‘Tis the Season for Giving : Serge Lutens Perfume Raffle

Dear readers, as the year draws to a close, I would like to offer thanks for your constant support and presence on these pages. Despite the economic outlook, it remains a season to give to those who have less and to think of others. Therefore, I would like to open a charity raffle for a chance to win a brand new bottle of Serge Lutens fragrance of your choice.

1. Donate to Doctors Without Borders by January 15, 2009. Other charities are also appropriate but please confirm your choice of charity with me before donating. My intent is to help those with urgent need for those things we sometimes take most for granted: food, water, medicine and shelter. By way of example: Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, etc.

Doctors without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is an organization that includes doctors and nurses who volunteer to provide urgent medical care to victims of war and disaster regardless of race, religion, or politics. It remains independent of any political, religious or economic power. Most of their work is funded by private donations. In fact, the organization received the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of its members’ continuous effort to provide medical care in acute crises, as well as raising international awareness of potential humanitarian disasters.

2. Minimum Donation Amount is $25=1 raffle ticket drawn blindly. Each $5 increment will buy an additional raffle ticket.

3. Provide proof of donation to Bois de Jasmin via email at editor at boisdejasmin dot com by January 15, 2009.

The winner can choose one (1) bottle of Serge Lutens EDP from the following:
A La Nuit (1.69oz)
Ambre Sultan (1.69oz)
Arabie (1.69oz)
Cédre (1.69oz)
Chergui (1.69oz)
Chypre Rouge (1.69oz)
Clair de Musc (1.69oz)
Daim Blond (1.69oz)
Datura Noir (1.7oz)
Douce Amere (1.69oz)
Five O’Clock Au Gingembre (1.69oz)
Fleurs de Citronnier (1.69oz)
Fleurs d’Oranger (1.69oz)
Gris Clair (1.69oz)
Louve (1.69oz)
Miel de Bois (1.69oz)
Rousse (1.69oz)
Sa Majeste La Rose (1.69oz)
Santal Blanc (1.69oz)
Serge Noire (1.69oz)
Un Bois Vanille (1.69oz)
Un Lys (1.69oz)
Vetiver Oriental (1.69oz)

Winner Selection: Upon receiving a proof of donation, each person will be assigned a number. On January 15, 2009, a winning number will be selected by the computer based random number generator.

Important Disclosure: Neither Serge Lutens nor Shiseido have anything to do with the choice of fragrances for the raffle. They are fragrances I  have in my personal collection, and they are being offered because of the particular affection expressed by readers of Bois de Jasmin towards these scents.

Thank you for your participation in the name of a good cause.



  • Eileen: What a wonderful way to help others! I hope you get lots of participants. November 28, 2008 at 8:24am Reply

  • Serafima: It’s such a great idea! I would like to donate to Red Cross. Is it ok? November 28, 2008 at 8:58pm Reply

  • Mark: Victoria, what a great way to share! I am entering the raffle (eyeing that Arabie! :D). I am off to email you the receipt. November 29, 2008 at 10:45am Reply

  • Tammy: Victoria, I like this idea very much! I would like to donate to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. It raises money to fight childhood cancer. http://www.alexslemonade.org
    Is it appropriate? November 29, 2008 at 1:57pm Reply

  • ScentScelf: Fantastic, Victoria. I miss your words, but applaud this way of weaving together passions. I think that the economic outlook makes it important for us to remember to reach out and help, even if we struggle at home. Doctors Without Borders is a personal favorite of mine as well, but I am glad you are welcoming other worthy recipient organizations as well. November 29, 2008 at 9:33am Reply

  • Anonymous: Victoria,
    Wonderful idea. You always amaze me. My pick is Doctors without borders. My dad has already donated some to them this year. I will do the same!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Kaori November 29, 2008 at 9:49pm Reply

  • Tatyana Savchenko: Dear Victoria,

    What a great idea!!! I am sure you will get a lot of participants and i will certainly be one of them.

    Victoria, since you have many times expressed your love for Guerlain’s “Apres L’onndee”, I’d like to kindly ask you for a review of its younger sibling, the exclusive “Quand vient la pluie”. I would greatly appreciate a few words about it.

    Thanks a lot in advance! November 30, 2008 at 11:38am Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Eileen, thank you. I hope so too! November 30, 2008 at 12:58pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Serafima, most definitely! November 30, 2008 at 1:00pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: ScentScelf, thank you so much. There are plenty of organizations I admire, which is why I left it rather open. November 30, 2008 at 1:01pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Mark, thank you for being so generous. I already got your email. November 30, 2008 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Tammy, yes, it is definitely appropriate, a truly worthy cause. November 30, 2008 at 1:03pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Kaori, thank you! It is an organization I admire very much.

    By the way, have you tried El Attarine already? November 30, 2008 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Bois de Jasmin: Tatyana, thank you!

    As much as the packaging concept for Quand vient la pluie was uninteresting to me (and the price was outrageous as a result,) I thought that the fragrance was very beautifully done. Thanks to the richer, sweeter base, the violet-iris notes had a lush, velvety quality, whereas in Apres L’Ondee, they are silky and cool. The whole composition had an interesting warm, sensual component, and it made it a good complement to Apres L’Ondee, which is more introspective and airy. I liked it very much. The sweet orange blossom, the heliotrope, the gourmand twist on violet, the leafy green accents–it all worked very well for me. You’ve reminded me to go and put some on. 🙂 November 30, 2008 at 1:13pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Victoria,
    I have not tried El Attarire yet. I saw a good review somewhere… I love to read your review on that 🙂 BTW, I bought Guerlain’s Cologne Du 68 yesterday. Every time I tested the cologne it smells different like a kaleidoscope.

    Kaori December 1, 2008 at 9:23am Reply

  • sarah: I would like to donate to the Red Cross, also. What do you accept as proof of donation? December 2, 2008 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Kaori, you might enjoy El Attarine, it has a gilded Lutens base and a very beautiful apricot rose twist. Cologne Du 68 is gorgeous, and it is definitely very multifaceted. I have not worn it in some time, but you’ve inspired me to return to it today. December 2, 2008 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Boisdejasmin: Sarah, if you do it online, they shall send you a confirmation that your donation has been received. Just forward that confirmation to me as a proof. Thank you! December 2, 2008 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Cristina: Could we donate anywhere so that we can benefit from some of your fabulous reviews and articles? I don’t know about others here but I certainly miss those. The world of perfume is not as beautiful without them. December 9, 2008 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Jane: Does Kiva count? December 24, 2008 at 5:43pm Reply

  • ScentScelf: Done!! Thanks again for such a kind hearted and generous prompt… January 2, 2009 at 1:48pm Reply

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