The Scentist Individual Perfume Review

Finally the perfect perfume?

I am a lover of perfume, but so far I have failed to find the perfect scent for me. Recently, I came across a website called “The Scentist” who create individual perfumes. They claim to create an individual scent that fits. I was immediately hooked by this statement as I am always standing in the perfume shop sniffing the different perfumes until I cannot smell any difference at all anymore and still I remain without the perfect scent. So, I was curious and had a closer look at the website, read some reviews and decided I would try it.

The procedure

To get your individual perfume, you have to fill out a personality test, which is quickly done. The questions are about things you like to do in your free time, where you prefer to eat or drink and general information about yourself.

The next day I received the results via e-mail. In the mail I got to know that my perfect scent belongs to the family of floral scents. The different scents of my individual perfume were also mentioned and overall it sounded interesting, but I wasn’t 100% persuaded. It contained a lot of fruity scents and not so many florals. But after considering it a bit longer, I ordered my individual scent.

Already two days later, my parcel arrived, so everything went really quickly. I was really excited and also a bit nervous whether I would like the scent or not. With pleasant anticipation, I opened the little parcel and it looked very high-quality: There was a nice card with the description of my scent, black tissue paper and a tin which contained the perfume. The perfume itself comes in a 100 ml glass bottle, which also appears to be good quality.

High-quality packaging of the Scentist individual perfume
High-quality packaging of the Scentist perfume

The scent: is it perfect?

Unfortunately, I have to say that I was not as impressed as others were in their reviews. The first impression is very fruity and not at all floral. I think it is black currant that is the most prominent but I am no expert. The scent reminds me a bit of Giorgio Armani Si or Kylie Minogue Showtime but more intense. After a while the intensity decreases but what is left is also not very appealing to me. All in all, the scent is very sweet and overpowering and not at all what I imagine my perfect perfume to be like.

Is it worth it?

Tough question. The whole presentation and packaging of the perfume is high-quality and premium. The outcome of the scent is probably dependent on luck and your own taste. Even though the price of 89€ for 100 ml is rather normal for a perfume, I think it is a bit risky to order 100 ml of a perfume without having a clue what it smells like. I think it would be good if it was possible to order smaller amounts, too. Now, I have 100 ml of a perfume that I don’t really like. So, I wouldn’t do it again. As my hunt for my perfect perfume goes on, I will probably keep sniffing perfumes until I finally find the perfect one for me.

How to see the Northern Lights

One of my goals during my semester in Norway was to see the Northern Lights. And with northern lights it is probably the same as it is with love: It happens when you least expect it.

As the name implies you have to be in the North to have the best chances to see the northern lights. Then you need two more things:

  1. A high aurora level (which you can check on an aurora forecast online). The higher the level the further south you have a chance to see northern lights (this is only a very simple way of explaining the matter).
  2. More importantly: You need a clear sky. When the sky is covered in clouds, you cannot see anything no matter how high the aurora level is.

So in Bergen the chances to see northern lights are still quite little. Because a) Bergen is comparatively far in the South and b) most of the time it’s cloudy. Nevertheless, I was still hoping. Every now and then I peeked out of my window and stared at the night sky. Most of the times unsuccessful.

The first time I saw the Aurora Borealis

One night, however, there were lights in the night sky. At first I wasn’t sure if it was only city lights. But when I saw movement in the lights, I was sure that I had just seen Northern Lights for the first time. I was so happy I wanted and it felt somehow magical, even though they were very weak and I could barely see them. Still, it was the first time and thus it was special.

The second time we all saw the Northern Lights was also in Bergen. There had been sightings the previous nights and it was also expected to happen that night. So many students from my student housing came outside to a nearby park. The lawn was still wet from rain and our feet quickly became wet and cold. Nevertheless, we were standing in little groups in the cold, facing north and waiting for the appearance of the Northern Lights. Suddenly, there were sounds of “ohs” and “aws” and cheering. The Northern Lights had appeared as expected. The moment was only ruined by many students who tried to capture the moment on their smartphones. With the camera flash turned on. Don’t do that. It doesn’t do any good.

Northern Lights in Tromso
Northern Lights in Tromso

Northern Lights in Tromso

The last time saw the Northern Lights was in Tromso, which is in the far North of Norway. We were very lucky, because we were only staying a few nights in Tromso and the weather forecast had predicted a cloudy sky. The first night, however, there were now clouds or what so ever and we had a brilliant view of the Northern Lights. They were quite strong and dancing in the night sky. Only by that, the trip had already been worth it.

Was it worth it?

I am so happy that I got the chance to see the Northern Lights. It was something that I had always dreamed of and I would immediately return to Norway to get another chance to see them. I have to say though that they look a lot different in real life than on photos. Not as green and not as bright (at least they didn’t the times when I saw them). Some people might be disappointed but I wasn’t. I still think it was magical and I wouldn’t want to miss it. And of course I would love to see them again!

