Out With The Old AND Out With The New!


Post by Azar


Dear APJ,

I have been collecting and hoarding fragrances, jewelry, shoes, you name it for many years. While sorting through this vast inventory of neglected treasures I’ve come to realize that certain recurring patterns of behavior have contributed a lot to the creation of my monster stash. I can’t help but wonder if you deal with similar issues. For example:

Have you ever succumbed to the hype surrounding a new fragrance, drained your sample to the dregs, purchased the bottle and then relegated it (after a cursory sniff) to your perfume storage where it most likely will never be seen or smelled again? No? You have nothing new and abandoned at your house? OK.

Then what about this? One night you find yourself trolling for fragrance online when you happen to see an old flame on sale for a song! You snap her up but when she arrives you realize you have outgrown your vintage love. Yet another perfume is relegated to the cool, dark cupboards in the lower floor.

Here is a third scenario: You are digging around in those cool, dark cupboards searching for a back up for the current favorite that is running low. You can’t find it anywhere. OMG! In a panic you order another only to realize that there are at least two extra 100ml bottles waiting in the wings? Yes?

BTW, I really have fun recycling my perfumes through these give-aways. The extent of my trove was causing me considerable concern until a friend, in the same fix, advised me to think of our “stuff” not as an embarrassment but as an opportunity to recycle, repurpose and redistribute our treasures. Soon we will be offering all kinds of goodies for sale at our online shop Random Acts of Recycling<<JUMP. And yes, that was a shameless plug!

Happy Holidays!!

Azar xx

Out With The Old AND Out With The New – A Give-Away

Fragrance Republic 01/02, Jacomo Silences, and Nicole Miller Frenzy

Today I will be giving away three fragrances. One is “New and Abandoned”, another “Old and Unloved” and the third perfume is an “Accidental Extra”.

The “New and Abandoned”

FR! 01:No02

Fragrance Republic 01/02 Vapeur de Tubereuse by Julie Masse, 2013.

15 ml EdT, new.

Listed notes: Rose Absolute, Tuberose Absolute, Cocoa Resinoide.

The perfumer, Julie Masse, tells us that she “…wanted to create a vaporous, almost ethereal tuberose…”. 01/02 is just that – light, ethereal, vaporous and perhaps a bit vapid. I always like my tuberose bombastic, carnal and indolic! What was I thinking when I ordered this one? It is simply not for me (but it may be for you)!

Now for the “Old and Unloved”

Jacomo Silences

Jacomo Silences by Gerard Goupy and Jean Claude-Niel, 1978.

30 ml vintage EdT, no box.

Listed notes: Orange blossom, galbanum, bergamot, lemon, green notes, cassia, iris, jasmine, narcissus, hyacinth, rose, lily of the valley, vetiver, musk, sandalwood, oakmoss, cedar, ambrette.

I am wearing Silences right now so I suppose I still love her a little bit! However, when it comes to green vintage scents I have always preferred Niki de Saint Phalle.

And lastly the “Accidental Extra”

Nicole Miller Frenzy

Nicole Miller Frenzy by Caroline Sabas, 2009.

15 ml new in box.

Listed notes: Cassis, orange, aldehydes, gardenia, ylang ylang, orange blossom, violet leaf, black patchouli, oakmoss, cedar wood, amber.

I maintain a serious stockpile of this deeply discounted (and discontinued?) fragrance. From my perspective Frenzy is the very best of the ubiquitous fruit-choulies. It is quite dry, though, and almost “unisex”. Perhaps it would be better to describe it as a fresh, modern chypre?


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This week we will have 3 Winners who will each get:
1 x bottle mentioned above, NO you don’t get to chose.
P&H USA Mainland ONLY


Open to everyone in the USA mainland who follows AustralianPerfumeJunkies via eMail, WordPress, Bloglovin or RSS. Please leave how you follow in the comments to be eligible. I must be able to check that you follow so if you have an email address on your gravatar that’s different to your follow address then please email me so I know. Yes, you can start following to enter, in fact it’s encouraged.

