172 Comments
Linn October 16, 2012

And my big love is Monyette Paris *runs away* ...but am hoping to expand my gardenia universe sooner or later. I just have my 105 or so wish list absolute must-have-items on STC to deal with first... I might have to let one or two gardenias from this list skip the line and head directly into my basket.

Joaquim September 18, 2012

It's too late to enter in the draw? I'm just crazy about Jardenia, a few drops would be awesome! Thank you for the draw anyway.

hd September 15, 2012

I'm with samsara313, hoping it's not too late to enter the draw. But this was gift enough...dtf and chesterfields? Snort!

samsara313 September 15, 2012

Am I too late for the draw?? PleasePleasePLEASE tell me I'm not! I think I neeeeed this set!

Alyssa September 15, 2012

Hey Patty, waaaay late to the party here, but had to mention Michael Storer's Stephanie. It always gets left off the gardenia lists for some reason but it is a true blue gardenia. Too much of one for me, actually, I ended up giving away my decant but the recipient was extremely happy. :-) I see someone else mentioned the Enfleurage butters--the tuberose is even better, bte. They also have real enfleuraged gardenia oil for astronomical prices (understandably). It is so worth trying on the back of a hand when you're in the shop even if you don't spring for a little 2 ml bottle. Remarkable project.

Kym September 15, 2012

I adore gardenia and last summer started looking for one. I live in SoCal and gardenia are a-plenty here. I've been known to pass a plant and pluck a flower to put behind my ear. On a warm day, the scent wafts each time I turn my head. I have not, however found a gardenia scent that "does the trick." The EL is too big and sweet and the VCA is nice, but a little too sweet. However, I love to layer By Killian Beyond Love with the VCA. There's a weirdness about Beyond Love that tones down the sweetness of VCA. Give it a try - you might like it. Also worth looking into for a green gardenia is Enfluerage's (a shop in NYC). I'm sure you can order online, though I got mine in person two years ago. Cheap and hits the spot - alas it doesn't last long. Please do enter me in the draw.

Lavanya September 14, 2012

Oh- I wish I'd smelled Lady day when I'd had the chance.. I think I thought I didn't like gardenia- but that might have to do with the fact that I didn't really like Kai (which I smelled long ago in early perfumista days)..but I did try SIP's Epic Gardenia recently and it smelled lovely on my mom's skin so I might have to reconsider my stance on gardenia..

Isayah September 13, 2012

I buy gardenias for my summer patio for a long time now and always enjoy them a lot. Few perfumes I know really capture its magnificent. I am looking forward finding my ultimate gardenia! Please enter me in the draw and wish me luck! Thanks for your wonderful post and generosity!

Patty September 13, 2012

You're not too late! I don't do the drawings until sometime on Monday the 17th!

Elizabeth Watson September 13, 2012

I've been searching for the Tuvache JG for a while but can't afford it just now. Thanks for the drawing--if I'm not too late...

Farouche September 13, 2012

I love gardenia and have purchased a bottle of the VC&A Gardenia Petale, which is lovely but not very long lasting. It is also rather prim and proper.Please enter me in your generous draw so that I can expand my gardenia horizons!

Lorinda September 13, 2012

Thank you for interesting reviews! I love gardenia flowers, which I find are hard to grow, and I have not found most perfumes to be close. I do like the Estee Lauder tuberose, sort of like the Tom Ford and slightly remember Jungle Gardenia.

Devon H September 13, 2012

I HAVE NO GARDENIA FRAGS! Cry with me. Say some Hail Mary's for me. You have singlehandedly made me long to sniff them, something I previously had a preconceived notion about that I wouldn't like gardenia (eh I can be picky about white florals, especially if they smell too cloying on me). Dear God in Heaven I need this sample set. You had me at blue cheese and inappropriate necking. Now I'm sweating like a whore during Shore Leave.

