Enter to Win Vintage Guerlain Mitsouko Extrait de Parfum

Final Update (September 25th): The draw is now closed. I’m going through all of the submissions, and I will announce the winner next week.

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.

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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.

Why Médecins Sans Frontières? Because this international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization is well-known for its projects in war-torn regions. It provides medical assistance, training, vaccinations, maternal care and humanitarian aid. The organization runs hospitals and clinics, operates nutrition centers, and distributes relief to assist survival in war-torn zones. Its activities extend worldwide, primarily focusing on Africa and Asia (this includes the Middle East region). Its reputation is impressive, and it is widely praised for its initiatives.

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How the contest works: donate any amount you want to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders, email me (editor at boisdejasmin dot com) the donation receipt, and you will receive a confirmation from me that you’re entered into the contest.

If you are in the US, follow this donation link.

If you are in Canada: click here.

If you are in the UK: click here.

If you are in Ireland: click here.

For all other countries: click here. If you’re in the EU, you can donate through any EU country website, such as France.

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How the winner will be selected? Randomly. I will record a video to show you the process.

The contest will run till September 15th. Thank you for participating!

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

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116 Comments

  • Sandra: Fantastic idea!
    I, myself , have felt helpless like you and wondering what to do!
    Thanks for the donation of the perfume and for great donation ideas!
    Much love! July 29, 2014 at 7:15am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Sandra! July 29, 2014 at 7:49am Reply

      • Sandra: I forwarded my receipt! Thanks!!! July 29, 2014 at 12:23pm Reply

        • Victoria: Got it! Thank you very much! July 29, 2014 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Jamie K.: I’d love to enter, though the UK’s restrictions would probably mean such a wonderful perfume being destroyed by customs without a moment’s consideration.

    This is for a wonderful cause though, thank you for raising awareness Victoria. July 29, 2014 at 7:16am Reply

    • Victoria: Jamie, I will be in London at the end of September, so if a winner is from the UK, I can post from there. It should be ok like this. July 29, 2014 at 7:48am Reply

  • Sofie: What a treasure Victoria! Great cause though, they deliver fantastic work… I hope you gather lots of support with this, it’s a great idea. July 29, 2014 at 8:55am Reply

    • Victoria: I hope so! I admire their work and ethics. I follow various charity organizations, and I have friends who worked in Africa for a number of different NGOs, and they always comment on the incredible dedication and courage of Doctors without Borders. July 29, 2014 at 1:07pm Reply

  • Michaela: Bright idea! I find your offer (and sacrifice) extremely touching. Thank you and good luck! July 29, 2014 at 9:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Gosh, this is no sacrifice at all. Perfume comes and goes. Yes, this Mitsouko is a collectible, but I really would rather it delight someone else AND contribute to a good cause than sit in my perfume closet. With everything going on in the world right now, you kind of figure out what truly matters.

      Thank you to everyone for contributing!! July 29, 2014 at 1:19pm Reply

  • Kate: Thanks, Victoria, for this spur to share some of what we have. I just emailed you my donation receipt.

    This is making me think a bit of what I hoard or guard — lovely things, things like money, things like time — and what good I could perhaps do by distributing them, or some of them, instead, or using them as a possible force for generosity as you’ve done here. So thanks for that, too. July 29, 2014 at 9:25am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Kate! I just replied.

      Lovely things are essential to keep it all together, and for this reason, I reject the feeling of guilt. And of course, it’s great to share with others. I’m always touched when Bois de Jasmin readers get in contact with me to giveaway their samples or perfume bottles to the perfume lovers, especially those who are new to this hobby or don’t have means to acquire their own. July 29, 2014 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Debbie: I have been following MSF’s current challenge very closely since it first started developing. If you want to discuss further, email me. I will be emailing you a donation receipt later today. Your sacrifice is impressive. July 29, 2014 at 9:42am Reply

    • Debbie: Just saw one has to call a telephone number to earmark a donation. I know exactly where I want this to go. I wonder how one gets a receipt for that; ask for an email confirmation, probably, right? July 29, 2014 at 9:44am Reply

