The Different Company Garden Perfume Coffret

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I got the little Garden coffret from The Different Company directly, and it looks like Beautyhabit is doing pre-orders on full bottles only now. You can also get the little three-bottle coffret with 10 ml each in it directly from The Different Company, but navigating to their order page can be tricky, just be warned. Two of the three got snatched up for my collection after being declared FBW. The bottles are the pretty colored ones in the traditional TDC bottle. The descriptions below with the notes are from Now Smell This. Celine Ellena, creator of my beloved Sel de Vetiver, is the nose behind all three of these scents, and I am quickly becoming her biggest fan — no, no, not a Misery-like biggest fan, just a fan fan, without the blocks of wood and the sledgehammer.

Un parfum des sens et bois — notes of white violet, cedar, pepper, ginger, elemi, patchouli and incense. This goes on peppery and sagey spicy, and the violet hides itself, like most good little violets do, but you can catch a little of it here and there peeping it’s beautiful, shy head out. I always think of the violet as the shy maiden that is dressed in her slip that hides behind the door and keeps peeking around the corner, and you think she’s shy until she finally steps into the room dressed in a black bustier with a pretty purple whip snapping by her side. Sorry, I love violets, I’ll continue on.

As it unfolds, the wood, the incense, the violet and spice all spin together to make this a veritable feast for the nose — there’s just not one thing that stands out, though you will catch a discrete note here and there — but this is not a heavy meal that you’ll be burping up for days. This has the same subtlety that Sel de Vetiver and Osmanthe Yunnan have, a light hand that is intent on creating a watercolor (description on basenotes that I agree with). For as subtle as this perfume is, it doesn’t disappear in a an hour or so, though it is not something that will trail you all day at full force like that ex-boyfriend from high school that never knew what “we are broken up, I don’t love you, I don’t even like you” meant. It’s a ghost, a cloud of scent that whispers across your nose every time you move, but that you just cannot find in the same strength, if at all, on your skin. Charming beyond belief.

Un parfum d’ailleurs et fleurs — notes of neroli, tangerine, tuberose, black elder flowers, star anise, musk, plum and hazel tree blossom. Wow! This one goes on very sharp and just pops from the skin, not entirely tangerine, some neroli, but I’m not sure what else is pumping up the volume on the open (wish I was better at picking out notes, sorry, guys!!!). There is an earthy fruitiness to this, and I didn’t even know that kind of combination could exist in a perfume and smell good, but that’s the best description I have. The drydown is just gorgeously soft. It stays earthy for a while, but then you get a little teeny bit of fruit, enough that you know you have fruit in there, and the florals blend in the fruit notes beautifully, and fruit is just not a major factor for the rest of its stay on me — you fruity floral hates can rejoice here because this is not a fruity floral. I never get much tuberose as a distinct note, but I’m sure it is in there. Many hours later, this has the prettiest, lightest, cleanest smell. Again, it’s a watercolor. When I think I can’t smell it, it is there, just dancing around my nose like a butterfly.

Un parfum de charme et feuilles — notes of marjoram, peppermint, Sambac jasmine, sage and clementine. I thought I would like this one the least only from the notes. This goes on very minty with a light spice, quite a lot of sage, but it’s tempered so well with the peppermint, it is not too much. I cannot ever remember being a fan of minty perfumes… but this one is probably the only one that would ever get me to change my mind. The longer this is on, it retains a little of the mint, but the jasmine and clementine and sage break through. I used to have pots of jasmine in my garden with catmint and Russian sage around it. This is that smell, but better. Again, this is a very subtle scent, it doesn’t whack you over the head with any of the notes. Just about the time my nose gets a little weary of the mint, it starts dissipating and letting the jasmine through, but maintaining a crisp sagey mintness througout the drydown, which lasts approximately forever (I’m at 8 hours when I wrote this). This is probably my least favorite of the three, but only because mint is not a favorite note, but it is definitely lovely and well crafted.

Can I just say that Celine Ellena is slowly moving to the top of the list of perfumers I adore? She has such a light and subtle hand, but the subtlety is never too light so that the scent just disappears. There are days I want perfumes that make a statement and days when I want a perfume that flutters about my senses, and these three fit the bill on the latter.

Giveaway this week!!! A set of all three of these perfume samples. Just drop a note in the comments that you’d like to be included in the drawing, and I’ll put you in!


  • cindy andel says:

    Sounds wonderful & lively – especially needed at this time of year. Include me, please!