BB September 13, 2012

I loved this post. I recently ordered a boatload of gardenia and magnolia samples. My favorite is still Tom Ford's Velvet Gardenia. Like you, I thought it was revolting at first but was so fascinated, I kept going back. I am a glutton for punishment but sometimes it all works out in the end - like here. I thought VC&A and AG Gardenia Passion were pretty but lacked something - like edge, funk, or weirdness. I think ELPC Tuberose and Gardenia is lovely but I just get tuberose. I also like the new Ineke Hothouse Flowers which has a beautiful green gardenia note.

Amy M. September 13, 2012

Reading this was the highlight of my month, Patty!! I'm very very fond of EL's TG as well as AG's Un Matin D'Orage (although I'm not sure if the latter qualifies as a gardenia....) I'm super excited about Juan Perez' work in progress Gardenia. It's honeyed and crisp and, well, exuberant! Thanks so much for the draw!

LindaB September 13, 2012

I LOVE gardenia scents...all time fave is EL Tuberose Gardenia. I wore the crap outta that during the ENTIRE summer of 2010, lol. Good and bad memories but it was the most lovely scent.... Thank you for entering me in the draw.

Cynthia L September 13, 2012

i wear the VC&A Gardenia Petale and it is a very ladylike, restrained gardenia, when you don't want to WOW them

Audrey H. September 13, 2012

I've always loved gardenias, years ago I had a plant in my yard and would fill a bowl with water and float them. My house smelled so beautiful. Until one of my dogs dug up and thrashed the plant *cries* I tried growing another but it never took. I think my Mom had a bottle of Jungle Gardenia when i was a little girl, I dont recall her ever wearing it out though, she seemed to wear No.5 all the time. I have and love the Estee Lauder gardenia but wish I could have tried Velvet gardenia. Well... I wasn't sure what I wanted for my b-day in a couple of months, now your article has given me some ideas of what to ask for :)

Francesca Belanger September 12, 2012

I remember Tuvaché Jungle Gardenia was part of the goody bag (they didn't call it that back then) given to the contestants on Queen for a Day. I I'd love to find a true Gardenia. I got some of that Enfleurage oil that LT was raving about, and really, all I got was washed out mushrooms. In fact I was wondering how it might go in a viniagrette.

Joy Silva September 12, 2012

Still like my Kai. Very nice in the summer-!

farawayspices September 12, 2012

Oh my am I ever obsessed with trying this Tuvache Jungle Gardenia sometime. I love the description of it being an over the top, hyperfeminine perfume of the days when women were not afraid to be glamorous (and girls aspired to be)! I would love to enter the draw!

Tama September 12, 2012

I am with you on the Ford. Lush to the point of rotting, I love it! Nice rundown on this elusive scent.

hotlanta linda September 12, 2012

Chuckle from the belly!! My early perfume purchases in Junior High !!**##!! were Jungle Gardenia - the original - in the very early 70`s!! Purchased - and still have! the 1 dram gold purse flacon, the 1/2 oz perfume, and 2 oz ~skin scent~ NOW - I have a fair amount due to a dab was all I needed, and when I saw it change to cheaper scent and package, it became treasure buried in my maple dresser`s perfume drawers!!! PLEASE try Goutal`s Gardenia Passion in EDP - you won`t be sorry :-)

Daniel W. Z. September 12, 2012

a big fan of Gardenia, Also a Jasmine lover, thanks for the Blog!

Anna September 12, 2012

Oooh I would love to smell a bunch of gardenia perfumes! Wow. Well yes, Chanel's Gardenia was a disappoiment. A HUGE disappoiment. It's so plaa plaa, and light and and. I want my gardenia as creamy and heavy and truly beautiful, like a queen it looks like. There is a lot of gardenias I haven't smell yet. I also love tuberose <3 So tuberose-gardenia frags are a heaven for me ^_^ Thanks for the draw! xoxo

JulieT September 12, 2012

I ADORE gardenia..even bad ones. Please enter me!

ElizabethC September 12, 2012

Please enter me in the drawing so that I can find out if I really like gardenia. I have a sample (in the cute little bottle) of the Chanel Gardenia and do not like it. It has a texture (yes, perfumes can have texture) that reminds me of a can of really bad, all artificial ingredient cake frosting. Not good to eat and not good to smell like.

