Mood-Enhancing Perfume with Chanel Misia Giveaway

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. We haven’t had giveaways for a while, but today I am back with a particularly generous one made possible by Bois de Jasmin’s reader D. D would like to give away an almost full bottle of Chanel Misia, 2.5oz. It’s fresh, in good condition, without the original box. D bought it during her violet phase, but she doesn’t enjoy Misia as much anymore and she would rather send it to someone who can appreciate it. Isn’t it so generous!  D can send her package anywhere in the USA (sanitized and well-wrapped, of course).

I would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank our entire Bois de Jasmin community for your generosity and kindness, whether it means giveaways like this, advice or comments that you share. You’re such an inspiration.

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

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

1. Which fragrance do you choose to wear when you are looking for something to lift your spirits during challenging or stressful times? Do you gravitate toward bright, upbeat, citrusy scents? Subtle, calming florals? Something spicy or peppery? I’m looking for a mood enhancer!
2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with D?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Fleurycat. Congratulations!



  • Fazal: I still think the vintage Dior Eau Sauvage is not only the best citrus fragrance ever made but also the one that never fails to lift your mood. I know Turin called Diorella a better version of Eau Sauvage but I disagree. You simply cannot create a better version of something that was perfect to begin with. And I do not see as close a link between Eau Sauvage and Diorella as some other see. Thank you so much for your generous draw. October 12, 2020 at 7:20am

    • Fazal: forgot to mention but of course, you can contact me as well as share my email. October 12, 2020 at 7:20am

  • Jeanne Kohl: 1. Diptyque Tam Dao for mood lifting. It’s such a beautiful and grounding fragrance. 2. yes please. Thank you to the generous D. for the drawing. October 12, 2020 at 7:26am

  • Damiana: Interestingly, I find violet-based scents to be soothing yet uplifting, so I am thrilled to see Misia as a giveaway. Another calming fragrance I can think of is Molinard Violette. Please feel free to contact me and share my email address too! Thank you for the opportunity 🙂 October 12, 2020 at 7:35am

  • Ana S.: Thank you both for this wonderful opportunity, Misia was always on my bucket list. As for your questions, my answers are: 1. My mood lift fragrance is Chanel N5 Eau Première. 2. Of course. Thank you once again for your generosity and kindness. October 12, 2020 at 7:37am

  • Jonesy: First time commenter, longtime reader- I hope it’s not rude to enter! 1. I wish I could point you to some rare gem but honestly I always keep a large splash bottle of 4711 around for this very purpose, and it works more or less every time. and 2. please do! All the best 🙂 October 12, 2020 at 7:52am

  • CC: I can’t join as I’m not in the USA… but thank you for the generosity. We’re entering fall weather and had a few cold & rainy days, so I reached out to L’Eau d’Orange Verte (zingy and biting) and by contrast to Bottega Veneta (plush, calming like a purring cat in a very comfortable leather armchair in the corner of the library). From the comments above I am determined to try Eau Sauvage. October 12, 2020 at 8:38am

  • Tourmaline: Dear D,

    I live in Oz, so I can’t participate in your generous giveaway (although I must try Chanel Misia sometime, because Peter has recommended it to me several times). However, I can go to town listing scents that lift my spirits. I shall restrict myself to fifteen!

    1. Le Chèvrefeuille (Annick Goutal 2002)
    This has the double-whammy; it was a gift from my brother – and gifts can feel like an enveloping blanket – and it is also light and refreshing.

    2. Diorissimo (Christian Dior 1956) This classic is so light and sweet and pure, it’s like angel-song.

    3. Violette (Molinard 2016) I love violet scents, and this one adds sweetness and musk.

    4. Paris (Yves Saint Laurent 1983) A garden of roses and violets couldn’t fail to lift my spirits.

    5. Chloé “Classic” (Lagerfeld 1975) So light, fresh, and inspiring, despite the slightly hard edge of more recent formulations.

    6. Pleasures (Estée Lauder 1995) Simply a light, fresh pleasure.

    7. Beyond Paradise (Estée Lauder 2003) A spray of this is like stepping into Eden.

    8. Clair de Jour (Lanvin 1983) If only it hadn’t been discontinued… I’d raid my fridge stock of this light, fresh, clear energiser.

    9. Pink Lemonade (Demeter Fragrance Library) It smells just like the drink tastes, and couldn’t fail to cheer you up.

    10. Insolence (Guerlain 2006) Like a suit of armour, this strong fragrance will help to hold me up and protect me.

    11. Tocade (Rochas 1994) An under-appreciated gem that is simply bright and happy.

    12. Lipstick Rose (Frédérick Malle 2000) An alternative to the garden of Paris, is the dressing-table of rose and violet-scented lipstick. It also reminds me of my childhood favourite jellybeans – the red and purple ones.

    13. Ciara (Ultima II/Revlon 1973) So strong and ravishing that it always cheers me up.

    14. Laetitia (Rancé 1806/2008) You could go for ridiculously expensive and indulge in a voluptuous fragrance like this one.

    15. Yvresse (Yves Saint Laurent 1993) Or you could find a discounted bottle of Yvresse at a chemist warehouse and surround yourself with the scent that was originally called Champagne. You’ll be lifted up by the imagery of all the bubbles and the cheering aromas of nectarine, anise and lychee.

    I hope that one or more of these fragrances will interest you, and I do hope you find a fragrance you love.

    With kind regards,
    Tourmaline October 12, 2020 at 8:45am

    • Peter: I have been a cheerleader for Misia. It would be a complement to Tourmaline’s beloved Lipstick Rose. One of the readers will be blessed by D.D.’s generosity. I recently purchased a bottle of this lovely fragrance, so I wish to be excluded from the draw.

