I know that in the last 2 years I haven’t been as active on the blog as I used to be. I mostly blame it on the fact that the Covid pandemic happened and for a fair amount of time we’ve been stuck in place, staying at home almost 24/7, barely being able to go out to shop for the most necessary things. Travelling was out of the question at that time, with borders being closed and so on. But that is only a part of the truth of me being so quiet. To be completely honest with you – I think I got tired.
I was seeing the blog figures drop month after month, even when I was still writing regularly. Many visitors switched their focus from written blog like Chemist in the Bottle to video reviews on YouTube, Instagram or even TikTok as of late. Also it was really hard to keep up a good pace of writing in these hard Covid years, especially that many perfume houses slowed down their activities & I was barely getting any new samples. I even felt kind of neglected by the brands I had good relationship with.
All of these things slowly started to add up and I didn’t even notice when I started taking these few-months-long breaks without writing. I could say that the flame of my fragrance passion went down significantly since early 2020. It hasn’t gone out completely and I still very much want to be a part of this world, privately & professionally. This summer I might just get the chance because after 2 years hiatus Esxence is finally going to take place. At new venue & in a completely different season.
As intended originally for 2020, Chemist in the Bottle is a media partner of this uber fragrant exhibition. Just yesterday I have booked my flight tickets as well as an Airbnb spot where I will be recharging my batteries after long days of smelling. Just in time for the fair I also would like to report that my Samsung Galaxy S9+ has retired and I’m now rocking a brand new Realme 9pro+. I never had a phone from this producer before so fingers crossed for high quality photos. And I hope for more than enough chances to rekindle my perfumery interest. Smell you all in the summer in Milan!
Good to see you posting again Lucas.
I was thinking only yesterday of how much I missed your blog! It’s lovely to have you back again, and I am so pleased that your mojo might be returning. Great news that you will at last be able to get out and smell the real world again. Onwards and upwards, as they say. Good luck and happy sniffing, dear Lucas.
Nice to see you post. I hope the Italy trip will be recharging.
Sentimos muita falta aqui no Brasil de suas resenhas e aula sobre as fragrâncias….bom te ver de novo
It’s lovely to see you post! I’m so glad that you’re looking forward to your adventures in Milan, and I will live vicariously through you. I’m excited for you and equally excited to read all about it and see your photos. xo
I hope the Esxenxe event is energizing for you. I lament the movement of fragrance reviews to YouTube and (horrors) TikTok – which I resolutely refuse to use. I don’t enjoy most video reviews, to be honesr – how often to you see one from a sample? Almost always a gifted bottle… not that there aren’t exceptions, but it’s just not my thing. I look forward to seeing your thoughts again!
I am so good you’re back! Yes, you’ve been noticeably absent and missed. I have wondered how C-19 affected all of us, our families and friends, and now the war. Glad to hear you’re getting a recharge (and your new phone!). I have a Samsung Galaxy 8 that’s going to be phased out this June. I’m not looking forward to it but 5G…. Enjoy the good sniffs!
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So glad to see you post again. I owe you big-time for finding and falling in love with my two new current scents — Mitsouko and Jicky. My old lifelong favorite, Femme by Rochas just isn’t what I loved for so many years and I was bereft. I bought these two without being able to test them, based on your reviews and knew from my first scent of them that I’d found my new signatures. Thank you so much….
I’m so glad my reviews were able to help you.
So nice to see you. Enjoy Esxence!
Esxence, finally!!!:) Looking forward to your posts in Italy, whether they are about fragrance, food, or fun with old friends. The details in your posts always add an extra layer of information and carefully capture things that a video can miss. Thanks Lucas!