Rebuilding Ukraine Fundraiser

In one year of war, Ukraine has experienced widespread destruction. Many of its cities and villages have been so savagely bombarded by Russia that the familiar landmarks of these places are gone. People lost their homes and their familiar places. Many people also lost their lives during the carnage. For the past few months I’ve been collaborating with Thought Group Chile, a group of architects working to rebuild Ukraine. Cristián Wittig is the director of the group and he is working tirelessly to rebuild Ukrainian cities, particularly Irpin and Chernihiv, the places that suffered the most severe devastation.

Based in Chile, Cristián and his group traveled in Ukraine and are familiar with its realities and its needs. The learnings from his project in Ukraine are vital for other places affected by war or natural disasters. Talking to Cristián, I’ve been appreciating even more how important is the design of public spaces in order to create a feeling of community. Also, how essential it is to choose materials carefully. Part of the reason the destruction has been so severe in Ukraine is the ubiquity of light, unstable constructions on poor foundations.

To help Thought Group Chile, I turn to you and offer this fundraiser. I propose donating to Thought Group Chile, any amount you wish, and in return, you will be entered into a contest for the original-formulation Chanel 28, La Pausa, 200ml/6.8oz. I absolutely love this perfume and I find the original formula to be exceptional, but I’m delighted to contribute this precious item from my collection towards a good cause. The bottle is almost full, as you can see in the photo, and it comes in its original box. I can ship anywhere in the world.

There will also be other prizes including vintage Coty Chypre (please check after the break.)

If you have a bottle of perfume that you would like to contribute for this fundraiser, please contact me. Please let me know the size, condition and where in the world you would be willing to mail it to the eventual winners.

How the contest works: donate any amount you want to donating to Thought Group Chile, email me (boisdejasmin at yahoo dot com) the donation receipt, and you will receive a confirmation from me that you’re entered into the contest.

How the winners will be selected? Randomly.

The contest will run till March 20th. Thank you for participating!

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

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Extra 30+ prizes

Prize 2 L’Artisan Perfumer Mimosa Pour Moi (courtesy of Annie)
a full bottle of this discontinued perfume in its box, without cellophane, but unused.

Prize 3 Guerlain Shalimar (courtesy of Marc K)
Guerlain Shalimar EDT, 30 ml, in box, brand new

Prize 4 a refill bottle of Hermès Jour d’Hermès (courtesy of Perfumelover67)
125ml in its original box that is more than half full

Prize 5 Chanel, Neela Vermeire, Hermès (courtesy of Andrea)
Chanel No5 L’Eau 50ml (minus a few spritzes)
Neela Vermeire Mohur EdP o.5 fl.oz( brand new)
Hermès Concentre d’orange verte 0.5 fl.oz (minus a few spitzes)

Prize 6 Serge Lutens La Vierge de Fer (courtesy of Ursula)
a full bottle, boxed

Prize 7 vintage Coty Chypre (courtesy of Vincent)
a rare gem, 1.75oz, almost full, boxed

Prize 8 Gallivant, a perfume of your choice (courtesy of Gallivant)
the winner picks a brand new bottle of perfume of their choice

Prize 9 Shalini Iris Lumière (courtesy of Shalini)
a brand new bottle directly from Shalini

Prize 10 Penhaligon’s Ostara (courtesy of Hamamelis)
a full bottle of (discontinued) Ostara, Penhaligon’s, brand new, in its lovely original box and cellophane.

Prize 11 Mizensir, Hermès, Aedes de Venustas (courtesy of rainboweyes)
Mizensir Tender Oud (full, in original box)
Hermès Osmanthe Yunnan (almost full, in original box)
Aedes de Venustas Iris Nazarena (used a few times only, in original box)

Prize 12 Dior Bois d’Argent (courtesy of Amy)
A new, sprayed once or twice, 1.3oz bottle including box

Prize 13 Hermès Eau des Merveilles Bleue (courtesy of Adriana)
50ml, in its box, missing 2-3 sprays.

Prize 14 Parfums Dusita Montri (courtesy of Parfums Dusita)
A brand new 50ml bottle of Montri

Prize 15 Chanel No 19 EDP and Guerlain Mitsouko EDT (courtesy of Lauren)
Sprayed once, 50ml, boxed. Mitsouko is from the 1980s, almost full.

Prize 16 Manos Gerakinis Rose Poetique (courtesy of Manos Gerakinis)
The founder of the eponymous Greek brand would love to offer a 100ml bottle of his Rose Poetique perfume.

