Perfume Samples Giveaway

Happy Labor Day! Today we have a generous giveaway thanks to Marc, one of the Bois de Jasmin readers. Marc wants to clean out his samples drawer and he is ready to ship about 20 different samples to one of you. Samples include perfumes from Serge Lutens, Marc Jacobs, Caron, Clarins, Chanel, Guerlain, L’Artisan and Etro. He can send his package anywhere, provided the customs restrictions don’t interfere.

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

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

1. Marc’s question for you: “I am a 35 year old man who enjoys woods and spices. Please recommend me something unconventional, but still safe enough to be worn to work. Niche or department store, doesn’t matter.”
2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Marc?

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

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  • Amelie Cuppens: Dear Marc, my signature scent is vol de nuit from Guerlain. It is woody and has a hint of spice. I have the eau the toilette version and I feel it is suitable enough to wear to work, although I love it so much, I tend to save it for special occasions so that it lasts me longer. As a perfume lover, you will probably know it already but I hope my comment will incite you to revisit it. Kind regards, Amelie September 2, 2019 at 7:59am

    • Amelie Cuppens: Sorry, yes you can contact me 🙂 September 2, 2019 at 6:07pm

  • Neva: 1 – Hi Marc, a wonderful fresh perfume with spices (cardamom, pepper) and a nice cedar base is Penhaligon’s Opus 1870. It is absolutely office friendly and I hope you’ll like it.
    2 – Hi Victoria, of course you can 🙂 September 2, 2019 at 9:18am

  • Claudia S: Tweed. It’s an oldie but goodie, I’ve loved it since I was 5 years old, in 1960. Yes you may contact me! Thanks September 2, 2019 at 9:52am

  • Richard Magnier: 1. I’m also a 35 year old man who enjoys woods and spices, though my preferences fall onto the fougère end of the spectrum. Thus Frederic Malle’s French Lover by Pierre Bourdon hits all the right notes for me. Intoxicating, heady, and complex. A real treat. I wear it regularly to work, but a little goes a long way…!

    2. Yes! September 2, 2019 at 10:03am

  • Matty: I agree about the Vol de Nuit. Gorgeous.
    Yes you can contact me September 2, 2019 at 10:20am

  • Gail: Hi Marc, 2 very well-known and well priced scents that I love, Declaration (Cartier) and Encre Noir (Lalique). To me, Declaration is a bright, spicy-woody, citrusy delight, suitable for everyday.Unconventional??? I find it distinctive. Encre Noir is much darker, tarry/incense/wood, w/ pepper in the background. Last idea is (Parfumerie Generale) L’Eau Rare Matale) that’s a bright, citrus-spice-tea w/ fresh woods. Fleeting though – there’s a more intense version that may last longer, Hyperessence added to the name.
    Yes, please feel free to use my email! September 2, 2019 at 10:31am

  • rosarita: Hi Mark – I highly recommend the original Commes des Garcons edt, my first niche purchase many years ago and still my favorite spice/wood perfume (also my favorite category.) CdG has many other great unique but very wearable options, like CdG 2 Man, CdG 3, Black edt, Series Red: Sequoia etc. Mark Buxton and Bertrand Duchaufour are master perfumeurs of the spuce/woods category. Have fun! No need to enter me in your generous offer, I have a plethora of samples 🙂 September 2, 2019 at 10:35am

  • eudora: hello Marc -and Victoria and all!
    I recommend you Comme des Garcons fragances for unconventional, but still safe enough. The incense series is sooooo beautiful and smells soooooo good. Check for Victoria’s reviews. Do you know them?
    Yes, you can contact me! September 2, 2019 at 10:37am

  • Stacey: Juniper Ridge has some very woodsy all natural solid scents I find very intoxicating. My husband used to wear a pine scented variety that was very nice. September 2, 2019 at 10:47am

