Niche Perfume Giveaway

On days like these nothing is more welcome than the kindness of other people. And here is one such example–Leslie, a Bois de Jasmin reader, wants to give away a part of her perfume collection.  Since there are quite a few bottles, there will be 6 winners. As she says, “I have not worn any of these for years. They just don’t work for me as my tastes have moved into different areas. They’ve been in the back of a drawer in my dresser, and really need to find homes where someone might appreciate them more than I have. It makes me happy to bring a little cheer to someone.” Leslie can send her package anywhere in the world, provided that customs restrictions don’t interfere. Of course, we are not responsible for customs duties, leaks or damage during transit or for lost packages.

Here’s what Leslie is offering:

Xerjoff 1861 Naxos 100 Ml EDP (nearly full)
Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml EDP (2 bottles nearly full)
Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml Extrait (nearly full)
Hiram Green Slowdive 50 ml EDP (nearly full)
Hiram Green Dilettante 50 ml EDP (nearly full)
Maison Martin Margiela Tea Escape 100 ml EDP (nearly full)
Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk 100 ml EDP (nearly full)

To participate, please answer these questions. I will randomly draw six winners.

1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

The contest is now closed. Thank you for your participation. The winners are Marcella Miller, Sandra, rickyrebarco, Nina Zolotow, Fazal, Heidi Czerwiec. Congratulations! I will contact you shortly.

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  • Fazal: 1. Xerjoff Naxos since it seems the most masculine in the list.
    2. The ones that moved me with very first sniff include vintage Eau Sauvage, vintage Dior Homme, vintage Givenchy Gentleman, Shiseido Feminite du Bois, vintage Donna Karan Chaos,, and vintage YSL Opium edt. Eau Sauvage smelled like a wet jasmine, Dior Homme reminded me of the smell of lipstick from childhood, Givenchy Gentleman answered my question of how a man should smell, and Feminite du Bois, Chaos, and Opium made a strong case for why some perfumes are art.
    3. Eau Sauvage and Givenchy Gentleman. I do not wear it often but I think Fendi’s Life Essence has a calming composition. But beware because most listings of Life Essence on ebay are fake which is a surprise given it has never achieved a cult status.
    4. Of course, you may contact as well as share my contact info with Leslie. January 17, 2020 at 8:08am

  • Sheryl: 1. I love Hiram Green so much, so I’d love either of those. I also adore Tea Escape, and have been eyeing a FB but never have gone for it!
    2. My entrance into interesting perfumery was Jeux de Peau by Serge Lutens. I smelled it and was like, WHOA THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR. From then on, seeking out and learning became an obsession.
    3. Lately, it’s oddly enough, Tobacco Vanile. I just love it so much and it makes me so happy that it brings me joy, leading to peace.
    4. Of course! January 17, 2020 at 8:48am

  • Ale: 1. Xerjoff Naxos (I don’t know the rest).
    2. Straight to Heaven by Kilian and Acqua di Sale by Profumum Roma because an ex of mine used to wear them and they remind me of the time spent together.
    3. Tabacco by Teatro Fragranze Uniche.
    4. Yes and yes. January 17, 2020 at 8:48am

  • Sandra: Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule because I love Bergamot

    2. 31 Rue Cambon, I felt elegant and polished while wearing that one. Encens Mythique, took me to a far off place in the Orient. Shalimar, for the same reasons, and it was not love at first sniff either..we had a slow love affair.

    3. Songes!

    4. Yes you can contact me January 17, 2020 at 8:51am

  • Marjam: 1. Tea Escape & Beach Walk
    2. I have been in love with perfume since I was a teenager, so there were many that have left an impression, but Le Feu d’Issey was the first one that opened my eyes to what a good composition can do.
    3. Friendly Hunting’s Namasté or Cloon & Keen’s Sybarite – they both are woody/ dry/ milky, a combination that makes me feel at home.
    4. Sure 🙂 January 17, 2020 at 8:55am

  • Dami: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?

    1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml EDP (2 bottles nearly full)
    Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml Extrait (nearly full)
    Hiram Green Slowdive 50 ml EDP (nearly full)
    Hiram Green Dilettante 50 ml EDP (nearly full)

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    Zoologist’s Nightingale and Papillon’s Tobacco Rose for their playful elegance.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Simone Andreoli’s Sentosa with its warm notes of amber, woods, dry vanilla, and labdanum.

    4. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    You may indeed contact me. In fact, I appreciate the opportunity to win! January 17, 2020 at 9:02am

  • Stella: 1. Hiram Green Dilettante because I love orange blossom.
    2. I’d say Chanel No 22 for teaching me that something that repulsed you initially could become one of your absolute favorite must have for life, which really change my approach to all perfumes. Also, a vintage Diorella that taught me that it’s really worth making an effort and seeking out vintage perfumes because the experience can be so rewarding and surprising.
    3. I have a couple- Y by YSL because I feel that it’s so “me” and it’s comfortable and another that I discovered recently which is APOM Femme from Maison Francis Kurkdjian because it feels introspective and comforting.
    4. Yes, please! January 17, 2020 at 9:09am

  • Sarah Hicks: 1. I would be very interested in the Hiram Green Slowdive or Dilettante or the Xerjoff.

    2. Guerlain Parfum Initial was my first Guerlain and began my obsession with collecting and trying their creations. I still have a fondness for it even though my tastes have changed. Mitsouko was the first scent that moved me and challenged me. It’s complex and contrasting and I never tire of it. Byredo Black Saffron appeared to me in a dream as a numinous symbol and though I had never tested it, I blind bought it and it has always been a perfect scent for me.

    3. L’Heure Bleue

    4. Yes you may definitely contact me by email and share my contact info with Leslie. thanks so much for the incredibly generous giveaway! January 17, 2020 at 9:20am

  • Mai: Such a generous giveaway! Thank you so much, Leslie!

    1. I’d definitely prefer La Danza Delle Libellule EdP, the notes sound amazing, like an apple pie (which I love!). Then the extract, then Dilletante. I really dislike tobacco, on the other hand, so someone else would enjoy Naxos or Slowdive much more than I would.

    2. Several scents had a positive impression, a sense of beauty I felt enriched to experience. I was moved by the fresh, hopeful scent of Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps, and deeply impressed by Hermès 24 Faubourg (EdP) – which even made me appreciate orange blossom, a note I used to dislike, and now find charming! The (whole!) Chanel N5 line also holds a very dear place to me, as well as Chanel Coco, Prada Infusion d’Iris, Chloé Nomade… perfumes that feel not only pleasant and pretty, but also complex and artistic.

    3. I find soft, fresh perfumes the most peaceful. My top choice is Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet, which to me smells like a dewy spring garden. I’d also recommend floral-tea Bvlgari Eau Perfumée au Thé Blanc.

    4. Yes, absolutely! And thank you both again for the lovely giveaway and interesting questions. It will be nice to see everyone’s answers. January 17, 2020 at 9:22am

  • Karen Christ: 1. Beach Walk – Since I grew up on the ocean and miss it so much!
    2. The perfumes that have had the biggest impact on me are Magie Noire (Lancome) and Calandre (Paco Rabanne). I discovered Magie Noire during the 1980’s – a very difficult time in my life. This fragrance is gorgeous, and it brought me not only sensorial delight but some much-needed self-confidence.
    3. My mother bought me a big bottle of Calandre as my first “big girl” perfume when I was a teenager. Whenever I want to slow down, feel peaceful, remember her and other good memories, Calandre is what I reach for.
    4. Yes you may contact me by e-mail. January 17, 2020 at 9:23am

  • Cornelia Tersanszki: 1) First place: Hiram Slowdive
    Second: Xerjoff Naxos
    2) Chergui from Serge Lutens: it reminds me of my youth and warm summer wind by the Black Sea.
    3) Oak Moss oil
    4) Yes January 17, 2020 at 9:23am

  • Tara: Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Dilettante by Hiram Green.
    2. Hmm. I would say Vol de Nuit by Guerlain made the biggest impact on me because it completely chimed with who I am as a person in a way no other perfume ever has.
    3. Passage d’Enfer by L’Artisan Parfumeur. My soothing, centring incense.
    4. Yes please. January 17, 2020 at 9:27am

  • Karen: 1. Hiram Green Slowdive, because I love sweet fragrances but they often lack complexity. This one sounds amazing! I’m also interested in the Xerjoff 1861 Naxos as a masculine counterpart to the Slowdive for my man.

    2. My mother wore White Linen when I was a girl, and she let me dab a little on for special occasions. I don’t love the fragrance, but one whiff transports me to those special moments with my mother.

    3. I bought a bottle of Fleur de Figuier from Roger & Gallet when I was on a memorable trip to Paris some years ago during a transitional period of my life, and it always reminds me of the very happy days that followed.

    4. Yes, you may contact me. January 17, 2020 at 9:34am

  • Kathleen: 1. I would most prefer Hiram Green Slow Dive or Dillatante. Perfumistas are the most generous souls; sharing perfume is one of my pleasures as well.
    2. Chanel Coromandel, in a very good way because it was my introduction to a very special scent memory stamped on my heart.
    3. Inner peace perfume is Chanel Bois des Isles, ethereal!
    4. Yes, please contact and share email with Leslie if chosen. January 17, 2020 at 9:36am

  • Teddi: Dear Victoria and Leslie, thank you so much for the generous offering of these fragrances.

    1) I would prefer Dilettante (no. 1) and Slowdive most, because I love orange blossom, orange, neroli and tuberose. Orange blossom water was first given to me by a taxi driver mixed with water to combat sickness in Tripoli, Lebanon, not long after the end of the civil war. It also reminds me of the orange blossom scented biscuits from Aux Four des Navettes (Marseille) in Summer.