      • Victoria: You can ask them and then email me and we will figure it out. They must give you a number of sorts. July 29, 2014 at 1:40pm Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, I would love to hear more, Debbie. I’ve followed them for a while and invariably I find myself amazed by their sacrifice, courage and ethics. So, in that light, my sacrifice of Mitsouko is nothing, just a little thing. July 29, 2014 at 1:39pm Reply

  • Rafael: Aren’t you terribly clever? What a wonderful idea! I’m donating now, as always. My father was a surgeon with this organization so I’m very familiar with them. I’ll put in an extra donation to win the perfume. Curiously, I know exactly who the seller in Mexico is. When he first started listing his grandparents stock I took advantage and bought marvelous, 8, 16 and 32oz bottles of things. He was selling everything at unbelievable prices. I wonder does he have any stock left? LOL. Thanks for this post, As always, very enjoyable. July 29, 2014 at 9:51am Reply

    • Victoria: Wow, Rafael! I admire their work so much, and I can just imagine how many lives your father helped to save.

      I don’t know if he still has any stock left. This bottle was purchased several years ago, when he first started selling his stock. All of his perfumes were incredibly preserved! July 29, 2014 at 1:42pm Reply

    • Michaela: We live in a small world 🙂
      Your father is wonderful! July 30, 2014 at 3:53am Reply

  • DelRae Roth: lovely idea and wonderful prize.
    just tweeted and will enter. thank you! July 29, 2014 at 10:56am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, DelRae! July 29, 2014 at 1:43pm Reply

  • solanace: Dear Victoria,

    Thank you for this beautiful, clever initiative, but also for fostering a peaceful international community, and for showing us a different, more permanent side of Ukraine. Like many here, I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately – how awful it must be to have a fratricide conflict like that going on in your native country! Sigh… Just hope the world becomes more peaceful soon, because we have no backup atmosphere, and it seems Mars is kinda cold and arid. But despite of our ignorant world leaders, I remain an optmist, even if a moderate one. When I look at my students, I see progress: they are free from many prejudices that were widespread only a few decades ago, and share an inclusive, democratic mentality. See, I firmly believe that unpretentious initiatives like your blog (or these kids’ parents and teachers actions as they were growing up) are the key to change something. And it’s changing. Way too slowly, but just ask any black gay woman!

    I’m glad that you chose the Doctor Without Borders, their work in Haiti and elsewhere has been outstanding. I’ll surely join this generous contest. Thank you again! July 29, 2014 at 11:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much for your kind words! We all try to do our part. I try very hard to remain optimistic, but above all, I’m learning to value truly important things. And yes, sometimes I do feel that things change way too slowly, that the same historical mistakes are repeated, but one needs to hope and think positively. And well, contribute when a chance arises (and here I don’t mean contributing money, but also contributing to the positive dialogue, to being open-minded…) Anyway, before I start sounding like some self-help book, I’ll just say thank you again. 🙂 July 29, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

      • solanace: You are too smart to ever sound like a self help book. 🙂 July 29, 2014 at 2:40pm Reply

        • Victoria: You’re too kind. 🙂 July 30, 2014 at 5:35pm Reply

          • Solanace: Just became a regular contributor for Doctors Without Borders. Thank you SO MUCH for the inspiration! I will receive an email from them and forward it to you, ok? Visiting their website, I was reminded that they are there fighting Ebola, right in the frontline. Wow. Your choice was very appropriate. Even their name expresses the fact that borders are artificial, troubles spread fast and we are all in it together. August 1, 2014 at 7:31am Reply

            • Victoria: Thank you so much! Please do forward the confirmation, so that it’s easier for me to keep track. Yes, I just read that MSF is sending more doctors to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola. And yes, the borders are artificial. When so many of us, from many different places in the world, meet here to chat, the borders don’t matter anymore. August 1, 2014 at 9:46am Reply

              • solanace: Hey, Victoria,

                Médicos Sem Fronteiras haven’t sent me the confirmmation yet, so I called their office in Rio. My monthly contribution is registered, no problem with that, but I was told they’ve been slow in sending back email confirmations because the office is small and the person in charge of this task was on vacation. I’ll forward you their message as soon as I have it. Thank’s again! August 5, 2014 at 11:46am Reply

                • Victoria: Not a problem. Please email me the date of donation and the amount, so I can add them onto my list and your name into the draw, and whenever the confirmation comes, you can just send it on later. I know that it takes some time for their understaffed offices to process receipts, so it is ok.

