Perfume Giveaway: Puredistance M and Opardu

If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Puredistance is one of my favorite houses for the elegance, luxuriousness, sophistication and richness of their fragrances. Well, the incredibly generous, thoughtful people behind the brand have offered a perfume giveaway of samples of my two favorite Puredistance pure parfums for TEN (10) readers.

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THE GIVEAWAY:

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What Opardu evokes in me.

A satin bag containing one (1) sample spray vial of Puredistance M, and one (1) sample spray of Puredistance Opardu. Each sample is 2 ml. Like all of Puredistance’s fragrance, each perfume is Extrait de Parfum (i.e., Pure Parfum), the highest  concentration possible. “M” has 25% perfume oil. Opardu clocks in at a whopping 32%! Each perfume was also created by a Master Perfumer: Roja Dove in the case of “M,” and Annie Buzantian of Firmenich in the case of Opardu.

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What “M” feels like to me.

For those who have never tried either fragrance, “M” is a molten, rich chypre-leather-oriental hybrid, and Opardu is an elegant, soft, airy lilac-centered floral. I adore both of them, though M really owns my heart out of the two. You can read my review of “Mhere and of Opardu here.

WHO GETS IT:

Ten (10) people will each get ONE (1) satin bag containing one 2 ml vial of “M” and one 2 ml vial of “Opardu.” The giveaway is open to anyone who follows the blog. (See, further details below.)  Those who don’t follow Kafkaesque, or who aren’t signed up, are free to do so. The winners will be chosen at random, and the items will be shipped directly to you by Puredistance. There are no exclusions based on your geographic location.

WHEN DOES IT START & END:

The giveaway starts today, Monday May 6th, 2013 and will continue for 7 days until Monday, May 13th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) in the U.S. which is -6:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time).

In other words, it goes until the last minute of May 13th in my time zone. If you’re in the UK, it ends at 5:59 a.m. on Tuesday the 14th. If you’re in the Australia, for example, it ends at 2:59 p.m. on Tuesday the 14th. If you’re in Japan, it ends at 1:59 p.m. on Tuesday the 14th. You get the idea.

The winner will be announced in a day or two afterwards.

WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO ENTER:

You have to do TWO things to qualify for to win:

  1. You have to post in the comments — here on the Kafkaesque blog — saying how you follow the blog: via WordPress, email subscription, RSS feed, Blog reader, or some RSS method. If you’re not a reader of the blog, feel free to sign up.
  2. IN ADDITION TO THAT: Once you win, Puredistance has asked that each winner:

1) take a nice (creative) photo of his/her satin pouch and spray vials, and post that photo on either your Facebook status or on Twitter; *AND* 
2) tag Puredistance at the same time. (ie, @Puredistance on Facebook, or #Puredistance on Twitter.)

Obviously, there is no way to check if you have or have not, so we’re going by the Honour System here. 🙂 But it’s a tiny request from a wonderful perfume house that not a lot of people know about, so I think it would be nice to get the word out, don’t you?

The retail price of the giveaway is quite a lot, so I truly hope the 10 winners will help spread the word. To give you an idea of the value, Surrender to Chance sells a 2 ml vial of each fragrance for $31.96, so the total for the 2 sample vials would be $63.92 (not including the shipping that you would have to pay to Surrender to Chance). When you throw that in, the true total is over $65 if you’re in the U.S. and $75 if you’re overseas! It is an enormously generous offer from Puredistance!!

SHIPPING:

Puredistance is paying for all the shipping and they will ship directly to all the winners. Given that Puredistance is located in the Netherlands, it may take some time (up to 10-14 days depending on your location and Customs processing) for you to receive your sample bag. (It may take a little longer if your country has stringent customs issues and/or you’re far outside Europe.) Neither Puredistance nor I am responsible for items that are destroyed by customs or that are lost in transit for some reason.

WINNERS & EMAILS:

Winners will be chosen either by using Random.org, or by some other totally random, impartial, blind method. I will announce the 10 lucky perfumistas in a day or two after the giveaway ends. It’s more likely it will be the next day, Tuesday, May 14th (in my time zone).