(also: sorry for the poor quality of the photos. It was the first time I took photos of the Northern lights, so I didn’t quite know how to do it. Additionally, I had not the best-fitted tripod for my camera)

Knitting – my new love and hobby

Why everyone should try knitting and how you can start

Knitting has become popular again! With platforms like We are knitters and Wool and the Gang, it is no longer something for grannies only. Maybe it is because of our fast developing world that we try to go back to the roots and do something slow, mindful and non-digital. No matter why, knitting has become one of my greatest hobbies.

Knitting project

How and why I started knitting

About two years ago I started knitting. I don’t remember exactly why I started, but I think I was looking for a hobby. Additionally, I was looking for a nice hat for winter that was not made out of plastic because I have problems with flyaway hair during winter which gets intensified by acrylic hats. So I decided to buy some good wool and started knitting.

I had tried knitting before – not really successfully though – but I still liked the idea of creating my own clothes. I bought some introductory books and watched many explanatory videos on YouTube. If you have troubles understanding the illustrations of knitting instructions in books, I would definitely recommend watching videos. It’s a lot easier to understand if you can actually see someone doing it than just seeing it on photos or illustrations where you have to do a lot of guessing what is happening.
That way, I taught myself how to knit. For me, it was good that I had no one to help, because then I really had to understand what I was doing and not just replicate what I was seeing. If I made a mistake, I had to correct it myself and now I feel like I have really understood knitting.

Just watch some tutorials, get some needles and wool and try it. Easy projects for beginners are for example scrarves and headbands – which where also my first projects.

Ball of yarn, what I like about knitting

 

What I like about knitting

For me, knitting is something calming and relaxing. I like to work on my projects in the evenings while watching TV or on long train rides. Especially the train rides fly by when I’m knitting.
I also like that I can see the progress and what I have done. If I watch Netflix for three hours, I might be entertained afterwards but it is not really productive. If I am knitting for three hours I might have finished half a sock. It’s also quite satisfying to hold the finished project in your hands and being able to say “I’ve done that!” Not to mention the compliments you might receive.

What do I want to do in the future?

So far, I only know two different kinds of stiches. With these stiches I can do about four patterns. But there are like hundreds of different patterns and variations. So my skills are quite limited yet. In the future, I want to knit more, start new and bigger projects and develop new skills. I share this with you on my blog to inspire you to start knitting and get creative.

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Impressions of Bergen, the rainiest city in Norway

In 2015, I spent my Erasmus semester in Norway or more precisely in Bergen. Initially, I chose Norway because of the beautiful landscape, the university and I wanted to get a better chance to see the Northern Lights. However, I wasn’t so sure about the city of Bergen. It has a reputation for being one of the rainiest cities in Norway, if not the rainiest city. Would it always be raining? Is the city too small? But all my doubts were proven wrong. I loved Bergen and it was perfect for my semester abroad!

With around 270.000 inhabitants, Bergen is Norway’s second biggest city and it’s definitely worth a visit. If you do visit Bergen, you should bring a good pair of hiking boots and hike up the seven summits of Bergen (or at least one of them). The highest of them is Mount Ulriken with 643m. The others are Lyderhorn, Løvstakken, Fløyen, Rundemannen, Sandviksfjellet and Damgårdsfjellet. It was my goal to reach the top of all seven of them. Even though I had been a complete newbie to hiking, I still made it to the top of all of them. I have to say, however, that it wasn’t always an easy walk up and sometimes it was quite exhausting (maybe we weren’t the fittest hikers).

The top of Mount Løvstakken in Bergen, Norway
Hiking in Bergen – Mount Løvstakken

I have to say that hiking is probably the best activity in Bergen if the weather is nice, which it was quite often while I had been there. This is probably why I went hiking so much. When you are in Bergen and it’s sunny outside, you have to seize the day and make the most of it. Everyone keeps telling you that the weather will change soon, thus you get a bad conscious if you stay inside.

If hiking is not for you, you should explore the hanseatic wharf Bryggen. Especially when the sun is out, it looks stunning and the colours of the tiny houses shine even brighter. You can stroll through the small alleys between the houses and check out all the little shops, that over typical Norwegian things, like cosy Norwegian sweaters. Take in the scent of the old timber of the contorted houses and enjoy the special atmosphere.

The hanseatic wharf Bryggen in Bergen, Norway
The hanseatic wharf Bryggen in Bergen

But Bergen has so much more to offer, which you should experience yourself. I had a wonderful time in Bergen and I can recommend everyone to visit it themselves.

An introduction to myself

How do you start blogging? Do you just start throwing content onto your blog or do you formally introduce yourself? I decided for the latter, so that is what this will be.