                  If anyone else experiences a similar problem, please just contact me. August 5, 2014 at 10:14pm Reply

                  • solanace: Just sent you the confirmation. 🙂 August 8, 2014 at 10:33am Reply

                    • Victoria: Thank you very much! 🙂 August 11, 2014 at 7:02am

  • Ashley Anstaett: What a wonderful idea, Victoria. I’m so happy there are people like you in the world! And all of the folks here at BdJ! July 29, 2014 at 11:15am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you and thank you to everyone else! 🙂 July 29, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

  • Martha: What a marvelous and generous idea! I’d been thinking about doing something like this, but your contest inspired me to actually go donate. I’ve signed up for the monthly donation, thanks to you. Thank you! July 29, 2014 at 11:37am Reply

    • Victoria: Wonderful! Thank you so much. July 29, 2014 at 2:20pm Reply

  • Ajda: I love this. My best friend is a doctor with MSF, she worked in Myanmar for a couple of years. They really do an amazing job. July 29, 2014 at 11:39am Reply

    • Victoria: Incredible! That must have been a very tough mission. Please tell you friend who much I admire people like her. July 29, 2014 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: A most generous idea. Normally I donate only to organisations helping animals (I have 4 monthly donations : Wakker Dier, Proefdiervrij, Varkens in Nood, Dierenambulance). They are the most neglected and the most helpless victims of human cruelty.
    But as this is a good initiative, I will make a donation to Artsen Zonder Grenzen. I never pay something on Internet, but I found out that one can write a receit to Ibannr. BE730000 0000 6060.
    But I don’t know how to email the donationreceipt to you. July 29, 2014 at 11:57am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much. Email me, please, and we will figure it out! July 29, 2014 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Ann: A wonderful organization, a delightful challenge to donate, and the chance to dream about a gorgeous fragrance.

    The best reminders of my good fortune in life are the ones that give me the chance to help others!

    (receipt emailed to you). July 29, 2014 at 1:34pm Reply

  • Bastet: Victoria, thank you for the encouragement to donate. I just emailed you my receipt.

    Like most of us, I have my regular charities, but is a good idea to give a little more where possible, and Doctors Without Borders is widely praised. And of course it is very difficult to pass up a chance to win a vintage bottle of Mitsuko parfum! Very clever of you, and kind also. You are an inspiration. July 29, 2014 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Karin.k: A great wonderful idea, and a great way to do, I have made my donation to Artsen Zonder Grenzen, and not for the first time, I already sent my donation receipt to you, even in those times, im glad to help others, i know how the life is in Africa and Azie, so difirent than in our Westeren culture, but even here there is sorrow and more,, so we keep the good help all around the world, i love the spirit how you bring it on, Good work!! July 29, 2014 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Alessandra: this is the best idea ever…. and at times of most need. well done, victoria. will surely participate asap. also great to make it run for a good qhile, it will raise more money 🙂 July 29, 2014 at 3:38pm Reply

  • Barbara Peebles: Thank you for the “nudge”. It is a wonderful way for me to try to help in my own small way! July 29, 2014 at 5:09pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Barbara! July 30, 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Barbara Peebles: Also, I forwarded my receipt. I also want to thank you for donating such a wonderful prize! July 29, 2014 at 5:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: Got it and replied! Thank you so much for participating. July 30, 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Moi: Thank you for such a thoughtful gesture.
    I live in an unsettled corner of the globe too.
    We all pray for peace. July 29, 2014 at 5:33pm Reply

    • Victoria: You and many others are in my thoughts! July 30, 2014 at 6:40pm Reply

  • Kat: I have have admired you and your blog for years and now I have another marvelous reason to.

    I too wish I could do more and give back – so you gave a small feeling of the warm fuzzies of having done something good today.

