Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir Perfume Giveaway

Today we have a generous giveaway thanks to Rainboweyes, one of our Bois de Jasmin readers. Rainboweyes wants to give away her 50ml bottle of Ormonde Jayne Orris Noir because she’s trimming down her collection and prefers that her less worn perfumes find a good home. She can send her package anywhere in Europe, provided that customs restrictions don’t interfere.

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

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

1. Rainboweyes’s question for you: “The question I’d like to ask the BdJ community is about their favorite winter reading and the perfume they associate with the book or with one of its characters.”
2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Rainboweyes?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Elvie. Congratulations, I will contact you via email shortly.

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  • Muriel: Hello Rainboweyes and Victoria,
    My favorite book ever is “The picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde and I am currently re-reading for the nth time. This time, it was actually the result of a chain reaction. I was reading Tout le bleu du ciel (Mélissa Da Costa), which contains many references to The Alchemist (Coelho). That book itself starts with a reference to The story of Narcissus by Oscar Wilde, and therefore, the first book lead me to the second and the third. The picture of Dorian Gray is full of olfactory references and makes me think of Memory Motel by Annick Menardo.
    2. yes of course December 13, 2019 at 7:56am

    • rainboweyes: “The picture of Dorian Gray” is one of my favourite books too… it doesn’t lose anything of its fascinatination even after multiple readings, does it?
      I wasn’t familiar with Wilde’s story of Narcissus, though… it sounds so much like him… 🙂 December 13, 2019 at 4:43pm

      • Muriel: I think each time I read The Picture of Dorian Gray, I savour it a little bit more. I also love cascading readings, when one book makes you want to read another one you had maybe forgotten. Just before this series, I read Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood followed by the great Shakespeare’s Tempest (which was sadly collecting dust). I think winter’s long nights call for great reads 😉 and this post you initiated is full of these! Thanks a lot! December 14, 2019 at 10:20am

  • Sandra: 1. The best winter I spent was reading Swanns way by Proust. This winter I am reading the Elena Ferrante series, starting with my Brilliant Friend. I have been wearing a lot of Chanel these days, No 19 Poudre is one.
    2. Yes of course December 13, 2019 at 8:13am

    • rainboweyes: I read Ferrante’s series last summer…
      I’m wondering which scents Elena and Lila would be wearing… December 13, 2019 at 4:47pm

  • Angela Watson: 1. Doctor Zhivago+Chanel Cuir de Russie= perfect winter time combo!
    2. Yup! December 13, 2019 at 8:17am

    • rainboweyes: This really sounds perfect! December 13, 2019 at 4:48pm

  • Mai: Oh, what a fun question!

    1. Agatha Christie’s classic Murder in the Orient Express fits perfectly with snowy weather – and I can picture Hercule Poirot wearing Hermes Hiris!

    2. Yes, of course! December 13, 2019 at 11:21am

    • rainboweyes: Hiris happens to be my signature scent… and I like the idea of Hercule and myself being scent twins 😉 December 13, 2019 at 4:50pm

      • Mai: Hah, cool! I’m also a fan of Poirot, and of iris-centered fragrances 🙂 . I find Hiris very serene and refined. You made a great choice of signature scent! December 14, 2019 at 5:24pm

  • Lillian Holloway: Curling up in winter with The Shadow of Night is a favorite pastime. Marlowe by Jardins d’Ecrivains is a required fragrance for obvious reasons but also it brings to mind the study of alchemy and Christopher Marlow the in Elizabethan times. December 13, 2019 at 11:35am

    • rainboweyes: I’m putting The Shadow of Night on my reading list – thank you! December 13, 2019 at 4:51pm

      • Lillian Holloway: Start with A Discovery of Witches, it’s a trilogy. And I am in the US, so exclude me from the generous giveaway. December 14, 2019 at 4:58pm

  • Jackie: Brideshead Revisited
    Messe de Minuit

    Yes, please. December 13, 2019 at 12:14pm

    • rainboweyes: I’ve got the audiobook – read by Jeremy Irons. I loved it… December 14, 2019 at 4:37am

  • Aniko: 1.
    The book: I love to read and re-read historical fiction during the winter, mostly medieval such as The accursed kings by Maurice Druon or The pillars of the earth by Ken Follett, or books by Sharon Kay Penman or Pamela Kaufman’s historical fiction about Eleanor of Aquitaine. I think the setting matches winter because the darkness of overcast winter days reminds me of the “world lit only by fire”, as described in William Manchester’s book about the Middle Ages.
    Matching fragrances would be either a. Full incense by Montale, this is a fairly obvious but very pleasing option, or similar incense scents, b. something herbal, since fragrances in the modern meaning did not exist at that time, but people used herbs such as rosemary, thyme, lavender, etc. and in fact one of the first real colognes, Hungary water (dates back to the mid-late 14th Century) is based on these notes, or c. other types of simple scents available at that time such as apples or ginger or quince, or d. even woody scents based on fir, spruce, birch, etc, as these are among my comfort scents.
    2. Yes, please. December 13, 2019 at 3:18pm

