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Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

A little birdie told me that Santa's sleigh is touching down early this year and some of our active community members have a holiday gratis parcel en route.

 

Please feel free to use this thread to share your holiday gratis unboxings and let us all know what you think of this sweet surprise gift 🙂

 

Thank you, as always to @TeamBIC for putting together these wonderful opportunities that celebrate our members of the BIC community.

 

Can't wait to see what everyone got!

 

 

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Thank you @TeamBIC for this gift! Before I saw this and a couple other threads, I expected at most 1-3 travel sprays of various fragrances—and I'd have been happy with that. 😄 Didn't expect this level of generosity instead! Totally considering this an early birthday present. (Happy Birthday to all my fellow December babies!) 

 

I went straight for KILIAN Paris Apple Brandy Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz/ 50 mL Eau de Parfum Spray to test on the crook of my arm. 

 

Gotta love the bottle design of The Liquors series, reminiscent of an old fashioned glass.Gotta love the bottle design of The Liquors series, reminiscent of an old fashioned glass.
I’ve heard some folks complain that this smells either too boozy or too much like a fake apple candle or room spray. On me, it’s neither of those. It opens very cardamom-powdery with some kind of tart fruit (not quite apple) in nearly burnt caramel. The fruit scent quickly morphs to full-on pineapple. A minute later, the fruit changes again to all apple, the cardamom becomes less powdery, and I get a light backdrop of tobacco pipe smokiness. That combo grows crisper and warmer—brandy warm, but nowhere near “she just downed a fifth of brandy” obnoxious—the longer I wear it. I’m very glad the dry down’s not super vanilla powdery, otherwise I wouldnt be able to wear it at all. I can smell this fragrance while my arms a foot away from my face, but Im not sure bystanders would pick up on it unless I wore it on both arms. But since I wear fragrances primarily for myself instead of others, thats not a dealbreaker. Ill add this one to my fragrance rotation. 
 
It's been a long time since I smelled the original Kilian Apple Brandy fragrance, but I don't remember it smelling nearly as fruity as this On The Rocks version. I kinda remember it smelling more like a charred brandy barrel, whereas OTR smells more like a glass of brandy sitting next to a tobacco pipe in a comfortably dark bar. I like OTR better. 

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations, @WinglessOne!! 🎊

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congrats, @WinglessOne! @TeamBIC was definitely incredibly generous to us with this package! 

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Happy birthday month @WinglessOne🎁 Congratulations! Nice to hear Apple Brandy makes it into your rotation! Hope you find other loves within the box.

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Happy early birthday @WinglessOne🎉 I'm feeling such warm fragrance vibes after reading your description of Apple Brandy. Congrats on this gratis! 😊

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Congrats, @WinglessOne ! And Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🥂

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations 🎉🎉 @WinglessOne 

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations, @WinglessOne , and happy birthday month!  🥳🎁🍰🎈

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Congratulations, @WinglessOne! I'm glad you liked the On the Rocks version of the Kilians - it's perfect for your birthday! 🧁

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations @WinglessOne! Happy Birthday month!

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Congratulations, @WinglessOne! I was thinking on a much smaller scale, too, so this was such a huge surprise. 

Your description of Kilian is incredibly similar to my experience, except that I didn’t notice the pineapple. I will pay closer attention next time. But the cardamom, check. Not overly powdery, check. I forgot I was wearing it until I was driving and noticed that pipe-smokiness on my wrists. You worded it much better than I, though☺️



eta Happy Birthday month!!!🎂🥳

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations @WinglessOne and happy birthday 🎁🎂🎈 

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congrats @WinglessOne , love the info! Happy bday month!

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations @WinglessOne ! Happy birthday month to you too 🎉

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations @WinglessOne.

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Congratulations 🎉!!! @WinglessOne  That’s my favorite one so far! 

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@WinglessOne Happy Birthday month!  I love your description on Kilian Apple Brandy. 

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Congratulations and Happy Birthday Month, @WinglessOne !  December Birthdays can get lost in the other holidays.  Not this year!  😊

Thanks for the great review of Kilian Paris Apple Brandy Eau de Parfum!  I envy your great skill in describing scents!  

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Great review @WinglessOne. Congrats and happy birthday 🎂

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

Now THAT was a great fragrance journey description, @WinglessOne .

Re: Ho Ho Holidays, The Festive Fragrance Gratis Thread!

@WinglessOne  Congratulations and excellent review as alway!

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