    • Stacey: Yes you can contact me September 2, 2019 at 10:48am

  • Lema: Marc, you didn’t say, woods and spices of cold or warm climates?
    1) Hinoki/Monocle by Comme Des Garcons
    2) Lentisque by Phaedon. This is a hot climate woody resinous smell. Tears of Chios September 2, 2019 at 10:59am

  • Genevieve Léger Fawcett: Hello, Marc. Fille en aiguille from Serge Lutens is a wonderful take on sun warmed pine. It is perfect for the office and, to my nose, an unusual take on Pine. Yes, you can contact me via email. Cheers! Genevieve. September 2, 2019 at 11:15am

  • Cornelia: Hi Marc.
    1) Insolent Vetiver from Miller Harris
    2) Yes, Victoria, of course you can. September 2, 2019 at 11:34am

    • Marina: Oh my goodness! 500 ml! 💚💚💚 I love this house, too. I’ve just remembered Caron’s Yatagan. I would definitely suggest Marc (and anyone who has not yet) to try it. September 6, 2019 at 11:00am

  • Jack: Hello!

    I would recommend Noir Epices by Frederic Malle if you want a rich style of spices or Penhaligon’s Lothair if you would like a drier style of spices and woods.

    Yes, you may contact me by email. Thank you! September 2, 2019 at 11:49am

    • MJB: Dear Marc, please try Diptyque’s Tam Dao. Both my husband I love it’s fresh, smokey forest smell. Diptyque’s website describes it as, “a memory from the holy forests of Indochina, and the velvety, milky scent of Sandelwood burned in temples.” My friend from Canada loved it so much on me at our dinner party I gave him my bottle. September 2, 2019 at 11:29pm

  • John Luna: Greetings Marc,

    I absolutely second the suggestion of Cartier’s Declaration… There is a bit of a learning curve if you are not used to J-C Ellena’s ‘translucent’ approach to compositions, but I really think this is an unconventional classic, long-lasting as well and very suitable for office wear despite its unconventional scent profile. I also have found both Caron’s Le Troisieme Homme and Guerlain Habit Rouge to be great workwear fragrances… The Caron is a bit more self-consciously retro/fougère, while Habit Rouge has a remarkable floral dusting of rose, geranium and iris that takes a bit of getting used to, but both are reasonably discreet, mood-elevating scents with good breeding, great endurance and enough character so that won’t get bored wearing them throughout the week. Good luck! Feel free to contact me, and thanks for this offer. September 2, 2019 at 12:02pm

    • Marina: Do you like Caron’s Impact? I like it even more then the original Pour un Homme or Le 3eme Homme. September 5, 2019 at 11:48am

      • John Luna: Hi Marina,

        I have only ever smelled it on a paper strip, but would like to invest in a bottle… I wear Pour un Homme as a signature/’home’ base scent (I have one of those giant 500 ml splash bottles on my bathroom counter next to the sink) and love the house in general. September 5, 2019 at 12:38pm

  • Marina: I am a 36 years old woman and today I am enjoying my Antaeus by Chanel))) And I would definitely recommend it, but I suppose Marc is familiar with it. I would also recommend Comme des Garçons Series 4 Cologne Vettiveru.

    Yes, feel free to contact me. September 2, 2019 at 12:10pm

    • John Luna: A strong second for Antaeus!
      I’d also recommend Aramis, which like Antaeus is an isobutyl quinoline + castoreum + herbal leather fragrance, albeit a touch drier and more dusty (cumin). This was a grower for me but now I wear it two or three times a week, either at work (despite its hairy-chested reputation, it is surprisingly well groomed) or to relax when I get home. The current formulation is quite good once it opens up a little. I’m about a third of the way into my bottle and the performance is very good to excellent. September 2, 2019 at 1:47pm

      • Marina: Thumbs up to Aramis! 👍🏻👍🏻 I like it, too! September 5, 2019 at 11:43am

  • Heidi: I would recommend Tauer’s Au Coeur du Desert or Parfum MDCI Fêtes Persanes. And I love En Avion pictured at the top of the post — it’s gorgeous!

