Happy Thanksgiving & 20% Off Surrender to Chance Sale

Hello everyone. To my readers in America, Happy Thanksgiving! For others amongst you, Happy Hanukkah! I hope you’ve had a wonderful day, filled with warmth, laughter, good food, delicious desserts, and much relaxation.

The Hairy German would like to wish all of you — regardless of location, nationality, or beliefs — a lovely Friday and weekend to come. He also insisted that I share this photo of one of his brethren:

Source: Dogs for Law Enforcement on Facebook.

Source: Dogs for Law Enforcement on Facebook.

Frankly, I think my Teutonic Overlord is much more dashing:



These days, Thanksgiving in America can be as much about shopping and sales as it is about family and loved ones. Surrender to Chance is having one of its very limited-time, big specials that I thought you may want to know about. International readers, this would be a good thing for you, too, as Surrender to Chance ships globally for a flat fee of $12.95 which comes to about €9.

The sale starts right this minute on Thursday, November 28th, and the details are as follows:

Starting now until midnight Eastern Time, Friday, November 29, take 20% off everything in the store with code gobblegobble.  

 November 30 and December 1 (through midnight Eastern time), take 15% off with code ourthanks.  

In addition, they say:

As our small way of thanking you, from December 1 through the 25th, we will pick out randomly a recipient from each day’s orders for a gift from us.  Some of the gifts we have this year are really special – Serge Lutens complete wax sample sets; Francis Kurkdijan, Penhaligon’s, Nest, Tocca, Mona di Orio, Atelier, A Dozen Roses minis; Tom Ford deluxe atomizers; Penhaligon’s sample set; Fragonard mini set; By Kilian sample set; fragrance sample gift bag; and more!

The site has just received the new Puredistance BLACK, for those of you interested in testing the fragrance.

After this limited-time sale ends, you can still order things at a discount. The December discount codes are:

5% off with code prettylights

8% off orders totaling more than $75 with code holidaycheer

Cannot be combined with any other code!

For those of you who may be new to Surrender to Chance (STC) and who don’t know where to start, the site has numerous different sample sets divided by house, perfume note, brand or more. This would be a great time to try out some niche perfumes, especially in sampler sets for things like Serge Lutens, Amouage, Profumum Roma, Neela Vermeire, JAR, Ormonde Jayne, Mona di Orio, Guerlain’s prestige lines, Le Labo, Frederic Malle, Dior’s Privé line, Chanel’s Exclusifs, Roja Dove, and more. Or, you can opt to try a wide range of things based on a favorite note, like amber or florals.

To that end, I’ll copy over the information from an old post which has the direct links to various different sets offered by STC, so that you’ll have a place to start. I don’t think the pricing listed in the original links from a few months ago will have changed, but you can check:


Below are links to various sample sets, sorted either by brand or by note, along with some good sets for beginners who are just starting to enter the world of perfumery. I will continue to update this list for a little while longer with additional sets and perfumes you may want to consider:

Serge Lutens Exclusive Bell Jar Fragrances Sampler Set, pick any 5 in 1/2 ml vials for $18.99. I highly recommend this set, which includes some personal favorites like Fourreau Noir, De Profundis and more.

I have to give some love to my favorite Winter Serge Lutens fragrance, Fille en Aiguilles, in single form at $3.99 for a 1/2 ml vial. I adore this scent, own it, and it is one of my favorite perfumes as a whole. You can read my review of Fille en Aiguilles to learn more about why it’s perfect for Christmas.

Serge Lutens Non-Export Les Sompteaux Series with Muscs Koublai Khan, Cuir Mauresque (which I love), and Ambre Sultan for $11.99. I have this set and I think it’s a good one, though the vials are the usual 1/2 ml for Lutens.

Serge Lutens 5 Fleurs Nobles Sampler Set for $19.99, from Tubereuse Criminelle to Rose de Nuit, Un Lys and more. Or, you can go for 8 Lutens Non-Export Floral fragrances (most of which are available here in the US, so don’t let the title put you off) for $26.99 and that includes the beautifully purple De Profundis carnation scent, among others.

Serge Lutens Non-Export Set of 3 for $11.50 with Borneo 1834, Chergui, and Fumerie Turque.

