Monday Question – What Is Your Favorite Non-Perfume Blog?

Which blogs do you read that have nothing to do with perfume?

Do you have another specialized interest you read about online?

Do you enjoy fashion blogs, lifestyle, books, makeup, hobbies, do-it-yourself, cooking…?

What are you reading online that it is not perfume-related?


My Answer:

Aside from perfume blogs I often drop in on fashion or make up blogs, but there are a few others too. These are blogs I check regularly, mostly because I like the voice of the writer or I am interesting in something they have featured at some point. It is a mix of well-known big blogs and small “independents”. So here we go in no particular order:

A Cup of Jo, Aesthetic Alterations, Feather FactorZen-Habits, The Beauty Look Book, Happyface313 (she is from Vienna!), Garance DoréLarkie@Large, The Luxe Chronicles, Out Of The Bag, Fashion Pas, Les Anti-Modernes, Tomboy StyleChocolate, Cookies and Candy and – as you know – MaiTai’s Picture Book.

I can’t wait to hear what you have found in the vast world of blogs that captures your interest and maybe find something new to read for myself.

So please tell me, and all of us, what are your favorite blogs?


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36 Responses to Monday Question – What Is Your Favorite Non-Perfume Blog?

  1. Alice says:

    Great idea for a MQ, I look forward to reading the others, and following up your suggestions.
    I like style and capsule wardrobe blogs, and have identified a handful that I find more ‘me’ (there are loads of fashion sites that I just can’t identify with). I love the Vivienne Files for the colour inspiration, and packing ideas, and Recovering Shopaholic for her thoughtful posts about our approach to shopping and wardrobe management. For style I also like enbrogue, bridgette raes (e.g. this post is pretty much my ‘uniform’:, into mind, and un-fancy.

  2. Sandra says:

    Fun question! I look forward to reading the responses. Personally I love reading art blogs. Here are two that I visit daily:

  3. ringthing says:

    Fun topic, look forward to seeing everyone’s recs. I am a fan of Go Fug Yourself, a very funny and eclectic fashion blog that covers celebrities, royalty and television, among other things. I have discovered many cooking blogs through Pinterest and while I don’t follow very many I really enjoy browsing Pinterest for recipes (and art, jewelry, photography – I can fall down the Pinterest wormhole very easily). And NPR’s food blog, The Salt, is very interesting.

  4. Sabine says:

    Not a blog, but my favourite online browsing happens on Flipboard, an app that allows you to follow and create magazines. A bit like pinterest, but with articles. I follow all sorts of things that interest me: design, architecture, Japan, ceramics, Paris, London, news, patterns, perfume, game of thrones….and collect the best stories in my own magazines. I have one called House porn, which will come in handy one day when we win the Euromillions lottery…
    The app allows you to use your Facebook and twitter accounts and basically any website can be copied into it. Your blog has appeared a few times in my ‘Scents’ magazine 🙂

  5. Carol says:

    Hello B:
    Mine of course! 😉 (I still write perfume posts and have a tab for those)
    I follow a lot of canning/food preservation, and pottery blogs. And also some alternative fashion blogs (40+) like Vintage Vixen (Vix left the corporate world in England and she and her partner sell vintage clothing) and Melanie, an artist in Canada at

    I’m going to check back to see what others are saying and I am such a big fan of blogs (so much more so than the Instagram and Tumblr thing-a-ma-jigs)

    • Olfactoria says:

      Me too, Carol. Instagram and Co really make me feel old, as I just can’t get into them. 😉
      Thanks for linking to your blog, I hope many readers will check it out!

  6. Alexandra says:

    Hallo dear Birgit!
    It’s Monday after Easter over here (Greece) and afternoon feels pretty lazy and relaxed, sunny too. Perfect time for online getaways! I have a couple of blogs to suggest, starting with my favourite food blogger Mimi Thorisson, offering sumptuous recipes from Southern France (and not only), personal thoughts/stories, and feast for the eyes photography: The other blog whose updates I always wait with anticipation is: that explores decor, travelling and many facets of life with a retro mood and literary allusions and recommendations. The blogger has recently published a design book- on its way to me via amazon, where home aesthetics are inspired by classic literary novels (
    Kiss kiss,

  7. Kandice says:

    I love Elizabeth Gilbert’s (author of Eat, Pray, Love) Facebook page. She posts everyday with pieces that are inspirational, thought-provoking, and always supportive of women. I like to start my day reading inspirational pieces, and her posts always hit the mark. Can’t wait to see what other blogs people like so I can add those to my list too!