    2) Scents that have had the biggest positive impact on me are tied to memories of child hood and adolescence: Eau Arpege by Lanvin and Chloe by Lagerfeld (the original splash) remind me of my mother in early 80s. Gem by Van Cleef & Arpels and Mon Parfum by Paloma Picasso (first loves, funk, jazz concerts and clubbing in general).The original Ma Griffe by Carven, not unsimilar for me to the memories I have of the original Rive Gauche and Magie Noir: I found it on my grandmother’s dresser when I sneaked into her bedroom. Intoxicating, dark, contradictory potent, green and agressive. I also cherished an empty bottle of Antaeus apres rasage lotion for years, as it used to belong to my grandfather and I rescued it from the bin after he died. A soft, male, spicy scent in my memory.

    3) Scents to calm me down: Orange Blossom by Jo Malone; Chanel No. 5 Eau de Toilette (on my bed sheets and pillows) Aqua de Gigli by Santa Maria Novella. Medicinal scents that help me feel better: L’ Eau des Hesperides, a refreshing, strange citrussy immortelle with a very nice cooling agent (mint oil), Sun by Lush (cheap). Still looking for Eau Dominotee from Diptyque. This all purpose rose scent was a real comforting pick up, but I sadly did not repurchase it when I had the chance and now I cannot find it anymore… I also loved/hated/loved Bath by Bobbi Brown, now discontinued.

    4)Yes you and Leslie can contact me. January 17, 2020 at 9:37am

  • Usmon: 1. Hiram Green Slowdive. I love sensual sweat fragrances.
    2. Dior Homme Intense, Comme des Garsons 2 Man, L’artisan Parfumeur Timbuktu, Lalique Encre Noire, Dior Dune, Dior Fahrenheit. These are some of my favourite fragrances that opened new olfactory horizons for me.
    3. Dior Homme Intense.
    4. Yes, of course! January 17, 2020 at 9:39am

  • Marcella Miller: Marcella:
    1) La Danza Delle Libellule is one that has been on my list for eons. We’re in the middle of a brutally cold Canadian winter and gourmands are on the top of my mind. A calorie-free way to get the carbs I crave! And the name! Dance of the Dragonflies – completely charming.
    2) Le Mat blew me off my feet one year ago and it continues to work it’s magic. To think – I thought I was not a rose person. Although, to be fair, I get more of the patchouli and immortelle on my skin.
    3) Inner peace is achieved with Caron Pour Un Homme. Lavender lollipop, but not sweet. It never insists on needing attention yet gently reminds you of its’ presence throughout the day.
    4) Most certainly you may contact me. And many thanks for the years of great reading and reviews. A big thank-you to Leslie for divesting herself of a part of her collection. I do understand the disenchantment with some perfumes as our tastes change. January 17, 2020 at 9:40am

  • Perfumelover67: Thanks Leslie and Victoria for such generous giveaway.

    1. Any perfume in the list is beautiful and would be perfect for me. However, it would be great to have either La Danza Delle Libellule or Tea Escape joining my collection.

    2. A perfume that made a positive impact on me was Masque Milano L’Atessa. Iris is my favorite note and the day I sampled it it moved my heart to tears. Absolutely beautiful and a permanent staple in my collection.
    A perfume that made a negative impact was ELDO Secretions Magnifique. A very traumatic experience that I will never forget.

    3.Any incense perfume gives me a feeling of peace and comfort. My favorite ones Comme des Garcons Kyoto and Donna Karan Black Cashmere.

    4. Yes, you can contact me and share my email with Leslie. January 17, 2020 at 9:48am

  • Alex: 1. Xerjoff
    2.Ambre de Nuit
    3.Ambre de Nuit, Tobacco Vanille
    4. Please feel free January 17, 2020 at 9:51am

  • Heidi Czerwiec: 1. Either of the Hiram Greens, especially Dilettante!
    2. While I had other perfumes given to me as gifts, Coco parfum was the first I selected for myself, at the age of 18 (back in the ‘80s!). I still love it, & now my 8 year old son keeps begging to wear it too!
    3. My self-soother is Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga — the snuggliest scent ever.
    4. Yes!
    5. Thank you so much! January 17, 2020 at 9:53am

  • AfonsoC: This is such a fantastic giveaway – thank you for the opportunity in advance!
    Answering your questions:

    1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    The ones that get my attention the most are La Danza delle Libellule, Slowdive and Tea Escape.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    Samsara – because it has been my signature scent since forever and because it feels like me, everytime. Chanel N.º 5 – because it is my grandmother’s perfume, the person who made me love perfumes and my life reference. Dior Homme – because it was my first “expensive” perfume I bought.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Lalique’s Encre Noire

    4. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Of course yes! January 17, 2020 at 10:16am

  • Micah: 1. I would love the Xerjoff 1861 Naxos or the Hiram Green Slowdive
    2. Chanel Egoiste made a big impression on me since it was the first scent I really wore regularly, and it gave birth to my love for sandalwood and rose.
    3. Pour Un Homme de Caron works for me when I’m looking for inner peace
    5. You may contact me and share my email with Leslie! Thanks! January 17, 2020 at 10:32am

  • Maria: 1. Nobile 1942 La danza della libellule
    2. Chanel 5, it was the first “real” – as in classical perfume I have ever smelled, it instantly conjured images of Paris, class and elegance
    3. Perhaps strangely, for me inner peace is Opium, YSL,. I love spices and Opium is for me the equivalent of Christmas scents
    4. Of course, yes January 17, 2020 at 10:40am

  • Alatariel: This is such a kind giveaway! Thank you!

    1. I’d be most interested in the Hiram Greens.
    2. The biggest impact for me was Mitsouko which first got me interested in perfume, and Serge Lutens Chene which made me realise perfumes could perfectly evoke a place or time.
    3. For inner peace, Heeley’s Eau Sacree is perfect for me.
    4. I’m very happy for you to contact me. January 17, 2020 at 10:52am

  • Tanisha Lopes: 1~ Maison Tea Escape~ I’ve never tried any of these, but it’s the one I am most intrigued by.
    2~ Tabu! I chose it as a 3 year old and got a tiny violin shaped bottle in my stocking at Christmas. I thought it smelled like Root Beer and I still wear it to bed.
    3~ Bulgari Jasmine Noir is a perfume that brings me peace. It was a gift from my mother, and she died shortly after she gave it to me, so it always makes me think of her.
    4~ Yes, please. This has been lovely.
    5~ January 17, 2020 at 11:05am

  • Tara C: I would love to have any of the Hiram Green or the Danza delle Libellules. Order of preference is Slowdive, Dilettante, Danza edp then extrait.

    The perfume that had the most impact on me was CdG Avignon many years ago when I discovered niche perfumery. It was a revelation to me that incense could be worn as a perfume. Dior Poison and Rochas Byzance marked my passage to adulthood and were the first real perfumes I bought for myself.

    The scents I reach for when I want peace tend to be sweet: vanillas, tonka bean, chocolate. If I am feeling pensive or melancholy, incense and iris are what I reach for.

    Thank you so much for the drawing! You may contact me by email and share it with Leslie. I am in the US. January 17, 2020 at 11:08am

  • Poppy: 1. The notes of Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule sound delightful! Tea Escape would be lovely as well.
    2. Frederic Malle’s Le Parfum de Therese is probably the closest I’ve had to a signature scent (never been a fan of the concept). It’s elegant but quite sensual in an understated way, it’s both uplifting and down to earth at the same time, and I can wear it to any occasion.
    3. Hmm I’ve got to think a bit about this. Maybe Penhaligon’s Artemisia.
    4. Yes, you can contact me 🙂

    Thank you Leslie for this wonderful giveaway! January 17, 2020 at 11:11am

  • rickyrebarco: Wow, what a wonderful giveaway! Here are my answers:

    1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?

    1. I prefer the 2 Danzas de Lilibelulle and Maison Martin Tea Escape.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?

    Dana Tabu and My Sin opened my eyes and nose to the perfume world when I was just a wee girl of 4 years old. I’ve loved perfume ever since. Now perfume lifts my spirits immensely, especially iris and rose fragrances.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?

    For inner peace Heeley’s Iris de Nuit, Guerlain Spiriteuse Double Vanille, Chanel’s Jersey and Prada Purple Rain, all calming lavender, vanilla and iris fragrances.

    4. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    Yes, definitely, please email me.
    And thanks again for this opportunity. January 17, 2020 at 11:17am

  • Sarah: 1. My top choice is xerjoff, followed by the slowdive.
    2. Chanel no 5 has had the most impact on me, because it was the first perfume that I smelled different formulations of: extrait, edp, edt, vintage extrait, etc. In smelling these variations, I came to the realization that each perfume, even if similar, has slight differences that are worth distinguishing. I really started to love perfume when I smelled these!
    3. The scents I reach for when I want peace are the spicy, warm, oriental ones because they make me feel warm and at home.
    4. Please contact me via email. January 17, 2020 at 11:22am

  • Theresa: What a lovely treat! thank you, Leslie, for making this Friday more exciting! I would love to participate.

