Balenciaga Paris Perfume Giveaway

Today we have a giveaway thanks to one of our readers. Marilyn offered to send one of you a bottle of  Balenciaga Paris (Eau de Toilette, 1.7 oz, 3/4 full, paper box included). Marilyn is in the US, but she can send her bottle worldwide. The customs are your responsibility, however.

It goes without saying that we are not responsible for leaks or damage during transit or for lost packages.

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

  1. Marilyn is new to exploring classical perfumes and would like your advice on where to start. No Chanel No 5, though, since she doesn’t like aldehydic perfumes.
  2. What perfume are you wearing today and why did you pick it?
  3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Rebecca. Congratulations! I will contact the winner via email shortly.



  • AfonsoC: Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway, Marilyn! Balenciaga Paris is such a beatiful perfume, elegant, polished and distinct.

    1. If you don’t like aldehydics, why not start with chypres? Mitsouko is the chypre reference and I think everyone exploring classical perfumes should try it, since it invented its own category and so many modern perfumes follow its structure, mixing mossy notes with a creamy slightly fruity one. Also, L’Heure Bleue smells like powdered not-too-sweet pastry and is a reference for edible-note perfumes.

    2. Currently wearing Calèche by Hermès. Today’s raining a lot and I love this classy soapy aldehydic in rainy days. It just felt right.

    3. Yes, of course!

    Good luck everyone! March 5, 2018 at 8:11am Reply

  • Sudipto Koner: 1. Fougère perfumes like Hermès Rouge
    2. Eaux de Cologne
    3. Yes please. March 5, 2018 at 8:38am Reply

  • Gretchen: How kind! This was a favorite years ago, and it would be a treat to rediscover it. To your questions:
    1. Discovery sets are often a great way to test many different interpretations of a house’s concept. When folks speak of “Guerlainade” or “Tauerade”, or the many fantastic houses putting out fragrances today, you can see a range of styles (floral, woody, oriental) that still tell a theme, all while seeing if a certain style “sings” to you. Ormonde Jayne is a great one to try, although there are so many lovely ones!

    2. Feeling a bit under the weather today, so I wanted a comforting fragrance. To me, that was “Alahine” by Teo Cabanel. To others, that might be a “let me punch you with all my oriental might” kind of dose, I suspect.

    3. Yes, thank you for asking! March 5, 2018 at 10:05am Reply

  • Gina: Marilyn is new to exploring classical perfumes and would like your advice on where to start. No Chanel No 5, though, since she doesn’t like aldehydic perfumes.

    Do you like spicy? When I started my vintage journey, it was with florientals. I avoided chypres though I do like aldehydes and florals. I would go with some spicy ones like Rumba, Krazy Krizia, Opium, Obsession, Galanos, Cinnabar and down that rabbit hole.

    What perfume are you wearing today and why did you pick it? I am wearing Annick Goutal La Violette because I was in the mood for violets today.

    May I contact you via email to notify you of your win? Yes, I would be honored and thank you. March 5, 2018 at 10:07am Reply

  • Wendy: Hi Marilyn,

    Thanks for the sweet opportunity 🙂

    I am a few years into my obsession with perfume and have found the following sites extremely helpful to building my knowledge and perfume wardrobe: Bois de Jasmin (my fave), the NonBlonde, The Candy Perfume Boy, and Monsieur Guerlain. I also frequently look at Top Picks and recommendations for specific categories of scents on Luckyscent (an online perfume/sampling store).

    On my left wrist I am wearing Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule which is citrusy sweet and perfect for a gloomy day like we’re having where I live. It was a recommendation for feminine picks from Luckyscent. I love it.

    On my right wrist, I’m wearing A Lab On Fire What We Do in Paris is Secret which is a smooth, yet sweet, powdery comfort scent. It is perfect scent for any occasion but I love it on a day when I’m curled up on my couch, reading. It’s simpy beautiful.