You must tell me how you follow APJ


Leave a comment about anything you collect

Extra Chance?
Tweet: http://wp.me/p3PURw-3qZ   @NicoleMillerNYC @FragranceRepub #Jacomo


Entries Close Thursday 11th December 2014 10pm Australian EST and winners will be announced in a separate post.
Winners will be chosen by pulling names from a sunhat
The winners will have till Sunday 14th December 2014 to get in touch (portia underscore turbo at yahoo dot com dot au) with their address or the prize will go to someone else.
No responsibility taken for lost or damaged goods in transit.


30 comments on “Out With The Old AND Out With The New!

  1. Francesca Belanger says:

    I follow Australianperfumejunkies via email.

    I can’t pin down any particular themes in what fragrances I collect. I do like a nice spicy rose. I have a number of vanillas, because my husband goes all swoon for them. Skanky is a big fave with me too. Oh, and I also collect vintage Mexican silver jewelry.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Francesca,
      Vintage Mexican silver jewelry is so tempting! I have a couple of pieces but am afraid to go down that road! You are IN! Thank you for joining the draw.
      Azar xx

  2. Patty Pong says:

    I follow by e-mail. I collect refrigerator magnets. 🙂 (low cost high volume)

    • Azar says:

      Hi Patty Pong,
      I like the low cost, high volume items too…and small is also good because you can store more and more! Your refrigerator magnet collection sounds ideal! HA! At one point I collected vintage Czech pottery because it was low cost and rather obscure. It took a lot of work to find and was cheap (at the time). When it became “desirable” I let it go but kept one piece for old times sake! You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  3. What a great idea!! I’m still new, so I own very few actual bottles of perfume and have not run across this problem yet. But I applaud your kind and generous means of solving this “problem” :). I do not need to be entered into the draw as only one of the fragrances seems a possible fit for me (and I was fortunate enough to win in your last draw) but I look forward to seeing the wares for sale!

    As for my collecting habits, I have a great collection of coins. I’m also obsessed with nice tins, and my hubby isn’t so fond of that as I never quite have enough to do with those tins – I just like having them around to look at! Happy holidays Azar!
    Sun Mi Fontaine recently posted…Histoires de Parfums – Moulin Rouge 1889 (perfume review)My Profile

    • Azar says:

      Hi Sun Mi,
      Your prizes from the last draw will go out tomorrow. I promise!
      You are wise to collect coins. They have real value and the history behind them is so interesting! To see our wares for sale check out http://randomrec.com. (The link mentioned in the post is not working.) We are just starting out but will be adding more on a regular basis.
      Azar xx

  4. Donna says:

    I follow by email. You described me perfectly!!! I have so many bottles of perfume it’s ridiculous. I get hooked on samples and must have a full bottle swearing to myself I have finally found THE ONE and I will never sniff a new one again only to giggle and sniff a new one approx 3 seconds later. Perfume is like a fresh breeze and sunshine!!! Love love love it. So that’s what I collect for sure.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Donna,
      YES! YES! Exactly! I make the same promises to myself too only to break them moments later. There is nothing like a wonderful new scent experience! You are IN!
      Azar xx

  5. Janet in California says:

    I follow by email. Aside from perfume, I collect Santa Claus figures from around the world. My mother is a very organized hoarder, er- collector, of various things that rotate through the house during the year. She has 8 sheds of items at last count. It helps to keep my collecting tendencies under control.


    • Azar says:

      Janet! 8 sheds! Are all her treasures catalogued? Well, come to think of it, I might have 8 shed worth too…I just don’t want to think about it! Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  6. Jennifer B in SF says:

    I follow via email. Thanks for the chance! I collect vintage clocks.

    • Azar says:

      Nice Collection, Jennifer B in SF! One of my husbands interests is repairing and restoring vintage clocks. He especially likes the small, old frenchies by S. Marti in the black slate cases. I try to find cheap ones online in need of repair and he has fun (yikes) making them work again. So interesting and you are so IN the draw!
      Azar xx

  7. Ellen Covey says:

    The correct link to the Random Acts of Recycling website is http://randomrec.com. If you don’t win the Nicole Miller here, there’s a big one for sale on there!

  8. Tourmaline says:

    Hi Azar,

    I do not have too many shoes, but I have enough clothes to last me until the end of the century, a wide selection of lipstick colours (and at least two back-ups of each of my favourites, stored in the fridge), 200 plus bottles of nail polish (all the colours of the rainbow in both creams and frosts), approaching 300 bottles of perfume (not counting spares) and enough jewellery to open a shop (with both antique and modern pieces). I swear that there is not a spare inch of space in my unit! However I use most of my things, and the odd bottle of perfume that I don’t particularly like gets kept as a curiosity, because I know that I will at least want to sniff it again one day.

