Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Goodbye Gaia

We are heartbroken and devastated to share that our wonderful Gaia has passed away this weekend unexpectedly, from an un-diagnosed heart condition.


This blog has been for many years her passion and a source of tremendous joy. It gave her an opportunity to share her honest opinions on anything and everything, trying to make the world a little bit more stylish, fragrant and well moisturized. You all have given her a community, long lasting friendships and if she could make even one person feel better about themselves or save them time by telling them what not to buy, it made her day.
This blog is a true mirror of her interests and passions, starting every post with an arresting visual she worked hours to find, weaving together her personal story with a teachers need to educate and motivate readers to explore. Never saying Buy This but giving her unbiased opinions and hoping readers will continue their own discovery journey into the wonderful world of vintage and indi perfumes, quality makeup and brushes, science based skin care, context and history of fashion and adopting more cats.

She started the blog after finding very few other sources for real, true, personal sources of information on beauty products and perfume beyond the commercial world of the glossies. With some of the other early bloggers, she believed people need to hear the truth not through advertisers and marketing copy. Sadly, the wold has turned in a different way with influencers and alternative facts becoming the norm and honest writing and opinions devalued. She stopped writing about 3 years ago being so dispirited from these developments but still hopeful that one day truth will make a comeback.

Thanks again readers for all your support and love, I wish that this month's Currently would have been different but hope that she is in a place with unlimited cats, all historical perfumes and unimaginable beauty.

PSA
Can't finish without reminding everyone to wear sun screen, and if you have not had a physical in a while, go get one. now.

Lastly, I found this Nick Cave song on one of her social profiles this morning. It was her favorite and unbelievably sad and apt on this occasion.
Ori, The Blond.




INTO MY ARMS

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS

1997

I don’t believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms
And I don’t believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that’s true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you
To each burn a candle for you
To make bright and clear your path
And to walk, like Christ, in grace and love
And guide you into my arms
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms
But I believe in Love
And I know that you do too
And I believe in some kind of path
That we can walk down, me and you
So keep your candles burning
And make her journey bright and pure
That she will keep returning
Always and evermore
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms, O Lord
Into my arms

69 comments:

  1. I'm stunned and incredibly saddened to hear this horrible, tragic news. Gaia was special. In so, so many ways.

    I can't even begin to imagine how devastated you must be. I'm so sorry.

    I'm at a complete loss for words from shock, but one thing I know for certain is that the world is a poorer place without Gaia and her light. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

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  2. So sorry to hear this. Rest in peace, Gaia. Love and hugs to you, Ori, as you mourn her loss.

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  3. Omg, I'm so sorry to hear this. My condolences to those who loved her.

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  4. My condolences. Gaia will be much missed. I have missed her regular blogging, as I truly valued her honest opinions and I loved how she shared her passions with us readers.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I loved the blog and Gaia’s unique voice. She will be sadly missed.

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  6. I am so incredibly sorry to hear that. What a truly horrible loss.
    I have been reading Gaia for years, I’m not sure I’ve ever left a comment, but I’ve always loved her unique perspective, and she always seemed like such a formidable personality. I’ve found the nonblond so special and unlike any other blog, and Gaia seemed like such a role model to me, a young woman.

    My deepest condolences to all of her loved ones.

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  7. So sorry for your loss. When I had just started reading on perfume, her smart and unabashedly personal writing really shaped how I think and opened up a whole world. Inna lillahi was inni elaihi rajioon.

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  8. I am so sad to read this. What a lovely tribute. I enjoyed reading Gaia’s blog for a number of years, and more recently her ‘Currently’ posts. I will miss them. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you my best wishes from the UK. Rest in peace beautiful Gaia xx

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  9. I am so sorry to hear this. And that Nick Cave song is perfect - what a beautiful tribute.

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  10. Ari - I am so very sorry for your loss - may her memory be a blessing. I know she was to me as one of the few voices in the blog sphere I could trust, she and I shared a love of cats, big Oriental Perfumes, and shared the bane of having unruly, kinky curly hair.
    I have followed her for years, and will miss her voice in the interwebz.

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  11. The news of Gaia passing away came truly as a shock. Her blog was the first perfume blog I've started following. I admired her fine style and competent writing and shared with her not only the love for perfume but also the love for cats. I will remember her just like she is in the picture.
    My deepest condolences and a big comforting hug to her family.

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  12. Sorry to hear about Gaia. My condolences to you and your family. I always looked forward to reading her blog which was smart,funny, and honest. She was very helpful to her readers regarding her reviews of various cosmetics and perfumes.