    Just sent an email with screenshot! July 29, 2014 at 5:53pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Kat! It’s wonderful to see all of this response! July 30, 2014 at 6:41pm Reply

  • Joan Rosasco: Dear Victoria,
    I have just sent you my receipt. The strife and suffering sometimes seem overwhelming, but if many people make just a small effort, together we can have an impact. I so much admire your initiative and thank you for giving us all this chance to do something positive. Ariane July 29, 2014 at 6:33pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Ariane! It doesn’t take much from each one of us individual (even $10-20 can already make a big impact, like provide food for a whole family for several days), but together we definitely make more difference. July 30, 2014 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Patricia: Just made my donation, dear Victoria, though please do not enter me in the draw. xx July 29, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: You’re so kind, Pat! Thank you. July 30, 2014 at 6:43pm Reply

  • Cary Law: Just sent you a mail with the receipt. Thank you for the offer. You have a beautiful heart. xx July 29, 2014 at 10:26pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Cary! July 30, 2014 at 6:43pm Reply

  • kaori: I have just donated via my internet bank account. (I didn’t know the bank has a direct link there). I will not be IN 🙂

    Try to be positive! Now the world is connected tightly, so tyrannies should not be allowed! July 29, 2014 at 10:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much for your words, and of course, for being so generous! July 30, 2014 at 6:44pm Reply

  • AndreaR: Thank you for providing us with a way to help those who are experiencing such heart wrenching challenges and blessings to DWB for tending to those who need their care so desperately. July 30, 2014 at 12:28am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for being generous! July 30, 2014 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Annette Reynolds: Victoria, this is such a good idea! I’ve donated to Doctors Without Borders a few times, and one of my own doctors donates his time to them…so I’m all for this.
    I think I’m going to have to enter this contest!
    Sending you a long-distance hug for this terrific idea! July 30, 2014 at 1:36am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Annette! And lots of hugs in return from me. 🙂 July 30, 2014 at 6:58pm Reply

  • Angela: This is a wonderful idea. I will call them later this month to inquire about the donation being made in your name since you have so kindly inspired so many people. Please do not enter me in the draw though! Many thanks (am new to your site (due to the recent discovery of reformulations of items whose continued existence I took for granted! July 30, 2014 at 9:35am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Angela! I didn’t ask people to make a donation in my name, so it’s probably not being kept track of. Anyway, it doesn’t matter to me. As long as the donation is made, that’s all that counts. It’s amazing how even a small amount can make a difference. July 30, 2014 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Kandice: Victoria, what a kind and generous gesture. It’s gestures like your’s (and everyone’s who supports various charity organizations) who add light back into the world and help counteract all the horror. My thoughts are with you and all the people of the Ukraine. I will certainly donate but no need to enter me in the contest. I’ve never had the opportunity to smell this fragrance and woul much rather it go to someone who truly loves it. July 30, 2014 at 10:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Kandice! And thank you for your beautiful words. July 30, 2014 at 7:17pm Reply

  • Aurora: Thank you so much for giving me the impetus to donate to MWB – I have emailed my confirmation.

    Sending good thoughts to Ukraine and in all places people are suffering. July 30, 2014 at 10:12am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity! July 30, 2014 at 7:18pm Reply

  • Charlene: What a wonderful idea and the bottle is gorgeous too! I just sent my receipt to you.
    Thanks so much July 30, 2014 at 11:03am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Charlene! July 30, 2014 at 7:26pm Reply

  • Nancy A.: Hi Victoria,

    Without hearing her interview the former Secy of State Madelyn Albright was spot on by her simply comment to what is going on “it’s all a mess”. Yes, it is and while my head is under my wing more often than not these days, I started to review historically how the U.S. and our neighbors throughout the world have experienced their share of discord, war and brutality. Let’s collectively hope that we can bring, not restore humanity to a whole new level. In the past, I used to combine the beautiful Mitsouko oil with Caleche the perfume! It was good stuff. July 30, 2014 at 1:14pm Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, yes, hard to disagree with her… But one has to remain hopeful! And of course, small pleasures like perfumes help a lot. July 30, 2014 at 7:35pm Reply

  • Courant: I support a Guide Dog because there is macular degeneration in my family; fortunately nobody has needed a guide dog yet, but this cause touches me deeply in light of Ebola and Gaza. The images are devastating. I have contributed and sent you my receipt V July 31, 2014 at 11:03pm Reply

  • Enname: I donate to them as one of my monthly charities (they are one reason I tried getting into medicine. Despite becoming unwell and being unable to, I give what little I can.), but I think I can still give one off donations without causing any confusion.

