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Gifted… with Friends and Perfume

One of the best things about becoming a part of perfume world, next to the possibility of smelling countless new fragrances, is the opportunity to talk to many different people who share a common interest with you. With most people it’s mostly about chatting & exchanging comments online. Some might get lucky and eventually meet in person if they live in similar area or attend events like Esxence. No matter which way of interactions applies to you, there’s always someone that you feel more connected to compared than the others. Sooner or later you start to think of them as friends.

jillie-giftOver the years of being present in this scented universe – on various blogs and websites at first (Now Smell This mostly), then through Chemist in the Bottle I made a small group of friends too. We’re connected through perfume but it feels like our relationship levelled up a few times as our perfume tastes are also incredibly similar. I never met them face to face, I haven’t heard their voices yet but they are my friends nonetheless. It is my wish meet them in person and give them a big hug (and then smell perfume together).

We have a tradition of our own, that once in a while we exchange scented packages. We swap samples from brands that are harder to find for both sides, or perfume we wrote an article about that was so good that it made us want to try it. Sometimes no scent is involved when we simply want to share something with one another. Birthdays, Christmas or Easter are our main occasions to send something. Recently I sent a gift to Jillie and got one from her too. Inside I found a gorgeous iris card, a couple of samples and Neroli Iris body milk from Korres. To Jillie I sent samples, tea and a bar of chocolate. Any time I receive a package I feel blessed. Blessed with friends and perfume.

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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!

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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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