instead of a Monday Question this week, I wanted to make a few announcements.
1) First of all, and with a lovely timing for the Holidays, I teamed up with Atelier Cologne who kindly created two discount codes redeemable in their online boutiques (Atelier Cologne France and Atelier Cologne Europe) for Olfactoria’s Travels readers. (Note: I do not receive compensation in any form for this!)
The first one is OLFACTORIASAMPLES : This code allows you to have the Atelier Cologne Collection Sample Set for 10€ instead of 20€.
The second one is OLFACTORIACANDLE : Atelier Cologne offer an Orange Sanguine Candle for every purchase of a Cologne Absolue 100ml, 200ml, or for any Gift Boxes.
You just need to apply the code at checkout and it works.
For now they only work on the European sites, but I am working on it to make this possible also for my American readers.
2) The second thing I wanted to announce is that I am lucky enough to go to NYC soon. The Husband and I will spend the Thanksgiving weekend there. You may already have seen Portia’s announcements on Perfume Posse and Australian Perfume Junkies. S/he let it slip that I am at Osswald on Saturday, Nov 29 at 2pm as well. I hope to see some of the New Yorkers among you there.
I will definitely leave the stage to Portia though, as spending time in a small room with lots of people and plenty of fumes quite literally takes my breath away these days…
…which brings me to my third announcement of the day.
3) You will have noticed that I do not review perfume these days, that I stick to my MQ and am happy to have the blog’s more fragrant part in the competent hands of dear Tara, Portia, Sandra and Michael. (A huge thank you to the four of you at this point, I don’t know what I would do without you and I am so grateful and happy that you write for OT!)
So why is that?
I developed Asthma, the reason for which is not yet known, but what is certain is that perfume makes it worse, a lot worse. Over the past months I have stuck with dabbed microdoses of Hermès perfume and not more and it looks like that will be what I have to do for a while yet.
This is not easy for a fumie as you all can imagine and it makes me sad and even more angry. The Asthma is really bad and fighting for air, coughing to the point of breaking a rib is not fun at all. For the past two weeks I have had great new medication which makes me feel a lot better and more optimistic, so I finally decided to share this with you, my loyal readers.
I was strangely ashamed for the longest time, feeling like my body let me down, not only me but my entire readership. I felt like a fraud, a Perfumista without perfume, a smeller who cannot bear even a whiff of scent.
But that is how it is for now and I can only hope it will change again.
So that was enough whining for today, now go forth and treat yourself or your loved ones to some nice Atelier samples or bottles. I know I will, even if I shall stick to buying them for others this year.