Bonjour Project – Day 5

This was one lazy day.. Simply rocking the treasured Memo Paris sample…

1. #SOTD French Leather – Memo Paris

Memo Paris - French Leather | photo by BonjourPerfume
Memo Paris – French Leather | photo by BonjourPerfume

And I am pretty sure I saw it in Creme de la Creme in Vilnius… 😉 A gorgeous juice, light and fresh, sparkling… rose and leather… one of my favourites from the brand.

2. Little discoveries of the day

I will give you a piece of mind today – just pictures, enough talking… 🙂 Take a little stroll with me down the streets of Vilnius….

3. Something to be thankful for

Just close your eyes.. and imagine you’re there… imagine how you see it all happening… little insights, a mixture of vision and feeling… and then boom! you’re there…

I can only imagine… but that’s how I think teleportation works… 🙂 Today I am thankful for the power of imagination… (a little warning…be very careful what you with for.. as it actually might come true… 😉 )

Good night, lovely people… Sleep well …

J. xxx

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Bonjour Project – Day 5

Bonjour Project – Day 4

Dear fragheads,

What is your worst fear? For me it would be loosing the ability to smell things.. 🙂 Funny thing happened – I found myself somewhere in the middle of a head cold and a blocked / runny nose today… So there I was, starting my day with

1. #SOTD Rive Gauche – Yves Saint Laurent

and could only find green notes in it. Oh dear, oh dear… I was on the road to a disaster.. 🙂

Rive Gauche - YSL | photo by BonjourPerfume

The drama grew to the level of ‘I am not going anywhere today! I am doomed to stay in bed for the rest of the week!’ … (A little confession, my dear readers, – a head cold stays with me for weeks..and I go through tons of tissues…packs and bags of them… 😦 and nothing, and I mean it, nothing helps…) However, thanks to a special mission that I have set myself on from the day before, I put my brave face on and stepped out..

And then the magic happened 🙂 I went into the nearest pharmacy and asked for something for a blocked nose.. And seemingly, there are gel like capsules with eucalyptus and orange oils..and they worked instantly! 🙂 I couldn’t believe the speed of it… So, I used that time to visit yet another uncovered gem on the Lithuanian market…

2. Little discoveries of the day

Enter Kristiana – a beauty and fragrance shop, opened in 1994, was the very first one to stock the legendary Chanel No.5 in the country. Today they have sixteen stores across Lithuania and Latvia. My visit today was rather short but a very pleasant one. Alongside of designer stuff, they also stock a huge amount of exclusive niche / exclusive perfumes. I was slightly cleverer today – I wrote down the names of the brands 😀 and also the juice that attracted me most… However, my nose is acting up on me again and I cannot be certain of their longevity on the blotters… But keeping a long story short, here are my pleasant discoveries of today:

Miya Shinma – Tsuki

Keiko Mecheri – Lady Pointe

Amouroud – Midnight Rose

Masque Milano – Tango

Widian Aj Arabia – Black I, and Delma

Xerjoff – Dama Bianca

And so far, I was brave enough to try Tango only. It still sits there quietly on my wrist… I like it.. I get a little whiff of it every now and then… very pleasant.. 🙂

So tomorrow, if my nose permits of course, I am heading back to Kristiana for another dose… 🙂

3. Something to be thankful for

Dear people of Lithuania, I wish to thank you for elegance. Thank you for classiness… Thank you for still putting a suit / a dress on when going to a play… thank you for keeping your chin up, and always dressing up to the nines, even if you’re going grocery shopping…

Recently, I have found out that elegance does not need to be expensive or super exclusive… That could be your only pair of shoes, or only fancy top, but if they are clean and looked after, they will always do the work…

And I am so glad to see young girls strolling down the streets of Vilnius barely with any make up on, with beautiful long hair flowing freely.. I am so glad because by being that – pure – to me they are the most beautiful girls on Earth…

Goodnight…

J. xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 4

Bonjour Project – Day 3

…When was the last time you walked for the sake of walking and felt elated?..

