Parfums de Rosine Rose Griotte and Dior Sauvage Giveaway

Today have a generous giveaway courtesy of Bois de Jasmin’s reader Frank. He would like to give away two full bottles: Les Parfums de Rosine Rose Griotte 50ml (in box, sprayed once) and Dior Sauvage EDT 60ml (not in box, sprayed a few times). He can send his package anywhere, as long as the receiver assumes all responsibility for customs formalities.

Even if you aren’t interested in these perfumes, please help Frank with a very important task–what should he give his wife for Valentine’s Day? “She has many perfumes and she spends all of her time collecting more. I used to fight it, but now I myself have a collection that can rival Nordstrom’s. She loves woods, iris, orange blossom, and spices. She doesn’t like anything sweet. She likes tea and candles. I would like something unusual, but I’m out of ideas. Please help!”

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

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

1. What advice would you give to Frank? What perfume or scented gift would suit his wife’s tastes?
3. May I contact you via email to notify you of your win and share your email with Frank?

The contest is now closed. The winner is Therese. Congratulations! I will be in touch via email shortly.

I would like to thank our entire Bois de Jasmin community for your generosity and kindness, whether it means giveaways like this, advice or comments. 

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68 Comments

  • Cornelia Blimber: A trip together with you to a real good perfumdepartment in another city, discovering new perfumes (and buy one) and then a dinner in a good restaurant. She loves spices, so maybe Indian kitchen

    I am not in the contest, I have too much perfumes already!
    Have a nice Valentines Day! February 4, 2022 at 8:08am

  • Cornelia Blimber: Too many perfumes, I mean.

    Fragrant Valentine”s Day! February 4, 2022 at 8:27am

  • rosarita: Think is not the most original idea but what about some great body products? Chanel No 5 body cream and powder are classics (Chanel bath & body products are excellent.) Amouage also has great body products. Or maybe a different indie house like Hove Perfumery or Bourbon French, both in New Orleans with helpful websites to choose perfumes. I’ve never been unhappy purchasing from these.
    2. Yes, you have permission to contact me. Thanks Frank for your generosity! February 4, 2022 at 9:01am

  • Kathleen Smith: I love that both Frank and his wife adore and collect fragrance. Continue to support her pleasurable journey! I wonder if any of the fragrances from Maison Violet would suit Frank’s wife’s perfume preferences? Pourpre d’Automne came to mind when I read her love of wood and iris. Sketch perfume for the spice. The guys at Maison Violet brought back fragrances from the old house, very well done. Yes, email contact is fine. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Frank. February 4, 2022 at 9:15am

  • Sasha V: 1. Guerlain’s Iris Torrefie is an incredible newer iris, with hints of spiciness and an underlying coffee note. Really unique. I’d also recommend trying Kerosene’s Dirty Flower Factory, it has orange blossom and underlying spice and a little metallic edge that I interpret as akin to iris. Blind buys are risky, though! It might be a good gift to curate a plethora of samples and let her choose her favorite.

    2. Yes! February 4, 2022 at 9:18am

    • Elle: I would recommend getting her a year long samples membership at bloomperfume.com! Each month you receive an exciting pack of samples on a theme. My partner and I would make up detective games each month, testing each other on the notes we could sniff and whether we could match each one to its description. He is now equally obsessed with perfume and it was endless fun. She will also get a discount of any perfume she buys from the pack so it’s a gift that keeps on giving!! Alternatively, my brother bought me a ticket to make my own 75ml perfume at Experimental Perfume Club. It was wonderful. You get a beautiful little sample set before the half day course, and you then sniff twenty ingredients, identify three perfumes and learn how to make your own. Again, lovely for the curious mind! Good luck Frank! You may contact me February 8, 2022 at 1:03pm

  • Susan Jamison: My advice is to make her a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home to please the senses. Enjoy good smells and tastes! Dusita Splendiris is pretty if she doesn’t own it already. Yes, you may share my email! February 4, 2022 at 9:19am

  • marcy goldman: I would give her the honour of your time and visit the early morning flower markets of your city or arrange a tour of florists in your city with coffee and croissant at a café. Stroll through the blooms and then gift her once a month with a fresh bouquet, small or lavish and each unexpected along with a copy of The Complete Language of Flowers: A Definitive and Illustrated History. To this mini Valentine’s Day adventure tuck in perhaps a bottle of Labo’s Noir 29 or vintage Bylvari Green Tea. Oh and a tin of River Shannon Tea from Upton Tea Imports.

