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28 days, 28 years, 28 perfume


February this month is an especially creative and entertaining month thanks to Undina and a Month of Irises project she started four weeks ago. It’s a fun thing to do but it’s also a challenge – to find 28 perfume with more or less prominent iris, so that you can wear a different scent on each of twenty-eight days of February. Wasn’t an easy task for me but I think I’m doing outstandingly good & I didn’t repeat any perfume yet. Community projects like this one not only bring us closer together but it also helps us to appreciate iris as a note even more. Not to mention that we learn from each other. That study of iris I wrote earlier this week was also a great ‘practical’ lesson of how this precious raw material is produced.

Did you notice the importance of number 28 in here? Due to February having 28 days we’re all encouraged to wear 28 different iris perfumes. To me this number has an additional meaning this year because today I’m turning 28 years young. I’m going to have a little family celebration today – there will be some cake, a wine toast and maybe even some presents. But otherwise it will be regular, calm Saturday. Luckily it’s not that age yet when you suddenly start to think you’re old. I have some birthday wishes this year but for now I’ll keep them for myself. If any of them comes true, you can be sure that I’ll share some of my happiness with you. Thank you for being a part of me.

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Keeping it cool

Here in Poland the weather for the last couple of weeks had a lot to do with mood swings. One day it could be 26°C and the next one it could drop to just 18°C. I really don’t mind this kind of weather. Hot days exhaust me easily so I really don’t mind a cooler day intermission. As far as I can see from your comments or emails many of you suffer from heatwaves, so I thought I will share with you a simple recipe for a drink that should refresh you instantly.


Saying that you should fight fire with fire didn’t come out of nowhere. This rule also applies to this drink because you’re meant to drink it hot. Ingredients you’ll need include a little cinnamon stick, a slice of lemon and a bunch of fresh mint leaves. All you have to do is to put them all together in your favorite mug (or a pot, if you want to make more) and then pour hot water over them. Let it sit for a few minutes. Voila! Enjoy.

My mom prepared me a drink like that last Saturday and it turns out that its pretty similar to a local specialty they tried during their trip to Israel last month. The only thing that my mom skipped was honey which in original recipe was being added at the very end. But of course you could add it as well. I liked it without as I think the addition of honey flavour would be too much. In my opinion freshness of mint, juiciness of lemon and gently tingling spiciess of cinnamon are really well-balanced here. I hope this little tip will help you to cope with high temperatures. If you have other tips like this, do tell! May temperatures be ever in your favor!

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