Today I am three. Three years ago on the 3rd January 2013 as a sort of New Year’s Resolution to myself, I began my ever so ‘umble blog with a view to reviewing a perfume a day for a year. I’m neither qualified nor experienced, I just flattered myself that someone somewhere might like or dislike or be interested in some of the perfumes I witter on about. It is also excellent training for my writing muscles that were getting out of shape and crying out to be taken for a spin.
As it happened, with two primary school aged children, a review a day became hard, especially in half term, so the daily reviews became part of a journey to review 1001 perfumes and I am currently around 617 reviews in and loving it.
This blog has helped me grow in so many ways. It has taught me how often I can be wrong, how my nose and taste has changed dramatically, never to write anything off and that good stuff can be cheap as well as spendy. It taught me that there are some incredibly talented perfumers out there, that perfume people are one of the friendliest and most generous bunches of people you could ever wish to meet, and it taught me that immersing yourself into the Fragrant World can be like having a treasure map and a magic carpet.
The nicest bit about having a blog for three years is the lovely people, yes you’re one of them,who pop in and say hello from time to time in the comments section. I’m so grateful for the people who click on my blog, glance at it, or just think “Hmm, I haven’t tried that one”. I love that people have shared personal stories of how perfume has evoked memories of their childhood or their mothers and grandmothers or their teenage years. Perfume is so much more than just a smell in a bottle. It’s more like a genie.
I have a big thank you for Lisa Wordbird, my dear friend and provider of the first box of samples I used to get started. She has been generous with samples, full bottles, her knowledge and wonderful introductions. For example, in 2014 I met the unique and marvellous Sarah McCartney and her lovely husband Nick, and in 2015 I met double Jasmine Award winner Thomas Dunckley, (aka the Candy Perfume Boy), Grant Osbourne, founder of Basenotes, Nick Gilbert of Penhaligon’s ,the unstoppable Valerie “Cookie Queen” Sperrer, Pia Long from Orchadia, and Tara Smith of Olfactoria’s Travels. All delightful. I was in the company of geniuses and was in awe. If it hadn’t been for Lisa these lovely people would have remained unmet and this blog would be a shadow of its little self.
So, thank you all of you. I shall roll my sleeves up and continue to attempt to justify the time you take to visit me at Iscentyouaday.
I am sharing with you a photograph of the scents in my collection that are indispensable to me. This is not my entire collection, but is the bit of my collection that I treasure most and would never eBay. What are yours?
Photos: Top photo of candle by www. on-account-of.com. Others are my own.