Things I Learned in 12 Years of Bois de Jasmin

12 years is quite a milestone for a project that I started as a political science graduate student wanting a creative outlet beyond politics and economics. I picked a name, Bois de Jasmin, Jasmine Forest, fantasing of a place where I would rather be instead of a small university town, and wrote a review of Guerlain Jicky, a fragrance created in 1889, the same year the Eiffel Tower officially opened in Paris. The tower received scathing criticism–“a metal asparagus,” as one reviewer called it, while Jicky was praised as avant-garde. So I wrote about perfume classics and the time during which they were created, Balanchine ballets and the links between scent and painting. I was having fun and I thought of Bois de Jasmin as a much needed diversion. Little did I suspect that soon enough it would inspire me to make even greater changes.

When I started thinking and writing about perfume, I rebelled against the idea of olfaction as a superfluous sense. “To which organic sense do we owe the least and which seems to be the most dispensable? The sense of smell. It does not pay us to cultivate it or to refine it in order to gain enjoyment; this sense can pick up more objects of aversion than of pleasure (especially in crowded places) and besides, the pleasure coming from the sense of smell cannot be other than fleeting and transitory,” said Kant. I was discovering exactly the opposite. Paying attention to my sense of smell helped me make connections that I ordinarily wouldn’t have noticed.  It inspired me to study new subjects, travel and even learn new languages. Using my nose more often made my world infinitely richer.

I wanted to talk about all of these exciting discoveries with others. I wanted to share that perfumery is an artistic pursuit, that Flaubert was quite a nose, that Sophia Grojsman created perfumes like a cubist painter, that cherry blossom flowers taste of roasted almonds, and that lighting an incense stick made the heart of one Japanese court lady skip a beat. Bois de Jasmin assumed a life of its own and grew a diverse and loyal following.  I eventually left academia, obtained professional perfumery training and began my current work of research, teaching and journalism.

When I think of these 12 years and what they mean to me, I realize that a few themes stand out. I don’t offer it as advice on blogging, since there is no one right way to approach it. Rather, it’s a list of learnings that helped me maintain Bois de Jasmin. Bois de Jasmin continues to evolve as my inspiration board, and because of the contributions others have made to it, from Elisa, Patricia, Andy, all of the guest authors, and of course, all of you who read and comment, it’s much more than just my private blog. It’s a collage of our discoveries, passions and experiences. Thank you for taking the journey along with me.

For the Love of It

The value of blogging is generally measured by the ad earnings one gets, the number of views, clicks, link backs, and other such minutia. Yet, the most rewarding projects are the ones driven by curiosity and passion. Bois de Jasmin is a record of my discoveries, whether they touch perfume, history, books, chemistry, memories or politics (yes, a political scientist is always a political scientist).  In my recommendation to focus on your personal passions and interests, I’m being entirely pragmatic. Writing takes a great deal of effort, and unless you can find the right motivation, maintaining even the most relevant and SEO optimized blog will end up feeling like a chore. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Whatever topic you write about, write for the love of it.

A Room of Your Own

A blog is a liminal zone, someplace between public and private, but it’s essential to keep a true private space, your own room, metaphorically speaking, where you can daydream and reflect. Shut off the computer. Wander around the city looking for blooming plants, striking buildings, cats in the windows. Carve out an hour to read for pleasure. Don’t sacrifice this time for something seemingly “more productive,” because creativity requires such moments. Staying sane requires such moments.

Beauty in Details

Small things can be a rich source of pleasure–the pattern of shadows on the pavement, a poem, the taste of the season’s first strawberries, the scent of a used book shop. Noticing and remembering such details is like having a never-ending reservoir of small joys, and for a writer, a source of great ideas. Don’t be afraid to admire old-fashioned things. There is an emphasis on newness in the blogosphere, which is why a reminder of the classics can be such a salutary influence.

Confidence and Boundaries

Writing is a vulnerable act revealing one’s emotions, thoughts, and personality traits. People choose to interpret one’s words in their own fashion, sometimes with negative results. Any writer will be familiar with situations when others define you, criticize you or offer advice. Accept the constructive criticism, but jettison the rest. Give people the benefit of the doubt, but don’t allow others to use your blog as a place to discharge their negativity. Don’t write for approval. Don’t be afraid to change your opinion. Allow yourself as much freedom as possible when you write.


Blogging is a paradox–publishing an article takes a few moments, but finding your audience takes time.  Being patient will be easier if you’re writing about topics that excite you. Follow your own course and don’t compare yourself to others. Creative pursuits take time. Make sure you find the topic and approach that will make blogging enjoyable.


Taking a break is important. Put your blog on pause, retreat into your private space (see above), rest. You’ll return with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm. Banish any feelings of guilt associated with the blog.


Finally, an important point for all writers. Offer credit when using the work of others. Online, it’s as easy as putting a hyperlink. I found that the most egregious instances of my work being used without attribution were committed by people who were insecure about their expertise. Attribution is not a zero sum game, quite the contrary. Citing someone may lead to a new interesting encounter as well as future collaborations. Why pass up such a good chance? One might as well use the world wide web for making new connections.

Thank you for all of you, my readers. A special thank you to my fellow bloggers. The warmth and generosity of this community has few equals.

Photography by Bois de Jasmin



  • Gabriela: Congratulations! And thank you so much for this blog. It brightens my days with its beauty and words. Hope it goes on for many more years! May 15, 2017 at 7:32am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Gabriela! May 15, 2017 at 12:50pm Reply

      • Rakasa: Mazel tov, Victoria! And many thanks for bringing beauty, sanity, and a refreshing breeze for my soul. In different specifics, but identical result, like one of my dearest who left us here far too soon, you always lift up those around you. Теплі побажання … November 9, 2019 at 2:04pm Reply

        • Victoria: Thank you very much for your kind words! November 13, 2019 at 6:52am Reply

  • Eudora: THANK YOU and congratulations. May 15, 2017 at 7:44am Reply

  • Tracy: Congratulations! I found your blog 2 years ago and now it’s my favorite online spot. Thank you for your beautiful writing. I also love your photos. May 15, 2017 at 8:43am Reply

    • Victoria: I appreciate your kind words, Tracy. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 12:51pm Reply

  • Austenfan: Many valid points and congratulations! 12 years already. I think I started reading BdJ in 2008, and it’s still one of the blogs that I check daily.

    Your comment about creativity resonated with me especially. First because I feel that people allow themselves far too little time to be bored and boring, and I’m convinced it is a necessity to us to not always be busy and online. Secondly it reminded my of what John Cleese once said about it. Apparently he has lectured on the subject quite a bit.