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  13. I'm shocked and so, so sorry. My deepest condolences. I enjoyed reading this blog so much and treasured Gaia's unique voice and strong opinions.

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  14. I am so very sorry for your loss. Gaia's writing was always something I looked forward to, and I appreciated her opinion. She was honest, kind, and so interesting. She was a beautiful soul, and may she rest in peace.

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  15. I am so very sorry. I love her blog and the glimpses into her life.

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  16. I love this corner of the internet that Gaia carved for us - her honesty, passion and genuine connection with her readers was something so special and not seldom seen in the online world. May she rest in peace and may her soul bring light to the heavens. My sincere condolences.

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  17. Through Gaia's writing, I felt that I came to know a woman of extraordinary style, intelligence, and integrity. I will miss her. My sincerest condolences to her family and friends. May her memory be a blessing to you all.

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  18. I am so very sorry, what a horrible loss. Gaia was one of my favorite bloggers and an inspiration to my own writing. She was also one of my favorite people, online or otherwise, a beautiful soul and so generous with her time and talents. We shared a love of perfume and cats and I always wished that we could meet in person some day. The world will be a darker place without her.

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  19. This is awful news. I'm so sorry.

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  20. Oh no! Devastating news. I've followed this blog many years, and loved it so much. Her reviews were always wonderful, so were her cat stories. Gaia also had an impeccable taste, she knew a good thing when she saw/smelled/tasted/heared/touched it. Will miss her terribly.

    Sending my love and condolences to Ori, all the cats, and her family.

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  21. I'm so sorry for your loss. Reading Gaia's blog—her frank and incisive opinions, her wit, her love of beauty—has brought me so much joy over many years. She will be dearly missed. 😔

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  22. I’m so sorry for your loss. Gaia touched so many people, shared her passion and knowledge, that she will be remembered for a long time. It doesn’t make it any easier now for those who loved her and who she loved, but I want to mention it anyway. I’m so, so sorry.

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  23. This is such sad news! My heart goes to you, Gaia will be missed dearly even though she hasn't been writing much the last few years.

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  24. I am very sorry to hear this. Have been following Gaia for many years and samples many perfumes based on her excellent reviews/recommandation. My condolences.

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  25. I can't believe what I just read... Gaia is -was- so special. My deepest condolences, big hugs from Greece.

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  26. My deepest condolences to Gaia's family and friends. Her writings were an oasis and she will be missed by the many who read her words.

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  27. GAIA had so much to teach this gal who for years was in the
    beauty business....I only knew what I knew and NOT what GAIA
    knew and thus, for many years, I enthusiastically read everything
    she wrote....blessings to you and family and MAY HER MEMORY
    BE ETERNAL.....donna m. inlow....chicago

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  28. I am very sad and so sorry for your loss, Ori.

    A loyal reader from Germany.

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  29. I found and joined the Non-Blonde blog for the different yet timeless voice of its blogger on perfumes. I found out about her makeup voice as well. Gaia was elegant and classy. She gave herself unselfishly in her blogs. Belated thank you, Gaia, wherever you may be.

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  30. I'm so sorry for your loss - and the world's. Gaia had an amazing gift for describing not just how perfume smells, but how it makes you feel. She could transport you to another place with her words. <3

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  31. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on your sad loss. Gaia’s talent and hard work were greatly appreciated. I especially loved reading her reviews of fragrances. My thoughts are with you.

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  32. Oh, I am so saddened to read this news.
    I read Gaia's blog for many years, and enjoyed her insights into beauty and fragrance.
    All my sympathy for her family and friends.
    Thank you for the lovely photo of Gaia and her cats.
    Rebecca

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  33. I am saddened to hear about the unexpected sudden loss of Gaia. Thank you Ori for sharing your beautiful tribute to your beloved wife with us (her loyal blog readers). For many years, I enjoyed reading her daily posts and unique perspective on art, fashion, historical & contemporary Parfum, the vast array of beauty products, music, books... and cats:) The world has lost a special kindred soul and voice. She will be greatly missed. May you and your loved ones find comfort and peace in time.

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  34. Gaia will be missed, terribly. We loved her and her honest and clever writing. My deepest condolences to you, Ori 💕

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  35. This is devastating news. Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. She was an amazing woman who influenced me greatly. She will be sorely missed. The world has lost a gorgeously perfumed beautiful gem of a human.

