Peony & Blush Suede, and Shopping Online

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I have a tendency to purchase fragrances without trying them. My three favorites were purchased this way - Jennifer Aniston, Lazy Sunday Morning, and Jo Malone's Peony & Blush Suede. When I first purchased Peony & Blush Suede, I picked up the 1oz bottle and spritzed it sparingly, saving it for special occasions. Last summer, A and I attended several weddings; by this summer, it was time for a repurchase. I feel almost relieved to have a full bottle in my possession again, and a whole 3.4oz!

On me, Peony & Blush Suede starts out strongly floral, then turns to a crisp fruit. As it 'dries down', a warm spice or musk kicks in (I'm guessing the suede), and it finally settles as a softer floral, with subtle crisp and warm cologne elements - a more complex fragrance (than Jennifer Aniston or Lazy Sunday Morning) for sure.

A and I are attending my good friend's wedding later today and I'm so happy to be celebrating her special day with her. I'll be wearing Peony & Blush Suede, more liberally this time.

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A note on shopping online - I much prefer shopping online to shopping in-store for the convenience and comfort, with more and more brands and companies offering easy shipping and returns, and for the ways I'm able to save money. I wanted to share some of my tips with you!

Sign up for the mailing list. Emails can get annoying, but if they're sent by a favorite brand or a company you shop often, it's nice to view the new arrivals and receive exclusive discounts and information on upcoming sales. Many brands and companies offer a discount code for signing up, and it's easy to filter the emails or unsubscribe if you change your mind.

Search for promo codes. Most brands and companies advertise promo codes throughout their sites. I've also had luck with third-party sites such as RetailMeNot and Groupon - see which codes have high success rates and try them yourself!

Use your discounts. Many stores offer discounts to educators and students, so I always make sure to have my work and/or graduate school ID on me when shopping in-store. Online, I check UNiDAYS, where you can register with your student email to receive discounts.

Ebates. This is my favorite method as it's fairly automatic and saves you quite a bit! You install a button to your browser (like Pinterest) which alerts you when you're on the website of a participating store/brand/company. The button leads you to a link through which you can shop the site and receive an electronic rebate on your purchase, sometimes up to 10%! Ebates will also search for additional discounts or codes to use as you shop. Each month, depending on how much you shop and accumulate, Ebates will mail you your rebates as a 'Big Fat Check'. It's free to register and use their services, and I highly recommend that you do!

And no, I am (unfortunately) in no way linked to any of these brands/companies (just in that I use their services). I used several of these methods to repurchase Peony & Blush Suede and thought it might be helpful to share them with you. Let me know if you use any methods to save money shopping online that I haven't listed!

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