    Yes, of course, and thanks 🙂 March 5, 2018 at 10:09am Reply

    • Wendy: I should have said Fruity Sweet but not cloying in reference to the Nobile 1942 I mentioned. March 5, 2018 at 10:13am Reply

  • FearsMice: Marilyn, thank you for the giveaway; Balenciaga Paris is a lovely scent.
    You’ve already received some very good advice from the posters above. I would add to Wendy’s list of sites Barbara Hermann’s Yesterday’s Perfume for descriptions of classic perfumes. Perhaps you might start with a single house to explore; Guerlain is about as classic as it gets while still being available (i.e., you won’t have to search out vintage perfumes). The sample set idea is very good; you could get a Guerlain set from someplace like Surrender to Chance (no affiliation),
    Today I’m wearing a long-lost, long-forgotten scent called Black Satin from Angelique. This definitely smells like Classic Perfume!!
    Of course; please contact if/as needed. March 5, 2018 at 10:33am Reply

  • Potimarron: Marilyn, thank you so much for your generosity.
    1. I don’t really “get” aldehydes either. I’d recommend trying a chypre or two (and I’d definitely include Mitsouko in that number) and trying some orientals (including Shalimar). I’m still learning about classic perfumes but I find the Guerlain counter an interesting one to explore. I do find that I prefer Guerlain scents once they’ve dried down a bit, so I’d recommend trying them on skin and leaving it on for a while.
    2. I’m wearing Ealing Green by 4160 Tuesdays. I was feeling a bit lethargic this morning and thought something outdoorsy would help (it did, a bit, but I think this is probably a late spring/ summer fragrance).
    3. Yes please. March 5, 2018 at 10:48am Reply

  • Kathleen Smith: I’ve never sampled Balenciaga Paris, the bottle is very pretty.
    I recommend classic Balenciaga “Le Dix”, always classic Guerlain Shalimar, and Robert Piguet Bandit and Baghari.
    I am wearing Dior Hypnotic Poison today, a comfort scent for me. It’s a cool windy work day in Colorado.
    Of course by email.
    Thank you! March 5, 2018 at 11:19am Reply

  • Robyn: Thank you for the giveaway, Marilyn! Balenciaga Paris has been something I’ve thought I’d like but haven’t yet tried.

    1. Guerlain was one of the first perfume houses I explored in-depth, so I’ll also recommend them as a good place to start for non-aldehydic classic perfumes. I think many of their classics – Mitsouko, Shalimar, l’Heure Bleue, Jicky – feel fairly accessible to modern tastes, and in my opinion many of the contemporary versions are still quite good, so you don’t need to start by tracking down vintage juice. If you’re ok with going more modern, l’Artisan Parfumeur is another house with many lovely non-aldehydes that you might like to explore.

    2. Currently wearing Aura by Mugler. I usually find myself wanting to like his perfumes more than I do, but so far this one is lovely – a crisp, menthol-y green rhubarb that warms up with a wash of subtle, woody vanilla, sweet without being food-y. When I’ve used up my sample I think I’ll spring for a full size.

    3. Yes, please. March 5, 2018 at 11:24am Reply

  • Nancy A.: Unfortunately, this fragrance left the shelves all too quickly so given an opportunity for this freebie possibility is great! Today, I’m sampling Wicked Lady by Margiela ( a relatively new launch). Still searching for a new fragrance that “moves” me and Balenciaga’s Paris used to do it for me. Email works for me. Thanks, Marilyn! March 5, 2018 at 11:29am Reply

  • Monica: Thanks Marilyn and Victoria for such a generous giveaway.

    1. I love so many classics like Dior Diorissimo,
    YSL Paris, Annick Goutal Heure Exquise, Guerlain Apres l’Ondee. Beautiful and very classic florals.
    I hope your journey discovering the classics is exciting and rewarding.

    2. I am wearing Chanel No.19 EdP, because I am an iris lover and I was craving for No.19 this morning when I woke up.

    3. You can contact me via email. March 5, 2018 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Ellen M.: 1. Florals are a nice way to start. Un Lys by Serge Lutens was one of my first buys. Sidaris by Maria Candida Gentile is lovely, if you like a quiet incense.
    2. Mollie Parnis which is a vintage fragrance.
    3. Yes, please
    Thank you for the generous giveaway. March 5, 2018 at 12:10pm Reply

  • Heather Raine: 1. I’m also just getting my toes wet! Some have suggested Shalimar and L’Heure Bleue by Guerlain, and those are really great as well. I’d say Parfum Sacre by Caron is a great one to explore as well. I think it was formulated in the 90s, but smells very classic to me, soft and comforting, like snuggling with a cat. It’s got a little powder, but isn’t overwhelming.
    2. I’m wearing Amber Oud by Kilian. The stuff is addictive to me. Sweet, mysterious, and alluring, it’s what I need when I need to feel like an cool, smooth, IDGAF-vamp.
    3. Yes, please! March 5, 2018 at 1:02pm Reply

