Bottle Of The Month – January And February And A Giveaway

My resolution for the coming year in fragrance is that I am allowed to purchase one bottle a month, and only one I had a crush on for more than a month. In this series of monthly posts, I will proudly present that bottle.

The month of January saw the advent of a new bottle I had been craving for quite some time – Armani Privé La Femme Bleue.

For February I was planning on adding Chanel Coromandel to my collection, but a friend (Thank you, E.!) generously sent me a decant so that purchase was pushed back. Instead I got lucky and found a full bottle of Hermès Santal Massoia, the newest Hermessence on eBay, I pounced and a few days later my big and beautifully greige bottle arrived from France.

I need to learn to make better photos though… please try to ignore all the fingerprints, I didn’t have the chance to do them over.

I’m happy with Santal Massoia, it has a back to the roots feel for me, since Ellena and his creations were my first love and a huge part of my way into Perfumeland. Also it is a wonderful perfume for sick days, of which we had many in the past weeks.

The next months are already filled with ideas for my next additions to my collection. We’ll see what March has in store soon… :)

And now for the Giveaway:
I will pick one lucky reader to win samples of La Femme Bleue (1ml) and Santal Massoia (5ml). The winner will be drawn among the commenters, who let me know what would be the perfume of your dreams and why.
Comments are open until Wednesday, February 29 midnight and the winner will be announced on March 1.
Good luck!

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135 Responses to Bottle Of The Month – January And February And A Giveaway

  1. Linda says:

    Oh! My dream perfume would be a sultry amber/vanilla with a garam masala and ginger top note. Color me foodie, I guess. Or iris with plum and violet.

  2. Alexis says:

    Ooh this is a tough question to answer. Lately, I’m drawn to fragrance based on moods. I can’t truly describe what my dream scent would be – I would say it would be an amber or musk that had vanilla and some coconut notes involved. I will say that it would be light meaning it would be meant to be smelled by someone that is super close to you. But if I want something fruity I would automatically go with something that had a plum note.

  3. asali says:

    Birgit, I’m so looking forward to hearing about your purchases, it’s a bit like lists and your beautiful ‘wardrobe’ photos, one can almost imagine being there:-)
    As for dream perfume; absolutely femme bleue. Why? Because I sprayed in Paris on my self and on a blotter envelope, and the envelope
    still smells divine, I’m kicking myself
    for not throwing caution to the wind.
    and buying that bottle.

    • asali says:

      WWordPress wouldn’t let me continue on my phone so I’ll continue here:-) a very vintage vol de nuit extrait, would be another dream bottle, because I love the stuff, and am utterly curious as to what vintage plus would have smelled like. Thanks for continuing to share all your fragrant thoughts with us.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I wish you would be here, we’d have a lovely day spritzing away.
      Without wanting to throw oil into the flames or salt in wounds or whatever metaphor seems fitting – I can picture you in LFB especially well, it’s very you. :)

      • Asali says:

        Oh that I wish too, such fun we would have. It’s no salt in any wounds, I’m very happy you got a bottle, then it seems to be in the family:-)
        Congrats on both your purchases.
        And about VdN, I shouldn’t be greedy really, I do have some eighties extract, but I was thinking something VERY old (a decade I have lived through doesn’t really seem to qualify ;-)), and a lot of it, that one wouldn’t need to be afraid to apply the precious drops or give them away to fellow perfumistas. Oh, I know these are greedy thought indeed…

  4. susan says:

    Perfume of my dreams? Oh gosh. Right now I’m most wanting a bottle of Tableau de Parfums Miriam.

    However, if we’re going to talk about really out there fantasy perfumes to put on display, maybe that new Tokyo Sky Tree perfume that is like $700. Or a Grossmith. In a Baccarat bottle. Even if it smells so-so. Just because.

  5. Philipp says:

    Every since I started loving and buying fragrances, I limit my purchases to one full bottle per month. I think that is perfectly reasonable, because I don’t have unlimited funds and because I don’t want to amass too many albatrosses.