    • rainboweyes: I liked The Accursed Kings very much as I read the series many years ago… it’s fairly unknown, though… but I keep recommending it to my friends… December 13, 2019 at 4:54pm

      • Aniko: That is exactly what I do too 🙂
        The entire series is so well written, it is a shame that more people do not know about it.
        And I have the same situation with a few other favorite authors, like Mika Waltari. Sinuhe, the Egyptian is such a good book, incredibly thoughtful and colorful, and almost forgotten.
        Aniko December 13, 2019 at 5:27pm

  • Eudora: Thanks Rainboweyes and Victoria, for the giveaway and also for the question that will make reading the comments such a pleasure…as always…
    Not winter but my Christmas reading is a tradition. I read the gospels because I find Jesus personality fascinating. And I will wear Avignon of Comme des Garcons. Obvious match…
    That question remember me the first time I visited the blog…maybe…when reading about Prada’s Infusion Iris. I can spray it and read Madame Bovary, as Victoria write in her beautiful review of the perfume…
    And I stop here but I know I will think about it a lot…thanks and, of course, You can contact me. December 13, 2019 at 3:47pm

    • rainboweyes: Madame Bovary would definitely wear Infusion d’Iris… the Absolue flanker! December 13, 2019 at 4:55pm

  • rainboweyes: “The picture of Dorian Gray” is one of my favourite books too… it doesn’t lose anything of its fascinatination even after multiple readings, does it?
    I wasn’t familiar with Wilde’s story of Narcissus, though… it sounds so much like him… 🙂 December 13, 2019 at 4:42pm

  • Margo: Hi Rainboweyes and Victoria:) For me it would be Josip Brodsky’s Watermark, the most beautiful December essay about Venice, “the most beautiful city produced by the humankind”:). I’ve read it countless times, also in Venice, always in December:). I associate this reading the most with Lui by Mazzolari, probably because I bought my first bottle in Venice, several years ago. And even though I really love the smells of the city as they are, the smell of the walls, the sea, seafood around and human cravings down there, that Lui’s sniff in a harsh open air of Venice in winter, this is something that made an indelible mark in my fragrant memory.
    Your 2nd question: oh, hell yeah:) December 13, 2019 at 6:04pm

    • rainboweyes: This sounds wonderful, Margo… there it goes on my reading list! Venice is so beautiful in winter time… December 14, 2019 at 4:43am

  • Qwendy: I love reading about the erudite reading habits of your audience here!
    I am just winding up a Victorian period (love Dorian Gray too) and moving backwards to the Regency and the Belle Epoque …. about to start Sarah Bernhardt’s biography, wondering what scent she might have worn, don’t know her well enough yet …. I can easily imagine Oscar wearing Penhaligon’s Edwardian Bouquet or one of the Caron Narcissus scents. Me, I am alternating Amouage Lyric with Fougere Bengale ….
    Of course you can contact me! December 13, 2019 at 7:14pm

    • rainboweyes: Yes, it’s very inspirational… all the recommendations – but also finding books you already know and love…
      I’m currently reading about Alexander von Humboldt but Alma Mahler’s biography is already waiting on my night table… what an exciting life she had! December 14, 2019 at 4:57am

  • Allie: 1.The book Ice, by Anna Kavan, is both beautiful and deeply strange. It’s a mesmerizing, brutal mirage. If this book were made into a perfume it would be something cold, austere, and deliberately unnatural, not a scent that resolves to something comfortable or solid. Potential notes could be aldehydes, mint, fir, and ozone/metallics. I’m not naming a specific perfume because I am newer to fragrance than most here and I haven’t personally smelled anything that feels right. However, the way I have heard others describe the Helmut Lang EDC (lunar, otherworldly white) makes me suspect it could fit.

    Do not be mislead if you google this book and see it called apocalyptic sci fi (a marketing ploy by the original publishers). It’s nightmare modernism that should be shelved beside Kobo Abe’s The Woman in the Dunes.

    I love this book and highly encourage you to read it if my description sounded at all appealing, it’s only about 160 pages. And if any other fragrance pairings jumped out at you please leave a comment 🙂

    2. I wrote this comment before seeing that the contest is limited to Europe! I figured I’d post anyway because I’m curious if others would have anything to say about the fragrance, but I don’t need to be included in the drawing. December 14, 2019 at 12:28am

    • rainboweyes: It sounds very interesting! I’ve just read a few reviews and I’m definitely going to read it! Kobo Abe’s book sounds fascinating too… December 14, 2019 at 5:02am

  • Karima: In winter, I like thick books that I can get lost in for days. I’ve just started reading The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch and imagine to smell – unoriginally – sea salt and sage. ‘Fraid I don’t have or know any perfumes with these notes although there must be many out there. If anyone wants to suggest some, it would be much appreciated!