  8. spe says:

    Grammar Girl

  9. anitathepianist says:

    Flavorwire is my favorite blog (or site). It has excellent book lists, updates on contemporary music, and many other topics. Brain Pickings is also one that keeps me updated on many subjects.

  10. Lady Jane Grey says:

    These days I read less and less blogs – I rather try to spend my spare time with books. The beauty blogs I was reading have died, unfortunately, and the cool cook Daisy stopped writing too 😦
    There is a nice food blog by Mimi Thorisson (Manger) I follow.
    I miss a good blog about books though…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Daisy is so busy, but I can tell you she won Most Creative Recipe in a recent Mac and Cheese takedown! 🙂

      A good book blog would be nice indeed. (BTW, I absolutely loved We Need To Talk About Kevin, which was your recommendation, very disturbing but brilliant!)

  11. Annette says:

    I too enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert’s blog, she is such a refreshing writer. I must confess I spend far too long on the computer and tend to ‘research’ whatever is going on at the moment! My favourites are always going to be blogs about Paris, whether style, living or just brushing up on French. Paris Breakfasts is a lovely blog. I also love Movie Houses which is more interior designing based on movie sets! Finally, (and this probably sounds a bit nuts!) I love brows
    ing houses for sale in glamourous out of reach places!xl

  12. Gretchen says:

    I’m going to check out several of your blogs, B! I love home and eclectic blogs, and some of my favorites include Pigtown Design (Baltimore-based, but so much more), That’s Not My Age, The Food Dog Blog, The Zhush, Tone on Tone, and Simple Pretty. One written by an older woman in Montreal, Passage des perles, always leaves me thinking about my choices in life…and she links to the most amazing pearl jewelry more often than my account can bear 🙂

  13. Gretchen says:

    Oops…it’s Foo Dog, not Food Dog. Although, that might be kind of interesting!!

  14. tiffanie says:

    Great question! It gave me a chance to tally the blogs I follow via feedly. There are 25 fragrance related blogs and 70 blogs in 7 other categories (craft, cute and fun, design, food, knitting, life, and travel). I do not keep up with all 95 blogs, but I do check up on them as my interests wax and wane.

    The blogs (beyond fragrance) I’ve been reading longest and most consistently are

    Design Mom (family and design),
    angry chicken (homeschooling and craft),
    dooce (for a laugh and social commentary),
    David Lebovitz (food via Paris),
    The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee (what would the internet be without cats?),
    Yarn Harlot (knitting),
    Penelope Trunk (life advice),
    Post Secret (anonymous, artistic secrets), and
    National Geographic (photo of the day).

  15. I like blogs where the author uses landscape, gardens and plants to inspire readers–color, design, sensual pleasure and, look out–transcendent mysticism–actually I find those qualities on this blog, too.

    Most recent reading is a blog about California wild flowers:
    perjoy at

  16. Undina says:

    I don’t have time to read any blogs but those related to perfumes because my current addiction is courser – whenever I have time I’m listening to the next course on something I do not really need but am curious about.

    • Olfactoria says:

      That is a great addiction to have, Undina, I can’t think of amy obsession that would have a similarly positive effect. I should imitate you and do the same. 🙂

  17. Holly says:

    Late to the party!
    A recent discovery:
    This is wonderfully written by an Estonian woman currently based in Brussels. Beauty, fashion, home décor, food, slices of life in Europe presented with charm, intelligence and humour. A real treat, and the photography is stunning.

    Then there’s etsy. It’s just so fantastic to see the creativity, and I find it quite inspiring.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Never too late! 🙂
      Thanks for that great link, it sounds very interesting. I’ll be sure to put it on my list.
      Ask for Etsy, I must shamefully say that u til recently I thought it was mostly about glue guns gone wild, but I have to eat my words – Etsy is amazing! 🙂

      • Holly says:

        I initially explored Etsy for …. guess what? Vintage perfume! Then I would notice something here and there, and it became an obsession of I want I want I want along with I could do that! Thankfully both impulses have settled down, and I now enjoy just exploring.

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