Maureen September 12, 2012

The only gardenia scent that I know I have experienced was Michel Storer's Stephanie...I did not like it on me, figured I just didn't like gardenia, and traded it away. I would like to find a gardenia that I liked, that smelled great on me. Please enter me in the draw and thanks.

Rena September 12, 2012

Love JARdenia and if I didn't have to pay rent and such I'd buy it. In a heartbeat. Wore a lot of Central Park West this summer when I wasn't working--it's huge on me but a pretty good gardenia

Scenterella September 12, 2012

I was actually on vacation in Paris last week, and they already had bottles of Une Voix Noire at the Palais Royal. I'm going to start by saying that I really liked it, but freaky it is not. If you're expecting the gardenia version of Tubereuse Criminelle, you're going to be disappointed. It is a very pretty, slightly sweetish gardenia, and it dries down with a little bit of that weird woody skank that Cedre and some other Serge perfumes have. I don't really think it's like any of the other gardenia perfumes listed above, but it isn't weird in the traditional Serge sense. I did like it, though, and I found myself oddly craving it later. Now I wish I had a sample.

Lauren B. September 12, 2012

Oh, I do hope Andy Tauer makes a Gardenia scent....you have me excited over the possibility!

dremybluz September 12, 2012

My favorite will always be Jungle Gardenia, but I also love Michael Storer's gardenia based- Stephanie perfume. In many ways, Stephanie reminds me of Jungle Gardenia. Please enter me in the draw.

Ninara Poll September 12, 2012

I *ADORE* gardenia, so this post has made me swooningly happy! :Approve: I do wish big traditional florals would come back into style, but if they did, would I soon start complaining about how there are too many and there needs to be a new trend? ;) And thank you for confirming for me that Chanel Gardenia really has nothing at all of the gardenia about it; I've been wondering if it was my nose or the juice, and it turns out it's the juice! (Although, for some reason, I'm positive I've read somewhere that Chanel Gardenia is supposed to be an abstract or impressionist portrayal of gardenia rather than a realistic one?) For quite a while now, I've thought that the sweet white dessert pastry trend in perfumes wasn't so much teenage girls trying to be cute/innocent as is it their mothers/older sisters/older female relatives and friends following societal trends and fixating on unattainable, unretainable youth, and buying such scents because they remind them of childhood. The kids of such purchasers therefore think that smelling sweet and edible is a sign of maturity and sexiness, and seek out similar scents. I know the target market for the vast majority of scents is teens, but given that the older female is the one who has the money, tends to do the purchasing, and probably shares bottles with the younger one(s) (I know my mom and I share, as did she and her sisters and their relatives, and most people I've known share), I wonder how much of that marketing to teens is actually marketing to the older woman who wants to be a teen/tween again? NP

RVB September 12, 2012

My favorite gardenia is a real Gardenia oil extracted through an enfleurage process and sold at Enfleurage in NYC.It's made in small batches in Columbia.Organic palm oil is used as the medium and the resulting extract is amazingly realistic with a pronounced mushroom note.Thanks for the draw!

Kandice September 12, 2012

AG's Gardenia Passion has long been one of my favorite perfumes - in fact I was contemplating buying another bottle last night. How disappointing to find that it's not a "true" rich gardenia perfume. But then again, I can't wait to explore all the other gardenia perfumes out there that I haven't tried yet. Thanks for providing some wonderful suggestions.

Eldarwen 22 September 12, 2012

I have a difficult time with gardenia perfumes. Mostly because a lot of them are so tuberose laden that is suffocates me. Amouage Honour women is a nice gardenia that the tuberose doesn't suffocate me. Probably the best one I have smelled was Bath and Body Works Gardenia Lily but it's sadly discontinued. Gardenia Lily costs a small fortune no matter where I go.

Tom September 12, 2012

I got gardenia from JAR Bolt of Lightning, as did Gaia when we hit Bergdorfs together..

Elizabeth T. September 12, 2012

Patty, what a fabulous, thoroughly entertaining post! I enjoyed every second of it. I'm a personal fan of VC&A, but haven't tried any of the ones on your "best" list. Looks like I need to hop to it!

