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My place in a world of words & perfume

Few days ago I was asked to prepare a press kit for my blog to include it in press & media partners of Esxence. Since the fair is very fast approaching (only 5 more days until I fly to Milan!) they needed a document quickly. The fact is that I didn’t know exactly what such a press kit should include, I’ve never done one before. In my opinion it’s more or less some sort of advertisement. That said, this whole situation got me thinking really seriously about the world of perfume blogs, websites & my position in it. Even though I have less time for writing and reading other blogs because of my work, I keep trying not to completely forget about them. I write when I can and when I feel inspired. And I read others as often as I can. Usually trying to leave a comment as well.

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I tend to look around me and be watchful on what’s going on. Of course I notice how others are being nominated for some fragrance awards, how they win them and share their excitement on blogs. I see their columns in popular magazines & how successful they are. At some point I started to question myself who am I among perfume bloggers? I realized I’m just a small dot on this map. I don’t win any awards or even get nominated for them. Neither do I write fancy articles for popular magazines. Also I’m not being put under pressure by brands who would necessarily want to be featured at Chemist in the Bottle. But after almost 5 years of blogging it seems there is a group of people who are familiar with the name of my blog. And I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

I never wanted to be famous and blog statistics were never a priority to me, though it’s nice to know that someone reads carefully what I write and cares to leave a comment. I also want you to know that I hate being called a specialist or connoisseur because I don’t feel like one. I’m simply a person who is passionate about perfume – no more, no less. And I love being in that state. To tell you the truth, I don’t feel loved by the fragrance environment. But I feel totally accepted by it & I know that my voice is widely appreciated by this community. I might not be on top of the fragrance blogging chart but I know I’m doing something right if brands reach out to me wanting to meet at Esxence, so that I can discover their creations. Or when I visit a booth of some unknown brand & people tell me they know Chemist in the Bottle, after I introduce myself. This means a whole world to me.

I just wanted to let you know how I feel, hope you don’t mind I shared this.

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Blog birthday writing challenge

Where there is a reason, there also should be a time to celebrate. Birthday is a perfect occasion. Blog birthday is just as good! To commemorate 4 years of Chemist in the Bottle and to thank each and every one of you for your friendship, for your support and for being a part of my world. I would like to share even more perfume love with you. Over these years I received many samples thanks to you. Now is the time to give back and pass forward. Hence I announce blog birthday writing challenge.

Anyone who has been following my blog for at least 2 weeks can join the challenge. All you have to do is to choose a perfume and write a mini-review of it (keep it Quick Sniffs length). You can decide on your favorite fragrance, or a one you don’t really like. It’s also ok to write about a perfume I reviewed in the past. Be creative and go freestyle. Your review can be super serious or it can be funny & comical. A piece with a wink would be also interesting to see. Just write as you feel it. Post your submission in a comments section below or send it via email if you feel more shy.

After 14 days, on 23rd of July the challenge will end. Then I will evaluate all the entries with some help from my friends and we’ll pick our 3 favorites who will win. Their submissions will be posted by the end of a month in a separate post. Lucky trio will be awarded the following gifts:

  • 1st place – 100 ml of Maisia by Maison Gabriella Chieffo,
  • 2nd place – 50 ml of Costarela by Carner Barcelona,
  • 3rd place – 3×10 ml Discovery Set by Aedes de Venustas.

Thank you – to everyone who actively reads Chemist in the Bottle and likes to comment and to all those who read the blog quietly, without showing up their faces. In this place I would also like to express my heartfelt thanks to Gabriella Chieffo, Carner family, Francisco Gratacos and Olivier Le Didroux for joining my blog’s 4th anniversary by generously donating prizes for a writing challenge.

Many, many thanks from the bottom of my heart. Perfume people are the best people in the world. Good luck to everyone who will join with their ideas – let the creative thinking and ideas flow freely and may Chemist in the Bottle blog birthday writing challenge begin!

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