Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best of 2010 Blogging Event

I find it very appropriate and positive to end the year with thinking about what was good about it. So, when Trish from the Scent Hive asked me if I wanted to participate in this blogging event, of course I said yes. :)

This has been a difficult year for me but at the same time, it came with some happy realizations.

One of them is that the perfume blogging world is full of wonderful, helpful people who are both generous of heart and mind. I am thankful for that to Carol and AbdesSalaamAttar and the event Carol organized where we could discuss perfume with AbdesSalaam. He said then something that stuck with me and I see as being true the more I smell and enter the world of smells:
"Love of perfumes comes from a quality of the soul, and being able to feel joy from scents instead of material things also. It is not given to all.
It seems to me that people who enjoy perfumes are also people who find joy in the most simple and little things in life and want to share it with others.

Since I started with AbdesSalaam, I should say that in my mind, this year had been quite oriented towards natural perfumes and they were discussed more than before (and I believe used as well, at least I know I did). The Mystery of Musk project and the Outlaw perfume project were incredible success and I think they promoted quite well they quality of perfumes containing natural ingredients and the fact that there is no need to forbid the use of some natural components in the creation of perfumes. I am still eagerly awaiting my outlaw sample pack that Carol organized and still has some if you are interested in acquiring one.
My perfume collection is getting bigger and bigger and this year I bought more natural perfumes than others which surprised me as well when I realized it. But then again, I'm after perfumes that make me smell more and create more vivid images in my mind and those are naturals it seems. :)

As you might have noticed so far, the end of the year brought many posts regarding what was best (and worst) this year and many of those included perfumes and ideas I found great as well.

So, I'll just give you a quick rundown through those that when I look back on the year, shine through the fogginess in my stressed mind (which is getting some deserved rest as we speak). :)

This year's discoveries started with Annick Goutal's Ninfeo Mio. I love it and just thinking about it brings gladness to my  mind, it reminds me of my grandmother's garden.

Then came the release of Honore des Pres' coffee cups collection. :) Here I need to thank once more to Denyse from Grain de Musc for the effort and help with procuring me with Vamp a NY and Love Coco. Again, natural perfumes I fell in love with, not so much the carrot one (which is very interesting but not wearable for me) but the other two are just plain great.

I'm still unfamiliar with the following but have high hopes in some more love going that way. The creations I'm most eager to try are L'Artisan's Traversee du Bosphore and the whole Pierre Guillaume's Huitieme Art collection.  I love both the work by Bertrand Duchafour and Pierre Guillaume so I'm postponing trying them in order to not spend too much money. ;)

My personal perfume discoveries for this year are the love of amber and the line of Laurie Ericksson - Sonoma Scent Studio.

These are my thoughts on what was best this year, please visit my fellow participants for their take on what made them happy this year:

The Non-Blonde

Smelly Blog

Roxana Illuminated Perfume

DSH Notebook

I Smell Therefore I Am


A Rose Beyond the Thames

Schreibman's Live

Portland Fragrance Examiner



Sorcery of Scent

Scent Hive

Thanks to Roxana for the picture.


  1. I adore those coffee cups :) But did like the carrot the most, on one very brief sniff :)

  2. Thanks for including SSS in your list, Ines! I have a sample of Vamp a NY on the way that I’m looking forward to trying, and I love AbdesSalaam’s Rose des Bois. Happy New Year to you!

  3. I have yet to try Sonoma Scent Studio, but in 2011 I will. I already have my samples picked out!

    Happy New Year!

  4. I discovered the natural perfumers too this year. And Ninfeo Mio, ah, you remind me to wear it again soon, it is just lovely.

  5. I'm finding that I'm attracted to naturals too, so much more robust. Half of my 2010 list contained naturals and I just now realize it.
    I love Ninfeo Mio and in my review I said that I imagined it being a Croatian garden!
    I still need to try Sonoma Scent, like JoanElaine, that is my New Year's resolution!
    And those Honore des Pres scents are adorable. I sniffed the carrot and liked it too.
    Happy New Year!

  6. Marina, (now I'm missing words to translate from Croatian the right meaning) - anyway, I really like cofee the way it's drank here, Turkish and strong (and I like the real espresso as well) so they had me with cups straight away and then I tried Vamp a NY and I was done for. :) I can't wait to see what comes next from them.

  7. Laurie, my resolution for next year is to finally try some of AbdesSalaam's line. I read so many great things about it, it really is high time I knew what people are talking about.
    I wonder what you will think of Vamp once you try it.
    Happy New Year and I hope it brings more recognition to you! :)

  8. Olfactoriat, I find Ninfeo Mio a perfect fragrance for spring as it reminds me of growing things and my grandmother who loved to do so. I'm glad to hear you enjoy it as well. :)

  9. EauMG, I can't believe I missed your Croatian association which is obviously true as it reminds me of my grandmother's garden here. :)
    I just think this definitely shows you need to visit Croatia as soon as possible.

    I'm looking forward to reading your take on SSS scents once you try them.
    Happy New Year!

  10. JoanElaine, happy New Year as well!
    SSS line really deserves more blogger's time as in my opinion, it really displays a unique perfumer's perspective. Like Andy Tauer's, his is a unique and completely his own perspective on perfumes, so to my mind is Laurie's as well.

  11. Hi Ines, I too found this year particularly challenging. I'm happy to say goodbye and ring on all the new possibilities for 2011! Love this quote from your post: "I'm after perfumes that make me smell more and create more vivid images in my mind and those are naturals it seems."

  12. Hi Ines! I posted a comment earlier, or I thought I did, LOL.

    Thanks so much for you thoughtful list. I hope 2011 is a better year for you.

    All the best,

  13. Ines, this was my year to discover AbdesSalaam Attar too! What amazing fragrances. I love your whole list!

  14. Roxana, I saw your GreenWitch appeared on several list so now it's on my first shopping list for 2011. :) For me as much as everyone tries to describe the naturals, until you smell them yourself, there is just no way of getting the full sensory detail.

  15. Trish, thank you for organizing this, and I already feel 2011 will be better.

    All the best to you in the next year!

  16. Flora, I feel I'm late to the AbdesSalaam's line but plan on fixing that as soon as possible. It gets so much love and I want new fragrances to love all the time. :)

  17. Ines, it's been great getting to know you a little better this year through your blog and the conversation you've created on ours. It's exciting to follow all these perfume discoveries, the process of finding and engaging with interesting fragrances; it's so often about so much more than the fragrances themselves. I too loved Ninfeo Mio, after passing up the chance to test it until just this last October. It was yet another example that even in the worst of times, when you assume everything will be mediocre, you should take the time to try. I'm not sure why I assumed Ninfeo wouldn't do much for me, but it does plenty. I truly love the stuff. It's light and happy and persistent in exactly the proportions the past year needed. I hope you have a happy New year and I look forward to conversing more with you. Much love, Brian

  18. Brian, thank you for stopping by and your nice words.
    It's true what you say, perfumes are often so much more than the fragrance itself. The better they are, the more intricate the story they weave. But I find I cannot describe and explain this to people, you need to consciously open yourself to them and then they open up a new world for you to discover (and many wonderful people along the way).
    Happy New Year and I'm already looking forward to your satirically tinted posts (and all others)- but boy, did I enjoy the one that caused so much furor around the blogosphere... :)