Once I post the winners, you have THREE (3) days to contact me with your shipping information. Please send an email to Akafkaesquelife @ gmail . com  (all one word, scrunched together). If you don’t, I will give the gift to the next person on the list.

SUMMATION:

To enter, you have to be a follower of the blog and you have to post here on the blog about how you do it. When you win, please help spread the word about the company by posting a photo of your winning bag & samples to Facebook or Twitter, and tag Puredistance. You have a week to enter and then, once the winners are announced, you have 3 days to get in touch with me with your shipping information.

Lastly, my enormous gratitude and thanks to Puredistance for choosing my blog for their giveaway. Their generosity, kindness and thoughtfulness in also offering so many bags is absolutely incredible. Some companies may give away one or two samples, but 10 bags each containing 2 samples of expensive pure parfum?! Amazing! I cannot thank them enough.

I’m particularly excited as today marks the Five Month Anniversary of my blog. Five months to the day, and just short of 80,000 hits!! I feel like celebrating, and what better way than with this wonderful gift from one of my favorite perfume houses! I cannot wait for the 10 lucky winners to get the chance to try Puredistance’s amazingly luxurious, rich, sophisticated and elegant fragrances! One a little more masculine, one a little bit more feminine — both completely stunning in their own way!

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134 thoughts on “Perfume Giveaway: Puredistance M and Opardu

  1. Oh wow!! Good Monday morning!!

    I follow by email and by Word Press(I think)

    May the impartial blind methods go my way!

    Cookie dough day.

    Love
    Val
    CQ

    • It’s a lovely way to start the week, no? You’re entered, my dear CQ! I’m probably going to use Random.Org, but I may just put all the names in a hat and have someone totally uninvolved with all this, like my father, pick them out blindly. LOL.

  2. What a fantastic giveaway! I follow via email as well as a Google Reader subscription. I’ve been dying to try these, so I am excited for the amazing opportunity! 🙂

    • Yay! I’m so glad you’re excited too. You’re entered. As a side note, I almost hope that I get so many entries that I just give up on replying back to tell people they’re entered. If they comment, they’re going on my list! LOL.

      • Thanks! This is one of the better giveaways I’ve seen in a long time. Of course, winning is a double-edged sword – if you win and get to try these and fall in love, you may be left longing given the prices of these creations! 😀

        But as you know, I’ve always said a taste is better than none at all! And after all, 2ml of each could last a while, especially given the concentration!

      • Er, not exactly. I love J.R.R. Tolkien, and “Haefennasiel” is my Elven name. But since he was heavily influenced by Icelandic legends and Norse mythology, I guess the Elven languages would have a Scandinavian feel about them.

        • LOL, I was so off-target! 🙂 I’m afraid I’ve only read The Hobbit, and nothing else by Tolkien. Thank you, though, for explaining the basis for the name. I’ve actually been pondering it for a while. 🙂

  3. How extremely generous of Puredistance to offer this prize! I love both of these scents and someday hope to save up enough to own one of the lovely full bottles. Until that time, I would love these samples! And congrats on the first 5 months of the blog, I really do enjoy your writing! (and I follow by Word Press/email).

    • I’m so happy to read of another Puredistance fan, especially for these two, particular scents. I have a small 17.5 ml travel size of the “M” that I hoard and save, and I’d love to be able to get a bigger size one day so that I don’t feel the need to guard it *quite* so well! LOL. You are entered, my dear.

  4. Happy Five Month Anniversary!

    It’s a very generous giveaway! Please enter me.

    I follow your blog by e-mail (and a couple more ways – as a back-up 🙂 )

    • It’s hugely generous, indeed. I can’t get over the 10 bags! Lol. I know your vSO is a fan of the “M,” so I’m glad you’re entering. 🙂 And with that, I’ve written you down on the list.

  5. Wow what a wonderful giveaway! I follow your blog via WordPress and email. Guess they are kinda the same thing since I see the blog feed via My wordpress dashboard and addition to getting the notification emails of new posts.