    Regarding the dream perfume: if I could have a scent created according to my wishes, it would be a pear-iris accord on a salty-buttery vetiver-suede base. It is the combination of my favourite notes and I am sure a good nose could make it work.

    Otherwise I would be happy with the largest bottle of Chanel’s La Pausa so that I could re-apply the scent every two hours.

  6. civava says:

    I still crave for Guerlain’s Spirituese Double Vanilla.

  7. civava says:

    I just like the confort of this perfume and a good mood it gives me when I apply it. It makes me happy.

  8. Alexandra says:

    For my dream perfume I would love to see a deep green woods take on violets, something a little dark and unexpected. I love violets but it would be good to see them in a slightly less ‘pretty’ composition.

    As for things that already exist: an original blue glass bottle of Guet-Apens would fit really nicely into my life! 

    You are so lovely to part with even a drop of your “precious”!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, beautiful… I haven’t tried SSS Wood Violet yet, but somehow your description makes me think of it. Have you tried it?

      And Guet-Apens, yes, I’d take that too. :)

  9. florence says:

    The perfume of my dreams? hum……since I’ve joined the world of real lovers of scents, I realize my heart reaches your tastes and feelings…..A connection through borders, a perfume of dreams is the one which creates warmth, breath of happiness when you open the bottle and becomes the beginning of memories, sad or happy, and which can establish a kind of relationship between people. The perfume of my dreams? its juice would be golden, with amber, vanilla, sandalwood, incense, smoky, woody. its goal: to make me fly far from our small world to see farther…….to forget the present to dream about a light future..Perfume is a juice, bottle, and a “magic potion”!

  10. Ines says:

    Hmm, perfume of my dreams? I don’t know, I find this quite a difficult question (you’re known for those). ;)
    I don’t think I smelled a perfume of my dreams, but I’m guessing vintage Shalimar might be very close to it. :)

  11. Vanessa says:

    I am so happy for you and your bottle of Santal Massoia! What a fine calibre of Ebay you have round your way!

    My dream perfume is a heartbreaking oriental with a warm powdery base of amber and vanilla, a bright shot of ylang-ylang in there, some iris to cool it down…okay, Plus Que Jamais basically. : – (

  12. Bellatrix says:

    If you would ask me same question after 6 months, I would probably answer differently…
    But for now, my dreamy perfume would be something like Sensi… with a bit stronger oriental touch…

  13. deeHowe says:

    Beautiful bottles B!

    My dream perfume… Hmmm. Well, for real perfume, I think I’ll name Amouage Homage, which is fortunately in my Buy List (which I need to write down somewhere), and I will probably own within a year ;)

    But for my fragrant fantasy? I dream of a bespoke scent made by Sonoma Scent Studio, complete with a trip to Healdsburg, CA! Maybe someday…

    Fun post!!

  14. This IS hard. Right now, my dream perfume basically consists of something that smells just like Armani Prive Bois d’Enscens. I’d love it to be in a bottle kind of like the first one in your post above, but with a black stone. And I’d adore for it to not be upwards of $300 on eBay. ;)

  15. rosarita says:

    I am fairly new to your blog and have commented on my dream perfume on other blogs, so sorry for the repeat but no one has created it yet: the seasonal cycle of a maple tree. It starts with the green sap & smell of the seeds, with a fleeting whiff of immortelle for the syrup (I’m not a big fan of sweet), the tangy scent of the dry leaves, with the smoky scent of burning leaves in the drydown. Ahhhhh. :) Thanks for the draw!

  16. Sara says:

    My dream scent is a powdery/leather/woods thing. I think the description would be powdered woman riding a horse through the woods in winter, past a cottage spouting wisps of smoke from the snowy chimney.
    Oh, and my husband would have to actually like it. THAT’S the dream part!

  17. ElizabethW says:

    The dream perfume is always the one I do not have! It is just out of reach… It would definitely have Mysore sandalwood in it, though, and a touch of aged patchouli. If I ever do capture the dream perfume, it will be something I never expected–like falling in love.

