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Picture perfect

Many people think that having a blog is an easy thing to do. “You just have to write something and reply to the comments” they say. In my opinion it’s much more than that. No matter if a blog is about fashion, perfume or about one’s passion for travelling it’s not “just writing”. Personally I wouldn’t publish a blog post that I wouldn’t be satisfied with. I’m a perfectionist. Maybe not as extreme as others are but after I spend 2-3, sometimes even 4 or more hours on creating a perfume review I revisit the post numerous times making little adjustments that in my opinion make it look better.

You might have noticed that I do my best so that each chapter of a perfume review I write has the same number of lines, with a little tolerance of +1/-1. Or that last line of each paragraph is filled with enough text to make it almost full, with that last dot being as close to the right edge of a writing space as possible. Of course to me the most important thing is a message carried by a review, my impressions and feelings that were evoked by a perfume. However that doesn’t change the fact that I want my articles to be visually pleasing to anyone interested, especially to my faithful readers.

Essential part of any blog or website is a graphic entourage. In a world where most of us are visual people, it is better to not only talk about something but also to show how it looks like. If you read Chemist in the Bottle there’s a high chance that you read other perfume blogs and websites as well. Have you noticed how many of them use their own photos? They have a good skill, always creating a specific mood on their photographs. I usually use pictures provided by press release or I create a collage with what I can find on Google. I don’t have agreements with any brands to provide me with bottles (even if they were factice) of their newest releases so that I could make a photo shoot.

But I don’t feel worse because of that. Over the years taking photos has become my hobby as well. Perfume photos, nature & landscape are my favorite types. I photograph what I have available – bottles in my collection, decants or even samples. I create a scenery for them with things that I have at home. I never bought any trinket for the sake of a good photo. In fact I am proud of what I share on my Instagram. Even if they are not professional, taken only with a smartphone I think of them as pretty. Sometimes I even think that some of them could be considered official visuals for a brand. I’m always delighted if someone from a brand says I took a great photo. I feel like a winner then.

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5th blog birthday – giveaway winners

Until last Sunday you could share with me your vision of your ideal perfume. A perfume that will fit you perfectly, that you’d never get tired of and maybe even one that would express your own personality in one of a kind way, your way. All the votes have now been counted. I can see certain excitement around so without further ado let me announce the lucky trinity of winners.


3rd place – HanneA who wins exclusive sampler set from Puredistance.

Head: Grapefruit, bergamot, lemongrass, palo santo, elemi
Heart: Linden blossom, magnolia, rose, jasmine, Carnation,
nutmeg, Galangal, quince
Base: Oak wood, oud, oak moss, patchouli, vetiver, Myrrh, musk
I’d name it Tapestry because that has significance to me. It would come in a square or rectangular “ancient stone” like textured bottle with mixed jewel toned/natural multi threads around the neck of the bottle. Top of the bottle I’m not sure of, but maybe the eye of a needle…

2nd place – M3000 who wins mixed travel set from Aedes de Venustas.

I imagine a scent of a rather dark blue/green temperament, kind of dark turquoise. More celestial than from water. A dash of some dark and dry fruit, to address a typical head note area. That scent is clear, not clean. Not fresh, not aquatic. No lavender, at least not prominent. A slight ozonic note in the heart, maybe enhanced with Iris. Crumbs of black tea leaves. The heart shifts and densifies to a smoky base without noticeable sweetness. The smoke is not churchy but still cool, yet darker. Possibly a bit of birch tar. No leather. But dry. All that still floats around this vibe of blueness.

1st place – Jillie who wins a grand prize, a bottle of Atelier des Ors Iris Fauve.

“Magic” – that’s what I call my perfume ….. because it is a magical, shape-shifting, mood-reflecting potion. Like the green lipstick that transforms itself into your perfect shade on application, or the rings that echo your aura and change according to how you feel, my “Magic” senses my spirit and how I want to smell. It contains all my favourite notes and amplifies the particular essence that I most desire at any moment.
The bottle is a round ball that fits in the palm of my hand; it is heavy, matte black glass adorned with tiny, irregular silver stars that stand proud of its surface, like shimmering embroidery.
Sophia Grojsman is my perfumer – she knows just how to combine spice with flowers, a sweet hint of peach, a touch of mystical incense, and finally a sprinkle of fairy dust…

I will get in touch with you 3 shortly in order to get your mailing details. I’d like to say thank you to all of you who celebrated 5th blog birthday with me and who joined the giveaway. I know that the task wasn’t easy. Many thanks to Samantha, Portia, Megan, Laurie & Mary for helping me judge this giveaway. I also want to express my heartfelt gratitude towards Puredistance, Atelier des Ors and Aedes who kindly offered their great perfume so that this giveaway could take place.

Let’s enjoy another year together, discovering many more new fragrances.

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