      • I dont know why it does that ( changing the name I post under) . i guess it depends on the device I use at the moment ( iPad vs. iPhone vs laptop) Sometimes it uses my email at other times it uses my username on WordPress or my name . One time I had written about 2-3 paragraphs for a comment and I dared change /edit the posting name. WordPress wasnt too pleased and my browser crashed losing all my information and had to start from stratch. boo-hoo. And if I attempt to backspace or back browser button my information is gone as well. So from that experience I just let WordPress do what it does. So if I see a different name, I let it go because I know what will happen. LOL

  6. Fantastic Kafka! thank you for orchestrating this! i follow via e-mail and Word Press. (and it is 3am so forgive the typos…too tired and lazy to fix :D!!)

    • You’re very welcome, but it’s all thanks to their generosity. I so hope you are one of the 10 winners, Brie, as you would faint over Opardu. Truly just faint away in a pile of ecstasy! It is SOOOOOOOOO your tastes, but then, given your love of chypres, ambers and orientals (not to mention labdanum), so too would be the M. Let’s hope Random.Org picks your name, so you can see for yourself. xoxox

      • crossing my fingers, kafka…crossing my fingers ….
        xx
        And I completely agree…I think Opardu would actually make me faint!!!! (but then again so would the M.!!!)Oh let’s hope I am one of those lucky ten :D!!!!

  7. Wow, wow, wow! Big thank you to Puredistance for recognizing your talent my dear and for offering this amazing and BIG draw. 10 winners is a lot!
    I follow your blog Kafka via WordPress and I’ll be happy to do a photo of my satin pouch if I win

    • Yay for willing photographers in the group! And, definitely, an even bigger Yay for Puredistance’s generosity. You’re entered and on my list.
      P.S. – Thank you for the kind words about the blog.

      • I sometimes like to take an artistic picture of some samples, see my posts of SSS for example 😉
        And wow, you passed 80 000 views? That’s amazing. I just passed 50 000 and I started earlier thank you. You’ve got the potential.

        • I’ll pass 80,000 later today. I’m about 200 short right now but yes, today should mark 80,000 and exactly 5 months. And thank you for your kind words, Lucas, and for all your constant support. xoxox

          • You’re welcome. In no time you’ll have 100 000 visits. I guess my audience is smaller because I don’t post as often as you, and my reviews aren’t so deep and long.

  8. Congrats on five fabulous months! And 80,000 hits! Bravo!
    I follow on WordPress and since I’m addicted to twitter I would have no problem promoting Puredistance on there if I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve never tried either scent but I’d like to.

  9. Love this blog! I am subscribed via email. I must say this is one of the few blogs I read where I can get an immediate sense as to whether or not I will like the fragrance that is being discussed. Often the read leads me to add to or immediately delete a fragrance in question on my very long list! Thank you for such finite details!!

    • Debbie, so nice to see you!! And thank you for your very kind words. It truly means a lot to me. I know it’s thanks to you that I got to try Alahine. Even if it wasn’t your cup of tea, it certainly made me very happy. 🙂 You’re entered.

        • I truly don’t see either of those emails on the list of followers and I checked 3 times. But it’s okay. You’ve tried so hard and been so sweet, I will enter you and put you on my list. 🙂 Generally, the “Follow” button on the first/home page should let you sign up for email subscriptions quite easily. Please know that I appreciate you trying. Good luck with the drawing! 🙂

          • You’re incredibly sweet to try and try again. I appreciate it enormously. And, yes, now, you are signed up. Technology may be a pain, but hopefully, you might win some lovely perfume samples to make it worth your while. All the best, Rene, and thank you again. 🙂

  10. Wow, 5 months/ 80,000 hits !? That’s impressive!
    Congrats and keep it going! 🙂

    I follow by email and WordPress.

    Thank u!

  11. What a lovely idea! Congratulations on your well-deserved success. I follow via two email addresses and on the WordPress app- I really want to make sure I don’t miss any posts!

  12. Golly!! What a fun way to start Monday morning!! Thanks Kafka, thanks Puredistance! I follow you with Word Press email. I am psyched to enter and maybe try these perfumes. Have a great day Kafka.