    Yes – I give permission to be contacted and thank him – plus Happy Valentine’s Day! February 4, 2022 at 9:20am

  • Patricia: Thank you Frank for your generous offer
    Your wife would appreciate any Jo Malone perfume…subtle yet tea compatible. A French bistro lunch with jasmine tea,a fruity wine and a small surprise : a sweet charm bracelet with love charms engraved with your special words.
    Yes you may contact my email.
    Happy Valentines Day you two! February 4, 2022 at 9:22am

  • Iuliana: 1. I will start with a couple of perfume suggestions, although she probably already has them: Artisan Parfumeur’s « Timbuktu » (Victoria, your review says it all) or «Coeur Vanille », Frederic Malle’s « Portrait of a Lady » (the occasion + « not sweet » made me think of it), Andy Tauer’s «Carillon pour un ange» (which I find exceptional in every way). One I tried on and plan on buying is Aesop’s « Marrakesh Intense » (if she likes cardamon), which brings me to the other suggestion: their excellent shower gels and body creams. I have tried and would recommend the Geranium Leaf Duet Bodycare gift set and the Resolute Hydrating Body Balm.
    2. You can certainly contact me – I am very intrigued by (and interested in) The Rose Griotte. Happy gift-hunting and all the best! February 4, 2022 at 9:22am

  • Megan: I am not entering the contest, but you might want to combine her love of perfume and tea by giving her some perfumed teas from a US independent fragrance house called Providence Perfume. I like the Violetta, but you can get a “flight” of many types for her to try:
    https://www.providenceperfume.com/collections/organic-perfumed-teas February 4, 2022 at 9:24am

    • Troy B: I think she would probably enjoy Ex Nihilo French Affair it’s a beautiful modern chypre.
      Yes you may contact and share my email with Frank.
      Thanks for the chance! February 4, 2022 at 11:20pm

  • Megan: I almost forgot: if you get her some tea and want to be extra, you can buy some lace sugar doilies. You put them on the tea to sweeten it, and they look really pretty in the cup. I use them when I want to feel fancy! I get mine from Etsy, but a Google search shows there are several options. Good luck! February 4, 2022 at 9:29am

  • BOND: Fleur d’Oranger de chez Fragonard February 4, 2022 at 9:34am

  • Yumeyorimo: 1. If she doesn’t already have it, you could try tracking down a vintage bottle of Tea for Two by L’Artisan, which has been discontinued: smokey, spicey, sweet tea with a vanilla base. Alternatively, what about a trip to an heirloom rose farm if there are any in travelling distance from where you live?

    2. Yes, you may contact me and share my email if my name is drawn. Thank you for your generosity Frank. February 4, 2022 at 9:35am

  • Tara C: I would recommend Parle-Moi de Parfum Orris Tattoo or Serge Lutens Bois de Violette, if he wants to buy a perfume. For commercial tea I would recommend Mariage Frères or Fortnum & Mason. There is a tea farm in Canada called Westholme Tea https://westholmetea.com/ that has lovely teas and handmade ceramics, I buy most of my tea there, they ship.
    You may contact me by email, I would love Rose Griotte. February 4, 2022 at 9:38am

  • Emily: Over the last year i’ve become obsessed with Burlap & Barrell spices. Sourced from smallholder farms all over the globe. As a lifelong food nerd I thought I knew good spices, but everything I’ve tried from them is several cuts above. Needless to say, it all smells extraordinary. Sometimes I leave the Wild Mountain Cumin (hand harvested in Afghanistan) by my desk to smell throughout the day. It’s so layered & rich & dense I still haven’t absorbed all its facets.

    The Zanzibar Black Peppercorns have changed our lives. I would try to describe how but we’d be here all day.

    For Valentine’s Day I cleverly gifted myself the Royal Cinnamon & a wild vanilla bean to make my own extract. The plan is to bake my husband the most magical Snickerdoodles ever. French butter, the works.

    They’ve got great little gift sets: https://www.burlapandbarrel.com/collections/gifts

    Could be fun? February 4, 2022 at 9:50am

    • Emily: You may of course contact me!

      But regardless, check out these spices. There’s a Cloud Forest Cardamom from Guatemala I haven’t tried yet that sounds like a dream.