    I follow APJ via email.

    • Azar says:

      WHOAH! Tourmaline. You sound like me! It is hard to let go of this stuff too, especially the perfumes that don’t have back-ups. I’m putting you in this draw and with luck you will hit 300!
      Azar xx

  9. poodle says:

    I have many collections. Perfume, cookbooks, nail polish, lipstick, yarn…some of it is becoming an issue I think. I have been in a pare down mood too lately. I’m trying to get rid of some stuff but it’s so hard sometimes.
    No need to enter me in the draw, I just wanted to drop in and say hi.

    • Azar says:

      Yes, Poodle, it really is hard! Time and time again I have pulled things out to recycle only to change my mind and return them to the stash. Am I attached or what? Thank you for dropping by and saying hi!
      Azar xx

  10. Paula Caudill says:

    Hi, I love this generous giveaway, thank you! I collect Gone With The Wind Memorabilia, I just adore the movie, characters, actors and scenery. My living room is filled completely with items from the movie, from curtains to music boxes, everything in between. I follow thru email (tenderninnie@aol.com) and Bloglovin (Paula Caudill) Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Paula,
      Your collection sounds fascinating and so romantic… and the curtains? Really?
      Thank you for joining the draw. You are so IN!
      Azar xx

  11. dremybluz says:

    I follow by email. I love to collect Serge Lutens. I also love to collect vintage perfumes.

    • Azar says:

      Hi dremybluz,
      Vintage perfumes are my downfall! Almost every bottle in my vintage collection still smells great and some are at least sixty years old! Have you ever had the experience of a vintage perfume that turned bad? Thank you so much for dropping by and joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  12. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom – I guess I don’t really collect anything (although I have a fair amount of Dachshund stuff) but I do hoard toiletries and disposable contacts. I like to stash stuff all over the house so I forget I have it and then buy more:)! –Lauren

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren,
      Like daughter like mother! By the way, what do you think of the Nicole Miller Frenzy and what’s your most wished-for perfume this year? Also for fun hop over to Ellen’s site – http://perfumenw.blogspot.com – and check out my candied pomelo peel recipe. You should try it! It is really easy and tastes so good.
      Mommy Azar xx and X

      • Lauren says:

        I like the Nicole Miller but my most wished for perfumes are Florabotanica and Folle de Joie. I’ll check out the recipe:)!

  13. AllGirlMafia says:

    I follow APJ by email and thank you for the giveaway. I collect perfume of course! (I suppose all of us here do) and I also have quite a variety of herbs in my kitchen. My man calls me a ‘wee bit of a hoarder’ but I am convinced I will need them one day.

    • Azar says:

      Hello there AllGirlMafia!
      Herbs really do keep for a long time so you are just being prepared (not hoarding)! It is really irritating to run out of something that gets used everyday in the kitchen because there is no back up! Who is going to run out to the store in the evening for anise seed or saffron or something? Far better to keep plenty on hand! Thank you for joining the draw!
      Azar xx

  14. Laurels says:

    Hi, Azar! I just checked out your shop and it looks like a fun site to check in on periodically.

    I am less a collector than an accumulator, particularly of books. Like you, I find it difficult to let things go. (I might be that size again one day!) I have gotten rid of all my uncomfortable shoes, and recently gave away a bunch of costume jewelry that had belonged to various grandmothers, which I never wore. My sister and cousin went through it and took what they wanted, and I sent the rest off to another cousin in Iowa. The thought that it might be appreciated and actually used by someone else does indeed make it easier to get rid of things. Oh, and I follow with Bloglovin.

    • Azar says:

      Thank you for your insightful comments, Laurels, and for stopping by the site too! We have just started putting up a few things this week. There will be a lot more coming soon.
      I also suffer from the “I might be that size again one day” syndrome. There is something strange and interesting (and a little spooky) about that, though. If I really want get back to my “correct” size it seems all I have to do is get rid of everything that IS the correct size. Welcome to the draw!
      Azar xx

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