Bonjour Project – Day 20

My dear beautiful people,

Today I would like to tell you a little bit about my new discovery – the perfume brand Dorin. This is a very historical perfume house, creating also powders and creams for Versailles since 1780…

I have discovered it very much by accident at one of Kristiana stores, while sniffing never before seen perfumes.. Their bottles are very attractive and quite different from others.. so are their scents.. πŸ™‚

So that day I sniffed the very first one that attracted my eye, Un Air d’Amour Pour Madame. And I could not describe it to you, unfortunately, as I could only carry with me the feeling it had raised inside… This perfume for me associates with a very pleasant lady from my early childhood.. maybe an aunt, or mum’s friend.. I just remember the cozy feeling, the warmth, and that balsamic spicy sweetness… it is amazing how powerful the window of memory is, with the help of a scent transporting you to the worlds long long forgotten…

Another day I went into the Kristiana store in Gediminas avenue, just to give Pour Madame another go.. unfortunately they didn’t have this particular scent in store, but I got to try Dorina… πŸ™‚ now a feeling was completely different – I have never got that much powder in my nose in one go ever before πŸ™‚ oh my!! Pure iris…an amazing quality purple powder!! I was instantly transported to a theatre, behind the stage, into powder rooms, where curtains are heavy and velvety, dark…and I could nearly see it all with my eyes closed, all I needed was to keep sniffing Dorina

I was a little bit more clever that day, and got to spray some of this beauty on my wrist, as well as on a blotter… πŸ˜‰

And when I was about to say goodbye to the store assistant, she casually pointed at another perfume made by Dorin… it was standing on its own beside a very fancy golden case, covered in a huge glass box… Enter Izolda…

Izolda at Kristiana | photo by BonjourPerfume

Have you heard of Izolda?… She is the wife of the owner of Kristiana; a very well-off gentleman from Lithuania, who gave his wife this incredible gift of creating the perfume she loved; all for their 20th anniversary… and Maison Dorin helped this fragrance come to life…

It is a beautiful, well balanced, sweet and gentle scent, with woody notes.. If you would like to know in person what Izolda smells like, do visit Kristiana on Gediminas avenue. This exclusive perfume is available in this store only… πŸ™‚ and talk about exclusive – with only 200 copies of this gem, it should definitely intrigue you… πŸ˜‰

There’s an interview with Mrs.Izolda in last year’s February issue of Moteris magazine.

Moteris magazine | photo by BonjourPerfume

And tomorrow I might as well look for another Kristiana store, just in case I discover something new again…

Goodnight.

J.

Xxx

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Bonjour Project – Day 20

Bonjour Project – Day 17 & 18

Dear fragrance friends,

With a joyful heart I am returning to you after a couple of days. They were filled with loads of mini trips, exciting visits to fragrant stores / markets, and also a few history / culture related tours.. πŸ™‚

1. #SOTD – I was indeed bouncing in between the Salvador Dali perfume (you may find a little review on it in a previous blog post, from Day 16) and Love, Chloe. Dali tends to disappear off my skin in a few hours, and I felt like applying it again and again.. However, it sits really cozy with me in the evening, when I am relaxing at home after a nice hot shower… So, it is definitely not a loud perfume. Rather gentle and very very well blended… πŸ™‚ ❀

2. Little discoveries of the day

At one end of Gediminas ave., a very wide and very central street in the heart of Vilnius, there is a building of great historical significance to all Lithuanians – the Parliament, called Seimas. It is a place where the current government of the country resides, but it had also played a very important role during the fight for independence from the Soviet Union in 1990-91. I had an opportunity to visit a little glass house just beside Seimas – the memorial for tragic events that happened on 13th January, 1991. This construction is a tiny museum. It covers the barricades that had surrounded the parliament, displays photographs taken during that year, and also children’s drawings. It was quite a memorable moment for me, taking those steps back in time… as I myself remember drawing tanks, TV tower, fight for freedom themes at primary school… And that little glass building is curated by a very pleasant elderly gentleman, who holds and shares all the knowledge and experience of those times, and who has the warmest smile…

At the other end of Gediminas ave, there is the Vilnius Cathedral with the Bell Tower just beside it. I finally climbed up to the very top of the tower πŸ™‚ This was a very pleasant visit, as it had just started snowing when I got in… Here are some pictures πŸ™‚

View from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfume

View from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfumeView from Bell Tower in Vilnius | photo by BonjourPerfume

You can visit the tower every day, except Sundays and Public Holidays. And the cost of the ticket is only 4.50 euros.

Lastly, I have paid a little visit to Panorama shopping center and was very pleasantly surprised to see a huge Christmas market, with stalls displayed on two floors. Items for sale vary so much, and anyone with even the most elaborate taste would find something of interest. It was lovely to see a lot of hand made jewellery, perfumed oils, soaps, woolly blankets, knitted socks, home aromas; also smoked meat and fish produce, sweet cheese made of aged stewed apples with different spices, and of course – honey! – our Lithuanian gold πŸ™‚ It is impossible to mention all the goodness and describe the atmosphere, so a visit to Panorama is a must πŸ™‚ The market is open every single day up until 30th December, 2017.

3. Something to be thankful for

I have experienced very mixed emotions during these days… and every single day I am re-discovering my birth country from a different angle, with a different light… I didn’t realize how patriotic the Lithuanians were, until just recently.. I didn’t know how much pain, but also joy, and passion resides here… how much soul… I am retracing my steps and am uncovering the love for this beautiful country in Northern Europe.

J.

xxx

P.S. There were some perfume related discoveries too, but you can read about them in tomorrow’s blog post πŸ™‚

P.S. All the prices are correct at the time of publishing this blog, 30th Nov 2017.

Bonjour Project – Day 17 & 18