Win Vintage Perfume Class and More : Doctors Without Borders Fundraiser

Bois de Jasmin’s 2016 Doctors Without Borders fundraiser is special. Even before I had a chance to announce it, readers started contacting me with offers to contribute their perfumes to the prize pool. Within the course of a few days we’ve collected dozens of prizes, which means that 57 people (my own prize included) can win something special. Doesn’t this kind of generosity boost our faith in humanity? So 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 perfume class with me (regardless of where you’re located in the world) or a number of different vintage and other interesting perfumes courtesy of our big group of fragrance lovers. More details are below. There will be 57 winners.


Prize 1 Perfume Class with Victoria : I will send you a collection of 10 different vintage perfume samples (each sample is between 1/2 and 1 ml, in stoppered glass vials): Guerlain Jicky, Coty Chypre (yes, the iconic chypre!), Guerlain Shalimar, Guerlain Mitsouko, Chanel No 5, Chanel No 22, Caron Tabac Blond, Dior Miss Dior, Shiseido Feminite du Bois, Lancome Tresor (the original version, which smells vastly different from today’s, or depending on availability, another perfume of your choice). A set of paper blotters will be included. Once you receive the package, we will schedule a Skype call and I will give you my “immersion into perfume history” course. I will also give you tips on smelling and describing scents. (Of course, if you’re in the EU and we can easily arrange to meet in person, we can do it this way too.)

Please continue after the break to learn about the other prizes:

Why Médecins Sans Frontières? Because this international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization is well-known for its projects in war-torn regions, including some of the most dangerous places in the world. 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 survivors in conflict 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.

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 (I may not reply right away, especially around the holidays, but I will reply before the fundraiser is over.)

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.

How the winner will be selected? Randomly.

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

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

Extra 50+ Prizes

Our extra prizes are contributed by the Bois de Jasmin community. The perfumes are coming from other fragrance lovers’ homes, so some of these bottles are brand new, while others are vintage or used.

Prize 2 Fendi Theorema (courtesy of kayliz)
a 30ml bottle of Theorema in its box, without cellophane, but unused. A very rare perfume.

Prize 3 L’Artisan Perfumer Noir Exquis (courtesy of Karen A)
“I’m happy to donate a mostly full bottle of Noir Exquis by L’Artisan Perfumers. Plus some samples of goodies! 50ml and in its box.”

Prize 4 Bulgari Black (courtesy of Bernadette)
Bulgari Black, 75 ml, which is still in the cellophane. Now discontinued, so quite special.

Prize 5 Byredo Accord Oud (courtesy of Bernadette)
Byredo Accord Oud, 50ml. This is a full bottle but does not have the cellophane wrapper. Purchased it from Luckyscent.

Prize 6 Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (courtesy of Robert H.)
Guerlain L’Heure Bleue edp 50ml. Like new, in box

Prize 7 Arz El-Rab by Berdoues (courtesy of Robert H.)
Arz El-Rab by Berdoues 100ml. Like new in box.

Prize 8 Guerlain Cologne du 68 (courtesy of Allison)

A sealed 100 ml bottle of Cologne du 68 by Guerlain.

Prize 9 Guerlain Shalimar (courtesy of limegreen)
Guerlain Shalimar (EDT, 2014 batch (30 ml, minus a few sprays, no box) and Apres l’Ondee EDT (2013 batch; 100 ml bottle, over half full, in box)

Prize 10 L’Artisan Parfumeur Onde Sensuelle and Rappelle-Toi (courtesy of limegreen)
L’Artisan Parfumeur Onde Sensuelle and Rappelle-Toi (each is 50 ml, minus a few sprays, in box

Prize 11 Serge Lutens Clair de Musc (courtesy of limegreen)
Serge Lutens Clair de Musc (50 ml, 80% full), in box if I can find it.

Prize 12 Dame Gardenia 100 ml (courtesy of Caroline)

Prize 13 Balenciaga Paris Edition Reflets sealed bottle, 75 ml (courtesy of Caroline)

Prize 14 Hobigant Orangeurs en Fleurs 100 ml, 90% full (courtesy of Caroline)

Prize 15 Missoni EDP (courtesy of Andrea)
Missoni EDP 30 ml in original box, minus a few spritzes

Prize 16 Hermes Ambre de Merveilles (courtesy of Hamamelis)
A new bottle of Ambre de Merveilles, 100 mls.

Prize 17 Rochas Tocade, almost full (courtesy of Hamamelis)

Prize 18 Amouge Lyric for Her (courtesy of Hamamelis)
a 10 ml travel refill (no atomizer, so you will have to either dab or pour it into one) of Amouage’s Lyric for Her.

