Smell With Me – Olfactoria’s Travels Turns Two!

Two years ago to the day, I published my first post on this blog.

I cringe a bit when I look back over my early efforts, but I don’t change them, because they show the progress I’ve made over time. Progress in assessing perfumes and progress in writing about it.

770 posts, 24 000 comments, 595 000 visitors and two years later, I find myself slightly bewildered and wondering where the time has gone. I look at my children and see how it rushes by, they were babies just the other day and so was my blog.

Olfactoria’s Travels is starting the terrible twos now, I hope it won’t be as harrowing as what my sons put me through, but now and again these days, I feel a strain I was blissfully unaware of in the early days, when it was all eager exploration and passionate excitement.

But let’s look back at the past two years, which have been a great ride, here are some of my personal highlights.

My First Commenter: was none other than the lovely Katie Puckrik. My heart literally stopped for a few beats when I saw her comment. It was on a review of Serge Lutens Miel de Bois (Which I totally trashed, lol).

My First Reader: The first person to read my blog was Dr O., my long-suffering husband. I made him read my first post without telling him that I wrote it. He pronounced it okay, which brings us here. Had he said it was laughable, the blog would probably have died then and there.

My First Guest Poster: Tara, my dear friend from London, started reading and commenting on OT a good while ago and we quickly clicked. Several emails later, I asked her whether she wanted to write about one of her favorite perfumes for OT and that was surely one of my best decisions. She does exactly what I would do, but still has her distinct and wonderful voice. I’m very glad to share OT with her.

Here is what she has to say about her experience over the past two years:

By Tara: It is a testament to my immediate connection with Olfactoria’s Travels that I uncharacteristically left a comment on the very same happy day I stumbled across it via Google. It was great to find a perfume blog where I felt totally at home and admired the writing and opinions of the author so much. After I had been commenting for some time, Birgit kindly (and bravely!) asked me to write a review. The experience was an exciting creative challenge and gave me even greater respect for the way she manages to produce incredibly high quality, insightful posts on such a regular basis. Guest hosting the Monday Question has been particularly fun. Chatting with so many lovely people about my favourite subject is an absolute pleasure. Travelling with Olfactoria over the last two years has been life-enhancing for me in so many ways.

Since then Sandra, Lady Jane Grey and Alexandra have also contributed. Many thanks!

The First Post Ever: Frederic Malle En Passant was my first niche perfume purchase and also my first review. We are no longer best of friends, but I really enjoyed this first love while it lasted, then I moved on…

Top Post Of All Time: Illuminum White Gardenia Petals was the perfume the Duchess of Cambridge allegedly wore on her wedding day. Thousands of people want to know about it, even if or maybe because the fragrance is surrounded by some intrigue…

Post With The Least Hits: Apparently over-the top luxury is not what OT readers are after - Xerjoff Irisss, Homme, Elle and XXY has the least clicks of all individual posts over the last two years.

Most Controversial Post Of All Time: Lubin Black Jade - my nightmare. I truly thought my blogging days were over. Up to this point it has been all happiness and good smells, then all of a sudden a harsh wind blew in my face. Well, I guess one has to lose one’s innocence eventually. This is what I learned from the experience.

The Funniest Post:  Trust my husband with a toddler and an expensive vial of perfume and you are doomed. I learned that the hard way. The good thing is that I had enough leverage on him to make him write a post and buy me more perfume. There is a silver lining to everything… Alternative Uses of Perfume - The Husband Reports

Most Emotional Post: I had written the review of Mona di Orio Oiro months before her untimely and tragic death in December of 2011. For some reason I let it sit unpublished. It turned out to be eerily fitting in hindsight and I’m glad I could give voice to my feelings and those of many others when I finally published it in her memory. She will be with us forever.

My Personal Favorite: Aftelier Cepes&Tuberose is a perfume that touched a nerve with me. It was a revelation, not only for olfactory reasons and it perfectly showcases the almost magical abilities of Mandy Aftel.

Thanks to the contributors, fellow bloggers, commenters, readers, and my family for supporting me and sticking with me! You are the best!

Hugs, B x

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100 Responses to Smell With Me – Olfactoria’s Travels Turns Two!

  1. Happy birthday you BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL PERSON! And your crew at OT> I love it and het a thrill every time it drops into my inbox.
    THANK YOU BIRGIT!
    Portia x

  2. Sandra says:

    Happy birthday dear B! May the coming years bring you as much joy in writing as it does for us readers. I have enjoyed your blog tremendously and eagerly await each post.

  3. Ellia says:

    Congratulations, Birgit!!! And thank you for sharing with us your thoughts, ideas and opinions while walking this unpredictible but oh, so wonderful path into the fragrance world – we’re very grateful to accompany you :)

  4. Lady Jane Grey says:

    Congrats, dearest B. ! Looking forward to the next 1.000 posts !