Serge Lutens Non-Export Pick Any Five Samples for $18.99.

Serge Lutens Les Eaux Boisees Series of 7 perfumes for $27.99, including Chene, Bois Oriental, Bois de Violette, Bois et Fruits, and more.

Serge Lutens Export Gateway Sampler Pack (4) for $15.00 including Ambre Sultan. Note, however, that they say 4 but only 3 perfumes are listed. I don’t know why.

All Serge Lutens with several pages to go through if you want to pick individually.

All Profumum Roma fragrances offered by STC.

Viktoria Minya’s Hedonist.

All Neela Vermeire perfumes, including a 4 Sample Set of all her current fragrances (Ashoka as well) for $25.99. The vials are 1/2 ml each.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland Sampler Set of 12 winter fragrances in 1/2 ml vials for $28.99.

A Jack Frost winter fragrance set of 10 fragrances in 1/2 ml vials presented in a gift box for $21.99.

Autumn Sampler Set focusing on smoky or incense fragrances. 10 fragrances in 1/2 ml vials for $24.99.

Chanel Pick 6 (with a large number of Les Exclusifs on the list) for $16.99.

Chanel’s Les Exclusifs set (minus the new 1932 which few people seemed to like much, including myself) for $36.99.

JAR, the exclusive, legendary jewellery brand that I talked about in this post, is also offered on STC, from Bolt of Lightening talked about in the television show, Hannibal, to Jarling, Golconda, and others.

Luca Turin/Tania Sanchez’s Perfume Guide’s 4 & 5 star perfumes: Out of 200 perfumes, broken down into category, choose any 3 for $9.99 (or 2 orders of 3 for $18.98, 3 orders of 3 for….)

Same thing for just the top 5 star rated perfumes, divided by category or list.

Tom Ford Private Blend Sample Set (any 5 out of the 23 with 1/2 ml vials) for $13.99:  (this is a great price, I think, especially as it is discounted from $14.99, so you save a little more. But the vials are small.)

Tom Ford Private Blend Sample Set (19 of them in 1/2 ml vials) for $49.99.

Tom Ford’s new Atelier d’Orient collection.

All Tom Ford fragrances on the site.

Vanilla Niche Perfume Set of 20 for $52.99.

Amber – Comprehensive set of 20 niche classics – for $42.99.

Amber – Women’s Sample Set of 12 for $24.99 (and it includes my beloved Alahine!) or a Set of 5 not so interesting ones for $12.99.

Amouage Library Collection Sampler of 6 for $19.99 (I was actually preparing a review of one of the Library collection and I think there may be a better sampler set for the size of the vials elsewhere for $30 but with this sale, you may want to opt for Surrender to Chance instead).

Amouage Women’s Sampler Set of 8 for $29.99.

Amouage Men’s Sampler for $22.99.

The entries for all the fragrances with Patchouli.

Decanting Supplies and empty sample vials for your own use.

Sex & Perfume – Pick 2 of any animalic scent from various houses like Amouage to Mona Di Orio, Nasomatto and more for $8.99. (Scroll to the bottom of their page for links to more perfumes that are meant to evoke your inner vamp or sexy side.)

Pick 10 out of 100 fragrances that “every perfumista must try” (their words, not mine) for $29.95.

The page with lists of various Oriental or Woody Oriental sets that they have.

Floral – Pick Your Flower – Spicy, Aldehydic, Woody & More – Pick 3 for $9.99.

3 of Roja Dove’s own perfumes — Scandal, Unspoken & Enslaved — for $11.49.

Puredistance perfumes starting at $3.99 each.

One of my absolute favorite boozy amber perfumes: Teo Cabanel’s Alahine starting at $3.99 for a vial.

Dior’s Privée line or, as they call it, Le Collection Couturier fragrances. The full Sampler set of 13 is $35.99 but you can also buy them individually starting at $3. Mitzah, Grand Bal, Patchouli Imperiale, Bois d’Argent, Rose Isphanan are all very popular.

Frederic Malle perfumes, along with a Gateway Sampler set of 3 for $16.49 or a set of 4 carded 2ml samples for $23.99.

Le Labo City Exclusives Sampler — a set of 6 (I think) for $19.99 but they are only 1/4 ml vials.

Sonoma Scent Studio — all perfumes listed along with various sample sets.

