Serge Lutens Chergui Giveaway

Courtesy to Bois de Jasmin’s reader Jeannemarie, I can host this incredibly generous giveaway. She would like to send one of you her bottle of Serge Lutens Chergui. The bottle is 50ml, Eau de Parfum, sprayed 6-7 times. “I ordered it in December 2014. I’ve always wanted to try it, but it is really not my cup of tea. I really should have purchased the Miel de Bois (honey and hay dominant notes). The Chergui is really unisex and has a stronger note of tobacco leaf. Attractive, but not for me,” wrote Jeannemarie.


The contest is open to our readers worldwide, but it goes without saying that we are not responsible for leaks or damage during transit or lost packages. 

To participate, please answer 1 (or all 3) of Jeannemarie’s questions:
1) Has anyone ever made the mistake of wearing a certain type of fragrance to work only to realize later that it probably wasn’t a good idea? If so, which fragrance was it and what made you choose it?

2) Which unisex fragrances truly work for both men and women in your opinion? Which of your perfumes would you be willing to share with your significant other?

3) Which classic fragrances would you stockpile if you could and why?

The contest is open till Sunday. I will announce the winner in this spot.

Scent Diary : Old Books

Do you know that as paper degrades it releases aromatics like vanillin and benzaldehyde? The former is a familiar aroma of vanilla, and the latter smells like bitter almonds. It surely must be nature’s reward to readers. It’s also a reward to people reorganizing their bookshelves, as I’ve discovered. Meanwhile, the weather has suddenly turned autumnal in Brussels, and the air smells crisply of fallen leaves. This combination makes me reach for Hermès Vétiver Tonka for several days in a row, a perfume of caramelized hazelnuts and earth caked roots. Oddly compelling.


Scent Diary is a place where we can share fragrances we encounter, good and bad, perfumes we wear and the scents around us. In order words, it’s just a place to talk about scented anything and everything.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin

L’Artisan Parfumeur Oeillet Sauvage Fragrance Review


Soliflorals, fragrances based around a single flower, have a school-marmish reputation. Orange blossom and tuberose have been made trendy (Jo Malone Orange Blossom) and chic (Frédéric Malle Carnal Flower), but the idea of wearing a straightforward rose or lavender perfume still doesn’t excite many women. One might as well ask them to don an apron over a house dress and host a tupperware party. Carnation perfumes fare worst of all. Take a look at any consumer survey at fragrance marketing departments, and you’ll see all sorts of derogatory adjectives next to this classical note–“dated,” “fusty,” “old-fashioned,” or the ultimate insult, “boring.”

L'Artisan Parfumeur - Oeillet Sauvage -  100ml

This is a shame, because it means that those of us who love carnations for their opulent spicy scent get a short shrift. I’ve collected a number of classical carnation perfume bases (mixtures of natural and synthetic notes that are used as building blocks in fragrance compositions) and have been on a permanent quest to find as many interesting carnation perfumes as I can. L’Artisan Parfumeur reissued Oeillet Sauvage just in time for my mission.

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Petrykivka : Ukraine’s Vibrant Treasure

A petrykivka artist’s most important tools are her hands and her cat. To paint the intricate, colorful motifs of this traditional form of Ukrainian folk art, it’s essential to combine bold strokes with delicate ones. The tip of one’s finger might be used to create a cluster of round berries, a mass of dahlia petals or a tangle of oak leaves. But for the fine tendrils and feathers adorning roosters and cuckoo birds, classical symbols with complex meaning, a painter turns to a brush made of cat hair. “The cat first has to agree to give you some fur,” says Natalia Rybak, the artist at the Petrykivka Center for Folk Art, as she shows me the local art collection. “Not all do.”


Petrykivsky painting or “petrykivka” is one of many forms of ancient Ukrainian decorative arts. Its name is derived from the place of its origin, the village of Petrykivka in Dnipropetrovsk region, and it is closely tied to the Cossack tradition. Cossacks were members of the democratic communities that since the 15th century started forming into a loose federation in southern-central Ukraine. Independent from the neighboring states, the Cossack federation offered social freedoms and protection, thus drawing an ever increasing number of people from other regions to its villages. South-east of Kyiv, Petrykivka was established in the 17th century as the wintering ground for the Cossack divisions that spent the rest of the year in the areas around the lower Dnieper River. Even after the Cossackdom was destroyed by the Russian tsars in the 18th century, many former strongholds, such as Petrykivka, retained enough autonomy to develop their traditional crafts.

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Byredo Seven Veils Perfume Review


Elisa takes a look at Byredo.

Is there anything new or interesting left to do with orientals? You’d be forgiven for thinking “I doubt it.” They’ve been around since at least the late 19th century, and their popularity hasn’t waned; we’ve probably seen thousands of variations on the basic structure of perfumes like Coty L’Origan and Guerlain Shalimar. But perfume will always surprise you – Thierry Mugler Angel came pretty late in the game (1992) and introduced a totally new idea to the oriental genre.


Byredo’s Seven Veils is one recent perfume that completely subverted my expectations. The name refers to the biblical story of Salome’s “Dance of the Seven Veils” – an orientalist version of the striptease – and it’s fitting, because the perfume unfolds in layers. It opens with a classically rooty iris note, a big whoosh of raw, starchy carrots – which is, frankly, exactly the kind of thing I usually dislike. But I stuck with it, and within ten minutes I knew it wasn’t just another chalky iris soliflore. Rather, Seven Veils is a boozy oriental with a spicy root-vegetable twist.

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  • Vanie in Serge Lutens Chergui Giveaway: Thanks for the giveaway! 1. An over zealous SA once sprayed my scarf with a good 5-6 sprtizs of Alien, right before I went to class. Let’s just say, it… July 31, 2015 at 9:20pm

  • gretchen in Serge Lutens Chergui Giveaway: Oh, your cat food comment made me laugh with glee…if someone wins the bottle for entertainment value alone, i hope it will be you! July 31, 2015 at 9:01pm

  • Lia in Serge Lutens Chergui Giveaway: 1. no one has ever commented on my perfume for being overbearing but I guess my Chanel Coco would choke someone if worn too much in the tropical heat. 2.… July 31, 2015 at 8:46pm

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