  • Olesya: What a wonderful blog, Bois de Jasmin! I am a perfume freshman too and have been lurking here for a while. I would love to try this Balenciaga – thanks for the opportunity!
    1.Here some of the classics that I tried (all only in current formulations, unfortunately) and found remarkable. Chanel Coco is a spicy, musky, complex and rich scent. It is grown-up and sophisticated, yet does not feel old fashioned. Shalimar – classy vanilla, comforting and timeless. Annick Goutal Songes is a beautiful floral perfume, on me it is heady, surprising, but not overpowering. Dior J’adore came across as a beautiful, airy, radiant floral, perfect for summer, though I found it a bit synthetic-ey and somewhat linear for a FB. Which may not be a bad thing for some, – I still can see the appeal of this fragrance. Of modern classics I love Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan and Chergui. They are amazing spicy orientals, soooo cozy and warm, I just want to keep smelling myself when I wear them. In general, If I want to try a new fragrance, I like to get a 2ml sample on ebay or, or some such place. This allows me to give a fragrance a good try. A typical 0.7 ml vial sample from Luckyscent I find insufficient, especially for complex fragrances.
    2.Today I wear Serge Lutens Chergui, because the day is crisp and I wanted something warm, delicious, and enveloping. I like how my perception of different notes in Chergui changing overtime, while the general impression of warmth and spicy delicious sweetness, tempered by tobacco leaf, stays throughout the wear.
    3. But off course:)))! March 5, 2018 at 1:10pm Reply

  • Andrea Jaszczuk: Kenzo Flower would be my choice for a classic perfume worth exploring. It’s complex and subtly provocative without being overpowering in any way. It’s strong and feminine without being overly sweet or innocent.

    What perfume are you wearing today and why did you pick it? Today I am wearing Roses de Chloe. I love how simple and transformative this perfume is for me. I work on a ship in the Bering Sea of Alaska so for months at a time I am completely devoid of the scent of earth and especially flowers. This perfume for me is redolent of the optimistic feeling of returning to land when all of those lovely earthen smells return to my consciousness.

    May I contact you via email to notify you of your win? Yes! March 5, 2018 at 1:37pm Reply

  • Robert Herrmann: 1.) Starting out with a vintage Guerlain like L’Heure Bleue (extrait if possible! Pricy but worth it) would be great, but it’ll spoil you for the rest.

    2.) Today I’m wearing Ombre Mercure by Terry de Gunzburg.

    3.) yes, perfectly fine

    4.) GOOD LUCK! I hope you find something you love, there are no wrong choices! March 5, 2018 at 1:39pm Reply

  • David: 1.) I’m a huge fan of old Caron perfumes. I find that Tabac Blond gives me strength!

    2.) I’m wearing L’Heure Bleue today.

    3.) Yes, please do. March 5, 2018 at 2:20pm Reply

  • Darinka DAlessio: How generous and lovely!
    1. i’m so sorry that I can’t be of much help regarding fragrance suggestions since I am very much an aldehydic lover. Chanel 19, 22 and Coco are among my first and lasting fragrance loves. I think that the suggestions to explore Guerlain or Hermes scents is a good place to begin.
    2. Today I am wearing Gucci Guilty because I was looking for something interesting but not too heavy. I often wear this.
    3. Yes, of course, you may email me 🙂 March 5, 2018 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Severine: Hi!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    1st time exploring classical perfumes eh?
    1. Try Guerlain! Any of their bottles. Also try Cartier! All of their frags.
    2. Wearing Burberry Brit Rhythm for her. It is a skin-scent. Powdery lavender, who can resist that? It says I am clean, I am sensual, I am special, I am eccentric, I am fragile, I am very different… I am studious.
    3. Yes. March 5, 2018 at 2:34pm Reply

  • Neva: First of all, thanks for the great giveaway Marilyn and Victoria!
    1. For exploring classical perfume I’d suggest that Marilyn orders sample sets on the American based webpage Surrender to chance. They have a perfume set named The Guide, then there are sample sets by noses, by notes, a perfume introduction sample set, etc…
    2. Today I’m wearing mb02 from Biehl Parfumkunstwerke. It’s a great powdery woody perfume, just right for the cool weather because it feels like a warm scarf.
    3. Yes, you can contact me by email if I win the giveaway. March 5, 2018 at 2:47pm Reply