      This Hawaii-Boy will always choose white florals to cheer him up. My favorite is Carnal Flower. Happy, Fresh, and Luxurious! October 12, 2020 at 8:14pm

  • Vishishta: I wear Organza which makes me feel about 16! And you can contact me via email. Thanks for this great giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 8:48am

  • RĂ©mi LJ: 1. Currently, Rochas Moustache EdP. The scent is so great it makes me happy every time.

    2. Of course, you can share my email. October 12, 2020 at 8:48am

  • Olga Kulko: Thank you for the opportunity!
    1) Gabrielle Chanel to lift my mood. Or 1957 to be strong. 2) yes, of course October 12, 2020 at 8:52am

  • Kathleen: I’m also a reader of many years but have 9nly commented once or twice before. I too love violets, but my go-to uplifter is Ralph Lauren Notorious. It’s fresh but in a fizzy, almost tickly kind of way, and almost fruity but also very dry. Despite using it for over a decade, I still can’t really pick out any of the notes! Tania Sanchez described it as “Campari and cola” which sounds like it could be overly boozy and sweet – but it’s one of the most unique, confident, adult-but-not-aged scents I know. (And yes, of course you can contact me!) October 12, 2020 at 8:58am

  • Perfumelover67: Thank you, D and Victoria for such generous giveaway!

    1. I tend to wear incense perfumes to lift my spirits. They give me lots of comfort. Some of my favorites are Comme des Garcons Kyoto and Avignon, Donna Karan Black Cashmere, 10 Corso Como, April Aromatics All Angels.
    2. Yes, you can reach me via email. October 12, 2020 at 9:16am

  • Matty1649: I’m in the UK so can’t be paert of the draw,
    As mentioned above by others Molinard Violette.
    Guerlain L’Instant,,,,Insolence and Black Perfecto
    YSL Yvresse and Paris October 12, 2020 at 9:24am

  • Adrienne: Either Ma Griffe by Carven 1946 or Diorissimo by Dior 1956. Both crisp and light. Mood lifting. Feminine. I’ve had them both in my perfume wardrobe for 51 years now. I buy vintage bottles on eBay and so far I have never been disappointed. October 12, 2020 at 9:25am

  • Sarah Hicks: Choosing a scent to uplift is one of my favourite ways to wear fragrance. L’heure Bleu is a go to when I want to be jolted from a bad mood. The opening never fails me. If I am feeling weary I will reach for something citrusy like Pamlelune by Guerlain or Eau de Pamplemousse Rose by Hermes. If I need something cozy and comforting I put on cashmere and spray Tam Dao.

    Thank you for the generous giveaway. Yes you many contact me by email and share my email with D. Thanks! October 12, 2020 at 9:29am

  • Jenn: The perfumes that lift my mood are the ones that make me feel everyday-glamorous, like when you catch the sillage of a gorgeous perfume on a stranger doing something mundane, like grocery shopping. Lately, I find that everyday-glamorous feeling in rose, oud, or sandalwood forward perfumes. Guerlain Samsara is one of my winter perfumes and it really makes dreary, cold weather feel special. Please contact me via email and share with D. Thanks for this generous giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 9:33am

  • Matty Maccaro: Hell D.D., for a mood enhancement I like to use
    Elizabeth & James – Nirvana French Grey, very calming at night with only Musk, Neroli & Lavander. Seems getting simple, gets me calm. Thanks for your Giveaway, keeping my fingers crossed. Please feel free to use my email. October 12, 2020 at 9:42am

  • James Butcher: I adore vintage Opium when I’m feeling down. It’s such a warm, comforting scent that makes me smile and feel secure. The vintage is so well blended- the spices and resins sit and radiate off my skin like the smoke from a smoldering incense cone. It’s absolutely divine! Please thank D for her generous gift of Misia and yes you may contact me via email if you bestow this gift upon me! October 12, 2020 at 9:42am

  • MK: 1. Dear D, when I need a pick-me-up, I reach for pink grapefruit essential oil (or a grapefruit-themed perfume like Guerlain Pamplelune). Pink grapefruit is such a bright, crisp scent, and it instantly elevates my mood. I also find warm, woody or spicy fragrances to be very soothing during stressful or challenging times. A dab from my vintage bottle of Caron Parfum SacrĂ© provides a great deal of comfort after a long day. 2. Thank you very much for this opportunity. Misia is a lovely fragrance. Please contact me via email and share my email address with D. October 12, 2020 at 9:57am

    • Mary: Hello, thank you this opportunity. I wear Eau Duelle for comfort. My daughter loves it and I like the idea of her associating it with me. Vanilla is so cozy! Yes, please contact me if I am lucky enough to win! October 12, 2020 at 9:49pm

  • Valerie M: I love Chanel N•5 when I need a calming or pick me up scent. Something about it triggers happy memories for me. I also love Jo Malone Rose and Magnolia before bed, a spritz really eases my anxious mind.
    Yes you may contact/share my email
    Thank you so much for the generous giveaway, I’ve always wanted to sniff this one. October 12, 2020 at 9:58am

  • Nancy A: During these trying times D’s generosity would be a great gift to my recovery from an accident. Misia happens to be one of many Chanel fragrances that’s uplifting. At this writing I cannot provide any other suggestions. To all be safe and be well October 12, 2020 at 10:09am

  • Deborah H: My go to uplifting fragrance usually includes white flowers. Something about the smell of gardenias especially makes me happy :). Should I be so lucky to win you can feel free to contact me by e-mail, thank you! October 12, 2020 at 10:22am

  • Shannon Allen: Wow, amazingly generous giveaway! Thank you, D.! Whenever I am stressed, what gives me the most calm is I Profumi di Firenze Vaniglia del Madagascar…a very true vanilla, long lasting, and pure comfort in a bottle! Of course you may share my email. October 12, 2020 at 10:31am

  • Claudia: A fragrance with vanilla or spicy notes is comforting to me. Thanks so much and please contact me by email! October 12, 2020 at 10:40am

  • D. Niki Risenhoover: 1. I find myself at a time in life where I am the oldest of my family, save for my 94 year old Aunt who has dementia. But when I visit her and I wear “Charlie” we are both transported back 5 decades (that’s how old the bottle is)and she reminisces about her crazy, strong headed niece. And both our spirits are lifted.

