High five!

Hello July! Did you notice that half of a year is now behind us? When did this time pass? But if I were to rewind these days I would say there’s no need to as I think that first half of 2017 was fine for me. There were better and worse days, but that’s totally normal. There have been some stressful moments at work but I hope I’m safe in this tough situation. And lets not forget that there’s always something to look forward to. Like summer holidays that I’m hoping to plan soon.

You might start to wonder – why is he telling me all that? The reason is simple. It’s because last weekend, on Saturday – June 1, Chemist in the Bottle turned 5! My birthday or blog birthday, just like the end of the year are a moment of reflection. I didn’t expect that something that started out of a personal need to share own thoughts with others would survive and keep going for 5 years. From the start I treated the blog as a hobby, not as a duty or a job that had to be done.

Of course I still remember the beginning of Chemist in the Bottle. I didn’t expect to have any readers yet they came. There were quite many of them as I encouraged people who kept reading my reviews at Basenotes & other forums that they could join me at a newly launched blog. I remember how I tried to promote my writing by guest-posting at other popular perfume website but I was always denied. And always with a same excuse – “your English is not good enough”. I struggled.

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I kept going on my own while number of active visitors kept melting down. But at the same time a solid group of regulars started to form. With time Chemist in the Bottle was earning more recognition & those who previously said that my English was too poor admitted that it became much more polished over time. And this perfumed adventure lasts for 5 years already, which is unbelievable. Nowadays I don’t think I’m writing for too many people but I know who they are & I know I can count on them. So I want to express my heartfelt thank you to these people – you know who you are.

Chemist in the Bottle has given me many things. Obvious fact – that it has given me a great opportunity to explore a vast sea of perfume, to discover more and less-known brands. This blog has given me friends & I’m grateful for that. You are all my friends, yes you are! I met some of you face to face but many of you I have yet to meet. And I believe that one day we’ll have a chance. Chemist in the Bottle gave me opportunities to travel. With my first application to go to Esxence and being accepted as a press guest I was enamored. Now I can’t imagine not going.

Writing this blog week after week, with better or worse regularity also helped me realize how I change. And it’s not just about growing up, leaving university years behind and stepping into the adulthood. It’s about building my own character & personality. I’m also thankful for all the confidence given to me by different brands. For their trust, for their care about my opinions and for making me realize that even if a world of Chemist in the Bottle is a small one – it’s big enough for perfume brands to be aware of it. Thank you, thank you, thank you – it would be impossible without you!

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32 thoughts on “High five!

  1. Jillie says:

    A VERY HAPPY FIFTH BIRTHDAY!

    Well, those years have flown by. Watching you develop and mature has been a wonderful experience, Lucas, and I for one am so pleased and interested to read your reviews and to count you as a friend.

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Lyubov says:

    Happy 5th, Lukas! And I could only add – Priorities, dear, priorities!
    Just make sure that everything you do brings you pleasure and fulfillment! Quitting writing won’t stop you from using and appreciating perfume, moreover you are going in a close professional direction!
    All the fragrant best,
    Lyubov

  3. All the best for the next (at least) five years! Keep us posted! πŸ™‚

  4. Holly says:

    Happy Blogoversary! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts and impressions of so many beautiful perfumes with the Chemist in the Bottle family. It’s been a joy to follow you on your journey, and you deserve and have earned your place in the hearts and minds of all who have come to know your work. Many happy returns!

  5. hajusuuri says:

    You done good, my dear. Happy 5th Anniversary and many many more to come. I am glad to be part of your journey from the beginning and it just thrills me that we are scent twins, if only to save me from wasting skin space from trying out perfumes I am 99% sure I will not like since you don’t. Keep up the great work!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you sweetie.
      I’m also more than happy to have a scent twin like you. I can spare your precious skin space for fragrances you probably wouldn’t like. And there;s a possibility that if you were to send me a surprise sample – I might like it too

  6. Laurie E says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary to you and Chemist In The Bottle!! πŸ™‚

  7. cookie queen says:

    5 years is a real achievement. Staying motivated isn’t always easy. As long as you vet pleasurr out of perfume, you’ll stay creative. ❀️

  8. Martin says:

    Congratulations on five years. I have been enjoying reading your thoughts and reviews for well over a year and always look forward to your next post.

  9. Sarah says:

    Dear Lucas,
    Your English is perfect. Always be proud of your ability to write in another language. I found that writing is very difficult, at least for me.
    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I so enjoy your blogs. Keep up the good work!
    OXOX
    Sarah

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks Sarah. I don’t think it’s perfect but it’s much better than before.
      About writing – it depends. If I feel inspired I can write full piece in 2 hours, but sometimes I’m just mind-blocked.

  10. Undina says:

    Dear Lucas,
    Five years is quite an achievement – I applaud you for that and I wish you to keep interest in writing for the chemist in the Bottle for many-many years.
    You know that English isn’t my native language as well so I cannot completely appreciate the purity of your execution but as a reader I enjoy reading your reviews and in this sea of new perfumes I appreciate your heads-up since our tastes are very close.

    Thank you for your company and your friendship – I value and appreciate it.

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks for your kind words Undina.
      Yes, I remember that English is not your native language but somehow for you it’s easier, since you live in US and speak English daily, which doesn’t apply to me πŸ˜‰

      I’m happy you like my reviews and the similarity of our tastes.

      It’s great to have a friend like you

  11. Wishing you a very happy five year anniversary, Lucas! So nice to hear that you are still enjoying the endeavor! Here’s to many, many more years!

  12. jasmijn says:

    Long time lurker, first comment.
    Happy anniversary!
    And I hope to see at least another 5 years of Chemist in the bottle. πŸ™‚

  13. Congratulations Lucas! 5 years… so hard to believe as time has gone so quickly! I wish you many, many more years of success!!! xoxoxox Steve

  14. Barbara says:

    Congratulations on your five year anniversary! Your voice in the world of fragrance is very much appreciated. I enjoy reading your well-written reviews; they are precise, in-depth, and thoughtful. My own area of interest has become quite focused as I get older, but it’s a pleasure to check in on your blog and see what’s going on. I love your approach and your energy. Good luck and best wishes Lucas!

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you Barbara. Very happy that you like my style of writing. There are some other bloggers that write even more in-depth but I like my style and chemistry background I have

  15. naaneuclidean says:

    Happy blog birthday to you! I came to here originally after clicking through from one of your comments on Now Smell This, and I added you to my blog roll because I really appreciate your views and opinions. Here’s to many more years of Chemist in the Bottle!

  16. tiffanie says:

    Five! an auspicious number in life and especially in the world of perfume. Congratulations! I’m grateful for your voice here at the Chemist in the Bottle and for the thoughts you share. I fell into the fragrance blogs just a few years ago so you have always been a scented superstar in my eyes. πŸ™‚

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