Feels like the first time…

I’m sure that you have noticed that over the last couple of weeks I haven’t been writing as regularly as I used to do it. Instead of treating you to 2 reviews a week I reduced the amount to only one article. I truly apologize for that but I have a pretty good explanation for that. You see, I’m going through a very intense and rapid period in my life that keeps me quite busy and that requires a lot of focus from my side so writing had to be put aside for a little while longer. I wish I could tell you more.


One thing that you can know is the fact that I’ve been visiting Paris a couple of times over the last few months. But what I’m doing in Paris is secret as I don’t want to jinx anything or share the news of something that might not work out in the end… Although I’m convinced it will work and that in the near future I’ll be able to say that I succeeded in my goal. My last visit in Paris was actually on Wednesday, earlier this week. When I was there I had enough time to visit Printemps and Galleries Lafayette as I was interested in smelling newly released addition to Les Eaux de Chanel called Paris-Riviera.

At the Chanel counter I identified the one responsible for my visit, sprayed it on paper first and then with assistance of a lovely saleswoman dressed in bateau-style striped blouse I tried the perfume on skin. It was nice and brisky but after a couple of minutes I realized I didn’t like it quite as much as the original trilogy from last year. Then in the corner of my eye I spotted something smallish, standing on a display right next to the large bottles of Les Eaux. I was taken by surprise and I asked about it.

Turns out Chanel just released Paris-Deauville, Paris-Biarritz and Paris-Venise in a perfumista friendly, ultra cute and handy 50 ml bottle. My eyes must have sparkled with excitement and I knew I was going to get one. I still didn’t manage to buy my birthday gift-to-self perfume (since February) and things went well in Paris that day so I decided to reward myself. Even though Paris-Venise is my favorite one (thanks to Undina for a decant!) I left Lafayette with a flacon of Paris-Deauville as it’ll be perfect for the summer. I bought a perfume and it felt like the first time, it filled me with happiness & excitement even though there are +50 fragrances at home. But it was my very 1st Chanel.

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20 thoughts on “Feels like the first time…

  1. Jillie says:

    Lovely story to read – enjoy your belated birthday present!

  2. Ingeborg says:

    It is so great when a new purchase really sparks joy! I wish you every success with your new projects.

    • lucasai says:

      It does! But most of my niche fragrances were bought online after getting samples so maybe that’s why I was so excited about this experience of buying Chanel-Deauville in person at the boutique

  3. Holly says:

    So beautifully written, I feel like I’m sharing in your excitement myself! Congratulations on your first Chanel – I just received samples of the first trio and will give myself a spritz of Paris-Deauville today in your honor!

    • lucasai says:

      Thanks Holly and I’m happy that you’re feeling this way after reading this post.
      Do let me know what you think of Paris-Deuville.

      • Holly says:

        It’s lovely – very bright and crisp and refreshing, perfect for summer! It’s also nice that wearing it will remind me of you and your enjoyment of buying your bottle and this very exciting time in your life which is so full of possibilities. May all your dreams come to fruition, and I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

  4. Perfumelover67 says:

    Paris-Deauville is indeed a beautiful and cheerful perfume. I love it! Enjoy your new bottle. I wish you the best in your new projects!

  5. hajusuuri says:

    Woo hoo and I hope everything works out! Paris-Deauville is the one I have – perfume and shower gel so we are TWINS once again! As to being quite busy / having other or different priorities โ€” LIFE, it happens!

    • lucasai says:

      I wish I could have that shower gel too! The lady at Galleries Lafayette has shown me this one and a body milk but they were bit too expensive to indulge.

      Great we are twins again

  6. MMKinPA says:

    Now that they have small bottles I need to get samples of these! Congrats on your purchase and know that we are rooting for you and your secret project.

    • lucasai says:

      If it wasn’t for a smaller bottle I wouldn’t have bought it. I was travelling with just hand luggage and a 125 ml bottle would not be allowed.

  7. Best of luck, and congratulations on your first Chanel gift to yourself! I like all three of the first Eaux, with a preference for Paris-Biarritz (because muguet!).

  8. Undina says:

    First of all, I wish you luck in your RL endeavor and hope to read a good news rather sooner than later, but you know that I think that once something is truly right for you, itโ€™ll happen.

    Second, congratulation on your bottle! I also like this perfume (thank you hajusuuri for the decant!) and will wear it today in your honor ๐Ÿ™‚

    • lucasai says:

      Thank you. I didn’t want to escalate the news between too many people because the situation might change any moment that’s why I told only a couple of friends.

      And thank you for the congrats, hope you’ll enjoy this Chanel perfume today

  9. rickyrebarco says:

    I felt excited just reading your article. I really like Paris Deauville as well. I bought the body wash because I couldn’t afford the EDT when it came out. It’s delightful to shower with it in the hot summer. I feel fresh and energized every morning. Hope your project, whatever it may be, works out beautifully!

    Buying in person is so much fun. I bought my second Prada Olfactories, Cargo de Nuit, from the Prada boutique at Saks in NYC (love that store on 5th ave.) and it was a most delightful experience.

    • lucasai says:

      That makes me happy. When I tried the body line of Paris-Deauville I thought both were really luxurious.
      Thank you for the good wishes.

      So happy for your new Cargo de Nuit, enjoy every bit of it

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