  • BBliss says:

    Aack! I’m really late to this one, but have a really good excuse – Mother-in-Law visit (8 yrs overdue) for the holidays. Interesting time…but truely, these sound more interesting – love your descriptions. Please include me if not too late, otherwise I’ll try to navigate the TDC order page – I did it before, but it is a real pain! Thank you for sharing your impressions!

  • M.T.N says:

    include me too? love your blog, have never commented before, but for all the shy lurkers who love discussing perfumes–thanks!

  • MnM says:

    These sound gorgeous! Please enter me in the drawing. Have a great weekend.

  • sara says:

    wonderful review! you’ve got me intrigued about these scents. can I please enter the contest? thanks!

  • Patty says:

    Judith, I’m not sure where you are going to fall on these. I suspect on the Marina side. They are watercolors, no doubt. I think they are awesome, but I like lighter perfumes a lot and am happy with that more ethereal quality as long as the durn things will last, and these do. At least for me, they do.

  • Judith says:

    Writing a little more reasonably. Celine Ellena is one of my favorites, too. I just LOVE Sel de Vetiver–and I like Osmanthus al lot. And you make these all sound great–especially the first one! But Marina’s comment worries me. I wonder where I will fall out in the chemistry lottery. . . !

  • hausvonstone says:

    oooh – I love sneaky violets! please enter me in the drawing…thanks, and happy Thanksgiving from overseas!

  • Patty says:

    And everyone that wanted in the drawing, you are in, and thanks!!!

  • Patty says:

    Steve — I think the bois one is definitely unisex. It reminded me of the PG’s Hyperessence Matale a bit, definitely not meant just for girls. The other one, not the mint one, I definitely think a guy could wear that. That’s a hard statement to know if it is accurate because some guys are a lot more open minded than others. I think it would smell great on a guy. My husband ONLY does woodsy smells and is closed minded like a clam when it comes to anything beyond that. It makes me nuts.

    The mint one, I think it could work, but only if you like having a minty smell. I just don’t, but I really loved the rest of it.

    None of these three struck me as being particularly feminine and dainty. The lightness of how they are isn’t feminine, it’s just like a soft breeze kind of light.

  • Patty says:

    Dusan, darling, do feel better! You sound positively miserable.

  • Dana says:

    Interesting! Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  • Malena says:

    Please include me in the drawing!
    I really, really like TDC, especially Rose Poivré which is a rose for rose haters (like me) ;)!

  • Rosewater says:

    Very nice review. I have been wondering about this “company.” I’d consider it a happy Thanksgiving indeed if I won the drawing.

    Love your blog!

  • Alica says:

    I would be happy to be included in the drawing. Thanks

  • Judith says:

    me, me I want to try these! I may simply have to order them. . . can’t wait!

  • Steve H says:

    Could any of the 3 be considered “unisex”?

    Would love the chance to be in the drawing.

  • Dusan says:

    Been down with a bug these days – coughing, sneezing, sniffling, slobbing around bored out of my mind, wallowing in self-pity — just pathetic! And then I come here and read your answer to Lauren about your bad French – at “et is and” you had me cracking then wheezing and finally coughing my lungs out :)) You kill me! Luv ya! Mwua!
    Am not in for the drawing as I still gotta pay off my carmic debt to you and March… *slinks off with pangs of conscience kicking him in the butt*

  • M.C. says:

    Would love to be included in the drawing!

  • patchamour says:

    Lovely review. Would you put me in the drawing? Many thanks, Patch

  • Rachel says:

    Thank you for this review – they sound beautiful! Please do include my name in the drawing –I’d love to try them! Thanks.

  • tmp00 says:


    count me in!

  • Lauren and whoever needs a little help with their French, here’s a link to my translations of the names of the perfumes:

  • Emotenote says:

    Wow, these sound fab. I would love to be in the drawing. Oddly I’ve never followed up on the Different Company even though I love Sel de Vetiver. ‘Course I’m just getting to try Armani Cuir de Amethyst and have fallen in love, so I really need to keep up on these things! Even though it seems somewhat hidden to the masses, there is so much talent out there!

  • This is so funny, just saw your post but then also posted today about a perfume by Céline Ellena called Rose Divine. Actually it’s just a picture of the bottle but I will review it when I get back from my Thanksgiving break.

