Hello! I’m Lucas, I live in Poland & I love perfume. Actually not only perfume, but anything that is related to fragrance and the sense of smell. Many people ask how I developed this sort of interest but even I don’t know a clear answer to that question. I didn’t grew in a family with perfume “traditions”, none of my parents or grandparents used perfume. Perhaps it was due to living in smaller town with not much entertainment, what lead me to regular visits in nearest big city where I could go to the cinema, do some shopping & visit perfumeries. That’s when I think it all began for me, and I was just a teenager back then.
Hungry for the perfume knowledge I started cosmetics chemistry studies at the university. Apart tons of chemical stuff I also learned a lot about different fragrant molecules, aroma compouds and different olfaction theories from more scientific point of view. 5 years later I graduated and started working as fragrance evaluator. My everyday job consists of selecting fragrances based on customers criteria. I work with my nose. However I have a dream that one day I will undergo a perfumer training, so that I can create perfume that will inspire future generations.
At the very beginning of my adventure Prada Amber Pour Homme (perfumer Daniela Andrier) was the only bottle I had. Through the years my collection has grown much bigger but I still consider this Prada to be my signature, a perfume I can reach for any time I want & it won’t let me down.
After warm and encouraging response to some perfume impressions I was posting on various perfume forums, I decided to start my own blog. That’s how Chemist in the Bottle came to life in the middle of 2012. Ever since then I’ve been sharing my perfume reviews, kitchen tips and travelogues. It was also thanks to the blog that I got a chance to go to Esxence and Pitti Fragranze, two biggest fairs dedicated to artistic perfumery. My blog might not be the most popular one out there, but I do love the faithful audience that I have. Actually I can call all of these people my friends. Would you like to join this little scented world of Chemist in the Bottle? We’d be delighted to have you here.
I adore the name of your blog, which reminds me of one of my favorite Police songs, “Message in a Bottle.” Love reading your blog and the unique perspective you bring to fragrance reviews!
Hi Taffy! I like that song too!
Thanks for joining my small troupe of perfume lovers.
The Perfumed Dandy here. Just leaving my calling card and tip my hat.
What a splendid place you have Mr Lucas.
Excellent library stocked with books and journals – I look forward to getting to grips with some of these articles over the weeks ahead.
Glad you like it here. Make yourself at home 🙂
thank you and nice to meet you
Lucas, how nice to see you here on your lovely blog! I look forward to getting caught up and to your future posts as well. Warm regards. 🙂
thank you for coming, make yourself at home
Hi Lucas — greetings from Wisconsin, USA!
I have enjoyed your comments on nstperfume.com for quite some time, and look forward to reading more of your perspective here. I too will need to get caught-up, and look forward to that as well. 🙂
So fun to connect with someone so far away due to a mutual interest (obsession?) in perfume.
(BTW, LOVE the name!)
Greetings from Poland!
Nice to see another NST face visiting my blog.
Hope you’ll find the content interesting.
That is such a great photo! Seriously, Lucas. When you come to New York, I may need to steal you away from fume sniffing to take some photos for my blog!
And I love that you write in English! I teach French to university students so I know how what an achievement it is to express yourself in a language that is not your native tongue. Even after all these years speaking and teaching French, I still find it challenging to get my sense of humor and my sense of timing across.
Bravo to you, dear friend! You should be very proud of yourself because I’m so impressed by you!
Thanks! It was taken by a friend I met at the perfume workshop. Sure, I don’t love posing for photos but I’ll do an exception for you.
Thank you for those kind words. Writing in English is challenging but also rewarding as I reach to people aroudn the world, not only in Poland.
Your English is very good, Lucas. Did you study abroad?
No, I didn’t participate in any school exchange programs. I’ve only been to England once for two weeks many years ago, that’s all.
That is super impressive, Lucas. As someone who has spent so much time working in a language that is not my native one, I have a tremendous amount of respect for people who have a passion to want to do the same.
Thank you! I always liked English
Greetings from London Lucas. Just read your Iris Safran review and Prada Infusion d’Iris Absolue, both spot on. Will enjoy reading many more reviews. Regards, Lila
Hi Lila! Welcome on-board. Glad you enjoyed reading these two reviews.
I hope you’ll like the others as well!
Greetings from Barcelona! I’ve just discovered your blog through Carner’s Facebook web page. It looks really great! If you ever come to Barcelona, please, do not hesitate to contact me and I’ll show you some interesting places regarding your (and also mine) passion!!
Thank you for stopping by (and thanks to Carner Barcelona for sharing)
Thanks for the offer, I will keep that in my mind!
Hi Lucas greetings from Florida, USA. I’m so happy to have found your blog via Andy Tauer’s advent calendar. Love your blog and just read an archived article about aldehydes. First time I ever understood what they were. You are the best! I’m following your blog now- love your perspective. Thanks for great perfume info and for easy to understand chemistry explanations.
Hi Ricky! Thanks for stopping by to join Andy’s giveaway today. I’m glad I could help in understanding the chemistry of aldehydes.
Hope to have you as a regular visitor from now on.
Will get back to you soon!
I love your comments on NSTPerfume.com I am a member there too. I am a perfumisto and have been ever since I started to groom as a teenager; my love for colognes and perfumes has grown into an obsession. It is nice to meet you and be part of a wonderful, fun community.
Hi cologneluvr and welcome on board 🙂
I’ve seen your comments on NST as well.
Hi Lucasz. I’ve just nominated you for a Real Neat Blog award. Click on the link here x http://meganinsaintemaxime.com/2015/04/09/megan-in-sainte-maxime-receives-a-real-neat-blog-award/
If you’re putting it up – I’m looking forward to your answers.
Not sure, I don’t like doing this kind of things…
Totally get it – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it either but I thought just this once and what the hell!
Hope you won’t get angry at me 😉 I can answer those questions via email for you 😉
No problemo! I don’t mind at all – and understand : )
Question for you..I recently found out that my perfume was discontinued. It was by Jo Malone and it was the Vanilla & Anise. Do you by chance know of another perfume that smells similar to this? Thanks Tracy
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Hi Lukas, great place, congratulations!
I have only started perfume blogging now… I am perfume blog number 91837 😀 😀 It is a very humble intent and I am only trying to find my own voice now. There are so many more trained and experienced bloggers and perfumistas, I really have to remind myself that I am blogging because of the need to think about and deal with perfumes 🙂 no matter what.
Now the only mission is to continue to stay true to my own mind, with so many excellent influences and thoughts provoked.
Good luck with your quest. All the best in your writing
Hi Lukas, greetings from Jakarta, Indonesia. Would love to hear your study experience. Really wanna take more step in fragrance industry. Great writing btw.