This is My Story

my story
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I guess this part is where I let you know a little bit of my story…

“Scribbled to Paper”

By the time I started “The Fragrance Writer” in 2020, I had already been blogging about poetry for a few years (since 2017). I was inspired by my mother, who decided that, in her retirement, she would try something new – write and publish a book! I thought, if she was brave enough to try that, I should try something, too!

I knew I also had a skill of writing that was just lying dormant inside of me. It was time to bring it out, blow off the dust and start to develop it – to not waste it. So I started a poetry blog. My first one was called “Scribbled to Paper.” A year later, I started a new one, “The Poetry About Us,” which was a more refined version as I started learning the ropes a little bit. That blog eventually changed to “Writing with Strangers,” where I started focusing on the community aspect on blogging and collaborating with other writers.

Another Passion

But I had another passion in my life: Fragrances. This began as a mere nerdy past-time. I was trying to find, one day, online advice of which fragrances were better than another (I know, a pretty subjective idea). I soon discovered there was a whole online community where people rate fragrances, tell the stories about them and list all the notes and details of each. As an accountant, I fell in love with the idea of creating systems of classifications and organizations and ratings for different scents. Even more than that, I loved trying them and experiencing, not just how each one made me smell, but also how each one made me feel.

I now became a “frag-head. . .” Someone addicted to fragrances. I began building my fragrance collection. I started following all of the popular reviewers on YouTube. And I, too, became one of those guys that went on the online communities and starts leaving reviews for every fragrance he smelled.

Aromatherapy of Essential Oils in Fragrances | Updated

Not Just a Luxury Item. . .

What is the “Aromatherapy of Essential Oils in Fragrances” all about? I don’t believe that fragrances are just a luxury item; I believe they’re just as much a form of therapy. Whether you’re just having a bad day and need something to lift you up. Or you need to present for a big meeting at work but your confidence is just not there. Maybe you’re looking for something to spice up date-night in your marriage. Fragrances have an answer for all of that.

This page is where I help you find fragrance notes to fit your every mood – or needed mood. And do you have any requests to include? Let me know in the the comment section (This post is updated regularly).

*Disclaimer – Although many of the points here have been proven in medical settings and cited from professional sources, I am neither a doctor nor a medical professional and my advice shouldn’t be taken as such.

Aromatherapy of Essential Oils in Fragrances
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Agarwood/Oud – Strength to Overcome

Agarwood/Oud has been known to give a wearer quite a few benefits, such as relieving insomnia, stress, and depression. Personally, when I wear Agarwood/Oud, I feel empowered. It’s something I wear when I really want to be a “boss” at work, mixing elements of strength and seriousness.

Another interesting fact about Agarwood/Oud, is that the scent is produced by inducing stress to the Agarwood tree (in the form of a bacterial infection). The sap that the tree produces to fight this infection is what smells so nice. Likewise, Agarwood/Oud brings out our inner strength when we are being consumed by negative stressors, just as the tree releases its strong, beautifully aromatic sap when faced with a negative infection.

Click Here to see a list of different fragrances that include the note of Oud from LuckyScent.com, a verified online fragrance retailer.

Bergamot – The Confident Earl

As often said of other fragrance notes, Bergamot is both energizing and up-lifting. But it’s also widely known to give you a “leg-up” in your day by boosting your self-confidence. No wonder it’s used so much in fragrances!

Bergamot is great to wear when you have to present for an important meeting at work, and its like, citrusy scent also makes it ideal for sports or the gym. By the way, do you enjoy Earl Grey Tea? Bergamot is the main flavoring of this tea, which also happens to be one of my favorite kinds.

Iris – The Office Blues

Although Iris is a popular fragrance note in perfumes, there is not a lot of information available on its aromatic benefits. Some do attest the usual ones – that it’s encouraging and uplifting. Many online reviewers see this note as a fresh-and-clean, great for the office note.

Personally, strong Iris (who blooms a blue-ish colored flower) evokes slightly depressed and centered feelings in me. So I actually tend to stay away from anything that uses this note. But that’s an important thing to keep in mind – aromatherapy is not a science; different notes can evoke different feelings in different people. At the same time, its more fun that way, because we all have a kaleidoscope of fragrances to try – that can reach us all on different, individual levels.

Click Here to see a list of different fragrances that include the note of Iris from LuckyScent.com, a verified online fragrance retailer.

Five Poetry Blogs You Should Follow This Fall (2019)

Five Poetry Blogs You Should Follow This Fall (2019)
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Five Blogs You Should Follow This Fall!

Hi All! I know that I haven’t done many posts like this in a while! But late this summer I did a mass search to find new blogs on WordPress to follow. And I have to tell you, I have found some really nice ones! I wanted to take this moment to share them with all of you – because I think, or know, you will enjoy them, too. So here’s five blogs you should follow this fall!

“Short Prose”

Link: https://shortprose.blog/

I wanted to start off with this one, although most of you probably know them, because I have been reading much more of their poetry lately. I just really appreciate the level of quality poetry they put out. It’s classic quality. . . but with a modern twist. And that’s how I want to write as well.

“Haiku Spot” & “Blue Willow Haiku World”

“Haiku Spot” Link: https://haikuspot.wordpress.com/

“Blue Willow Haiku World” Link: https://fayaoyagi.wordpress.com/

These next blogs I grouped together because they are both Haiku blogs. In the last few months, I have gotten more into writing Haiku, which also led me to search for more inspiration on them. I like these blogs because I think they really capture the true art of Haiku and help motivate me to do the same.

“100 Tang Poems”

Link: https://100tangpoems.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/du-fu-view-of-taishan/

I just like these poems. I feel that they help to capture more of the ancient, time-less art of poetry writing. And that is something I would like to aspire to in my writing – rather than just serving the “flavor of the day,” so to say.

“Uzuri Art”

Link: https://uzuriart.wordpress.com/

This last one actually isn’t a poetry blog, it’s an art blog. But often times I find inspiration for writing in pictures or artwork, so I think it’s relevant to always be open to blogs that post pictures or artwork. And this blog is quite talented, in my opinion, and pretty much posts every day.

In Closing. . .

One last thing I always like to mention is that I don’t go deep into every blog and check everything they have ever posted. So if there is anything in there that offends you, I apologize. That’s just the nature of the game in blogging.

I hope you enjoyed this, and I hope that you will appreciate these blogs as much as I do. And, as always, don’t forget to check out my blog. . .

Jonathan Pines
“Writing with Strangers”
Link: https://writingwithstrangers.com/