    Yes, if course you may contact me. December 14, 2019 at 3:49am

  • Marie: I really like to read Zafon’s books, The Shadow of the Wind or Labyrinth of the Spririts. They have a somewhat dark atmosphere and make me sit and read for hours. Perfect for long cold evenings!

    Of course you can contact me, many thanks for the giveaway 🙂 December 14, 2019 at 4:00am

  • Riv: Hmm. The combo that popped up first in my head was The Name of the Rose plus CdG Incense Avignon. One of my favourite books, and one of the scents I am intrigued by right now. I am due to a reread, so might try out this combination 🙂

    You are of course welcome to contact me! Thank you for the lovely giveaway! December 14, 2019 at 5:09am

    • rainboweyes: These two sound like a perfect match… I think Paestum Rose by Eau d’Italie would suit as well… December 14, 2019 at 5:15am

  • rainboweyes: Oh yes, Zafon’s books make perfect winter readings… another one I read and liked was “Marina” December 14, 2019 at 5:10am

    • rainboweyes: Sorry, this was intended for Marie… December 14, 2019 at 5:11am

  • Aurora: Thank you Rainboweyes and Victoria.
    One book I read every year is Anna Karenine (in French). Anna would wear Le Dix.
    Another book I read recently is George Eliot’s Adam Bede and I imagine him wearing Christian Dior Eau Sauvage.
    Of course, I can be contacted. December 14, 2019 at 5:42am

    • rainboweyes: I can imagine Anna wearing Le Dix… I think Heure Exquire might suit her as well… December 14, 2019 at 12:02pm

  • Les Yeux Clairs: Andy Tauer’s ‘L’Air Du Desert Marocain’ transports me to the North Africa presented by Paul Bowles, especially in his novel ‘The Sheltering Sky’. In winter, I especially love to sink into culturally immersive novels to escape the dark and cold. I can imagine the chic, but complicated, Kit via this fragrance as she negotiates the riches, the dangers and the sensual cocktail of scents of North Africa. December 14, 2019 at 8:51am

    • rainboweyes: That’s a truly good winter remedy, I agree… especially as our winters tend to be dark, cold and wet… Thanks for your recommendation! It reminds me that I still haven’t read “Sand” by Wolfgang Herrndorf…
      And yes – L’Air Du Desert Marocain is a gem… December 15, 2019 at 8:04am

      • Les Yeux Clairs: Thank you – I have now added Sand to my wish list! December 16, 2019 at 7:47am

  • Rossignol: A really famous book in my country is Tobacco by Dimitar Dimov,there is the love story of two strong individuals,the depiction of smells of the factory in the book ,the struggle to stand out during horrible political regimes-you get everything in a very poetic writing about how life is what we feel and smell around,quite a proud of our literature
    I would go for Chergui by Serge Lutens as I imagine the main tobacco business man who goes from rags to riches would wear it
    You can contact me December 14, 2019 at 9:27am

    • rainboweyes: It sounds very interesting… I think Diptyque Volutes would fit here too… December 14, 2019 at 12:07pm

  • Karina: “Anna Karenina” and “Coromandel”.
    Of course you can contact me – please do))
    Thanks for the giveaway! December 14, 2019 at 11:42am

    • rainboweyes: Anna Karenina is one of the books I keep re-reading too… December 14, 2019 at 12:27pm

  • Guro: What a lovely give away!
    My favourite winterbook is Moominland Midwinter by Tove Jansson, it captures so perfectly the loneliness, freezing darkness but also community and hope in the nordic winter. And I think Moominmamma would still smell of coromandel, dreaming away while her son is awake.

    Yes you may contact me! December 14, 2019 at 1:10pm

    • rainboweyes: Oh yes – Coromandel is the perfect scent for Moominmamma…and maybe also Traversee du Bosphore? So delicate and cosy… December 15, 2019 at 8:06am

  • elvie elvanui: What a generous giveaway!