    Yes, feel free to contact me. September 2, 2019 at 12:38pm

  • Mr. D.: “I am a 35 year old man who enjoys woods and spices. Please recommend me something unconventional, but still safe enough to be worn to work. Niche or department store, doesn’t matter.”

    Santhal and The by Bois 1920.

    “May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Marc?”

    Of course you can. September 2, 2019 at 12:39pm

  • Notturno7: Hi Marc,
    These are parfumes that come to mind and that I love.
    Vol de Nuit and Habit Rouge in extrait version are incredible, they’re more woodsy then spicy but have what I call ‘a lot of personality’.
    HR feels sparkly and radiant. I wear it as a treat. My husband detests perfume and even he admired this one on me. Others have described them well in above comments and both Victoria and The Guide give them high ratings.
    I also love woodsy Aromatic Elixir and Chanel Pour Monsignor and Coromandel. Few people asked what I wore when I had Coromandel on and that one feels a bit spicy to me. Turin likens it to white chocolate.
    Yes,please! I’ve never tried En Avion. I would love that. September 2, 2019 at 1:21pm

  • Micah: Marc, you might like Caron L’Anarchiste! It’s unusual but irresistible in my opinion.

    Yes you may contact me! September 2, 2019 at 1:41pm

  • Aniko: Hi, Marc,

    i am a fiftysomething woman and i have always loved men’s colognes and rather enjoy working with good smelling men. 🙂
    i would recommend that you try the following three scents, two commercial and one niche:
    1. Aramis Havana, more fall-winter but fine for day
    2. Armani Code Profumo, this is more for evening but if you go light with it you will smell elegant all day
    3. Frapin 1270, unusual because it is on the sweet side but plenty of spices too, this is unisex
    Good luck!

    Hi, Viktoria,
    yes you may contact me.
    BTW, thank you for turning me on to DakhaBrakha, they are fantastic, i can’t stop listening to them. September 2, 2019 at 2:02pm

  • Klaas: Dear Marc, thank you for your offer! And some great recommendations already. Comme des Garcons also does Blackpepper, which is stunning. Unconventional for sure, but so incredibly round and suave the folks at the office will swoon……

    And have you tried anything by Andy Tauer? His Encense Extreme has the most glorious dry down, with dry, dry woods, burnt incense and coriander. The opening is quite operatic, but it quiets down nicely.

    And though your offer sounds very enticing, please do not include me in this draw. I just ordered a whole lot of samples and will not need any more for a while. September 2, 2019 at 2:09pm

    • Mr. D.: True on every account re: Tauer’s Encense. One of my favourites. September 2, 2019 at 2:24pm

  • Klaas: I forgot to mention the brand Fueguia from Argentina. Very niche and hard to get, but I remember sampling their Biblioteca de Babel, which was incredibly woody, spicey (cinnamon) and cozy. September 2, 2019 at 2:19pm

  • Karen A: Two Chanel’s that may work, 31 Rue de Cambon and Bois des Isles. Wonderful offer, but no need for more samples! Thank you Victoria for facilitating this, it’s always fun reading people’s suggestions! September 2, 2019 at 2:34pm

  • Peggy: Hi Marc- My own favorite wood scent is Chanel Sycamore, which is so beautiful I can’t stop smelling my wrist. The afore mentioned Perfumes MDCI Fetes Persanes is also really great–love the cinnamon!
    You may certainly contact me! Thanks September 2, 2019 at 3:00pm

    • Melissa Newberry: Hi Marc
      My mother wore Alexandra by Alexandra de Markoff when I was a young girl, I’m 60 now and still keep a bottle in my vintage fragrance collection. I think this fragrance has the notes you are looking for. Unusual notes are South African sage and Singapore patchouli. The story behind Alexandra de Markoff is also interesting and mysterious.
      I consent to being contacted.
      What a wonderful gift to those out there who appreciate the art of a perfume. September 2, 2019 at 4:20pm