      You can meet the farmer Don Amilcar here:
      https://vimeo.com/517757527 February 4, 2022 at 10:07am

  • Perfumelover67: Thank you, Frank and Victoria for such generous giveaway.

    1. Being an iris lover, I would suggest a gift basket with things like a Diptyque Iris scented candle; Rituals Orris Mimosa scented candles, fragrance sticks and car perfume; Molton Brown Suede Orris shower gel; L’ Erbolario Iris bar soap; La Florentina Iris Tuscan bar soap. How about a bottle of Iris Liquor or a big, beautiful iris bouquet. I don’t suggest any perfumes, since I am sure she owns many, but my all-time big favorites are Masque Milano L’Attesa and Serge Lutens Iris Silver Mist.

    2. Yes, I can be contacted via email. February 4, 2022 at 9:50am

  • Qwendy: I love the ideas of flowers and spices already put forward, along with a Cire Trudon candle, which are gorgeous with very original scents. Wishing you a lovely Valentine’s Day, which you have begun with generosity, a great start!

    I don’t need to be in the draw, thank you 💕 February 4, 2022 at 10:05am

  • Constancesuze: No need to enter me, but if she likes both tea and home scents, maybe matching incense and tea from Mariage Freres? February 4, 2022 at 10:08am

  • renate: Thank you Frank for your generosity and thank you Victoria for the wonderful blog.
    1) After so many beautiful ideas, my suggestion does not sound very original, but what about Five o’clock au gingembre by Serge Lutens. I like it very much and it fits the bill with wood and spices, even though the iris is missing. But then there is the bergamot, which goes with your wife’s love for tea.
    2) Victoria, you may contact me by email, and also give my email to Frank, if I should be lucky enough to win the giveaway. February 4, 2022 at 10:13am

  • Joan Dallos: Since she is a collector, she is probably aware of what’s new. Why not surprise her with an oldie, the timeless Old Spice? Bet she doesn’t have it!
    Yes, you may contact me and I would be pleased to win either fragrance on offer.
    Thank you. February 4, 2022 at 10:20am

  • Amy Caron: I think you should let her choose her own bottles but get her the real smells in nature to indulge in during this long winter.
    I love the spice recommendation above.
    I came to suggest working with your florist to get flowers that have a strong scent. Roses from the florist often lack real rose scent, but you could specify David Austin roses. Each variety has a different scent – some peachy, lemony, or true strong rose.
    Or special order tons of tuberose, jasmine, lilies … or have a gardenia corsage made to sit on her shoulder and make a bottled scent irrelevant.

    If you feel compelled to buy a scented item, I love my Tuberose Myrrhder candle from DS Durga. It’s got a huge tuberose scent which would be perfect with a big tuberose bouquet.

    I’d love to accept a bottle if you so choose. Enjoy the sweet holiday! February 4, 2022 at 10:37am

  • Cezarina: Interesting. I would let her experiment and buy and instead get a unique gift such as a trip to Osmoteque and In the form of “ I owe you” when you get to Paris. Or a sky diving class indoors. Osmanthe Yunnan by Hermes if you choose otherwise. In my opinion, habituation occurs when there is too much of a exposure to anything ( perfume, food, clothes etc). No need to enter me in the contest. February 4, 2022 at 10:44am

  • Karina: Please don’t include me in the draw – just sharing ideas!
    Some ideas came to mind:
    1. Random scent related products from Buly for example. They do scented matches, oils, soaps, creams and all sorts of weird and wonderful things one doesn’t buy for oneself (well… I don’t anyway)

    2. 12 months of … tea, perfume, candles. I’m small or larger quantities. Could also be ever two months.

    3. A blind perfume buying experience. You get lots of samples from somewhere like luckyscent or ausliebezumduft and number the samples. She can smell here way through, have fun guessing and at the end of it she could choose here bottle. And only then do you reveal the scent. The companies might even help you make a selection based on her preferences.

    4. Is she enjoys reading about perfume maybe a book like „From Plant so Essence“ or something else from Nez February 4, 2022 at 10:50am

  • Jamie: A few ideas…

    Maybe something that takes the senses in a different direction? I tend to think of colors linked to scents, so maybe a great fountain pen and stationary/journal that are a visual interpretation of some favorite scents.

    Similarly, a botanical print could work.

    Or, a food and wine pairing that is designed to really extract specific notes.