    1. Most preferred: Slowdance, with Dilettante being my second-place.
    2. fragrances which have moved me: Chamade made me happy from the first time I sprayed it. When I need a “pick me up” I always reach for it! but there are plenty of other perfumes I love and wear regularly – here are some recent examples: Chanel No 22, Carthusia Ligea, Hermes Twilly.
    3. For “inner peace” – if I know I’m not going to be around others closely, I go for Coromandel. I also love Caron Farnesiana, which is more crowd friendly.
    5. Yes, of course you can email me. January 17, 2020 at 11:26am

  • Isabelle: Hello Victoria and Leslie,
    Thank you for the generous giveaway!
    Here are my answers:
    1. I would be delighted to have La Danza delle Libellule or Dilettante, because these perfumes’ names convey a sense of lightness.
    2. Mona di Orio’s Oud and Vetyver (because it’s been like discovering what oud and vetiver really are); La Parfumerie Moderne’s Désarmant (to me, it’s a time travel); L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Dzongkha (because it showed me that there are perfumes I cannot wear but still really, really love); Serge Lutens’ Arabie (my first “not mainstream” perfume, in 2000… it was so different from anything else); Olfactive Studio’s Chambre Noire (because it literally depicts an atmosphere); and L’Heure Bleue (because it was my Grandmother’s perfume).
    3. Oud Extrait de Parfum by Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Tiger’s Nest by Memo.
    5. Yes, sure! January 17, 2020 at 11:43am

  • Joanne: Very generous and kind give-away. There is just one perfume that I would love and that is Hiram Green Dilettante 50 ml EDP. Oh to sink myself down into Orange Blossoms and never move! I love Serge Lutens Fleur D’Orangier. I just bought two of Hiram Green perfumes, the tuberose, and the Lustre. Love Hiram Green totally. Thank you so much for offering all of these perfumes. Yes please email me. Thank you, Joanne January 17, 2020 at 12:12pm

  • Rita: 1. Mason Martin Margiela Tea Escape

    2.The biggest impact on my entire life was Sacre Caron(1991). My biggest and strongest perfume dissapointment and dissonance: loud, very unusual and nasty, uncomfortable. Shock!

    3. White Linen Estee lauder if I I want to find inner peace.

    45. Yes, you can contact me. January 17, 2020 at 12:18pm

  • Aniko: 1. I would love the Xerjoff, Slowdive or Tea Escape.
    2. Bad: When I discovered that there is a Sophia Grojsman scent I do not like. I have worn all of them at least at once (meaning one bottle), but I had to give away Spellbound. I still can’t explain why.
    Good: Not a perfume perhaps, although I had some eye-opening moments, but the size and enthusiasm of the fragrance community. I have learned so much and realized that there is a vast store of knowledge I have barely begun to sample.
    3. Either Chanel No. 19 EDP for its elegant, soft calmness or Encre Noir (the male version) because when I wear it, I like it draws me into a cocoon, settles me, brings me into an almost meditative state.
    4. Yes, please and thank you both for the giveaway. January 17, 2020 at 12:32pm

  • Ellen McGeady: 1. I’d love the Naxos or the La Danza. All three of them sound amazing.
    2. YSL’s Opium because it was so distinctively my mother’s scent.
    3. This depends on my mood. Probably a tea scented fragrance or a floral, or something incense-centric. I love Myrrh Imperial.
    4. You may certainly contact me.

    Thank you so much Victoria and Leslie for this generous draw. January 17, 2020 at 12:44pm

  • Emel Celik: 1. I would most prefer Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule. In extrait concentration if possible. It’s one of my top ones on my wish list. Only had the chance to sniff on a tiny decant so far. Was instantly in love. And I’m not a gourmand person. And what a beautiful name!…

    2. I don’t want to mention the bad ones as I just don’t take the time to think about them, but the two perfumes that have made the biggest impact on me are Guerlain Chamade and Dior Dioressence. I haven’t smelled anything better composed than those two and they just give me the feeling of what real perfumery is. Two of the most gorgeous scents ever created in my opinion (And I’m a sucker for green florals and chypre!)…

    3. L’Heure Bleue… No need to say anything more…

    4. Yes, you may. And thank you for this generous giveaway, Leslie. And thank you dear Victoria. January 17, 2020 at 12:49pm

  • Claudia: 1. I would most prefer the Xerjoff or either of the Nobiles.
    2. Shalimar, it being my first “adult” perfume and long-time love.
    3. Chopard Casmir, another long-time favorite.
    5. Yes, of course!

    Thank you for the giveaway! January 17, 2020 at 12:55pm

  • Isabelle T: 1. Most preferred: Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule EDP or
    Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule Extrait The thought of apples, vanilla, and cinammon sounds so yummy would love to win!
    2. Biggest impact: Fracas when I first smelled it on someone who walked away so fast I couldn’t ask for the name but managed to hunt it down in a store by the memory of one fleeting whiff – this was about 35 years ago.
    3. Settle down in peace: Bittersweet Symphony by House of Matriarch – the combo of not sweet dark chocolate and oud is very grounding and comforting.
    4. Yes, it would be lovely to be contacted ^_^.
    Thank you for this giveaway! January 17, 2020 at 12:57pm

  • Oxana Kabardina: Thank you so much for this opportunity!
    1. I’m interested in all the named perfumes except for the Beach Walk.

    2. It’s really hard to pick one, but I think the most life-changing experience was with Carnal Flower by Frederick Malle. I never knew that a mere fragrance can initiate such vivid imagination of real flowers in the wild. Also I thought that Tuberose was my no-no. Oh man, I was so wrong!

    3. Memoir d’une odeur by Gucci. Nothing can disturb my meditation with it.

    4. Yes please, contact me by email, I would appreciate it very much! January 17, 2020 at 1:15pm

  • Qwendy: Hello all, what a generous giveaway!
    1) Dilettante’s natural Orange Blossom sounds divine because …….
    2) SMN’s Zagara was a fabulous discovery for me in Florence at the actual convent in the late 90’s but it has never been the same as the two bottles I bought there. There are too many perfume moments in my life for me to bore you all with but I will just say that Annick Goutal was an eye opener for me in the 80’s, Patricia de Nicolai in the 90’s, Vintage in the early 2000’s ….
    3) My comfort scents are Portrait of a lady and Lyric Woman ….
    4) contact me any time, I live in France. January 17, 2020 at 2:45pm

  • Ina: Thank you Leslie for this generous giveaway!

    1. Dilettante or Slowdive, orange blossom is one of my favorite notes
    2. Neroli Dore, I discovered how perfume can be more than a pretty scent. Neroli hits a particular olfactory nerve for me that gives me a physical reaction, a sensation of pleasure. That moment is when I realized how people can love a perfume.
    3. I find iris to be calming and introspective. My favorites are Infusions d’Iris and Iris Silver Mist.
    4. Of course! January 17, 2020 at 4:01pm

  • Viola: 1 slowdive
    2 eclix by la perla because it remind me to a ugly period of my lifesum
    3 dies aurorae by Antonio alessandria due to encens
    4 sure, Thanks! January 17, 2020 at 4:14pm

  • Kristine: 1) Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule EDP;
    2) Tuscany per Donna because it reminds me of my first love and L’Instant de Guerlain because it was my first Guerlain perfume – a little too bold for the shy person i was at that time, nevertheless – i do not have any bad impressions on any perfume whatsoever;
    3) i would say the closest to giving me some inner piece is Bois des Iles by Chanel which reminds me of my careless childhood and summers in my grandparent’s countryhouse;
    4) yes, of course!
    Thank you so much for this giveaway! 🌞 January 17, 2020 at 4:25pm

  • OnWingsofSaffron: Thanks Leslie, for some very generous giveaways indeed!
    1. Either of the Hiram Greens would be a real treat indeed, but the honey-dripping Slowdive ever so!
    2. Mitsouko and Nuit de Noel: They started this whole perfume frenzy for me!
    3. Perhaps an iris scent?
    5. I’d be delighted! January 17, 2020 at 4:39pm

  • Karina: 1. I would love Slowdive or La Danza Delle Libellule as they have both been on my wish list
    2. Philosykos was the first perfume I really, really loved. Coco Chanel because it is so beautiful and sophisticated and big. Blenheim Bouquet as it‘s somehow consistently been my “get sh** done” perfume
    3. Tam Dao or Lavandes Trianon
    5. Of course January 17, 2020 at 4:51pm

  • Milka: 1. Hiram Greene – Slowdive. Dilettante is lovely as well, but it was Slowdive that I really fell in love with, when I hade the chance to try them some months ago. It had such an interesting development, from a bit strange, to definite like, to love. From sweetness to florals, but never bland. Truly love it!

    2. Aura Mugler EdP, strangely enough. I love it, no doubt about it, but I love others more. I tried it for the first time this summer and there was something about Aura that kidnapped my sense of smell and my mind. I hadn’t planned on buying it just then, but I ended up going to perfume stores for what was becoming my regular fix of Aura for a period of time. I was grieving a personal loss, and Aura gave me comfort to a degree I wouldn’t have believed possible from a fragrance. So of course I bought it, I wore it all the time, and it was very important to me during this period. In time, the spell was broken, Aura had done its job well. I still love it and use it sometimes, mainly as an evening fragrance. I’m happy it is still a fragrance that makes me feel good, that it didn’t become too associated with loss and grief. But maybe with resilience?

    3. Difficult to pick one, but soft violets and irises in combination seem to be a good start. I seldom put on fragrances before sleep, I like letting my nose recuperate. However, Chanel’s Misia and
    L’Artisan Parfumeur’s Verte Violette are fragrances I actually wanted to fall asleep to. I find them calm, feel-goody and really just so peaceful. Marfa Memo Paris could work as well.