  • Rossignol: Wood Sage and Sea Salt – Jo Malone London for women and men

    yes, you can contact me September 2, 2019 at 3:33pm

  • SHMW: Another vote for Sycomore but only the edt…. not the current, very different, edp. No need to enter me in the draw. September 2, 2019 at 4:51pm

  • Ann: I second and third the CdG recommendations, especially the incense series which are all pretty office friendly (I own Ouarzazate–all wood and spices). You’ve probably already tried Serge Lutens Chergui, but that one comes to mind as well. Less office friendly, but gorgeous are the Cartier ouds. Your posting made me go dig up my sample of Oud & Oud by Cartier–outstanding! You may contact me. September 2, 2019 at 5:35pm

  • Old Herbaceous: Hi Marc, thanks for doing this! You might like Yatagan by Caron. Also, Palo Santo by Carner Barcelona. You might also like Adam Levine for Women, which has more woods and spices than Adam Levine for Men! Both were created by Yann Vasnier.

    Yes, I can be contacted by email. Thank you! September 2, 2019 at 6:09pm

  • P.O MUSTHAFA: Hi
    My preference is benley Absolu it is for all occasion and affordable to everyone.feel free to use my mail September 2, 2019 at 9:03pm

  • Robert: You might like Nuit de Megève by Eight & Bob, a spicy vetiver.
    And yes, I’m emailable. Thanks. September 3, 2019 at 1:06am

  • Cristina: 1. L Air du desert marocaine by andy tauer
    Warm spicy unusual
    2. Yes you can contact me
    Thanks September 3, 2019 at 2:24am

  • Amanda M: Hi Marc,

    Lovely and generous offer of the giveaway!
    I’d like to recommend one of my favourites, the gorgeous woody & warm spicy Aperçu by Houbigant.
    Yes of course, I can be contacted by email.
    Thank you! September 3, 2019 at 3:22am

  • Rodrigo M. Guajardo: Hi Mark!, my top one is Jovoy Incident Diplomatique, addictive vetiver, patchouli and mandarine. High quality, great performance at a fair price. Others I’d recommend are Chanel Egoiste (sandalwood and cinnamon) and Amouage Journey man (tobacco, incense and Sichuan pepper)

    Yes, you can contact me by email. Thanks and have a nice day September 3, 2019 at 3:30am

    • Michele Adsit: I was reading all the replies and started thinking of Estée Lauder’s Cinnabar. When I was young, I used to purchase a bottle every December for the Holiday season. It is very cinnamony.
      Yes you may contact me. September 3, 2019 at 9:46pm

  • Mercedes Valbuena: Ambra Nera by ORTIGIA Sicilia. Gorgeous! September 3, 2019 at 5:06am

  • Charlotte Barrow: Annick Goutal’s Sables is absolutely gorgeous; rich, with sandalwood, pepper and cinnamon.

    For something lighter, greener and more herbal I second the suggestion of Penhaligon’s Lothair, with cedar and cardamom. Bertrand Duchaufour has also designed many other beautiful perfumes that might suit your requirements!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway, and yes Victoria please feel free to contact me! September 3, 2019 at 5:14am

    • Charlotte Barrow: Ps just thought of another recommendation: Duchaufour’s Dzonghka for L’Artisan is beautiful and very unique with cedar, cardamom and spices, and unisex peony and iris. It falls somewhere between my other two suggestions in terms of ‘heft’; it’s drier than Sables and earthier than Lothair.

      Good luck with your search! September 3, 2019 at 6:19pm

  • Gențiana Crăciun: Hi, Marc,
    I can imagine a successful 35 year old man wearing L Artisan Parfumeur s Tea For Two or Diptique Volutes. The CDG series is very good, too. And my all-time favorite, Ambre Sultan by Serge Lutens. September 3, 2019 at 6:30am

  • Jane: Hello Marc,
    I am wearing Timbuctu by L’Artisan Parfumeur today and thinking how nice it would smell on a man. A bit smoky, a bit spicy and warm.Hope you find lovely things!
    Yes you can contact me. September 3, 2019 at 8:06am

  • Austenfan: No need to include me in the draw but I just wanted to make a few additional suggestions:

    Marc Jacobs Bang, discontinued but maybe there is some old stock online.
    Divine: l’Homme Sage and l’Homme Infini.