    As for my favorite mood lifter, my go to is either Coco Chanel or First Van Clef & Arpel ( old formulation)

    2. Of couse, and thank you for this wonderful opportunity. Most generous of you both. October 12, 2020 at 10:45am

  • Elke: That’s a tough one! I don’t have one fallback comfort fragrance, but Shalimar and her cousins, aunts and uncles are usually a good choice! 🙂 Failing that, Nuits a Doha.
    Yes, you may contact me and thank you to D. for this giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 10:48am

  • Joelle Lee Walmsley: A few scents that always offer an uplift during stressful and joy challenged times:

    A soft lullaby: Chergui by Serge Lutens (pipe tobacco, cherry, hay)

    Sweet, zippy ditty: Si by Lolita Lempicka

    Moody bluesy jazz: Timbuktu or Last Light by Henry Rose for a low calorie version

    Night at the Opera plush and cozy: L’Huere Bleu
    All these give me comfort of different kinds! October 12, 2020 at 10:55am

  • Jessica R: My comfort fragrance would be Twilly d’Hermes- it feels like a hug to me. Please do share my email with D. Thank you! October 12, 2020 at 11:22am

  • Elizabeth: Recently I have been very drawn to fragrances with chocolate notes. Vanilla is always comforting to me. Guerlain Angelique Noire, Eau Des Missions and others of their ilk. Now it’s Guerlain Gourmand Coquin and Amour de Cacao from Comptoir Sud Pacifique.
    Yes it is fine to contact me.
    I want to add that a very dear friend of mine in England wears Misia. My friend is an inspiration to all that know her so it would be a privilege to wear it too. October 12, 2020 at 11:25am

  • Robyn B.: Annick Goutal Sables, Givenchy Organza Indecence, or a treasured small decant of Fendi Theorema – my comfort notes run toward spicy gourmand.

    Yes, you may contact me. October 12, 2020 at 11:35am

  • N: During challenging times I need warmer, familiar, and softer, scents rather than sharper, brighter, and high-pitched scents. These are just a few I have been wearing that helped. During the spring I found En Passant with the familiar scent from my childhood of lilacs with the warmer notes of wheat, cedar, and cuddly white musk particularly comforting. Also Jo Malone (JM) Waterlily with neroli and jasmine sambac and a long lasting white musk base was soothing for summer evenings. I have been wearing scents with white musk, which I did not do so much before, and finding ones that are well done to be cuddly. Lavender helps calm my rattled nerves and a recent 10 ml travel size bottle purchase of Mon Guerlain edp, which is out of my wheelhouse because on me it is too sweet, is something I am trying just for the soothing vanilla and lavender combo. I am wearing JM Poppy and Barley and Diptyque Tam Dao this autumn, as I find sandalwood comforting. I gravitate towards woody fragrances with resinous notes for a warming feeling. I like JM Myrrh & Tonka for winter for the aromatic and resinous notes with warm vanilla and almond which doesn’t go too sweet on me. I am not participating in the generous giveaway. October 12, 2020 at 12:02pm

  • Anna Webb: D: Lately I’ve moved to florals. I find they lift my spirits while bringing back memories of sunny days as a child. Some florals evoke memories of playgrounds and the feel of the sun on my skin while others may remind me of days near the rivers or lakes. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the country and wildflowers and flower beds are a big part of summer life in the country. Anyway. I enjoy them now. I used to think they were a little old fashioned in my youth. Now the scents give me comfort like nothing else can. October 12, 2020 at 12:12pm

  • Anna Webb: D: Lately I’ve moved to florals. I find they lift my spirits while bringing back memories of sunny days as a child. Some florals evoke memories of playgrounds and the feel of the sun on my skin while others may remind me of days near the rivers or lakes. Perhaps it’s because I grew up in the country and wildflowers and flower beds are a big part of summer life in the country. Anyway. I enjoy them now. I used to think they were a little old fashioned in my youth. Now the scents give me comfort like nothing else can.

    My go-to scents are

    Chanel 19
    Chanel 5
    Guerlain Mitsouko
    Penhaligan Lily of the Valley October 12, 2020 at 12:18pm

  • Heidi Czerwiec: Thank you for the giveaway! If I need to lift my mood, I tend to go for very fresh scents, like Guerlain’s Pamplelune (bright, bitter grapefruit) or Aedes de Venustas’ signature scent (a green rhubarb chypre). If I need nurturing, I tend to wear Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga (suede and vanilla) or MFK’s Ciel de GUM (snuggly cashmere). YES, you can pass along my email! Thanks again! October 12, 2020 at 12:20pm

    • Robert Quinlan: I often gravitate towards two different type of scents when I need an uplift in my spirits , one is actually a bottle of perfume my mother use to wear when I was a child. I suffered with anxiety a lot and the only think that calmed me down was the smell of her perfume that rubbed off on my school jumper and that smell made me relax during the day and that is actually how I got into perfume.

