Post by Portia


Another year APJ!

Well, we have survived another year. The world is uneasy and peace less assured, money markets are unstable and the wealth distribution imbalance becoming more and more obvious, we are being bought and sold by powers that care nothing for us and governments are owned by multinational arms and pharmaceutical producers (that’s guns & drugs). The earth has fewer and fewer trees, fewer animal species, the seas are being fished dry and the ice is melting so fast at our poles that surely the water will be lapping at our front doors in a decade. It all seems so bleak.

What do I wish for 2016?

Peace. Sensible choices for our planet. People who care about the little people in power.


I’m sorry this is not a happier Happy New Year.

Wherever you are I wish you the best year possible in 2016. Let the joy outweigh the tears, the comfort outweigh the lack, the good outweigh the bad. I wish you more than enough money to live your life well, a roof over your head, clothes to wear and food in the pantry and fridge. I also wish you good health, mental and physical, and the good sense to take care of yourself in both ways. I wish you gainful employment. I wish you well, satisfied, comfortable and peaceful.

If you cannot actively do good, please do no harm.

Smile at people in the street, you may be the only smile they see this week.

Do something nice just for you each day.

Do something different each month.

Try to go easier on yourself. You’re not perfect. NO ONE IS.

Be happy with the best you have to offer and know that it is different every day.

Thank You for being part of the APJ International Fragrance Family. You are special to us. We love you.
Portia & the APJ Crew

36 comments on “HAPPY NEW YEAR APJ! 2016

  1. Esperanza says:

    Thank you, Portia, Wishing you a wonderful evening and very happy 2016! I wish for a better health in 2016 and more abundance in my life.

    Have enjoyed your blog very much this year, Thank you for sharing all those wonderful scents and your experienced.

    Love to you and THE APJ crew, Esperanza !
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Esperanza,
      Thanks for being a part of it.
      We wish you better health and HEAPS more abundance too.
      Portia xx

  2. greennote2 says:

    Portia, I actually teared up. Thanks so much for your lovely New Year’s wishes. All the best to you and Jin

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey There Greennote2,
      Sorry to get you teary. You’re welcome. We wish you all this and more for 2016.
      Thank you for your wishes,
      We are grateful for them too. Happy New Year.
      Portia xx

  3. Ella says:

    Thank you for your lovely wishes Portia. Wishing you good health, love and joy for 2016.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Ella! You are welcome. You picked 3 perfect things to wish us for 2016. With those we will fly.
      Portia xx

  4. Damir says:

    Happy New Year! Everything best to you, your family, friends. Best wishes to all the readers!

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Damir, RThank you for sharing every post and being such an important part of our APJ family. Thanks for your lovely wishes.
      Have a fabulous and fragrant 2016 mate.
      Portia xx

  5. Such beautiful words, Portia. I just came back from a walk, contemplating on life and such. With so many things happening in the world, sometimes this world seems a bleak place. But even when life is challenging, there is still so much beauty, so much goodness surround us. I have found that the real beauty in life is in the simple moments. 😉
    Wishing you and APJ crew a beautiful year ahead!
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey ThinkingMagpie,
      You’re right. Even the darkest day is lit in some way. Thanks for the reminder.
      Happy New Year.
      Portia xx

  6. Fifi says:

    Portia, I love your balance of dark side and light side. The dancing puppies in the meadow thing is more meaningful when one acknowledges that all is not love and light all the time, tra la. Thanks for sharing not only your considerable frag fu, but yourself as well. May 2016 be good to us all. With warmest aloha, Fifi

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Aloha Fifi,
      Tra La indeed. It’s nice to have you in the APJ family.
      Be good to you in 2016.
      We will do our best here too.
      Happy New Year.
      Portia xx

  7. Robert H. says:

    Dear Portia,
    by now you are firmly ensconced in New Years Day, and we are just having our first cup of coffee for the day, and trying to decide what to wear tonight to bring in 2016! It has been my great pleasure to have gotten to know you better and paricipate in some small way with APJ. I wish us all health, peace, and prosperity in the new year! Oh….and no more Donald Trump, thank you very much. Blessings abound!

