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Damier by Les Bains Guerbois is one of the first fragrances created for the Formes et Matières Collection. This unique niche fragrance is a contrast in light and dark, a checkerboard of ingredients — from the subtly earthy blend of pepper and patchouli to the lactonic combination of milk, sandalwood and white musk.

From Les Bains Guerbois
Lending scent to materials, a color to vowels, entangling emotions. Stirring the senses. Moving, dancing, playing, pursuing on the giant checkerboard at Les Bains Paris. A mythical place. A trail of perfume. Dance floors. Playgrounds. A treasure hunt. Small tiles, large squares, black and white diagonals. Kinetic impressions. Sharp, dark and spicy head notes of black pepper are carried by aldehydes that blow a metallic coldness, reminiscent of the addictive smell of raw cement. Finally, a generous white base of musky, milky sandalwood envelops the sharp and uncompromising raw materials of the opening for infinite comfort.contrast with

Black block: black pepper, pink pepper, patchouli
White block: milky harmony, sandalwood, white musk

Les Bains Guerbois on the Formes et Matières Collection
The Formes et Matières Collection is a feast of shapes, patterns, and materials seen and felt at 7 rue du Bourg l’Abbé in Paris’ 3rd arrondissement. Three fragrances — Raku, Damier and Oud Lacque —  exemplify the inimitable personality of this historic place since 1885. They hypnotize, stimulate, inspire, invigorate, and soothe; their evocative poetry rouses revery, contentment, well-being, excitement, joy, and a thousand other emotions.

Fanny Bal

black pepper, pink pepper, rose, milky accord, jasmine, cashmeran, Virginian cedar, patchouli, santal, white musk

Fulfillment & Shipping

We provide free shipping for USPS orders $75+. 

Ministry of Scent offers shipping to the United States through USPS Ground Advantage and UPS. We process and ship orders within 1-4 days, major holidays excluded. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at orders@ministryofscent.com

We do not ship on Sundays; Sundays are not included in our shipping window.

We are not responsible for lost or stolen packages. We will not provide replacements or refunds for lost or stolen packages. If you have a risk-prone address, we recommend you send to a safer locale.

First-time orders $125+ and all orders $200+ will be shipped with signature confirmation to ensure safe delivery. Customers may request "no signature confirmation" in the Order Note section of the Shopping Cart page, at their own risk. If the item is stolen after tracked delivery, the order cannot be refunded or replaced. 

We cannot file claims or be held responsible for orders that have been designated as "delivered" by UPS or USPS (and/or signed for by recipient). We can file claims for orders that have be designated as "lost in transit" by UPS or USPS. 

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Sample-only Orders (including Sample Sets)
USPS Ground Advantage*
Standard Shipping
(orders under $75)
USPS Ground Advantage* or UPS Ground  (depending on destination)
Free Shipping
(orders $75 and over)

USPS Ground Advantage* or UPS Ground (depending on destination)

3-Day Shipping
UPS 3-Day Service



*Ship times vary. All products ship from California, shipments can take up to 5 business days to the East Coast. 


We do not accept returns of perfumes, simply because perfumes can't be resold once they've been opened and used. We encourage you to order samples before purchasing full bottles of perfume. And here's the good news — with every sample purchased, we'll send you a coupon code that allows you to redeem the cost of the sample and sample shipping if you buy a full bottle of the fragrance you tried (in other words, you get $10 off).

Please contact orders@ministryofscent.com if you have a question or issue related to your order or shipping.

Sample Orders

Samples are designed to help you evaluate scents you might want to later purchase as a full bottle. You may order one sample per fragrance, up to 15 total in a single order. Samples are non-refundable.

For sample orders, please check your packing slip for a special code that will allow you to redeem the price of samples and sample shipping when purchase full bottles of the scents you sample ($10 off full bottles).

Complimentary Samples

We provide complimentary samples with $75+ full bottle purchases. You may request up to 3 samples with any qualifying order. Please use the Order Note section on the Shopping Cart overlay to let us know which complimentary samples you would like. We'll try to provide the scents you've requested, but substitutions may occur if items are out of stock. 

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