    He says it most succinctly here:

    And let me not forget to thank you for so many hours of pleasurable reading! May 15, 2017 at 9:05am Reply

    • Carol: Such fun comments are another reason I love this blog. I’m a big John Cleese fan. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 9:11am Reply

      • Victoria: There are many here. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 1:14pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for the link. How do I love John Cleese, and I can’t agree more. In fact, my rule for the past year or so has been to turn off wi-fi for at least half of the day, usually in the morning and keep as my own time to work, think, read, etc. Dolce far niente, time spent doing nothing, is essential for creativity.

      It’s getting warmer, but I look forward to the evenings of sitting in the garden and watching the stars lighting up in the skies. May 15, 2017 at 1:14pm Reply

      • Austenfan: Cleese is such a comic genius. If you ever need inspiration for an acceptance speech follow this link. It’s made me howl with laughter.

        And what could be more soothing to the mind than watching the stars? May 16, 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

        • Victoria: This is hysterical!

          Yesterday there was no stars, but there were nightingales. May 17, 2017 at 2:55pm Reply

          • Austenfan: One of the main disadvantages about my country is that real countryside is rare. I’ve never even consciously heard a nightingale, but I can hear a cuckoo quite near where I live. I love listening to birds. May 17, 2017 at 4:37pm Reply

            • Victoria: There are cuckoos here too. They sometimes sound like a Bavarian clock factory gone wrong. May 18, 2017 at 6:11am Reply

              • Austenfan: 🙂 We have very modest cuckoos! Trying to think of a comparison….. May 18, 2017 at 8:26am Reply

                • Victoria: Bikes? May 18, 2017 at 8:52am Reply

                  • Austenfan: Bike alarms, to prevent theft 😉 May 18, 2017 at 11:16am Reply

  • Annie: Thank you! I adore your blog. May 15, 2017 at 9:07am Reply

  • Carol: Victoria, I can’t thank you enough not only for your interesting writings, but also for the beautiful space you’ve created. Andy, Elisa, Patricia, thank you too. May 15, 2017 at 9:14am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Carol. May 15, 2017 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Michaela: 12 years already!
    Thank you, Elisa, Patricia, Andy and everybody for this very special place, and congratulations! It’s not easy work but I hope it’s as rewarding for you as it is for me. I visit almost daily to be surprised again and again.
    While you write for the love of it, I can’t wait to read, for the love of it.
    Thank you for the beautiful photos, too. May 15, 2017 at 9:22am Reply

    • limegreen: You have expressed my sentiments exactly, Michaela! Where would our dear BdJ community be if Victoria hadn’t started this journey?
      A heartfelt thanks, Victoria, Elisa, Patricia and Andy! May 15, 2017 at 9:42am Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you very much. I made many wonderful friends thanks to BdJ. May 15, 2017 at 1:20pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, this means a lot to me! May 15, 2017 at 1:15pm Reply

  • Anu: Congratulations & a big thank you! Reading Bois de Jasmin provides me with the much needed “staying sane moment” as you very aptly put it. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 9:47am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m very happy to hear it. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Old Herbaceous: Happy anniversary! I have loved reading your thoughts on this blog. You are such a good writer, and observer. Thank you for keeping it going and making it a fun, peaceful, welcoming space! May 15, 2017 at 9:49am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your nice words! May 15, 2017 at 1:21pm Reply

  • Aimbl: Thank you for sharing your ” never-ending reservoir of small joys,” with us! Your blog is a highlight of my day! May 15, 2017 at 9:58am Reply

  • Tara: Thank-you for this affirming and helpful post, Victoria. I’ve decided to write about anything I feel excites me or I feel worth sharing as well as the regular perfume reviews. It helps to keep me interested. I’m also trying hard not to feel guilty when I take a break.
    Your blog has long been the gold standard for me. Huge congratulations on your 12th blogoversary! Amazing. May 15, 2017 at 10:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your kind words, Tara. Anytime you feel that your blog is limiting your expression, your creativity, because you’ve chosen one topic, it would be hard to maintain it. One may enjoy perfume, but many other things also inspire and thrill, and why should one not talk about them too. At some point I realized that the very reason perfume fascinated me was because it touched upon science, fashion, art, creativity, and that sharing whatever I discovered made me happy. One shouldn’t be afraid to evolve.

      Finally, taking a break is essential, so no need to feel guilty. May 15, 2017 at 1:27pm Reply

  • K: Thank you for creating this site! It was the first one I read concerning fragrances and continues to be a favorite. I appreciate your evolution of BdJ to include culinary , travels & lifestyle. You are a genius!! May 15, 2017 at 10:08am Reply

    • Victoria: I’m just a curious person. 🙂 Thank you very much. May 15, 2017 at 1:28pm Reply

  • Lari: A very happy Anniversary and congratulations. Reading this page and comments is an act of pleasure, imagining untried fragrance and “Ahh” while slogging through my inbox. Thank you and I hope you are looking forward to another 12 years May 15, 2017 at 10:16am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Lari. May 15, 2017 at 1:29pm Reply

  • RMF325: I stumbled across your perfume and makeup reviews on Makeup Alley a few years before you started the blog; I always enjoyed what you had to say. I love the blog; it provides refreshment to my day to indulge in something so feminine and beautiful. Congratulations on 12 years of great success; I can’t wait to see where your fabulous taste and imagination will take us in the future! May 15, 2017 at 10:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Oh, it’s such a pleasure to meet someone who used to read MUA in those days. 🙂 I was reminiscing about some people I’ve met via that forum, some of whom are still very good friends.

      Thank you very much. May 15, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Monica: Congratulations Victoria! Thank you for making Bois de Jasmin a reality. I have been a devoted reader for 8 years. Your blog made me discovered the beauty of fragrance which changed my life forever. Wishing you lots of continued success and many, many more years of BdJ to come. Hugs! May 15, 2017 at 10:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank all of you in turn. Your presence here is what makes Bois de Jasmin special. May 15, 2017 at 1:32pm Reply

  • Graciela: Felicitaciones! Excelente blog! Mi agradecimiento desde Argentina.

