Cashmere Sweater


My dear perfume lovers,

With a heavy heart  I must admit, I have been away for a long while, not able to write another post..

Though there rarely has been a day without perfume, however, the biggest struggle was putting the words together. To be honest with you, I feel like I have lost that enlightenment, that sensation of joy when a new perfume comes out. I have lost the desire to know what it would make me feel like that day.. This was partly because very many perfumes, especially new releases, started smelling nearly exactly the same…overly sweet lavender caramel… 🙂 But this inability to write also got me thinking..

At the end of the day, people when asked about their ultimate goal in life tend to look for happiness. However, there will never be a big chunk of it sitting and waiting at the end of the road.. The little pieces of happiness, I think, we pick up every single day. It is the matter of learning how to keep them, let them build up, so that we could be happy with ourselves every single day throughout the journey… And the hardest part for me at that moment was finding that happy place hidden inside, and sustaining it.. A place of inner silence where I would know – the outside world is only the reflection of my thoughts and my state of mind…

We grow and learn and move on through struggles, challenges, and experiences. However, that part of learning from experiences and moving on we tend to forget.. So, here I am, moving on…

Finally, on a lighter note 🙂 , yesterday I uncovered a long forgotten beauty – George Rech Muse Poudree, created by perfumer Thierry Romeo. It helped me awaken that quiet feeling inside.. 🙂

The fragrance itself, if you haven’t tried it before, is powdery sweet, with tones of bergamot, violet, cedar, and over time developing into a soft vanilla / musk skin scent. For some reason I always associate it with a baby pink cashmere sweater 🙂 I have seen Georges Rech perfumes in Ireland only at TK Maxx stores, and they are not that dear (www.allbeauty.com lists Muse Poudree at 12£ – 15€ for a 100ml). However, I am still amazed that Fragrantica has a very small database about this brand, especially when the perfumes are so lovely.. 🙂 ❤ Check out Parfumo Community for more information on Georges Rech fragrances 🙂

It is a beautiful autumn outside, a sunny and warm day today, and I am so grateful for being a part of this wonderful world around me..

Sending love to you all,

J.

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Message In A Bottle

Dear perfume lovers,

Today I am embracing journeying across the World through the sense of smell…

Taking thyme to think | ©BonjourPerfume

Well, my nose has quietly betrayed me and I can soothe the respiratory system with some thyme tea, that way giving in to realization that perfume actually has the ability to store memories. And with those memories it carries emotions, feelings, everything personal and ever so powerful. Starting with an individual story behind the purchasing of the bottle and also depending on its further relationship with the owner, the fragrance could turn into a bomb. Of course, the metaphoric one.

Different countries I have been to rewarded me with beautiful perfumes. It did not take long until I started coming back home with a bottle of precious juice instead of a fridge magnet. A bar of chocolate disappears in seconds in this house… a bottle of whiskey or liqueur might take a little longer.. but the holiday memories stored in a bottle of perfume stay around nearly forever..

And months or years later, one of the reasons for one to reapply the perfume bought in London or Paris, I think, is to re-experience the precious moments over and over again… There are hundreds and thousands of new fragrances being released each year and, of course, it is close to impossible to try to like them all. That is why, the ones we are lead to by chance, advice, gifting, or inner feeling, on different occasions, are the ones that we unknowingly empower to hold the memories for us. Take water, e.g. – it absorbs everything positive and negative around it, and what is perfume if not water?..

But if there was no emotional attachment to the fragrance, would one still enjoy wearing it?…


My first perfumed journey started with 5th Avenue – a classic by Elizabeth Arden, in New York – our first trip away with my husband. Vienna left me speechless with her architecture, music and coffee, and gave me Opium Vapeurs de Parfum by Yves Saint Laurent. I felt so happy in Vancouver which gifted me La Panthere by Cartier. Secrets D’Essences Neroli by Yves Rocher is a true recollection of an early spring in Sevilla, Spain, because the whole city smells of orange blossoms…