FearsMice September 12, 2012

Great post! I got broken in well and early by a childhood teacher who wore Tuvache Jungle Gardenia (her husband joked that she only wore it when she hadn't had a chance to bathe...). TJG WAS AWESOME!! I haven't really bothered with trying to find a realistic gardenia scent other than that; I figure I'd just be disappointed. Though I admit to wanting to smell JARDENIA... and an Andy take on gardenia would surely be worth trying...

maggiecat September 11, 2012

Trish McEvoy has a Gardenia Musk that isn't half bad! I have a love/hate thing with gardenia, hating it when it ventures too far into tuberose territory (tuberrose and I do not usually Get Along Well). I find the Tiare version of scents tends to be closer to my tastes. I grew up in South Florida and miss growing real gardenias - I used to pick a flower and put it in my office, where it would perfume the entire suite for a good week. Beautiful! Thanks for the lists of scents to try.

rosiegreen September 11, 2012

I love the scent of real gardenias. They were the only flower I wore at my wedding. I have tried numerous times to keep a real gardenia plant alive but when it comes to gardenia's I have 'black hands' not a green thumb. Please,please, please let the rumors about a Tauer Gardenia be true. That is one that I would really love to smell. Patty, thanks for a really fun post and the draw.

Cyn September 11, 2012

Hmm, I am new to the site and commented earlier, but don't see it here. Love the post and am bookmarking it for future reference. I love Gardenias. My daughter also wore them in her wedding. They smelled divine! The only time I have smelled bleu cheese in a scent was Golden Orchards by Dorothy Parker. I need to get my hands on this! Thanks for the draw!

MotherCourreges September 11, 2012

Patty, I'm so happy you love Tuvache's Jungle Gardenia as it was one of my earliest perfume loves! I remember plunking down forty bucks for an ounce of the perfume in the late seventies, that was real scratch back then! To me, nothing smells as realistic; just like sticking your nose into a real gardenia blossom. Many famous women wore it as their signature frag back in the day: Torch singer and scandalous woman Libby Holman for one, Joan Crawford adored it as did Natalie Wood and Elizabeth Taylor. Even Michael Jackson as I'm sure you are aware. I actually like Kai (to Musette's chagrin), but, it can't compare. I bought a large quantity of Nature's One Gardenia which is also discontinued. To me it's light and fresh without that hideous air freshener note most gardenia fragrances have, but TJG was the bomb!

Lisa D September 11, 2012

If Serge is making a gardenia scent, then I'm all in. Ah, Jungle Gardenia - that takes me back. I remember it as being about as "in your face" as a scent could get (or perhaps I should say "up your nose"). I've tried the Jo Malone, which I did not care for, as well as Kai, which was too beachy. One gardenia scent that didn't make it onto your list that I do like is AG Matin d'Orage, which starts out all dewdrops and gardenia and green leaves, and then gets surprisingly dirty in the drydown.

helenviolette September 11, 2012

Fun Gardenia-post....and I have not had the pleasure of sniffing a bunch of these...bleu cheez legz....hrmmmm....I will join in the Lament for Lady Day. I wish I had sucked it up and bought a bottle back when.

samsara313 September 11, 2012

According to MANY, Versace's Crystal Noir is a gardenia scent!?!? Not saying anyone who's got a clue says this but it's been said. Being new to this addiction you all share...to the "juice"...I don't know if the statement's true or not but I'd love to know, because I loveLoveLOVE this scent! And I soooooo love gardenias that my wedding bouquet was all about white flowers and gardenia was the star! So perhaps if gardenia is part of Crystal Noir that would explain why I'm soooooo drawn to the perfume that one of the Perfume Posse referred to as a "skanky" scent (skanky in a GOOD way!).

mim September 11, 2012

Thanks for the lovely and vivid reviews--and the draw! my fave gardenia is the real gardenia plant my mother keeps outside near a bench in the summer and inside in the winter. I used to take one or two of the blossoms that were tinged with brown, ready to drop off the plant, and put them in a hot bath. Divine! I have no idea what bleu cheese smells like but now am intensely curious.

monster September 11, 2012

I just went on a gardenia binge and came out enjoying Dolce&Gabbana's Velvet Desire, though the price makes me cringe. Thanks for the entertaining roundup and draw.