Prize 17 Papillon Salome and Yves Saint Laurent Libre Le Parfum (courtesy of Leslie)
Papillon Salome 1.7 oz new in box and Yves Saint Laurent Libre Le Parfum 1 oz new in box

Prize 18 Andy Tauer Au Coeur Du Desert and Chanel no. 19 (courtesy of Leslie)
Andy Tauer Au Coeur Du Desert 1.7 oz new in box and Chanel no. 19 3.4 oz new in box

Prize 19 Original Victoria by Victoria’s Secret and Areej Le Dore War and Peace II (courtesy of Leslie)
Original Victoria by Victoria’s Secret 1.7 oz new in box (discontinued) and Areej Le Dore War and Peace II 90% full (discontinued)

Prize 20 Areej Le Dore Agar de Oud and Areej Le Dore Siberian Summer (courtesy of Leslie)
Areej Le Dore Agar de Oud full but not in box (discontinued) and Areej Le Dore Siberian Summer full but not in box (discontinued)

Prize 21 Areej Le Dore Grandenia and Areej le Dore Malik Al Taif (courtesy of Leslie)
Areej Le Dore Grandenia full but not in box (discontinued) and Areej le Dore Malik Al Taif 90% full but not in box (discontinued)

Prize 22 Strangelove NYC Fall Into Stars and Nez 1+1 Adorem (courtesy of Melissa)
a 15 ml bottle of Strangelove NYC Fall Into Stars (90% full, with box) and a 15 ml bottle of Nez 1+1 Adorem (sprayed once, with box).

Prize 23 Miller Harris Etui Noir (courtesy of Marianne)
a 100ml bottle of Miller Harris Etui Noir, only tested once, virtually full.

Prize 24 The Different Company Une Nuit Magnetique(courtesy of Leslie)
Une Nuit Magnetique, The Different Company, 3.4 oz, almost full, not in box

Prize 25 Amber Khandjar, Une Nuit A Oman and Slowdive, Hiram Green(courtesy of Leslie)
Amber Khandjar, Une Nuit A Oman, 1.7 oz, 80% full, not in box
Slowdive, Hiram Green, 1.7 oz, full, not in box

Prize 26 Nomad Absolue de Parfum, Chloe and Tauer, L’air du Desert Marocain(courtesy of Leslie)
Nomad Absolue de Parfum, Chloe, 1 oz, full, not in box
Tauer, L’air du Desert Marocain, 1.7 oz, 90% full, not in box

Prize 28 Parfum d’Empire Le Cri 50 ml (courtesy of Andrea)
Boxed and minus a few spritzes

Prize 29 Diptyque Eau Rose EdT 20 ml (courtesy of Andrea)
Brand new and unopened

Prize 30 Guerlain Après L’Ondée EdT 100 ml (courtesy of Andrea)
Boxed and about 3/4 full

Prize 31 Atelier Cologne Patchouli Riviera (courtesy of Monica)
A 30 ml bottle, sprayed only twice. No box.

Prize 32 Strange Invisible Perfumes Moon Garden Pure Perfume (courtesy of Monica)
7.4ml, which is about 85% full.

Prize 33 Air & Weather’s Linden (courtesy of Julia)
10 mL of Air & Weather’s Linden.

Prize 34 Ormonde Jayne Taif Eau de Parfum (courtesy of Natasha)
a nearby full bottle (sprayed only a couple of times) of Ormonde Jayne Taif Eau de Parfum, no box.



  • Notturno7: Oh dear Victoria, this is wonderful. I’ll donate today after work.
    What a lovely chance to do something good and have a chance to be rewarded with an excellent perfume. We, your readers are lucky.
    Also maybe one day I’ll be brave to add my website here when writing comments! We shall see 🙄😁 February 20, 2023 at 3:18pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much!
      And please feel free to share your website with us. February 21, 2023 at 3:05am Reply

  • AndreaR: Thank you for keeping your readers aware of the devastating situation in Ukraine and providing opportunities for us to help. February 20, 2023 at 5:46pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much for your generosity, Andrea! February 21, 2023 at 3:05am Reply

  • Bregje: Love it!
    What a wonderful initiative.
    I think poor construction might be the case in Turkey as well. February 20, 2023 at 9:15pm Reply

    • Victoria: Yes, that was also the case in Turkey. Unfortunately, the building codes were not followed in many places. February 21, 2023 at 3:04am Reply

  • Tiffanie: Thank you, Victoria, for making this happen. I will donate with my young friends in my mind and heart. They are Solomiia, Valeriia, Ihor, Vladyslav, Daryna, and Nika. February 22, 2023 at 9:07pm Reply

  • rainboweyes: This is a wonderful idea, dear Victoria, thank you. I made a donation yesterday. I also have some perfume bottles to donate and will contact you later. I’d love to visit Ukraine one day when this terrible war is over… February 23, 2023 at 2:22am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your generosity! March 9, 2023 at 1:44am Reply

  • Wara: Dearest Victoria, wanted to wish you light and love for International Women’s Day….you are the light for all of us!!!! This is an excellent way to contribute!!!! However, I am old school and do not use the internet for monetary transactions. Please let me know how I can contribute non digitally. Muchas gracias!!!❤️💐 March 8, 2023 at 6:37pm Reply

    • Victoria: Short of going to Chile and delivering money to the group, I’m not sure what you can do non-digitally. March 9, 2023 at 1:45am Reply

      • Wara: Thank you!!!! I have friends and family that live in Chile, they will help me. I just want to contribute, I am not interested in participating in the contest. SLAVA UKRAINI💙💛💙💛 March 9, 2023 at 10:04am Reply

  • Notturno7: Dear Victoria, I’ve been forwarding this to friends.. hope more contributions follow. 💜🙏 March 22, 2023 at 8:49pm Reply

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