    xoxox RBH

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Heya Robert! 2016 looks good from here. Sun is shining, cicadas singing and the air is crystal clear.
      Thanks for being my buddy and thanks to for joining the APJ team. We are thrilled to have you onboard.
      Happy New Year, all the things you wish for you we wish them too.
      Portia x

  8. Azar says:

    Thank you so much, Portia and best wishes to everyone for a stellar 2016! (I may be a Pangloss but YES, we can be happy in this not quite the best of all possible worlds!) 2015 was full of APJ fragrant fun. Despite the downers it was still a great year.
    Azar XXXX

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Yes, it was an amazing year. Chock full of incredible. More of the good, less of the shit.
      Happy New Year Azar. Thank you for another stellar year here at aPJ. We love you so much.
      Be Well.
      Portia xx

  9. Holly says:

    Happy New Year dearest Portia! Thank you for all you have shared here in 2015, and I’m looking forward to more to come in 2016. May all blessings come your way.
    Love and hugs to you and yours, and to our lovely APJ family.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      YAY Holly! Wishing you all the good health the universe can bring.
      We love you too.
      Portia xxx

  10. cookie queen says:

    APJ is a part of my soul. Never dreamed meeting the drag queen in a Christmas sweater in a café in Vienna would so change my life.
    I love you to the sky and back.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      And YOU are part of APJs (and Jin & my) soul. What a dull life it would be without you in it Valerie. Thank you for everything. Hug your beautiful family from me please. BJTG still hasn’t replied, am I dumped?
      Portia xxx

  11. poodle says:

    Happy New Year! It’s about 7pm here and were already yawning so I don’t anticipate seeing midnight. I hope everyone has/had a safe and happy celebration. I wish you the best of everything in the new year. Sending you hugs and kisses and lots of love.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Poodle! You’re so cute. Get to bed and sleep soundly and restfully. See you next year.
      Thanks for all your hard work this year, for your good wishes and for being a spectacular person.
      We wish you all that and a bag of whatever it is you love.
      Portia xx

  12. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    Happy New year Portia, Jin and APJ family. Portia, yours is one of the best New Year thoughts I have read anywhere. You should be published !! Thanks you and APJ family for your contributions, which I daily anticipate. As I slowly sort out our country move I look forward to clearer sinuses with which to sniff fragrances. Thanks for being my guide to what I thought was an eccentric singularity. I now have a fragrance family 🙂

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey hey Bernadette Winfield-Gray! Lovely to see you as always. Thank you, and we love that you come visit and chat. To the country! I hope the move is easy and your sinuses say thank you.
      We are coming to stay once you get organised.
      You definitely are an integral part of our fragrance family.
      Portia xx

  13. Undina says:

    Happy New Year, dear Portia. With you in this world it is a little bit better place.
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      UNDINA! You made me cry!
      I love you so much. thank you for being my friend.
      Have a great 2016.
      Portia xxx

  14. Francesca Belanger says:

    Happy New Year, Portia, Jin, Gucci-Marie and the whole APJ crowd. Thank you for being you, and for all your good thoughts. I am thinking of you fondly, Portia, as I celebrate the new year with Joy, literally, the parfum so kindly provided by you. <3

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Meeting and hanging with you in NYC was a highlight of 2014. So glad you are drenched in Joy.
      Was it the perfect accompaniment?
      Portia xx

  15. Kes says:

    A very touching message. Thank you Portia. Happy 2016 to you and everyone.

  16. Happy New Years Portia and all the APJ crew. I do hope to meet you one day but don’t think London is going to be the time. Boo. However I wish you and Jin all the best and APJ is always the perfume blog that gives me a smile and often a pause for thought as well. Love you guys x x x
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    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      BUMMER! London would have been great.
      One day.
      Thank you for your ongoing love & support, it’s always a pleasure to see you pop up. Have a magic and fragrant 2016.
      Portia xx

  17. Laurels says:

    A very Happy New Year to you, Portia, and all the APJ. Cheers to a more peaceful 2016.

  18. Kandice says:

    Wishing you the same Portia! You and Jin deserve all the best!

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