The Scented Hound

Perfume blog with abbreviated perfume reviews & fragrance reviews.


My Perfumed Christmas List 2022

In the past I’ve created holiday shopping suggestions for perfume, perfume related items and just some other fun random things thrown into the mix.  And every year, coming up with gift suggestions becomes harder, partly because of living in Mexico and being away from shopping in person.  But mostly as I get older I don’t actively seek out the new and exciting because I’m not the target market and because at this stage in my life getting a lot of presents just doesn’t matter.  OK, so now I’m sounding like Scrooge.  Far from it.  I do have wishes and wants, but they are fewer and farther in between.  So this year, my suggestions are comprised of a listing of perfumes that I think are amazing and of which I obsess over because they are what my perfumes dreams are made of.  Some are in my collection and some I hope to be in my collection in the near future.  So here we go…

Click on each title for the full review.

Hera by Papillon Perfumes

Hera is a perfume that I have completely obsessed about since first sniff.  It’s a new fragrance with the soul of a vintage perfume and it’s absolute perfection.

No. 12 by Puredistance Perfumes

Puredistance can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.  Their collection of 12 perfumes consists of modern classics that deliver incredible beauty to the wearer.  To me, their crowning glory was the introduction of No. 12 which is so absolutely breathtaking that it’s the one perfume that I reach for every time I need something special and spectacular to wear.

Shalini by Shalini Parfums

Once again, the house of Shalini along with Maurice Roucel has created a collection of perfumes that stand out above the rest.  However, the original Shalini to me is the best of the lot.  It’s quiet beauty makes my heart sing every time I wear it.  To me, it’s absolutely unique and absolutely beautiful.

Chanel Boy

When I first wore Boy, I really liked it.  But as time wore on, I found it to be a wonderfully easy fougere to love.  It’s lavender heart isn’t too bold which makes this a perfect perfume to wear on any occasion.  Boy has fallen into my “I don’t know what to wear today, so I’ll wear something that is a perfect fit every time” group of perfumes.  To me, Chanel makes some of the best clean and fresh scents that are excellent for every day wear.

Enslaved by Roja Parfums

Unfortunately, I found out that Enslaved has been discontinued by Roja Parfums.  This modern take on Molinard’s Habinita is big, bold, thick and heady and completely rapturous.  I do believe there are still bottles to be found out there and if I was not living in Mexico I would buy myself another since I have just a few drops left in my bottle.

And for those of you who love vintage perfumes (you can find them all on eBay and Etsy and the current formulations can be found via other sources)…

Caron Narcisse Blanc

I have had this perfume in my collection for years, but for some reason it has once again become an obsession and I wear it constantly.  It’s thick, creamy and completely joyous and you can’t help but love it.  Narcisse Blanc seems to fall to the wayside of it’s more famous sister Narcisse Noir, but this brighter narcissus fragrance is to me, a much easier wear.

Ysatis by Givenchy

The 1980s are alive and well in this over-the-top beauty.  You can’t help not be noticed when you’re wearing it.  I don’t really wear it out, but sometimes when I’m sitting around the house it transports me back to a time when big perfume, big hair and big shoulders were the norm.  This is one time that bigger is indeed better.

Magie Noire by Lancome

Rich, creamy, big and unique, Magie Noire is a special perfume in a category all by itself.  It’s a haunting perfume that is pure magic.

Happy Holidays to you all.  May all your perfume dreams come true!


Eau de Givenchy by Givenchy

Eau de GivenchyWHAT I SMELL:  Eau de Givenchy opens with a lovely opening of bright bergamot which melds into a minty, soapy, light orange.  The perfume is clean and minty fresh and pleasingly uncomplicated.  After a few minutes the mint begins to dissipate to reveal a more floral heart that’s still light, but is also warmed and radiant.  The white and slightly soapy florals that feels somewhat green are the stars here in this simple and easy to wear pretty perfume.  There’s not much to say about Eau de Givenchy except that simple sometimes makes perfect.