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  36. I'm so very sorry to hear this. Gaia was a lovely soul, I enjoyed her writing so much over the years and though I never met her, felt she was my friend. Wishing you peace...

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  37. Oh no! So sorry for your loss. Her wonderful words will be missed by many.

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  38. So very sorry for this deep loss. I enjoyed her writing and though we have never met, I felt a closeness from her blog. My condolences.

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  39. Shocked and saddened to be reading this. I've been checking-in every few days, in hope of reading another wonderful post from Gaia. Sending deepest condolences from the UK, to you and your family and friends xx

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  40. Dear Ori and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have been a devoted reader of the blog for many years and I am shocked and saddened by the news. I wish you comfort and peace.

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  41. I never comment anything on the internet. But I am deeply touched. I have been reading Gaia for so long and I will miss her posts and thoughts. So sorry for your loss.

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  42. I can hardly believe this happened...Gaia's blog was the first perfume blog I started following some years ago. I admired her witty style and fine and competent writing. I'm so very sorry. My deepest condolences and a big hug of support to the family. I will always remember her.

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  43. My condolences. I loved her blog, though never commented. Rest in peace, Gaia... we will miss you here.

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  44. I am so sad to hear this. All my love and condolences from Portland, Oregon.

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  45. Ori, thank you for your beautiful tribute to Gaia. She was such a light in my life. I will miss her greatly. Farewell, dear Gaia.

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  46. A heart-stopping post. Gaia's blog is testament to a love of beauty and has been seductive and wonderful.

    That the words are trite makes them no less true - I am sorry for your loss.

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  47. my condolences- so saddened to read this.

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  48. My deepest condolences. I read nonblonde ever since I started my journey into fragrance world about 10 years ago. Hers is one of the top 3 perfume blogs I frequent up to now.

    Gaia, you will be truly missed.

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  49. Gaia will be deeply missed by all readers and followers. Her blog The nonblonde was the first blog I red frequently, especially for her entertaining, sharp and so professional perfume reviews. Sorry for your loss and all the best to you. RIP Gaia

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  50. Just read the news on Bois Jassmin's facebook account and i just... this is so incredibly sad! i am so sorry for your loss, Ori... i cannot imagine how hard it must have been for you to write this post.... i never met Gaia, but have been reading her posts for years, so it still feels like losing a dear friend... the world has become yet a bit dimmer... take care, XOXO Wendy

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  51. This is incredibly sad news. She was a wonderful writer and a bright spirit. Wishing you comfort and love.

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  52. I have been struggling to process this heartbreaking news and I just can't make sense of it. I never met Gaia in person but we knew each other through an online writing community and then social media for closet to 20 years. She was such a delight to me, helping me navigate my way through my ever evolving makeup and perfume love and collecting. I will never stop missing her and I am so incredibly sorry for your loss Ori, so very sorry.

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  53. Dear Ori, thank you for sharing this perfect tribute with so many people who loved Gaia, either through her words or (in some very fortunate cases) in "real life." I'll always think of her as one of the most generous and grounded people I've met through a shared love of perfume --- not to mention her very true and unique glamour. Hugs to you and the cats. xoxo

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  54. I am completely devastated. Heart broken. I've read her blog from the start and it was always a bright spot in my day - her genius writing skills, her love of feline children, vintage scents and on and on. I have no remotely adequate words to express my sorrow, but am sending you and your feline children all my love. Anna

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  55. I commented already, but I was still in a state of total shock and disbelief when I did. I've been sniffing some of my favorite vintage scents that I know she loved and lavishly spritzed on some Mon Peche and just wanted to say one more thing - one of the things I appreciated most about Gaia was that she was one of those rare people who really knew how to live. She knew what was valuable in life and how to appreciate it and she shared that with all of us. She was a constant reminder to me to find beauty in every aspect of my daily life, no matter what was going on, no matter how hard times might have been. Again, my most heartfelt condolences. Anna

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  56. I'm reading this reeling in shock and sadness. Gaia's blog was always a source of information with her own unique spice and wit to make it a delicious sensory experience just by reading her words. And of course, the cats....always the beautiful cats. My deepest condolences to you on your loss, Ori. Heaven will be brighter now.

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  57. I can't imagine the shock and the pain Gaia's husband, family, and friends must be feeling. I feel as though I have lost a dear friend and I didn't even know her beyond this wonderful website. My most sincere sympathies to all.

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  58. It's a terrible loss. I feel your pain yet I pray she is in a better place infused with incredible beauty and irresistible fragrance!

