Most of us perfume bloggers approach our perfume testing in a somewhat haphazard way. Not Undina. Undina makes hardcore, badass graphs to track almost every aspect of her testing habits. But lest you think that Undina is merely a mathematical machine, she also writes some of the most touching, transportive perfume reviews that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It is my honor to introduce Undina, who will tell us today about her gorgeous kitteh’s Opium habit.
Why do you write about perfume?
I liked perfumes as long as I can remember myself. At some point I realized that most people I knew – friends, relatives, co-workers, did not care about perfumes as much as I did. So I stopped trying to involve them into conversations about perfumes and for a while kept it to myself. And then I discovered Perfumeland. My blog serves two main purposes: finding online friends with whom I share my hobby and practicing not work-related written English. I don’t want to be famous, or be considered a specialist, or have a great following. All I want from this blog is fifteen-twenty people who enjoy reading my stories and talking to me about perfumes, cats and other things important in life.
Your perfume reviews often refer to childhood memories that took place in your birth country, but I have never seen you explicitly identify that country. What is this mystery country???
I was born and grew up in the USSR.
What are your favorite perfume houses?
Restricting myself to just three names (it wasn’t easy!) – Amouage, Ormonde Jayne and Jo Malone.
What is your favorite place to shop for perfume?
I’m an equal opportunity shopper: I’ll shop a store that carries what I’m looking for. I almost never buy perfumes from discounters after I got several perfumes that were off. If I have a choice I’ll buy a perfume from one of the SAs who were good to me on previous visits. I have such SAs in my local Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys.
Your adorable tabby, Rusty, enjoys perfumes ranging from Opium for Men to Chanel Beige. How closely do his tastes align with your own?
With Opium he’s on his own. When it comes to my other perfumes I still can’t figure out if he really likes those or tries to clean me from those. But he definitely enjoys packaging.
What are some of your other interests outside of perfume?
I enjoy eating dark chocolate (in all possible forms), collecting and drinking Californian wines, taking pictures and dancing. I’m not saying I’m good at any of these (well, maybe at eating chocolate…) but I like doing all that.
What perfumes are you hoping to find under the Christmas tree/Menorah branches this year?
I want to thank you for the idea. Since I kind of celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year I should get three perfumes – one for each holiday. My short-list so far includes Une Rose Vermeille by Tauer Perfumes, Cuir de Russie by Chanel, Vert Pour Madame by DSH, Ambre Fetiche by Annick Goutal, Arabian Wood by Tom Ford and Ginger Ciao by Yosh. Now I need to choose.
You often finish your posts inviting others to publish links to their blogs. Why?
I think that blog posts’ life span is too short. I see how much efforts go into creating them but months later most of them won’t be found and read even if the same topic or perfume is discussed again. I always try to find those reviews I remember reading or come across while researching the topic and link to them but I can’t remember everything I read and not all bloggers are SE savvy (or care about it) so those great stories and reviews wouldn’t get the audience they deserve. I’m not doing it to enrich my blog’s content. I’m trying to make my blogo-friends’ posts a tiny bit more visible.