Prize 19 Burberry BRIT Rhythm (courtesy of Magda)

a 50 ml bottle of Burberry BRIT Rhythm, EDT, spritzed once, box included.

Prize 20 Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pampelune and Etat Libre d’Orange Perfume sampler (courtesy of Magda)
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pampelune EDT, 75 ml, box included. And Etat Libre d’Orange Perfume sampler to give away. It is in excellent condition, 7, 1,5ml samples. One of those discovery sets available in Sephora.

Prize 21 Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau (courtesy of Magda)
Diptyque L’Ombre dans L’Eau, EDT, 100ml (minus 3-4 spritzes), box included.

Prize 22 Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile (courtesy of Ruth)
A 95% full bottle of Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile, EDP 1.7 oz. It is still in the round presentation box.

Prize 23 Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris (courtesy of rainboweyes)
A more than half-full 75 ml bottle of Van Cleef & Arpels Bois d’Iris

Prize 24 L’Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz (courtesy of rainboweyes)
A full bottle of L’Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz.

Prize 25 Vintage Guerlain Shalimar extrait de parfum mini (courtesy of Gabriela)
A vintage mini Shalimar extrait de parfum. A 2ml miniature bottle of a vintage perfume. No box.

Prize 26 Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau Topaze (courtesy of Austenfan)
“One bottle of Mauboussin Histoire d’Eau Topaze. 75 ml. EDT, maybe 3-4 mls missing. (no box)The bottle is a bit iffy, but the scent is still fine, no box.”

Prize 27 Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc (courtesy of Austenfan)
One tester bottle of Bvlgari Eau Parfumée au Thé Blanc, 75 ml, EDT , probably 10 ml missing, tester bottle, no cap, no box.

Prize 28 Gucci Envy (courtesy of Austenfan)

One tester bottle of Gucci Envy, 100 ml. EDT, probably 60 ml left. tester bottle, no cap, no box.

Prize 29 Bvlgari Rose Essentielle (courtesy of Austenfan)
Bvlgari Rose Essentielle, EDP, 100 ml bottle, about 55 ml. left. comes with box and cap.

Prize 30 Diptyque Philosykos 7.5ml perfume oil (courtesy of SM Chong)
“I have a small Diptyque Philosykos 7.5ml perfume oil rollerball to contribute to the pool. The roller ball has been used once, no box but has a sleeve.”

Prize 31 Estee Lauder Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia (courtesy of Cornelia Blimber)
“I have 30 ml eau de parfum (95% full) of Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia. Original box, no cellophane.”

Prize 32 Mona di Orio Musc (courtesy of Gretchen)
Mona di Orio Musc, 100ml, slightly used, no box

Prize 33 Etro Gomma (courtesy of MJ)
“I have a bottle of Etro Gomma for the draw. No cellophane, original box. It’s 50 ml (less 3/4 full).”

Prize 34 Valentino Valentina Acqua Floreale (courtesy of Mare)
50ml, 95% full, in box

Prize 35 Guerlain Pamplelune (courtesy of Mare)
100ml, 95% full, in box

Prize 36 Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initiale (courtesy of Kneale)
“ I have a ~65% full bottle of Shalimar Parfum Initiale EDP, 60 ml/2 oz. No box but I am an expert packer and sealer.”

Prize 37 Lancome Magie Noir (courtesy of Liz)
“I have a 75 ml bottle of Magie Noir edt with only a few test sprays out of it. Still have the box, but not any of the inside packaging. I bought it this year; a blind buy from zulily, which is an online discount store.”

Prize 38 Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium (courtesy of Liz)
“I have a 30 ml bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. Again, only a few sprays out of it. No box.”

Prize 39 Bulgari Black (courtesy of Elizabeth)
“I have an unopened bottle of Bulgari Black Eau de Toilette (2.5 fl.oz) in its original packaging which I’d be happy to donate. As I understand it, this very interesting and unusual scent has been discontinued.”

Prize 40 Chloe Eau de Parfum (courtesy of Alison)
A bottle of Chloe Eau de Parfum, 2.5 fl oz/75 ml. “I have the box and it is barely used and purchased two winters ago. The silver on the top of the bottle has begun to patina a bit; I’ve heard of some complaints and the packaging insert also conveys that the silver will naturally change. Otherwise, the ribbon is still on it and it is in quite good condition.”