    4. You are most welcome to! 😀 January 17, 2020 at 5:07pm

  • Harith: Harith: Nice opportunity
    1. Xerjoff 1861 Naxos
    2. Abslolue Pour Le Sour by MFK… It took me a while to get used to it, months (i think) it was the first challenging perfume for my nose especially the cumin note, it was like a punch into face with first sniff changed to total LOVE to ApLS.
    3. Ambre Sultan is the one that I really adore and like to wear every time when needed relaxation & serenity.
    Anotber gem for me is ” Petroleum by HDP” which has a unique charm.
    4. Sure by email
    Thank you January 17, 2020 at 5:12pm

  • Hayley: Very generous giveaway thank you
    1) I’d love to try the Hiram Greens especially Dilettante.
    2) I think Frédéric Malle en Passant as it was the first time I smelt a perfume that turned perfume upside down. I’d never smelt anything so beautiful and it opened up the perfume world for me.
    3) My most relaxing scents are iris based especially Penhaligons Iris Prima
    4) yes please share my email if I am lucky enough to win! January 17, 2020 at 5:45pm

  • Mary: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? –> Hiram Green Slowdive

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? –> Jean-Paul Gaultier Classique and Chanel No. 5. Classique was the first perfume I bought for myself — I saw a miniature in a second-hand store when I was a child, bought it because I liked the pretty bottle, and then discovered the magic that arose from the liquid inside. It started me on this path! And Chanel No. 5 because my mother wore it for years; it was the scent of her face leaning down to kiss me goodbye on my way to school, and smelling it now still is powerfully nostalgic for me. I later learned that she wore it because her mother (my grandmother) wore it, and my grandmother wore it because every year my grandfather would buy her a bottle of the EDP on her birthday. Before he passed away, for my last birthday when we were together, my grandfather presented me with a bottle of No 5 as well.s

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace? –> Shalimar (EDP or extrait). Shalimar is squarely, exactly in my comfort zone and always makes me feel like I am wrapped in a cozy olfactory blanket of spices and vanilla.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie? –> Yes! January 17, 2020 at 6:00pm

  • Anna Egeria: Hello,
    1. I would love either of the Hiram Green fragrances.
    2.Coty Muguet de Bois and the original Ma Griffe were my first perfumes given to me by my mother when I was six. The original Carolina Herrera was my first signature scent until it was discontinued.
    3. Mugler’s Angel Violette.
    4. Yes, I hope that you will. Thank you Victoria and Leslie for this lovely giveaway! January 17, 2020 at 6:49pm

  • Sherry: 1)I am most interested in Xerjoff 1861 Naxos,
    Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule or the Extrait; Hiram Green dillantte as well
    2) I would say Serge Lutens tubereuse crimminelle. Pre TC I had mostly main stream fragrances, the first time I tried TC, I had never met a perfume opening with the most awful gasoline and menthol, totally yucky… I was about to scrub it off, glad something distracted me, 15 min later it morphed into the MOST beautiful buttery tuberose I have ever smelled. It was a shocking experience to say the least. It took a long time to me to fall in love and now I even embrace the open notes.
    3) Shalimar or Chanel coromandel, the Orientals always calm me down, especially on stressful days.
    4) yes please share my email if I am the lucky ones January 17, 2020 at 9:00pm

  • Nina Zolotow: How lovely of you, Leslie!

    1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? Dilettante. I used up 10 mls of this and miss it.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?

    Ma Griffe by Carven. I was given this when I was only about 13 and I was so excited to have a sophisticated French perfume. I wore it to junior high every day. I think this is what made me fall in love with perfume.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?

    Either A Taste of Heaven from By Killian (beautiful lavender!) or Sideris by Maria Candida Gentile (sheer incense)

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    Yes, absolutely. Thank you Leslie and Victoria! January 17, 2020 at 10:36pm

  • Emily Allegretti: Wow thank you for this wonderful giveaway!

    1. Slowdive, it is absolutely beautiful and I’ve wanted it for quite a while. The combination of honey and tobacco and everything that somehow gives it such a realistic tea scent/ feeling is so refreshing and cozy at the same time.

    2. I have to say Chanel no 5 edp. I knew I loved perfume before I obtained this, but I was afraid to fully wear it at first. After 5 years of tip-toe-ing around it I gave it a full spray on my wrist one night when I was feeling really sad and missing someone. That night I learned to understand it’s true beauty and how uplifting perfume can be and how it can take you on a sensational journey when the conditions are right.

    3. Either one of my No 5 or Shalimar concentrations/flankers. There’s something about iris, vanilla, incense…

    4. Yes, of course! 🙂 January 17, 2020 at 11:40pm

  • Eszter: Lordy what a generous prize! I would LOVE any of these three:

    1. Dilettante (a huge fave, I have a traveller and would love the fill size).Either of the Nobile 1942s would be divine because I love vanilla spicy stuff. And my third preference would be the Xerjoff.

    2. A tricky one! Possibly Musc Ravageur, as it was something I was initially deeply uncomfortable with. But then my nose changed or grew to appreciate the notes and it is now one of my favourite scents. Also, Slumberhouse Kiste. My most rash blind buy ever – but boy did it pay off. An absolute masterpiece of peachy perfection. Nothing compares.

    3. I think Serge’s Five o’Clock au Gingembre. It is the most comforting, delicate, refined and happy scent. To me it is perfect. It isn’t new or groundbreaking or challenging but its just so perfect.

    Fingers crossed I would love to win! Please do email if I do 🙂 January 18, 2020 at 12:32am

  • Mridula Koshy: One of the Hiram Green’s. The dilettante.

    My first niche perfume was Tubereuse Criminelle. Ever since the non linear story telling perfumes of Serge Lutens and other houses are the ones I prefer, especially when they hold opposite emotions in one bottle.

    When I look for comfort I am drawn to sandalwood. Maybe because its associated in early life with being bathed with sandalwood soap. I gave my Tam Dao to my son and still miss it. But truth is no sandalwood perfume quite comes close to that childhood soap scent.

    Yes please contact me by email January 18, 2020 at 1:15am

  • therabbitsflower: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?

    The Hiram Greens. Dilettante is one of my favorite orange blossom perfumes!

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? And I’m still getting to know Slowdive.

    L’air de Rien never fails to ensnare me. I’m utterly addicted to it. I can’t stop sniffing myself. I love how funky it smells. It feels like it’s just for me, And for the bad – Light Blue. An old manager, though not my direct manager, wore way too much of it and also was not a pleasant person. Light Blue is firmly tied to her in my mind.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?

    A cozy leather like Cuir d’Ange, Cuir Ottoman, or Cuir de Lancome.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    Yes, of course. And thank you to Leslie for your generosity! January 18, 2020 at 1:24am

  • Aurora: What a generous giveaway, thank you for a chance to win Leslie and to Victoria for hosting

    1. La Danza delle Libellule, I’ve been meaning to try it

    2. Smelling Guerlain l’Heure Bleue when I was eighteen. I was gifted a bottle of the extrait on the spot

    3. Annick Goutal Encens Flamboyant brings me peace by making me contemplative

    4. Of course. January 18, 2020 at 1:46am

  • Gabriela: What a lovely giveaway, thank you both!

    I would love Hiram Green, Dilettane or Slowdive…

    The perfume that made an impact on me was Bee Bliss for its scent of happiness and joy!

    Comforting perfumes? Any that smell of flowers maybe because it takes me closer to nature.

    Yes, please do email me should I be the lucky one! January 18, 2020 at 4:30am

  • Agnes: 1. I would be delighted to have Hiram Green Dilettante.
    2. Guerlain Mitsouko, because in my perception it is a very evocative and emotional parfum, which needs to have a special mood to worn in full bloom. In the right mood it’s stunning and an emotional jouney.
    3. Chanel Misia
    5. Of course 🙂 January 18, 2020 at 5:51am

  • Iuliana: Thank you Leslie for the very generous offer (and Victoria for organising)
    1. I would prefer Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule (extrait the most), followed by Hiram Green Dilettante
    2. Carillon pour un ange by Tauer Perfumes has made the biggest impact on me: I have had it for years now and every time I wear it somehow pulls the strings of my heart like only very touching music can. I like many perfumes, but none is so bittersweet and emotional (or has a more beautiful name).
    3. Guerlain’s Herba Fresca is my fragrance equivalent of confort food.
    4. Please do! January 18, 2020 at 6:17am

  • Gelia: Such a kind gesture. The list looks amazing.
    1. Dragonflies, the only one I tried from this selection. I was captivated by this tender and light perfume. It sounded to me fresh and calming, sweet and flirtitious.
    I have never tried other perfumes on the list, but notes sound wonderful and up to my taste. Beach walk raises memories of the beach holidays and I love combination of honey and tobacco and tea with milk, also all white flowers are my favs.
    2. There were some perfumes that made big impact on me. Secretions Magnifique created a certain benchmark. It was so disgusting that after testing it I became resistant to most of smells on Earth. Santa Maria Novella scents were mindblowing because they sounded to me so srtong and realistic. Carnal Flower was intoxicating, I couldn’t stop sniffing my wrist first time I applied it. La Via dei Profumo brand drifted me away to distant lands full of magic and adventures.
    3. I am lately a very calm person, so I don’t need special calming scents. The first that comes to my mind is Rose of No Man’s Land. I feel mint there, it has cooling effect. Laan Ael is also wonderful scent if I want to feel again as a child in a safe and cozy place.
    4. Yes, of course. January 18, 2020 at 6:44am

  • Catinca Patrascu: Good afternoon! Beautiful giveaway and blog.
    1. Slowdive from Hiram Green.
    2. Midnight Poison from Dior has made a lasting impression on me and it’s quite a pitty that I won’t be able to smell it ever again because it was discontinued.
    3. It’s not so much a frangrance but a scent. I love citrus scented glycerin to put on my hands, neck and chest. It is not only reminescent of my childhood (one of the very few skincare products that were available in communist Romania), it is also a very simple and straightforward product that hydrates and makes other frangrances stick to the skin (the citrus wears off quickly and does not ruin the frangrance).
    4. Of course. January 18, 2020 at 8:40am

  • spe: What a lovely offer! Please do not enter me – I prefer others have a chance to own these beauties.