    I will send the receipt through. August 1, 2014 at 3:52am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much! Every bit counts, and I thank you for your generous donation. August 1, 2014 at 10:04am Reply

  • Fliss Walton: I’ve just donated – thank you for suggesting it.
    Sometimes my funny US email goes into spam so please check it you can’t see it flisswalton at email dot com xxx August 1, 2014 at 11:34am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! Can you please try emailing me again, because I haven’t received anything from you, and I’ve checked my spam box. August 1, 2014 at 5:31pm Reply

  • Annette: Dear Victoria, this is such a wonderful gesture on your part! Thank you for inspiring me to contribute to this amazing organization, of which I hear quite often, most recently in connection with the ebola virus. I have just sent you my receipt, but I have also decided on a monthly donation. I do hope that every little helps.
    Anyway, what I also want to say is that I’ve been lurking here for quite a long time, enjoying your writing, your philosophy of life, the posters’ comments, well, practically everything:), but I am still too shy (if that is the right word) to comment on a regular basis. Must change that, and straight away:)
    Thank you again for being such a wonderful person. Beauty in its many forms is so essential in our lives. August 4, 2014 at 2:42am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Annette! Just double check that I’ve responded to your receipt email. If I didn’t, then please resend it!

      And please don’t be shy about joining the chat. We all have one thing in common–love for scents, and as you can see, people here are of different backgrounds and have different experiences. Thank you very much for your kind words. It’s such a lovely note to read first thing on a Monday morning. 🙂 August 4, 2014 at 7:38am Reply

      • Annette: Mentally bracing myself for the intimidating feat of participating:) Thanks for the encouragement! And yes, I got your email. Have a lovely Monday and the rest of the week! August 4, 2014 at 8:01am Reply

        • Victoria: Here is Viola, my mom’s perfume loving cat, to welcome you. 🙂
          August 4, 2014 at 8:05am Reply

          • Annette: Oh, I could cry!! You are so sweet. And the cat is just yummy:)) Hereby I do solemnly swear to participate! August 4, 2014 at 8:09am Reply

            • Victoria: 🙂 Viola slowly became our cute, fluffy mascot, but we love all animals here. August 4, 2014 at 8:42am Reply

    • Annette Reynolds: From one Annette to another I’m here to say “welcome” and don’t be shy. I, too, lurked for quite some time. And even though I don’t say much, whenever I feel moved to do so, I do and always am glad I did! September 15, 2014 at 11:30am Reply

      • Annette: Thank you so much for welcoming me, dear-other-Annette 🙂 I started participating in your fragrant discussions and comments just after the above post. Such fun!! Such a lovely place to come and be with so many beautiful things in this life!
        Thanks again for your kind welcome. I hope to see you around 🙂 September 15, 2014 at 11:49am Reply

  • MontrealGirl: Hi Victoria, What a wonderful and innovative idea! I think MSF is one of the best organizations out there and I have supported them frequently in the past. Having lived in the Africa I know how important their services are and I appreciate their lack of politics and religion. Thank you for finding a way to focus the perfume community on what is the true essence of life. My thoughts are with you, your family and your beautiful homeland. I’ve not yet received the receipt for my donation but I’ve sent you in the interim a response from MSF Canada regarding the donation. As soon as I get the receipt I will pass it along. August 6, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! Yes, that’s what I admire about MSF–lack of politics, honesty, openness. Again, thank you for your note and for your donation. August 6, 2014 at 4:51pm Reply

  • Austenfan: In view of the recent disaster I think that as a Dutch person I should feel even more obliged to donate, which I’ve just done.
    Please do not include me in the draw though, I’m just glad that you’ve reminded me of the fact that however powerless we feel we can still make a (small) difference. August 9, 2014 at 4:33pm Reply

    • Victoria: I was thinking a lot about the Dutch families over the past weeks and following the news. Words like heartbreaking or tragic just don’t even begin to capture it all…