  • Lauren says:

    They sound lovely! I’d like to be included in the drawing, please 🙂

  • minette says:

    Oh, this one I really want to win. I love her stuff more than I love her dad’s stuff (although First is still fab). Please enter me in your drawing. And thanks for the lovely portraits of her work.

  • Patty says:

    Lauren — my French is nonexistent, so I won’t even try! Bois is wood. fleurs is flowers, and “et” is and. That ends my only Friench. :d


  • Patty says:

    Marina, I would have been shocked had these worked for you. I really thought they were too subtle at first, but their persistence and the soft drydown was what won me over from the “too little” column.

  • Patty says:

    E — Yeah, these are way subtle perfumes, but insistent, at least on me. I liked them a lot.

  • Cait says:

    right up my jasmine laced minty alley. I want! Please enter me in the drawing.
    Did you love Jasmin de Nuit, too?

  • Twibbet says:

    These sound really charming. I’m not too big on mint, but very intrigued by the sage-jasmine combo. I like violet, too 😡

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Christine says:

    Wow these sound fantastic.

    Please enter me in the drawing! Thank you.

  • Victoria says:

    Oh, these sound so wonderful! I am tempted by all of them!

  • Jennifer says:

    Those sound utterly lovely. Fully jonesing to smell Un parfum d’ailleurs et fleurs. Please enter me in the drawing.

  • violetnoir says:

    Dang, Patty! Your description of the first two sounds just lovely.

    I’m just about on perfume overload with all of these new fragrances, but please go ahead and sign me up for the drawing.

    Bunches of hugs!

  • Sharon says:

    Hi Patty…great review.
    Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Robin says:

    Great reviews — tempted to buy them all unsniffed!

  • Lauren says:

    Ooooh, yes, please sign me up. Would love to try these, especially the Bois.

    And could you include a translation when the names are in French?


  • Marina says:

    Subtle is right. I envy you, Patty, positively envy you. I was so disappointed in these :(( Will grumble about them tomorrow.

  • Madelyn Etkind says:

    Hi there Patty,
    I would love to try this new line – Please add me to your drawing ! Your love of violets we share. I also like somewhat of a lasting sillage. i guess these scents are really tje perfumer’s perfume.
    Have a great day !
    The different company also has quite a website- with music,and photos of our beloved .. J- C Ellena. Celine etc.
    Madelyn E

  • IrisLA says:

    They sound fab! Please include me in the drawing.

  • jill says:

    I’d love to try those, please enter me in the drawing, thanks!

  • Jo says:

    I love TDC! Please enter me in the drawing.

  • kuri says:

    Wow, they sound exquisite! I like a little bit of mint. Please include me in the drawing! I’ve never tried any of Celine Ellena’s scents.

  • Patty says:

    March — trying to think what in the world was in that package that distracted you?!?! Oh, the lesNEZ!

  • Musetta says:

    Great reviews! Count me in for the drawing!

  • sybil says:

    Ohhh…what great descriptions! I love Sel de Vetiver, and now Osmanthe Yunnan (and all of these) are hot on my lemming list! Please enter me in the drawing!

  • Elle says:

    Un Parfum des Sens et Bois sounds like it would be my fav from this group w/out doubt. Your description of violets cracked me up. I think the first time I realzed violets could be all that was w/ French Cancan. I realize this isn’t along the lines of FC, but it still sounds fab.

  • sariah says:

    Hey P – great (enticing) reviews, please sign me up.

  • March says:

    Yum!!!!! Got a sample of these last night, I believe \:d/ got distracted by a couple of other things in the pkg, though …. must remedy now that I’ve read your mouthwatering review.

  • Patty says:

    Anne — put you in the drawing, Anne! I think they are wonderful, but I’m very fond of watercolor perfumery. 🙂

  • Patty says:

    Masha — I just put the link in to the coffret. You can get the bottle of 3, 10 mls each for 39 Euros directly from The Different Comapny. Beautyhabit is doing pre-orders on the full bottles now And I put you in the drawing!


  • chayaruchama says:

    How delicious !
    Please add me to your draw !
    BTW, when Jasmin de Nuit came out, I bought it immediately, and never regretted it.
    She does lovely work.

  • Anne says:

    All of these sound wonderful to me. Would love to be entered in the drawing.

  • Masha says:

    :)Ah, and please include me in the drawing! Thanks.

  • Masha says:

    These sound lovely!! And a very different concept in each. I love mint if it’s done well, and AA’s Herba Fresca is one of my favorites for summer. Where can this little coffret be purchased??