  5. Catherine says:

    Congrats!! And happy birthday to Olfactoria’s Travels! :D

  6. Asali says:

    A very happy blogoversary, wonderful Birgit. It has been a beautiful ride with Olfactoria’s travels so far, I hope for many many MANY more journeys to faraway or close perfumed lands. Prost!

  7. Esperanza says:

    Congrats B ! I have enjoyed many of your reviews along the ride.

  8. Tara says:

    What a wonderfully put together anniversary post, B. You’ve included so many different types of firsts and posts, highs as well as (rare) lows. All your hard work and natural talent has made a much deserved success of OT. Many congratulations!

    I had no idea you got your husband to read your first post without telling him who it was by!

  9. lucasai says:

    Congrats honey! Many ,many more years of fragrant blogging and best smelling returns to you!!!

  10. poodle says:

    Happy birthday to the blog! Congrats to you! That first comment really is exciting isn’t it? I need to check out the posts you’ve mentioned here. Thanks for doing what you do.

  11. Jam says:

    Good Morning and Congratulations (today is my birthday, too)
    I’ve come to visit your blog often after reading your Mona di Orio post and your reviews on Vero Profumo. I was very touched by these particular posts and had a better understanding of what you and blog represent. Your voice, insight, and writing style make me a frequent reader.

  12. Ines says:

    Dear Birgit, a very happy blog birthday to you! :)
    It’s been great meeting you through your blog (and Tara too) and I only hope we get to meet in person one day.
    Until then, many happy blogging returns!

  13. Philipp says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s anniversary!

  14. Alexandra says:

    Huge congratulations and a very happy blog-iversary! Finding your blog and joining you on your travels has been an absolute pleasure, here’s to the next 2 years (at the very least!) xx

  15. anatu13 says:

    Happy Blogoversary, Birgit! And thank you so very much for being one of my primary guides through perfumeland. The experience would have been much less rich without the accompaniment of your thoughtful and personal reviews, so gorgeously written.

  16. Suzanne says:

    Birgit, you can’t imagine how happy I was to discover you and your blog. I really think you and your welcoming and charming ways have made the perfume blogosphere a better place. I hope someday to meet you and Tara in person. Love you both!! xxoo

  17. Elizabeth Watson says:

    Congratulations, Birgit, on your blog’s anniversary! I do not often comment, but I find it always worthwhile to come by and read. I especially like Monday Questions, your reviews, and the many different directions we can take with Olfactoria’s Travels–in short, everything. Warm regards, Elizabeth

  18. susan says:

    Happy blogoversary! I’m off to read your take on the Xerjoffs…! :)

  19. Happy blog birthday, Birgit. After I found your blog, my reading got to be more elegant. ONE blog is enough, a place where everything is pleasant, kind, and clever. Thank you for such a lovely place to go and enjoy all the posts. Best, AnitaATM

  20. Tatiana says:

    Happy Blog Birthday!! I love your blog! I have to agree with Anita, after I found your blog, my reading really did become more elegant. After you posted photos of your perfume closet, I tried hard to make my perfume choices more discriminating and to not purchase anything that even remotely touched my fancy. I enjoy your writing immensely and am quite often struck by the visual and sensory images you conjure up for me just through your words. Here’s wishing you many more entries and years of blog posting. All the best. Hugs to you.

  21. Andrea says:

    Happy birthday blog!
    What happened with En Passant? I am still at the love stadium. And besides comments and judgements, it totally caught me in a way that no other perfumes have done, it reached some unknown memories and the result was a huge smile and a sense of inexplicable happiness. I got out of the store and kept smelling it, smiling and almost laughing. I wish I could find other such mind taking perfumes! And even if it is feminine, I wear it with joy.
    I am supercurious about Cepes & Tuberose. Mushrooms picking have always been a constant in my family and I can’t wait to have a sniff of it!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The last word is not spoken on En Passant, but for now it doesn’t sit too well with me. But that can be a phase. If I’ve learned anything, it is that taste is not set in stone and my interest in certain perfumes waxes and wanes like the moon. ;)

  22. Dionne says:

    Oh, this was a fun read. (How did I miss that post on the Alternative Uses of perfume? That was hilarious!) Congratulations, Birgit. :)

  23. Melis says:

    Congratulations Birgit! Your blog is one of my favourite reads. I discovered it upon searching reviews on amber based perfumes :D

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Melis.
      BTW, did you receive the amber samples?

      • Melis says:

        Birgit, I never did receive them. : ( I feel absolutely remiss in not having mentioned it sooner. When things get hectic around here my mind is like sieve. I truly appreciate the effort you went to in sending them and would like to make amends to you for the expense.