  • Marina: Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
    1. It seems to me that the perfumes we smelled as children influence our preferences. My mom had Ellipse by Fath, and I like the genre. My aunt was a Poison fan, and I bought a few drops of her signature scent. My mom’s friend used to wear Magie Noire and Paloma Picasso. Now I also have a bottle of Paloma and 1 ml of Magie Noire. And yes, I’m sentimental)))
    2. I’m wearing Diorella today, because it’s still cold and windy outside and I’m waiting for spring.
    3. Yes, please. March 5, 2018 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Sherry: Thanks for the generous offer. I have Balenciaga Paris edp already and will not participate the draw.

    1. I don’t like classic aldehydes like Chanel No.5, but I love Shalimar, edt or edp. I was so sure I would not like such an “old” perfume, but it was an instant love and made me wondering why did I hold a prejudice just because it’s 90years old? If you prefer florals, YSL Paris or Robert Piguet Fracas, tiny sprays to start
    2. Byredo Bal D’afrique today. I fell in love with Vetiver unexpectedly. It is warm and fun, great for office, not having to worry about killing someone with some of my scent bombs!
    3. Thanks but will let others enjoy this March 5, 2018 at 4:11pm Reply

  • Figuier: Thank you for this generous draw! I’ve been testing this perfume for ages & it’s on my wishlist, so I’d be delighted to win. Classic perfumes can be hard to get in to alright. Although I do own and (sometimes) wear chanel Cristalle (counts as a classic, right?), I mostly favour post 1990s perfumes.

    One thing that increased my enjoyment of testing the classics was to smell them alongside more recent versions. I.e. to test (e.g.) Shalimar edt alongside newer flankers of Shalimar and newish fragrances that are described as Shalimar-esque by reviewers (e.g. Diptyque’s Eau Duelle). It helps me recognise the core elements that are being re-used in modern perfumes, but also (often) to recognise how rich and accomplished the originals are in comparison. March 5, 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

    • Figuier: Oh and: yes, please! March 5, 2018 at 4:22pm Reply

      • Figuier: Gosh, total fail with the 3 questions! Wearing Mona di Orio Violette Fumee today, but when I posted it was Eau Duelle. March 6, 2018 at 12:08pm Reply

  • Patricia R.: 1. Try Opium, Amarige, Stella.

    2. Si Lolita

    3. Yes, definitely. March 5, 2018 at 6:55pm Reply

  • Sarah: Many thanks to you Marilyn for this lovely and generous offer. Thanks, too, Victoria for facilitating this giveaway!
    I love Guerlain. Several people on this thread have suggested many options from them.
    I would like to offer Diptyque as a possibility. They have a wide range of fragrances to suit every taste. The company is celebrating 50 years in 2018 and although that doesn’t hold a candle to Guerlain, they put out excellent fragrances. If you like spicy, check out Tam Dao, leather and smoke, then L’eau Duelle or Volutes would suit you, Marilyn. If you want something floral Do Son is delightful!

    It’s warm and muggy here in Houston so I chose a rather “green” scent, Chamade parfum to help me feel energized!
    Yes, please contact me via email should I be lucky enough to win. ❤️ March 5, 2018 at 7:08pm Reply

  • Roxann: I suggest starting with Guerlain. I never found a classic that worked for me, so I moved on to Niche and always find something unique and fabulous. I do continue to try classics from time to time. I tried the new Coco Mademoiselle Intense yesterday and might actually buy my first Chanel. I’m still in the testing phase. The lines that I enjoy the most are Diptyque and L’Artisan de Parfum. Today I wore my favorite Delina by Perfumes de Marly. I am up to 30 bottles (I started my perfume journey after I realized there was a whole world outside of the department store). Sometimes I get bogged down with indecision and sometimes I just know the perfect scent for the day. Yes, feel free to contact me via e mail. March 5, 2018 at 11:16pm Reply

