Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving & a Special Giveaway

In this season of giving thanks, I cannot imagine how my life would be without the love that surrounds and emits from my loved ones, the pool of health and creativity, and the circle of like-minded people, my readers, who have come to support me and encourage me so much in what has become a second career. For all that I am deeply grateful every day.

So to all of you reading I am wishing the most lovely Thanksgiving celebration imaginable, surrounded by smiling faces and contended hearts, and as a token of appreciation I am giving away a vintage bottle of Chanel No.5 cologne to one lucky individual. The bottle comes from my own personal collection and has been preserved with tender loving care through the years alongside its sisters. It will be the perfect opportunity for a collector to complete their lineup or for a neophyte to come to know one of the iconic scents of yore which are slowly but surely displaced from the throne due to reformulations. All you have to do is enter a comment if you wish to participate! (The draw is open till Sunday 29th November midnight)


  1. Anonymous13:12

    My most memorable Thanksgiving was in
    Paris. My husband and his French partners forgot to make reservations for an American dinner for me as promised--so we ate turkey at a Mexican restaurant on the Left Bank. I was wearing Chanel No. 5 while picking the quills out of the drumstick.

  2. Here, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I can't wait till Christmas.
    Please enter me in the draw and have a lovely holiday!

  3. Rappleyea13:37

    Happy, happy Thanksgiving E. Thank YOU for acknowledging it, even from afar. Personally, I think a day honoring gratitude and family should be an international holiday. It transcends religions, cultures, and boundaries to unite us in the best of our humanity.

    P. S. Sorry for being absent - this is a killer time of year for me at work so haven't spent much time with perfume. :-(

    P. P. S. Please give my place in the draw to someone who would love your very generous gift of vintage #5 more than I. Chanels just miss for me, although I recently discovered (and love!) the beauty that is Cuir de Russie.

  4. ^^^I'll take your place in the draw! The only Chanel I like is vintage! Haha

  5. Fiordiligi13:43

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates, from another in foreign lands who doesn't, although as my profession involves the US and Americans, I sometimes feel as if I should.

    Thank you, dear E, for keeping us all so entertained and educated with your marvellous writing! It's a privilege to count you as a friend.

    And, no need to include me in the draw, thank you, but what a very kind person you are to do this.

  6. Anonymous13:45

    I would be glad to enter the drawing for the valuable vintage No. 5, thank you.
    Alica -

  7. I grew up in Brazil, where we didn't celebrate Thanksgiving Day, and now live in the US, where we do. I'm still somewhere between, enjoying the feast but not quite joining in fully. I've always been puzzled at the general expressions of gratitude... directed to whom?

    Anyway, you've given me a reason to be grateful to you, and hopeful that I'll finally get to smell some vintage No. 5. I hope I win!

  8. Karen14:18

    I'd like to give thanks to you for your wonderful, wonderful blog.

    Thank you kindly for entering my name into your generous drawing.

    Warm and fragrant regards,


  9. Happy Thanksgiving! Although we do not celebrate it here, one should always take the time to appreciate all the things one is grateful for.
    This is a very generous giveaway - I would definitely like to participate. :)

  10. Happy Thanksgiving to E and all - I'm another foreigner I'm afraid but appreciate the spirit of the celebration.

    And the words 'vintage' & 'Chanel' grab my eye! :)

  11. The Xmas spirit definitely started its journey filling this period of the year with magic, surprises and gifts. Yes, I'd like to participate.

    And as it's a thanksgiving post I would also like to thank you for your colorful articles, thorough researches, critical reviews, interesting interviews surprising giveaways, friendly and caring communication.

  12. maria15:11

    So nice of you! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Please enter me for the draw.

  13. Thanksgiving is an American holiday I wish we all adopted. I would love to go in the draw. First time commenter, long time reader. :) Nicholas

  14. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  15. I would be delighted to be included in this extra-special giveaway!
    Living in the UK now instead of the US (my homeland) Thanksgiving is one of the things that I miss.
    I'm thankful for your fabulous Blog as well ... whether it's science, poetry or just reasoned words, reading along is a joy.

  16. Anonymous16:54

    Although we are English and live in the UK, we like to take a little part in our friends' Thanksgiving, and I am making a pumpkin pie with pecans and bourbon! But the alcoholic spirit isn't the only thing we love - the spirit of the holiday is really wonderful and perhaps makes us think a little about what we should be thankful for (at least for a day, and before the mad Christmas splurge). And thanks to you for sharing your thoughts with us. And of course I should be thankful if I did happen to win your precious offering!


