Looking for Authors

I am looking for a contributing author to join Bois de Jasmin’s small team of writers. The right person should be passionate about perfume and interested in trying different fragrances. Ideally, I’m looking for someone who can contribute 2 articles a month, but it’s flexible. The articles can be perfume reviews or any other fragrance-related posts, and you can draw upon your own personal interests and experience. Besides contributing a post, an author is expected to reply to the comments under their articles (I take care of the images and formatting myself).

You should be comfortable with being edited.

You will be compensated for your work (because Bois de Jasmin is not a sponsored blog, the payment is modest). The written material has to be original, so articles published elsewhere won’t be accepted. Bois de Jasmin will hold the copyright on any articles published here.

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To prevent any conflict of interest situations, please don’t apply if you work for a fragrance company, retail store or blog on perfume topics. If you’re a fellow perfume blogger, you’re welcome to participate as a guest poster.

Please note that no sponsored or advertising driven articles are accepted.

To apply: please send me a short writing sample (3 paragraphs or so) pasted in the email body and tell me a little about yourself and your interest in perfume. My email address is editor at boisdejasmin dot com.

I will try to reply to each submission individually, but please give me a couple of weeks to do so. Thank you for your interest!

Painting: A Lady Writing a Letter (fragment), Johannes Vermeer, 17th century Netherlands, National Gallery of Art.

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36 Comments

  • Barbara: Hello, V! I didn’t check in for a while, because my little one was doing her exams and it was all we could think about. I’m not a good writer and I’m happy just to play in the comments section, but I want to say your work ethic always impresses me. I love the whole Boisdejasmin team, commenters too. People here are so nice and helpful. May 31, 2013 at 10:45am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Barbara! It’s a very sweet thing to say, and of course, I’m happy to hear this. I also love this space, and if I ever have to take breaks from it because of work, I miss our chats very much.

      Hope that your baby aced her exams! May 31, 2013 at 2:03pm Reply

    • Edward: Totally agree on the impressive work ethics. Plus, the technical insights you share with us are always enlightening Thank you, Victoria for sharing with us your talent. June 3, 2013 at 9:24am Reply

      • Victoria: Edward, thank you! I don’t know about talent, but I definitely enjoy sharing with you whatever interesting things I discover. I’m also glad to meet so many different people who share my passion. June 3, 2013 at 5:42pm Reply

    • george: Just a resounding shout out of agreement with Barbara’s sentiments about the blog and all the contributors! Boisdejasmin is an excellent resource for any perfumisto or perfumista! June 4, 2013 at 12:17pm Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you so much! This means a great deal to all of us. June 4, 2013 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Brian McCubbin: Hi, it was not long ago that i uploaded my first two reviews onto Basenotes. Sadly they have pulled the crowd source section which i found to be very useful for assesing potential new buys. LT can be quite partisan sometimes (Eg. Fuel for life – i find to be too immature for my age group 50 and not a great innovation, certainly not better than Azzaro PH). So i will send you a couple of review excerpts. Re the John Vavartos trio new to UK. Artisan i read as an attempt to move beyond Cool Water. The pity of it is that they appear to ask the ? where to now, but conclude – back to the 70s: Fougere; brut, Paco Raban PH. Not a great quality of execution but none the less a valiant attempt to overcome the ubiquitousness of the Compot Fruité au Masculin. maybe im reading too much into it, it was released in the states years ago & so it aint nothing new… Hope you are finding Belgium to yr liking, i recently spent a week in Paris and cant wait to get back again. Au revoir Brian May 31, 2013 at 12:56pm Reply

    • Victoria: I’m enjoying Belgium, and I’m still discovering it. Brussels can be cold and difficult to figure out at first, but once you find its other warmer layers, it’s fascinating. May 31, 2013 at 2:17pm Reply

      • Brian McCubbin: Yeah thats good. Re: John Vavartos is was vintage i was refering to- starts off melony fruity and settles as a fougere… My resume
        Im a hands on parfumista, meaning i experiment with oils as well as collecting frags. I work as an artisan gardener, and i have university level french, important in the world of perfume dont you think?
        Reviews:
        If you met the wearer in a deserted garage at midnight, Dunhill Black could be mistaken for automotive care products. A high proportion of synthetics gives this minimalist perfume positively no character. Its like smelling a shadow frag.
        L’eau by Christopher Sheldrake : Serge Lutens L’eau is a gourmand feast of ripe peaches and tart grapefruit segments skillfully blended into a gorgeous subtle accord.Touches of vanillin & coumarin add a powdery sweet softness which whips up into a light creamy fool of a scent.
        Alas it cannot last and soon the heavenly peach is brought to earth by a resinous labdanum and bergamot note. Amazingly it is the grapefruit which forms the core of this fragrance, lasting right through as it settles into the body of iris and musk. Then we discover that, horrors the grapefruit came out of a tin.
        After ten spectacular minutes of peachy heaven,we realise that desert was the climax of dinner and that all that remains is just pushing food around the plate.
        PS summer started here yesterday after the longer winter i have ever known, hope you are enjoying the sun… Brian June 1, 2013 at 7:19am Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you, Brian! As I mentioned in the post, the submissions and bios should be emailed and I gave an address. Since I’m asking you for some personal information (such as telling me a little about yourself), it’s best to do over email. June 1, 2013 at 10:59am Reply

  • Donna: Hi Victoria, I just sent you a private email.

