The Etiket Fragrance Sample Program: Try It Before You Buy It!

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If you are a perfume lover, or are looking for your next signature scent, then you probably want to try as many fragrances as possible. Purchasing a fragrance can be somewhat of a financial commitment, especially when considering the pricier niche side of the scent spectrum, and so, we think you should always try it before you buy it!

Whether it be niche, classic or contemporary, your signature scent should evoke a powerful emotional response and should reflect your personal style. It’s important to understand that what you are essentially experiencing when sniffing a new scent for the first time is a combination of “fragrance notes”. These notes can be considered the DNA of the perfume and make up a composition that ultimately smells quite unique on each person’s skin. Notes such as lemon, patchouli, rose and amber give description to a fragrance and communicates it’s possible evolution. So, what you are smelling at the first spritz of a fragrance is typically not what you are left with. Most fragrances have three levels of notes that follow sequence, yet usually overlap. Understanding the placement of each of the notes is helpful when testing new fragrances.

Top Notes: These are the notes that will give you the first impression of a fragrance. They are typically lighter notes such as citruses, green notes and light florals.

Middle Notes: These are the notes that you may experience anywhere from two minutes after spraying up to an hour later and usually consist of spices, woods and some heavier florals such as rose and jasmine.

Base Notes: These are the rich, deeper notes that merge with the middle notes to create the overall theme of the fragrance and anchor it. These notes leave a lasting impression and make up the sillage (the scent trail that lingers). These notes usually consist of heavy woods, amber, vanilla, moss and musks.

These fragrance notes can then classified into olfactive families by their material. Olfactive families share dominant notes, such as citrus, floral, woody, oriental, fougère and more.

While it is helpful to read fragrance reviews, or get recommendations, in the end you must try the perfume on your own skin to experience it and maybe even fall in love before deciding to make that financial commitment. This is why we have put in place a fragrance sample program, providing an easy way to order samples of any of the fragrances that we carry from wherever you are in Canada!

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All of our perfume samples are listed here and come in a standard glass perfume vial (0.7ml) with a plastic wand applicator. There is a minimum of four samples for each order and a maximum of two samples per fragrance.

Perfume Review: Atelier Cologne Jasmin Angélique Cologne Absolue

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“He had prepared for this moment for several months. Each clue would lead her to the next, recalling one by one the places of that magical first encounter. She is finally there. Overcome by the beauty and power of jasmine in bloom, it is apparent their love is ready for the next step.”

It’s no secret that I am one of Atelier Cologne’s biggest fans. So, naturally, I knew that I would love the newest scent to come out of my favourite French fragrance house. Jasmin Angélique is certainly no exception! It was love at first sniff… again. What can I say? I LOVE a good cologne, and add some green notes to that… heaven!

There are two dominating notes in this fragrance, as the name suggests: Angelica is a green herbal-peppery note with nuances of sweet musk that dances so beautifully with any  citrus and floral composition. Jasmine, the symbol of the French art of perfumery lends an irresistible and seductive heady layer to this fragrance. From a fresh blast of peppery green lemon to sweet fig rounding out any chance of bitterness, to a gorgeous, warm musky- wood finish, Jasmin Angélique is one of those fragrances that makes noses turn you way. I have been wearing this fragrance every day this past week and I can’t stop sniffing my wrists throughout the day. A must try for both ladies and gentlemen!

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor

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Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Atelier Cologne Jasmin Angélique Cologne Absolue, you may also like TAUER Perfumes Carillon pour un Ange and ARQUISTE Bouttonniere No.7.

Discover these fragrances and many more! At Etiket we offer samples of all fragrances that we carry including complimentary shipping to anywhere in Canada!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

Perfume Review: HEELEY Parfum Esprit du Tigre EDP

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The latest addition to our HEELEY Parfum collection has arrived! Introducing Esprit du Tigre EDP. A fragrance for the spirited man or woman with vibrant notes of clove, mint, cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and vetiver. Some say that it smells a bit like Tiger Balm in the opening, but I beg to differ. Yes, it does have a medicinal element to it, but only at first whiff and it is more sweet-boozy. I think of it like a tiger pouncing on it’s prey. It may be a bit shocking at first, but then it settles into something quite hypnotic as it sinks its teeth into you.  I smell a spicy incense that is cooled by fresh mint. I love a fragrance that has the ability to play with hot and cold facets. So there you go, this is where the Tiger Balm comes in, more as a sensation than an offensive odor. As Esprit du Tigre settles down, it sits close to the skin on soothing notes of cinnamon and vetiver. Lovely! I have to admit that this scent is not for everyone. It has a fire, energy and colour that is undeniable, so if you are adventurous with fragrances, I highly recommend sampling this one!