  18. karen says:

    I’m really just in the beginning of the fragrance obsession and am still learning what I like and how to describe it. Right now the top of my to-buy list is Kelly Caleche EDP. I fell in love with the sample I have of it.

  19. Kaia says:

    Perfume of my dreams? something feminine, evocative, mysterious…along MdO Amyitis and Puredistance lines..

  20. Alnysie says:

    As the others said: hard question! Actually I’d love a bottle of Vol de Nuit just so I could display it, it’s so beautiful — so of course it’d have to be empty! As for the juice, in the past year I’ve been looking for the perfect green that would completely encapsulate a day out with cut grass, garden leaves, maybe wet earth, and felt that none of the ones I tested were green enough, crisp enough, or “literal” enough. So I’m still looking, although I can now better appreciate the more “metaphorical” greens out there. I think now I’m starting quests for the perfect leather-tobacco, the perfect violet and the perfect rose. The violet search started with my sample of vintage Caron Violette précieuse, and maybe I should start there, it was extremely beautiful. I just don’t know where to look. As for the rose (and I’m not a rose lover), FM Une Rose seemed like a good place to start when I sniffed it on paper last week! :)

    Your resolution is a very good one — I should try to do that! (I bought two bottles this month, but I can’t feel too guilty, it’s the lovely En Passant that I’ve been lemming since this summer, as well as the amazing Do Son, the fragrance that made me like tuberose.) But I’d probably make it bad by buying a ton of samples to compensate… :)

  21. Nana says:

    B, what a great way of building up a collection! Love the Hermes bottle cap particularly the greige part! My dream ‘parfums’, I have more than one right
    now. Right this moment it would be the Guerlain l’heure bleue in extrait but made in a crystal bottle that has a tanzanite encrusted on the cap. I am also dying to smell la femme bleue, given the review you had on it and the beautiful bottle, I know that I will most likely love it !

    Thanks for making these comments interesting and fun…

  22. Cheesegan says:

    The perfume of me dreams now is a large bottle of 60′s Cabochard parfum. My dreams are fairly simple.

  23. DRTVrMoi says:

    In NYC this past weekend, I was fortunate enough to sample By Killian’s Amber Oud. Simply perfection. I’d love to add it to my collection but it’s beyond my reach,

  24. Lyubov says:

    Congrats on your new bottles, B.! Pure elegance and simplicity!
    And the question – oh, so difficult to answer if it comes down only to one fragrance…However, the first two places in my wish list this season are for Armani Prive Cologne Eclat de Jasmin and L’Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses (seems like something floral knocked my nose off ;0)).
    But if you ask about a dreamy composition – that’s something that I would speculate gladly and instantly over (all of the following notes are my favorite in perfumes):
    top notes – bergamot peel, grapefruit juice, artemisia (but in a herbal outcome, not a liqueur), cardamom (Earl Grey tea association)
    heart notes – rose petals, violet petals, amaretto, yunnan tea leaves, iris butter
    base notes – fig bark and leaves, patchouli, vetyver, white musk and dark amber.
    I love more than these notes in a perfume – cinnamon, coffee, cocoa, baby powder, raspberry, orange blossom, leather (especially suede), carnation, labdanum, gerranium, blackberry, aoud, incense and even gardenia, but they don’t feel like right to fit the whole combo…
    Even if I don’t get the samples, I am glad you challenged my mind. I always wonder about what I would put or take out of some perfumes, but never ended up with a complete pyramid!