Jen September 11, 2012

Great post! I like gardenia but the best one I've found so far is Estee Lauder's Tuberose Gardenia. I like Jo Malone's Vintage Gardenia but it's not gardenia. I like it for the cardamom and won't likely repurchase a bottle when I run out. I would love to try the ones on this list that I haven't smelled yet.

yash September 11, 2012

Waiting impatiently to try Lutens Une Voix Noire at Palais Royal but terrible rain disturbing my plans all day...Jardenia is definitely the closest to a gardenia enfleurage I smelled a while back and its blue cheese skankiness so photorealistic gardenia ish is to be glorified..vive le fromage bleu!

Lily September 11, 2012

I had a SA pushing TF Jardin Noir explain that the fact that he only used “natural” ingredients is the reason Tom Ford never made a gardenia. WTF? “Ahhh … but he did make a gardenia. It’s been discontinued,” I said. I actually said it just like that, like I was on Sesame Street explaining what the letter Q looked like. “Yes, that’s right. But you can only extract a tiny amount from a gardenia and it was too expensive so he had to stop making it.” WTF x 2? Crazy talk. Did you know Cruel Gardenia is based on a Lebanese relative of the gardenia with more solar notes? I still see a relationship btwn CG and the gardenias on my gardenia plant but with certain characteristically “gardenia” notes absent from the perfume in favor of others.

Lauren S September 11, 2012

Great post! I am still in the I don't-like-Gardenia-phase of my perfume existence. I like it on others (a lady in my office wears the EL private collection, and she smells beautiful), but I can not stand gardenia on my own skin . . . But that does not stop me from wanting to win your sample set. ;-) Thanks, Patty for the give away and for the entertaining morning read. :)

Elisa September 11, 2012

In perfume I sometimes love and sometimes hate gardenia. My favorite so far is PCTG which I love for its gasoline-like note up top. The Gardenia Passion made me laugh and laugh, it smelled like appetizers. Would love to try some of the better ones!

rosarita September 11, 2012

I am fonder of gardenia than tuberose, so maybe it's time to sample again. Your post was fun to read. Thanks for the draw!

sherobin September 11, 2012

I adore the scent of real gardenia. For my sister's wedding a few years back, my mom , my sisters, our daughters and I each wore a real gardenia in our hair. It was absolutely intoxicating and dense. A few girls found the fragrance too overwhelming after awhile, and had to remove it after awhile - not me, though! I was in love! TF Velvet Gardenia, to my nose, does the best job I've smelled of capturing that dense spiciness pinned onto a delicious, creamy pillow of floral whiteness. Love it. But I would love to sniff any other rendition I haven't tried. I also love Un Matin D'Orage, but it is like gardenia scent wafting on a wet breeze. Perfect in it's own way. Also, just tested Ineke Hothouse Flower over the weekend. It is near perfect, but in a very different way. Green, woody, a tad smoky, with a meltingly sweet and creamy gardenia underneath. The earl grey note is awesome. Definitely need a full bottle. So many more I want to try. Thanks for the draw!

Teri September 11, 2012

Jungle Gardenia. Wow, that triggered an immediate scent memory of my mother's hairdresser back in the day. She was a larger-than-life type, with hair so red it was a color not known in nature, and always smelled of a combo of Pall Malls, Sen Sen, and Jungle Gardenia. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that she spent time with inappropriate men. :) I bought some of the wonderful Lady Day by SIP when it first came out (thanks to your review here, as a matter of fact). I just knew I'd love it and oh boy howdy did I. I so agree that it's a tragic loss to the perfume world that this lovely juice is no longer available. It is incredibly special and will probably always reign as my top dog gardenia. These days, when I want serious gardenia, I usually go for the AG. You're right that it's not balls-to-the-wall gardenia, but it satisfies the craving while still being relatively office friendly. I admit to liking Kai, too, as a weekend shorts-or-sundress-casual kind of thing. It's tropical lite, sure, but I don't always want to unleash my inner Carmen Miranda when I hit the Safeway.

