Bittersweet Hellos Fellow Fumies,

The year is ending. Another chapter closed and no matter how good or bad 2013 was we can never go back there again. We have had a fantastic fun year at APJ with nearly 20 regular contributors and some very exciting extras. Thank you all for coming and reading, commenting, chatting, bringing us into your daily routine or contributing, you have all helped make Australian Perfume Junkies something I am extremely proud of. A team effort.

There will be some changing and rearranging through 2014, a little facelift, more reviews, more life and even more fabulous giveaways and competitions.

I, Portia, am grateful that you are part of this little family. You all make my day, every day, with this magic space we have created….

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Please have a Happy and Safe New Years Celebration. Waft into 2014 ready for success, health, wealth and happiness. It may not happen but if you are ready then it will be more fun.

Many of us are less than happy at this time. Take the time in 2014 to help yourself heal. Our warmest and most heartfelt hug to you all. It won’t always be this bad but it may not get better soon, push through and forward. Stick around, if nothing else our rampant ramblings here at APJ may give you a smile now and then.

I have been cleaning out the Perfume Room, there will be a huge cull soon and a Sale list. Here is a snap of most of the collection, there are 4 boxes that didn’t fit on the table. I am bragging but also heartily ashamed of my gluttony. It will slow in 2014……… Maybe…….

Portia's collection 2013

So farewell 2013 and WELCOME 2014.

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51 comments on “HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 APJ

  1. Palmer Ward says:

    I dunno Portia…your table is beginning to look scarily like our office…you may never be free again
    Palmer & Linda

  2. Donelle Talintyre says:

    YEP! …Looks familiar, though I don’t possess a “perfume room”, please don’t give me such ideas! I confess that in the last few years I have developed such a phenomenon as a summer/spring and autumn winter perfume wardrobe, just like my clothes! When not being used, they are housed in a spare…. I mean “guest” bedroom. I shouldn’t be adding to my collection, would need 3 lifetimes to wear them all as it is, but that would be boring, which I don’t do when it comes to perfume 🙂

    I hope you Portia, splurge on at least one up-opened one for NYE! Happy New Year and fragmenting 2014! Donelle xx

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      You are lovely Donelle, I shall open one especially. Now to choose………
      See you next year
      Portia xx

  3. Camilla says:

    OMG so many little and not so little treasures. Thank you for an exciting year giving me a more educated sense of smell. I am loving it.
    Happy New Year to you Portia and all the other APJ’s
    CATcha next year
    Camilla XXX

  4. Jackie b says:

    Happy New Year And happy spring cleaning…
    I sometimes have dreams where someone lets me loose on a collection of perfumes and products, much like the one on your table!
    Then I wake up.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Jackie B
      This collection will remain like this for about 1 week before the cull starts. You are welcome to come stay for a night and sniff till your nose explodes.
      Portia xx

  5. Tatiana says:

    Thank you Portia and the rest of the APJ gang! There were many blah days this past year that were brightened by reading your posts or viewing your video reviews or the other videos you posted. You all are The Best! X X Wishing you a bright, happy and prosperous 2014! All the best to you.

  6. Laurels says:

    Wow. My inner librarian wants to know about your sorting system (by house?), and what percentage is Guerlain. (Or just Shalimar.) Also, your lamps are beautiful.

    Happy New Year, and enjoy your new motorcycle. My resolution is to spend the next two days trying to get caught up with my favorite perfume blogs.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I reckon 7-10% may be Shalimar and currently there is no system, Which is one of the reasons for this CER AY ZEE stockpile.
      Can’t wait to get the Motorbike. Woo Hoo!
      Best for you in 2014.
      Portia xx

  7. Janice says:

    Wow, that is a truly impressive collection. I also couldn’t help noticing the carving on the table itself—it looks like a gorgeous piece! Sorting through everything and painting the Perfume Room is a great way to start the new year… you may just have inspired me to organize my scattered bottles and decants and samples.

    Thank you for all of your posts and reviews this year, and happy 2014 to everyone at AJP!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      I am glad you noticed the Carving on the table Janice. I love this table and am very proud of it, beeswax every month.
      The room feels so much better and I can’t wait to refill it.
      Happy New year gorgeous,
      Portia xx

  8. Gilda says:

    A Happy New Year to you as well Portia x

  9. shylotus says:

    I’m glad I found your blog this year, Portia. I think you’re just swell. And thank you, too!

    Happy New Year! xo

  10. Susan Burgess says:

    Words to live by Portia.
    Happy New Year to you all :).

  11. cookie queen says:

    2014 bussis. We are gonna party ……..

  12. Undina says:

    Happy New Year, dear Portia!

    I want to hope that the next year will be at least not worse for those for whom this year was good and at least a little better for those who suffered this year.
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  13. Esperanza says:

    Thank you, Portia. I enjoy APJ very much as it is so light hearted. Not so serious. Fun as perfume can be. Your collection with boxes makes me smile, glad to see I am not the only one 😉 Have a fabulous new year and evening both of you ! And all of the contributors of APJ as well.