  25. lady jane grey says:

    Dearest B., sometimes you & me, we have the same cravings… So I was the happiest on earth to be able to share LFB with you – many many thanks for that. And I just won a carded sample of Santal Massoia on eBay – after being influenced by you. And I’m dreaming about a full bottle of an Exclusif (the question is : Bel Respiro, or Bois des Iles ? )

    • Olfactoria says:

      The answer is clear here: both! :D
      They fulfill two entirely different needs, so there can’t be a decision between them.
      I face the same dilemma, on my Exclusifs list are 28 La Pausa, 31RC, Coromandel and Bois des Iles. Not all this year though…
      (There is a Bois des Iles overlap on our lists – that is something to think about… ;) )

  26. AubreyZ says:

    My perfume dream recently came true when my husband bought me a FULL BOTTLE of Cuir de Russie for Xmas. I feel a kinship (yes, KINSHIP) with this perfume. I also have a terrible hankering for a full bottle of Rose Ikebana, as I am quickly using up my travel spray. I love your Santal bottle, btw. :) I haven’t tried that one yet and am therefore hoping that I win. So far, I don’t think that I’ve found an Hermes perfume that I haven’t loved. Thanks for the draw! And I’m loving your photos lately.

  27. Sean says:

    A more dense, longer lasting Terre d’Hermes might be my dream fragrance and I want to try Santal Massoia. I love Lutens Iris Silver Mist, so Bleue sounds like it might also be a winner.

  28. Irina says:

    2012 looks splendid for you, perfumewise- hope you’ll surprise us every month with such beauties
    I dream of a perfume that will enable me to transcede the moment- I know it would be balsamic and full of iris- I very much hope I’ll have the chance to meet it and that I’ll be wise enough ( inspired?..) to recognize it at first sniff
    many thanks for the draw

    • Olfactoria says:

      It does indeed, thank you Irina!

      That is a good point – the ability to immediately recognize your dream perfume. I’m ashamed to say I’m not at all sure I would, experience has taught me that the great loves that stay with me, were most often not love at first sniff.

      • Irina says:

        Yes, I know what you mean, of course
        I myself test new samples only on quiet, staying home, being alone days-and it takes me several trials to decide
        But I wish my dream perfume will be so much “me” that I’ll recognize it at once
        thanks for your kind reply

  29. Natalie says:

    Congratulations on keeping your resolution! (and on obtaining two wonderful bottles!)

    I tried to resist entering your generous giveaway, but I’m afraid I could not. I really want to try La Femme Bleue. :) So thank you for the chance! And should I win, I defer the Santal to someone else, as I have tried it. Thanks again for your generosity, B!

  30. Isayah says:

    My dream perfume would highlight the true smell of a fern patch: I know, I know, many say ferns don’t smell. Maybe florist’s ferns don’t but wood ferns do and it is just lovely: fresh, milky, and green. I would layer these notes over a smooth suede and some mosses. To really be my dream perfume it would have to have Olvia Giacobetti’s En Passant grace and a development that is both surprising and beautiful.Thanks a million for your generous draw. Your a bottle a month idea is wonderful. I think I’ll go for it too!

  31. Sigrun says:

    Wow, those look like 2 very good buys, and 2 scents I’m very curious to try :)

    The perfume of my dreams would be an exact olfactory rendition of the royal court of Siam 200 years ago. The Thai people are so aware of scents, so attuned to them, and, the way I understand it, much of their culture once originated from that court. Of course, no one knows exactely what it smelled like, so it’s impossible to recreate, therefore it’s the perfume of my dreams.

  32. KathyT says:

    I’ve never thought about the perfume of my dreams – it’s hard! Right now By Killian Amber Oud and PG Indochine are my unsniffed dream fragrances, and a full bottle of Vetiver Tonka would be my tried and true dream. Congratulations on your new acquisitions! They look wonderful.

  33. Sujaan says:

    Right now my dream is Neela Vermeire’s Trayee, this replaced my other dream bottle of Krigler’s Lovely Patchouli.
    I also would love a Vol de Nuit bottle, full of perfume or not, I just love that bottle. They sold a sparkle spray at Christmas time and I fell in love with the bottle, but not enough to buy sparkle spray that I’ll never wear!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The VdN bottle is so great! I thought about the glitter spray as well, but no – I’d rather have the real thing. :)

      Trayee is so good. I hope you’ll have your bottle eventually.