Ormonde Jayne Pick 3 Sample set for $10.99.

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Sample Set of 8 for $19.99.

Guerlain Set of 4 Classics (in non-vintage, reformulated version) for $14.99 or Set of 7 for $19.99.

Guerlain niche L’Art et La Matiere Collection sampler set of 8 for $37.99

Guerlain’s niche Elixir Charnel Collection – sample set of all 4 predominantly gourmand fragrances in the line for $17.99. (This is a pretty good deal if you like gourmand fragrances.)

Guerlain’s niche Desert d’Orient Collection — all 3 fragrances in the line for $12.99.

Histoires de Parfums Sample Set of 5 for $22.99.

Arquiste Sampler Set – the full 7 perfumes in a set for $33.99.

Link to all of the perfumes by Andy Tauer of Tauer Perfumes but, alas, no sample sets.

Vera Profumo sample set of 3 for $12.99.

Orange Blossoms – Comprehensive Set of Luxury/High-End perfumes — 14 for $39.99.

M. Micallef Sample Set of 3 for $14.99.

Etat Libre d’Orange Sample Set of 5 for $18.99.

Robert Piguet La Nouvelle Collection Sample Set of 5 for $22.99.

The page with all their Vintage or Discontinued Fragrances.

CaFleureBon Scents of Seduction Editorial Sampler — 12 curated scents chosen by the editors of CFB for $29.99.

Oriental Fougère Set for Men — High End Luxury Sampler which includes a Clive Christian — 10 for $23.99 but they are 1/4 ml vials.

Parfums de Nicolaii (the Guerlain grand-daughter/niece) with any 3 of her perfumes for $9.99 but, be careful as not all of these are currently sold on her website since she seems to have opted for more “Intense” versions of some of them. However, things like the Fig, Vanilla Tonka, or New York fragrances are still there are quite popular.

Rose Perfumes – “9 breathtaking fragrances” for $36.99; a set of 7 Dark, Dirty niche Roses for $29.99; 6 Bulgarian Rose fragrances for $14.99; or a Beginner’s Set of 7 for $15.99

Patchouli Set of 11 Niche/High End and rich fragrances for $41.99, along with a 9 Patchouli Set for $31.49 which are all in 1 ml vials.

24 Best Perfume Masterpieces selected by the late, great Guy Roberts for $33.99. They’re not the vintage formulation but they’re a fantastic way to start on some legendary classics.

10 Best Niche Perfumes for a Beginner in 1/2 ml vials for $21.99. (It’s their list of what they think would be 10 good ones to start with.)

Chypres: A Beginner’s Guide to Oakmoss: 9 samples of the most famous Classics for $27.99.

The legendary Roja Dove’s recommendations of 10 scents from the past 100 years that he believes to be the true classics of their decade. Roja Dove’s recommendations of 10 in 1 ml vials each for $29.99.

More Roja Dove choices of “Classics through the Centuries” with Set 1Set 2 and Set 3 of fragrances (with a gift box) that he thinks are legends. The sets have 13, 18 and 16 perfumes each, respectively, and are in the $24-$29 range.

Four whole pages of different sets for Beginners categorized by perfume note, from Amber to Saffron, peony to geranium.

– I’m not completely convinced on this next one but Perfume Posse selected 22 Classic and Niche Beginner Scents by type which are sold in a gift box for $44.99. I don’t think some of those would be on my Beginner Intro list, but I believe in giving people options.

Page with the overall categories of sample sets.

Perfume: Sample Sales In Time For Mother’s Day & May Codes

Two of the big U.S. perfume decanting/sample sites are having short sales in time for Mother’s Day, and I thought I’d share the codes and details.


I don’t usually use The Perfumed Court, but the site has a 20% off sale for two days: May 6th and May 7th. However, the sale applies ONLY to specific listed houses. A note at the start: shipping from The Perfume Court seems to have been reduced as I see it is now listed as $2.95 for domestic orders below $100 (I’m pretty sure it was more before). International shipping is $9.95 to Canada for orders below $100, and $9.95 to all other international destinations for orders below $50. International orders that total $50-$100 is $16.95 (which is more than Surrender to Chance’s $12.95). Prices go up from there.