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor

HEELEY Parfum Esprit du Tigre EDP

Top Notes: Camphor, Peppermint, Spearmint, Winter Green

Middle Notes: Cardamon, Clove, Black Pepper

Base Notes:Vetiver, Cinnamon

Olfactive Family: Aromatic Spicy

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like HEELEY Parfum Esprit du Tigre EDP, you may also like: L’Artisan Parfumeur Dzing! and Tauer Perfumes No 7 Vetiver Dance.

Discover these fragrances and many more! At Etiket we offer samples of all fragrances that we carry including complimentary shipping to anywhere in Canada!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

Our Favourite Summer Fragrances 2015

With temperatures still on the rise and our spirits in full summer mode, what better ...

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With temperatures still on the rise and our spirits in full summer mode, what better time to update your fragrance wardrobe than with a fresh new scent or two? And since warmer weather affects your skin chemistry, your favourite perfume that you wore in the fall and winter may be too overpowering and heavy for the summer season. Time to lighten up  and arouse your senses…

Here are our Top Fragrances for Summer 2015:

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ARQUISTE Parfumeur L’Etrog Acqua (unisex)

Early Morning, October 1175, Calabria, Italy. The cool night air dissipates under the sun’s first rays. The ripe citrus in the field has absorbed all the water of the morning dew and the farmers are ready to work on the misty green fields, speckled by the bright yellow of the citron. They leave their woody cabin and take a deep breath…

Key Notes: Myrtle leaf, Calabrese Cedrat, Sicilian Lemon, Italian Mandarin, Petitgrain Citronnier, Bergamot, Labdanum, Cedar Wood, Vetiver.

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Dame Perfumery Mate, Helitrope & Patchouli (Feminine)

Three elements neatly balanced for simple, clean and pure beauty. A bright top note, a pretty floral heart and a warm sensual drydown, matched together and blended to perfection!

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HEELEY Parfum Sel Marin

Since HEELEY Parfum arrived at Etiket, one particular scent in the collection has stood out and become an instant best-seller. Sel Marin is simply irresistible! It starts out smelling salty, citrusy and sweet. It’s more green and earthy than you would expect. As the fragrance settles, you will smell hints of cedar, leather and rubber.  Fresh and slightly bitter with the taste of sea salt and sea soaked wood. The perfect seaside summer scent!

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Atelier Cologne Pomél Paradis Cologne Absolue (Unisex)

Just like Orange Sanguine and  Cédrat Enivrant, the structure of Pomélo Paradis is based on the classic cologne containing traditional citrus, but with a higher concentration of 15% and this time with pink grapefruit as a star citrus note. While you will immediately smell string tangy notes of grapefruit at first whiff, soft notes of mandarin, neroli and rose whisper in the background and seems to curb the tartness of the citrus. Powdery soft orange blossom and amber add a subtle sensual dimension to this fragrance, while I green notes of mint and vetiver mingle with iris notes to add an earthiness to the drydown.

Top notes: pink pomelo from Florida, mandarin from Calabria,blackcurrant bud from Burgundy
Heart notes: Moroccan orange blossom, Bulgarian rose essence, mint from China
Base notes: vetiver from Haiti, iris from Tuscany, amber
Tauer Perfumes L’Air du Désert Morocain

Powerful, sensual and pure. 
Laying on the bed, watching the moon raising over the sandy hills of the Saharan desert, he dreamt the fragrance of a Moroccan night.

Head Notes: Coriander and cumin, carefully blended with petitgrain.
Heart Notes:
A warm heart note with rock rose and a hint of jasmine. 
Base Notes:
 Dry cedar woods and vetiver, brilliantly joined on a fine ambergris background.

