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I’ve been shortlisted for a Jasmine Award!

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I had some incredible news yesterday. I have been shortlisted for a prestigious Jasmine Award.  Often regarded as the Oscars of  perfume writers, to say I was bowled, over, chuffed and did a full West End Musical number in my kitchen would be an understatement.

memento-moriThe Jasmine Awards are  run by the Fragrance Foundation UK and this year’s sponsors are Dior, Guerlain, Penhaligon’s, Lalique and Moyses Stevens.  The reception is on Wednesday 15th March in London and  if ever a woman needed a beauty salon, it’s me right now.

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The category I have been shortlisted in is Best Digital Fragrance Experience for my review of Aftelier Perfumes Memento Mori by Mandy Aftel.

Win or lose,  just being shortlisted is an enormous thrill and I would like to thank you all for giving me the confidence to keep going when confidence has been hard to find.  It can be lonely beng the only perfume blogger in the village,  but every like and  site vist and retweet and comment and giveaway entry and social media follow has really helped.

Thank you.

 
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IScentYouADay Turns Four! It’s my Blogaversary.

 

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Four years ago today I decided to start a blog about something I was passionate about.

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My very first review was Lanvin Arpege

In that four years I have learned to love things I didn’t used to like, go off things I once loved,  and try things I’ve never tried before. I don’t want to scare you away by using the word “journey” but that’s what it’s been and that’s what it still is.   I never give up seeking treasure and thunderbolt moments and  even when I get them,  I am still thirsty for more.

 

The best bit has been meeting you lovely readers, albeit via the Internet. I have never met such a lovely or more generous bunch of folks. With your comments, likes, suggestions and shared memories and anecdotes, you have made every moment worthwhile. It’s been a tricky couple of years on the personal front, and I can honestly say that focussing on this has really helped me, even on those days when negative thoughts block out the sunshine.

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The worst bit? Oh, that’s easy. The worst bit was smelling Etat Libre D’Orange Secretions Magnifiques. No contest, right Lisa?

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It’s time to pay it forward, so watch this space for several giveaways.  It’s the least I can do to say thank you.

Here’s to having fork handles on my cake!

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Happy New Year from IScentYouADay! Plus What’s New in 2017

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Many tiny snowflakes make an avalanche.

2016 was a terrible year in many ways. It made my heart feel heavy. There was a marked increase in hate and prejudice, a colossal amount of celebrity deaths and the world in general seemed a darker place. Like many, I feel a need to accentuate the positive. I have been counting my blessings and feeling determined to put kindness back out into the world. Prozac and affirmations help too.

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One of the things I am particularly thankful for is the fact that I have made several dear friends via my blog. I truly treasure them. It has always lifted my spirits to read your comments and share your scent stories.lizsam

The kindness and generosity of perfume loving people ( fumeheads? Perfumistas?) is legend. They would give you the shirt off their backs and their last drop of anything you “quite fancy trying.”  Back in October, I was lucky enough to meet a gang o’perfumistas  and ended the day feeling like I had taken part in a giant cuddle.  Thanks to Pia Long and caronNick Gilbert, we gathered in London and talked and sniffed all the day long, ending with a bellyful of cake and tea. Sheer bliss. People like that make me hopeful. Kindness is rife, rampant and contagious.  Long may it ravage us all! Many tiny snowflakes make an avalanche.

Looking back, 2016 was an interesting year scent wise. I got to know several new brands and perfume houses. Perfume trends in general, are, I think, changing.  Celebrity sales are down and niche sales are up. The tide is turning and I like it.

What I Am Most Looking forward to in 2017
papillon-samLiz Moores of Papillon Perfumery has promised a new release sometime in 2017. Rumoured to be a chypre (claps hands and whoops) I am already in the line with a Thermos of tea and sleeping in Liz’s teepee so I can be first in the queue.  Despite having made only four perfumes so far, Liz’s fragrances already have the permanence of classics. There are no weak links. Quality is outstanding.  By the way, for some reason I always wear Papillon Angelique to christenings. It seems to “go”. New life, optimism, pearls…

ruthsam3In other news the  Ruth Mastenbroek promises us a fourth scent in her range. I know little about it so far as it is still in development stage, but rest assured, it will be reviewed right here..

I also plan to head London-wards to drop in on the 4160 Tuesdays studio. I haven’t been since 2014 and I want to see if my new smaller bottom will fit in the swing.  I’m hoping Sarah McCartney will let me sniff a few single notes that I sometimes get stuck on, and sell me a load of scent swag. (I’m taking a very large bag).

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I am keen to see what Avon comes up with this year. They made two of my most frequently worn scents this year and neither cvost me more than £7.  Rare Platinum is a tuberose lover’s dream and Perceive Oasis is peonies and roses on a summer day. I’m also excited to see what else Beaufort London has in store after the show stopping Fathom V.  More to come from this audacious house and their wonderfully named “Hell or High Water” range.

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And one last thing.. oh yes,. Watchthis space as I put my very shy self into YouTube territory. I’m scared just writing that, but one has to move with the times. Scary!

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Happy Christmas to all my dear readers!

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Happy Christmas my dear chums and thank you all for dropping by to my  ever so ‘umble blog.  It’s been an interesting year on the perfume front with many new  launches and  trends that caught my attention. I’m hoping to make some exciting changes in 2017 that may even include my first “talkie” post.  In the meantime, I’m signing off to spend time with my inexhaustible boys and my lovely husband.

I couldn’t do the blog without readers, commenters, friends and well wishers, so if you’ve dropped by even for a second, or liked or commented or even bought something due to my terrible enabling, then I thank you warmly.

2017 has got to be better than 2016. I wish it fiercely.  Everyone I know is lovely, so I feel confident  that we can put some love back in the world and make it kinder.

In the words of my late much-missed Dad “As you slide down the bannister of life, may all the splinters be pointing in the right direction.”

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