Again, the sale is only for TWO DAYS — May 6th and 7th — and the relevant information on the discount code and applicable perfume brands is listed below:

Save 20%
Coupon code:  ILOVEMOM
Offer Valid: May 6th – May 7th, exprires 5/7/13 11:59pm EST Valid only for listed perfume houses

Every fragrance from over 75 manufacturers is on sale! Don’t miss out on this huge savings opportunity!

A Lab on Fire
Alice & Peter
Antonia’s Flowers
Ava Lux
Bois 1920
Carolina Herrera
Czech & Speake
D.S. & Durga
Dolce & Gabbana¹ 
Donna Karen
Hilde Soliani
Histoires des Parfums
Honore des Pres

¹Velvet Collection only
²Recolte Harvest fragrances only
Hutieme Art Parfums
I Coloniali
Ines de la Fressange
Jacomo Art
Jean-Charles Brosseau
Jil Sander
Juicy Couture
Kat Von D
Keiko Mecheri
L’Wren Scott
La Perla
Lady Gaga
Laura Mercier
Le Labo
Lorenzo Villoresi
Lucky Scent Decennial
M. Micallef
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
Majda Bekkali
Marc Jacobs
Miller Harris
Mor Cosmetics
Naomi Goodsir
Neela Vermiere
Nest Fragrances
Oliver & Co
Olivier Durbano
Parfum d’Empire
Parfums de Nicolai
Parfums de Rosine
Pascale Morabito
Profumum Roma
Sinfonia de Notte
Strange Invisible Perfumes
Tesori di Oriente
The Different Company
Ulrich Lang
YS Uzac

Surrender to Chance is doing something different. It’s more of a gift card issue with some store credit being given back to your account in June. The deal runs through MAY 10th. However, I also have the discount codes for May for anyone who doesn’t yet have a Surrender to Chance account and who may therefore not have gotten the newsletter. Here are the the full details on everything being offered:

I don’t like to show up empty handed on Mother’s Day.  Perfume is always a great gift any time, but it’s difficult to know exactly what mom would like.  I know some moms have their fragrance that everyone buys. Surely she might be wanting something new.

Every mom is different in what they like. Some moms want an uber-smokin’ perfume, some want something wildly feminine, some moms want a raspy leather, and others want something that smells natural or realistic.  That makes either a gift certificate or a perfume sample set a great gift for Mother’s Day.

We also think you should have a gift too.

Buy a Surrender to Chance Gift Certificate now for mom, for grandma, your aunt, best friend or, heck yeah, yourself through Friday, May 10 (midnight ET), and we’ll reward you with Chance Cash on June 3, 2013.

  • Buy a $50 gift certificate and get $5 Chance Cash on June 3, 2013
  • Buy a $100 gift certificate and get $15 chance Cash on June 3, 2013
  • Buy a $200 gift certificate and get $40 Chance Cash on June 3, 2013

You will need to have a Surrender to Chance account and use the code MOMANDME.

We recommend if you already have an account,  you should log out of your account (look at the top of the webpage to see the log out button) and log back in. If you don’t have an account, make sure to set one up on checkout so we can put your Chance Cash in on June 3.

You can purchase Gift Certificates on our website by clicking the link on  the very top menu or on the left side menu, or click here.

So you need some ideas for what to send mom. We’ve got some sample sets that should get you started that are great for spring.  

Flower Sample Sets for Mom 

Bouquet of Flowers for Mom – 12 samples for 25.99

Bouquet of Flowers – 20 samples for $64.99

Beginner’s Guided Walk through the Flower Garden – 12 samples for $26.99

White Florals – 7 samples for $14.99

Perfumes:  The A-Z Guide Best Floral Fragrances – 10 samples for $40.99

Want to introduce mom to niche perfumes?  Try a niche perfume sample set.  Or try a Beginner Classic & Niche sample set, or Note Introduction sample set.  

New to Store:

L’Artisan Caligna

Tauer Perfumes Noontide Petals

Jo Malone Osmanthus Blossom

Annick Goutal Neroli Les Cologne

Fragonard Muguet


 Discount Codes for May

5% off with code mayflowers

8% off orders totaling more than $75 with code maynotsnowagainuntiloctober (sorry, but this snow on May 1 has left me incredibly weary of snow)