Bonjour Project – Day 21

Good evening my dear friends,

It is really hard to believe it’s my 21st post.. time flies! πŸ™‚ and I still haven’t tried all the different foods here πŸ™‚ and don’t get me started on perfume! πŸ™‚

1. #SOTD E.Coudray – Nohiba. Love it’s smokiness.. it felt like smoke on my skin today… cleared the head and helped me feel more assertive.. what a great and versatile fragrance!

2. Little discoveries of the day

Lithuania is ready with upcoming Christmas! Look what I’ve found at the post office! πŸ™‚ and what’s even more exciting, they smell of gingerbread when you rub them ! πŸ˜€ fantastic idea, and something even more to look forward to πŸ™‚

Fragrant stamps from Lithuania | photo by BonjourPerfume

Also, I had a quick sniff in Kristiana in Siauliai (it is located at a huge shopping center Akropolis in the south part of the Sun City). Three picks of the day, and don’t ask me why… because I wouldn’t know.. πŸ˜€

Xerjoff in Kristiana magazine | photo by BonjourPerfume

* Xerjoff – Lira

Beautiful. Soft. Cake. Vanilla cake.

* Xerjoff – Kind of Blue

Fresh. Attractive. Loneliness. A mix of men-women-bar-club-music-dance-party-.. it did not remind me of a happy jazz.. it’s more something..kind of..blue…

* Guerlain – Shalimar (edp)

I dig it – ‘let me leave this world of sentient beings’.. This is something from out there. This is something like… ‘I’ve been there. And then I’ve seen it all. And when I returned to this world, there is nothing that could entice me anymore’… This is absolute.

3. Something to be thankful for

On a journey of self discovery there is no exams. There is no good or bad.. And they don’t teach this subject at school.. There are only two things – hard work and discipline. That is being honest with yourself and taking responsibility for your own actions. Every step of the way πŸ™‚ It took me a very long time to realize that the work is continuous! There are no magic pills, no quick fixes, no one-day meditation sessions.. there is only honest hard work, dedication, consistency… And only then stars align and magic happens πŸ™‚ ❀

Sleep tight, dear friends..

J.

Xxx

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Bonjour Project – Day 21

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

Bonjour Project – Day 20

Bonjour Project – Day 16

Dear friends,

Here’s just a little taster of a jewel that I recently discovered in Kristiana in Vilnius.

#SOTD – Dali by Salvador Dali πŸ™‚

Dali by Salvador Dali | photo by BonjourPerfume

It is the first fragrance by Dali, created in the 1983. This is a perfectly balanced scent, created for his muse Gala, the love of his life.

It is so balsamic, creamy, and powdery.. At first I was nearly afraid of it, of that deep yellow/ brown juice… but what a lovely bouquet of flowers hit me at an instant, with a well distinguishable lilly of the valley and jasmine.. changing into so many other notes, aldehydes, that I was just sniffing and sniffing my wrist trying to recognize them all… πŸ™‚

I woke up this morning with a light creamy whiff of Dali on my skin… and I will give it ago for a second day… It is a perfect winter scent, there’s so much depth to it… πŸ™‚

J. Xxx

P.s. “Among the five senses, smell is unquestionably the one that best gives the idea of immortality.” Salvador Dali

Bonjour Project – Day 16

Bonjour Project – Day 9

Hello, my perfume lovers…

1. and 2. As there was no #SOTD today (OMG, I know! πŸ™‚ ), I went to my beloved Kristiana and sampled first two perfumes that attracted my eye, so here you are, two beauties and two little discoveries:

Jeroboam – Insulo.

Jeroboam available in Kristiana | photo by BonjourPerfume

A beautiful bottle, love the font too, reminds me of something Arabic. The fragrance itself is extrait de parfum, however after 6-7 hours I cannot smell anything on my skin.. (yet, it could be me…) Perfume notes are: vanilla, jasmine, musk. It was quite sharp as I recall it. It might sit better on a man, but who am I kidding, even young men now wear Chanel no.5 parfum! (have seen today with my own eyes!) Insulo didn’t transport me anywhere.. However it is a pleasant enough perfume. 30ml for 99eu… I’d say try before purchasing… πŸ™‚

and

Rance 1795Β – Eleonore.