    Happy anniversary! Excellent blog ! Thanks from Argentina. May 15, 2017 at 10:23am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Graciela. May 15, 2017 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Judy: Many congratulations, Victoria! Your comments are always so elegant, intelligent and humane. And you make a mean cake! I’m looking forward to many more anniversaries with you. May 15, 2017 at 10:29am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Judy. I have a few more cake recipes to share. I’ve had plenty of time to test new ones with my grandmother. May 15, 2017 at 1:39pm Reply

  • KatieAnn: Dear Victoria, I came across your blog by chance while reading about perfume and it has changed my world for the better. It has brought, and continues to bring me, so much delight. I talk about it with others in order to pass this along. You are a gifted writer whose happy musings shimmer with light and bring joy, while your healthy critiques make one really think without generating anger, or worse. This is a true feat. And to be honest, in my mind, I see you as an artist. Congratulations on 12 years of Bois de Jasmin. You and your blog bring more beauty this world and I believe we are all thankful for that. May 15, 2017 at 10:30am Reply

    • Victoria: Reading all of these comments made my day, and I was so happy to read yours. It touched me deeply. Thank you very much. May 15, 2017 at 1:40pm Reply

  • briony: I’d just like to add my thanks to everyone else’s. I love your writing Victoria – whatever it’s about – I’ve tried your recipes, I’ve sniffed the perfumes you’ve recommended and whenever I smell a new fume, I always check with your blog to see if you’ve tried it and what you thought. Keep on doing it please. May 15, 2017 at 10:37am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for all of your support and encouragement! May 15, 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

  • cookie queen: As Tara said Victoria. Gold standard. Elegance and beauty. Congratulations. ❤️ May 15, 2017 at 10:40am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

  • Cornelia Blimber: Congratulations!

    Let’s not forget Suzanna. Wonderful reviews and her pictures are pieces of art. her alligator is my screensaver. May 15, 2017 at 10:48am Reply

    • Victoria: Yes! Thank you very much. May 15, 2017 at 1:41pm Reply

  • Figuier: Happy 12th anniversary, BdJ! Victoria, you’re an inspiration – your posts & those of your fellow contributors have become a treasured part of my reading life. I always look forward to new additions, & to the lively, good-natured discussions they inspire. Looking forward to the next 12 years’ worth! May 15, 2017 at 11:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much. And thank you for your thoughtful, interesting comments. May 15, 2017 at 1:45pm Reply

  • tora: Congratulations on writing this blog for 12 years! You have given me so much invaluable advice. The sandalwood soaps, the monoi oil from Tahiti, your favorite sunscreens, and that great article on skin care. Your links to other places have most always been enlightening. And perfume. My obsession, too. We are not scent twins, but I pay careful attention to the way you read a perfume. Your way of noticing and explaining has taught me much. I started off years ago reading about 15 perfume and beauty blogs. I only read two now. Yours and Neil’s. Thank you for your inspirations and sense of beauty and wonder. May 15, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

    • Victoria: Yay, another Mysore sandalwood soap fan. It’s such a little gem.

      Thank you very much, Tora. May 15, 2017 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Diana: Thank you so much for your wonderful observations, insights, and recommendations! I have learned so much from this beautifully written blog. When I happened upon it a couple years ago I was a complete novice and knew so very little about perfumes (other than WHAT I liked or didn’t like). Your blog has opened my mind, encouraged me to experiment, and helped me to understand WHY and HOW. May 15, 2017 at 11:01am Reply

    • Victoria: The world of scents is endless, so I hope that you’re enjoying your explorations. I’m very happy to hear that BdJ has been helpful. May 15, 2017 at 1:49pm Reply

  • SilverMoon: Victoria, Congratulations on your blog’s 12th anniversary! It has brought me so much delight and thank you for all the thoughtful and thought provoking comments. Also many thanks to the other contributors (and of course, the many people who comment and keep everything lively, fun and civilised). I agree with all the other posts so far so just want to second them en mass. May 15, 2017 at 11:18am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! I find it hard to believe that it really has been 12 years since I started BdJ. May 15, 2017 at 1:49pm Reply

  • tomate farcie: Thank you for enriching my life and teaching me about perfume along the way. May 15, 2017 at 11:18am Reply

  • Jillie: Your blog is so full of life – not just the rich and valued descriptions of perfume in all its forms, but of the food we eat and the arts we see. You have added richness to my appreciation of all things sensory and I have learnt so much from you over the years. At times your writing has made my tears flow. I have loved recreating your recipes and have been thrilled to discover artists that were unknown to me until you introduced them. You are also responsible for me desiring and purchasing more perfumes than I should! And you have a big, loving heart.

    Congratulations – and here’s to many more years of Bois de Jasmin! May 15, 2017 at 11:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for such a heartfelt comment, Jillie. Meeting so many fascinating, smart, multifaceted people has been one of the most delightful aspects of starting a blog. May 15, 2017 at 1:51pm Reply

  • Geri Ethen: Your descriptions of perfumes have vastly enlarged my perfume collection, allowing me to try out new aromas solely based on your observations. And my life has been enriched!
    Another thing I enjoy is your bringing in the books you are reading, and why you’re reading them.
    Lastly, I love your descriptions of your Ukrainian heritage. I have read about the vast sufferings endured by those people, but hadn’t realized their great love of nature and refinement.
    Happy anniversary. May there be many more years in which your share your learning with us! May 15, 2017 at 11:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Geri! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying all of these things, especially since these topics are so close to my heart. May 15, 2017 at 2:02pm Reply

  • Richard Goller: Hello Victoria, what an insightful and inspring post. As a newcomer to blogging (, I take great pleasure in your writing and images. Keep up the great work.
    I am going to print this post to remind me of what’s really important. Richard (South Africa) May 15, 2017 at 12:35pm Reply

    • Victoria: Congratulations on starting your blog, Richard! Many more future anniversaries to you. Thank you for highlighting your blog, which I’ve added to my blogroll. May 15, 2017 at 2:04pm Reply

      • Richard Goller: Big thank you, Victoria. That’s most kind of you. R May 16, 2017 at 11:30am Reply

  • Amy McLaughlin: Congratulations, and what a wonderful post. I found BdJ around 2007, I think, and was immediately enraptured by your remarkable writing, which is both intelligent and exquisite, like nothing else I can think of — certainly not in the blogosphere. Thank you for teaching me so much about perfume, and introducing me to many other things as well since your writing touches on such diverse, fascinating subjects. May 15, 2017 at 1:01pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Amy. It’s such a pleasure to share with all of you. I also learn a lot from this group. May 15, 2017 at 2:14pm Reply

  • Liz St C: Congratulations on your 12th anniversary Victoria. I love your blog. It has provided me much needed refuge at times of stress, education when I wanted to learn, given ideas for dinners and piqued my curiosity about a myriad of scents. It has expanded my reading repertoire, taught me to relish small pleasures, introduced me to new concepts and last but not least, allowed me to be part of a wonderful community of people from all over the world who have been so generous in sharing their ideas, knowledge and suggestions for everything from novels to skincare to scent to food to travel ideas. Thank you so much for all these things and the treasures that have been revealed and are yet to be revealed and thank you for your generosity of spirit and giving us all this meeting place. xxx May 15, 2017 at 1:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: This is such a lovely thing to say, Liz. I hope that BdJ will continue to delight. May 15, 2017 at 2:16pm Reply

