Today's giveway is a treat for the nose. When I opened the padded mailer sent to me by Neil Morris Fragrances
, I knew I was going to love his scents. There was none of that chemical tang associated with some scents, just a subtle whiff of light flowers, the sort of olfactory tease that you might catch walking down a street on a warm spring day, an amuse bouche for the nose. Morris, who is based in Boston, has been designing for fragrances for private retail for 30 years. Most recently he designed the signature fragrance for Takashimaya New York, the first U.S. location of the Japanese department store. He has a passion for fragrances, creating scents that capture a mood or a moment in single spray. Want the smell of a cafe in Paris, the cool interior of a cathedral redolent with incense, or the scent of a crisp fall day in New England? You may want to visit the The Vault, a collection of rare Neil Morris fragrances
that are only available online and sell for $125 a bottle. Morris also believes that florals are not the exclusive province of women, in The Vault you can find scents from his "Flowers for Men" series that includes lilac and gardenia scents that are beefed up with notes of citrus and wood.
He also creates bespoke fragrances, meeting one on one with a client to discover what he call their "scent heritage." He asks clients about their most cherished memories, such as, "What is their favorite time of day?" "If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere in the world right now, where would that be?" or "Where did their fiancé propose?" The details help him create a unique scent from his collection of more than 700 essential oils. He maintains a record of all his custom scents so clients may re-order with ease or even tweak the original scent. A one-on-one session starts at $500 and lasts about 90 minutes. Clients receive a two-ounce bottle of their bespoke parfum customized with their name on it.
Today for you, I have a two-ounce bottle of Zephyr from the Neil Morris Fragrance Signature Collection
for giveaway. The scent was inspired by the relief of a cooling breeze on a hot August day and has top notes of tangerine and papaya, a heart of honeysuckle and Casablanca lily, notes of white tea, and a base of sandalwood, amber and oceanic musk. It's a little fruity but not in that overly faux playful way that some more commercial scents can be. It is supposed to be unisex but it may be a bit on the floral side for some men. Which brings me to today's giveaway comment starter: are there some scents men should not wear? Are florals for women only? How about unisex fragrances? Let me know your opinion in the comments and one winner will be picked at random.Some other important details:
* To enter, leave a confirmed comment below.
* The comment must be left and confirmed before Friday, October 17, 2008 at 5:00PM Eastern Time.
* You may only enter once.
* One winner will be selected in a random drawing.
* One winner will receive the Neil Morris Zephyr fragrance valued at $95.
* Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
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