What’s in a number?

It’s this time of the year again! But before we get to celebrate The Oscars 2017 on 26th February there is another thing to celebrate two days earlier, on 24th – that is today. Far away from the flashing cameras, paparazzi, red carpet, on a different continent I’m having my own celebration because it’s my birthday. Can I be honest with you? Every year when this day approaches I get this weird questions appearing in my head, like – am I a good person? What am I doing with my life? Am I doing things right? Is it what I want? And of course I have many doubts if I’m able to answer them properly. At the age of 27 I surely don’t know everything.


But you know what? Things are changing. Actually many things have changed already! And I can also feel it in my bones that 2017 might be a life-changing year with something amazing happening in coming months. You know I have dreams. And you know I dream big. But there were first signs last year and they can create a correct path to fulfilling them. For a certain – there is no room for giving up in my life. Things don’t happen when you want them to – they happen when the world things you are ready for them. I have time, I’m still young, I’m patient. I will wait!

Every year I treat myself to a special birthday perfume. This year I’ve been thinking a lot and I narrowed it down to: Chanel Boy, Hiram Green Arbole Arbole, Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele, Guerlain Derby. Can you help me decide? Since none of them are available in Poland I would shop for them online or in case of Chanel/Guerlain, I would buy them in boutique when in Milan next month. Now everyone – there’s a champagne over there and here I have some chocolate-pear cake. We can party all night long to celebrate my 27th birthday. You are the best fragrance friends!

PS. All digits in my birth date sum to 27, by the way.

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32 thoughts on “What’s in a number?

  1. Ana says:

    Happy Birthday to you! 🎂🎁🍾 Wish you all the best and I hope that 2017 will be a great year for you. As for you perfumed wishes… I would chose Arbole Arbole and Rahele. Have a great day!

  2. Holly says:

    Happy Birthday! May all your dreams come true! I know you have what it takes to reach your goals, and may fortune shine upon you whilst you’re on your way. Thank you for creating this wonderful blog and sharing your journey through life and our mutual love of perfume.

    As to your perfume gift, I’ve only tried the first two so I can’t help you out there. I have a sample of Rahele to get to, though. But today it’s Rose Anonyme together with you for our rose month and to celebrate with you. I will raise a toast to you later! xo

    PS Your birth date is a 27 and therefore a 9, and so is today!

  3. Jillie says:

    A very happy birthday! May all good things come to you and this year be the best yet.

    Well, I haven’t ever tried the Guerlain Derby, but being a fan of that house (at least of the older fragrances) I think it would be rather lovely, classic and classy, and the notes look perfect. It is also outrageously expensive and difficult to get hold of, so that makes it even more tempting! I guess you will be able to test first when you are in Milan.

    Chocolate and pear cake. Yummy. We will have a drink in celebration of your birthday tonight.

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks Jillie. I actually tried Derby only once, at Guerlain boutique at Champs-Elysees in Paris when I was on summer vacation in 2015. SA there made me smell a lot and I remember liking it.

      Thanks for the evening toast for me

  4. Happy birthday dear Lucas! All the best people are born in Feb- I was 47 3 days ago. Hope you have a wonderful day. Buy the Chanel, baby. love Sam xx

  5. rprichpot says:

    Arbolé Arbolé. Such a wonderful scent with pricing that doesn’t insult one’s intelligence. Quality that allows you to feel you are treating yourself but without the buyer’s remorse, a double win. I wish you a very happy birthday. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us all year long.❤️

  6. CristinaM says:

    Happy birthday Lucas!
    Are you coming to visit Exsense I imagine??

  7. shelly says:

    Best wishes. I have only smelled Boy and thought it was great. Enjoy whatever you pick and keep being an optimist with those dreams, it is refreshing in this world today 🙂

  8. shiva-woman says:

    I have both Chanel Boy, and Arbole. Chanel Boy is great, and I quite enjoy, but for something special, Arbole! Arbole seems perfect for a Birthday present to self. It’s different, interesting, and about growth, trees! Rahele didn’t do it for me (blasphemy I know). Happy Birthday!

  9. rickyrebarco says:

    Happy Birthday, Lucas! 27 is a wonderful age. Enjoy! I would choose Chanel Boy, but then I’m a huge lavender lover and adore most things Chanel, too. It’s a beautiful scent to my mind. Thinking back, I had just gotten married at 27 and embarked on my first ‘real’ job as a lawyer. And a life in the big city, Washington, D.C. It was a good year and I hope this will be a great year for you, too!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you
      I know you love Chanel but for me most of these Les Exclusives were too weak, only Boy did better on my skin.

      I hope what you’re saying will be true, about 27 being a special age

  10. Undina says:

    Happy Birthday, dear Lucas!

    Keep going towards your goals! It’s almost never easy to get where you want to be so while working hard towards that, do not forget to enjoy life, your age, health and everything else that you already have, not waiting to do all that once you reach your goals.

    As to the birthday perfume, I’d vote for Arbole Arbole or Rahele: these two, in my opinion, are much more special and unique and both Guerlain and Chanel are too mundane for a self-gift. Besides, both Boy and Derby come in sizes that are more suitable for splitting – but I would feel bad “splitting” perfume I got for myself (I would not mind gifting somebody with a portion or swapping decants but selling feels different). But whatever you decide, the most important part is that you should enjoy it.

  11. Woo Hoo! Have a great Birthday Lucasz. There are some great choices in your birthday list, good luck deciding. I have bottles of Rahele and Boy so either of those are my choices for you.
    Can’t wait to hang out with you in Milan.
    Portia xxx

  12. Happy Birthday Lucas! Hmmmm, you have some tough choices to make. I love Rahele…which seemed to be either a love or not for many. To me it’s Neela’s best. And Arbole Arbole is terrific and very different from anything out there. As for Derby…it’s classic, but you might get bored with it. If you don’t have a lot of traditional masculine fragrances in your collection, it might be a nice add. In any case, you’ll do well with any of the choices! Oh, so be so young again. 🙂

  13. Barbara B says:

    Sto lat Lucas! Have only tried the Rahele, and I think it is a winner! 27 is a great age, enjoy your year!

  14. hajusuuri says:

    Happy Birthday, Lucas. Your optimism is fantastic. As to a birthday perfume, it sounds like Arbole Arbole is calling 🙂

  15. I hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lucas! I remember being 27! It’s a fantastic age and I am happy to tell you life just keeps getting better as you get older! Think of yourself as a fine bottle of wine; you get better with age!!
    Sto Lat!! Proost!!!
    I love Chanel Boy!!! That’s my choice for you!

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