It seems that I’ve missed out on celebrating my one year anniversary on the blogosphere, which was a couple of days back. I’m not typically the sentimental sort, not when it comes to festivities and traditions. I’m not the sort to make resolutions during the New Year, nor do I ‘look back’ at how the year has past. It’s not that I blunder through life blindly; I just believe we ought to engage in reflection frequently, anyway, and so we don’t really need special occasions to remind us to do so. But I guess I’ll break the rule for my perfumes, because, well, they occupy a special place in my life.
I’m thankful for this blog that has allowed me to pour our my thoughts on something I’m truly passionate about. I mean, I do write notes in my perfume notebook, but sometimes typing is a lot faster and allows me to indulge in my logorrhea. I’m thankful for those of you who read the blog, and who leave encouraging or passionate comments that remind me that I’m not alone in having what many people deem to be a weird obsession. I’m thankful for my fellow bloggers who write so beautifully and who inspire me. I’m thankful for the colours that perfumes bring to my life. I’m thankful for the kindness of people who have sent me samples of things I can’t find. I’m thankful for the amazing opportunities that I’ve had being here in London. This June, I will be leaving London for good. I’ll be heading back to Singapore, and if God allows it, will be moving to the US for a year to pursue my Masters (sadly, not in perfumery!) I’m definitely going to miss this city, which has been my home for the past 3 years and which will always have a special place in my heart.
Looking at my top posts of the year, I was highly surprised to find that the most viewed page, aside from the home page, was my rather pointed put down of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet and Donna Karan Pure DKNY. The next review with the highest views was on Hermès’ Un Jardin Après la Mousson. I guess mainstream fragrance reviews would draw the most traffic via a search engine! In any case, I think I’ve written about as many, or perhaps even more Perfume Haikus in my Perfume Haiku Series than I have full-length fragrance reviews. Well, I’m a busy man! 🙂
But sentimentality aside, let’s pop the champagne and celebrate! I’ve got a vintage bottle of Nina Ricci‘s L’Air du Temps EDT, and I’ve got no idea how old it is. It’s 108ml and was made in France. Could anyone help me to identify it? I’d also like to host a giveaway for a 10ml decant. To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment about anything at all. You could say hi, talk about your latest fragrance lemming, write a critique of fragrance blogs, or even say, “Fuddy duddy bunnies make the best buddies.” Anything goes. The draw closes two weeks from now, on 2 May, at 12pm GMT +1.
Once again, thank you for being on this stupendous olfactory journey with me.
The Smelly Vagabond