed on the actual sample (so handy!) and they were all packed together in a bubble-wrapped package within a package. Since looking at plain samples can get boring, I decided to add photos of the actual perfume bottles as well. Now on to the Perfumes (samples) that I’d ordered…
Man, Lux Perfumed Hand Wash is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! I’d spotted them earlier (here), but had already stashed these 2 scents in particular, in every bathroom in our household (each floor has a minimum of 7 bathrooms because… Arabs). The larger size (500mL) retails for KD 1/100 and the smaller size (250mL) retails for KD /700 so any way you slice it, this stuff is considerably cheaper than other *cough* Bath & Body Works *cough* Liquid Hand Soaps. Also, this stuff is available literally everywhere, from Carrefour to Sultan Center to your local co-op! More importantly, they smell absolutely lovely! Tempting Whisper in particular smells simply divine! Magical Beauty aint half bad, either!
On April 6 I found myself at Zara (the Marina Mall branch). It was around closing time (literally no time to try anything on), but there was a long line of people at the cash register, so I figured I at least had enough time to give the perfume testers a sniff and possibly pick one or two up. In all honestly, I was hoping for something similar to the long-discontinued Zara Black Peony Eau de Toilette (reviewed here). Unfortunately, some of the perfume testers wouldn’t even spritz (the atomizer had been damaged after being manhandled, I presume) while other perfume testers were straight up empty! One of the Sales Assistants walked over to me and suggested I give Zara Cashmere Rose a try. He said that they’d knocked the price down because they were phasing it out (only in Kuwait, because as far as I know, Zara Cashmere Rose is still production abroad) and as such, he’d stocked up, for his wife. The tester was at the check-out counter so I followed him there. The scent was beautiful and I said so, to which he replied, “just like you” (which I thought was inappropriate). I didn’t know it at the time but apparently I’d snatched up the very last Zara Cashmere Rose and I’ve been showing it a lot of love ever since!