Lahore and Roses

I spent the past three weeks in Pakistan. I started my trip in Karachi and traveled along the Indus before crossing into Punjab and continuing to Islamabad, and finally, Lahore. I had many reasons that drove me to undertake the journey– an interest in ancient history and my personal need to understand the modern era, a desire to see places I’ve read about and to discover a country that’s often misunderstood and talked about in geopolitical terms. Above all, I wanted to see Lahore.

Lahore Lahore hai, say the locals. Lahore is Lahore. There is no other city like it, they add. I agree. It’s the place where Mughal empresses rest in the rose gardens and the new train lines edge Shah Jahan’s palaces. It’s the place where one can get lost in the old city and find oneself in a quiet courtyard full of fluttering dove wings and silvery streamers. It’s the place where ancient shrines are drowning in the clutter of shops and hawker stalls, and where the marble steps of Badshahi Mosque are so polished that they reflect the moonlight. Lahore is Lahore.

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Parfums de Rosine Le Magnolia de Rosine : Fragrance Review


The best rendition of magnolia I’ve tried was Pierre Bourdon’s Sous Les Magnolias from his eponymous perfume line. It had the lemony ice cream richness of the southern flower, but instead of rendering it photorealistically and flatly, Bourdon structured the fragrance around a mossy-earthy chypre accord. It was a genius decision. Unfortunately, Sous Les Magnolias can be hard to find.

When I read about Les Parfums de Rosine offering Magnolia signed by Bourdon, I assumed that it would be close to his own magnolia.

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The Scents of Les Fleurs du Mal

During his lecture presented at The Perfumative conference, Dr. Martin Jaeggi called Charles Baudelaire a poet-perfumer for his ability to create scent accords: musk and tobacco, rose and amber, musk and ambergris, benzoin and frankincense, coconut oil and tar, etc.

Les Fleurs du Mal was first published in 1857, and it immediately caused a scandal. Some of the poems were deemed so outrageous to public decency that Baudelaire was tried and fined. Baudelaire managed to publish the poems in a separate volume titled Les Épaves (Scraps) during his sojourn in Brussels, but in France, the ban wasn’t lifted until 1949. Baudelaire wasn’t grateful to the Belgian laid-back attitude and penned a number of diatribes against his adopted residence and its denizens.

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Guerlain Mitsouko and Favorites Samples Perfume Giveaway

Today we have a generous giveaway courtesy of A. A wanted to thank everyone who helped her with perfume recommendations and share  a package of  her favorite samples with another Bois de Jasmin reader. The set includes 15 x 0.05 oz/ 1.5 ml samples and 5 x 1 oz decants of fragrances from Chanel, Serge Lutens, L’Artisan, Naomi Goodsir, Kilian and more.  A will also include a half-full 50ml bottle of Mitsouko Eau de Parfum.  As A says, “I hope that it will be a fun discovery for someone.” A can send her package anywhere, provided that customs restrictions don’t interfere.

We are not responsible for customs duties, leaks or damage during transit or for lost packages.

To participate, please answer these questions. I will randomly draw one winner.

1. A is still looking for a perfect jasmine perfume. As A says, “if you aren’t into jasmine, then please recommend your favorite white floral.”
2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with A?

The contest is closed. The winner is Lynn. Congratulations! I’ll contact you via email shortly.

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Recommend Me a Perfume : November 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating this week! Our “Recommend Me a Perfume” thread is open. You can use this space to find perfume recommendations, to share your discoveries and favorite scents, and to ask any questions about scents, aromas and flavors. If you’ve asked for recommendations before, we would love to hear what you’ve found. And if you still need more help, ask away.

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, Iranian black tea with saffron sugar

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  • Victoria in Lahore and Roses: Thank you very much, Tara! There is so much to discover. December 9, 2018 at 4:26am

  • Victoria in Lahore and Roses: Thank you. You found the right crowd then. 🙂 December 9, 2018 at 4:25am

  • Victoria in Lahore and Roses: Thank you very much, Annie. Sharing with all of you makes me relive these journeys. December 9, 2018 at 4:25am

  • Victoria in Lahore and Roses: I started about three months ago. That’s generally how long it takes me to get to a comfortable conversational level. I speak Persian, so it helps a lot with Urdu.… December 9, 2018 at 2:57am

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