    Or, a massage with aromatic oils based around a mood or season.

    Good luck! February 4, 2022 at 11:21am

  • Tami: Not entering the draw but I would suggest looking into Diptyque’s The (tea) candle. Tea and spice. Sounds up her alley! And their candles are always an indulgence.

    Maybe accompany it with an indulgent tea like Mariage Freres, if you can find it. (Admittedly it’s an indulgence to me—hard to find and certainly pricier than my usual!)

    In any event, part of the fun is the hunt…. happy searching! February 4, 2022 at 11:23am

  • Ann: I would suggest purchasing a tin of hot cinnamin spice tea from Harney & Sons. It is blend of cinnamin, orange peel and cloves. The orange peel is beautifully pungent!
    Another suggestion is a blooming citrus plant such as calamondin orange. The fragrance of the blooms is heavenly!
    Victoria, you may contact me by email if I should be fortunate enough to win the giveaway! February 4, 2022 at 11:34am

  • Ann: What a lovely chance. Thank you Frank and Victoria.

    1. It’s nice to read about contemplation of a thoughtful gesture. Maybe Frank, you could go perfume shopping and knowing what she already has, you could smell irises and woods and spice scents and pick some thing that you like, that you also think she would like. People also talk about the “love languages”: acts of service, quality time, physical touch, gifts and words of affirmation. Maybe your wife would like to go out in public where others might be able to smell her perfume as well.

    2. I’m not sure where you are and if shipping is possible, but perhaps your wife would like Champagne de Bois from Sonoma Scent Studio, which is a sparkling interpretation of woods and spice.

    3. Yes February 4, 2022 at 11:37am

  • Dorothy Van Daele: Suggest Dryad by Papillon, not sweet at all. Because niche she may not have tried. No need to enter draw. February 4, 2022 at 1:38pm

  • Shirley: Hello! I love that Frank and his wife both share an interest and love in perfumes. Thank you Frank for the giveaway!

    For fragrances, has she tried any fragrances from Jscent? They are from Japan. Roasted Geeen Tea is beautiful scent. It’s a little unusual at first spray but the dry down… is so good. Molecule 01 + Iris is another one that immediately came to my mind. It’s one of my favorites. It stays close to the skin, it’s transparent and light. Another favorite is Arancia di Silicia from Perris Monte Carlo.

    For teas, I love Vahdam Teas. They have the best chai and black teas. I also love Tea Dealers – they’re based out of New York. They have a very good selection of teas from Japan, Korea and China. They’re matcha teas are my favorite. Also, Harney & Sons have very good teas. They all very beautiful gift sets.

    Hope this helps! Happy Valentine’s Day!

    PS Yes you may contact me. February 4, 2022 at 1:50pm

  • Joy: My thought would be to visit and walk through a winter blooming garden where one can find winter blooming shrubs such as Hamamelis, (witch hazel), daphne odora, and winter sweet. The fragrance of these plants on the clean winter air is truly wonderous. After your walk, visit a warm and cozy tea shop for scones and her favorite afternoon tea.
    Yes, you can contact me. February 4, 2022 at 2:15pm

  • Clemency: Thank you Frank and Victoria, what a beautiful offering.

    I would highly recommend Perfumer H, London. Their candles and perfumes are presented in beautiful hand blown glass bottles vessels / bottles and their Yorkshire Grey is a deliciously scented tea delicately infused with bergamot and mandarin, and makes a beautiful morning ritual. The ‘Woodland’ candle may appeal to your wife or ‘Orange Blossom’ with “…Orange flower absolute, neroli and orange fused with soft herbs of lavender and rosemary to delicately enliven the senses…”

    I also would recommend Hermes ‘Hiris’ fragrance… a beautiful soft watery iris, not too sweet, gently crisp and powdery, and delicately balanced with cedarwood, orange flower, and iris.

    And yes, you may contact me by email. Wishing you all the best for your olfactory selections for your wife. February 4, 2022 at 2:20pm

  • Marnie: It sounds like he’s a considerate, sweet, lovely man! He should take her out for a fun afternoon of shopping so she can choose her own tea and candles. For a perfume recommendation, I recommend vintage Fendi Donna from eBay. It’s my eternal favourite spice bomb and a rare find. Elegant and not like anything else. Discontinued so it’s rare.
    Yes please contact me by email. February 4, 2022 at 2:31pm

  • Colleen: Frank, I recommend Enchanted Forest the Vagabond Prince …it is magical. I hope you and your wife have a beautiful Valentine’s Day. Thank you for allowing the community to help you find a special gift!

