Back-up Bottles: Obsession or Collection?


Post by Azar


Hello Perfume Pals,

The other day, while digging through “the collection” in search of an old Bal a Versailles, I was surprised to find a number of un-opened back-up bottles of fragrances that I still like or even love but rarely use. I had forgotten that I had so many of these extras lying around and began to wonder what had prompted me to purchase them. Had I been dreading a reformulation or discontinuation? Were the extras received as gifts? Did I find such a good deal that yet another bottle was simply irresistible? Why wasn’t I using up these scents? This last question opened up a real can of worms: How much perfume do I actually use?

Back-up Bottles: Obsession or Collection?

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I pondered this for a while and realized that I probably average no more than two sprays or dabs per day – unless, of course, I am testing or sampling or writing a post. At two per day I will need several lifetimes to use up all the perfume I’ve stashed away over the many years I’ve been collecting and enjoying fragrance. Here is an incomplete list of partially full bottles, ranging in size from 30 to 300 ml, all backed up with at least two extra, full size bottles:

Annick Goutal Grand Amour
Aramis Calligraphy Rose
Basile EdP – vintage
Bourbon French Oriental Rose
Dior Hypnotic Poison EdT – vintage
Elizabeth Taylor Black Pearls EdP – vintage
Fidji EdT – vintage
Jacomo Silences EdT – vintage
L’eau de Monteil EdP – vintage
Lucien Lelong Sirocco cologne – very vintage
Maria Amalia
Micallef Black
Micallef Gardenia
Niki de Saint Phalle EdT – vintage
Olympic Orchids Siam Proun
Queen Latifah
Rasasi Amber Oud
Red Moscow
Sung EdT – vintage
Tom Ford Estee Lauder Youth Dew Amber Nude (I’d forgotten I had this and bought another!)

The list goes on, but there is simply not enough room to complete it in this post! I have reviewed several of these, either on APJ or on Perfume NW.

There will be a HUGE giveaway in March when Portia gets back from Europe.

How many back-up bottles do you have in your collection? How much fragrance in the form of parfum, extrait, cologne, EdP or EdT do you use on a daily basis? It’s OK to guess!

Azar xx


76 comments on “Back-up Bottles: Obsession or Collection?

  1. Latai says:

    Funnily, I’m not one to buy back up bottles.. I prefer buying only one bottle each of what I want and need/love and not having many of the same bottle and that extends to everything else I purchase because I dislike clutter. Unless it’s a different formulation or edp/edt and parfum its fine but I can’t bear to have, for example, 3 Chanel no.5 edp sitting there. I suppose because my collection is always growing and I know there will always be more perfume out there to love.. Well that’s the fun part anyway hehe.

    • Azar says:

      Very wise and careful collecting, Latia. Maybe it is not too late for me to do the same!
      I have to admit that I am one of those people who have several bottles of Chanel No. 5 perfume just sitting around, but that is not entirely my fault. At least one of the bottles is a cherished gift. Also, I don’t consider any of these as true back-ups because they are from different years and are all different sizes (Am I rationalizing?).
      Azar xx

  2. Poincietta says:

    More than I’ll get through for a long time! They make handy ( and lovely) gifts. I feel a sense of dismay when I see large bottles of perfume. It’s not a selling point for me.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poincietta,
      These extras do make great gifts. Re the big ones: I think the whole point of any large bottle is nothing more than the sheer size of it. Anyone who buys a biggie knows that there will always be some fragrance left behind negating any notion of a cheaper price per ml. Personally I love taking the 10 ouncers out of the dark every once in awhile and simply watching light reflect through the jus inside.
      Azar xx

  3. BB Mc says:

    I normally dont do backups because I haven’t finished any bottle since the late 1990s. That said, I do have some backups of vintage Vol de Nuit, Mitsouko, Chamade and Mystere to name a few because I just dont enjoy the current formulations.

