2191 Days of Perfume – Anniversary Giveaway

To celebrate this milestone of 6th birthday of Chemist in the Bottle & to celebrate having you around for all these years (and those passes really quickly, didn’t they!) I’m throwing this imaginary birthday party. And when there’s a birthday – there are gifts as well. It’s become a tradition of my blog that each year there’s an anniversary giveaway & this year will be no different. Here’s the thing:

Write a fragrance riddle – for a specific perfume, ingredient, a brand, a perfume family or anything else scented you can think of.


Other readers will be guessing the right answer so this should be fun. For writing a riddle you’ll get 2 participation votes and 1 vote for guessing it right. At the end I will count the votes and have three winners selected. Gifts to get this year include 5x10ml of Parfum d’Empire scents, a 30 ml flacon of Atelier Cologne fragrance & 3x5ml of Anatole Lebreton perfume. Let’s have some fun!

This giveaway will last for 7 days, until Friday, 13th of July & is open to all current followers of the blog (following at least since June 2018). Winners will be announced few days later. Good luck!

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25 thoughts on “2191 Days of Perfume – Anniversary Giveaway

  1. Jillie says:

    An intriguing competition. Please don’t enter me, but I would love to join in the party fun and riddle this, please:

    I appear from the East but was born in the West
    I am a child of war and of peace
    I have lived for a century
    I am green and I am peach
    I am flowers and I am spice
    My name is a name
    What am I?

    Now lead me to the cake and champagne ……

  2. Undina says:


    I learned the hard way (after spending some time coming up with them and using them during our Iris February) that for whatever reasons my readers didn’t like riddles. It seems you hit the same wall here. But since I love riddles, I decided to do one for your blogoversary anyway. But now at least you will have to try to solve it 😉

    So, which one of 6 perfumes below doesn’t fit into the list and why?

    Bois d’Iris (Van Cleef & Arpels)
    Cologne Noble (La Manufacture)
    Iris des Champs (Houbigant)
    Iris Nazarena (Aedes de Venustas)
    Silver Iris (Atelier Cologne)
    The Architects Club (Arquiste)

    (Hint: there is more than one right answer – as long as you can provide a logical explanation)

    • hajusuuri says:

      I’l take the easy way out, all perfumes except Bois d’Iris were launched in the 20teens (2013 or 2014) whereas Bois d’Iris was launched in 2009 🤔

      • hajusuuri says:

        Hi Lucas, I withdraw this answer since I shouldn’t have to look up the answer…and instead, be able to guess from the riddle itself. I have another answer though in a separate comment.

      • Undina says:

        Nobody says how exactly one has to arrive at the conclusion. You were on the right track with this one but maybe now, when you looked up the dates, you’d come up with a better explanation why it doesn’t fit? 😉
        Though, as I said, there’s more than one (or even 2 😉 ) correct answers.

    • hajusuuri says:

      This time, my answer is: Cologne Noble does not belong because the names of all the other perfumes have a vowel as the first letter for one of the words that make up the perfume name!

      • Undina says:

        I should say that your explanation for this perfume is better than mine for it (I’ll reveal mine with other variants later), so I consider it the correct answer.

        Lucas and Jillie, you both still can find other correct answer(s) to the same riddle 😉

    • lucasai says:

      The Architects club is the only perfume in this bunch that doesn’t list iris among its notes.

      • Undina says:

        Perfect! This is one of the correct answers! 🙂 Now the rest of them.

        For the 6th anniversary of this blog I came up with 5 perfumes, each of which could be excluded from the list as not fitting the other 4 by one of the criteria and the sixth perfume that fits all of the criteria – which makes it different from other 5.

        Bois d’Iris (Van Cleef & Arpels) – the only perfume created before Lucas started this blog (hajusuuri was close on this one)
        Iris des Champs (Houbigant) – the only perfume on the list that Lucas didn’t really like
        The Architects Club (Arquiste) – the only perfume that doesn’t contain iris/orris (Lucas has guessed it correctly)
        Silver Iris (Atelier Cologne) – the only perfume with the name that starts not from one of the letters in this blog’s name (but hajusuuri’s version with letters was good as well)
        Cologne Noble (La Manufacture) – the only perfume from the list I haven’t tried (this one is slightly off but I couldn’t come up with one more criteria around Lucas’s blog 😉 )

        Iris Nazarena (Aedes de Venustas) – the only perfume that fits ALL the criteria.

  3. hajusuuri says:

    Triplet power!

    From couture to perfumery
    My name and that of my brand
    Alliterate and contain the same number of letters
    I evoke sand and sea with nary an aquatic or mineral note

    • Undina says:

      Let me make sure I understand the riddle correctly.

      We’re trying to guess the name of the perfume that starts with the same letter(s) as the name of the brand, which originally was just a fashion brand but then created perfume; and somehow this perfume evokes sand and sea even though it doesn’t have corresponding notes in the pyramid. Is it what you asked?

      • Undina says:

        … and the name of that perfume has the same number of letters as the name of the brand.

        I’m asking because I have 3 (three!) answers but each of them doesn’t fit one of the criteria – if I understood the criteria correctly 🙂

        • hajusuuri says:

          Correct, 4 letters and the first letter of the brand and that of the perfume is one and the same. If one of the candidates has Amber, just know that unless it is specifically “ambergris”, I don’t consider Amber as mineral or aquatic.

      • hajusuuri says:

        Yes. It started as a fashion house just a very short while later, created perfumes and both still churn out couture and perfumes.

  4. Jillie says:

    I think it’s easier to make up a riddle than to answer it! I am desperately trying to solve Hajusuuri’s and Undina’s, but so far haven’t come up with anything.

  5. hajusuuri says:

    First came THIS and then came THAT
    Some managed 1
    Others did 2 by 28
    and everything in between
    What is THIS and THAT?

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