  • behemot: Congratulations, Victoria. And thank you. Bois de Jasmin has been a relief for me when times were difficult, and a deep joy and source of information and inspiration. Maybe it is funny, but I share a lot of your opinions on perfume and other things, cultural and political. Wish you more successful years! And I also hope for another Art of Perfume class:) May 15, 2017 at 2:08pm Reply

    • Victoria: We had such a wonderful time during our course, hadn’t we? I was thinking of you as I was scheduling my Wednesday post. Please stop by then and see why. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 2:17pm Reply

      • behemot: Yes! It was a really wonderful time! I cannot wait for the Wednesday post.
        On my way home from Provence, I was fantasizing about celebrity perfume- Parfum Isaura , with the flankers called Isaura Sport and Isaura Noir:) May 15, 2017 at 2:28pm Reply

        • Victoria: Ha ha! Isaura brand would require a wedding flanker too, Isaura A Bride At Last. May 15, 2017 at 2:43pm Reply

          • behemot: Yes, i know. But Isaura A Bride would be too “fitting”. That’s why I suggested Noir and Sport as totally absurd in such context. Maybe Isaura Sport Extreme (with the picture of Isaura kite surfung??) haha May 15, 2017 at 2:53pm Reply

            • Victoria: Yes, you’re right. Your “Isaura Sport Extreme” made me laugh out of loud. May 15, 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Kate: Your blog has been a source of inspiration, solace, and enjoyment over the ten years or so that I have been following it. Thank you for sharing your enthusiasms in such an intelligent, generous and graceful way. Long may Bois de Jasmin continue! May 15, 2017 at 2:13pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Kate! For me, too, coming here and chatting with all of you is such a pleasure. May 15, 2017 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Vanessa: Congratulations on this fantastic milestone, and as my go-to ‘senior blogger’ I really enjoyed reading the nuggets / learning points you have ‘distilled’ along the way. So much sound advice and wisdom for anyone involved in a creative venture. I loved all your points, and could do with putting them into practice far more than I do, especially the ones covered by Confidence & Boundaries, Patience and Pause. ‘Beauty in Details’ also resonated with me, and reminded me of Flaubert kneading mud into gold. Shame that it has become more difficult to carve out a quiet space for creative contemplation. Loved that John Cleese video too – anxiety and interruptions are the curse of the modern world.

    Thank you for the calm aestheticism of BDJ – it is the closest thing to perfume blog as meditation! May 15, 2017 at 2:22pm Reply

    • Victoria: A couple of years ago there was a great article in the Economist about the lack of time, and it quoted a poet deploring the same phenomenon a couple of centuries ago. So, not quite a new problem. The main issue is that we are expected to always be productive, and it’s easy to feel guilty if one is not doing any that has a clearly defined goal. That being said, creativity needs these moments of stillness. My goal tomorrow is to find some time to sit under the lilacs. It’s such a beautiful season here.

      Thank you very much, Vanessa. Congratulations also on keeping your blog for all of these years. Your sense of humor and reflections on perfume and life in general are its defining traits. And Truffle, of course! May 15, 2017 at 2:41pm Reply

  • Phyllis Iervello: Congratulations Victoria and Happy 12th Anniversary! I enjoy your block very much and look forward to it. Your writing is beautiful, just as you are. Thank you! May 15, 2017 at 2:42pm Reply

    • Phyllis Iervello: I enjoy your “blog” not block. Spellcheck! May 15, 2017 at 2:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Phyllis. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 3:04pm Reply

  • Sofia: Congratulations on your 12 years of blogging! I have been reading your blog for years and I have learnt a lot about fragrances from you. Also because of you I have become a lot more adventurous with my perfume choices, and even though obviously our tastes and discoveries evolve, I can say that my perfume tastes have completely changed from, say, 10 years ago, and it was definitely influenced by you. 🙂
    I like what you say about don’t write for the approval of others. I have a culinary blog, and the other day I posted a beef tongue recipe (yikes!). One of my friends half joked that aren’t I afraid of scaring off half my readers? But because I’ve never pretended to be vegan, whole food etc. i.e. I don’t write for the approval of others. PS and the tongue was a hit!
    Once again, congratulations xx May 15, 2017 at 2:43pm Reply

    • Victoria: Good for you! I just checked out your blog and the recipe you mentioned, and it sounds so delicious. I love offal in all forms, and it’s such a shame that it’s not cooked more often. My grandmother makes delicious dumplings stuffed with a mixture of lungs, liver and heart, plus lots of friend onions. You’ve reminded me that we need to make it.

      How glad am I to hear that BdJ helped you with your discoveries. 🙂 May 15, 2017 at 3:13pm Reply

  • Alicia: Congratulations, Victoria. This is a most thoughtful post. I am grateful for Bois de Jasmin in so many ways! Bois de Jasmin is unique. I thank you and everyone involved in it. Not only it is unique, it is – in every detail- uniquely beautiful, and in Keats words, “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” May 15, 2017 at 3:10pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Alicia, for all of your reflections and observations. By the way, thank you again for recommending The Ornament of the World by Maria Rosa Menocal. It’s such a marvelous book. Medieval Iberia: Readings from Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Sources by Olivia Remie Constable also came up when I was searching for other writings on the same topic, but I haven’t started it yet. May 15, 2017 at 3:17pm Reply

      • Alicia: Victoria, I haven’t read Medieval Iberia, and It will take me some time to do so. At the moment and for a while I am involved in Renaissance poetry and Virgil, and have to complete my writing by July. Please let me know what you think of Medieval Iberia. No land in Europe knew the coexistence of three cultures with different religions as Spain did. It is fascinating. “The Ornament of the World” is a jewel. I am a good friend of the author, a warm, lovely person. I hope some day you find time to visit Spain, particularly Toledo, Cordoba and Granada with its fairytale Alhambra and the incessant music of fountains among carnations and myrtles. A place like no other in the world. And then you will write a post about the scents of Al Andalus, of Albeniz and Falla’s music, of García Lorca’s poetry, and perhaps of that ancient delight, “The Dove’s necklace”, Ibn Hazm’s treatise on love which might have inspired the troubadours. May 15, 2017 at 4:53pm Reply

        • Victoria: Yes, that’s the trip I especially want to make, and I hope that it can happen soon. You named all of the things I love, although I’m little familiar with Albeniz (all the more reasons to change that!) Garcia Lorca’s poetry is exquisite.

