Roja Dove The Essence of Perfume Book Giveaway

Roja Dove kindly offered a copy of his book The Essence of Perfume to one Bois de Jasmin reader. “In The Essence of Perfume the story of perfume, from ancient Egypt where the fragrance Kypi induced mass surrender when it was offered in worship to the sun god, through the rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli, and up to modern day celebrity fragrances, is told by Roja Dove.” It’s a coffee table sized volume, now published in its second edition and available through the publisher and

To enter, please comment by answering this question: “What book are you currently reading? How are you enjoying it?”


The contest is going to be open till Monday. I will select one winner via a random number generator and will announce the winner next week.

Best Lavender Perfumes : My Financial Times Magazine Column

In my new article for the Financial Times Magazine’s fragrance column, The Best Lavender Perfumes, I talk about some of my favorite lavender blends as well as fragrances that use lavender notes.


Lavender is a much misunderstood perfume ingredient. “Too simple” is a common response from many who’ve long associated it with aftershaves and soaps. Among perfume materials, lavender may not have the femme-fatale allure of jasmine or tuberose, but in terms of versatility, the essence of its tiny violet flowers often outranks more exotic blooms. It can be found in fragrances from all corners of the perfume map. Please read the rest by clicking here.

Climate change and the spread of disease are creating pressures for the production of lavender in France, and I also touch upon this issue in my article.

If you have favorite lavender perfumes, I would love to hear what you enjoy and wear. 

Photo via FT

Perfume and Poetry: The Book of Scented Things Review

Patricia on perfume and poetry.

For me poetry first meant the limericks and nursery rhymes in The Golden Treasury of Poetry, edited by Louis Untermeyer and containing lovely illustrations by Joan Walsh Anglund. The pages of this book became dog-eared and torn over the years, and the cover finally fell off. Once I could read, I graduated to the longer poems within, such as “The Highwayman” and “Paul Revere’s Ride.” But it wasn’t until high school, when I was introduced to a wider range of poetry, especially modern verse, that I felt the power of poetry to take one on an incredible journey within the space of only a few verses. As a teenager, the poems of e e cummings were early favorites, and I still have a copy of Poems 1923-1954, my name written on the flyleaf in loopy handwriting I hardly recognize.


The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems About Perfume, edited by Jehanne Dubrow and Lindsay Lusby, is a collection of one hundred original poems about fragrance written by American poets. These poets were sent perfume vials, all different and carefully chosen by the editors, and asked to “…write a poem that engages with or responds to the fragrance that we have sent you.” The editors go into detailed explanation of the book’s inception in the Introduction, and Alyssa Harad, author of Coming to My Senses, provides her thoughts on scent and literature in a well-written Preface. A very useful Contributors’ and Matchmaking Notes section appears at the end of the book and gives biographical information on each poet as well as the name of the assigned perfume.

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L’Artisan Seville a l’Aube Giveaway Result

The winner is Polinia. Congratulations! Please email me your address, and I will pass it on to A.

Again, thank you to A. for your generosity and willingness to share!

If a winner doesn’t respond within 7 days, I reserve a right to pick another person.

Parfums de Nicolai Musc Monoi : Perfume Review


Summer ends the same way for me. It seems that only yesterday I made vacation plans, unearthed a swimming suit from a pile of winter clothes and bought an extra bottle of sunscreen. And then I wake up at the end of August and see that the local stationery store is advertising “start of school” sales and tall lindens lining the avenues in the city are slowly changing from green to gold. If I could hit a pause button for a moment, I would, if only to capture this languid, golden sensation of late summer days. But everything rushes forward inexorably, and the most I can do is reach for bottled summer fantasies, such as Parfums de Nicolaï Musc Monoi.

musk monoi

Monoi (also called tiare) is a tropical blossom that smells creamy and intensely sweet. It’s macerated in coconut oil to capture its heady perfume, and the scented oil is used on skin and hair. If you’ve ever seen a fragrance or body product advertised as having a tropical fragrance, then this monoi-coconut combination is something you’ve already encountered. In France, summer scent often means sweet orange blossom, such as L’Oreal’s classical Ambre Solaire sunscreen, and in Musc Monoi, perfumer Patricia de Nicolaï weaves both Mediterranean and tropical inspirations.

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  • Marjorie Young in Roja Dove The Essence of Perfume Book Giveaway: I’m currently reading The Perfume Lover by Denyse Beaulieu. I’m finding this book absolutely fascinating. Learning how a perfume is brought to being is so much fun. August 30, 2014 at 10:28pm

  • Kaitlyn in Roja Dove The Essence of Perfume Book Giveaway: Right now I’m rereading the first book of the Outlander series. I’m finding it a bit long winded and overdone. I think I definitely enjoyed it more the first time… August 30, 2014 at 7:12pm

  • Neisha in Scent Map of the World: Portland smells wet, green and vital, like anything could grow here, including ideas. It always feels great to step off the plane. August 30, 2014 at 5:25pm

  • Anna in Roja Dove The Essence of Perfume Book Giveaway: Unfortunately I am re-reading the “Experimental Statistics Handbook” by Natrella for work. It is informative but not something I would normally pick up to read. August 30, 2014 at 1:27pm

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