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Recommend Me a Perfume : September

Bois de Jasmin will return on Monday. Today we have our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread. You can use this space to ask any questions about perfume, including fragrance recommendations. If you’ve asked for a recommendation before, we would love to hear how your search went and what you’ve discovered.


How does it work:

1. Please post your requests or questions as comments here. You can also use this space to ask any fragrance related questions. To receive recommendations that are better tailored to your tastes, you can include details on what you like and don’t like, your signature perfumes, and your budget. And please let us know what you end up sampling.

2. Then please check the thread to see if there are other requests you can answer. Your responses are really valuable for navigating the big and sometimes confusing world of perfume, so let’s help each other!

To make this thread easier to read, when you reply to someone, please click on the blue “reply” link under their comment.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin, fall fruits

Hermes Cuir d’Ange : Perfume Review


Cuir d’Ange is the most recent addition to the Hermès Hermessence collection, a line of fragrances sold exclusively at the house’s boutiques. The idea is to capture the nuances of famous Hermès leather, which smells of flowers and musk. The perfumer behind it is Jean-Claude Ellena, a master of the most ethereal and delicate compositions, and as you would expect, Cuir d’Ange, Angel’s Leather, stays true to its name. It’s wispy and sheer, as if the leather that inspired it was polished to remove any traces of animal funk and made to smell like someone’s clean skin.

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Cuir d’Ange is pure comfort. Although I like to think of myself as someone unafraid of the raunchiest animalic scents, my favorite leathers in perfume bottles are soft and cuddly. I’m more in the camp of Bottega Veneta than that of Robert Piguet Bandit on most days. So, here you go. For this reason, the first time I smelled Cuir d’Ange, I felt that I discovered my ideal leather–creamy, suave, and mild. On the other hand, if you want the odor of a beaver in heat and don’t wish to settle for anything less, Cuir d’Ange will strike you as wimpy and bland.

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Enter to Win Vintage Guerlain Mitsouko Extrait de Parfum

Final Update: Today is the last day to donate to Doctors Without Borders, an exceptional charity organization, and get a chance to win a bottle of rare, vintage Guerlain Mitsouko and La Petite Robe Noire (not vintage, of course, but brand new and still sealed). Thank you!

Update: This is a reminder that the draw for Mitsouko is still running. Thank you very much to everyone who participated. I tallied up the preliminary results, and we have raised $4,000 for Doctors Without Borders!

Meanwhile, we have had an extra contribution to the contest–a brand new, sealed 50ml bottle of Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Eau de Parfum. It means that after drawing a winner for Mitsouko, I will select a second name for La Petite Robe Noire. Thank you for your generous offer, Ann!

It has been a violent year in different parts of the world, and for many months, I’ve been reading the news and feeling utterly helpless. What can one do to help in the face of such terrible suffering and strife? One of my most immediate responses was to donate money to a reputable charity organization. I thought that perhaps others may feel the same way.


I propose donating to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, any amount you wish, and in return, you will be entered into a contest for a 30ml (1 oz) of Guerlain Mitsouko Extrait de Parfum.

It’s vintage, from the 1970s-early 1980s, in my estimation. Unopened. Has all of its tassels. It is a complete presentation, including the outer box. An old price tag shows $85, but 1 oz of modern Mitsouko costs around $350, while the vintage in this condition has collectible value. The best part is that the perfume has all of its oakmoss and other, now forbidden, bits intact. Since it has not been opened, I can’t tell exactly how it will smell, but it smells wonderful around the stopper, and it has been stored in a cool, dark place. It was purchased from a gentleman whose family owned a perfume boutique in Mexico and imported fragrances from France. All other perfumes I bought from his old stocks, including Guerlains, turned out to be exceptionally well-preserved and were pronounced as authentic by my perfumer colleagues.

It is one of the most precious perfumes in my collection, and I have been waiting to open it for a special occasion. But if the money it raises will go towards a good cause, then I have no regrets in parting with it.

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Lavender Farmers Against EU Regulations

In my latest article for the Financial Times Magazine, I wrote about the malaise affecting lavender. Another problem lavender farmers face is due to the new EU regulations. As ABC News reports, “They fear European Union rules adopted last year and due to come in force by 2018 will threaten [them]. According to regulators, lavender oil’s potential to produce allergies places it firmly within regulations on chemical toxins. That means lavender products will have to bear labels involving bold black and red warning labels with messages such as “CAN BE FATAL IF SWALLOWED OR INHALED.” Producers say the rules are too extreme — they note that lavender oil allergies usually produce only rashes — and too expensive for small farmers.”


You can read more about this issue in Lavender Farmers Rebel Against EU Regulations.

One thing is important to keep in mind. Lavender is not the only material that falls under the umbrella of REACH directive (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). REACH applies to all chemicals imported or produced in the EU. Whether lavender essential oil deserves to be classed in the same group as hydrochloric acid is open to debate.

Diptyque Samples Giveaway

Thanks to the generosity of Bois de Jasmin community, we are able to host regular contests and giveaways for samples and full perfume bottles. I want to thank you once again everyone who participated and shared their treasures with the rest of us. These giveaways offer an opportunity to try costly perfumes to newbies or those who don’t have fragrance stores near them. And of course, encountering so much kindness and generosity is wonderful in itself.


So, today we have another giveaway from our reader L, who comments as limegreen on these pages. L will send one person a lot of Diptyque samples: Diptyque Eau Duelle EDP, Eau Moheli, Eau Lavande, Eau Rose, L’eau Diptyque, L’eau de L’eau, L’eau Du Trente-Quatre EDT, L’eau Neroli, L’eau Tarocco, L’Ombre Dans L’eau EDP, L’eau Trois, Olene, Opone, Oyedo, Tam Dao EDT, Vetyverio, Volutes EDT and EDP (manufacturer sample vials and decants, varying levels of juice). The contest is open to the US readers; L is not responsible for leaks or damages during transit.

Her question to you is as follows:

“This summer I went to Paris for the first time in 30 years and last time I went I didn’t care about fragrances! With 3 days, I took advantage of only a few things but didn’t get close to scratching the surface. Victoria has provided Paris perfume recommendations and pharmacy finds, but it was  nevertheless overwhelming. My question: what is your favorite French perfume experience or place to recommend if I go back again? Or if you have not been to Paris, what non-obvious (e.g. not Guerlain Shalimar) French fragrance do you love to recommend? I love most of the Frédéric Malle line and the experience in two of the boutiques (yes, I went to two of them) was fabulous. (And obviously, I love Diptyque.)

The contest  is now closed; thank you for participating. I will select one winner via a random number generator and will announce the winner over the weekend.

I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who generously contributed to these giveaways–samples or full bottles. If anyone else wants to participate, if you have unwanted perfumes that need a new home, please contact me.

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