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  59. This is incredibly sad, with a tiny silver lining of being spared the indignity of a prolonged illness...I hope this serves as small consolation in the coming months, it will take a while to set in...
    We hadn't met physically but I always considered her a kindred spirit, a wonderful person and a beacon of truthfulness on the Net. She will be sorely missed.

    Elena of PerfumeShrine.com

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  60. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Gaia's love of cats and all the beautiful creatures she fed outside is what made me love her and follow her writing. There are no words to describe how sorry I am. I do hope her babies/cats will continue to be loved. They are feeling this immense loss, too.

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  61. I am very sorry for your loss. Gaia will be missed deeply. I cried when I read this the other day. Me and Gaia have never met in person. I asked my husband if it is weird to cry for someone you don't "know". I cried for the beauty of her life to be unfairly broken, so suddenly. I discovered Gaia's blog through another blog many years ago. I kept reading it everywhere in the world I moved to, over the years. I was disappointed to see the frequency of the post decrease. I understand better now why, and can only like her more for it. Gaia's encyclopedic knowledge and thoughtful writing was simply mind blowing and to be admired. Gaia gave me and all readers so many nice moments of wonderful inspiration, a good read after a a long day at work or in the evening while poking around the web. I admired this lady, so elegant and with so much good taste. I admired the resolution that came through from her writing. Thank you. R.I.P beautiful Gaia.

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  62. Ori, I am heartbroken. I'm one of those readers, and probably there are many more of us out here that read Gaia's postings almost everyday for many years but never left comments. Checking in with Gaia was a weekly, and sometimes daily ritual. Honestly, it was sometimes the best part of my day at a job that was fairly hard to endure at times. But I could always count on being inspired, informed, and entertained by something Gaia would share with all of us. I will miss her voice so much as I'm sure so many will. I respected what Gaia had to say because she was respectful of her audience. She had integrity and character. She was loving and kind. She was the real deal. And she made this world a better place for her having been in it. Take care Ori. And thank you for sharing Gaia with us...

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  63. I mean no disrespect to those who knew Gaia personally.
    I am devastated over this news. I could not stop crying and I am not a crier.
    I have followed Gaia for well over 10 years.
    Gaia inspired me to pursue my passion for perfumes.
    I now have a collection of over 250 bottles and a personal database of records into the 1000’s. Gaia is the only person referenced in my database. I have her as nb for non-blonde along with her opinion of that particular fragrance.
    Gaias musings were eloquent, unique, warm and honest.
    Her choice of accompanying images were luscious and evocative.
    Even when she became disillusioned, her writings swarmed with a depth of subtle undertones.
    I will miss her deeply and wish I could thank her for truly influencing and bettering my life.
    I am crying again.
    Lisa - Australia

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  64. I'm so sorry for your loss, Ori. Gaia's blog was my first exposure as a teenager to fragrance and beauty beyond the drugstore and Bath & Body Works, and she was a hugely formative influence on my tastes over the past 12 years. I read and loved every entry--Gaia and her work will be deeply missed. My condolences to you and your family.

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  65. I will miss as many, her fragrant writing voice. Many blessings to you and your love ones.

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  66. Thank you for telling us, with all the pain involved. I'm shocked and can't find my words for a loving and loved suffering husband. For a year now I missed Gaia posting regularly. I kept looking for her post every few days. She was for me the only authentic voice on perfumes. Whenever I was looking for an open minded opinion on a perfume, hers was the ultimate one. The same about her view on politics or arts. And I secretly cherished that we loved the same perfumes. And not the last, it was so refreshing the way she sometimes mentioned your relationship, funny and warm and open, I feel the same about my own one, never boring.
    Now I will be for always sorry that I didn't comment on one of her last posts, 'New Perfume Releases- Do We Care? Should We Care?'. Nobody else writes like that. I loved it.
    Oh, I shall miss her so much.

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  67. Gaia was one of the very first bloggers to help me navigate going down the rabbit hole of perfume. She was witty and right on and trustworthy when it came to reviews. I'm so very sorry for your loss. As a fellow cat lover with a pride of felines, I think she leaves on Freya's chariot. What a great loss to us all--condolences to you and the family.

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  68. I'm very sorry to read this. I will miss her perfume reviews and recommendations. Thanks to her I discovered a new world of fragances and perfumes that I didn't know existed and I will always be grateful for that.

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  69. Absolutely devastated. She'll be so missed. Sending sympathy during this most difficult time.

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