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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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An ideal birthday perfume

On February 24th I turned 27. It was Friday & I didn’t even celebrate it really. As every Friday I came back home for the weekend and together with my parents we just had a casual evening. We didn’t even have my birthday cake, perhaps because we ate one a week earlier, when my grandma was still at our home for a visit and she just wanted to celebrate before going back.

Presents? I’m not getting big birthday presents from my family for a few years now. They say I’m too old for that. Plus they always have an excuse of not knowing what they could get me. But I got a book and a jazz CD. Ever since I became passionate about fragrance I was always told that I’m never getting perfume from them on any occasion, because I know too much about them & I’m the only one who knows what perfume to choose. I understand the point. But they could always ask.

I wasn’t completely empty-handed after my birthday. Grandma gave me some cash (I bought a fantastic jumper for that money) and I also got some money from mum. But it’s my birthday! I’m getting older (well, we all are) but I wanted my birthday treat. So couple of years ago I decided that every birthday I will treat myself to a new bottle of fragrance. Because I deserve it!


Year by year it was always a tough decision. There were years when I made a mistake and after realizing I’m not wearing the perfume at all, I sold it to a new, loving home. Good that most of my choices were on point. This year’s choice was particularly hard – as I was quite fond of too many new releases to have an easy task deciding. But how does one decide such thing? Would you simply choose the most expensive one? The one that is hardest to get? Most exclusive one?

At some point I realized that things like that doesn’t matter. I just gradually started narrowing down my list until I finally got the one. The one that I love the most. The one that I know I’m going to wear and that will mean something to me. What did I fall for? Arbolé Arbolé by Hiram Green. An extraordinary all-natural fragrance that on my skin smells nothing like the notes would suggest. I might never be able to analyse it properly and understand why it smells of such lush rose on me.

The flacon has arrived 2 days ago and after unpacking it I realized that the bottle looks smaller yet much, much cuter than on official visuals from the brand. I also got a bunch of samples that I wanted to try, and it seems that among them I have found another instant love that I might be buying (this time for a split) very soon. And so the story goes, a circle of a perfumista life has no beginning and no end. It never stops as there is always another fragrant love waiting to be discovered.

Lesson to learn – don’t doubt yourself when you love something. Get it before it’s too late.

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