          The air
          pregnant with rainbows
          shatters its mirrors
          over the grove. May 16, 2017 at 7:49am Reply

          • Alicia: A very great poet, from Granada. Perhaps you have read Ian Gibson’s biography of Lorca. If you didn’t, and are interested in doing so, it is by far the best. May 16, 2017 at 11:37am Reply

            • Victoria: I was planning to add it to my list, but I just found a secondhand copy that I couldn’t resist. All of your book recommendations have been great. I also liked Moser’s biography of Clarice Lispector. The Passion According to G.H. was her first work I’ve read, and it as a perfect introduction. May 17, 2017 at 2:32pm Reply

              • Alicia: Thank you, Victoria. I am very glad you enjoyed them. Books are made to be shared. We just live too far away, and this is the only way to share them. For many more years of doing so! May 17, 2017 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Aurora: BdJ holds a special place in my heart. It is the only perfume blog I read, and this year I had the privilege to meet you for an unforgettable class.:) You are so generous in sharing experience and knowledge, thank you a million times, and also to the great trio, Pat, Elisa and Andy. May 15, 2017 at 3:33pm Reply

    • Ariane: Dear Victoria,
      The loving, laudatory comments above are heart-felt, and I can only say that I sincerely agree. I have been reading your blog nearly from the start, and it is one of my daily pleasures. You have taught me about perfume, but also about so many other beautiful things. It is your radiant spirit, courtesy and and generosity that inspire your loyal readers. Thank you and many congratulations on 12 years! May 15, 2017 at 8:16pm Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you so much, Ariane. I’m really moved by all of these comments, and I can’t express how much I value all of you. May 16, 2017 at 8:27am Reply

    • Victoria: I so enjoyed our class together. Thank you for making a journey to Brussels! 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 7:33am Reply

  • Karen A: Many many congratulations, Victoria!! BdJ has given so much joy and beauty to my days. You have maintained a place where kindness and generosity rule, and where we all learn more about the world. Thank you!! May 15, 2017 at 3:47pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Karen. May 16, 2017 at 7:34am Reply

  • OnWingsofSaffron: Thank you so much: each and every time before purchasing a new perfume, I check out—what does Bois de Jasmin say? Regardless of the interpretation, recommendation, or verdict: it is always elegantly formulated, subtly intriguing, and unfailingly piques ones desire to make acquaintance with that scent.
    Also, thanks for opening a cultural, artistic and culinary windows to regions like Ukraine, Iran, India, or Japan. It is so important to be reminded regularly that there is far more than our own (Western) eurocentric reality! May 15, 2017 at 4:55pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you! I hope that you’ll have a chance to visit Iran and explore some of the things I talked about. It’s such a fascinating place. May 16, 2017 at 8:12am Reply

  • rosarita: Victoria, I have loved Bois de Jasmin for all these years and have learned so much from you, your contributors and all the comments, thank you so much! I don’t read blogs daily anymore but I never miss catching up weekly and I especially value the way you seek beauty everywhere, because I’ve learned to seek it too. Thanks for everything 🌹 May 15, 2017 at 6:57pm Reply

    • Gabriela: Seek beauty everywhere, that’s exactly what this blog is about. Perfect definition. May 16, 2017 at 4:00am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for reading and visiting and thank you for your kind words! May 16, 2017 at 8:25am Reply

  • Kyahgirl: Victoria, I have appreciated your thoughtful, insightful approach to perfume, beauty, culture and life, ever since first meeting you on the MUA fragrance board. Congratulations on your successful years of blogging. It takes time and dedication and I, for one, am grateful that you keep giving of yourself in this way.
    Laura May 15, 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Laura! It’s a pleasure to remember those MUA days. 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 8:26am Reply

  • Alexandra Fraser: Thank you Victoria and congratulations. Bois de jasmin is such a joy to read – full of fascinating associations – intellectual and beautiful. Whenever my world gets a bit dreary I will turn to your blog and posts from the past. The lushness and literateness of the descriptions is always very mood-enhancing and frequently stimulates my own ‘writing-gene’. Thanks again May 15, 2017 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Victoria: All of you make a big difference for me too, whenever my world gets a bit dreary. Thank you very much! May 16, 2017 at 8:26am Reply

  • Clair: Brava Victoria!

    Your blog is such a pleasure, and it provides such a wonderful forum for sharing this maligned and underestimated passion. Reading “Recommend Me a Perfume” is always a treat, and your shared explorations in art, literature, and travel are always inspiring.

    The John Cleese clip is so cute, funny, and true. As an artist with an academic (but very creative daughter) frequently surrounded by those who judge success in more linear terms, it is a familiar topic!

    The care you take in everything you do is evident. Thank you! May 15, 2017 at 9:25pm Reply

    • Victoria: Good luck to your daughter! It’s true that success is defined all too simplistically, and the academia can be rigid when it comes to the advancement and career progression. Carving out a niche for one’s own creative pursuits is so important as well as not minding what others think or say. May 16, 2017 at 8:37am Reply

  • Mariann: Your blog and NST are the ones responsible for leading me down the wonderful rabbit hole of perfumes and reconnect with my love of smells and spices. Like you I am a political scientist and who knows maybe one day I may find a new creative outlet too😀 thank you for being such an inspiration and thank you for this wonderful blog and community! May 15, 2017 at 9:59pm Reply

    • Victoria: You know, there are even a couple of renowned perfumers who once studied political science. Pierre Bourdon, for instance.

      Thank you! May 16, 2017 at 8:38am Reply

  • Mia: Hyvää vuosipäivää, happy anniversary! Thank you for your shared passion for beauties of all types and especially for honouring our noses which otherwise tend to get too little attention.