  • Jane Bentley: 1. I would suggest some classic greens or fougeres. Have you tried the original Halston, Chanel #19, or Crepe Dr China? For something newer and a bit unique I would recommend St. Julius with mint and green and light flowers.
    2. Devon Violets. I was able to nab some of the original on eBay.I’ve always loved violet notes ( or soliflores) and this was my fave when I’m feeling girly or in need of some tender care.
    3. Yes, you may email me. March 5, 2018 at 11:36pm Reply

  • Valerie M: I love all of Robert Piguet fragrances. My fave is Fracas especially for spring. Gardenia, Casbah and Mademoiselle are also faves.
    Right now I’m wearing Chanel No5 funnily enough, my SO loves it and it makes me feel optimistic.
    Yes, of course!
    Thank you for the chance! March 6, 2018 at 12:35am Reply

  • Elizabeth M: Marilyn, today I am wearing Hermes Twilly overlaid with a very light spray of Jo Malone’s “Sage and Sea Salt. I love how Twilly lives on my skin. Jo Malone’s “Sage and Sea Salt” add an “of the Sea and Earth” quality that wraps up the spiced bouquet of Twilly. I oftentimes will layer fragrances to balance and wrap up the composition – so that the result is calmingly, unique and personally whole. Please feel free to contact me via email. March 6, 2018 at 5:28am Reply

  • Esz: I am not too well versed in the classics, as I favor niche and indie above all. The most classic I would have is probably Dior Addict which I know is polarizing. I am not a guerlain or Chanel girl.
    Though I can recommend modern classics – and for those i’d recommend anything from the Frederic Malle line. There is something for everyone there – from Une Rose to L’eau D’hiver.

    Today I started out wearing Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee and then I got some fragrance deliveries as well as stopped by Mecca on the way home so I have a mish mash of 4160 Tuesday’s Sex Goddess, Diptyque Tempo and 3 Le Jardin Retrouves on my forearms

    And I would love to be entered into the draw. March 6, 2018 at 5:48am Reply

  • Danaki: Hi Marilyn. Thank you for the giveaway. Here is my suggestion.
    1. To avoid aldehydes I would suggest you check YSL Paris (for voluptuous classic beauty), YSL Opium for spicy, Chanel No 19 for green/chypre, Guerlain Mitsouko for classic chypre and Guerlain Shalimar for classic oriental. If you can find Lancome O! for fresh green that would be great too. Also Estee Lauder for American take on classics. Check out Beautiful, Cinnabar and Knowing. For more modern classics, L’eau d’Issay by Issay Miyake and Mugler Angel should be sniffed.

    2. Today I’m wearing Parfum di Nicolai Week-End. It is a grounded lily of the valley, if that makes any sense. I wanted to wear a spring frag to counter the long winter here in the UK.

    3. Yes, you may email me. March 6, 2018 at 7:19am Reply

  • Sapphire: What a nice giveaway!
    1. Exploring classics–you may want to start with spicy orientals like Coco, Cinnabar or Opium, or vanillic orientals like Shalimar. Big florals like Fracas or delicate ones like Diorissimo.
    2. No fragrance yet today, but yesterday (the day of the post), I was wearing Chanel No. 5 Eau Premiere, which is just easy to wear for me and very much the gentler side of aldehydes.
    3. Of course! March 6, 2018 at 10:51am Reply

  • Carolina: 1. I am exploring classics too, I find them to be much better than the current best sellers. I love to be original and classy with something that was once common but now is forgotten.
    Gems I discovered so far: Ysatis (vintage from ’97), it contains some aldehydes but at least on me, the ylang ylang is more prominent, and deliciuos.
    Magie Noire, sooo sexy. Same for Hypnotic Poison, my favorite. Opium (reformulated, sadly I couldn’t get any vintage, but this new one I really like). 24 Faubourg, also reformulated but very elegant and rich. My plan is to keep trying other classics from the 80’s (that’s the style I like better, as you can tell LOL).

    2. Today I’m wearing CK Obsession, also reformulated, I find it really versatile, apt for winter or summer alike. Spicy, which is rare nowadays (again, I love to feel original). On me it gets powdery and feminine on the drydown, and therefore I feel it’s good for every occasion. Today I picked it because it’s my go-to when I need something to lift my mood but not too demanding.