    Yes you may contact me by email. February 4, 2022 at 2:42pm

  • Kimberley: Cire Trudon candles are the absolute best! And they are expensive enough they qualify as a special gift. The Odalisque scent is Orange Blossom with a woody base so it’s not too sweet.

    Thanks to both Frank and Victoria for the lovely contest! Please feel free to email me if I win 🙂 February 4, 2022 at 3:28pm

  • Aseel Alayli: Hi Frank, I have two suggestions: 1- Athalia EDP from Parfum de Marly (Top notes of bitter orange and incense, heart notes powdery iris and delicate orange blossom & base notes amber & white musk.) 2- Insolence EDP from Guerlain ( violet and iris , orange blossom with hints of berries).
    These are my two favorite perfumes as I love the same notes as your wife. And, my husband loves both perfumes on me- but he notices Athalia more and gives me more compliments on my scent when I am wearing it.
    My other suggestion would be to take your wife on a perfume smelling trip to a perfume shop with a nice collection of niche and brand perfumes which include the perfumes I suggested above. This way she can smell them and some more perfumes before she decides on what perfume she would like to add to her collection.Then, you make sure that she likes the perfume that you are buying her instead of regretting the blind buy. I hope this helps:)

    3- yes please feel free to contact me and share my email with Frank. February 4, 2022 at 3:51pm

  • Lora: Thank you for the opportunity!
    I would suggest checking out all of the options that are available for some discovery sets through Luckyscent. They have a massive amount of choices and give good descriptions of the fragrances so you can read about them and purchase a few for your wife to sample on skin. They also sell some very special teas!
    I hope you have a very special and memorable Valentine’s Day.
    You may email me too. February 4, 2022 at 4:21pm

  • Theresa: What a lovely ideas everyone has! I agree that the ideal present would be the gift of your time, in accompanying her to a perfume store to explore and possibly purchase – but in these times of pandemic, that may not be practicable. So how about sending away for a group of unusual samples from an online retailer such as LuckyScent or Portland Oregon’s Fumerie? they have indie perfumers – could be very interesting!

    Yes, of course you can contact me by email if I am so lucky as to win. Thank you for the opportunity, and fragrant greetings to you (to paraphrase Andy Tauer!) February 4, 2022 at 7:03pm

  • Amalia: I will suggest something different! A beautiful box/ container to keep and protect some or all of her fragrances! But more importantly, have a wonderful Valentine day! It’s so touching that so many friends of this site are doing their best to find the best perfume for Frank. I feel more optimistic about humanity! Please, Feel free to email me February 4, 2022 at 7:17pm

  • Nose Prose: Hello! I have read but not commented on Bois de Jasmin before and am not entering this particular giveaway, but I do have a suggestion for something unusual. The Smell Memory Kit developed by Sissel Tolaas gives you ampoules of an abstract smell that you cannot choose (so no guarantees that it will match any favorite notes), but the idea is that you can use it to make smell associations with new memories (such as a special Valentine’s Day). I just checked the Supersense store website and the starter kit is out of stock, but ampoules are available and you can pick the “category” of smell. No idea whether it will ship to you on time, though, so additional advice would be to ask earlier in advance of Valentine’s Day! 🙂 February 4, 2022 at 8:08pm

  • J. Stavrou: Give her some vintage Cabochard des Gres. It is very dry and definitely not sweet. Does it have to be perfume? Why not jewelry? You can email me. February 4, 2022 at 9:09pm

  • Fazal: 1. For spicy option, I would recommend Lancome Magie Noire. While some swear by vintage, I think Lancome has done a good job of retaining the vintage soul in modern formula (at least until 6-7 years ago since that is the latest batch I smelled). For iris, I would like to recommend Masque Milano L’Attesa. I think it is a beautiful buttery,yeasty composition and Masque was generous in its perfume budget for this composition.
    3. You may contact me by email and also feel free to share my info with Frank. February 4, 2022 at 10:16pm

  • Michele O. brown: Michele: Dear Victoria & Frank, Frank, may I suggest a delicious aroma, captured in a candle, for your Wife, by a company called ROOT Candles. It’s called “Tea Leaf and Honey?” Just go on line to Root.Com to find it. They are very quick to get your order to you.

