Slow Life Down Without Being Less Busy

“It was worth flying from Japan, just to hear you say that,”  international perfumer Junji Hamano said to me after our conversation. Yesterday was no ordinary day. 

One of the many things blogging has done for me is open up opportunities to discover great products and meet people I may have otherwise not come across. Thanks to Brenda from The Mother Media and Procter & Gamble, I flew down to visit Sydney for the day to preview new household care products coming to Australia. I can’t share everything that was talked about because some products are yet to be launched, but what I do want to talk about is my conversation with Junji Hamano, international perfumer from Procter & Gamble.

Junji Hamano international perfumer for P & G House

It’s obviously Junji Hamano is passionate about his work.  He’s called “The Nose”, and for good reason: He was able to guess Mrs Woog’s perfume!  As I listened to him speak, I felt excited — because I got it.  I understood the concept he was conveying. When Junji created the fragrances for the new Ambi-Pur Air Effectsrange, he wanted to tell a story, not purely provide a scent. To create this image — a moment if you will — with scent, he starts with a picture in his mind of a scene.  The scent then comes in layers (basenotes) so it tells the story. First the cinnamon and orange hit you, then the subtle tones of vanilla and jasmine, and lastly the richness of sandalwood and amber. Such a beautiful way to create atmosphere in the home.

abmi pur range from procter and gamble

It’s true I’m excited about the Ambi-Pur Air Effects air freshener, but what I’m more excited about is the conversation I had later with Junji. Many of the Love the Moment Challenges surround the five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, hearing. These five senses translate into Love the Moment moments like looking for butterflies, feeling the bark of a tree, sharing an ice-cream, breathing in the fragrance of a flower, acknowledging the wind as it weaves through your hair and listening to a child’s laugh. You see, our senses are always working but we often don’t take the time to, first acknowledge them, and secondly experience them.  For me, this is partly because of the busy life I lead. 

Acknowledging moments and experiences has, in a way, slowed my life down without the need to be “less busy” and also brought a richness by “seeing” the beauty of life around me.  There’s just so much to enjoy.

I said to Junji, “I get it! I understand the story! I understand the role our senses have to play in our subconscious, and their ability to create a story, where we are.”

Yesterday was no ordinary day.  It confirmed to me the importance of remembering my God-given senses, and looking for ways to experience the beauty all around me.

Try it: For a day, be alert to your senses and see if your busy life seems just a little bit slower.

Love the Moment

To end, here are a few snaps from the day.

Peter Kuruvita Flying Fish Restaurant

I certainly enjoyed using my sense of taste thanks to Peter Kuruvita, Celebrity Chief from the Flying Fish Restaurant. Amazing food! Seriously, go there.

bloggers and the P & G House

1. Enjoyed flying down with sweet Naomi from Seven Cherubs.

2. Eden from Edenland has the best red hair.

3. With the charming Shannon Frickle, television personality, author, mum of two and blogger.

4. Want to know what a room full of Twitterers (Twits?) look like? L to R: @WoogsWorld @MyLittleDrummer @GoodGoogs @EdenLand @TinaGrayDotMe @EmmasBrain @Holly_Homaker @FillyHills @AllConsuming

Note: I was not paid, or commissioned to write this post. I am purely sharing my excitement from the day and what I learned.

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  • Reply
    Lina Nguyen
    May 12, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Wow, what a great day. Cool pics too.
    Love the idea about story-telling through perfume. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall… I reckon life’s all about fantastic conversations that change your whole world-view.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      May 12, 2011 at 6:48 pm

      Hi Lina

      It really was a great day! Story telling through perfume is pretty special hey… And I love that line: “Life is all about fantastic conversations that change your whole world-view.”

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        Lina Nguyen
        May 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

        You should tweet my quote! LOL!
        In such a highly visual society we live in now, how often do we stop to smell… That’s why I admire people whose passion and life work involve paying attention to the detail of aromas, like chefs, wine connoisseurs… Mmmmm…. And Perfume Makers!
        What a day you had, indeed…

  • Reply
    May 12, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I am slightly addicted to my Ambi Pur now. I may need intervention. Not joking.

    PS. Thanks heaps for coming, Kel.xx

    • Reply
      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      May 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      Thanks for having me. Had a blast! It makes such a difference knowing how much work has gone into the product. I adored all the staff there. They were awesome. As were the bloggers. Can’t wait for the “other” stuff too 😉 I need it NOW!

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    May 12, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I get that about senses too.
    Such a beautiful post.
    Can you believe yesterday while we were learnign about smells and senses my 4yr olds were learning about senses and particularly smell at preschool/ daycare.
    No joking !
    I was spraying my Lavender Ambi Pur this this morning love it.

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    May 12, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Looks like a great day..love that photo of all the tweeters!

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    May 13, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Had such a great time, so true about the Junji, creating a scent is far more involved than I had anticipated, Lunch? YUM-O, Great pics and great to catch up with you xx

    • Reply
      Kelly Be A Fun Mum
      May 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      It was fab hey?! Wish we could have had more of a chat Emma. xx

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