  34. Difficult question- I can’t think of one dream perfume- but maybe, Puredistance M..
    Or:a perfume with a very spicy, clove-y top and then a thread of white flowers weaving through: tuberose and orange blossom (the Carnal flower kind of fresh tuberose, not the Fracas kind) and an powdery oudhy, woody, incense-y drydown..I don’t even if that would smell nice..lol
    I wouldn’t mind a lush dark rose heart too..

  35. Rene Groyer says:

    My dream perfume would be Chanel Cristalle Vert.I love the simple bottle and refreshing greeny lemony smell of the fragrance

  36. Eva S says:

    I’m always searching for The Perfect Chypre that could replace the Mitsouko of my youth, although I have a suspicion that, reformulations aside, it’s a bit like an idealised memory of a first love, impossible to live up to!
    Craving of the month is a FB of FK Lumiere Noire pour femme.
    Most of all I guess I want that unexpected “Eau My God”-moment (thanks for the expression, CPB!) thats why I keep sampling!

    • Olfactoria says:

      That might well be true, the memory glorifies the past and in most cases the reality can’t live up to that.
      I hope you get a few Eau my God moments down the line though! :)

  37. Fabio says:

    My ultimate craving is bois d’encense.
    B. may I ask yr. opinion? Do you prefer Vero Kern Onda in extrait or in EdP? Thank you!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Beautiful perfume, Fabio!

      As for Onda: without a moment’s hesitation I prefer the extrait! There are reviews of both on the blog (see the Perfume Reviews page or use the search function).

  38. I used to wear Ralph Lauren tuxedo in the 80′s. I would love to come across a vintage bottle! It made me feel so sophisticated when I was a young girl, just starting my career.

  39. Undina says:

    Birgit, congratulations on your new beautiful bottles and, what is even more impressive, sticking to your plan. I’m afraid I’m failing miserably: I’ve already bought three out of six bottles I thought I would limit myself to this year.

    It’s a very generous giveaway!

    My dream perfume… Every time I have to answer any questions related to perfumes (“choose a brand/10 perfumes/perfumer and stick to them for the rest of your life”-type) I spend a completely unreasonable amount of time thinking – as if I’ll actually have to follow through. So after thinking this time I realized that I don’t want to name any real perfume as a dream perfume: if I like them enough I’ll buy them so it’s not a dream, it’s a plan. So, what am I dreaming about? A perfume with a realistic Daphne odora note.

    (no need entering me into the drawing: I have a sample of Santal Massoia and as for LFB… As I said above, I wasn’t that great with seeing through my New Year resolutions ;) )

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh, exiting! Do I infer correctly that you have LFB? But psssst, I don’t want to be too nosy. ;)

      I never smelled that plant so I have no idea how that perfume must smell like, but it sounds beautiful. *scurries off to google Daphne Odora*

  40. Jaime says:

    Hooray for sticking to resolutions! I am trying to do that, as well. Mine is to use up a full sample, and then wait a week or two (or three), and if I am still thinking about said perfume, then I may purchase.

    I believe I have found my perfect perfume. Sarah Horowitz Perfect Veil. It just smells like “me” but better. Perfectly clean, but not soapy. Sweetened by a touch of powder, but not like a candied baby bum. It is just beautiful, and I am eeking out the last drop of my sample vial! I imagine a bottle will make its way to my door sometime next month! :)

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  41. Kimberly R. says:

    I love one that is long lasting and has a mild floral scent but not one thats like a flower garden or anything.somthing that smelled naturally on you or obvious,something effortless.

  42. Amy says:

    What a generous giveaway, thank you for the opportunity. What can I say but, Amouage Lyric with a Full Sigh. Someday I will own a Full Bottle!

  43. Anita T. Monroe says:

    It’s so wonderful to dream. I’ve love to try Amouage’s Gold. More than anything, however, I’d love to have the Shalimar glass bottle with the glass stopper that first introduced me to fine perfume. I have no idea what happened to that precious bottle. Sometimes OTHER people with whom you are living think “It’s empty, throw it away”. sigh.

