Giving thanks

Last Thursday many of you celebrated Thanksgiving with your friends & family. Here in Poland such holiday doesn’t exist. Rumour has it that there were attempts in the past to adapt it here as well but big turkeys didn’t fit in our ovens. It’s probably not true but it’s a funny anecdote anyway. Even though Polish don’t celebrate Thanksgiving I think it’s a beautiful tradition. Each of us has their own reasons to be thankful, be it good health, happy family, succesful job. I think it’s important to know the value of every little thing that brightens our life and be grateful for them all year round.


I am thankful for many things, one of them is a blessing of being able to interact with you here on the blog. I know we’ve never met in person, I don’t know faces of most of you but I feel in my heart that we’re friends anyway, or even a small family like group of people who love perfume. As my way of giving thanks I’d like to offer a little present. I’d like to gift one person with 25 samples. The twist is that it’s going to be a mystery box – you won’t know what’s inside! The samples will be varied, mostly niche, they might be more or less full. Anyone who follows Chemist in the Bottle for at least a month can enter. To do so just leave a comment saying something nice or expressing your thanks.

Next week a winner will be selected randomly and package will be on its way to the lucky person.

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26 thoughts on “Giving thanks

  1. Marco says:

    In Italy Thanksgiving Day doesn’t exist, but every day I am thankful for this incredible world, I am grateful for this wonderful body that nature has given us, for the wonderful experience that our senses give us every day. Enjoy your life! Always and in any case.
    Thank you Lucas, for your blog.

  2. Jillie says:

    What a lovely thought. I know that I forget to be thankful for all the good things in life – it’s far easier to complain about bad stuff …. I shall try to be more grateful in future.

    Don’t enter me in the draw – I’ve been a lucky recipient in the past (for which I am extremely grateful!) so it’s only fair for me to stand back.

    Thank you!

  3. Undina says:

    I want to mention that your turkey joke (I read it out loud to my vSO from the NTS’s thread) brightened our day on Thursday: we had to stay at home instead of going to our friends’ house because my vSO got sick, so any laugh on that not the brightest day was appreciated – thank you! 🙂

    I didn’t grow up with this holiday but over the last 20 years it became one of my favorite holidays. I’m rather a positive thinking and thankful person in my day-to-day life but it’s good to have a reason to say it out loud (some of our friends, when we meet for that holiday, have this tradition) or write.

    So, I’m grateful to have many friends with whom I can share my hobby, many talented perfumers who create perfumes that I can share with my friends with whom I share my hobby and miracles of the modern technology and communications that allow me to find and fall in love with all those perfumes created by talented perfumers and to share them with friends 🙂

    I feel like I shouldn’t be entering to leave better chances to somebody who’s newer to the field or who hasn’t previously been a recipient of your generosity (Thank you!).

    • lucasai says:

      Hi sweetie,
      oh, I’m glad that my joke could make you feel less sad because of staying at home.

      It’s interesting to learn that you were not familiar with Thanksgiving when you were young and now that you live in US it’s one of your favorite.

      You have some great things to be grateful for, quite similar to my gratitude things.

      OK, noted that. I’m thinking of some Christmas cards for you and few others though 😉

  4. You are so sweet Lucas and bring such pleasure into all of our lives through your lovely blog. We are thankful for that 🙂

  5. Shelly says:

    What a lovely idea. I’m thankful for two or three perfume blogs including chemist, that I read. You give me some idea of what’s out there when I can’t go out and sniff them on my own. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. dbellissimo3 says:

    I Am Very Thankful For Having A Wonderful Turkey And Friends On Thanksgiving Morning.Blessed Indeed.

  7. Sara says:

    Here in England, Thanksgiving doesn’t exist either, but I am thankful for your blog, and that my allergies are getting better so I can smell again! And for the soft winter sunshine today that makes the leaves look touched with gold leaf.

  8. Holly says:

    I love your anecdote! I’m grateful for many things, and one of them is this lovely community you’ve gathered together. Thank you so much for giving us the gift of your time and sharing your love of perfume with us, and for being so wonderfully open and generous overall.

    Please don’t enter me in the draw. You know why. 😉

  9. ricardo ferreira says:

    I am from Brazil and here we do not have Thanksgiving day unfortunately because we have as human beings much to thank these days and we do the opposite more we complain because each day that is happening we are becoming more “being” and less human in almost all ….

  10. Here in the US, I am thankful for my family, my friends, my home, the ability to read and write on the internet, and the fact that I can afford things like books and fragrance. And thank YOU for doing this and for your lovely blog!

  11. hajusuuri says:

    I, too, enjoyed your Thanksgiving turkey joke :-). I am thankful for fragrant friends like you.

    Let’s double the fun – I will provide a mystery samples box of 25 perfumes (combination of new and used atomizer and dabber samples) for a recipient in continental U.S.

    No need to enter me in the draw, my dear 🙂

  12. MMKinPA says:

    I just discovered your blog recently so I don’t meet your requirements for the draw, but I do want to thank you for sharing your reviews and thoughts. I buy samples often for perfumes that I can’t find locally, and i often search out reviews to determine what to try. Your reviews are beautifully written and help a novice sniffer a lot!

  13. tiffanie says:

    hi lucasai, the too big turkey and the too small oven made me smile. It is good to be reminded of the value of every little thing that brightens our life. Thank you for those words.

    The perfume community is a wonderful place. I am grateful for the people I have met online and in my day-to-day life because of our shared love for fragrance. I think of you and Undina and hajusuuri as a marvelous trio of perfumista shining stars. You three are a hint that perhaps there is perfume tucked under Orion’s belt. 😉

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