    I have been off-line a lot recently and read also BdJ “late”, only to every time find out that your articles are timeless, it does not matter when you read them. You create such a relaxed atmosphere for your readers. May 15, 2017 at 10:40pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! I also appreciate you supporting my licorice/salmiakki addiction. A new post with a recipe is long overdue. 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 8:39am Reply

      • Mia: Oh, thank you Victoria, my pleasure! There are so many topics you write about – we certainly can wait :). The most important thing is that you keep writing, about anything and everything. May 16, 2017 at 2:14pm Reply

        • Victoria: I will get around to it. 🙂 May 17, 2017 at 2:54pm Reply

  • maja: Happy anniversary to Bois de Jasmin! I can’t but join others in praising your wonderful writing, the elegance of the choice of things you write about and the fact that you have taught and inspired me so much. Thank you for this wonderful space. May 16, 2017 at 2:38am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Maja! 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 8:40am Reply

  • Karima: Congratulations!
    I discovered Bois de Jasmin years ago when looking for a signature scent. Now I have almost 20 much loved bottles, and have sniffed hundreds of samples tempted by the descriptions herein. This wonderful blog brightens my day, inspires my reading and cooking, and widens my horizons. THANK YOU! May 16, 2017 at 4:44am Reply

    • Victoria: How happy am I read this! Thank you for letting me know, Karima. 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 8:41am Reply

  • Trudy: I only recently found my way to your blog and I am enjoying your writing immensely. It’s so interesting how a hobby can lead us to a new path in our lives. Congratulations on 12 years of education and inspiration. May 16, 2017 at 7:27am Reply

    • Victoria: True, that’s such a surprise. And even after all of these years, this project retains a sense of constant discovery and delight.
      Thank you very much. May 16, 2017 at 8:47am Reply

  • Hamamelis: Thank you so much for keeping up your thoughtful and delightful blog, I try to read it as often as I can. My favourite post is still the hedgehog one! May 16, 2017 at 7:39am Reply

    • Victoria: You mean “The Hedgehog in the Fog” one? In fact, this morning I met a real beast in the garden. He lives next to the compost pile.

      Thank you! May 16, 2017 at 8:48am Reply

      • Victoria: Here is the link: May 16, 2017 at 8:49am Reply

      • Hamamelis: Yes, I meant that one! I was wondering if you met him/her ‘life’ yet as I believe you are at your grandmother’s. BTW my eryngium is showing itself, so touch wood over the coming months some dried leaves will come your way. May 16, 2017 at 8:52am Reply

        • Victoria: Wow, thank you so much! I hope that I can reciprocate with something dried and fragrant from our garden. This spring has been cold, but this week there is finally sunshine. Hope that my favorite Damascus rose will bloom this year. May 16, 2017 at 8:55am Reply

  • paola: I’ve discovered your blog 4 years ago and since then you have become my guide in the intricate world of perfume. Thank you. May 16, 2017 at 7:56am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Paola! May 16, 2017 at 8:49am Reply

  • elvie: Congratulations, dear Victoria! Your place has always been such a lovely scented haven. I wish You endless pleasure in whatever you do and write about! May 16, 2017 at 8:19am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, Elvie! 🙂 May 16, 2017 at 8:50am Reply

  • thejapanfan: I’ve only recently entered the world of scent and this was one of the first blogs I came across; and is still one of my favourites. What I love is the depth and substance of this blog, and how it weaves together all those disparate elements and sensual pleasures that relate to fragrance…….nature, culture, history and tea, to name but a few off the top of my head. That’s why I love this subject so much, it sits in a sweet spot between all my other interests; reading this blog brought that home to me and now I’m endlessly fascinated! And so very well written, an absolute joy to read. Thank you for sharing, and showing how rewarding study into the world of fragrance can be. May 16, 2017 at 9:04am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! Yes, I could never have guessed that learning about fragrance would be this engrossing. It’s a topic one can explore from so many different angles. It keeps me interested and it keeps me on my toes. 🙂 May 17, 2017 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Jeanne: I love your writing and photos! As others have commented above, your blog is a sunny spot in my day. You have a wonderful generosity of spirit. May 16, 2017 at 9:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Jeanne! May 17, 2017 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Raquel: Congratulations Victoria. I love every topic on your blog and I trust so much your opinion! I also enjoy reading all the comments from this community. Más y más éxitos para Bois de Jasmin! May 16, 2017 at 10:51am Reply

    • Victoria: 🙂 Thank you for all of your kind sentiments, Raquel. May 17, 2017 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Klaas: Dear Victoria, congratulations on 12 years of blogging with passion! I have been reading ‘you’ for a year or so and just wished I had known about your blog before. It gives me so much pleasure.

    Here’s a little Mr. B. for you from Amsterdam, curtesy of the Dutch National Ballet, who perform lots of Balanchine.

    Keep up the good work! May 16, 2017 at 11:03am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Klass! This image is stunning. One of my teachers was a former Balanchine dancer, and even in her advanced age she had an impeccable line. Looking at her demonstrate simple tendus was such a treat. The Dutch National Ballet does such a fine job with Mr. B’s ballets. And Agon! Another favorite is Apollo. May 17, 2017 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Sarah: Victoria,
    Congratulations on your 12 year anniversary! Your articles are a pleasure to read; I love the diverse topics! To many more successful years ahead, proost! May 16, 2017 at 11:21am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Sarah! May 17, 2017 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Steve L.: One clear theme running through the many comments here is an appreciation for the curiosity, open-mindedness, and spirit of generosity that imbues so many of your posts. Would that these characteristics were on display in those we see daily in the news. I came here for the fragrances, but it is perhaps the ‘digressions’ that I now find most enlightening. May 16, 2017 at 11:41am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Steve. I can also say the same thing about many people who visit here, and as a writer, I can’t be happier exchanging thoughts with such a group. May 17, 2017 at 2:52pm Reply

  • Lydia: Dear Victoria,


    I am so glad you decided to begin writing this blog. It is a such source of inspiration and delight for me. From the in-depth descriptions and investigations of perfumes, to the stories of your family and your travels, to the book posts, to the recipes, to the beautiful photographs, all of it is a delight. There’s never a time I read a post and don’t come away from it wanting to learn more and explore more beauty in the world.

    I must admit that I hope that your journey will eventually lead you to writing a book. The idea comes partly from anxiety that your blog will someday disappear like so many other blogs I’ve loved, partly from a desire to have something tangible on my bookshelf that I can refer to, fill with bookmarks identifying favorite passages, and give to friends.

    Thank you for your generous spirit in all that you share with your readers. May 16, 2017 at 9:35pm Reply

    • Maya: Lydia, I second your request! A book with musings, recipes, beautiful photography, explorations of different cultures, and everything else that exists in this blog. May 17, 2017 at 9:55am Reply

      • Maya: By the way, crowdfunding would be a great option to raise the money for such an undertaking. May 17, 2017 at 10:05am Reply

      • Victoria: Thank you, Maya! May 17, 2017 at 2:58pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Lydia. I will take this all to heart and give it more thought. May 17, 2017 at 2:56pm Reply

  • Anna Stomberg: Congratulations and thank you for all your beautiful posts ❤️ May 17, 2017 at 2:22am Reply

  • Connie: Thank you Victoria!
    I’ve been reading for maybe half of those twelve years, and your blog has always been such a wonderful place for me. May 17, 2017 at 6:04am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Connie! May 17, 2017 at 2:57pm Reply

  • sara: I have read and marvelled at your writing and sensibilities for many years now. Thank you for all the pleasure your writing has given me! Not to mention more than a few blind buys that have ALL been wonderful. Continued success and fun on your writing and scented journeys. May 17, 2017 at 9:27am Reply

    • Victoria: Yay, I’m so glad that your blind buys were successful. I also get nervous when people mention that they’re buying something based on my review.