Prize 41 Shiseido White Rose (courtesy of Sophie)
“A rather rare full bottle of Shiseido White Rose which a friend bought in Tokyo a few months ago. It is in a stopper bottle.” A UK only prize due to the restrictions on shipping perfume outside of the country.

Prize 42 Nars Eyeshadow Duo (courtesy of Marion)
Nars Eyeshadow Duo of your choice.

Prize 43 Norma Kamali (courtesy of Lucy R)
Almost full, very potent! 9 ml Norma Kamali Incense, vintage 1982.

Prize 44 Papillon Perfumery Anubis (courtesy of Liz Moores)
Brand new, sealed, 50ml bottle directly from the indie perfume house.

Prize 45 Urban Outfitters Macaron Rose and Lait de Coco (courtesy of Scented Salon)
“I have a newly bought Macaron Rose and Lait de Coco (sprayed once, didn’t come with a box, 30ml each) from Urban Outfitters.”

Prize 46 The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit (courtesy of Amy)
“An unopened 90ml bottle of The Different Company Jasmin de Nuit. Still in the box, although the
cellophane has come unstuck on the top.”

Prize 47 Guerlain Mitskouko (courtesy of Lumi)
“1.7 oz bottle of Mitsouko, which I love intellectually but it has never agreed with my skin chemistry. Sprayed maybe 10 times, not sure if I still have the box.”

Prize 48 Thierry Mugler Womanity (courtesy of Amber)
“It is a 3/4 full 50ml bottle of Eau de Parfum. No box.”

Prize 49 Guerlain Mitsouko (courtesy of Johano)
“I would love to contribute a prize: vintage (the 1980s) Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette, 30ml, box included. I got a boatload of these particular Mitsouko’s when a local perfumerie closed its doors. They all are very dark in color, but the juice is perfectly Mitsouko still.”

Prize 50 Chanel No 5 extrait de parfum (courtesy of Lila)
“1oz extrait de parfum Chanel No 5, sampled once, in box.”

Prize 51 Hermes Elixir des Merveilles, Dior J’Adore, Diptyque Eau Rose and A Lab on Fire Musc a Moi (courtesy of Julie)
The prize includes Hermes Elixir des Merveilles, 30ml, Dior J’Adore (2015) 30ml, Diptyque Eau Rose 100ml, A Lab on Fire Musc a Moi 15ml. “None are sealed, but all are in original boxes and 95-100% full.”

Prize 52 Kenzo L’Elephant (courtesy of Erry)
“a bottle of Kenzo Jungle L’elephant, 100ml (I need to check again). I only used it for no more than 5 sprays. It is still in the box and wrapped in bubble-wrapper from when I relocated to Canada 10 months ago. I prefer to send it someone in Canada or Continental US.”

Prize 53 Clinique Wrappings (courtesy of Sandra)
“I have a gift set of Wrappings by Clinique (new in the box, perfume and lotion). The perfume is .85 floz/25 ml and the body smoother is 3.4 floz/100 ml.”

Prize 54 Dame Perfumery 6 Different Perfumes
Six unused 100 ml bottles of Dame Perfumery Soliflore Gardenia, Tuberose, Rose de Mai, Mimosa, Osmanthus, and Narcissus.

Prize 55 (courtesy of Ann T)
Honore des Pres Vamp a NY, 49 ml out of 50ml left, no box and Priscilla Presley Experiences, 35ml out of 70ml left, tester bottle.

Prize 56 (courtesy of Chris)
Jardins d’Ecrivains La Dames aux Camelias, 250ml (it calls itself a cologne de nuit and comes with a black puffer) and the L’Artisan Noir Exquis is 50ml. Gently used.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin, perfume eye candy



  • Gabriela: Fantastic Victoria! Your prize is a dream…
    Congratulations to all donaters.

    My father will be 70 this month and asked his friends to donate to Doctors Without borders instead of buying him a present, so proud of him. November 16, 2016 at 9:08am Reply

    • Michaela: Gabriela, your father is formidable! Best wishes to him, a healthy and happy long life! November 16, 2016 at 9:27am Reply

    • Victoria: My best wishes to your father. So generous and thoughtful! Like his daughter, I should add–thank you for your contributions. November 16, 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

      • Gabriela: Thank you Victoria, for this generous and sweet blog. November 16, 2016 at 3:15pm Reply

  • looloolooweez: Wow, this is very generous. Thank you for keeping this going until mid-January; my $ for the next couple of months is all claimed, but after the new year I ought to be able to donate! November 16, 2016 at 9:18am Reply