1. #SOTD Nohiba (2016) – E.Coudray

E.Coudray - Nohiba | photo by BonjourPerfume

A fragrance that lasts all day, is warming and empowering, something quite similar to the likes of Opium by YSL, or maybe Coco by Chanel…. A ‘truly exclusive experience’ according to Escentual.Com, and they could not be more correct… I love the bottle, the smell, the fact that it is limited edition… Whenever you see E.Coudray out for sale, do not hesitate – this brand is so worth having and enjoying 🙂 ❤

2. Little discoveries of the day

So I walked and walked and walked today… Could not feel my feet at the end but was too afraid to sit down, as I knew I won’t be able to get up anymore, haha 😀 Anyway, I discovered a very important store for all the Lithuanians – Bitinėlis, the biggest and most central shop for bee keepers and honey lovers, and we sure can be proud of that! They stock a huge amount of bee / honey / propolis produce, wax candles included 🙂 So I got myself a little tub of Lithuanian honey picked a month ago, and am enjoying a cup of herbal tea with it – ever so delicious! (…and not forgetting the smell, it is oh so summery 🙂 Sorry, Manuka +15, not sorry! 🙂 )

On another note, early this morning I was looking online for a yoga center here in Vilnius, and was …weirdly… surprised to find one… which very openly stated that they DO NOT do classes for beginners… Fair enough… But the weird part of this statement was the reason. This yoga center is refusing new comers because the people had too many ‘bad habits’ from other yoga centers…. The people said they had already tried one or the other move before and couldn’t see the benefit… You see, they were too opinionated! …I cracked up laughing when the yoga center actually blamed the customer – ‘as if you’ve trained in India’ … 🙂 and I am still laughing.. So many times I’ve read about people travelling around the globe on business trips, and even without knowing the language, they still pop into a yoga center for that hour and a half of peace and tranquility and freedom, so they could recharge themselves… But then comes this center with a little bit different attitude.. I always thought, as a business, you can only survive thanks to the people 🙂 …and what concerns yoga itself, I now know where not to go, and I’d rather do it at home on my own… 🙂

3. Something to be thankful for

This evening I’ve decided to go see a play – ‘Dvasiniai Reikalai’ (‘A Matter of the Soul’) / Ingmar Bergman.

Photo of a booklet from a play

It was a one-woman monologue, a story about Victoria.. beautifully played by a talented Gintarė Latvėnaitė. This play was a very clear reflection of very many of us, as Victoria seemed to change a thousand moods in few seconds, loud and openly – the only difference was that we do it more inside our own heads, chattering to ourselves, and have more control over it… Yet in the play the society turned against Victoria – the only way to silence her was with drugs in a hospital… And at the end it felt like there was hope as she looked like she became peaceful, distant, hardly noticing the difference of present or past, memories, or dreams.. However, this play opened up something very deep inside me, as I can never agree to this kind of ‘treatment’.. There must be another way, there must be!…

Thank you, Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras (State Small Theatre of Vilnius), director Kirilas Glušajevas, and the one and only Gintarė Latvėnaitė, for you have reminded me how f*cked up the society can be…

Cherish every single day and minute…as there is no more time left…

J. xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 3

Bonjour Project – Day 2

Bonjour, my darlings..

This has been a day of getting lost in the streets of Old Town Vilnius; sampling foods that trigger many memories; and skin pampering… 🙂

1. #SOTD Love, Chloe – Chloe

Chloe Absolu de Parfum and Love, Chloe | photo by BonjourPerfume

I brought this beauty with me and today was perfect for it – the rain felt very heavy, nearly like lumps of snow, but it was warm enough and I needed something refreshing yet warming at the same time. I was so happy that I brought my umbrella with me too, however, watching the city disappear slowly in the dark, and the streets and shops light up, it felt comforting. Just walking around and letting the inner silence lead the way was so relieving.. A lot is said about being in the moment, the trick is to shut down one’s mind..

#SOTN Chloe Absolu de Parfum – Chloe

A totally different sister than Love, Chloe – a patchouli / rose / vanilla blend makes it more of a down-to-earth fragrance…grounding, sharp, very clear, complete, absolute, like an Armani suit… 🙂

2. Little discoveries of the day

Upon coming to Lithuania, I was so looking forward to getting hand and body creams, facial scrubs and washes, etc etc. There’s a huge selection of products of highest quality, all made in LT, using mainly natural products, and all for 1-3 euros. (Some highest priced items would be up to 7-8 euros..) And what’s most important, it does all what it says on the tin – moisturizing, rejuvenating, gentle to your skin… without killing its natural balance.. So there I am, proudly walking past L’Oreal Elvital and Head & Shoulders, and picking up Margarita or Rasa brands 🙂 And whenever you come to visit this beautiful country, please, don’t shy away from them too. I can promise you won’t regret it 🙂