 

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Perfume Review: Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT

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A new fragrance line has arrived at Etiket and we could not be more excited! Perhaps it’s because this is a brand made in our own city of Montreal! Monsillage takes a personal approach to perfume, associating past memories of travel, characters and real-life stories experienced by perfumer and creator Isabelle Michaude. When I first sampled the line, I was immediately drawn to Vol 870 YUL- CDG, for many reasons. One, I love anything to do with travel, planes, airports etc,.  Also, I have traveled this route a few times and have fond memories of my time spent in The City Of Light – sights, smells, food… Reminiscing about past travel can easily transport me back to some of the most inspiring moments of my life and scent memories are certainly no exception! Even just a hint of a scent can strike a chord with a memory or place.

Now, on to the juice – a one way ticket to Paris!

What’s interesting about Monsillage fragrances is that they all smell very different from sniffer stick to the skin. I would urge you to try samples, take them home and wear them to get the most accurate scent. When I first smelled Vol 870 YUL-CDG on paper, I wasn’t moved… on my skin however, I am head over heels in love… take off! Soft, feminine and so unique with opening notes of ylang-ylang and balsam fir that’s slightly sweet, with hints of woods, fruit and musk. As this fragrance comes to “a landing”,  it becomes a lovely warm, musky skin scent with very good longevity and sillage. Perfectly balanced and very easy to wear any time of year.

Natalie Cola,
The Etiket Insider Beauty Editor

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Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT

Main Notes: Ylang-ylang, balsam fir, cedar, leather, apricot, musk

Olfactive Family: Woody Aromatic

Availability: In-store and online.

If you like Monsillage Vol 870 YUL-CDG EDT, you may also like: Dame Perfumery Cassis, Rose & Sandalwood and Amouage Reflection Woman.

Discover these fragrances and many more! At Etiket we offer samples of all fragrances that we carry including complimentary shipping to anywhere in Canada!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

The Etiket Questionnaire: Jeffrey Dame – Founder & Perfumer, Dame Perfumery

Jeffrey Dame, the founder and creator of Dame Perfumery is a thirty-five year veteran of ...

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Jeffrey Dame, the founder and creator of Dame Perfumery is a thirty-five year veteran of luxury fragrances, and has travelled to all corners of the world in a lifetime of perfumery. He started his perfumery career in the buying office at Neiman-Marcus in Dallas and spent a few decades in New York and Paris working in fragrance for Estee Lauder, Parfums Caron Paris and with the American fashion designers Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Geoffrey Beene, Vicky Tiel, Todd Oldham and Marc Jacobs at Perry Ellis. Jeffrey Dame is a notable creative personality within global niche perfumery today.

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Jeffrey’s son, Cullen Dame is passionate about all things fragrance and fashion. As a student at Arizona State University studying Graphic Design and Digital Culture, he keeps his father pointed in the right direction – both olfactively and in design – and reminds him that sometimes it is best to mix things up a bit and dislocate from the past. Together they have curated this gorgeous modern American perfume line, based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Get to know the man behind Dame Perfumery...

A good day starts with…  peace.

I feel great when…  make people smile.

I never leave the house without… Nikon.

The next guilty pleasure purchase is… Copa mundial cleats.

The place I always come back to is… tomorrow.

My personal style can be described as… informal and gregarious.

The scent I most identify with is… the desert after a heavy storm.

When I travel, I always make sure that I…  bring as close to nothing as possible. 

When I want to relax, I need… to play soccer.

When I have a bad day I always… just ride it through. 

I find inspiration… people.

My go-to gift is… perfume of course. 

I would never want to miss out on… Neil Young live in concert.

In my fridge, I always have…  Chile Pepper Hot Sauce. 

On my night table I keep…  to much hardware.

My perfect weekend is…  without electronics. 

My most inspiring travel moment was when… my first trip to Paris in 1984.

The inspiration behind Dame Perfumery is… modern american perfumery.

If I had to lose one of my five senses it would be… I can’t even think about this. 

The one question I want to be asked in interviews is…  who’s Jeff?

Discover Dame Perfumery at Etiket!

CLICK HERE for more details about our Fragrance Sample Program!

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