    • Victoria: Absolutely! It will stay open till Jan 15th. November 16, 2016 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Michaela: Thank you to everybody making this fundraiser possible and for the generous offers. So touching… November 16, 2016 at 9:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! November 16, 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Ann: That is a ridiculously generous list. I hope it attracts donors to MSF from far and wide across the perfume community. Thank you for organizing! November 16, 2016 at 11:13am Reply

    • Victoria: Isn’t it? The community of fragrance lovers is beyond generous. November 16, 2016 at 1:31pm Reply

  • Julie: Wow! What a wonderful idea, and I heartily approve of your choice of MSF. I will be entering the contest, of course! November 16, 2016 at 11:29am Reply

    • Victoria: It’s such an impressive organization! Thank you, Julie. November 16, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Karen A: What fun!! Thanks for such a terrific prize, and to all other contributors for making this an incredible opportunity to do good – and smell good! November 16, 2016 at 11:58am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your contributions! November 16, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Notturno7: Thank you all so much!! What a wonderful opportunity and amazing prizes! I’m forwarding this to my friends who love perfumes so we can contribute more. ❤️ November 16, 2016 at 1:07pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! November 16, 2016 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Scented Salon: Darn, is it too late to donate two more bottles? November 16, 2016 at 1:16pm Reply

  • Sarah.: What a worthy cause, and what a delightful selection of prizes! November 16, 2016 at 5:03pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, such a generous group! November 17, 2016 at 1:49pm Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: How lovely — and what a generous outpouring! It is doing my heart good, after the past week, to see the love and concern. Thank you, all of you! November 16, 2016 at 10:28pm Reply

    • Victoria: Can’t agree with you more! 🙂 November 17, 2016 at 1:49pm Reply

  • hajusuuri: November 29 is Global Giving Tuesday. My company will double-match donations employees make up to $1,000. The matching comes in the form of a donation bank from which I can then designate $s to go to any one or more of over 3,000 vetted / approved charities, including Doctors Without Borders. I will stretch my $s on Giving Tuesday. Everyone reading this blog should check with their company to see if they are doing something special. Some companies even match retirees’ donations! November 20, 2016 at 10:37am Reply

    • Victoria: What a good reminder! Thank you very much. I will post it closer to November 29 to remind people to check with their companies. November 21, 2016 at 3:57am Reply

  • Sandra Pinto de Bader: What a great opportunity to make a difference! I’m very touched by the generosity of everyone who donated perfumes! I have a gift set of Wrappings by Clinique (new in the box, perfume and lotion) that I would like to donate to this cause… is it too late? November 21, 2016 at 11:22am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Sandra! Super generous! I will add it to the list. November 21, 2016 at 11:55am Reply

  • Johanob: So happy you included my prize!Its a really special cause,and the Mitsouko is a very special version as well!Good luck everyone!Get those MSF donations in!x November 21, 2016 at 12:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much for contributing it! Vintage Mitsouko, with all of the delicious and now forbidden bits intact. Someone will be very happy. November 21, 2016 at 12:24pm Reply

  • Gabriela: Oh my God! Shiseido White Rose and Mitsouko to the lis? Amazing Grace! November 21, 2016 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Therése Mellby: I’m amazed at the list of prizes, this community is so generous. I hope we all donate to MSF like crazy! 🙂 November 27, 2016 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Karen A: Wonderful prizes and a reflection of the caring, generous community you have created with BdJ! Please enter me in the draw! November 28, 2016 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Ingeborg: I donate to MSF at least 3-4 times a year. Now I made an extra donation thinking of this draw, but I cannot see they give any donation receipt for ordinary gifts (the one I get once a year would not come early enough to enter ) , so I was wondering if I should mail you a receipt taken from my bank? I used the provided link to donate this time via their webpage. November 30, 2016 at 6:53pm Reply

    • Victoria: Just snap a photo of it and email it to me. It should be fine. Thank you so much. December 1, 2016 at 1:54am Reply

  • Julie DeMelo: In memory of my mother the strongest woman I’ve ever known, I’m donating…
    She loved perfume, meeting new people and her cat Tasha that she left in my care this year. A wonderful idea, Victoria 🙂 Thank you and Merry Christmas to all! December 20, 2016 at 2:15pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Julie! Happy holidays to you too. December 20, 2016 at 8:53pm Reply

  • Johanob: I for one am getting very excited about the actual draw for the prizes!!Good cause,and good fun as well.My Mother passed away in August this year,Julie,so I know how you feel!Hope your Christmas is peaceful too!johano. December 21, 2016 at 2:20pm Reply

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