    • You’re entered, Tora. Good luck with the drawing. I would love to know what you think of both perfumes. From what I already know of your tastes, I suspect you’d find them both lovely but in different ways, though “M” does seem a little masculine at the start. Still, labdanum, patchouli, Oakmoss, leather, citruses and jasmine! I’d love for you to be able to try it. If not via this giveaway, then maybe in some other way. 🙂

  13. What a nice thing of them, and you, to do! I subscribe to your blog via email which means I pretty much read every review. I particularly like your “short” reviews, which are generally longer and go more in depth, than other blogs which you reserve for fumes that aren’t worth your time. I find that adorable. Anyway, your giveaway has drawn me from the shadows. Thank you.

    • LOL. My “brevity” is, indeed, an extremely relative matter and issue. 😉 Thank you for your kind words but, most of all, for coming out of the shadows. I wish and hope that you will always feel comfortable to post, to share your opinions, and your thoughts. Please, I mean it. Perfume is best when shared with friends. 🙂 Anyway, you are on the list now, Patrick. And do come back in general! Good luck with the draw. 🙂

      • I am just so impressed that you are taking the time to respond to us posters. That is really gracious of you.

        • No, it’s not gracious. It’s just genuine appreciation. 🙂 For one thing, I’m very grateful for those of you who have followed me, read me (even if you lurk 😉 lol) and who have been there. It’s one of the main reasons why I limited the giveaway to those who are actual readers of the blog. For another, you have to understand that, for me, perfume is all about the sharing. It’s JUST like food — all about others enjoying the same thing. At its best, perfume discussions should feel like a fun cocktail party where everyone passes the drinks and tidbits, as they mingle. It’s why I meant it when I said that I hoped you would come out of lurkdom.

          Plus, it’s easy for me to reply. I seem to live behind a computer, and I rarely sleep. *grin*

  14. Happy 5 months anniversary and thanks for organising the draw! I subscribed to your site via email. Love your writing because you write really poetically, especially your posts about the perfumes: you made me feel like running to the nearest store to get a good sniff! (: Also love your most recent non-perfume posts on the Japanese royal family – it’s like sneaking a peak at their (to me) hush-hush lives (;

    • Welcome X! Don’t say you like the history posts or else I’ll be encouraged to inundate the site with more of them! *grin* 😉 No, joking aside, thank you for letting me know. I greatly appreciate that. I hope you will feel free to share your thoughts about perfume or history. The more the merrier. 🙂 And I’ve got you down on my list for the drawing. Good luck!

  15. I am a new follower on email. I love Antonia by Puredistance and am very excited to have a chance to try these!

    • Welcome Janet. Antonia is lovely, but personally I thought Opardu was exquisite, so I hope you get the chance to try that one as well. I’ve entered you for the drawing. Good luck! 🙂

  16. Congratulation on 5 amazing months of beautiful perfume journey, Kafka! And how generous of Puredistance of this giveaway 🙂
    I follow you via email.

  17. hello there. what a fantastic giveaway! i can’t bear to throw away my empty Opardu sample vial just so i can open it up for an occasional nose-ful. i think the scent molecules are almost all used up tho’…so…

    • Hi, I Ryan, thank you for stopping by. Opardu is exquisite, isn’t it? I don’t blame you for not wanting to throw away the vial. I have you entered on my list. Good luck. 🙂

  18. Both of those fragrances sound gorgeous! And shipping to me should be a breeze! 😉 I follow you through Facebook and WordPress and I used to get email updates, but they’ve disappeared (as have updates for other blogs), so I need to look into getting that fixed.

    • So, so, so good to see you here, my friend. And, yes, shipping should take all of about 30 seconds to *you*! 😉 LOL. You’re on my list. Good luck with the drawing. *hugs*

  19. I follow you via wordpress and facebook and every way I can. – you are a star. Would love to win and France is closer :))) would be so cool to win. One never knows !

    • You’re so sweet. Thank you!! And I’ve added your name to the draw. I don’t think “M” would be your cup of tea, but I suspect you may adore Opardu! I hope you win, Emma! Bisous.