    When I light this candle, I just stand and take in the aroma as it wraps around me like warm summer breezes caressing my arms and face. It really is that wonderful. The fragrance will fill the room in no time, yet not in an offensive way because it’s soft on the senses. Also, add with the candle, Simpson&Vails DragonWell Green Tea. It would top off the candle nicely. A delicious dinner, along w/champagne Would be a lovely ending to the evening.
    This is a very generous gift to offer others. Thank you for caring about people in what seems like to me a very selfish world.

    If, chosen, I’d like the Rose Griotte as I’m not a fan of Sauvage. May you and your wife enjoy a wonderful Valentine’s Day and evening.
    And yes, you may contact me by email. ❤️ February 5, 2022 at 12:04am

  • Fiona: As a special birthday treat I would try to locate a parfumeur who can create individual fragrances for clients. I would spend the time visiting that city and would make it a birthday to remember. I believe that there is an atelier for FL parfums.com in Zurich and another in New York. The beauty about finding your own perfect fragrance is that it will always be available. I would love to enter the competition! February 5, 2022 at 4:01am

  • Michelle Mayo: Hello there! What a wonderful idea! I would perhaps suggest Le Labo Thé Noir 29, so beautiful, crisp, clear and welcoming during these gloomy months. They also have a selection of oils, candles and body lotions to go with the fragrance or perhaps a mix and match if you feel daring! She might want to succumb to a Spa date where you could both enjoy the wonders of smell and relaxation! I’m happy for you to reach out via email. But most importantly I do wish you both a delightful birthday! Happy Saturday to this lovely community x February 5, 2022 at 4:03am

  • Christina Goebel: Thanks Victoria and Frank for this great idea.

    I’ve been taking notes of these fantastic suggestions! You guys are awesome!!!!

    I love the tea idea and I suggest a bouquet of tea: Kusmi’s Bouquet of Flowers N°108.
    https://www.kusmitea.com/us/bouquet-of-flowers-n108-organic-BOUQBIOMASTER.html?v=21671A1070
    Kusmi’s tea frgarance is phenomenal and I learned about it at Disney’s EPCOT Paris in Florida.

    Perfumistas need a place to store their perfumes. My husband recently bought me a mirror and cut glass perfume tray and was surprised it was put to use in 30 minutes! That was the fastest he’d ever seen me use a gift other than perfume.

    I spent some time thinking about your perfume dilemma. I thought maybe with her listing iris as a fave that she wants to have a nice little scent bubble around her and for you to enjoy her scent, so I am trying to suggest things that do this. Maybe you are seeking something new with solid accolades? Lancóme’s Idôle won the 2020 Fragrance Foundation’s Women’s Prestige Fragrance of the Year. To me, it smells like spring, and while iris isn’t listed as one of the main notes, it has a nice sillage. I was gifted Idôle and was just blown away the first time I smelled it. I just didnt expect it at all. I don’t suggest buying Lancôme online, though. They shipped some perfume to me late. They have a 25% off sale now online and maybe also in the stores?

    Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle Intense just came out, which I am getting a travel spray of this month. Coco Mademoiselle is not quite strong enough on me for the cool weather. It is a woody floral and has a nice sillage, which means it will spread around a bit like iris frgrances do. It is more modern with some patchouli in the base. This perfume leaves a glorious fragrance in the clothes.

    I just got Insolence EDP from Guerlain today in the mail. I read another person recommend it here!! It’s a beautiful violet perfume and a treat, but not truly a cold weather perfume if it is cold there for the holiday. Guerlain’s packaging was gorgeous (ribbons, tissues, and messages) and the samples were lovely. For free samples, they gave me two great skin products and Cruel Gardénia. Guerlain’s shipping was complimentary.

    If you’re in a cold area and you’ve hunted for a perfume with some heft, I suggest Acqua di Parma’s Magnolia Nobile https://www.acquadiparma.com/default/en/magnolia-nobile/MAGNOLIAEDPSPRAY.html
    This is a floral that won’t wither in the cold.
    Create an Acqua di Parma account and receive a Colonia shower gel 40 ml gift with your first purchase as a registered user, and also receive a complimentary pouch with Lily of the Valley and Oud & Spice miniatures on all orders for Valentine’s Day. They have complimentary shipping too. This is not a house to ignore for those whose skin drinks fragrance.