      Thank you, Sara! May 17, 2017 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Edward: Congratulations, Victoria. I love reading your blog. Your 5 star ratings have been my personal and trusted guide/reference whenever I plan to buy a perfume. Thank you for all the hard work you put in your blog. I pray for your good health and continued success.

    Edward May 17, 2017 at 3:30pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your words, Edward! I won’t deny the effort that goes into writing and maintaining the blog, but it really gives me a lot back, especially in the encounters with new and interesting people. May 18, 2017 at 6:07am Reply

  • spe: Happy 12th anniversary, Victoria.

    Your blog is a delight and has “stood the test of time,” as they say! Nowhere have I learned so much about fragrance and it’s significance. You have strong, balanced fragrance reviews and a way of enlightening me with every post.

    It’s always a pleasure to visit you and the BdJ community and I wish you many happy, healthy years ahead. May 17, 2017 at 5:19pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! 🙂 May 18, 2017 at 6:14am Reply

  • kayliz: A very happy 12th anniversary, Victoria!

    I’ve learnt so much here, and among many other things I appreciate, the lack of direct and indirect advertising on this blog is very welcome.

    Thank you for sharing your expertise, your insight, your sense of beauty and your sensitivity — it is very much appreciated! May 17, 2017 at 6:42pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Kay!

      I’ll point out that I do use the Google ads, but they’re driven by the keywords and I don’t select them. The proceeds cover the hosting fees of the blog, which at this point are considerable. On the other hand, I do want to keep ads minimal, because monetizing Bois de Jasmin would change its ethos and direction too much. I don’t feel comfortable with that. My blog gives me plenty of satisfaction and rewards as it. Not everything has to be about money. May 18, 2017 at 6:21am Reply

  • Karen 5.0: Victoria, happy 12th! I couldn’t agree with you more about blogging – I started my culture and travel blog, Karen 5.0 (, eight years ago when I was living in NYC. I maintained it after I left in Berlin, then Chicago, then Europe, China, and now back in the States. It is wonderful that you can “take” it with you wherever you go. Writing about culture and travel helps clarify my thoughts, reveals what I really think and allows me to connect with people from all over.

    I don’t have the readership you do and I have not made any attempt to monetize my blog, but have found that posting something a few times a month (used to be nearly daily) gets the ideas out of my head and into the world. And this has been enough for me. Thanks for your blog~ May 18, 2017 at 9:38am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you, Karen. I’ve stopped by your blog before, and it’s a beautiful space. I’m also reading Adam Zagajewski’s collection of essays, Slight Exaggeration, by the way.

      You’re right, the best part of a blog is that it evolves along with you. You can take it anywhere, but it won’t remain the same. And that’s the best part. May 18, 2017 at 10:16am Reply

      • Karen 5.0: Oh I’m so pleased you’re reading Zagajewski! He is a beautiful writer, like Sebald and other authors/poets who are able to immediately create a mood that puts one in a slightly-dreamy state of mind that takes a while to come out of, not that one would want to 🙂 Let me know how you like the book.

        And thank you for your kind words. I have recently changed the style and design of my blog; readers now have the choice to view the articles in magazine, snapshot, or flipcard formats. Call it spring cleaning, or maybe spring reawakening! 🙂 May 18, 2017 at 10:34am Reply

        • Victoria: A great way to describe his style! I was also thinking dream-like and contemplative. May 19, 2017 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Bela: Late to the party, sorry.

    Congratulations, V! Twelve years is a real achievement. MUA was a wonderful crucible of talent.

    Btw, I always thought Bois de Jasmin meant Jasmine (-scented) Wood, you know, like Serge called his perfume Bois de Miel. I never knew it meant Jasmine Forest to you. LOL! May 18, 2017 at 9:52am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much, J! As always, thank you for your stories and your spark. I can never think of Bluebell the same way after reading about your Penhaligon’s adventure. May 18, 2017 at 10:20am Reply

      • Bela: Ah, Bluebell, my Nemesis! LOL!

        Thanks very much for your kind words, V. I learned a great deal about perfume thanks to you. I’m a bit sad, though, that I stopped being able to keep up with new releases a few years ago. I’m now hopelessly out of touch. May 18, 2017 at 1:26pm Reply

        • Victoria: Please don’t feel bad. Nobody can keep up with the new releases, not even the industry insiders, save for Michael Edwards. May 19, 2017 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Elisa: Congratulations on 12 years, V! I’m so proud to know you. May 18, 2017 at 10:37am Reply

    • Victoria: Same here, Elisa. 🙂 Thank you! May 19, 2017 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Kari: Congratulations! I am a relatively new reader (tail end of 2015) but your blog is one of my favorite reads. Your reviews of perfume, art, food, and especially literature are so poetic and have introduced me to so many new pleasures. In particular, I wouldn’t have tried Mitsouko or Kenzo L’Elephant were it not for your descriptions, and they became firm favorites. Thank you! May 19, 2017 at 1:18am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Kari! I’m delight to know that you’ve discovered L’Elephant thanks to me. May 19, 2017 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Michael: Happy 12th Anniversary Victoria! Bois de Jasmin will always hold a special place in my heart as it was the first blog that I explored when I decided to pursue my interest in fragrance. I have learned so much about perfumes on here, both from your reviews and comments by other guests. May there be many, many, many more years of spirited discussions, fascinating insights and information dissemination to come! May 19, 2017 at 10:20am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you for your kindness, Michael! All of these comments here, and yours too, mean a lot to me. May 19, 2017 at 2:06pm Reply

  • Marichu de la Fuente: Happy 12th anniversary! I enjoy your blog over the years. Your wisdom and knowledge have helped me through my love affair with perfumes. And thank you for introducing me to Deciem, the Abnormal Beauty Company. Did you know that the Ordinary won best Anti-Ageing Brand category of the influential Sunday Times Style Beauty Awards 2017? It is currently the holy grail of my skincare routine. May 19, 2017 at 12:39pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you so much!