      The second one is one that’s very complex , it both takes my mind off things and also transports me to somewhere else for the hours that I’m on my skin.

      And yes you can contact me and share.

      Thank you for the kindness and generosity. Take care October 12, 2020 at 12:51pm

  • Doyoung: 1. Orange sanguine- bright bitter orange opening always betters my mood!
    2. yes please 🙂 thank you for the giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 12:22pm

  • Celeste A. Church: What a generous giveaway! The perfume that never ever fails to lift my spirits and make me grin is Bond No. 9 Chinatown. It smells like fun, like a party, like something fabulous is about to happen! Every time I wear it I feel happy and full of anticipation. And yes, you can email me. Thanks for this giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 12:29pm

  • Lori Casimiro: Thank you for your generosity. My mood lifter fragrance is L’Heure Bleu. It never fails to make me feel better. Of course you may contact me. October 12, 2020 at 12:34pm

  • Anna Egeria: My mood lifting fragrances are two Angel flankers, Angel Violette and angel Lily which are sadly discontinued. I have been wanting to try Misia, I know I would love it. Yes, you may contact me. Thank you for this giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 12:43pm

  • Bastet: I’ve been wearing a lot of California Reverie lately because it’s so cheerful and pretty, also Kenzo Flower which surrounds me in a comforting powdery cloud. And yes please contact me if I win the draw, thanks! October 12, 2020 at 12:51pm

  • Laurie Brown: I go for a couple of different things; ‘Emeraude’ was a scent my mother used when I was a kid, and I find it both soothing and a scent that puts some backbone in me. The vintage scent is much better than the new; the new is sweeter, not something I want when I need to get myself together. The other thing I look for when I just need to feel relaxed is something with patchouli; it reminds me of the 60s when I had no responsibilities and the world looked hopeful.

    Of course you can contact me! October 12, 2020 at 12:54pm

  • Robert Quinlan: I often gravitate towards two different types of scents when I need my spirits lifted.
    One of them being how I got into perfumery and that’s fragrance my mother wore when I was a wee lad , I use to suffer a lot with anxiety related to school. So when I’d go I was have panic attack, one day my mother hugged me so tight and said it will be alright and the smell of her perfume rubbed off on my school jumper. So any time I felt anxious I would smell it and it would calm me down , from that day on I’ve worn perfume ever day since and it still has that effect on me.

    Another type of perfume is one that is so complex that I get transported to a world of my own and I can get lost for awhile or for however long the perfume lasts on my skin.

    Thank you for the generous giveaway and yes of course you can pass my email along. Take care. October 12, 2020 at 1:15pm

  • Fernando: It depends a lot! Some days I go for Vero Profumo’s Kiki, others it’s Nicolai’s New York Intense, and sometimes it’s L’aire du Desert Marrocain. In some moods I go for aggressive sillage (Black Aoud, say) just to show the worls I don’t care. I once wore Fracas for that purpose.

    Yes, it’s ok to contact me. October 12, 2020 at 1:22pm

  • Kat Jackson: Sophia Grojsman’s Paris…. What a stunning violet fragrance. It’s seems almost artlessly cheerful and exuberant. It’s like a gorgeous young woman wearing slightly too high heels and a slightly too high dress with lipstick so bright she’s self conscious…. But the effect is so lovely you forgive the faux pas.

    Paris isn’t subtle. It’s like a floral glitter bomb. It ends up everywhere, on jackets, in handbags, in front of you, behind you, lingering in places you sat and cheerfully announcing your presence to everyone around. Yet somehow, it doesn’t offend, and it never fails to make me smile.

    It was one of the first fragrances I was ever given, from my badass great aunt from the behind the Berlin Wall who ran a shoe shop upstairs and a giant black market empire below. She always bought me travel size perfumes, and Paris reminds me of her; 70 something in red lipstick and sunbathing in a yellow bikini.

    Paris proves that cheerful charisma can let you get away with just about anything. October 12, 2020 at 1:27pm

  • Aimee L’Ondee: Wow so generous! 1) I go for vetiver scents or vintage green scents when I need a lift. Guerlain Vetiver, Diorissimo, Diorella, Chanel No. 19 EDT. 2) Sure, it’s okay to contact me. Cheers! October 12, 2020 at 1:38pm

  • shiva-woman: Thank you for the generous giveaway! I like to wear incense and woody scents to uplift me–not necessarily cheer me up, but calm me and lift me, sometimes with a bit of vanilla or not. In this genre I wear a lot of Solstice Scents like “Manor Fire” or “Inquisitor” or “Casting Shadows” or “Conjure,” “Private Eye” or “Scrying Smoke.” Solstice Scents does smoky and incense very well, and I find them calming and meditative. For a more elegant incense affair I wear Encens Mythique by Guerlain, and for a casual light and even summer relaxing incense I wear Miller Harris la fume’ and even la fume’ intense. For a more “‘woodsy” crunchy winter incense, I reach for Sonoma Scent Studio Tabac Aurea and Incense Pure. Incense just is a restful place for me. It helps me focus inwardly and more consciously. It’s not a perfume so much as a “place”–so I do not usually wear it out much, unless it’s the Guerlain. October 12, 2020 at 1:46pm

  • shiva-woman: I forgot to say in my prior comment that “yes you can contact me.” October 12, 2020 at 1:47pm

  • Brittany A Backen: 1. When I am hoping to lift my spirits I go to scents that are pleasant but unchallenging. Guerlain Mon Guerlain is bright but, at least to my nose, does not have a lot of depth. And it’s a pretty pink color!
    2. Yes and thank you! October 12, 2020 at 2:02pm