  17. What a wonderful gift! I have only smelled modern formulations of Chanel No. 5 and would love to be entered into this! Thanks for the offer...and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  18. awww id love to win

    enter me please

  19. Anonymous17:26

    The best Thanksgiving was when my Mom was alive. She always cooked and it was wonderful.
    Put me in the draw.

  20. Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but I'm thankful anyway, because it's still autumn (my favourite season) and because my nose works (so I can enjoy all the nice scents) and because Jim (who had to have an emergency cholecystectomy last weekend) came through with flying colours. So that's a lot to be thankful for.

  21. Anonymous18:23

    Happy Thanksgiving! As a regular reader, I thank you for your blog. Please put my name in your drawing, and perhaps I'll soon have another reason for gratitude.
    -- Gretchen

  22. Happy Thanksgiving! One thing on my 'to be thankful list' this year is this perfume blog. Thank you for turning me onto the olfactory arts and being a knowledgeable guide through my amateur first year. I have enjoyed you so much!

    And since I haven't even tried Chanel No. 5 yet, I'd love to be included in your draw.

  23. Happy T-Day!
    What a great draw!
    Enter me please!

  24. Happy Thanksgiving! I would love to participate.

  25. happy thanksgiving to all the US readers out there.
    It is something we do not do here in Australia either.

    Helg - please overlook me in the drawing of the chanel No . 5 for I am not a true fan and I think she should go to a No. 5 lover. :)

  26. Yes, please, I'd like to win.

  27. Anonymous23:10

    I would like to be entered. Thanks for your warm generosity! This is going to go down as a Thanksgiving only memorable for its lack of activity and lack of a celebration. I've been home, staying with my sick kitty instead of visiting my family! They understand. (You gotta do what you gotta do.) Best,
    Laura M

  28. Thank you, dear E, for reminding us that gratitude for what we have is a most life-affirming goal. And thank you for the consistent excellence of your blog. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    No need to enter me in the draw, as I own a glorious bottle of vintage No. 5 parfum. (I confess to also owning a decent, but not-so-glorious, bottle. eBay is an iffy proposition, but sometimes it works out.) :)

  29. Today's my birthday as well as Thanksgiving & I've been sick all this week with the flu or some virus & couldn't even be with my family. I would LOVE to win the vintage Chanel No. 5, my favorite present of all time!

  30. roberto05:22

    Happy Thanksgiving! and I feel really thankful for all the really cool reviews and info in this wonderful site, and also I'd love to be enter in this awesome draw, my wife will love this chanel!!!

  31. Happy holidays! I would love to be entered in the drawing.

  32. I'm in the UK, so Thanksgiving isn't a holiday we celebrate here, but it seems a really lovely idea to have a day for counting blessings and looking at the good things in life. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

    Please may I be entered in the draw?

  33. Oh Hi ! I have been lusting after the vintage no. 5 cologne of late.
    I wore it about 28-30 years ago when I worked as a nurse or when I had job interviews for a pharmaceutical rep. I did get the job! But I contribute my serenity and poise during the interviews partially to the Chanel No. 5 cologne. It was spectacular ! I miss it today. I prefer the parfum version. Now if Chanel would only combine t he EDT with the Eau Premiere - we might have our old cologne version back. I miss it .
    Please enter me in the draw ! I thank you fir your kindness and generosity.

  34. Oh I have never smelled the vintage stuff. As you know I am not a big fan of the current scent- I know that's scent sacrilige but I try and try- so perhaps the bottle would be wasted on me.

    Happy thanksgiving to everyone though and I think you are extremely generous to give away such treasure E

  35. I would love to be entered in the draw!
    For many years I didn't know my Mom wore No 5
    I thought she just smelled that good naturally !
    Happy Day Of Thanks!

  36. stella p10:34

    !! So nice of you! I would also love to be entered in the draw!
    Too late to wish happy thanksgiving, but must the weekend be wonderful for all of you reading!

  37. Happy thanksgiving! We don't celebrate this holiday but I am looking forward to roast turkey with stuffing and dripping with gravy that we always have for Xmas. :)

    Yes, please for the draw! Thanks!