      I just saw the article mentioning The Ordinary’s award. Well-deserved! May 19, 2017 at 2:09pm Reply

  • Sandra: Congratulations!
    Because of this blog I have pushed my culinary expertise and made that saffron rice with cherries, dates and then some for Persian New Year feast.
    I have also learned how to color an egg at the Ukrainian institute, and have been back there several times thanks to this blog
    And of course there is perfume, I am not sure where to start for the thanking of that!
    Happy 12 years Victoria! May 20, 2017 at 8:13pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Sandra. It makes me very happy to hear that you made such fun discoveries! I was thinking of you when I was visiting a Pysanka (Easter Egg) museum in Ukraine this spring. I will have to take photos of the egg I bought there. May 21, 2017 at 7:28am Reply

      • Sandra: Please do! You can email me or post! I would love to see!!! May 21, 2017 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Inma: Dear Victoria, I haven´t been around here for very long and yet your blog is one of my pleasures in my everyday life. It is so inspiring, intelligent and sensitive. A big big thank you!! And congratulations of course. May 22, 2017 at 11:02am Reply

    • Victoria: Inma, thank you very much! It’s been a pleasure to meet you and to follow you on your perfume adventures. 🙂 May 23, 2017 at 2:08am Reply

  • Jodee: Congratulations on your 12th year of blogging! I’ve followed your journey for the past three years and have learned so much while finding many beautiful stories and points of inspiration. This is a fabulous community and I’m so happy I can share in it. Thanks for your generosity and creative discipline. I hope you continue this work for many years! June 2, 2017 at 3:44pm Reply

  • Liliane: Super Victoria!
    I always read this blog whit amazing joyfulness.
    I love it so much!
    Felicitations,, really true. I wisch you very much succes for the future, much love💋. Top top.
    Something you did not know that it’s inspires me a lot.
    I gave some inspires to Madonna on her clips and from the show rebel heart. .. do you know the clip ghosttown?
    There were some parfumsbotle .. June 27, 2017 at 3:06am Reply

  • Gina P: I love your writing and your sensibility! I’ve bought perfumes blind owing to your reviews and never have been disappointed. Writing and pursuits such as yours are sunrays in our (very difficult) world! July 1, 2017 at 5:18pm Reply

    • Gina P: Oh, and not to mention your skincare reviews and recommendations, which have become invaluable! Thank you for all of it! July 1, 2017 at 5:20pm Reply

  • Dene: Bois has been my perfume place since I discovered you in 2007. Thank you for sharing who you and your team are ( it was always a wonderful mystery to me ) and your story is as beautiful as your blog and a delightful surprise for me to find this morning as I went for probably the 1,000th time to find out what you thought of a cologne I discovered and loved(Muschia by S. Maria Novello) I always come here to see what you think On any new scent discovery I find , that is drawing me in. I have been a passionate lover of perfumes all my life, with no waning in sight, and your place has been a wonderful companion and guide on my journey that I find hard to describe. It is at once a reference , a place ,a rest stop, and a source of creativity and inspiration for all the elusive exquisite joy that comes from perfumes ! I envy you your vocation and am so thankful that you continued to pursue your passion. Thank you Victoria and to the whole Bois de Jasmin team ! July 11, 2017 at 10:12am Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much for your kind words, Dene. It made me very happy to read this. I hope that as you continue your explorations, I can help out further. 🙂 July 11, 2017 at 11:56am Reply

  • Thu: Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I’ve always been an admirer of your beautiful writing. Congrats for the 12 year milestone, and wish you many more of such milestones in the future July 15, 2017 at 11:53pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much! These nice words from all of you mean so much to me. July 17, 2017 at 2:16pm Reply

  • ClareObscure: Hi Victoria. Thanks for making your jasmin forest a fun place to visit, to learn & a safe place to contribute with comments. It’s marvellous to know that other people are similarly passionate & excited about fragrance, etc. Congratulations on your many achievements & your professional success. It’s a pleasure to read your articles. August 20, 2017 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Victoria: Thank you very much, Clare! August 27, 2017 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Marika: Hi Victoria, just passed by and realized that it is 12 years now! I’ve been constantly enjoying your blog in these years but never posted comments as I felt that you would consider them as “promotional” to my blog. I may quote everything you wrote, especially “Don’t write for approval. Don’t be afraid to change your opinion.”. I’ve been blogging on perfume for ten years now, and even if it has been difficult and time consuming, I’ve loved every year. Because I did it for myself, the rewards have been enormous and life-changing. So… keep up with your fantastic writing and thanks for all the inspiration you gave me in these years! November 16, 2017 at 11:40am Reply

  • ClareObscure: Hello Victoria,
    I am delighted to be commenting again after an absence which was exacerbated by some technology issues…ah, the bitter sweet learning curve of a granny who gets overwhelmed by computers.
    Rest assured that I’m still as excited as I ever have been, with the fascinating world of fragrance.
    Your articles always stimulate, Victoria. I love that food, literature & the arts are included.
    This article is so inspiring & made me feel the warmth of the festive season. Woven into your clever & clear writing style, is a generosity in sharing the pitfalls & the joys of presenting & maintaining a successful blog site. Thanks for the sense of balance which permeates your articles & keeps us returning for another reassuring read.
    I want to wish you, and my fellow fans of this site, a happy, relaxing Christmas and a positive, fragrant & hopeful 2018. December 21, 2017 at 12:28pm Reply

  • Clare Obsure: Thank you, Victoria, for this utterly delightful article, reminiscing on 12 years of Bois de Jasmine. Your lightness of touch, range of inspiring topics, superb writing standard & friendly personal replies; all contribute to a blog that educates, entertains and above all, keeps discerning fans coming back for more. I join others in saluting your achievement with this venture. Long may it continue. November 4, 2019 at 6:13pm Reply

  • Debra L DiPrimio: I am 66 and have always loved perfume since my gramps use to dab White Shoulders behind my ears as a child. I currently am loving Jo Malone and the mixing of scents. However, I find my heart longing for a college favorite. HOPE by Francis Denney, it was never very expensive but had a fragrance so soft and beautiful it was haunting. Is there anything out there now similar? Thank you! December 19, 2020 at 9:46pm Reply

    • Tourmaline: Hi Debra,

      Welcome to Bois de Jasmin! It’s a wonderful website, and Victoria is a knowledgeable and generous guide through the world of perfume and related topics.

      I love White Shoulders. I first discovered it when a colleague gave me a dab-on bottle of it for my birthday about 30 years ago.

      At there are currently a few Hope products available for sale. There are two bottles of cologne, two jars of body cream and one tub of bath powder.

      As you probably know, there is nothing on eBay at the moment.

      You can read a little about Hope on Fragrantica by clicking on the following link.

      If you are seeking a fragrance, in future it would be a good idea to post your question on the “Recommend Me a Perfume” post, which is shared monthly. The last one was on 30 November, so the next one should appear in just over a week.

      I hope you find what you are looking for.

      With kind regards,
      Tourmaline December 21, 2020 at 6:48am Reply

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