      Thank you very much! August 11, 2014 at 7:01am Reply

  • Tatiana: What a wonderful idea. Thank you for reminding us that we can find small ways to be helpful in these times where we feel so helpless. Praying for the safety of your family and loved ones and for worldwide peace. August 11, 2014 at 3:41pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much. You put it so well! August 11, 2014 at 3:46pm Reply

  • Sapphire: Just sent you the email confirmation. Thanks for doing this. It was the kick in the pants I needed for something I have been meaning to do for a long time. August 14, 2014 at 11:17am Reply

  • Jennifer C: I just donated and sent you the receipt. Thanks for doing this! August 14, 2014 at 5:34pm Reply

  • Laurels: The Mitsouko would probably be wasted on me, but thank you so much for raising awareness of and driving donations to Doctors without Borders. They do such important work! August 16, 2014 at 2:39am Reply

  • Lindsay: I sent through my receipt yesterday – you are wonderful for doing this. Here’s to human compassion without borders, flags or religions. I think if John Lennon was still here he would be singing Imagine a lot. August 19, 2014 at 5:26am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Lindsay! What a beautiful thought. 🙂

      I will respond from my email account later, once I get home, but just wanted to comment and say thank you right away. August 19, 2014 at 5:45am Reply

  • Olga Talyn: Brava Victoria!!!! Brava! I am so proud that you are doing this. I already own a vintage bottle of Mitsouko exactly like this, which is my signature scent. So I will not be in the drawing but will donate. As a Ukrainian American( I speak fluent Ukrainian and passing Russian and French) with family in Lviv my heart goes out to all there and in the rest of the world who are suffering because of the stupidity and ego that leads to war. My best to Viola from my perfume loving cats, Jade, Luke and Lily! August 25, 2014 at 6:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Olga! I hope that everyone in your family in Ukraine is safe. My thoughts are with everyone there. August 26, 2014 at 8:42am Reply

  • Bridget: What a wonderful idea! Glad to hear how much you’ve raised so far, that’s amazing. Just donated yesterday, hope my entry was received, thank you for the chance. And thank you for doing this good deed in such a way that we can participate – brilliant! September 5, 2014 at 12:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Bridget! I received your note and replied. September 5, 2014 at 5:49pm Reply

  • mayk: So much love. Thank you for running this! September 5, 2014 at 1:52pm Reply

  • Laurie Brown: What an amazingly generous offer of a prize!

    I’ve forwarded my receipt; it’s got my business email rather than the one here. September 7, 2014 at 5:16pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Laurie! I will reply to your email tomorrow, but I just wanted to thank you right away for participating. September 7, 2014 at 6:41pm Reply

  • Anna: I’ve forwarded my receipt as well. This is a great idea to increase the visibility of Doctors without Borders. thank you! September 12, 2014 at 1:32pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Anna! September 13, 2014 at 9:01am Reply

  • Lena: Victoria, my confirmation email keeps bouncing back. I tried sending it to “[email protected]” Am I doing incorrect address? Thank you! September 13, 2014 at 10:44am Reply

  • mridula: Dear Victoria,

    I had admired your gesture and felt such a tug toward the idea of entering your draw but thought I would not as we have organizations we contribute to and it usually takes some thinking and research to do so. Last night it turns out my husband, who has been thinking about Doctors without borders as they are in the news for their work with Ebola, had gone ahead and done the thinking and research and at the dinner table he surprised me by saying he thought we should make a donation. So I made a donation just now to the India site where the money will be used for AIDS related work. Thank you for your generosity and I am so glad to support Doctors Without Borders. I am sending you my email confirmation from the organization. September 14, 2014 at 12:19am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much! I will reply in a moment. September 14, 2014 at 6:28am Reply

  • Katrin: Thank you so much Victoria for bringing this to our attention. I watched a documentary on NOVA the other day that was about doctors fighting the Ebola outbreak in Africa. It opened my eyes to this wonderful organization. These doctors are so dedicated and courageous. September 15, 2014 at 9:39am Reply

    • Victoria: I’ve also seen a documentary about them a few of years ago, and I have been a fan of this organization ever since. September 15, 2014 at 12:15pm Reply

      • Rafael: who won? September 25, 2014 at 2:49pm Reply

        • Victoria: I didn’t do a draw yet. I have several hundred receipts to go through, so it will take me a few more days to sort through them. September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm Reply

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