F is for Five Golden Rules…

Tis 01 April which means that many a prank or trick will be played upon a plethora of unsuspecting souls today. I however, am for too kind for all that malarky and instead would like to share with you the latest instalment in my Escentual A-Z – ‘F is for Five Golden Rules’.

Please click on the image above to head over to Escentual to check out my Five Golden Rules for being a perfume nerd – you’d be an April Fool not too!

Summer in Swinging London Town
Summer in Swinging London Town

Last year I was invited by the vivacious Lila Das Gupta of Olfactory Events to hold a talk on the subject of summer fragrances for Perfume Lovers London. It is a day that I will never forget – the weather was beautiful and being the day before the Olympics the excitement in the city was palpable (we even caught the Olympic Torch on Oxford Street) and the evening was fun, fragrant and filled with wonderful perfume people.

This year I have been invited back for The Candy Perfume Boy’s Summer Special Take 2 on Thursday 18 July 2013. The evening will consist of many a summer fragrance as well as the possibility of an even more colourful shirt than last year’s…

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

A massive thank you to everybody who entered the draw and left wonderful comments about what they have learned from The Candy Perfume Boy over the last year. It just goes to show how lovely my readers are and I really do value the interactions and discussions that we have here, they are great fun.

I have learned a lot since starting this blog, from how to create interesting discussion to how to deal with a anti-fragrance troll. It certainly has been a fun ride and I hope that over the next year The Candy Perfume Boy will continue to thrive and that the level of discussion will remain as excellent.

Anyway, the winner of The Candy Perfume Boy’s Birthday Giveaway is…

Happy Birthday!
Happy Birthday!

I can hardly believe it but today marks the first birthday of The Candy Perfume Boy! It only seems like yesterday that I was tentatively tapping away at my keyboard to write my first full-length review, an apt choice of Guerlain’s Shalimar Parfum Initial for my inaugural post I feel, and now here I am 365 days later with a blog that turned out to be one thousand times better than I ever thought it would be.

Over this last year I have been overwhelmed by the response the blog has received, in that time I’ve received over 180,000 hits, published 194 posts and obtained 3,859 comments! But more importantly than all of the stats and numbers is the friendships and interactions I have developed with my readers in that time, you are priceless and this space would not be the same without you, yes that’s right, you!

So in order show my appreciation I thought I would celebrate with a little giveaway. The prize is a collection of decants from my personal stash and includes my favourite perfume discoveries from the last year. These fragrances have been those that have impressed me the most since starting this blog and I wanted to give you the chance to try some of my “big loves”, I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.

Summer in Swinging London Town
Summer in Swinging London Town

There are a few big and exciting events happening in London this summer; in June we have the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and in July we will be hosting the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, not that we’ve made much of a song and dance about it or anything…

Anyway, these events are very exciting, but there is one other event that I would like to bring to your attention, one that is a little bit more low-key but is 10,000 times more exciting than anything Queen/sports related.

On Thursday 26 July I will be hosting a Summer Special at The New Cavendish Club for Perfume Lovers London. During the evening I will be taking you through a selection of summer scents from the light and ephemeral to the hot and steamy. I am overjoyed to have been asked to host and I hope that you’ll be able to attend.

Details below the jump…