Gifted… with Friends and Perfume

One of the best things about becoming a part of perfume world, next to the possibility of smelling countless new fragrances, is the opportunity to talk to many different people who share a common interest with you. With most people it’s mostly about chatting & exchanging comments online. Some might get lucky and eventually meet in person if they live in similar area or attend events like Esxence. No matter which way of interactions applies to you, there’s always someone that you feel more connected to compared than the others. Sooner or later you start to think of them as friends.

jillie-giftOver the years of being present in this scented universe – on various blogs and websites at first (Now Smell This mostly), then through Chemist in the Bottle I made a small group of friends too. We’re connected through perfume but it feels like our relationship levelled up a few times as our perfume tastes are also incredibly similar. I never met them face to face, I haven’t heard their voices yet but they are my friends nonetheless. It is my wish meet them in person and give them a big hug (and then smell perfume together).

We have a tradition of our own, that once in a while we exchange scented packages. We swap samples from brands that are harder to find for both sides, or perfume we wrote an article about that was so good that it made us want to try it. Sometimes no scent is involved when we simply want to share something with one another. Birthdays, Christmas or Easter are our main occasions to send something. Recently I sent a gift to Jillie and got one from her too. Inside I found a gorgeous iris card, a couple of samples and Neroli Iris body milk from Korres. To Jillie I sent samples, tea and a bar of chocolate. Any time I receive a package I feel blessed. Blessed with friends and perfume.

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10 thoughts on “Gifted… with Friends and Perfume

  1. Jillie says:

    It’s a pleasure, Lucas. Your gift to me is equally appreciated! My “perfume friends” have always been so generous and it makes me happy when I can repay their kindness. There is something very enjoyable about sharing fragrances and opinions with people. Spreading the joy!

  2. Mariann says:

    I bought the the Neroli Iris shower gel while in Athens this year. I love it, wonder what you will think of it! And the perfume community seems like such a friendly place, Ive been following for a good bit but don’t always have the courage to comment, being far away doesnt help either.

    • perrisgirl says:

      I used to be reluctant to comment or reach out, too, thinking I just didn’t know enough to offer real insight. But the more I learned, the more I found I actually do help others when sharing my own experiences. While they help answer my questions; and deepen my learning about how fragrances deliver their fragrant effects and bring a new layer of experience to our existence. On the the whole, those who engage are generous, helpful, genuine human beings, very much worthwhile, who will make your life much richer for the knowing.

      • lucasai says:

        I understand it might feel a bit intimidating but do have faith in yourselve. We all can learn something from one another. Spreading love, joy and wisdom.

    • lucasai says:

      Ah wonderful, I got a body milk but I’m sure it’s equally indulgent.
      Oh yes, very friendly people, very compassionate ones and caring.

  3. Perfumelover67 says:

    I am very thankful for the perfume friends I have made so far thru this wonderful hobby. I am particularly in permanent touch with two amazing NSTers. We don’t only share our love for perfumes, but we are close in a more personal way. We have never met, we have never talked to each other, but hopefully some day we will be able to see each other face to face and have a nice time together. The perfume community is wonderful and so generous and I appreciate that deeply!

    • lucasai says:

      Me too, I’m so glad to have people like Jillie, or Hajusuuri and Undina. With those 2 we even say we are perfume triplets because our opinions agree most of the time when it comes to perfume.

  4. Undina says:

    Every time I get a package from a friend I feel like a kid who got an unexpected gift or treat. I hope that from time to time I’m able to do the same for my friends or fellow-perfumista. I only wish it was easier to send perfumes all over the world: somehow I doubt those tiny 2-3 ml bottles are capable of damaging anything worse that all other liquids, gels and creams that are allowed in parcels.

    • lucasai says:

      I know! It feels like getting a Christmas gift outside Christmas.
      I love preparing those package for friends, adding a little hand-written note and an unexpected treat next to perfume.
      Yeah, I know it’s a pain for you. I’m glad Poland is not strict about sending perfume and that all my packages make it to their recipients.

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