Gardez-Moi by Bertrand Duchafour for Jovoy Paris 2013


Post by Gabriella


Hello Perfumed peeps!

I must admit that I’ve been much more focused on non-perfumed pursuits lately. A big one has been fitness and running training as I’m doing a Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation (overseas peeps, she’s a local fitness trainer) and I’m feeling really good. I’ve never been a good runner and I’m enjoying the challenge of pushing myself beyond my comfort zone. I can honestly say I’m the fittest I’ve been in my life and I’m enjoying having ab muscles for the first time!

Gardez-Moi by Jovoy Paris Running skeeze PixabayPhoto Stolen Pixabay

A lifelong love of mine – makeup – has also had my attention. I tend to flit between perfume and makeup and the latter won out this month: I’ve been spending lots of time time looking up reviews, checking out Instagram posts and testing colours and all that kind of good thing. Lipsticks and nail polishes are my biggest weakness and when perfume isn’t my focus, I’m usually buying one of the two things.

I’ve also revived my passion for reading and I’ve ploughed through Judy Blume’s In the Unlikely Event as well as Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman and I’ve just started to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird to compare.

In saying all this, the joys of discovering a new love scent-wise didn’t evade me completely. One that captured my attention over the past few weeks was Jovoy’s Gardez-Moi.

Gardez-Moi by Jovoy Paris 2013

Gardez-Moi by Bertrand Duchafour

Gardez Moi Jovoy Paris FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Top: Coriander, Aldehydes, Black Pepper, Cyclamen, Leaves of Tomato
Heart: Ylang-Ylang, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Absolute Mimosa, Gardenia, Lily White
Base: Virginia Cedar resin, Styrax, Musk, Vanilla, Oak Moss, Raspberry Agreement

I’ve had a couple of tries of this previously and dismissed it as boring, but now it just seems to feel like “me”. Naturally, it should because it’s a Big White Floral and you all know that I love gardenia. But it’s also a Duchafour, and I’m sorry to say that Mr Duchafour’s scents and I don’t usually get along – there’s something in the base of his scents that smells like a bunch of flowers left in water too long – a green, stanky staleness.

Thankfully, this isn’t the case with Gardez-Moi – there is green there, but it’s at the beginning and it’s light and soft and powdery, thanks to the mixture of aldehydes and tomato leaf. This green gently folds into the big bouquet of ylang ylang, jasmine and gardenia. The mix is so big at first that I was afraid Gardez-Moi would just become a huge white floral as opposed to a true gardenia, but it doesn’t take long before her star begins to shine.

Gardenia augustaPhoto Stolen Flickr

It’s a heady gardenia, but the green notes keep it fresh and blooming rather than overly buttery and cloying. There’s also a vintage vibe thanks to the aldehydes and oak moss – paying homage to Jovoy’s history, I’m guessing. The result is a classically elegant fragrance with chiseled cheekbones, crimson lips and a graceful beauty. However, the scent also has a joyful vibe thanks to the greenness of the gardenia and this stops the mix becoming too haughty or requiring that the wearer must don a ballgown to enjoy.

Further reading: Grain de Musc and Perfume Posse
Luckyscent has $180/100ml and samples at $4/.7ml

Have you tried Gardez Moi or any other Jovoy scent?

What are your other passions and interests besides perfume?

With much love till next time!
M xxx

11 thoughts on “Gardez-Moi by Bertrand Duchafour for Jovoy Paris 2013

  1. Hi, Madeleine — I started jogging with my dog a month ago, so I’m still a newbie. But really, does it firm your abs?? That would be awesome. I would definitely stick with it for better abs! Haven’t tried any Jovoy scents but I also love gardenia so will sample Gardez-Moi asap!
    Much aloha,


  2. This sounds like another to add to the sample list. That is amazing re your training efforts. I know it feels great doing an exercise programme. I did 3 x boot camps in a row when I lived in NZ and it was the fittest I’ve ever been in my life (still no abs though!) The Harper Lee is on my to read list too. And as for other passions definitely movies, travelling and I would like to be more educated on wine. And a million other things.


  3. Good for you on the fitness and running training. I do these things for a while and then get bored.

    Gardez-Moi is lovely. I usually like my gardenias buttery and creamy and yes, a bit cloying. This one really is more “chiseled cheekbones”. Great description! I will be getting a decant to see if I want a FB. I think I will.


  4. Very interested to hear this one works for you, as I have the same rancid vasewater reaction to many Duchaufours. Love gardenia, so now I need to sample Gardez-Moi. Am also trying to spend more time reading and less time online (quite a challenge). Proud of myself because I just finished Blonde, the fictionalized story of Marilyn Monroe’s life. Never really knew much about her, and it’s a pretty depressing story, albeit well written. Since it was over 700 pages, I’m motivated to tackle books of more modest lengths–Go Set a Watchman is on my coffee table.


    • Hi Caroline,

      Marilyn was my idol as a teenager and I read all about her, but not that book, so I’ll check out. Hope you like Gardez Moi and Watchman!

      M x


  5. I haven’t worked out in far too long. I really should. I won’t run unless something is chasing me. My family has bad knees. When my brother took up running he destroyed the cartilage and needed surgery so I’ll stick to lower impact stuff.
    I love white florals and this is going on the list to try. My latest obsessions are lipstick and nail polish. I am on a quest for the perfect matte red lipstick and a nail strengthener that works. Dream the impossible dream…


  6. Oooh, more white florals for me to try… My (very) modest collection of perfume is dominated by white florals – so far I have Do Son, Tuberose Gardenia and MPG Jardin Blanc… but I’m always looking for more! Thanks for highlighting this one for me.

    As for other passions – my biggest is volleyball, though I’m really getting into my make up more these days. A couple of months ago I chopped my black (half-asian) hair into a pixie, then I bleached it blonde and today I really took it short by buzzing up the sides (which removed the blond, leaving me with black on the sides and a blonde top). It’s pretty edgy and cool, but I think I’m definitely going to have to wear a bit more make up, perhaps in really feminine colors (bright pink lips!) so that I don’t feel too masculine!


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