  • Eric Love: If I really need cheering up, some vintage Miss Dior, or Femme are the ticket, Stone Fruit Chypres have that effect on me. Yes you may contact me October 12, 2020 at 2:06pm

  • johaboha: As a mood enhancing perfume, I tend towards warm and almost edible scents. At the moment it’s la petite robe noire edp intense – blueberry sweetness with candy cotton and some smokiness that keeps it elegant in my opinion. October 12, 2020 at 2:08pm

  • Filomena813: There are a few mood lifters for me: Chanel No. 5 in any form, Francesca Bianchi’s Angel’s Dust, Dusita’s Erawan, Serge Lutens Fleur de Orangiere, Papillon’s Rouge Bengale, and Meo Fusciuni’s Little Song, among several others. October 12, 2020 at 2:58pm

  • Tati: I’ll pass on the generous giveaway, but I’ve definitely noticed a change in my preferences towards the light and bright. Start every morning with a splash of 4711. My usual go after that is Guerlain AA Mandarine Basilic. It is perfect. Other favorites: Bottega Veneta Knot, Goutal’s Neroli, Jo Loves Pomelo. When I venture beyond citrus it’s to Eau D’Italie Paestum Rose, Lutens La Fille de Berlin, and Malle Lys Mediterranee. October 12, 2020 at 3:25pm

  • Audrey: Thank you so much for your generosity! Yes, please share my email with D. I do live in the US. My favorite comfort sent these days is Biwa by Dawn Spencer Hurwitz. It has rice powder and jasmine. It is amazingly comforting. October 12, 2020 at 3:33pm

  • Vani: 1. Depending on the season, for a boost of confidence during challenging or stressful times, Chanel No. 19 EDP or Coco EDP. For something that feels calming, I’ll go for either one these, Hermes L’Ambre des Merveilles, L’Instant de Guerlain which I find so comforting!
    2. yes, you may contact me via email and share my email with D. October 12, 2020 at 3:42pm

  • Dawn E Crawford: I love comforting and spicy scents which seems to be a contradiction. Shalimar, Lorre Rodkin Gothic I and Chanel Bois de Iles are some of my favorites year round. You may contact me via e-mail and share it with D. Regards and thanks for the opportunity. October 12, 2020 at 3:54pm

    • Jane: I wear Anais Anais to brighten my day. It was my mother’s favorite and wearing it makes me feel closer to her again. I especially cherish that this was her bottle and though I will be somewhat disappointed when I eventually run out I know I can buy it again.

      Any perfume with a beachy scent is also an instant mood lifter-especially when out of season! North-East, US so getting cold here’

      Yes you can contact me by email to notify me if I win the draw. October 12, 2020 at 6:21pm

  • Hana: Hello, I’m based in Europe so not here for the draw but I’d like to say that any perfume essentially is a mood lifter for me. My most optimistic ones are:
    1. Heeley Verveine d’Eugene which is fresh and citrusy but also calming. Perfect for dark early mornings.
    2. Hiram Green Slowdive, my current favourite. I can wear this even with a headache. It’s a sweet, tobacco and honey scent and feels sunny and enveloping. October 12, 2020 at 4:14pm

  • Merete Cavanaugh: For calming, grounding, mood boosting and unstressing I often choose sweet, spicy scents with earthy patchouli, not too heavy, though. The powdery aspect is also calming and uplifting to me.
    Examples of scents I use: Coromandel, Chanel No. 5; Guerlain L’heure Bleu, Guerlain L’Instant, Sonoma scent Studio Voile de Violette DKNY Cashmere, at times Kenzo Flower, though the powder can be too much, I also am on my third little decant of Misia, which I have been coming back to, at times I’m so drawn to it, and then for a while the violet becomes too much. I would love to have a bottle, though, as it is a scent I return to and that affects my emotions in a calming and uplifting way. October 12, 2020 at 4:15pm

  • Anna: D: My answer to life is florals. Everything seems so stressful anymore and my scents are something that help me through it. I’ve packed up many of my older perfumes in my collection to just a few. I do miss the Bvlgari Au The Vert and Amarige Givanchy but they carry too many memories in those little bottles. So I moved on to some different florals.

    The iris of Chanel 19, the mimosa in Mitsouko, and the florals of Chanel 5 remind me of being a child. I like Penhaligan’s Lily of the Valley but it doesn’t last. Ive tried Joy but it doesn’t have the same effect that the others do.

    Florals bring back a lot of memories of childhood for me. Perhaps I had teachers that wore some of these perfumes. I don’t know. But they remind me of being a child with the sun on my skin. For me that’s both calming and energizing.

    Now, going to try and submit this again. Didn’t seem to go through last time. (Of course you can contact me). October 12, 2020 at 4:58pm

  • Khanh Tran: 1. Florals all the way. I am currently obsessed with Creed Spring Flower, Fleurissimo, and Jo Malone Orange Blossom
    2. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with D? Yes October 12, 2020 at 5:02pm

  • Sharon P: When I’m feeling down or stressed I always reach for EL Private Collection. The crisp, green notes relax me; I become calm and think more clearly. So much better than a pill!