    Biggest impact:
    First by Van Cleef – what my Mom wore
    Old Spice – what my Dad wore
    No. 22 what my sister wore
    Musks and vanillas – what everyone else wore (have not been a fan of these)
    If I could find it, my signature would be a some hybrid of what my parents wore, of course!

    To find peace: something powdery and elegant
    No. 19 Poudre
    Amouage Gold in edp

    It’s fun to read the responses.

    Thank you for the delightful trip down memory lane! January 18, 2020 at 10:41am

  • Francesca: 1. Any of them would make me very happy.
    2. Je Reviens (my grandmother) and Dana Tabu (my mom). Aramis (my dad) I am talking about the mid 60s versions. Calandre (Paco Rabanne) my first “big” perfume when I turned 15 (1975).
    3. Eau d’Italie Paestum Rose.
    5. Yes, please January 18, 2020 at 11:40am

  • Fliss: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Either (or both) of the Hiram Green’s – I don’t have any in my collection yet and I am so, so eager. After two babies back to back my buying habits have languished because nappies have taken precedent – smelly but less enjoyable 🙄

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    The orig Feminite du Bois – Shisedo, not current Lutens version. When I was still at school (20+ year ago) all my friends were wearing CK One and Anais Anais…I smelt this in Debenhams and fell in love – it was completely opposite to what was fashionable for my age group, I felt grown up and secretive wearing it…and the boy that mattered at that time LOVED it.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Still Feminite du Bois (I have some of the vintage version left), also Mon Parfum Cherie par Camille (still woods and plumps for me it seems).

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Of course. NB I’ve only just subscribed but have been following you for years – to be honest I have your site open on a tab on my computer constantly so I’ve never felt the need to subscribe before, and for that I apologise. January 18, 2020 at 4:14pm

  • yvree: 1. Slow dive & both Margiela sound fantastic.
    2. Exclamation. Growing up perfume intrigued me but I never seemed to like what everyone around me liked & wore. This was the 1st that I actually picked out and wore..from there to designer fragrances..and have had many awakenings through my fragrant pursuit over the years.
    3. I usually reach for something “grounding and cooling” with perhaps incense or patchouli. Voleur de Rose’s for some reason is very calming to me.
    4 yes & yes January 18, 2020 at 4:31pm

  • EileenS: 1. The two that look most interesting are Hiram Green Slowdive and Xerjoff 1861 Naxos, though my taste is fairly broad.

    2. Tough question! The first scent that told me I was truly smelling something special was L’Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Narcisse. It hit all the right buttons but seemed so expensive. The decision to buy marked my first foray into a new level of perfumery.

    3. Right now, it’s Jovoy Paris La Litergie des Heures, a lovely incense.

    4. Certainly! January 18, 2020 at 4:41pm

  • Ally G: 1. Both Hiram Greens would be nice – I like his work and I adore white flowers. If I had to choose one, I’d probably pick Slowdive – haven’t tried it, but the combination of orange blossom, tobacco and tuberose sounds intoxicating:)

    2. Mona di Orio’s Amyitis. This was about ten years ago, when Mona introduced her first perfumes. Back then, I wasn’t the crazy fumehead I am now and didn’t know much about notes, pyramids etc. However, Amyitis was a revelation – I had never smelled anything so unimaginably beautiful in my entire life) It was an olfactory painting of a garden – and an ancient one to boot, full of alleys and dark passages overgrown with strange trees and wild vines that have long vanished from the face of the earth. Then an iris appeared – or rather a distant memory of an iris, with distinct overtones of decay, as if its petals were covered in layers of ancient dust. I remember standing in the middle of a busy street with my nose glued to my wrist, unable to understand how a perfume could tell a story, let alone such a nuanced one, a poem of an ancient kingdom that is no more. Sorry if I’m being too sappy:) anyway, that’s how I started my perfume collection – it was a definitive rabbit hole moment.

    3. I’m not exactly a ‘find your inner zen’ type of person, so calm and peaceful perfumes are not really my thing – I prefer bold strokes and strong emotions) I find Angel and Black Orchid strangely comforting – sounds odd, I know, but this over-the-top style is something I keep returning to when I need to take a break from trying new stuff and feel like myself again.

    4. Yes, of course. Btw I’ve been a lurker here for many years) Thank you for the wonderful blog and for the giveaway! January 18, 2020 at 6:16pm

  • Cybele: 1. Beach Walk followed by Slowdive followed by Dilletante
    2. Homage Amouage was a revelation to what quality ingredients can do and Chanel No 5 as abstract art
    3. Bois des Iles
    5. Yes please contact me January 18, 2020 at 6:50pm

  • Galen: What a spectacular giveaway. Thank you!
    1. I’d probably go with Naxos, as it’s one of the few from Xerjoff that I really do love. I haven’t tried the Hiram Greens yet, but I’m guessing that any scent named after one of my favorite bands from the 90s (Slowdive) is sure to make its way into my collection someday.
    2. Ooh, tough one. I’ll stay on the positive side with this one: Aedes de Venustas Copal Azur. Every time I put my nose to the atomizer, I have to put it in on, even when I don’t think I want to wear it. But I do. And it’s always perfect. The most ethereal incense, with a hint of saltiness and spices. What a dream. Utter perfection!
    3. When I think inner peace, I think Kyoto, Japan. Citta di Kyoto by Santa Maria Novella is a firm favorite: a transparent veil of incense and iris that never fails to center me. The other is Incense: Kyoto from Comme des Garcons. The first one in the incense series I ever purchased, and still my favorite.
    4. Of course!
    Thanks again! January 18, 2020 at 7:51pm

  • Audrey H.: Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Ive been so curious about Hiram Green fragrances but haven’t had the chance to try them.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    My moms bottle of Chanel no 5 struck me like a lightning bolt. Such a striking bottle and scent.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    One that comes to mind is Balenciaga Paris, its just soft and lovely.
    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes.
    Thank you for this generous gesture, Leslie. January 18, 2020 at 8:35pm

  • Lydia: What a kind offer.
    I would love to receive Hiram Green’s Slowdive or Dilettante.

    The original 1987 version of Colors de Benetton was the first perfume I truly identified with and the only time I’ve ever had a signature scent. (It was also, a few years later, my first encounter with an upsetting reformulation, although I didn’t know what had happened at the time and went back to the shop to exchange my bottle because I thought I’d gotten “a bad one.”)
    Penhaligon’s Ostara made me fall in love with perfume again.
    An older vintage of Rochas Femme brought back vivid childhood memories. (I think my elementary school classmates’ mothers must have worn this. They seemed very sophisticated to me.)
    DSH’s Une Robe de Zibeline convinced me I could still find vintage-type lushness in current perfumes.

    My inner peace perfume is Sylvaine Delacourte’s Lilylang because it’s like a powdery, vanilla hug or a plush robe after a long, hot bath.
    Olivine’s Waves or Stars perfumes are also happy-soothing scents I’ve begun to rely on.

    I would be happy to be contacted. Please feel free to share my email with Leslie if I win. January 19, 2020 at 2:03am

  • Dan Hoang: Dear Leslie and Victoria, thank you so much for your kindness. Here is my entry for the giveaway:

    1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Hiram Green Slowdive sounds exquisite from the note list.
    My other options are Tea Escape, Xerjoff 1861 Naxos, and Hiram Green Dilettante.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    Twilly by Hermes. My friend wanted a specific Jo Malone perfume, so I was at the department store picking it up. While I was waiting for the giftwrap, I had a smell around – that’s when I smelled Twilly for the first time. It was a innocent floral but with an edge of ginger. The juxtaposition reminded me of a girl wearing a black floral dress with a pair of dirty combat boots. I purchased Twilly on the spot there and looked it up when I went home. I learn the flower I smelled was tuberose – and so began my love for white florals. Twilly was, in a way, my gateway drug into perfumery. This is good for I found such a kind community online. It’s so bad for my bank account, though. I learned slowly through the community how I can get better deals on these fragrances than at the department store, but I have never regretted buying Twilly that day.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Omnia Crystalline. The lotus note takes me to a countryside in Asia and restores the zen in me.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes, of course. January 19, 2020 at 2:37am

  • Robert: Generous lottery!
    1) Naxos or Beach Walk
    2) Tea Rose, Rose T’aif Attar and Rose of Bulgaria After Shave: first because not all rose is pleasing to me and second, I’m a guy with old-fashioned values. The rose is a challenge.
    3)I find vanillas calming. Presently I’m enjoying Noir Tropical by Maria Candida Gentile.
    5) [sic] Certainly.

    And thanks. January 19, 2020 at 2:59am

    • Robert: Oh, I forgot: Rose T’aif Attar is by Rising Phoenix Perfume. January 19, 2020 at 3:01am

  • Sarah Huggett: 1. The Hiram Green perfumes

    2. 28 La Pausa. As an orris-root obsessive I adore this and swoon everytime I smell it. Earthy, powdery, austere, aloof and just the epitome of melancholy beauty. It’s one of the most transporting perfumes I own and adore it for its ability to take me from where I am, to a Tim-Walkeresque subterranean world of half remembered dreams.