    Divine is small and French and you can order small rollerballs online. September 3, 2019 at 8:15am

  • Camille: Please try Cartier Roadster and Caron Pour Un Homme. I think that they’ll fit your request.
    You’re welcome to use my email. Thank you. September 3, 2019 at 11:50am

  • Rakasa: Thirdman’s Eau Inexplicable would be my top recommendation for you, Marc. It’s a modern, fresh wood fragrance that can be worn anywhere and everywhere. It’s singular composition uses the purest form of wood extraction to date mixed with crisp grasses and herbs, completely skipping the use of any traditional citrus notes — achieving the freshest wood fragrance I’ve ever experienced. Is said to be inspired by the organized chaos of painter Piet Mondrian. The 2nd scent is a Woody Oriental that’s rated as a Top Masculine masterpiece by Luca Turin: Parfums de Nicolai’s New York Intense. He quite accurately describes it as a powdery biscuit of a scent with truly steady composure. Everyone I’ve met truly enjoys it’s unique presence. Plus it’s got amazing longevity. Thirdly, I’d offer up Wood Haven from House of Kerosene. It’s self taught creator John Pegg wove juniper smoke with woods creating a quite satisfying woody-spicy masculine. One that is every bit at home in the boardroom as it is on a backcountry outing. I’m in the USA and happy to speak directly with both Marc and Victoria, anytime. September 3, 2019 at 1:16pm

    • Sebastian: I second the New York Intense recommendation with one reservation. This perfume is so very elegant, accessible, and wearable. Versatile because it is so balanced.

      The reservation is with regard to Marc’s request for something unconventional. Although extraordinary, this perfume is certainly the opposite of unconventional. But I don’t see how anyone could dislike it. September 3, 2019 at 5:49pm

      • Rakasa: Very valid points Sebastian. Yet those very points are also part of the foundation for why I see unconventionality in any scent that delivers a brilliantly enduring masterclass experience like NY Intense. Particularly when I weigh it against the background of a marketplace awash in endless waves of flankers and ‘office safe’ fragrances whose recycled notes barely have minor emphasis adjustments in their all too derivative structures or the growing universe of previously brilliant creations now utterly decimated by budget and allergen restrictions. I’ve found that perspective growing ever stronger as I have to ask how many newly innovative creations are actually producing superb answers to the questions “does it smell good or interesting” and “would I want to wear it”? While it appears aficionados may soon be treated to a true sea change where perfumers regularly succeed in delivering brilliant quality fragrances whose innovative structures have fantastic answers to all those questions, the tide has not yet turned far enough for me to stop honoring brilliant masterpieces like New York Intense as an unconventional achievement in the current perfume universe. September 4, 2019 at 8:22am

  • Yasmina: Thanks for this giveaway! I love Freetrapper by DS and Durga. It’s an aromatic wood – unusual while being very wearable and office friendly. Yes you can email me September 3, 2019 at 4:23pm

  • Tamasin: Hi Marc, Have you tried ‘Ormonde Man’ by Ormonde Jayne? It’s woody, with a soft spice of coriander and cardomom. Also, ‘Ormonde Woman’ is gorgeous (I would say Ormonde Man is masculine, but Ormonde Woman could easily be worn by men) September 3, 2019 at 5:12pm

  • Sebastian: Hi Marc,

    Haeckels “Pegwell Bay” is a totally unusual and most excellent classic, timeless fresh-spicy-woody scent. The totally unique thing about it is that it opens very spicy-green with fresh fennel. It’s made from local ingredients naturally occurring around Pegwell Bay, which is near Margate in Kent. It is also really versatile: elegant, relaxed, unobtrusive enough for the office, and so distinctive.