  44. For a long time, I have wanted four things combined in a single fragrance: leather, wood smoke, birch tree buds, and angelica. The scent of a cold early morning in the northern wilds, after the first spring thaw. How I long to be able to wear such a scent… someday I’ll ask someone to make it for me, if all else fails. :)

  45. Katherine says:

    My dream perfume would be one that accurately captures the smell just before a thunderstorm… that mix of green, earthy, wet, and electricity is one of my favorite smells!

  46. Julie says:

    I’ll jump on the vintage VdN extrait bandwagon. I hunted after this fragrance for more than 20 years until, with the help of the internet, I finally found some.

  47. DeniseMiller says:

    My dream fragrance used to be an actual fragrance that was made by Lola cosmetics and came in a tiny (dram?) roller bottle. The notes listed were: bergamot, currant, mandarin, jasmine, iris, nutmeg, patchouli, oakmoss, musk and brassia seeds. I loved it and evidently it worked well with my chemistry because I always received positive feedback when wearing it. Thanks for the draw Birgit! You are so generous to offer these to share. =)

  48. Warum says:

    Hi Birgit,
    this is a wonderful idea! So do you reorganize the wish list based on whether you have a decant or not? Makes sense, I think it is more flexible this way.

    My dream perfume is a floral aldehyde with light bubbly aldehydes in the top, a pronounced floral heart (lilac, hyacinth, LOTV and a hint of rose) and a comforting base, sightly green but not too green (not too much oakmoss, for instance). Never too green, never too oily, never too dry, feminine through and through.

    My current purchase dream are the Amouages — I want Gold, Epic and Dia. Yikes!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I haven’t tried either!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Yes, if I have a decant I can’t buy a bottle. Only when I have used it up. That usually takes a while. ;)
      Three Amouages on the list is a major investment. I’m glad I have my three dream Amouages already, unless Christopher Chong brings out something devastatingly new and gorgeous, I’m all set…

  49. Amy Bella says:

    I have been digging oils and attars lately… I dream of having the entire Amouage line of attars in front of me to play with! Most are only available in the middle east. The Perfumed Court has samples but they are soooo expensive. My dream doesn’t even involve a purchase – just the opportunity to smell!

    Thank you for including me in the draw.

  50. tomate farcie says:

    Ormonde Jayne’s Ormonde Woman has been on my “to buy” list for a long time. I like something mysterious, that start’s out one way and takes a winding road to ending up somewhere else. Plus it has a lot of my favorites; violet, vetiver, jasmine, amber…..but I have a lot of dreams and a lot of dream perfumes!

  51. sunnlitt says:

    I’d love a fragrance that smells like warm summer afternoons, lying on the warm grass, with the scents of the trees and the flowers floating by on the summer breeze.
    Yeah, I guess that I want a scent of childhood.

  52. Gogol says:

    I think I just found my dream perfume: Nabucco’s Amytis. I’d like my dreams to smell of that. The version of Farnesiana that angels get to wear in heaven would please me as well.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Gogol,
      I just googled Nabucco Amytis – wow, I have to say it sounds wonderful! The price makes it appropriate for dreamland too, unfortunately.
      I’m with you when it comes to Farnesiana, although the terrestrial version is good enough for me, I think. :)

  53. Seecancan says:

    My dream perfume is something by Guerlain, but made especially for me. A girl can dream…
    Thank you for your lovely blog, Olfactoria!

  54. Cristine says:

    Greetings from California– I’m a regular reader, but I’ve never commented before. You’ve chosen two very tantalizing scent giveaways to bring me out of the shadows! My “dream scent,” would probably be a combination of iris, violet, vanilla and/or amber. But, then, wait– I think that’s Attrape Coeure, which I adore. Maybe I just want that to be mine forever….

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Christine, I’m glad you came out of the shadows for this! Good luck to you! :)

      Attrape Coeur is on my list of missed opportunities, such a beauty.

  55. Essence says:

    Do you happen to know where Lola, perfume oil w/ brassia seeds, can be found… if ANYWHERE on the face of this earth?
    I am willing to travel to other earths to find it♥

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