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!


Vintage Magie Noire by Lancome


WHAT I SMELL:  Magie Noire opens with this delicious rich creamy and warm blackcurrent that enraptures your nostrils with a deep and opulent bouquet.  It’s just so incredibly dreamy and powerfully beautiful that it takes your breath away.  That majestic opening calms ever so slightly to reveal some spice and then the jasmine and rose settle in giving the fragrance this floral headiness that seems to fill the air around my head every time I take a breath.  All of what I mentioned thus far is wrapped up in this smooth and creamy honey like cognac and its texture feels rather boozy without smelling boozy.  After around 20 minutes Magie Noire becomes more mysterious in nature as it becomes darker and slightly animalic which is rather surprising, but which makes me love it even more.  Usually fragrances seem to thin out as  time goes on, but Magie Noire keeps up the opulence.  After around an hour, Magie Noire once again settles down into the beautiful chypre like floral that radiates like a force field off of your skin.  For being a fragrance this was introduced in the late 1970s, I have a hard time wrapping my head around how this could be associated with the bad fashion comprised of synthetic polyester as this is just too beautiful for such a horrid time.

Notes as cited from Yesterday’s Perfume:

Top notes: Cassis, bergamot, hyacinth, raspberry, green note

Heart notes: Honey, jasmine, lily of the valley, tuberose, narcissus, orris, rose oriental

Base notes: Patchouli, castoreum, civet, vetiver, musk, oakmoss, benzoin

book of secretsWHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME:  A book of secrets.  It’s magical, spellbinding and completely takes your breath away.

THREE ADJECTIVES THAT DESCRIBE MAGIE NOIRE: opulent, magical, breathtaking

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT MAGIE NOIREMuse in Wooden Shoes, Yesterday’s Perfume, Scent of the Day

BOTTOM LINE: There’s a tragic side to this story.  I picked up small used bottle of the parfum extrait at an estate sale.  It only cost me $5  because only 1/2 of the 7.5 ml bottle was remaining.  As I was organizing my perfumes the other day I noted that the cap was missing off of the bottle  (it didn’t fit right in the first place) so the perfume has been sitting for a couple of months without a cap on.  Unfortunately only a little bit remains and it is pretty thick and concentrated at this point.  So please bear in mind that my experience with this review may be just slightly different due to concentration, evaporation levels…but make no mistake, it was heaven when I first got the bottle as well.  The vintage parfum is selling for ridiculous prices on eBay, but I will continue to search out a new bottle (of vintage parfum)….this is my quest!!!

Also note that I can’t speak to the current version of Magie Noire, but as you can see below, they appear to be rather different.  According to the Lancome website, the notes for the current EdT are:

Top Notes: Bulgarian Rose, Blackcurrant Bud
Heart Notes: Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang
Base Notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Patchouli

  • Bone Rating: 5 out of 5 possible bones
  • Scent: Chypre Floral
  • Classification: Feminine…but who cares, I love it!
  • Expense: Review based on parfum extrait. Vintage bottles can be found on eBay.