    Another totally fascinating, high-quality, mostly natural fragrance with a vintage vibe that I discovered this summer is Grey Stone Castle, from The World in Scents. It’s core has Sandalwood and cedar, and there is cypress and vetiver along with the floral notes which gives it something herbal-earthy, if you can accept that as a substitute for spicy. The unusual thing about this also very versatile perfume is the lemongrass note, which persists right from the start and into its dry-down, much unlike any other citrus I know.

    I love both of these scents to death. I was made aware of them by YouTube reviews of the respective houses done by Wafts From The Loft, well worth watching.

    PS: No need to include me in the draw. September 3, 2019 at 5:38pm

  • Mike: I recommend Egoiste by Chanel (not Platinum Egoiste, but regular Egoiste!)

    Yes, email is fine for me 🙂 September 3, 2019 at 6:25pm

  • Raffaella: Hi Marc, I recommend Ivory Route by Xerjoff, a nice, warm spicy sandalwood.

    Yes, you can email me! September 4, 2019 at 6:23am

  • Sara: Hi Marc,
    Thank you for this giveaway, you are really generous! Five fragrances for you expensive ones like wonderwood, wonderoud or black pepper from Comme des Garçons and some very cheap ones Agua Brava for men and Quorum both of these by Antonio Puig.
    Regards,
    Sara September 4, 2019 at 10:44am

  • Tammie Holland: Thank you for your generous offer, Marc. Noir Epice, Hermes and Get over by Tom Ford, available at Sephora.
    Yes you may contact me by e mail, Thank You September 4, 2019 at 7:26pm

  • Sara: I would say Terre by Hermès. It has a beautiful composition. September 4, 2019 at 8:17pm

  • Brigitte: A bit unusual but I would recommend Pacifica’s new Enchanted Woods…smoky vetiver, cardamom , juniper and patchouli…it’s a nice wood fragrance to my nose and highly affordable.
    Yes, you may contact me. September 5, 2019 at 5:48am

  • sandra: Terre by Hermes
    yes you can contact me September 5, 2019 at 10:05am

  • Zeezout: Azemour les Orangers, by Parfum d’Empire, might suit you very well. It begins with a wonderful blast of oranges, followed by pepper and cypress. My one complaint is moderate longevity, but that could be an advantage when you wear it to work.
    (2: yes, of course!) September 5, 2019 at 11:11am

  • Chris in Oakland: Many of my favorites have been mentioned already: Guerlain Habit Rouge,Cartier Declaration, CdG incense (especially Zagorsk) and many vetivers. Bruno Fazzolari has some interesting scents, including Feu Secret, a highly smoky and woody iris. For some lighter ideas, I’d add that Frederic Malle Bigarade Concentree is a lovely cousin to Declaration, with bitter orange on top of the wood/spice. Voyage d’Hermes is a very refreshing herbal and spicy scent and more woody in the EDP. Thank you for your giveaway, and yes, do contact me by email! September 5, 2019 at 3:05pm

  • Aisha Anne: Aisha:I would recommend Tom Ford Grey Vetiver,it’s a clean scent for both office and any formal occasion. Please yes you can email me.
    I am trying to get to know more about perfumes. thank you September 5, 2019 at 3:39pm

  • Anne-Valérie: Sycomore from les exclusifs Chanel. Love it ! September 5, 2019 at 4:04pm

  • Sharon: Hi Marc, I enjoy Sonoma Scents Winter Woods, a spicy, woodsy eau de parfum that is rich, yet light enough to wear anywhere. You can order online by Googling Sonoma Scents. I have purchased several wonderful scents from Laurie who owns the perfumery.

    Thank you for the generous giveaway, and yes, you may contact me. September 5, 2019 at 7:59pm

  • Cybele: Hi!
    French Lover Frederic Malle
    Yes, you can email me September 6, 2019 at 12:24am

  • Aurora: What a generous giveaway.

    Hermes Voyage in EDT and parfum (they are different enough) has light spices like cardamom and woods and it is very refreshing in summer.

    Yes, I can be contacted via email. September 11, 2019 at 11:22am

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