‘WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION’ : THE BLOODY ANNOYING FACT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SEND PERFUME THROUGH THE POST ANYMORE GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

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I am the type to send luxuriant, magnificent packages through the post when the moment takes me. At least I used to be. The recent post 9/II postal restrictions have put paid to all that though,  and so I now officially, today, on this blog post give up.

It’s just that I love to share the wealth sometimes (and you know what wealth of vintage beauty I have come across all these years in Japan). I used to really enjoy wrapping up bottles in bubble wrap and beautiful paper and sending them off, imagining the looks on people’s faces when they opened them. Now, though, they always come back from the post office unsent, probably opened and sniffed about by dogs, of the literal or the human variety, and all my anticipation comes to nothing.

Strangely, though, samples do seem to come through here, from America and the UK and other places (usually from some of you wonderful people); labelled, usually as something else, which I have of course tried myself (this time it was ‘book, soap and incense samples’ he lied even though it was in fact all boxed parfums) but hell no: it had to come back.

I suppose in a way, all this security strictness does at least mean that inflammable horrors aimed at hurting people are less likely to find their target (are there really many such things flying their way across the world though?) but even so, it does feel like the end of an era to me.

Do any of you know any tricks around this? Or is it just no more post package joy for my friends and loved ones?

Boo.

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7 responses to “‘WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION’ : THE BLOODY ANNOYING FACT OF NOT BEING ABLE TO SEND PERFUME THROUGH THE POST ANYMORE GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

  1. Nelleke Oepkes aka Booknose

    Do you get them back from Japanese or Americain postal service? If it is the latter, ignore my comment. Ant think 2015 instead of 1984 or 1950ies real time.
    Maybe they!! , very Kafka, are used to you sending these things. Try a stand-in expeditor, granny- or elderly aunt -like type. Or a different location. IT sounds so I-spy-ish. Wrap it in a sock? Or use a different box …try different wrapping material, camera seethrough resistentThe fun is gone, I know!
    In Amsterdam I get parcels with perfume and scentish things with no hassle. This is not an invitation for sending them here. I have no experience with sending them myself.
    Sympathizing …

  2. tonkabeany

    Boo indeed!!! I thought the sample of Apres L’Ondee parfum that I once posted off to you (many moons ago now), was as disguised as it is possible for a perfume bottle to be, but alas, not only did it not reach you, it didn’t come back to me either!!
    It really is the end of an era. The parcels I have received from you over the years are unforgettable! One that immediately springs to mind is the Carnation package, such riches, so beautifully put together, in a style that is uniquely yours. And, in the spooky way you have, timed to perfection, arriving on a day when I was dreaming of such things.
    I’m afraid no helpful tips from this end, just boundless gratitude for everything that did reach me.

  3. I think you may have to resort to the trickery of drug dealers and conceal your beautiful bottles in coffee beans…….

  4. It is such a sad state of affairs. I do not know when they started thinking that fragrance could be so destructive if posted. Wish there was a way around it all; maybe trying a different branch of the postal service.
    I am at least happy my care package made it over to you when I sent it. I love to share the wealth also, but it would surely flummox me if my packages were continuously sent back.
    You could always try different couriers, UPS and many others will transport fragrance. They cost more, but they do it. Bon courage.

  5. This grotesquerie is not encountered everywhere: as far as I know, none of the postal systems in Continental Europe have imposed this absurdity. It is especially the UK post and—but I may be wrong here—US post. You can send perfume via airmail from Germany to Italy, and from France to Belgium: no problem at all.
    If there is a risk of airplanes going up in flames because a bottle of perfume is on board, I do wonder how do they import Dior, Chanel & Co. to London from Paris? Do they hire stage coaches with eight black horses and send them across the Channel on a barge?

  6. Yes, it’s crap. Same here in Oz.
    Portia xx

  7. Do try different carriers, label as oils, do the coffee bean thing. Build up a network of couriers. It seems perfume in suitcases does not blow up airplanes….whatever. It’s a total witch hunt.

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