  • My name is Ulla, which is a very old-fashioned name in Germany, but was very popular in the 1920s. I used to have a problem with that but now I am ok with it.
  • I grew up close to the oldest city of Germany and after graduating from school I spent a year abroad in London doing a voluntary service. During that time my love for the UK and the English language began to grow which led to me studying English linguistics and business administration.
  • I had spent my fifth semester at the University of Bergen in Norway. During summer and early autumn I went hiking a lot. As I had no TV, I needed a hobby for the evenings. I did watch a lot of Netflix (which is somehow similar to TV but without the adverts), I knitted a lot and started painting with watercolours. The last two became real hobbies for me and I have improved my skills by now.
  • In my last semester, I finished my bachelor thesis, moved to Munich and worked as an intern at a tourism company, which I didn’t enjoy much. Afterwards, I was looking for a job which didn’t went as smoothly as I had expected. I was unemployed for three months, which felt like ages but also passed very quickly. As I got more and more desperate, I started working at a huge fashion retailer. It was not my dream, but at least I had something to do and earned a bit of money to pay my rent.
  • Soon after, I finally found a job in an online editorial office. So far, I still enjoy working there.
  • I am a massive cat lover. One day I will hopefully be a crazy cat lady.
  • I love photography.
  • I love travelling but I hate that it seems to be everyone’s hobby by now. Sometimes I think that everyone only loves to travel because that’s simply what our generation does. I don’t say travelling is my hobby because I unfortunately do not travel that often. But when I do, I love it.
  • I have unfortunately never been in a country outside of Europe.
  • I love tea, mostly green, black, peppermint, camomile, all sorts of tea except fruity teas basically.
  • I try to read as many books as possible and most favourably in English. I am a very slow reader, however, and I have other hobbies as well, so I don’t finish as many books as other people each year.
  • I like watching videos on YouTube, although I become more and more critical about the whole movement with all the influencers and product placements. We could probably be watching adverts instead.
  • I like knitting. I guess my biggest project so far has been a jumper with a complicated pattern.

Well, this is not a 50 facts about me tag but I think it gives you an impression of who I am. You will probably get to know me better in future blog posts.

Happy New Year! My Resolutions for 2018

2017 flew by so quickly and it feels like I didn’t make any progress this year. This is probably due to the fact, that all the milestones I achieved are overshadowed by three months of unemployment and a lot of rejections to my job applications. To end 2017 positively and to remember only the good things, I will quickly mention my achievements.

  • I successfully graduated from university.
  • I moved in with my boyfriend and we found ourselves a beautiful flat.
  • I took a short trip to Lake Garda.
  • I finally found a job.

I could have achieved so much more, but it motivates me to do it better in 2018. What do I want to achieve? What do I want to look back on in a year?

1. Travel. It’s always on my list, but I am almost never able to fulfil this goal like I imagined. Time and money have always been the excuse. Not this year!

  • I will visit Hamburg
  • I will hike in the “Sächsische Schweiz” and have a look around Dresden
  • I will make a nice travelling holiday.
  • Vienna is also on my list

2. Change my consumerist behaviour. I feel ashamed about how much money I spend on things that I don’t actually need. My wardrobe is full and I still want more. I want to stop shopping for clothes. Completely (unless I really need something). In addition to that I will sort out my things and try to sell stuff online or donate it. The same applies for beauty products. I won’t buy anything new until I have used up some of the old things.

3. Live a more sustainable life. I am far from perfect – if that even exists – but I am on a journey, which I want to share with you on this blog. Bit by bit, I want to integrate sustainability into my life. Firstly, I want to use up old beauty products and exchange them for natural, organic products. Reducing my consumerism (especially fashion) is also a part of becoming more sustainable.

4. Mindfulness. In four months of working, I’ve experienced that time is very rare. I wake up in the morning, go to work, come home in the evening, eat something, waste my time in front of the TV or laptop and go to bed. It’s every day the same. I want to be more productive and actively do something, like knitting, reading or sports.

5. Finally learn Spanish. I have started learning Spanish before, but never really stuck to it. Now, I finally want to continue learning it, so I can travel at some point to Latin America and really communicate with the people there.

6. Knitting. I want to continue knitting and also improve my skills and develop new skills. There are so many patterns and stitches and I only know the basics. I want to do more complicated things and be very professional!

7. Get fit. Like probably almost everyone else in this world, I want to get fit. I want to do sports regularly and go to the gym more often. It’s my goal to participate in a 10 km run. Ten kilometres might not seem a lot to many people, but for me it is the furthest I have ever run. And another goal (which is ridiculously unrealistic) is to be able to do “the Flag”. But we’ll see.

So, these are my seven goals for 2018. But most importantly: I want to be the best version of myself and be truly happy.

Do you have any goals for 2018?