We Have Winners!

My unbiased brother has performed the draw tonight, and the lucky winners are:

Congratulations, Monique and Roxana - you both won a copy of PERFUME The Story of a Murderer DVD

Congratulations to Ann, you've won a hand-painted spray bottle of 1oz EDP of your choice ( Epice Sauvage, Lovender, Magnolia Petal, ArbitRary or Rainforest)

Congratulations to Catehrine - you've won the gorgeous vintage Mexican poison ring! I will fill it with a solid perfume of your choice.

Be sure to tune in for more contests and draws - next month there will also be prizes amongst SmellyBlog readres, Portobello West visitors (who sign up to my mailing list!) and of course - those of you who buy online at AyalaMoriel.com!

August Special: Order Online & Win!

During the month of August, all customers placing online orders will be entered into a draw to win one of the following cool prizes:
1) A copy of the new DVD of the movie Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, with the extra feature documentary on the making of the film.
2) 1 oz Eau de Parfum hand-painted spray bottle (the winner will get to choose which scent to pick: Epice Sauvage, Lovender, Magnolia Petal, ArbitRary or Rainforest
3) Poison Ring filled with a creme parfum of your choice (this is a vintage Mexican silver ring with an onyx stone, size is adjustable). See image below.

Readers who left comments on SmellyBlog during August will also be entered into the DVD draw.

Winners will be announced August 30th.

Black Onyx Poison Ring, originally uploaded by Ayala Moriel

Perfume DVD Released Today

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer was released on DVD today, July 24th 2007. If you didn't make it to the theatres to watch the odd story of a mythical perfumer psychopath that had no scent of his own, you can now watch it at the leisure of your own home while sniffing your way through your own homemade enflourage... I am curious to see what the special features are in this DVD. Hopefully, they are have a lot to do with perfume and Grasse...

August 30th we're going to hold a draw for a wicked giveaway of 2 copies of Perfume: The Story of a Murderer DVD. All you need to do is either leave a comment during the summer on SmellyBlog, or place an order online from Ayala Moriel, and you will be entered automatically into the draw!

Click here for more details.

Corpse Flower

Corpse Flower 30-06-2007, originally uploaded by Ayala Moriel.

Now, on a far less pleasant note, I did find this corpse flower in the rhododendron garden earlier that Saturday... It's the first time I'm seeing it here at the rhododendron garden, which is usually known for far more pleasant habitants. In Israel, we have a much smaller variety which smells like old human feces. Just like this corpse flower you can see above, it also attracts flies (which it feeds on once they get caught in its juicy trap). I'd take that any day over the smell of this particular corpse flower.
And how did the one in the picture smell? Rotten fish! Now I can almost understand what Grenouille was trying to avoid by becoming a murderous perfumer... I'd do anything to avoid this stench, it was sickening and I could barely stand there long enough to take a few close up shots...
There were no rhododendrons left in the garden (except for one bush, which was not of a fragrant variety), so I had to run for my life after that and go straight to the sea... Grenouilles favourite smell until he got spoiled on virgin body odour... I'll stop now before I frighten myself too much!

P.s. I am not so sure that "Corpse Flower" is the accurate name for this particular variety. This is not the Titan arum although you must admit it has quite an impressive phallic centerpiece... If you have a clue of the true name and/or Latin name, please share it with me. I am sure it's a type of Amorphophallus, but the exact species, I am not sure...

From the Cinema

First evening of the pre-premiere in Vancouver, at 5th Avenue Cinema (an indie theatre owned by Leonard Schein).
We started with the giveaway - the holder of Ticket No. 046 was the lucky winner of a 9ml flacon of none other than Film Noir and he seemed rather happy!
It was nice to meet Vancouverites that like perfumes and movies, and I managed to get rid of some samples that really wanted to be worn on real skin - and get some people to sign up for my mailing list (the incentive is a $25 off for the next purchase - and I will announce the discount code for all the film attendees soon).
One more night - and one more weekend - and we'll be back to the usual routine of work and blogging... I am hoping to sign off for tonight only after posting a review of a winter favourite, Parfum Sacre.

Will report tomorrow after the next pre-premiere screening, it should be lots of fun since my friend Colleen has promised to help and I think it will be a lot better to have another person persuading people that my perfumes are not made of virgin's oily skin!
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