jirish September 11, 2012

Now I want to try that Jungle Gardenia! I started out my perfumemania as a young teenager (just 15!) wearing the old Chloe, so I started out loving big white florals, but I've spent the last decade or so in the land of smoky incense and dry woods. Lately though I feel myself coming back to the white florals, even if I'm not at the point where I could see myself wearing them every day. I love the drama of their femininity - drag queen perfume indeed! It makes me sad that I have three teenage nieces, but they are all fragrance shy. I've taken one on a perfume shopping trip and got her L'Artisan's The Pour Un Ete, which is a beautiful scent, but on the restrained and delicate side. I'm taking another one shopping this weekend for her first 'real' perfume, but I think we'll be starting out with something simple and similarly restrained, perhaps something from Jo Malone.

LCT September 11, 2012

The only one of these I've tried is the Jo Malone so needless to say, I think I hate gardenia! I love having my mind changed - thanks for the interesting post and the draw.

kathleen September 11, 2012

Cruel Gardenia is still available on Neiman's website. I am a gardenia lover. Always looking for 'the one'. The Enfleurage is a very true gardenia, but then it would be, wouldn't it. It's nice as a base for some of those 'lesser' gardenias out there. My favorite, Velvet Gardenia. I would sure love a sniff of that Jar, tho.

Musette September 11, 2012

No draw. but wanted to say WHAT A GREAT POST!!!!! I always buy a gardenia plant at the beginning of the season and hope to nurse it through the winter (FAIL) but often, right about November, I get one or two blossoms........and I remember the Glory What Is Gardenia. Tuvache is Da BOMB! It's almost too big - for me, that's saying something!!! xo :Devil:

Georgette Stout September 11, 2012

Well, I feel obligated to say that if you really loved the old Tuvache, you may want to check out tuvache.com for the "original formula" edp. Jeffrey Dame of Perfume of Life fame is still the owner, and he did own the formula. His reproduction of Yardley's Oh de London is spot on! $48. is a steal for this if it's half as good as the OdL reproduction!

Lemon September 11, 2012

I just learned a LOT in this post. My closest to real gardenia is a tiny pot of gardenia butter I bought at Enflourage a few years ago. It was pricey so I used it sparingly and now it's starting to fade. I'd love to be in the draw.

Mals86 September 11, 2012

Patty's back, Patty's back! Good lord, woman, I missed the way your voice really comes out when you sit down and give us a whole post. Moar pls. :D I love gardenias. Haven't found a gardenia scent to Absolutely Love, probably because I tend to get distracted with tuberose (which I also adore). Seems like I might have a sample of the Tuvache, the real thing, somewheres... it's just, Do I want to go on safari looking for it right now? And the answer is, Not today. The Isabey was nice, but too - flat, or something. No narcotic tendrils pulling me in, which is what I think the essence of gardenia is. Cruel Gardenia is definitely NOT gardenia, but it IS really really pretty. My sample's gone. Acoustic Flower does not smell of gardenia to me; instead, it's just a pretty jasminey thing. Writing Lyrical Poetry, though - I might need to go recheck my sample, but it really has that lush/rotting quality that makes one think of gardenia decadence. And I think I am overdue for a few more DSH samples, so perhaps I'll go chuck a few in my cart at her place. (OH HEY, it's Dawn's birthday today, btw.) Funny, you know, I always loved big blowsy white florals, even as a teen in the 80s. Inappropriate boys, not so much... well, not until college, and even then it was just nice boys with a naughty streak that appealed to me personally.