    3. I find Dior Ambre Nuit very warm and cosetting for greyer winter days. SHL Taklamakan with its opulent, warm scent is for when you want to dream of sand dunes and the warmth of sun. My latest purchase, Alaia, is also very soothing and centered.

    5. Yes of course January 19, 2020 at 5:38am

  • Hollis: La Danza Delle Libellule or Beach Walk, please.

    The scent that started it for me was Halston! A sexy, clean chypre that swooped in and whisked me away from Love’s Baby Soft and “innocent” fragrances of my adolescence. I never looked back. The other scent of discovery and wonder for me remains Tauer’s L’Air du Desert Marocain. I’d never known just how a perfume could evoke a place and mood before that.

    For quiet and lovely calm, I turn to Chanel 19 Poudre. It’s just so soft and pretty!

    Finally, of course you may contact me! 😊 January 19, 2020 at 6:35am

  • krista: What a generous giveaway, thank you!! This is exciting.

    1 Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule – either the EDP or the extrait version; this has been on my list for two years! I love it.

    2. Chanel Cristalle and Papillon Salome. Cristalle was the first “fancy” perfume I ever sniffed at a department store counter – I was a teenager. I knew I needed it. The saleswoman told me it was much too old for me, but I saved my money for weeks to get it. I wore it in tiny, tiny doses for years, on special occasions, until one day in my mid-20s, I woke up, sniffed it for the thousandth time, and realized I had finally grown into it.
    Salome came a decade later- I was fairly new to niche scents, and I walked into the Scent Bar in LA, picked up a bottle at random (Salome) and was so blown away I bought it on the spot.

    3. Shalimar is extremely comforting to me; I wear it often, especially in winter and to bed.

    4. Yes, please contact me! And thank you! January 19, 2020 at 6:36am

  • Chin C.: 1. Dilettante
    2. Eau Sauvage – to me it’s just perfection in a bottle
    3. Eau Duelle EDP – the vanilla and spices gives me a cosy war feeling
    5. Yes!

    Thanks January 19, 2020 at 6:53am

    • Chin C.: I mean “warm” feeling… Sorry. January 19, 2020 at 6:55am

  • Kaitlyn Schisler: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? Xerjoff 1861 Naxos, Hiram Green Slowdive
    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? Chanel No. 19 was the first perfume I had that really brought me a sense of confidence from wearing it. Whenever I smell it now, it always brings back the memory of learning what it was like to feel confident from a perfume.
    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace? Serge Luten’s Chergui is so cozy.
    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie? Yes January 19, 2020 at 7:24am

  • CristinaM: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? La danza delle LIbellule, by Nobile 1942, I love all of their work.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? Jardin en Mediterranèè. It instantly brought me back to a moment of my childhood on a mediterranean beach. A chilling, almost scary deja vu.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace? Apree l’Ondee. Love the carnation.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes thank you! January 19, 2020 at 8:28am

  • Jovana: What an amazing and generous giveaway!

    1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Tea is my first love in terms of hobbies, and tea shops are still my happy place, so Tea Escape would be absolutely perfect, even though all the fragrances in this list sound lovely! A close second would be Hiram Green Slowdive.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? I’m fairly new to the fragrance world, but Bvlgari Omnia really sparked my love of perfume. Before I tried it, I viewed perfume as a mere accessory to add on special occasions. Trying a few spritzes of Omnia really made me understand that a scent can evoke emotions and help me present a part of myself to those around me.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Again, the winner here is Omnia. It never fails to make me feel at home.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes! January 19, 2020 at 9:07am

  • Mary: Oh, what an exciting giveaway!

    1. I would love to try the extract of la Danza Della Libellule and Slowdive although tea escape sounds interesting and comforting.
    2. Perfumes that have had them most impact on me are my mothers sent Arpege and the scent of iris that she loves and I associate with her.
    3. My comfort scent is Eau Duelle by diptique. My daughter always tells me I smell nice and I love the warm snuggling of it and it also has a sophisticated spicy aspect to the dry down.
    4. Yes please contact me and share my email if I am lucky enough to to be a winner. January 19, 2020 at 9:30am

  • Despoina Veneti: Hello and Happy New Year to all!
    Thank you for this wondefully generous giveaway, I’d be delighted to win any of these beauties.
    1. In order of preference:
    – Hiram Green Slowdrive (for its divine, soulful combination of orange blossom, tobacco and beeswax, and that deep, vivid Indian summer feeling I so much need to experience right now).
    – Xerjoff 1861 Naxos (as a Mediterranean-born living in Northern Europe, this splendid fragrance makes me feel right at home; it’s a plus that it’d be equally gorgeous on my husband!)
    – Hiram Green Dilettante (I’ve actually never tried it, but reading that it encapsules every part of the orange tree makes me wonder how it has escaped me so far)
    – Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule (in either EDP or Extrait form, for those moments when I crave for fruity sweetness done right)
    2. So many fragrances have had a profound impact of me, I’ll restrict myself to mentioning Guerlain Samsara (the first fragrance I ever bought with my own money, as a teenager), Ungaro Diva (a favorite of my mother’s, and an underrated masterpiece I’m never without), Guerlain L’Heure Bleue (the fragrance that still has the most profound emotional impact on me, transporting me to bygone eras, while at the same time making me feel more like myself).
    3. Right now, the fragrances I reach for when in need for some inner peace are Dusita Le Pavillon D’Or and Senyokô Migration de L’Arbre.
    4. By all means, contact me! A big “thank you”, Victoria and Leslie, for this amazing opportunity, kisses from Paris, France to both ! January 19, 2020 at 10:55am

  • Elke: 1. A lot of these sound good to me – but Slowdive and Lillebulle, followed by Dilettante, are probably top of my list.

    2. I think a perfume that turned me off perfume for years is Amarige. A classmate in high school, who sat next to me almost every day for 45-90 minutes must have gone through multiple bottles over the course of two years.

    3. I’d probably say L’air du desert marocain by Andy Tauer.

    4. Yes – thanks for the generosity, Leslie! January 19, 2020 at 12:04pm

  • sillage4ever: 1. La danza delle LIbellule, by Nobile 1942 is the best apple perfume I’ve ever smelled, and I’d be thrilled to have any iteration of it.

    2. It’s a common tale to tell that when I tested L’Heure Bleue for the first time my eyes welled up with tears as it was hauntingly beautiful. The emotion itself caught me by surprise and added to my sense of admiration and wonder. Some years ago I read that people cry when they experience either a lack of hope or an abundance of hope, these were tears of abundance that something so gorgeous could exist in such an ugly world.

    3. Philosykos by Diptyque grounds me with subtle earthiness and whispers to me in creamy fig hues that these hardships, like all the others, will pass.

    4. Yes, and thank you for the kind sharing. January 19, 2020 at 12:24pm

  • Jenni: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Hiram Green Dilettante, followed by Slowdive. I’m interested in smelling Mr. Green’s work as I’m fascinated by his process and his boldness at starting his own line.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    -Charlie: I’m a Charlie Girl of the 70s – totally influenced by the marketing campaign as it provided an image of the type of women I would become — independent, professional, who embraces a fun night on the town, with or without a man or friends
    -Oscar EdT spray – first “grown up” perfume. Both my Mom and I loved it. It took me from highschool to college where I discovered life and began to awaken. Sadly, when I smell it now, the reformulation doesn’t capture those beautiful memories..
    -Frederic Malle lys mediterranee. I haphazardly discovered Frederic Malle on a trip to Paris in the early 2000s in St. Germain where I rediscovered by love for perfume and since then, dove back in and started down my journey of fragrance. Lys reminded me of a trip I had made with my mother to the south of France we sunbathed topless together (risque for southern gals) outside Juan-les-Pins. Just one whiff of the juice brings it all back! However, I still regret not buying En Passant by Olivia Giacobetti. If only I had $ for both. And now…they are all so unaffordable, just like Anne Fontaine shirts – oh la la!

    What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Tolu or Vanille d’Iris Ormonde Jayne

    May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes, please. 🙂 January 19, 2020 at 12:40pm

  • Judy: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    Hiram Green’s Slowdive, absolutely. I had a small sample, long since gone, and the peppery honey and warm dry-down are a comfort to my heart. Also, shares a name with my favorite band.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?

    Sounds corny, but there are two – as a child, my best friend wore United Colors of Benneton every day, and I associate that smell deeply with love and protection. The second, also corny, is No. 5 – I received a bottle as a Bat Mitzvah gift, and it was my first bottle of anything and it really felt like I was crossing a threshold into some next phase of living.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?

    Le Labo’s Patchouli. Reminds me of my summers in the California redwoods.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    Yes, of course, thank you. January 19, 2020 at 2:50pm

  • Anna P.: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    La Danza Delle Libellule or Slowdive, I love apples and honey 🙂

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    Classic Chanel No 19. I was a kind when I first smelled it. It was like being teleported to a primordial mossy forest.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Hiris, it is the most ‘me’ perfume, I’m faithful to Hiris since its release.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Yes, please. Thank you for this opportunity 🙂 January 19, 2020 at 3:36pm

  • Janaina Muhringer: 1. Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml EDP! It’s one of my favorites, but impossible to get in brazil!

    2. Kenzo Jungle. I had a dear art teacher who loved it and wore it better than i ever could.

    3. Chanel 19. Grounding and centered, as, sometimes, i need to be.

    4. Of course! 🙂 January 19, 2020 at 5:37pm

  • lena: 1. Dilettante by Hiram Green is one I’ve long wanted to try, followed by Slowdive. The rest I’m unfamiliar with, but they all sound lovely, especially Beach Walk, as I’m something of a sunscreen/beach fragrance tragic. And if the Xerjoff 1861 Naxos evokes Sicily as effectively as its notes suggest, then it gets my vote!