Rance 1795 available in Kristiana | photo by BonjourPerfume

Now this oriental vanilla is a different story. It started off as citrusy flower bouquet…and then changed and changed and changed.. amber-patchouli-vanilla-sandalwood… 7hrs on, and still there is a gentle touch of it on my wrist… Funnily enough, it actually reminds me of my first ever deodorant that I got as a present from my God Mother.. I never thought I still had that memory in me… That strange orange-amber smell, I always thought it was orange..maybe because its can was orange colour… Anyhow, Eleonore settles down into a calm, gentle, and peaceful vanilla incense… A very lady like perfume, very easily likable. 50ml bottle for the same price as Jeroboam..

3. Something to be thankful for

You know, I might be going too deep into philosophy when I am on this project… And I find myself observing and evaluating life around me in a more intense manner than, let’s say, at home… But I am beginning to realize more and more each day that nothing is given to you in life without a fight… Don’t take me too literally. By nothing I mean – everything that you hope for, wish for, anything that you imagine for your future… And by a fight I mean – hard work, putting long hours in, or to some it could even be with a price of a broken heart.. So, whatever it is you want in life, you will have to put your heart and sweat in….

As my friend says, a prince on a white horse will not come looking for you if you’re sitting there in a bathrobe, all messy and dirty, thinking – ‘whatever is meant for me will find me’…Β  πŸ™‚ you might be not worthy of that prince just yet… πŸ™‚

So here I am.. thankful for this project…as it projects some different light in my life.

Good night peeps, until tomorrow.

J. xxx

P.s. the prices are correct at the time of posting this blog, 20th November, 2017.

Also, the pictures do not represent the exact fragrances described in this blog, they are purely for the visual content.

Bonjour Project – Day 9

Bonjour Project – Day 7

It is really hard to believe that it is actually the seventh post… Looks like a great opportunity to celebrate πŸ™‚ who’s with me? I’m inviting everyone to meet up at the Cathedral square in Vilnius city centre at 7pm on Sunday, that is 19th of November… I will probably be a loner, standing with a camera on my right shoulder… just come and say hi! πŸ˜€

1. #SOTD – eventually – Miss Dior Le Parfum by Christian Dior. It is perfection. A purely divine fragrance.

2. Little discoveries of the day

Kristiana shop has a new magazine out for Christmas 2017 / New Year season.

Kristiana 2017 Christmas catalogue | photo by BonjourPerfume

It is nicely printed, with lovely pictures and really handy selections for all the different tastes and preferences, from make up, skincare, to designer and exclusive, niche fragrances. All prices displayed, too, so you could take your pick in your own time, in the comfort of your own home.

Kristiana Christmas catalogue, 2017 | photo by BonjourPerfume

I had a quick run around the store today as well and spritzed some Kenzo – Jungle L’Elephant. I always wanted to try what it’s like… I couldn’t say I loved it at a first sniff but it wasn’t unpleasant… just.. something I’ve heard somewhere before, and couldn’t pin it where.

Later on I bought a 2kg bag of Lithuanian apples… πŸ™‚

Lithuanian apples | photo by BonjourPerfume

If you could believe – for 60c… they’re not waxed, their skin is soft, and inside they’re juicy, sweet, crisp and a touch tangy… but the FRAGRANCE! It is just unbelievable!!! I’m sticking my nose into the bowl and who needs perfume? πŸ™‚ …You see, apples in Ireland do not smell… they barely have any taste… and look too perfect to be real…

3. Something to be thankful for

And finally, today I started volunteering at one of the theaters in Vilnius πŸ™‚ just something to help guys with crowds…and also let me get the language skills back… πŸ™‚ I’ve always liked theater anyway… its velvet curtains, powder rooms, mirrors and lights… and people – on and off stage… and especially how a play on paper turns into magic on stage over time, through hard work and very very many emotions.. πŸ™‚ so, I’m excited beyond belief and thankful for this chance to be able to come a little closer to this magic yet again… πŸ™‚

P.s. when coming back home a good few hours later, I was quite shocked that a blotter with Jungle from this morning was still emitting a super strong scent from two meters away.. that was just one spritz! I can still feel it now, I don’t need to come near it… so be very cautious and do try before you buy. This warm spicy juice might not be for everyone…… but on the other hand, when you think of it more like an investment, and especially if you love it, this bomb will last for years and years for a fraction of a price! πŸ™‚

Goodnight..

J. Xxx

Bonjour Project – Day 7

Bonjour Project – Day 4

Dear fragheads,

What is your worst fear? For me it would be loosing the ability to smell things.. πŸ™‚ 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.. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€Β 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.. πŸ™‚

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

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