    My most recent winter favourite in the fiction genre is Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It is a hauntingly beautiful tale that is spun from Slavic fairytales of breathtaking ice realms, a deliciously twisted version of both the Cinderella and the Rumplestiltskin-theme and heart-warming Jewish family traditions. It also shows three very strong and interesting female protagonists: a moneylender’s daughter, a half-orphaned girl from a pennyless family; and a duke’s daughter who is forced to marry a dashing but demonic young Tsar. The latter is my favourite character in the book; and from the beginning I have paralelled her strong-willed and dedicated personality with Iris Silver Mist. Trust me, this book is the perfect companion on chilly winter afternoons.
    I would love to take part in the giveaway, I find Orris Noir so starkly beautiful.
    Thank You, happy Holidays and enjoy the comfort of warmth throughout this winter:). December 14, 2019 at 2:04pm

    • rainboweyes: Iris Silver Mist is one of my favourite scents, so I must read the book!:) December 15, 2019 at 8:08am

  • elvie elvanui: Oh and of course You can contact me Rainboweyes:). December 14, 2019 at 2:06pm

  • Kristine: 1. Thank you for the lovely giveaway! The book that reminds me of the winter readings is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and the perfume associations is Musc Ravageur by Frederic Malle. But the association is not with one of the characters, it is with the love (i could call it one of the characters) that is depicted in the book – dark, misterious, but still unable to resist.
    2.yes December 14, 2019 at 2:14pm

    • rainboweyes: That’s a beautiful combination, Kristine… December 15, 2019 at 8:34am

  • Klaas: Hello Rainboweyes, what a luxurious giveaway! You are so kind….but you are right, such quality fragrances should be worn and not sit in a drawer somewhere.

    I don’t usually re-read books, new titles are always so tempting 😉 So let me just tell you about a books I’ve enjoyed reading these past few weeks. It is called Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal, and tells the most fascinating family saga (all true) of the Ephrussi family, spanning over two centuries and taking us from Odessa to Paris to Vienna and to London. Highly recommended!

    I imagine Charles Ephrussi wearing orris scented gloves while roaming the boulevards in fin-de-siecle Paris.

    Please do not include me in the draw, as I fear this gorgeous fragrance won’t be worn enough by me either… December 14, 2019 at 5:10pm

    • rainboweyes: Yes, of course! I know and absolutely love the book – Victoria recommended it here some years ago, remember? There is also another book de Waal wrote – about the history of porcelain – titled “The White Road”…
      And you are perfectly right about re-reading… there are so many new books waiting to be read. Actually it’s only a few classics that keep re-reading… Balzac, Zola, Tolstoy, Dostoevski, Wilde, Stendhal and a few others…
      As much as perfume blogs, I also love reading literature blogs and they are full of wonderful recommendations…
      Too many books, too little time… 😉 December 15, 2019 at 8:20am

      • Klaas: I am currently (slowly) working my way through Zola’s Rougon Macquart cycle. 20 novels…..they are amazing. La Curée (translated as The Kill) is absolutely stunning. It reads like a modern – and staggering – account on real estate swindle (and on a world of luxury and decadence in 19th century Paris!). Renée Saccard would have worn Carnal Flower if it were available then….. December 15, 2019 at 8:58am

  • AfonsoC: Such a lovely giveaway – thank you!

    1. My favorite winter reading may be unexpected. I’ve always loved Tintin comic books and I’m constantly reaching for them over and over as they give me such nostalgia. I associate it with Encre Noire by Lalique. It just comforts me on a different level because the burnt wood smell reminds me of winter at gramma’s.

    2. Of course yes! December 14, 2019 at 5:41pm

    • rainboweyes: Yes… I’ve read them so many times – myself as a child and later with my boys… 🙂 December 15, 2019 at 8:23am

  • Iuliana: My favourite winter book is Peter Hoeg’s « Smilla’s Sense of Snow » and the perfume that springs to mind when thinking of Smilla and the book’s atmosphere is luminous, sparkling, intense and a bit cold: L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Timbuktu. Please feel free to contact me and thank you for the question and the offer! December 14, 2019 at 7:18pm

    • rainboweyes: Greenland meets Africa – sounds good 🙂 December 15, 2019 at 9:36am

  • CristinaM: 1. Favourite winter reading: Anna Karenina. Associated fragrance: Sacrebleu by Nicolai. Unusual and dense, yet mesmerizing. Other favourite readings, anything from the Big Morth: anything from swedish and finnish autors, from Mankell to Paasilinna.

    2. Yes of course! I love Ormond Jayne and I love the Orris note! it would be lovely to win, such a special Christmas surprise!
    Thank you both for your kind offer! December 15, 2019 at 3:30am

    • rainboweyes: I’ve just finished reading “Psalm at Journey’s End” by Erik Fosnes Hansen… do you know it? December 15, 2019 at 8:41am

      • CristinaM: I am curious about it; read contrasting reviews
        What do you think about it? December 17, 2019 at 4:50pm

  • June T: A recent favorite book is Travel as a Political Act: How to Leave Your Baggage Behind by Rick Steve. I am reminded of the fragrance baccarat rouge 540 when Rick travels through Morocco. December 18, 2019 at 11:03pm

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