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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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What’s in a number?

It’s this time of the year again! But before we get to celebrate The Oscars 2017 on 26th February there is another thing to celebrate two days earlier, on 24th – that is today. Far away from the flashing cameras, paparazzi, red carpet, on a different continent I’m having my own celebration because it’s my birthday. Can I be honest with you? Every year when this day approaches I get this weird questions appearing in my head, like – am I a good person? What am I doing with my life? Am I doing things right? Is it what I want? And of course I have many doubts if I’m able to answer them properly. At the age of 27 I surely don’t know everything.


But you know what? Things are changing. Actually many things have changed already! And I can also feel it in my bones that 2017 might be a life-changing year with something amazing happening in coming months. You know I have dreams. And you know I dream big. But there were first signs last year and they can create a correct path to fulfilling them. For a certain – there is no room for giving up in my life. Things don’t happen when you want them to – they happen when the world things you are ready for them. I have time, I’m still young, I’m patient. I will wait!

Every year I treat myself to a special birthday perfume. This year I’ve been thinking a lot and I narrowed it down to: Chanel Boy, Hiram Green Arbole Arbole, Neela Vermeire Creations Rahele, Guerlain Derby. Can you help me decide? Since none of them are available in Poland I would shop for them online or in case of Chanel/Guerlain, I would buy them in boutique when in Milan next month. Now everyone – there’s a champagne over there and here I have some chocolate-pear cake. We can party all night long to celebrate my 27th birthday. You are the best fragrance friends!

PS. All digits in my birth date sum to 27, by the way.

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