    • Azar says:

      Yes, BBMc! The reformulation issue has played a big part in the creation of my backlog of back-ups. Discontinuation is also another factor. That being said, I believe the number of identical extras in my collection is a direct result of my fear of tackling a complete inventory of what is in perfume storage. Do you have an inventory?
      Azar xx

      • BB Mc says:

        Hi Azar, no inventory for me but if I can get my hands on vintage, I go for them. My other problem is I have issues unsealing bottles. I normally buy a decant or sample, try them and decided I need a FB and so get one but ended up the FB never gets opened as I have moved on to others. More than 50% of my collection are still sealed. One day…

      • Azar says:

        Hi again BBMc,
        I am a fiend for vintage and have had to address the frozen stopper issue many times. Please check out my recent January 25th post on PerfumeNW. Perhaps you will have some success with the method I describe there for opening stuck stoppers. It works for me! Good luck!
        Azar xx
        BTW, while you are there check out my most recent give-away!
        Azar xx

      • Azar says:

        OH DEAR! Perhaps I misunderstood? If the stoppers remain unsealed because you don’t WANT to open them or you simply want to keep you back-ups pristine…well, that’s a completely different story. I understand but I can’t help you with that one as I rip into boxes (with the exception of sealed back-ups) and open perfumes stoppers with abandon. However, I do save all boxes and sometimes even the cellophane. That is yet another problem for which I should probably get professional help. 😉
        Azar xx

  4. Gina Tabasso says:

    I spray the heck out of myself daily. I usually wear a morning and night fragrance. I only have one backup bottle of Santa Maria Novella’s Melograno since my original bottle is getting low. And, I have a few versions of Bal a Versailles and Le Dix. I don’t buy backups.

    • Azar says:

      Hello Gina,
      Very good, Gina! I know I can do this too! Like you, I don’t count reforms or different versions in the back-up category but what about different sizes? The fragrance might be the same but the bottles really ARE different, aren’t they?
      Azar xx

  5. cookie queen says:

    Holy Cow. Nope. No back ups. I use perfume in the mornings and that is usually it. Lasts all day and into the evening as a rule. I have a very small collection and seldom add to it. On saying that I did just get Chanel Misia. Hugs. xxxx

    • Azar says:

      Hi cookie!
      Thinking about this back-up business has me wondering if I am more of a collector of bottles than of fragrance – or possibly just a compulsive bargain hunter. Whatever the case may be, perhaps it’s time for me to do a reform?
      Azar xx

  6. rickyrebarco says:

    I have very few back up bottles. 3 vintage Dana Tabus, 1 back up of Yves Rocher Rose, 3 back ups of McQueen My Queen, Idylle and L’Instant backups, 1 each and that’s it. But I have 108 bottles total, enough to last me til I die!

    • Azar says:

      Hello rickyrebarco.
      Lovely back-ups! And you counted all your perfume. You are very brave. I really don’t want to know and that is probably part of the problem. Do you maintain an inventory?
      Azar xx

  7. Pats says:

    Wow – you have some collection of perfumes Azar! I, myself have no back-up bottles (and only have a small collection of bottles). As a rule, i normally have a few sprays in the morning, and perhaps around lunchtime i may have another spray if i feel lacking in the lovely smell dept. Unless i am going out after work, i don’t spray any more (unless i am doing some perfume testing in the evening).

    • Azar says:

      I admire your restraint, Pats!
      I have to tell you that the photo and you-tube in this post is NOT about my stuff but looking at it was kind of a wake-up call for me! If I never buy another bottle of perfume in my life I will have more than I can ever use. I have some real beauties that have only been sprayed once or twice. Instead of backing up any reforms I should just go use what I already have 😉 BTW, have you ever emptied a bottle of anything?
      Azar xx

  8. Jackie b says:

    (Whoa Rickyrebarco I salute you! )
    I have about 35 bottles and wear one in the morning and something for afternoons. Maybe bedtime scent. I bought a backup of Ambre Fetiche because it was super cheap on special. Oh, and have an extra one of vintage L’Heure Bleue. Because.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Jackie b,
      I always fall for the “super-cheap” thing. I almost feel obliged to buy something that is 75% off the original price – even if I have yet to finish the sample – yikes! 😉 Here are a couple of questions: Do you have a current inventory? Have you ever emptied a bottle of anything? I know I’ve asked these questions before but I’m trying to get motivated and take control of this situation. Perhaps the easiest thing to do would be to “just say no”!
      Azar xx

      • Jackie b says:

        Hm, actually I have never questioned whether I have finished a bottle…Ambre Fetiche the only one!
        Mitsouko nearly.
        And no inventory, which is fine except for all the samples!