  24. judith dm says:

    LOVE your blog, a must read for me. I have learned so much and because of you and your poetic writing have a wonderful list of lusts! Happy Birthday today, and wishing you many, many more to come!

  25. DRTVrMoi says:

    Congratulation on reaching the 2′s. It was a grand day when Perfume Shrine lead me your way. Your writings are always read with a smile. To as many more as you desire……

  26. Bee says:

    Just adding my congratulations, I enjoy your well-paced and thoughtful musings! Just a small wish: more frequent reports about your family’s (ahem, your husband’s) unconventional use of perfumes.

  27. Darilyn says:

    I don’t think there is much I can say that hasn’t been already said
    to you, but I look forward to “being with you” every day!
    I have learned so much here, and have sampled many new
    scents based on your reviews that I may not have thought to
    try. Happy Birthday and thanks!

  28. jamesdennard says:

    Congratulations, Birgit! I am so happy I found your blog (shortly after you started, I believe). You have helped open my eyes to many fragrances I might not have read about if not for your reviews. It was fun remembering the posts you mention here (except for the Lubin fiasco). Thank you for your friendship and love live Olfactoria’s Travels!

  29. jamesdennard says:

    Oops. I meant to say “long live Olfactoria’s Travels” :)

  30. Civava says:

    Congratulations! I really enjoy reading your uncomplicated reviews and the words you chose to describe all your feelings about it are just right. This is the blog I read with fun, regulary and post here regulary. Thank you.

  31. Ana says:

    Happy birthday, Olfactoria’s Travels! I hope you won’t loose your enthusiasm for perfume blogging for many years to come!

  32. Eva S says:

    Happy Blog Birthday! I can reveal that one of your recent posts lead to an impulsive blind buy-Shalimar Ode a la Vanille. I just knew from your description that it would be the Shalimar fo me!
    May the blogging continue to give you joy for many years to come!

  33. Happy blog birthday! I love your blog. Your reviews are always so well written, evocative and a joy to read! Hopefully, there will be many more!

  34. Undina says:

    Birgit, your blog is one of my most favorite blogs of all times. I can’t say for a fact but I think your blog was #3 I’d built up a courage to comment on (NST was the first one and then either Dee’s blog or yours – it’s all a blur for me now).
    Happy Blogoversary! I hope to read your kind and beautiful take on different perfumes for many years to come.

  35. hajusuuri says:

    Birgit, I join others in congratulating you on your 2nd Anniversary. Your kids are so cute! I will also go check out your Xerjoff post…I just stumbled upon my sample of Elle which I haven’t sampled yet and will do so AFTER reading your review.

  36. behemot12 says:

    Congratulations! Thank you very much for your blog and sharing your life with us. Good luck!

  37. Jenson says:

    Congrats! I love enjoy reading your posts so much. They often leave me thinking about so many things apart from perfume.

  38. Happy blog birthday! I don’t comment that often on your blog because I find it a bit hard to express myself in english, but I read everything you write! I have bought so many perfume samples because I have been inspired buy your writing, you should get a commission from Lucky Cents, Perfumed Court, and others for increasing the samle sales to Sweden! Thank you Birgit.

  39. Persolaise says:

    Heartfelt congratulations, Birgit! Here’s to many more years of successful sniffing and blogging :-)

  40. Dubaiscents says:

    Congratulations on 2 years with the blog! What an amazing accomplishment! I remember that my mom had me read the post about the alternative uses for perfume back before I fell down the rabbit hole and was a regular reader. It really did make me laugh! Thanks for your dedication to the whole community!

  41. shylotus says:

    Congratulations, Birgit! I love OT. So pleased I stumbled on it a year ago. Your wit, humor, and sensitivity keeping me coming back to read more. Cheers to you!

  42. Deanna G. says:

    Congrats on 2 years! :)

  43. Happy (belated) 2nd Blogoversary B! I absolutely adore Olfactoria and her travels, long may she reign!

  44. Happy Anniversary, Birgit! It has been such a pleasure to meet you via your blog and to get to know you through your wonderful writing. Here’s a fine glass of Champagne raised to you! To many more blog posts!

  45. Lean S says:

    Congratulations! I am relatively new to the blog and look forward to reading more. :) Your kids are adorable by the way.

  46. Vanessa says:

    Well done, B, what a fantastic track record and all achieved in between the demands of bringing up two little boys. I enjoyed reading your “top” this and that approach – I do love me a good list… : – ) Congrats to Tara too, for playing an important supporting role, and it is nice to see some of your other readers turn posters! I am sure OT will be around for a long time to come and I look forward to reading you in future.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you very much, V!
      OT will change a bit in the future, I don’t want to burn out, and I have the feeling I would, if I keep going at this rate. But at a slower pace, with a slightly different angle, I hope OT will still be fun for readers and myself.

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