    Someone mentioned Serge Lutens’ Five O’Clock Au Gingembre and I love that fragrance!!! My husband loves it. We both wear it. But it’s not a blind buy. However, if you buy a decant, it would be something lovely for you two to explore. Mine is in the mail. ; ) February 5, 2022 at 4:03am

  • Alityke: One of Serge Lutens Rituel de Parfums in whichever she already has the EdP of in her collection.
    Or a collection of unusual teas from Mariage Freres or Fortnum & Mason
    Or the mini candle set from Boujee Bougies

    If my name is drawn I would like the Rose Griotte.
    Yes I would be happy for you to share my email with Frank for the purpose of this draw February 5, 2022 at 4:46am

  • Ali: Thanks for the lovely giveaway!

    1. For a perfume related treat, please try Iris Ukiyoe from Hermes! It’s a really lovely, delicate, and ethereal veil of scent. Or perhaps Chanel #5 Eau Premiere!

    For a tea related treat, perhaps a sampler set or a tea-based subscription box? I’m not sure where you are geographically, but a trip to a local tea shop (with tasting sessions!) would also be wonderful.

    2. Yes, please feel free to share my email with Frank. Thanks again for hosting this giveaway. February 5, 2022 at 5:23am

  • Marianne: Victoria thank you for introducing us to Frank. Frank, you are a true romantic in the best sense … generous, empathic and ardent!
    Many creative, enjoyable and heartfelt suggestions have been added by others, I’ve no more advice to add really.
    Regarding recommendations, I’d go for Cire Trudon’s Madeleine candle and Chanel no. 19 EDP. Both have iris within their composition, both are of impeccable quality in my view.
    I can’t resist suggesting another enduring favourite of mine, Sisley Eau du Soir. From the first spray I experienced at a Sisley counter years ago I’ve not found any more beautiful. Radiant.
    Thanks also for the chance to enter the draw, delighted to be emailed. February 5, 2022 at 5:36am

  • Henry Lightfoot: your wife would enjoy La Pausa by Chanel. Not only is it unusual, it has no sweetness and instead has a combination of iris and orris root that rivals even the sharpest of razors. it’s one to love, and simultaneously be a bit scared by!

    and yes, you are okay to contact me if i win 🙂 February 5, 2022 at 8:22am

  • OnWingsofSaffron: Hello Frank, and thanks for your generosity!
    Diptyques “Fleur de peau” with musk, iris, ambrette, pink peppercorns. It is not at all sweet!
    I have the body balm which is quite wonderful and lust for the eau de perfume. There seems the be more too, an hand cream I believe.
    I’d love to take part in the draw and certainly consent to being contacted. However, if it is permissible: only the griotte cherry perfume. Thank you! February 5, 2022 at 8:26am

  • Therese: Hi Frank and Victoria, thank you for a generous giveaway! I love how you want to surprise your wife and I ’ve been taking notes of these suggestions for my sister. She’s an even bigger perfumehead than I am!
    My idea may not be original, but scented body products are also a big hit with my friends. You must know her favorite perfume so get matching products. Or you can buy her a set of scented candles from a good brand like Diptyque. Another idea is to get her a kit meant for the students of wine. It’s a fun way to learn notes and you two can use it together.
    Yes, I consent to being contacted! February 5, 2022 at 8:50am

  • Nancy A.: Kilian’s Angel Share that you can place wherever
    You both want to be kissed followed by vows of passionate love 365 days thereafter.
    Tea for two consider Mariage Freres or better yet a cocktail with St.Germaine.
    Esteban Paris incense or oils to permeate the boudoir. February 5, 2022 at 12:32pm

  • Aki: Hi,
    I have recently read about the natural perfumes at Ryoko: https://www.ryoko-online.com/perfume.
    Thé Voyage de Senteur (herbal, earthy, woody with some spice) might please Frank’s wife.
    She is based in Berlin and sells online.
    Sadly I haven’t tried it but maybe someone here has?
    I don’t mind being contacted by email.
    Best, and Happy Valentine’s Day! February 5, 2022 at 8:56pm

  • Rickyrebarco: I would recommend diptyque Fleur de Peau if Frank’s wife doesn’t have that fragrance yet. Yes, you may contact me via email if I am a winner. February 5, 2022 at 10:07pm