    Yes, please contact me via email and share it with D if I win. Thank you D for this generous giveaway! October 12, 2020 at 5:46pm

  • Brigitte: My current mood lifter is Tauer Au Coeur du Desert… something about it is so peaceful and serene. I also enjoy essential oils such as pure frankincense or patchouli to ground me and cheer me. Yes, you may contact me via email. October 12, 2020 at 5:57pm

    • Brigitte: And yes you may share my email with D. Thank you for this opportunity. October 12, 2020 at 6:04pm

  • Darinka DAlessio: Interestingly enough, during this pandemic I have found myself reaching for scents of my childhood. My parents were post war European immigrants to the US. Two staples in our household—when we could get them, 4711 Cologne and Nivea cream. This summer I began spritzing the 4711 with abandon for an instant lift Now with the weather cooling, I am adding in some of my other favorites like Gucci Guilty. For sheer (pun intended) ease and lift, 4711 always wins. And yes, of course, you may share my email address with the generous D. October 12, 2020 at 6:10pm

  • Maya: 1. I am a complete and unabashed fan of citrus and flower scents and they lift my mood instantly. Scents I reach for when I am need of an emotional boost tend to be from this group. They include Chanel Cristalle edt, Le Chevrefeuille (Goutal), Rose Ikebana, Muguet Porcelaine, and Jour d’Hermes. I also find L’eau d’Hiver and Kyoto very grounding and calming. All are Simple enough not to have to contend with but possess a complexity that makes them interesting. 2. Please feel free to contact me. October 12, 2020 at 6:54pm

  • Elizabeth Gregoire: When I need a pick me up I always reach for my 1980s bottle of Dioressence. I’ve been addicted to it since I bought my first bottle in about 1983. And you can share my contact info if I’m lucky enough to win. October 12, 2020 at 8:16pm

  • roxann: I was just looking at this fragrance to order a sample recently. I hadn’t heard of this until I was on a decant/sample site. I prefer a more gourmand fragrance as a comforting scent. From my small collection now, I would go for Lira by Xerjoff or 4160 Tuesdays Rhubarb Custard which would take me back to my childhood of my Mom making a rhubarb dessert that she still makes and I still love. Yes, feel free to contact me. Thank you kind reader. October 12, 2020 at 9:48pm

  • mridula: SL’s Bois de Violette and Atelier’s Grand Neroli are scents that are uplifting. The former feels bracing to me. Im not sure why. In impressionistic terms it makes me think of patches of light in a dark wood, and has a literalness that I really enjoy. Neroli is golden and syrupy in a ‘isn’t life grand’ way. Yes please contact me. I can provide a US address. And thank you so much. October 12, 2020 at 11:45pm

  • Audrey H.: I love Annick Goutal Neroli to boost my mood, its such a bright and happy scent. Sometimes, I avoid scent since I dont want to have a negative association linked to a loved perfume. Thank you to your generous reader for the lovely draw.
    Yes, you can email me. im a US resident. October 12, 2020 at 11:59pm

  • Geraldine Ethen: I gravitate toward Issey Miyake’s L’Eau de Issey because of the memory of smelling it in a wonderful jewelry/china store that was in downtown Portland, OR. Because of COVID I cannot go into places of beauty that used to add to our aesthetic enjoyment, so this perfume reminds me of fascinating designs and vivid colors. Yes, you can contact me via email. October 13, 2020 at 12:39am

  • Marium: I can not participate as I am in the U.K. but I agree it’s a very generous offer .
    I am a medic and have a very busy schedule most of the year but I find winter months in the U.K. very challenging . I have a bottle of Luten’s Ambre Sultan in my office that for me is a game changer . As Victoria mentioned in its review of this fragrance , when you wear this , you feel wrapped in a heavy pashmina ! This scent is really mood lifting and soothing . I get compliments almost every time I wear this , this in itself is mood lifting 💖 October 13, 2020 at 5:03am

  • Marie: I’m based in Europe, but that’s a very generous offer for our US readers 🙂

    As to uplifting fragranges, I think there are three variations for me.

    1) Emotionally challenging: warm or oriental fragranges are my best friend, my favourite would be Hermes Ambre Narguile and Amouage Epic Woman

    2) Mentally challenging (stress at work etc): I prefer green scents that make me feel “sharp”, such as ELdO Rossy de Palma, Sycomore or Ormonde Woman

    3) Physically challenging (after a cold or migraine): Citrus scents like Heeley Note de Yuzu work wonders! October 13, 2020 at 7:11am

  • Jessica OMS : I had a friend once compliment me in Le Labo Rose 31- she said I smelled like a hug. Every time I wear it, I think of her and all the hugs we used to share pre-pandemic. At a time where we want to feel connected, it is a sweet memory.
    You may share my email. October 13, 2020 at 8:07am

  • Heather: Thank you for such a generous giveaway! When I want to have my spirits lifted, I always want to be outside in a lovely garden, so I veer towards fresh green scents. My favorite is Hermès Un Jardin Sur Le Toit. So fresh, it really transports me to another place! October 13, 2020 at 8:09am

    • Heather: And to answer your second question, of course you may use my email. Thanks again! October 14, 2020 at 8:06am

  • Sandra: 1. Songes when I want to feel like I am on a tropical vacation to relax my mood…

    2. Yes you can share my email October 13, 2020 at 10:15am

  • Elizabeth W: I still love Chanel Eau Fraiche. It’s bright and lovely. Yes, you may share. October 13, 2020 at 10:46am

  • h a: Thank you for the opportunity to win a bottle of Chanel Misia, this is very generous I think.

    1. During this very special year I rediscovered my love for one of the first perfumes I ever owned which is Paris by YSL (I prefer the eau de parfum). Paris accompanied me especially during quarantine and lifted my mood when I lost my job because my company immediately had economical struggles. For this reason I had a lot of time to stroll around at the beautiful park in my neighbourhood with my family surrounded by a lovely rosy cloud of Paris. Beautiful Paris lifted me up and supported me when I started searching for a new job. It embrassed me with all its rosy-powdery beauty when I reiceived first positive reply´s to my letters of application.