    3. Of course. Thank you. March 6, 2018 at 4:21pm Reply

  • Ines: Hey, such a great idea!
    1. Go white florals – try Jasmine Full by Montale, or A la Nuit by Serge Lutens, or Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle. You will love them!
    2.Amouage Gold just because it makes me happy…I literally want to hug myself 🙂
    3. Yes, of course! 🙂 March 6, 2018 at 5:47pm Reply

  • Maria-Anna: Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, Marilyn and Victoria!

    1. If I were to pick one, it would be Guerlain L’Heure Bleue. Took me the longest time to ‘get it’, but I found it very interesting how gradually my perception of its nuances expanded from what initially was.. well, just loud and much.

    2. I haven’t put on any perfume today yet! But yesterday I was wearing Lolita Lempicka for the first time in a long while. I was craving something bold, and that is certainly true to an extent, but I was also surprised to find new floral nuances under the sweetness that I hadn’t noticed before.

    3. Yes, of course! March 7, 2018 at 8:36am Reply

  • CristinaM: 1. Apres l’Ondee. Classic, but modern. Unusual and refined. Perfect.

    2. I am wearing Borneo 1832 because that’s what makes me feel confident and assertive. Patchouli and chocolate, but not sweet.

    3. Yes of course! March 7, 2018 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Tania: 1) I would suggest the orientals as it is cold and dreary here and I always get a sense of comfort from orientals. I am very partial to Opium and Shalimar, but there’s so many orientals in the classics 🙂

    2) Today I woke up late for work so I did not spray any perfume 🙁 My sweater still carries a bit of L’Occitane Miel et Vanille from the last time I wore it and so it had to be my scent today.

    3) Yes, you may email me. March 7, 2018 at 7:16pm Reply

  • Nelle W: I would look for spicy or oriental scents! I am not a fan of Chanel No 5 its a bit to strong for me, but I love Chanel Eau Verte which is a light green and citrus scent, or Chanel Chance eau Fraiche not classic but fresh! If you are a fan of Patchouli based scents, you can try Mugler Alien and Angel both are wonderful scent that smell fab on anyone who wears them. My fave classic scent is, well its classic to me Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey its modern fresh and reminds me of the 90’s which I loved.

    I am wearing Armani Acqua di Gioia, its a fresh green aquatic fragrance and I love it, it gives me energy and peep!

    Yes you can contact me through my email address! March 8, 2018 at 12:36am Reply

  • Olga: Thank you for the giveaway
    1. Mitsouko or Samsara by Guerlain
    2. Wearing La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens
    3. Yes, of course March 8, 2018 at 1:37am Reply

  • Rebecca: 1. I’m also starting out, but so far I liked Cacharel Eden and Chanel Cristalle.
    2. I work in the hospital so no perfume yet. I will wait till I get home to pick something.
    3. Yes, of course. March 8, 2018 at 3:03am Reply

  • Patrizia: thank you so muche for the giveaway
    1) I would suggest to Marilyn Une Jardin sur le Nil by Hermes, tu be “safe”, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blu to be “fresh and clean”, Shalimar by guerlain to feel like a “femme fatale”
    2) I am wearing Coco Mademoiselle edp Intense right now and I love it!
    3) yes, of course” March 8, 2018 at 7:33am Reply

  • Klaas: Wow, Lots of Guerlain so far! And for good reason, they have some of the worlds most iconic fragrances in their collection. After you’ve sniffed some of their scents, head for the Hermes counter for something completely different: the Hermessences collection! Light, transparent and fun, these fragrances will offer you a completely different style of perfumery. Muguet Porcelaine, Osmanthe Yunnan, Rose Ikebana and Brin de Reglisse are the ones I prefer.

    Today I’m wearing Pozzo di Borgo’s Mai 1957, for it’s bracing, spicy opening and soft licorice flavourde dry down.

    Please, do not enter me in the competition, the scent is not something I would wear……so better make somebody else happy 😉 Thanks Marilyn!! March 8, 2018 at 7:37am Reply

    • Klaas: I forgot to mention that – when at the Guerlain – you should adventure into the male fragrences as well. Habit Rouge and Vetiver are definite classics and will be just as sophisticated when worn by a woman! Enjoy! March 10, 2018 at 2:41am Reply

  • sandra: 1. Shalimar! Start there and see if you (ever) move on
    2. Guerlain’s BdR a re-re-release from this house and I am loving it. The plum note is gorgeous and its not too sweet
    3. yes you can contact me March 8, 2018 at 8:49am Reply

  • Cynthia Richardson: My first meaningful perfume was Shalimar. I compare every fragrance since to it. Now that I’m almost 60; I think I’ve grown into it
    Today I’m wearing Byredo Mojave Ghost
    Please contact me if I’m lucky enough to be chosen. March 8, 2018 at 12:05pm Reply

  • Sijia: 1. I really love Diptyque’s classic L’eau, which is a spicy, clove-heavy kind of scent I can imagine an Elizabethean courtier wearing.