  20. This is great! I have tiny samples from Surrender to Chance of both of these and they are amazing! I follow through email that connects me to WordPress. I would also like to add I am addicted to Instagram, so posting a picture would probably happen anyway. 😉

    • I’m so glad you loved Opardu & M! It makes me really happy to hear that, Kellilee. Hopefully, you’ll win the bigger samples. I’ve got your name down on the list. Good luck! 🙂

  21. I recently started following your blog and am so happy I have found it. Congratulations on your beautiful writing. I follow you through Word Press/email notification. Thanks to you and Pure Distance Perfumes for the give away. I didn’t realize that Opardu has lilac in it – a favorite note.

    • Welcome, Nancysg. So glad to have you here! And thank you for your very kind words. As for Opardu, the lilac is absolutely exquisite. I almost had whiplash in those opening moments when I smelled it. If you’re a fan of the lilacs, then I think you’ll adore Opardu. I’ve got your name down on the list, so good luck! I hope you get to try it. 🙂

  22. Oooh! Puredistance M! You’re getting famous, Kafka, pretty soon all the big perfume houses will be courting you to review their fragrances 🙂

    I follow your blog via feed subscription and compulsive web checking 😉

  23. saw a reference on FB to your give away but felt embarassed to step in w/o reading your blog. What I see is really good! The lengthy reviews make you get a really good idea of a scent. The downside is of course that it takes time 🙂 Nice touch to give info on availability of both bottles and samples.. (read your Bois des Iles entry as someone commented on it today as she had heard it was an earlier idea from Ernest Beaux than Chanel No. 5 and also scrolled to mr Nice Guy’s scent Lonestar Memories. Will subscribe and see where you come up with next!

    • Welcome, Yvana. Thank you for stopping by. Yes, my reviews are very lengthy, and the issue of brevity is actually a topic of amusement around here. *grin* I’ve entered your name on my list for the drawing. Good luck! 🙂

  24. Firstly, congratulations on the 5 month anniversary of your blog! I really really do enjoy reading your well-researched, informative reviews. Secondly, thanks for the draw! Fingers crossed that I’ll get to try them 🙂 I subscribe to your blog via WordPress and reader.

    • Nice to see you, Smelly Vagabond. And thank you for your kind words about my reviews. 🙂 I’ve got your name down on the list for the drawing. Good luck! 🙂

  25. Congratulations on being chosen by Puredistance, what an honour, and on your 5-month mark! I enjoy your reviews very much – they’re very eloquent and entertaining to read. Your blog is one of the ones I check most frequently – I’ve also just subscribed via e-mail. 😀

    • Thank you, Elsa, for your kind words about the blog and my reviews. 🙂 I greatly appreciate them. I put your name down on the list for the drawing. Good luck!

  26. A perfume from my corner of the world? Sure!! I follow you both on WordPress and via FB. Shipping would be a total snap. Good mailman means the next day, bad mailman 2 days. 😀

  27. Ahhh, what a spectacular giveaway! I follow via email subscription (but often wind up trolling the site for past reviews and wind up reading new posts before my email arrives). As the last living person not on FB, I may need to cheat and have my teenage girls post pics…but since there are 2 of them, with one in the college circuit, we could get even more bang for the (photo) buck, right?!

    • Haha, how funny. Yes, it would definitely be more bang for the buck. Twitter would work too, if you’re on that. Either way, I’ve put your name down on the list. Good luck with the drawing, Gretchen! 🙂

  28. Wow just come across this,its brill as I love love perfume.please enter me i ve just joined now 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  30. 5-Month Anniversary! 80,000 hits! (eeep, I wonder how many are mine…with the constant refreshes but I guess WordPress is smart enough to only count the “legit” hits).

    I am so happy for you, dear Kafka, that Puredistance chose YOU to spread the word and you certainly have! My Opardu is proof incarnate, although I did start smallish.

    No need to enter me as, thanks to you, the good people at Puredistance already gifted me with a full set of samples 🙂

    Good luck peeps and the winners should be sure to spread the word, OK?

    • Awww, thank you, my dear. I appreciate your friendship, your continued support and your loyalty so much more than you’d know. ESPECIALLY since we are *not* Scent Twins! LOL. 😉 xoxoxo

  31. Wow what a wonderful proze. Reading about M – I can’t wait to try it. Thaks for keeping us informed about all the wonderful fragrances.

    • Hi Chris, welcome to the blog. I’m afraid I don’t see you on the list of subscribers. Did you use a different email than the one you’re using now?