    2. Another fragrance that lifts my mood always is Coco by Chanel. Coco´s rich and sensual oriental beauty is like the most luxurious and expensive stole around my shoulders. It always reminds me of my inner strength. When I wear Coco I feel negative issues can´t touch me which I consider very uplifting

    You my share my mail with D. Best wishes H. October 13, 2020 at 11:41am

  • Lily: Hi D! What an amazing and generous offer!

    1. When I am having a hard time I tend to pick a scent based on how I am wanting to come through the mood/day. Am I looking for zen? Comfort/reassurance? Fire to Get Stuff Done?

    Zen – I tend to go for a spicy, incense, or dry sort of scent – terre d’hermes, pengaligon’s elixir are my choices there

    Comfort/reassurance – warm spicy offers me that. Hermès Galop, Burberry London for him, ELDO Noel au balcon, Serge Lutens fille en aiguilles

    Get stuff done mode is where I go for bright citrusy stuff for energy – Sud Magnolia by atelier colognes for me

    2. If I am the lucky one yes please!

    Good luck to D on her search and good luck to everyone! October 13, 2020 at 1:28pm

  • lylian yuen: 1.When I want to lift my mood, I sniff Devil’s Millhopper from Solstice Scents. I gravitate toward calming green scents for this purpose.

    2. Yes, you may use my email.

    Thank you! October 13, 2020 at 2:11pm

  • Stacey Shinkel: 1. Lately, Byredo Slow Dance. It’s so lovely and really lifts my spirits as of late.
    2. Yes of course, I hope you do! October 13, 2020 at 4:06pm

  • Heather Chase: When I need a mood-enhancer, I apply En Passant by Frederic Malle. It is so soft and fresh, like daffodils and the promise of spring. Yes, of course you may use my name: Heather Chase, and my email,

    Thank you for all your great assistance with choosing my fragrances and thrilling me with your reviews.
    Kind regards,
    Heather October 13, 2020 at 4:31pm

  • Theresa: Spraying on Chamade always makes me happy! Yes, you may contact me by email if I am so lucky as to win. Thank you for the chance! October 13, 2020 at 11:36pm

  • PJ: Thank you Dee for being so generous! when I am dealing with stressful times, my favorite and honestly, my favorite almost any time is In Love Again by Yves St. Laurent. I am a sucker for that grapefruit smell that for many people turns to cat pee but for me is heavenly! In all honesty I love many of Jean Claude Elena’s fragrances with a citrusy zing! Jour d’ Hermes, Terre d’Hermes, Bulgari au the vert, Lily prune sublime vanilla.
    Yes please contact me by email and please share with D. October 13, 2020 at 11:40pm

  • Nelle W,: When I need a mood brightener gravitate towards citrusy scents of mandarin, orange, orange blossom, they always brighten my mood. Specifically I reach for Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic it not the longest lasting but it gives me a lift.
    Feel free to use my email to contact me if I am the winner. October 14, 2020 at 12:13am

  • Klaas: Hey D., what a fantastic offer this is! I am in Europe so will not participate, but thank you anyways for your generosity! It is exactly what the world need now…….

    For me, when I am very stressed, no perfume will do, so I tend to not wear any fragrance when times are rotten. I go back to basic, so to speak. The scents that do lift my spirit in these particular times are quite mundane: the smell of a cup of tea, a squeezed lemon for a salad dressing, a spring of rosemary, onions frying in olive oil, cookies baking in the oven…..the smell of comfort food, basically ;-))

    If not, vetiver lifts my spirits like nothin else. There is something about the crisp, salty, grassy greenness of vetiver that makes me feel confident, happy and calm. There are lots of good vetiver scents on the market, but a few favorites are Guerlain Vetiver, Racine and La Route du Vetiver by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier, Hermes’ Vetiver Tonka, Sycomore from Chanel and Fat Electrician from Etat Libre d’ Orange. October 14, 2020 at 11:07am

  • Nancy Chan: Please don’t enter me into the draw, I am based in the UK. I have a bottle of Misia in my small collection, and absolutely love it!

    In challenging and stressful times Noa is my perfume of choice, as I find the scent soft and comforting. For uplifting perfumes, my favourite floral is Osmanthe Yunnan. Also citrus perfumes too, such as Caudalie’s Fleur de Vigne for its zesty and grassy green notes. October 14, 2020 at 3:27pm

  • MZ: The violet is by far my favourite perfume scent, and Misia att the top of my wish list, but alas, I live in Sweden. May whoever gets it get great enjoyment from this generous gift.

    My unexpected comfort blanket has been Xerjoff Casamorati Dolce Amalfi for several months now. To my great surprise it doesn’t contain any violets, and is way sweeter than I thought I could appreciate in a fragrance. I wasn’t even sure about it when I bought it – if it hadn’t been a small bottle at half the regular price, I wouldn’t have. But it was, and I did, and I’m so happy I did. It’s an comforting hug, and a cheerful pick-me-up, depending on what I need. It will be interesting learning it’s winter time behaviour, as it has been surprisingly wonderful during the summer, whereas I would have expected the sweetness to get a bit cloying during the warmer days. October 14, 2020 at 9:34pm

  • Juliana Z: Wonderful opportunity! Thank you! My mood enhancer was worn only yesterday and it ALWAYS is Chanel No 5 Eau Première. A perfect blend of citrus and floral, a gentle balm for hard times. October 15, 2020 at 3:16am

  • Eric Brandon: How generous! Thank you very much!

    To lift my mood, I always choose Epice Marine! That blast of spices always puts a smile on my face. I love light incenses as well.

    Thank you again, to and Victoria, you have my permission. October 15, 2020 at 10:34am

  • Fleurycat: D: Thank you for your delightfully generous offer! Misia has been on my wishlist for years. I tried a decant when it was first released and went through it very quickly. This would be a dream come true.