    Cheers, Donna May 31, 2013 at 1:27pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Donna and everyone else! I appreciate your interest. I look forward to sitting down with a cup of tea over the weekend and reading everyone’s submissions. May 31, 2013 at 2:17pm Reply

      • Donna: Victoria, if you could just confirm you received my email. Thank you!!! May 31, 2013 at 3:40pm Reply

        • Victoria: Donna, yes, thank you!

          As I mentioned in the post, I will need at least a couple of weeks to start replying to submissions. But please rest assured that they’ve all been received and already printed out. Thank you again for your interest. May 31, 2013 at 4:05pm Reply

  • Merlin: You should have another in your inbox! May 31, 2013 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Michaela Kristal: Hello V,

    I have just emailed you with an English review attached to the mail. Thak you for the opportunity! June 1, 2013 at 2:08am Reply

    • Victoria: Michaela, thank you very much, but as I note in my post, if you already write on perfume elsewhere, you’re not the right candidate for the regular contributor position. It’s to avoid any conflict of interest situations. Thank you for understanding. June 1, 2013 at 3:27am Reply

  • Roberta: I keep reading your blog with great interest, and I’m very curious to get to know the new contributor.
    In the meantime I just wanted to compliment you for such transparent and straightforward work-ethics, I do refer also to your position about not accepting “presents/full bottles” from any company. It shows. June 1, 2013 at 4:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Roberta! Most companies don’t send full bottles anyway, but if they do, I make it a strict policy to use them as giveaways. Either way, if a sample (of whatever size) was provided by a company for a review, it’s indicated in the post. June 1, 2013 at 10:51am Reply

  • Ines: 🙂 I would love to apply, seeing that I usually stick to deadlines, it’s only when I’m left to myself that I don’t get anything done (as visible by the irregularity of my blog postings).
    But I’m not sure my type of writing would satisfy your criteria.

    Looking forward to seeing who becomes the contributor though. 🙂 June 1, 2013 at 4:46am Reply

    • Victoria: You should continue updating your blog, Ines, even if it means setting deadlines for yourself. I don’t work well without deadlines either, so I set them for myself. And your writing is lovely! June 1, 2013 at 10:53am Reply

  • Austenfan: I don’t mean to apply as I am no writer, but good luck on picking another contributing writer! June 1, 2013 at 5:30am Reply

  • Bettye: Hello Victoria – I have sent you a writing sample and my professional background. Thank you so much for offering such an exciting opportunity! June 1, 2013 at 6:04pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your interest, Bettye! June 2, 2013 at 11:05am Reply

      • Bettye: Hello again! Just letting you know I’ve forwarded the sample pasted in as you requested. June 2, 2013 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Martyn: Ha! I’d love to apply, and I can write till the cows come home, but sadly I have neither the professional vocabulary of a “hands on parfumista”, nor the resources to provide myself with a range of fragrances upon which to comment. (I can spell “dessert”, though 😉 – sorry, Brian!)

    Will you be choosing a generalist, someone who can substitute for you when you need a break? Or someone to fill a niche? I’d love to read at length here what a man thinks about women’s fragrances, particularly those which could be thought of as crossovers. June 3, 2013 at 6:16am Reply

    • Victoria: More of a general interest, but If they have a special aspect of perfumery they want to write about, that’s great. I see a regular contributor staying with us for a while, so it’s important that they are passionate about perfume and serious about blogging. June 3, 2013 at 5:56pm Reply

  • Berengaria: Dear Victoria, as I am quite busy today and tomorrow morning, I hope to send you a writing sample tomorrow evening, at the address mentioned above. Hope you will like it 🙂 June 3, 2013 at 11:22am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you! I look forward to it. June 3, 2013 at 5:42pm Reply

      • Berengaria: It should be in your mailbox now. Hope you enjoy the lovely weather 🙂 June 4, 2013 at 2:24pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you, I received it! June 4, 2013 at 6:08pm Reply

  • solanace: Just sent you an e-mail, Victoria. June 4, 2013 at 11:04am Reply

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