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 raising 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.