I felt truly spellbound in Lithuania when a store assistant suggested a perfume (it was Rima XI by Carner Barcelona) which then opened many doors to my childhood… I was like Marcel Proust in ‘Remembrance of Things Past’ sniffing the blotter, and couldn’t believe my own visions and sensations, it was like an explosion of feelings and memories, especially the smell of a layered honey cake we used to make for a birthday party, or the taste of vanilla ice cream in a huge waffle tub-like cone that I used to buy for a few coins during Soviet times…

Then, the most recent trip we took was to Tenerife, Spain. With its cyan waters and white waves crashing on to the rocks and ash-like beaches, and with the warmth of the sun, I could just stay there listening to the noise of the ocean, learning to stop the time, and just be…. Nothing better could represent the island like the whole range of gorgeous smells from Agua de Tenerife, Playa Paraiso being my favourite yet.

Also, thanks to Amsterdam, Netherlands, I have discovered Rituals which is a home to beautiful perfume, skin care and cosmetics. With their help I am envisioning another journey to the Orient, the Himalayas, maybe even as far as Japan… The World is so vast, there are so many places to explore, so many new experiences to gain….

There have been many others trips.. So, most importantly of all, I would like to thank all my friends and Mr.G 🙂 , as without your guidance, help, advice and support these trips wouldn’t have been as exciting and thrilling as they were.

And finally, if you are interested, you are all very welcome to read my three-part series of blog posts called Gemstones of Paris, as they have more in-depth view on this city.

I hope my senses will sharpen soon enough and I will be able to continue ‘sniffing around’ 🙂 until then,

Jessica

Message In A Bottle

Beautiful Skin Scents

Hello my lovelies,

With thousands of new perfumes being produced each year, it’s quite difficult to get to know them all at once, especially – well enough to buy one… Sometimes a brand name or a bottle shape tricks us into purchasing, other times we get spellbound by few first spritzes and attractive top notes of the perfume.. And everything is rushed, on the run, be it a duty-free shop at the airport or a clearance sale at a local pharmacy.. And then, when we get back home and finally get to spray the lovely juice on a wrist or neck, top notes quickly change, heart notes take over and develop into something new, overtime leaving the skin layered with base notes. And, hopefully, a pleasant feeling.. But sometimes we get disappointed with the outcome…

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Boucheron | ©BonjourPerfume

So, perfume takes time… And depending on how it is going to blend with your skin’s chemistry, it is rather a slow process, also very difficult to predict. Actually, it is more of a game if you don’t concentrate too much on the ingredients and just let your nose and sensations guide you…

I have discovered that the best time to try out a new fragrance on your skin (having already liked it on a blotter) is just after a hot bath / shower. The scent tends to develop more fluently, smoothly. Also, you get to notice more clearly how it changes, like a mist waving through a field.

It also takes a long time for a great perfumer to create a beautiful scent, and it is close to impossible to please everyone. So, whatever the vision this creator had when making the perfume, as consumers we get to play this game – them trying to capture a feeling, a memory, a dream – and us trying to match it with our own..

But don’t get discouraged by this. Do experiment! Be bold, try something different! Just trust your gut when you see a new brand name at an outlet store, or when a price of a certain perfume is 3 times cheaper in one pharmacy than the other. Treat yourself! That way you might find something unexpectedly beautiful, something that will surprise you…. Of course, there are a lot of fragrance databases online which list all of the notes – do your research beforehand if you’re feeling cautious, there is nothing wrong with that. At the end, it is all just a game!

So, today I would like to share with you my most favourite skin scents. They are the most intimate fragrances, very personal, and I would usually wear them in the evening at home, just before going to sleep…. They do not scream. And I find them very gentle, feminine…

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Beautiful skin scents | ©BonjourPerfume

Rochas – Eau Sensuelle – fruity floral, 2009

Elie Saab – Le Parfum EDT – floral honey, 2012

Boucheron – Place Vendome EDT – citrusy floral woody, 2013

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet – floral, 2014

Yves Rocher – Comme Une Evidence L’eau de Parfum – floral, 2012

Rituals – Fleurs de L’Himalaya – floral, 2015

I would also love to hear what your close to skin perfumes are. Please share your stash in the comments bellow 🙂 ❤

Talk to you all soon,

Jessica

Beautiful Skin Scents

Oud Journey – Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Hello my darlings!