    • Chris, I see you now. I’ve added you to the list for the drawing. “M” is truly spectacular, so I hope you get the chance to try it! Good luck! 🙂

  32. I love trying things I can’t afford. Fortunately, in the case of perfume, most of the things I can’t afford smell not great on me, but I’d enjoy the chance to see if that’s true of Puredistance.

    I’ve added you to my Google Reader (for which I will soon have to find a substitute). I didn’t know about Kafkaesque before seeing the link on the Scented Hound, but I think I might like it.

    FYI the “Follow” tab thing you have installed misbehaves horribly on an ipad, so I’m not even sure I’ll be able to post this comment properly.

    • Welcome, Kate. I’ve put you down on the list for the drawing. 🙂 As for the “Follow” tab, I’m afraid that is the only option available from WordPress. Do you not have that problem with the Scented Hound’s site? I’m not quite sure how to get around it, but hopefully your Google Reader will work for now. BTW, I think there is now something called The Old Reader which seeks to replicate the Google one that is being discontinued. Perhaps you may have some luck with that one as a replacement. 🙂

  33. Following by word Press – email. It is really a great gift. Fingers are crossed here. I am sure Opardu will suit nicely on my wife’s skin.

    • Welcome, Davis Brandao dos Santos. I’ve got you on my list now. Good luck with the entry, for both you and your wife. (I’d like to think you’d enjoy M for yourself.) 🙂

  34. What a wonderful and wonderfully generous giveaway! Thank you dear Kafka, who I follow via wordpress, and Puredistance!

    If I win, I will be passing these amazing fragrances onto my mother who I’m sure will love them as much as I do!

    • Welcome, Mr. Nisbett. “M” is pure luxurious richness and suaveness. I think it’s incredible, so I hope you get the chance to try it. I’ve got you on my list. Good luck! 🙂

  35. I recently discovered your blog searching for a review of Hedonist. I realy enjoyed your review and can’t wait to smell the perfume. Congratulations with your 5 month anniversary. What a generous giveaway, I would love to be enclosed. I follow you by FB.

    • Hello there, Thirme. Welcome. I’m afraid my blog is not available on Facebook except to my close personal friends through my private account. There is no FB account for the Kafkaesque blog. I don’t see you on the actual subscription lists, so I’m sorry.

      • Hello Kafka, I shared your blog on my FB and noticed that I can’t follow you by FB. I just entered my email adress to be able to follow you. I hope you can enclose me afterall.

        • I’m afraid I don’t see you on the list of email subscribers either, but you’ve tried and been sweet, so I’ll put you on the list for the drawing anyway. Best of luck. 🙂

          • I was replying with my Ipad and that isn’t working propperly, If i’m correct I’m now on your list. Thanks for enclosing me, I keep my fingers crossed.

          • You are indeed now subscribed but I had put you on the giveaway list anyway. LOL. Thank you for trying so hard and for being so sweet. As for Hedonist, do you think you’ll order a sample? It’s truly lovely. Good luck with the Puredistance giveaway. 🙂

    • If you love honey scents and they work well with your skin, I think you’ll really enjoy it. Fingers crossed. 🙂 I look forward to getting to know both you and your perfume tastes much better. Welcome to the blog! 🙂

  36. I’m following the blog via e-mail! I’ve discovered your blog recently and it’s amazing, great work! your writing style is very refined.
    Thank you for the draw!

    • Hello, Joaquim. Welcome to the blog, and thank you for your kind words about my writing. 🙂 I’ve got your name down on my list for the giveaway. Good luck! 🙂

  37. Thanks to you I got a sample from Puredistance as well as an extra sample because of the delay so I’m well disposed toward the company. I don’t know how I see your blog, I linked from your FB page.

  38. I follow the blog using an email subscription! 🙂 Hope I can be entered into this lovely competition – I am dying to smell that PuredistanceM!

  39. Thank you for organizing this brilliant giveaway!! I love books and the written word, so i draw inspiration from the different styles of prose including yours:) I’m following you via wordpress since it’s convenient for me:).

    I love the review for Opardu and hope I can win it so I can try it myself. Good day!!

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