    I think all fragrance is mood enhancing, but for an uplifting fragrance my most recent and successful choice has been Lubin’s Epidor, which to me feels sunny, cheering, delicately sweet (not sugary or candied) a honeyed floral with an undercurrent of fruit, yet I would never have bought it based on the listed notes. I received a sample and when I tried it on it was like being swathed in the happiness of a suddenly sunny day. On me it is more of a skin scent, melding with my skin rather than having a separate perfume aura. I think it wears lightly, yet I always receive compliments when I wear it.

    For a quick uplift I have been enjoying Sylvaine Delacourte’s Ozkan which is described as a leathery orange blossom, but seems quite effervescent to me, with a spicy vibe that is reminiscent of sassafrass or Dr. Pepper/sweet cola(!) but more sophisticated.

    For comfort (especially at bedtime) I turn to L’Heure Bleue, or an incense fragrance like Jovoy La Liturgie des Heures, which is somewhat somber, but calming.

    For an everyday light and uplifting mood I frequently revisit a range of iris dominant scents: Olfactive Studio’s Lumiere Blanche (iris, cardamom, star anise) and Parfume d’Empire’s Equistrius (iris, white chocolate, rice). And then there is Hermes Hiris (rooty, powdery), Heeley Iris de Nuit (a slightly more floral iris), and Le Labo Iris 39, a favorite, which also lingers nicely on fabric…scarves, sweaters.

    For uplift with a punch or some extra jolt of confidence I may turn to spicy or peppery perfumes or perfumes with patchouli: Marni Rose, or the original Marni come to mind, or maybe the elegantly assertive leather of Cuir de Russie from Chanel!

    Someone mentioned vintage Opium, and I agree. I would also include a few of the early Opium flankers. It is a grand old comfort fragrance. Chanels Bois des Iles would serve a similar mood: Elegant, soft, spicy, calm and comforting.

    Thank you D and Victoria for the opportunity to win this prize! Permission for my email granted! October 15, 2020 at 3:27pm

  • John: Thanks for this generous offer…I’ll respectful sit this one out, being based in Canada. It is a great question though…Just now, I’m about two hours away from the end of a 14 hour workday (I teach at a boarding school) and am grateful for having recently refreshed myself with a dose of Habit Rouge, which never fails to improve my mood. The beginning is so beautiful the whole experience feels a little transgressive (I guess this is why they used to use that sales pitch saying it was for men who stole into their spouses’ Shalimar), then its continued metamorphosis into breezy roses, sports car leather, and incense settling into library dust entertains through its sheer finesse. Fo a purely physiological reaction, I take a dose of Caron Pour un Homme before bedtime, but Habit Rouge offers up the reliable-yet-delicate pleasure of a beautiful idea (one good for long working day… the horse has legs!) October 15, 2020 at 11:02pm

    • John Luna: I should also say: yes to Eau Sauvage. People lament the passing of the vintage, but I found the current version enchanting the first time I smelled it five or six years ago and have never found it other than compelling. I don’t wear it as a pick me up so much as to remember about beauty. Sometimes this means vexation or anxiety, but I’d much rather have the whole gamut of feelings than none at all. October 16, 2020 at 2:43am

  • Daniela Kostadinovska: Thank you so much for this generous offer; I enjoyed a small sample of Misia a year ago, and it’s been on top of my wishlist ever since.

    Chanel 5 L’eau has never failed to uplift my mood; it’s just a happy fragrance, day or night.

    Thank you again, and you do have my permission. October 16, 2020 at 12:45am

  • sara: 1. Timbuktu for when I need a boost in spirit. I am almost done with my bottle. These times require fragrant days.
    2. Thank you for the generous offer and yes, you have my permission. October 16, 2020 at 9:30am

  • Mare: I like to wear perfumes that do not jump “in my face” when I am feeling stressed. My perfume for those days are ones that “melt” into my skin and go into the background and settle on me, occasionally giving me little bursts of comfort from their smell.

    Three that come immediately into my mind are L’Artisan Mont de Narcisse, Annick Goutal Nuit Etoilee and believe it or not, Chanel No. 5 EDP.

    You have my permission for email. October 16, 2020 at 11:05am

  • Angeli Lally: What a generous giveaway D-so sorry that Misia didn’t work for you. 1. For calming I enjoy Chanel BDI, Coromandal & YSL Caftan. For uplifting CDG Daphne, Hermes Twilly & NR Narciso EDP. 2. Yes, you may contact me via my email as I do live in the US. Thank you for the opportunity! October 16, 2020 at 11:42am

  • Jeanine Bright: When I need a pick- me-up, I choose a Chanel 22. It’s old so the scent is very dense and long-lasting.
    It is not just because of the scent – it is what the scent means to me. I picked out my bottle at EPCOT in Disneyworld some years ago, and my mother bought it for me. When I wear this lovely powdery scent I am immediately transported to a March evening in Florida with my mom, who passed away a few years ago. It makes me happy and brings peace to me.
    And of course, Yes to #2.
    Thank you for your lovely blog – it always makes me think! October 16, 2020 at 2:20pm

  • Eva Mazza: Thank you for the generous giveaway! I have a sample of Misia and love it. If I want something to lift my spirits and I need comforting, I’d choose a perfume like Coromandel, Vol de Nuit or Sacrebleu. Something to lift me and help me focus would be along the lines of Le Cri, Chanel La Pausa, Iris silver Mist, Guerlain Pamplelune. To cheer me up, Jasmins Marzipane, Insolent, Drole de Rose, Ostara, Rogue’s Chypre Siam. And yes, you may email me. October 18, 2020 at 11:08pm

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