From Fragrantica:

Eau de Givenchy opens with the sparkling notes of grapefruit, accompanied by sweet and fresh notes of mandarin orange and bergamot, mint and red fruit. The middle notes add luscious and intensive scent of ylang-ylang, honeysuckle, pure jasmine, narcissus, tuberose, lily-of-the-valley, rose, cyclamen and orris root. Base notes introduce warm sandalwood, musk, cedar and oakmoss.

Simple Summer DressWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A pretty, easy to wear, simple summer dress.


WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT EAU DE GIVENCHY:   I couldn’t find any on this quiet and unassuming 1980s launched perfume.

BOTTOM LINE:  What’s interesting about Eau de Givenchy is that it was created at the time when perfumes were big, bold and over the top just like the fashion of the time.  Eau de Givenchy is the antithesis of all of the excess and that’s probably why it continues to be in production.  It’s just that light and easy.

  • Bone Rating:  3.5 out of possible 5 bones
  • Scent:  Floral
  • Nose:  Daniel Moliere and Daniel Hoffmann
  • Classification: Feminine
  • Expense: Varies greatly online for Eau de Toilette


Vintage Givenchy Ysatis and Givenchy III

Thanks to the wonderful Kafkaesque, I have been led down another obsessional and dangerous path….that of vintage perfumes.  A few months back, Kafkaesque sent me a wonderful selection of perfumes to include some great vintage scents.  Of course that led me to want to try more…and then more…and then soon enough I’m trolling eBay for the next great buy.  The great thing about finding some of these vintage fragrances is that you can typically find some of the more common, unopened and in the box.  And you typically can find a smaller size so while you are blind buying… or taking a chance on whether the juice is still good, you don’t have to break the bank.  As these fragrances are vintage, I hope I can tell if the fragrance is still good… but so far I have not been disappointed.  Also, since the fragrance are vintage, I’m not going to modify my review format a bit and won’t be giving them a bone rating.  Why?  If I did that, then everyone would be hunting down these jewels and the next time I go on eBay I wont’ be able to find them. 🙂

YsastisYSATIS – Vintage Parfum

This is the one that started it all…

WHAT I SMELL:  Ysatis isn’t shy.  When the juice hits your skin it’s like opening a big waxy honeyed floral bouquet.  It’s thick and over the top and for me, mixed so beautifully that I can’t really pick apart the notes besides the heady ylang-ylang.  The flower power never wains, but it increasingly becomes warmer and creamier as it radiates off your skin.  About 15 minutes there is a slight civit note added to a bit of spice which gives the fragrance a bit of sex.  Yes, I think this is a very sexy fragrance.  I don’t just love smelling it, I want to consume it.  I bought 2 5ml bottles a few weeks ago and one is almost drained.  I will be buying more without question.

giant flowerYsatis Notes from Fragrantica:

The top notes are citrus, ylang-ylang, galbanum, coconut, rose wood, and aldehydes. The heart notes are jasmine, rose, iris, tuberose and narcissus. The base notes are musk, amber, vanilla, vetiver, patchouli, sandalwood and civet.

WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A giant flower bomb!


GIVENCHY III – Vintage Parfum

WHAT I SMELL: A blast of aldehydes and oak moss give this a bright, green and mossy opening.  It’s citrus, bergamot and head spinningly sparkly without being sweet.    The oakmoss almost has an incense quality in the background, but it’s more dusty than pure incense.    There are so many floral notes that are mixed together in harmony, but it’s not overtly floral, but instead when sniffed it breathes a green and floral stem like life to a beautiful and warm flower arrangement.  As it develops it takes on more patchouli and amber and it remains intoxicatingly beautiful.  Fragrantica classifies Givenchy III as a Chypre Floral.  I get the chypre and the floral, but if I would have read that without trying this I would have thought this to be sweeter.  Instead it never blasts off from its initial sparkle, but then winds down to a warm and cozy hug.  My one regret is that Givenchy III doesn’t last as long as I would like it to and eventually after a couple hours it all but disappears but for a little soapy ending.  No problem though, I’ll just apply more.

1978Givenchy III notes from Fragrantica:

The perfume opens with aldehydes with bergamot, mandarin, galbanum, peach and gardenia. The heart includes lily of the valley, hyacinth, rose, jasmine and iris root, while the base carries patchouli, oakmoss, amber and sandalwood