Zazie September 11, 2012

I love gardenias - the real and the "perfume" ones. And I agree with most of your classifications!!! On my plants (I always have a gardenia, no matter in which part of the world I live!) I always anticipate the moment when the emerald green buds become soft with nuanced strokes of white: the flower will open up soon, and on the first day, it's stark whiteness is just mesmerizing and the scent... heavenly. (If what makes the scent of gardenias so special is a mushroom note, I won't argue, but I don't get any!!!) The only gardenia perfumes that smell like gardenia to me are the Tom Ford and the E. Lauder. I dislike both. A caricature, the former, and a disguise, the latter. Would love to try those that make the top of your list! And can't wait to read about and test the Lutens, when it will be released!

bookhouseshell September 11, 2012

Oh, how I want to try Tuvache Jungle Gardenia. Patty, you've been leading me around by the nose ever since I picked up that beginner's sampler & what a ride it's been!

Stacy September 11, 2012

Ok...two LARGE coffees down, loved this post!!! Funny, I don't even remember what I wore as a teen (maybe nothing!??) but my sister LOVED Jungle Gardenia and I remember that box vividly from when I would sneak around in her medicine chest. She ALSO necked with inappropriate boys so it all fits! I was the nerd who wrote for the school paper! I must go track down a nice vintage bottle for her, after all, she found for me the 1966 edition of "White Gloves and Party Manners"!

Portia Turbo-Gear September 11, 2012

Hey Patty, I'd love the full set please, Portia xx

pam September 11, 2012

I haven't tested a lot of gardenia frags, mainly because I have a huge bush in the front of my house and really love the real thing. But this brought back memories. When I was a kid, I saved up and bought my mother a bottle of Jungle Gardenia for her birthday because I thought it smelled so wonderful.

Sigrun September 11, 2012

What a great post! As I live in Sweden I've never smelled the real thing, but i do love AGs Gardenia Passion with a passion (duh, that came out weird). In order to broaden my horizons I'd absolutely LOVE to be entered into this draw, I mean, what could be more enticing than massive white flowers combined with blue cheese :)

Poodle September 11, 2012

I love gardenia and wish I could grow the darn things. As far as scents I have got a few white florals but none of them are gardenia-centric shall we say. Lots of jasmine and tuberose and they hint at gardenia. I did get a sample of Hothouse Flower this week and while I only tried it once I think I like that gardenia. Not because it's super realistic but more because it's tempered by green and I think I could wear it without it wearing me.

Sherri September 11, 2012

LOVED reading this, Patty! My first love and favorite is VC&A Gardenia Petales, but I love most of those mentioned! I even love the beachy ones like Monyette Paris and Sage Moonstone and a Lucy B. I also want to try Gardenia Grand Soir (Parfumerie Generale), and I am taking notes on new releases--thanks everyone!! So excited about that Arquiste!

Jillie September 11, 2012

Oh, Patty, thank you! You have made me feel so much better now that I know I am not the only one who can't smell gardenia in Chanel's Gardenia. I thought it was another case of getting the wrong juice in the bottle (like I experienced with Illuminum's White Gardenia Petals), but no - this is what it really does smell like. I am now reassured that my nose is not finally giving up!

Alityke September 11, 2012

I cannot believe I decided not to bid on a BNWOB TF Velvet Gardenia recently on da Bay. It went unsold and could have been mine for a measly £10! Argh BIG error. What a lovely kind gesture the draw is. Please enter me, thank you

sonomavelvet September 11, 2012

"...broken gardenia dreams" Oh yes, snigger snort.....Sob! Funny but so TRUE! I say that looking at my Chanel gardenia that is not gardenia but I forgive it for that eh, once a month or so. And my Pacifica gardenia that doesn't really smell like gardenia, or well sorta like a stick drawing would look like of a gardenia. And Vintage gardenia while I nearly threw across the room in an attempt to get away from it upon first snifferage but a year later decided well, hmmm, actually if I think of it as Candy Gardenia, like a cartoon of a gardenia then, once a month or so I'll take it for a ride. Estee Lauder's PCTG, well, I flip back and forth. Some days I like it, some days it smells like root beer to me. I know, PCTG is like a Georgia O'keefe painting of a gardenia, up close and huge and you really notice the folds and shadows, but then you realize the stamen is missing....ha ha...too clean, it's been de sexed. Luckily I haven't yet tried all of them, so I can sleep well knowing, that it might still be out there, that smell I want, crave... yet can't ever quite quite seem to reach.