I have been on a roller coaster for the past few months.. But that hasn’t stopped me from trying out new perfumes. It probably was the most sane / realistic / true-to-myself action by the end of 2016.

Today I want to share with you my first steps into the world of oud fragrances. This is a relatively new concept to me – I have heard about them, tried some, but never got to like anything from this range. Mainly because it is so different from what I am used to… Well, until now. Whatever was floating in the air recently just hit me with this need for oud wood. And the more I tried, the more I got hooked…

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Collection Oud Mood | Courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

My Oud Journey starts with Maison Francis Kurkdjian. The fragrance house offers a selection of five very different and mysterious compositions inspired by the Orient, using natural oud wood from Laos. And today I would like to introduce you to the three of them – Oud, Oud Silk Mood, and Oud Satin Mood.

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Oud Satin Mood | Courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Personally, I find Oud Satin Mood the most gentle of ouds I have tried so far! It is so smooth, so powdery and creamy… Beautiful Bulgarian and Turkish roses and vanilla, with a touch of woody note.. Satin Mood is the perfume I would definitely recommend to someone at the early stage, so not to scare them off this note! 🙂 Obviously, as I am trying this in the middle of winter (in Ireland, though…), my nose could be picking up something different, and I cannot wait to test it again during summer months. But for the moment, this perfume is the one to go for if you’re looking for a light and creamy oud (hence, satin? 🙂 )….

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Oud Silk Mood | Courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

To compare the differences, I would like to continue with Oud Silk Mood. Rose and oud are the most distinctive notes for me in this extrait de parfum…But this beauty is indeed very dissimilar from Satin Mood. It is bold, daring, out there! Silk Mood is a perfume for an entrance on to the stage! I welcome you, my dear performer! The blend is so right that I want to shield my eyes from the dazzling lights and at the same time I want to keep sniffing my wrists and bury myself under the layers of…well…silk… However, I only feel like wearing it when I want to storm through my challenges in life – and come out of them with a bang! A winner and smelling great! Oh, what a night to remember!

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Oud | Courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

And finally we come to the last of today’s trio – Oud. It is the first in the Oud collection, created in 2012, and comes as eau de parfum (also available in scented body cream). Personally, out of the three I like this fragrance the most. Maybe because it is the most familiar. Or maybe I find the formulation the most satisfying. As it settles on my skin, I feel all I need – a gorgeously gentle blend of oud, saffron and patchouli, with a touch of sweetness at the end of the day – not too much, not too little… Just perfectly warm and balsamic… I am short for words as it is sheer perfection..

All the Oud collection from Maison Francis Kurkdjian is created for both women and men. Whenever you come across it, give it a try, as I am sure you will be carried away to your own personal dimensions, maybe even to Laos.. Just close your eyes and let the imagination run free while you wrap up in each one of the Moods… Give them time, let them grow and blossom on your skin… You never know how they may surprise you…

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The fragrance wardrobe collection Oud Mood | Courtesy of Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Lastly, as the new year cycle is here, I want to congratulate you all with this beautiful occasion! 🙂 Be happy, whatever you do. Make the most of it and just Be Happy with whatever comes your way.. ❤

Love,

Jessica

 

 

Oud Journey – Maison Francis Kurkdjian

A Wish In Gold – Elie Saab

My dear perfume lovers!

Elie Saab have announced of a lovely chance to end this year with a bang! 🙂 I am so excited to share this piece of news with you all! 🙂

Hurry, be quick – go to http://www.awishingold.com – follow very simple instructions and you might be the lucky one to win a personalized bottle of the exclusive limited edition Le Parfum Eclat d’Or !!!

It is a gorgeous and sweet fragrance with orange, jasmine, honey notes… It is definitely worth having a bottle in your collection…  😉

Don’t miss your chance! Go to The Light Of Now! 🙂

A Wish In Gold – Elie Saab