    2. When I was little, my mum wore Tamango. I think that’s where my love of aldehydes, and the floral/chypre genre in general, was formed.

    3. Nuit Etoilée both soothes and comforts me. I also find galbanum-heavy perfumes help with medication- and illness-induced nausea, aiding both my physical and mental peace of mind.

    4. Yes, please 🙂

    A big thank you to both Leslie and Victoria for making this possible January 19, 2020 at 9:21pm

  • Roxann: What a kind perfume reader. I could use a good thing in my life now. My cat died, my new kitten probably has FIP which is not curable and I lost my first grandchild to stillbirth in the last year. The thing that picks me up this last difficult year is perfume. It has been something that can help me cope, never looked at perfume that way until 2019. I’d love Naxos (I have smelled that before) or Slowdive (because I’ve heard good things. Thank you . Leslie and Victoria. Yes you can contact me if I’m the lucky winner. January 19, 2020 at 10:36pm

  • Melissa Rosen: 1. La Danza!!!! La Danza!!!! La Danza!!!!
    2.I think I associate happy times with Lauren in the square red bottle. Probably the first time I fell in love. Also, Carnal Flower gives me chills.
    3. Tam Dao!
    5. Absolutely!!!! January 20, 2020 at 12:47am

  • Karina: 1. Hiram Green, hands and nose down. I’d be happy with either.
    2. Revillon Turbulances – it was my mother’s perfume that i used to dab behind my ears and on my wrists when she was at work.
    3. At the moment it’s Bruma Maison Trudon and Coromandel.
    5. Yes, you can, please please please do! And thank you very much to you both. January 20, 2020 at 5:19am

  • Gentiana Craciun: 1. Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule, EDP, Nobile 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule Extrait, Maison Martin Margiela Tea Escape
    2. YSL Opium Extrait – I was about 20 Y.o. when I sniffed it at someone who had it from abroad and sold it… It gave me shivers and vivid dreams all night long. It was a totally different scale of values, in the last years of communism, when haute-perfumery was nearly inaccesible in eastern Europe. It was far-far to expensive for a low-budget student like me….But remained the first milestone in my fragrance culture.
    3. April Aromatics Calling All Angels, Prada Infusion d Iris, Amouage Fate
    5. Yes, Of course, my dear ! January 20, 2020 at 5:31am

  • Nicole Hermes: Greetings… thank you for this opportunity and wonderful set of questions to answer.

    1. My favourite is certainly the Hiram Green Slowdive; and my second preference is Xerjoff 1861 Naxos.

    2. Undoubtedly and indelibly, these two scents… My mother wore Dior’s Poison for special occasions… adoringly gifted from my father.. providing my naive younger self a clue of their passion for each other beyond their routine, suburban family roles.
    The other perfume is the scent that my father wore; Aramis by Hermes. Because… this has the power of a King. And, the penetrating and earthy scent evokes natural structure fused with the moral character of my father.

    3. D’ Iris by Prada .
    For me, this perfume is so understated and yet, elegantly assured. I am transported to the verdant understory shade of hidden nook of a cottage garden. My favourite perfume to summon equipoise.

    4. Yes, I am more than happy to be contacted by email and my message shared with Leslie. Thank you for the generous invitation. January 20, 2020 at 7:24am

  • El: 1. Hiram Green Slowdive, Hiram Green Dilettante and Maison Martin Margiela Beach Walk
    2. Lately, Frederic Malle’s Eau de Magnolia.. I feel myself, but better, when I wear this gem <3
    3. TDC Pure eVe
    5. Yes, of course 🙂
    Thank you both for this generous giveaway 🙂 January 20, 2020 at 8:08am

  • Stacey Shinkel: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? Slowdive by Hiram Green
    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? Slowdive from Hiram Green, it’s so beautiful and exotic.
    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace? Also Slowdive. I am on a perfume journey as I haven’t worn many in years past. I also really like Dark is Night by Henry Rose which has a woodiness of patchouli with the richness of vanilla bean. I tend toward such scents.
    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie? Yes, certainly. January 20, 2020 at 1:23pm

  • Angeli Lally: angeli: Thank you both for hosting the generous giveaway!. 1. Nobile 1942 La Danza Libellue in either EDP or extract.
    2. TF Violet Blond initially and then Chanel Coromandel and Bois des Illes
    3. CDG Avignon, YSL Caftan, Memo Tiger’s Nest
    5. Yes, Please contact me by E-mail
    I have enjoyed this blog since 2013 as a lurker and really do appreciate your wonderful blog Victoria. Thank you. January 20, 2020 at 2:30pm

  • Charlotte Barrow: 1. What a generous offer! I would love any of the following:
    – Dilettante
    – Slowdive
    – Nobile 1942 LDDL extrait
    2. When I was young, my parents didn’t use much fragrance, but my mother’s dresser always had a bottle of Shalimar in pride of place. I loved the romantic story behind it and bought my first perfume, Shalimar Initial, based entirely on its being a ‘younger’ version of Shalimar. I thought my mother was beautiful, and quite glamorous in her own way, and it felt like a ‘gateway’ perfume when I wasn’t ready for anything so grown-up sexy as Shalimar. I loved the fragrance but used it so sparingly that I still have the same bottle from when I was 16! Whenever I spray it, the sugared powdery iris and freshness of bergamot remind me not of Shalimar (which I also own), but of the excitement of burgeoning womanhood. Both of these fragrances, the flanker and the original, represent femininity and the shift from girlhood to womanhood.

    3. I find Dzongkha by L’AP very calming and meditative, whatever the season. Ambre by L’occitane, Vanille Exquise by Annick Goutal and Vanille Insensee by Artisan Cologne are also, in the UK’s current cold weather, giving me lots of peace and comfort on chilly or stressful days.

    4. Yes! 🙂 January 20, 2020 at 5:29pm

  • Sarah: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?
    1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml EDP (2 bottles nearly full)
    Noble 1942 La Danza Delle Libellule 75 ml Extrait (nearly full)
    Hiram Green Slowdive 50 ml EDP (nearly full)
    Hiram Green Dilettante 50 ml EDP (nearly full)
    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?
    Rose de Mai and Jasmin de Pays by Perris Monte Carlo because they smell like natural flowers.
    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?
    Paper White by DSH
    4. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?
    Absolutely! January 20, 2020 at 9:45pm

  • Hilde: 1. I don’t know any of them, but I am obsessed by perfumes and I am continuously in search of a new fragrance that I don’t know yet. That’s why I like to take part at this contest. Maybe You can assign one on the base of my list of most preferred perfumes.

    2. There is an odour by which I become in ecstasy: the smell of rain on a hot summerday after days and days of dryness. That is the perfect description of Annick Goutals ‘Un Matin d’Orage’. Also Un Jardin après la Mousson by Hermes makes me think of that. The last is among my top 5 favourites, together with Eau de Givenchy – the original of the beginning of the nineties – and the relaunched version in the series ‘Les mythiques’, which unfortunately doesn’t resemble the new version in any way. The original that I still possess, makes me think – I don’t know why – of the mineral smell of the sea.
    Mon Jasmin Noir l’Eau Exquise is in my opinion one of the best of Bulgary. For me jasmine is the most wonderful smelling flower. I like it still more than the queen of flowers, the rose. For that reason I am always looking for a perfume that ‘shows’ the jasmine on its own and I have found it in ‘Jasmin d’Egytpte’ by l’Occitane. Unfortunately it is not available any more.
    I am also fond of Baisé Volé l’eau de toilette by Cartier, because it is based on the other flower that I like so much, namely the lily.
    Un Jardin sur le Toit by Hermes. You can smell that it is of the hand of master creator Jean-Claude Ellena.
    First by Van Cleef and Arpels eau de parfum. It remembers me of a beautiful dark green tin with solid perfume by Avon which my mother possessed when I was a child. I don’t know the name of the perfume, but since years I am trying to find it.
    Paloma Picasso mon parfum. It was my very first bottle of perfume. I received it from my brother some 35 years ago. He bought it – together with Anaïs Anaïs – on a boat trip to Lake District in England with the youth movement, in fact without knowing very well what they were attempting to sell him. Returning at home, me and my mother were allowed to choose. My mother chose Anaïs, I preferred Paloma Picasso.
    Some limited editions as Amarige recolte 2007 Mimosa by Givenchy, Paris Pont des Amours by Yves Saint Laurent and Opium Orchidée de Chine by Yves Saint Laurent. Because they are even better than the original version on which they are based on.
    Summer by Kenzo eau de parfum. It is a powdery perfume, which smells like a fine and luxury piece of soap.
    Aqua di Parma Iris Nobile eau de toilette. I like the Iris in perfumes, but not when it is too ‘dry’. Perhaps that is why I am not so fond of Prada’s Infusion d’Iris and the eau de parfum of iris Nobile.
    So Pretty eau de parfum by Cartier. I have a bottle that I bought in the late nineties which still smells flawless. It is a class perfume, such as you can rarely find nowadays.
    Fidji by Guy Laroche l’eau de parfum. About 34 years ago I was at university, sitting next to another student. She smelled extraordinary. The next day she showed me a beautiful small bottle in which there was left a little bit of yellow ‘liquid’. She said: you can try it. I accepted her offer eagerly. Then again she said: you can keep it. It was the perfume extract of Fidji that she gave me! From then on, Fidji has become my number one favourite for years. My mother didn’t like it. But she didn’t like Paloma Picasso neither. Our preferences were obviously not the same.
    Bee and flower Sandalwood soap (the original of 30 years ago) and Pears transparent soap (the original that has disappeared). Because it is somewhat different than a piece of soap that smells like flowers.