Janet in California September 11, 2012

I love gardenia perfumes. Tom Ford's Velvet Gardenia is one of my favorites, I am rationing my decant and may have to head to ebay for a full bottle. I wish he would bring it back. Thanks for the draw.

Bryan September 11, 2012

I laughed out loud more than a few times reading this. Thank you for that. I am also out a few hundred bucks after jumping over to the bay to pick up some jungle gardenia and another bottle of TF. So, yeah, thanks for that too. : ) I fell for Jardenia the moment I discovered the JAR line. I thought the bolt of lightning was going to be "the one". NOPE. Too much pear. Not enough tuberose. Jardenia sounded too good to be true. And it wasn't!! When does that happen? Right?? I Love it. I seem to recall the blue cheese note lasting longer...maybe it's been reformulated a bit. hmmmm I still adore it though. I am dying for Une Voix Noire. I hope it's not a watered down Serge, but a big fun blast of waxy petals. Here's hoping. Didn't know Arquiste was coming out with one. I love the whole line so far. And is Andy really releasing the gardenia or is it an etude of sorts? I'll buy it unsniffed most definitely if he'll let me. Thanks Patty, XXOO

TaffyJ September 11, 2012

My initial reaction to the Tom Ford Velvet Gardenia was not a happy one. I spritzed it, way too much of it, and then sputtered and gaacked! and promptly placed the decant in The Sin Bin, to be disposed of with a proper burial. My short-term memory ain't what it used to be, so I pulled it out of that miscellaneous box and tried it again. This time,...hello, gorgeous! Thanks so much for the Gardenia draw! Is AG Un Matin D'Orage considered a gardenia, albeit a moist one?

Cheryl September 11, 2012

Thanks so much for reigniting my spring time gardenia -in-a perfume-vintage-or discontinued-or whatever obsession. It's an itch that has evaded scratching. Of those you discuss I only know the Van Cleef...and it's pretty ok. It's bravely elegant. It doesn't last too long for me or go in for the gardenia "kill". I'd love to enter in the draw. Cheryl

Cheryl G. September 11, 2012

Well now, I read the whole thing because I LOVE me some gardenia. I huff the real flower and become deliriously drunk as I moan and groan to the point where neighbors have peered over my fence. An. "I'll have what she's having" moment. I missed the Tom Ford gardenia but am soooo tempted to blind buy it. Will I regret it? Perhaps I'll get lucky!

Jennifer September 11, 2012

These all sound wonderful to try.Please enter me! Have you tried Michael Kors? Kim Kardashian's first self titled scent? Vintage Houbigant Gardinia? Sonia Kashuk #1 Gardinia (for Target a few years back) Bill Blass ,and Estee Lauder Azuree sunshine cologne (a bit different from the regular Azuree or the Soliel/BG ). Hmm. If I win the draw I may end up doing a Gardinia sample pass on Basenotes .

breathesgelatin September 11, 2012

Also random question: can anyone speak to the differences between Annick Goutal Gardenia Passion in EDP vs. EDT? I'm contemplating a purchase... I'm not sure which version I tried (whichever was at the Austin Nordstrom, I guess).

breathesgelatin September 11, 2012

It seems like there are quite a few gardenia perfumes coming out this fall - the Serge Lutens has me drooling. The new Arquiste is gardenia, too, right? The one that has me SUPER SUPER SUPER SUPER excited though, is the “Gardenia sotto la luna” that Andy Tauer has been chronicling his work on in his blog. I DIE!!!!!!!!! I like AG Gardenia Passion quite a bit, but haven't tried most of the rarities from the top portion of your list - really want to try Jardenia and Velvet Gardenia but I am TEH POOR. Oh, I thought the Jo Loves Gardenia was really quite good. Definite mushroomy funk to it.

Suzy Q September 11, 2012

I'm going to wear Cruel Gardenia tomorrow in honor of this magnificent post! It's the best perfume name ever, but, yes, it's sadly unrelated to the scent. Discontinued? God I hope not. It's still available for purchase at least... and the price keeps going up.

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