3. Something to be thankful for

Today I am thankful for the people who might be tired or angry or upset, but who still find the will and strength to smile genuinely, or help others, even with directions.. I am thankful for the kindness of people. Especially, to the ones working in customer service – you are the carrier of hope for society… ❤

P.s. oh yes, and this is just a little taster of what evenings are like up here.. 😉

Vilnius Old Town sweets - Pergale | photo by BonjourPerfume

(not all gone! 🙂 Like one famous lady said about French women on tv today – if they have a big dinner, the next two days – they’re on salads and water 🙂 so, balance is key! 🙂 )

Goodnight , peeps.. sweet dreams..

J. Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 2

Bonjour Project

Hi all,

Bonjour Project | photo by BonjourPerfume

I’m setting myself off on a little project. Made a nice cup of tea, and here it goes..

For the following few weeks I will be posting miniature blogs from my day, all related to fragrance, in one way or another..

1. Scent of the Day (#SOTD)

I’m starting and ending this day with a spritz of Coco by Chanel, a classic and all time favorite.. ❤

#SOTD Chanel - Coco EDP | photo by BonjourPerfume

2. Little discoveries of the day

Today was a lovely day in Vilnius, Lithuanian capital. I popped into Douglas – a cosmetics, make up, and perfume store. There are very many beautiful things there, from usual fragrances that you’d find in Irish pharmacies, to brands like Molinard, Nejma Collection, Nobile 1942, to mention just a few.. and according to their magazine, they also stock The Merchant of Venice – a brand which I have never laid my hands (or nose 🙂 ) on yet – so that’s definitely something I will be on the look out.

Little discoveries | photo by BonjourPerfume

Also, I found a Lithuanian version of L’Officiel magazine, November- December issue for 3.90 euros. What’s not to like? 🙂 I have flicked through it and saw a lovely interview with Francis Kurkdjian, the nose and creator at Maison Francis Kurkdjian (MFK) whom I had an exclusive chance to meet in Paris last year. He has visited Vilnius recently, thanks to Creme de la Creme Haute Parfumerie organized event. So, I am looking forward to tomorrow’s coffee morning already – it will be an interesting read for sure!

Obviously, I had to stop by at Creme de la Creme in Panorama Shopping Centre 🙂 By the way, this shopping centre and the store itself, both deserve a separate blog post each, as there is so much fashion and class in there! I nearly got lost maybe three times walking around in the building, and that was just first floor… 🙂 Panorama is celebrating their birthday this weekend – so discounts up to 20%-50% in nearly all stores! Something definitely worth planning ahead for next year 😉

But Creme de la Creme literally blew my mind… just the amount of different perfume brands!!, and only a few of them I am familiar with… (everything in its own time, I suppose).. Parfums de Marly, Amouage, Carner Barcelona, Frederic Malle, and of course Maison Francis Kurkdjian.. I was very happy to see Grand Soir and Petit Matin, along with Baccarat Rouge 540 among that huge collection of exclusive fragrances. (By the way, Lumiere Noire pour femme is on the blotter in the picture – a beautiful rose patchouli 🙂 )

The third perfume store of the day – Rituals, again in Panorama. And I just love Rituals, this gorgeous brand from the Netherlands! 🙂 they have two new oriental fragrances in store – Victoire D’Ambre (which is more feminine) and Palace D’Ambre (more of a unisex amber), both 39 euros for 50ml, or a travel size 10ml (cutest bottles ever!) for only 9.50 euros – a bargain and quality 🙂 ❤

3. Something to be thankful for

This day was full of aromas.. not only fragrance but also coffee, candles, leather shoes, traffic, long forgotten foods, and most of all – the freshness of chilly autumn.. it feels like the cold air freezes your nose and lungs, but then it is so much more wonderful to come back to a cozy warm home… and put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea 🙂 (I must be really becoming Irish at this stage… 🙂 ) so, I am thankful for this lovely opportunity to come back to this beautiful fragrant city Vilnius, as every time it surprises me in so many different ways… ❤

Grand so… I’m off to bed… 🙂 and if all is well, I will come back tomorrow with another blog post.

J. Xxx

P.s. the prices and store locations are correct at the time of posting this blog, 12th November, 2017.

Bonjour Project

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.

Cashmere Sweater

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