IScentYouADay: The Journey Will Continue


On January 2nd 2013 I decided to start a blog that reviewed a perfume a day for a year.  My dear friend LisaWordbird kindly brought me half a house full of samples and full bottles that made me faint with a thud.  Bringing me round with a whiff off Muscs Koublai Khan, she explained I could borrow and write about anything I needed. Without her, my blog would have been about ten times harder and I would not have been able to write about any of the amazing gems she has let me borrow.


However, at the risk of sounding like I am explaining that the dog ate my homework, I must confess that I have not managed to write 365 reviews.  I did manage to post 310 blog posts however, so I hope you will forgive me.  I should point out at this point that the missing blogs would have occurred during 14 weeks of school holidays, two weeks away from my trusty  computer, two children’s ear infections and viruses, my own sinus infection which rendered my nose useless and  four nights when I had to hand sew a snowflake costume (the result was more Liberace than snowflake, but my son didn’t mind). Blogs would have been even fewer had the ever patient Mr IScent not been an IT professional who has fixed my glitches in exchange for kisses and hot food.

I have found that blogging about perfume not only gives me the headspace that I need when Imageraising a seven year old and a four year old, but it has taken me to another world where I have encountered many fascinating and kind people from around the globe. I cannot stop now.  It’s addictive.

However it was the rather marvellous Perfumed Dandy  who came up with the idea of writing about 1001 scents.  I am therefore adopting this wonderful idea which also, hopefully, gets me off the hook for not quite reaching my 365 in a year target.

So here you are: IScentYouADay: 1001 days of perfume.

Do you like it?

The Without Whom bit:

I could not have done this without the comments, encouragement and shared anecdotes from my followers on the blog, on Facebook and on Twitter.For everyone who stops by or has a quick read, you have my deep appreciation.

To LisaWordbird, the most selfless fellow fragrance freak I have ever ever met. Her generosity has no limits, and her knowledge has been invaluable. My eyes have been truly opened and my nose has been taken to places I could never have imagined. Thank you.

To the lovely companies who have been kind enough to supply me with samples: Miller Harris, Jo Loves, the Fragrance Shop, LUSH, Yves Rocher and dear, kind Andy Tauer.  None of them have paid me for my opnions, and I should imagine Lush wishes they had paid me to shut up at times. I thank them all.

And finally thank you to the Perfumed Dandy who helped me with the idea of how I could continue seamlessly. My warm thanks to you dear Dandy.


28 thoughts on “IScentYouADay: The Journey Will Continue”

  1. Dear Iscent,
    What a sensipathy( sorry new world created by me for telepathy of senses) I was just on your blog after sending 2014’s first protest letter to Gucci about Envy & trying to catch up with your lists of 5’s & was thinking of writing to you to not to stop your wonderful blog as by now I am quite addicted to it like my Chanel & I had just accidentally landed at your blog. Big thanks to Gucci Envy for that. Though I must confess that I haven’t read all your reviews ( sorryyyyyyy) but sure to catch up with them. Your blog is not just a blog anymore it’s a meeting place for like senses friends, a kind of spiritual connection because fragrance is such a wonderful thing which touches your senses & capable of giving you immense pleasure, peace, joy & uplifts your spirit.your blog also gives respite from daily busy life,something to look forward to, happiness & it’s almost therapeutic ( bad mood …..Wrong things….dang….. Visit Iscent’s blog & read, learn & think of buying one more perfume & you are in good Place again.)Great job Samantha, god bless you. And one more thing, you writ so well, it is beautiful, elegant, witty & knowlegeable.I am sure this will give you lot of strength to complete 1001 reviews & beyond!

    1. Dearest Cilantro,

      I am quite lost for words. Your lovely message has genuinely moved me. I shall print this off and carry it in my purse and when I am feeling low, or unmotivated (or worn out by children!) I shall read it and sit down and blog away and watch my cares drift as I do so.

      I warmly thank you. You have no idea how much your words mean to me.

      A very happy 2014 to you and thank you so much again


  2. Oh so glad to hear you are inspired to continue. I love your directness and the range of scents you cover.
    Happy New Year to you and your family and thanks to The Perfumed Dandy for his happy suggestion.

    1. Thank you so much Lindaloo. I’m glad you like the variety, I do make a point of mixing them up so my blog is accessible to all tastes.

      My warm wishes to you and yours and very happy 2014!


    1. Oh Mr Dandy! You add so much colour to the fragrant firmament. Your blog inspires and your photographs are second to none. I am honoured that you have shown such a kind interest in my ramblings.

      Warmest wishes
      Your friend

    1. Dear Portia! I am SO in your fan club. APJ was one of the first blogs I ever followed and I love the approachable style. It’s all APJ’s fault that I own both Queen and Fancy Nights. Gorgeous!

      In awe of APJ

      1. Samantha,
        BIG smile right here.
        WOW! Queen and Fancy Nights, so affordable and so damn YUMMY! Queen is incomparable.
        You know you are part of the APJ Blogroll? I hope you get some traffic from us.
        Portia xx

  3. More cheers and clinking of glasses! Such good news!

    I love your fresh and straightforward style; I get a real sense of what it would be like to wear the perfumes that you review.

    best wishes

    1. Hello lovely Alice! I shall join you in the clinking of glasses! Thank you so much for all your support and your comments. I am always interested to hear what other people think of the scents I have reviewed, or even if I have tempted them or put them off!

      Wonderful to have you on board and have a very happy 2014!


  4. I can’t believe that you even managed 310 posts let alone 365! And each of them extremely well done and informative and fun. And I guess that’s the part that comes through, you’re having fun and it shows. I can’t wait for the next 600 or so to come! Congrats and Happy New Year!

    1. Dear Mr Hound!

      You are always most welcome over here, thank you for dropping by. I’m glad my enjoyment shows through. It’s very often the only thing I do all day that is just for me. Although sometimes my children “help”. Not.

      A very happy and fragrant New Year to you too my friend

      best wishes


  5. Many congratulations, Sam! A prolific achievement considering you are a busy mother of two. And your post has reminded me to see how I am getting on compiling another bag for you of ‘I’m not at all sure about these but YMMV’ samples. 😉 It’s a new year so I am putting a fresh spin on the ‘bag of hell’, can you tell?

    1. Dear Vanessa, you are so very kind to think of me and send me your samples. Do let me know if there is anything you’re missing that I may have. I’ve an eclectic sample collection so you never know.

      best wishes
      Sam xx

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