    3. Parks Exclusive candle and diffuser number 8, It makes me think of the smell of frankincense at funerals. Many people don’t like that smell, but I like to sniff it and I find it’s relaxing.

    4. Of course You can. Thanks in advance. January 21, 2020 at 8:40am

  • EVANGELIA-EVMORFIA: 1Xerjoff 1861 Naxos 100 Ml EDP
    2)Idylle by Guerlain. I feel like I smell a golden cloud.
    3)I wear anything, Estee Lauder because I feel like my mum is hugging me.
    4)OF course! January 21, 2020 at 10:37am

  • Eu: Hello and thanks for the giveaway and for the great questions and answers, a pleasure to read, as always.
    One. I would like to be surprised as I don’t know about any of those fragances. I have been testing classics…I am still there…
    Two. Absolutely the unknown perfumes my grandmother used long long time ago. Her hugs. Something I found very close to today’s Chanel 22.
    Three. CDG Avignon and everything Iris.
    Four. Yes!
    Thank you. I am having a great time reading all those wonderful stories. January 21, 2020 at 10:45am

  • Figuier: Thank you so much for this generous giveaway! And what a nice selection of scents – I’d love to know what the rest of your collection contains 🙂

    1. I’ve been really enjoying some Hiram Green perfumes lately, so would love either Slowdive or Dilettante
    2. The first perfumes that made an impression were those my mum wore when I was little in the 80s – Anais Anais, Opium, Byzance, Poison – & now when I smell the vintage formulations of these I’m transported straight back to childhood. Then, as a young adult, it was Diptyque’s Philosoykos, in the much richer 1990s formulation, which blew me away with its full-bodied naturalism & sandalwood/salty musk base.
    3. Chanel’s Sycomore edt – I find vetiver incredibly grounding.
    4. Yes you may 🙂 January 21, 2020 at 10:46am

  • Rossignol: Hello, really great giveaway

    1.I would try out Hiram Green Dilettante because they are really new to me at this point

    2. I remember when I first smelled Alien by Mugler I thought I can wear it only in certain mood, I still have lots of stuff to try out but this one I agree is really part of perfume history and made me think of perfumes as something more than just substance in a bottle

    3. I also remember something we always had at home -Pergolese by Dzintars, it is really nice to grow up around smell like this one,I get only empty bottles now,it is really cozy, I go back to this one often

    4.yes , please January 21, 2020 at 3:01pm

  • Laurels: I think I’m too late for the giveaway, but it was fun to read the other responses, and what do I have to lose?

    1. Either version of La Danza delle Libellule, or Hiram Green Slowdive
    2. Dana Tabu and YSL Opium (the original version) were my early perfume loves. I thought I was a bit precocious wearing Tabu at 14, but I see now I was a late bloomer. And more recently Commes des Garçons Grace, for helping drive home the point that one should try everything, no matter how much it sounds like something you’d dislike, because you might just find it delightful.
    3. Phoenix Botanicals Night Bloom, and L’Artisan Dzongkha. Yves Rocher Lavender, Petitgrain, and Orange Blossom is also nice, if very short-lived.
    4 (or 5). Yes, you may use my email. Thank you! January 21, 2020 at 3:12pm

  • Sebastian: 1. The two Hiram Green and Naxos seem to my taste.
    2. A long time ago Egoiste has made me wonder what is that smell and why do I like it so much. I was very surprised and intrigued… I haven’t smelled anything so mind blowing until then.
    3. It’s usually vetiver, not a particular one, I can pick one from my collection depending on the day, but it would be a vetiver centered perfume.
    4. Sure. January 21, 2020 at 3:42pm

  • Natalia: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer?

    Xerjoff – I feel like it will fit me well.

    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why?

    My first one. It was a bottle of Escada « Into the blue », a birthday present from my mother. Fresh and light, it was a perfect match. I was 17 at the time, following my dreams, moving out from parents home, just started my first year at University. I have a vivid memory of the spring feeling and energy it gave me, even on dull November days. I was wearing the perfume daily and when the spring finally came, I started to look for a new bottle, just to learn that it was discontinued.

    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace?

    D’Orsay « Tilleul », l’insouciance and summer in one bottle.

    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie?

    For sure! January 21, 2020 at 4:17pm

  • SublimiSomnium: 1. I love orientals – so probably Hiram Green Slowdive or Dilettante
    2. Victoria Secrete Dream Angel – won a limited edition fancy bottle of it which was wholly unsatisfying and led me down this rabbit hole of “what is a good perfume” Guerlain Shalimar – instant love and the realization that perfumery is a real artform.
    3. Shalimar – I love it in all its forms (though the extrait gifted by my husband is the most special) and is appropriate for just about any situation
    5. Yes! January 21, 2020 at 4:32pm

  • Eric L: 1. I would say Xerjoff Naxos 1861.
    2. Dior Farenheit. I dont know why but I love the smell of gas.
    3. When I want to relax I like cinammon scented candles. As far as parfumes, I would say old school Brut makes me feel relaxed due to familiar childhood smell.
    4. Yes you can. Thank you for consideration. January 21, 2020 at 6:53pm

  • Laura: 1) I would love either of the La Danza’s! My next choice would be Naxos because I already have those lovely Hiram Green’s.
    2) Coco is the perfume that has had the biggest impact on me. I was a huge perfume lover in my teens. But when Coco was released I fell hard for it. And had it in all 3 formats. It was my signature scent for several years. But being a perfume lover, eventually I was unfaithful. I still adore it. And it would be my #1 desert island pick.
    3) Currently I love Orris and Sandalwood for peace and contemplating.
    4) Yes, you may share my email!
    Thank you! January 21, 2020 at 8:52pm

  • LeeAnn: 1. I’d most prefer Xerjoff Naxos and Maison Margiela Tea Escape.
    2. Tom Ford Oud Wood made me realize that I don’t need much projection or sillage to be happy with a fragrance. I appreciate scents for myself.
    3. For inner peace, I want something cozy. I go to the honey and hay of Diptyque Volutes or the cool rationality of Chanel Sycomore.
    4. Yes! January 21, 2020 at 11:15pm

  • Peggy: I’d most like Hiram Green Dilettante, not least because of the name!
    For me, Coty’s L’Origan, Les Nez Unicorn Spell where I learned to identify a violet
    note, and Dior Poison for pure hate! For inner peace, I often go to Chanel no 5 eau premiere for it’s association with my sister.
    Yes, you may share email, and thank you!! January 22, 2020 at 8:38am

  • Ana S.: 1. Which fragrances from this list would you most prefer? Danza della Libellule.
    2. Which perfumes have made the biggest impact on you (either good or bad) and why? Sova by Slumberhouse. Sova is the architect who designed the magic bridge that takes me back to my childhood and recreates note by note its sweet memories.
    Its hauntingly scent is the aroma of our country house basement. My grandfather was a beekeeper and as a kid I used to help him taking care of the hives, especially in the process of changing the beeswax frames when it were charged with honey and replace them with new ones, removing the sweet golden liquid from it and preserving the honey in big aluminium containers. It was in the basement where we used to keep all the beeswax frames – both, used and the new ones – the aluminium containers and the bell jars full of honey, our own wine and the grapes leftovers from the wine used later for preparing a strong alcoholic drink called țuică. My grandfather used to hang on the walls dry tobacco leaves because of the moths, and as hard we used to fight against it was impossible to keep the mice out of there. Whenever i entered into this space i was surrounded by a fog of all this unusual smells: animalic, (beeswax), sweet fresh tobacco, dirt. This is makes Sova unique for me. Still dreaming of a bottle of it – it seems impossible to find or buy nowadays.
    3. What is the perfume that you reach for when you want to settle down and find some inner peace? Nature Millénaire or Pur Desir Lilas by Yves Rocher.
    5. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Leslie? Of course.
    Thank you both for such a generous gesture. January 22, 2020 at 10:59am

  • Paraskevi Karolidou: 1. I would prefer Beach Walk cause i have a summer fragnance personality or La Danza Delle Libellule Extrait cause i love the notes listed!
    2. Delina from Parfums de Marly, because i thought that was a really masterpiece!
    3. For me Today from Avon calms me down or Zagara from Ortigia Sicilia.
    5. Yes, you have my permission! January 22, 2020 at 12:31pm

  • carole macleod: This is generour-thank you for the opportunity 🙂 I would choose Hiram Green Dilettante, and the Xerjoff 1861. The fragrance that made the biggest impact on me-Samsara, in 1991. I had never smelled anything so good, and I loved it 🙂 To settle down and channel inner peace: the Myrrhe scent from Annick Goutal. And yes please contact me 🙂
    Yours truly,

    Carole January 22, 2020 at 1:18pm

  • David: 1)Slowdrive by Hiram Greene. I have just tried Hyde and it’s a masterpiece. 2)Although I am no longer fond of chasing vintage formulations, the vintage Tabac Blonde and Miss Dior will always stay witch me in memory. 3) Opone by Diptyque calms me. 4) Yes, you can contact me. January 22, 2020 at 1:41pm

  • John Halsey: 1. I love Xerjoff Naxos. It’s quite exquisite.
    2. I really enjoy Lost Cherry by Tom Ford and Creed Aventus. They’re both soothing and delicious smelling.
    3. I reach for Armani Code Profumo when I want something warm. It’s my inner peace fragrance during the winter.
    5. Of course you may contact me via email to notify me of my win and share my email with Leslie. January 22, 2020 at 3:41pm

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