  • Iolanda: 1) I would suggest you a perfume that I discovered some months ago, Memoire d’une odeur, because it’s rich of woody notes (it includes also jasmine and chamomile notes), for the beauty of its vibrant green bottle and more for the meaning of the name: You could prepare a box in which you put something that reminds you some special moments of your relationship. For me would be vanilla (for the cakes), tea (for our winter afternoons together), pine needles (for our hikings) and …i need to think about.
    Happy Valentine’s day and good luck. Let us know!
    2) you may contact me via email.
    Thank you. February 6, 2022 at 4:28pm

  • Laurian Greenstein: all my favourite essences too. after a long and large journey of collecting these are solid winners
    1)vintage narcissus noir-Caron
    2)extrait de cologne-neroli facetie-roget and gallet inexpensive,honest,beautiful and most used ..never tire of this one
    3)ambre de merveilles-hermès
    4)iris silver mist
    5)Commes de garçon have a lot of really interesting woody perfumes to explore. 2 ( in the silver bottle)is a great woody fragrance but may be a bit to sweet
    thank you so much for your kind and generous offer for rose giotte
    u may contact via email …
    with gratitude
    happy Monday everybody February 6, 2022 at 9:28pm

  • Ewan: Not too experienced in perfumes but I can recommend a tea:

    Tianzi Jin Mao Hu February 7, 2022 at 4:47am

  • Rur: How about some nice long hot bath made out of lady grey tea, slices of blood orange and star anise and perhaps, cinnamon? Light some Philosykos candles and share your fantasies. Have a silk robe and silk blindfold ready for a game afterwards – guessing game that involves Mitsouko in. Have fun on your Valentine’s night. February 8, 2022 at 7:39am

  • Deepak Badhwar: get her pure sandalwood, make saffron kahwa for her to drink, bring her to India and soak in smells, sounds and tastes. Purchase pure handspun pashmina dyed in pure kashmiri saffron, anoint her in pure sandalwood, turmeric and besan paste before a luxury bath with water sprinkled with rosewater February 8, 2022 at 8:24am

  • Astika: Hi Frank and Victoria, greeting from Indonesia. Happy Valentine’s day.
    Since your wife loves to collect and already has a huge collection of perfume, why don’t you buy her a some kind of special cupboard to display her perfume collection. Something to make the perfume collection placed in beautifully and orderly maner. It doesn’t have to be contemporary, buat vintage one will do.
    PS. You may share and contact me via email February 8, 2022 at 8:34am

  • Silke: 1. Does your wife already possess ‘Nahema’ by Guerlain? A goldstandard rose perfume! And perhaps a fitting rose tea?
    2. Yes, you may contact me via E-Mail 🙂 February 9, 2022 at 8:16am

  • Nadja: It sounds like her perfume collection is already quite robust! Perhaps she would enjoy the book Edible Flowers: How, Why, and When We Eat Flowers by Monica Nelson?

    Thank you for your generosity. You may contact me via email. And I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! February 9, 2022 at 9:26pm

  • WARA: I was very worried about Victoria because I think her family must be in Ukraine….🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽PEACE WISHES!!! I am not interested in the generous gift…but would like to suggest to Frank a trip to Muscat, Oman for his wife and him. Not sure where they are located, but here in the US, Oman is one of the countries in the “danger” zone for the virus. Good friends of mine live there and there are a lot of prevention strategies in place (masks, vaccines, social distancing, sanitation) They have a universal health system which is excellent. Muscat is the perfume capital of the Middle East and it is a dream of mine to visit…imagine being in a city with more perfumes and colognes, incense and perfumed candles than you have seen in all your life!!! Happy Valentines to you and your wife. Love and Light to Victoria! February 10, 2022 at 8:49pm

  • WARA: I was very worried about Victoria because I think her family must be in Ukraine….🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽PEACE WISHES!!! I am not interested in the generous gift…but would like to suggest to Frank a trip to Muscat, Oman for his wife and him. Not sure where they are located, but here in the US, Oman is one of the countries in the “danger” zone for the virus. Good friends of mine live there and there are a lot of prevention strategies in place (masks, vaccines, social distancing, sanitation) They have a universal health system which is excellent. Muscat is the perfume capital of the Middle East and it is a dream of mine to visit…imagine being in a city with more perfumes and colognes, incense and perfumed candles than you have seen in all your life!!! Happy Valentines to you and your wife. February 10, 2022 at 8:51pm

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