  38. How lovely of you to do this, E.! I am thankful to have met (virtually) so many wonderful, cultured, generous people through this hobby (obsession?) of mine, and I am grateful to you and others for sharing your passion in intelligent, thought provoking posts. Please do enter me in the draw.


  39. dissed15:54

    Thanksgiving can be such a mass-marketed mess, but it usually sinks in for me: stop and think. Most of us have quite a lot for which to be thankful. Thank you for acknowledging this.

    Would love to be included in the draw. My mother would love this. As long as he lived, my father made sure she had a bottle of Chanel No. 5, his longtime favorite.

  40. I'd love to enter into the drawing!

  41. Happy Thanksgiving, I would like to win a vintage Chanel No.5. Thank you.

  42. I would love to enter this drawing. Thanks so much for doing this.
    Ross Urrere

  43. Hi! Do *not* need to be entered in draw, I'm lucky enough to have some vintage #5 already and it should go to someone else, but wanted to say how awesome it is of you to do this.

  44. This is incredibly kind of you. I hope you had a great holiday. I'd love to enter the drawing.

  45. Not celebrating anything, the most remarkable event of today was a lecture on genetic, of which I understood only the prepositions.

    And, sure, enter me in the draw. There's never enough No. 5

  46. eldora01:18

    Please toss my name in the hat! Happy Thanksgiving!


  47. Cecilia03:19

    Oh my goodness! What a wonderful gesture- to part with a vintage bottle of No. 5. I would love to be able to just try some of it, let alone own it. I wish I had some grand story to tell you related to No. 5. I don't. I 'd just love to win the giveaway. Add my name to the list in the drawing. Thank you. :)


  48. Nita03:37

    My Mother used to wear Chanel no. 5, and I would love to smell the real thing again. Please enter me in the draw. Thank you for giving us this opportunity!

  49. I would love to participate :) Thank you for the lovely gesture!

  50. Long time lurker, first time poster.

    What lovely words you write, E. And what a lovely gesture ... parting with one of your little treasures for a drawing.

    I would love to be included, thank you!

    I hope all the readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether it is celebrated where you are or not as it is really just a time of reflection and gratitude for all the good persons/things in our lives.

  51. What a generous and lovely thing to do! I too am very thankful this year--for loads of reasons. My new mantra is "The best things in life are not things." Let's see if I can keep this in mind ;-) Please enter me in the draw, as I love all things vintage but especially perfume. Thank you!

  52. hallo,
    i too would love to be included in the draw. thanks for your generosity to all of us strangers..

  53. Elizabeth02:56

    Wow, that is generous of you (and please enter me!).:-) And what a nice post, too. ♥

  54. Chris G03:02

    Thanks for all the members of the perfume community. It's a pleasure to read about one's passion! Please enter me in the draw, thanks.

  55. helg...I'm grateful for you, and for your marvelous writing, and for our shared loved of perfume.

  56. I have been enjoying your work and engaging in the process of re-discovering my love for perfumes-- I am using my daughter's google account to enter, as I don't have one. My grandmother and mother both treasured Chanel No 5-- we would be honored to be part of your drawing-- thank you for your beautioful and thoughtful articles-- Mary

  57. i think thanksgiving is the only holiday left with some integrity, meant to promote community and a grateful heart.

    i'd loved to be entered in the drawing. chanel no. 5 is one of the strongest memories i have of my long-deceased mother. fragrance can excavate the memory center of the brain like nothing else!

  58. HopeB00:00

    Happy Thanksgiving! Vintage no.5 is just perfect for the season!

  59. E,
    I am too late for the giveaway, but I just wanted to send a smile your way in acknowledgement of your generosity. The spirit of the season, indeed...representative of the warmth I find from fellow perfume people all year 'round.

    Thank you, and I hope you had a great weekend!

  60. Thank you everyone for the pains you took to leave a comment and express your thoughts. I am touched that so many of you have expressed pleasure, enjoyement and camaraderies on Perfume Shrine, it is truly touching and I am honoured to count you among my readers.
    Indeed the Thanksgiving holiday ~although not international and I'm not celebrating like some of you either~ is a lovely concept, non-commercialised as of yet and therefore worthy of embracing: a time of contemplation, but also a time to appreciate the best life gives and ascertaining that we're grateful for the things we usually take for granted. :-)

    I have received all your replies, found it ever so moving that some of you have deep, personal memories with this scent and entered you all in the draw, which is now closed...
    The winner shall be announced shortly in time to have this out in the mail before the holiday mad rush!


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