  14. Maya says:

    I see why you have a room for perfumes. 😉 I wouldn’t mind being able to do that myself. Sigh.
    “Health, wealth, and happiness” is what I also wish for everyone for the New Year…….and the joy of beautiful fragrances!

  15. boringzlifez says:

    Wish you a brilliant new year Portia and the rest of the APJ team, take care:)

  16. Ines says:

    Oho! Nice table. 😉

    Wishing you a wonderful 2014, to the whole APJ team (you have grown!)! 🙂
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  17. Damir says:

    Happy New Year! 🙂

  18. Azar says:

    If you have a whole room, Portia, you definitely have room for more! (Although that beautiful table seems to be groaning under the weight of all the bottles).

    Thank you and the APJ for so much fun in 2013. Best wishes for a great New Year

    Azar xx!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      it does look like that but age has bent the edges a little downwards on the table, bad for marbles.

      It is wonderful having you in the family Azar. I hope 2014 is excellent for you and your crew.
      Portia xx

  19. Megan says:

    OMG! Now that’s a perfume hot mess on that table! Thanks for putting the FUN into the fragrance world. I’ve really enjoyed your blogging. Happy New Year to you.

  20. Sandra says:

    Happy New Year Portia! Wishing you all the best for 2014.

  21. Jillie says:

    You are so brave, pruning your collection. However, I find that by clearing a space, new bottles creep in ….. nature abhors a vacuum/

    A very happy 2014 to you and all your readers!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ha Ha ha! Jillie, I could get rid of 200 bottles and it would not be a vacuum.
      You’re right though, Europe in January, there will be acquisitiions.
      Happy New Year right back at you.
      Portia xx

  22. Lubka K. says:

    Šťastný nový rok 2014!
    Thanks for your blog, job, community, giveaways and that I can be member of this group of scent lovers. Greetings from Slovakia.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Sadly I will not be in Slovakia this year, one day I will get back there and we can meet for a coffe.
      Thanks for being a part of our lovely family, you are cherished.
      Portia xx

  23. Mary K says:

    Thank you for all of the scent information and all of the fun and happiness you sent our way in 2013. Looking forward to lots more in 2014!

    I had a dream last night that I was going through my sample and bottle collection and just couldn’t talk myself into weeding anything out!

    Happy New Year!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey MaryK
      Ha Ha ha! Well that sounds like a dream and a half. Were you happy or sad about it in the dream?
      Wishing you a bright and beautiful year full of the greatest and happiest moments that you will remember fondly for years.
      Portia x

  24. Natalie says:

    Happy new year to you, Portia! Looking forward to catching up soon, and *big* thank you for that picture. I no longer feel the slightest bit guilty about the size of my collection. 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      He he hE! Natalie, I am glad to have been of service. on the other hand I am disgusted with myself and there will be a ruthless cull over the next week.
      Yes, a catchup as soon as possible. Maybe you guys can hit ours for a Korean BarBQ?
      Portia xx

  25. Kandice says:

    I would LOVE to have all that extra perfume just sitting around – lucky you! Thanks for your generosity in 2013 and for making all our lives a little brighter. Happy New Year!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      It’s been a pleasure having you as part of the crew. Always great when you comment and I love it when you get a win.
      Yes, it is amazing but I will cull
      Sale Doc coming up very soon.
      Portia xx

  26. maggiecat says:

    Happy New Year to all of you at APJ!

  27. Arline says:

    HOLLY S—!!!!! That is a mighty collection!!!!!!!


    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Thank You Arline. I wish you a year chock full of the good stuff.
      Yes, my collection is an embarrassment of riches. I am thrilled and ashamed in equal measure.
      Portia xx

  28. haefennasiel says:

    A new year usually means new cleaning-up to do! 😉

    Happy New Year to you Portia (or Manigong Bagong Taon, as we say it hear in our part of the world). Here’s to more blessings, more love, more scents and more reviews in 2014! 😀
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Manigong Bagong Taon to you too. It reads beautifully, I wish I had a Phillipino friend to say it.
      Portia xx

  29. Tora says:

    That is a very serious collection !!!!! Thank you for your very unique and fun reviews. I enjoy reading them! Happy Happy New Year Portia!!!!!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      It has been a work of love to collect these beautiful treasures. It has also been great fun having them all at arms reach instead of in a cupboard and fridge.
      So glad you enjoy our stuff, stick around we’ve only just begun.
      Happy New Year to you.
      Portia x

  30. Fifi says:

    I am not worthy! With my one basket crammed with bottles, I’m a rank amateur. A very happy 2014 to you Portia and all the APJs; 2013 was a happy year indeed because it brought you all into my life and I can never go back to being a 1-perfume-every-3-years kinda gal. Cheers!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Welcome to the maelstrom Fifi,
      I am currently having a chat with a frag mate and the one thing that we agree wholeheartedly on is that you need to keep it from being compulsion buying because then it’s not a carefully curated collection it’s just a MESS, like my collection. My enjoyment levels decreased after a certain collection point and many of my gorgeous, magical, extraordinary frags were not getting any skin time and stuck at the back of a cupboard. This cleanout should give me some breathing space.
      Portia xx

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