    2. I’m wearing actually another Diptyque fragrance, Feu de Bois, which is a room spray that I use sometimes as a strange perfume. I wore this on my first date with my boyfriend, and he specifically complimented me on how fantastic I smelled.

    3. contact away! March 8, 2018 at 10:58pm Reply

  • Jodee: 1. Explore the perfumes that are tops in as many categories as you can think of, take notes on your thoughts and before long you will see a pattern emerge in your tastes and preferences. It seems that every house has a floral, a leather, an incense, a citrus, an earthy, a sophisticated, a casual/relaxed, a classic, a sweet, etc. etc. At first the sheer quantity of options seem daunting but soon you’ll learn the language of perfumes! I tried to nail down the top in each category through reading blogs and Surrender to Chance. Example, the top Iris perfumes always seem to be no 19, Iris Silver Mist, Apres L’Ondee, with L’eau d’hiver, Iris Poudre, and Iris Nobile getting honorable mention.

    2. For me today L’eau d’hiver was the choice for its clarity and feminine beauty.

    3. Yes 😊 March 8, 2018 at 11:26pm Reply

  • Ruta: Guerlain is a great house to study classics- jicky, nahema, chamade, vol de nuit, chant d aromes, shalimar, samsara… to go way back Jean Patou is a great house.
    My today parfume choice is surprise surprise Chanel, Crystalle eau de parfum.
    Mail address can be used, for sure March 9, 2018 at 5:40am Reply

  • Guillaume Malingri de Bagnolo: 1. “Grey Vetiver” by Tom Ford.
    2. “Terre” by Hermès because it reminds me of Niels.
    3. You may. March 9, 2018 at 8:23pm Reply

  • Aniko: I think I would recommend First EDP by Van Cleef & Arpels.
    Even though it has aldehydes, it is nothing like Chanel No. 5 which I have never liked (not when I was young and not now that I am over 50).
    It is complex and elegant and I have been in love with it for about 30 years. 🙂
    Other good choices would be Sublime by Patou, Lauren by Ralph Lauren or Safari by the same house, Calyx by Prescriptives (now by Clinique), and if you have a bit of an adventurous spirit, try Encre Noir EDT (men’s version) by Lalique, one of my newer loves.
    I hope you are going to have a lot of fun discovering the many facets of perfumes. March 11, 2018 at 6:49am Reply

    • Aniko: Sorry, forgot to add: Of course you can email me. And incidentally, dear Viktoria, thank you for many very pleasant hours spent on your site. March 11, 2018 at 7:39am Reply

  • Marilyn: I’m touched that so many people wanted to share their suggestions with me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to sampling! March 12, 2018 at 3:38am Reply

  • Sienna Moore: 1. how about trying Coco, I am a Chanel fiend, so I always suggest Chanel.
    2. today I’m wearing Chanel Gabrielle
    3. yes, of course contact me! I’m crossing me fingers. March 12, 2018 at 11:31am Reply

  • Armando Guillén: 1. Fidji by Guy Laroche
    2. Valentino’s V Pour Homme, because the ever-present fear of running out of it is something I need to overcome. And today, I wanted to overcome obstacles, like fear, among others. So, wearing V Pour Homme and proudly enjoying it seemed prophetic.
    3. Yes, please. If I’m considered as a winner, you can contact me via email. March 13, 2018 at 1:18am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you to everyone for participating. The contest is closed, but I will keep the comments open in case anyone wants to add suggestions or Marilyn wants to ask further questions. March 13, 2018 at 4:54am Reply

  • Adéla: Hello, thank you for nice giveway 🙂
    1. I really love Chanel no 19. I have been using it for some time and have yet to be bored.
    2. Today I am wearing Opium Ysl, because weather here is cold and rainy, so I wanted something warm.
    3. Yes, please. March 14, 2018 at 1:40pm Reply

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