  9. Sandra says:

    Hi Azar, I can actually say that I have no backups. My skin eats up my perfume so I spritz (6-7 spritzes) in the mornings and in the evenings. Even with all the spritzing I still have far too much perfume and need to work on reducing my bottles even further. ?

    • Azar says:

      Hi Sandra,
      You DO use a lot of fragrance! Have you ever finished an entire bottle? If so, do you mind telling me what it was? Also, did you save the bottle when it was empty? As I mentioned to Val, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not simply a bottle collector who thinks she is a perfume collector?
      Azar xx

      • Sandra says:

        Hi Azar. I have used up so many bottles but recent ones in the last three months (winter) include, Guerlain Cuir Beluga, Guerlain Gourmand Coquin, Tihota and Vol de Nuit EdT. I have never been one to keep the empty bottles, but I may just do so with the blue Guet-Apens bottle. I decided to use the perfumes instead of hoarding them and am very grateful to have some extra space now.

      • Azar says:

        Wow! Your skin really DOES eat up the fragrance! I just spritzed the tiniest bit of Tihota and it is enough to last me for two days! The Guet-Apens bottle is lovely. A definite keeper.
        Azar xx

  10. Mals86 says:

    Oh wow, TWO backup bottles for each? I thought I was the ruler of backup bottles… nope. Guess you get to hold the scepter. 😉

    Well, okay, I *do* have a couple of fragrances for which I have more than one backup. (blushes) (eyes Azar’s list and reconsiders the blush) Those are generally the ones which are discontinued and which I really enjoy: Cuir de Lancome and Crown Perfumery Crown Bouquet, plus my favorite-ever Le Temps d’une Fete. I do have two backup bottles also of Shalimar Light and L’Arte di Gucci, but to be honest, I’ve been thinking that one backup is enough and I should divest myself of the other. -Oh, and I do have a couple of bottles of vintage No. 5 parfum that I really should find new homes for.

    I don’t think my five 7.5ml or smaller bottles of vintage Jolie Madame parfum count. (Do they? Nah, I don’t think so. Altogether, they hardly add up to ONE bottle.)

    There are others I have one-bottle backups of: Silences pdt, the first Ines de la Fressange, Soivohle Centennial… oh gosh, I really don’t want to enumerate them. I should get rid of some of them, probably – I do sometimes have nightmares of getting run over by a tractor and my kids having to get rid of most of my perfumes.
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    • Azar says:

      OK Mals,
      I think we are in the same boat but you sound like you are in denial 😉 !
      Here is my rule: 7.5s DO count as back-ups in perfume/extrait and similar concentrations but not in EdTs, EdPs and colognes. My questions for you is: Do you consider different size bottles of the same formulation to be true back-ups? Also, do you have a current inventory?
      I can certainly relate to your nightmare as I have often wondered what my children will do with the perfume, the shell collections, the porcelain, the music and musical instruments…and Gomez the parrot, as there is a very real possibility that he outlive both B and me.
      Azar xx

  11. Sun Mi says:

    Hi Azar,

    I actually only have one back up bottle – California Reverie, which I got mostly because it was a good deal and my bottle is about half done. I am currently searching for 1 more back up bottle, Douce Amere, because its one of the first fragrances that I’ve found I actually crave. So that’s a new one for me. On the whole I don’t think I’ll be a big BUB person, because honestly I barely even use the bottles I have. I rarely find scents that speak to me enough for me to return to them frequently. It’s kind of sad!

    I can definitely understand getting back ups of the discontinued and hard to find fragrances, as long as you think you may actually wear them 🙂

    Thanks for the post Azar!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Sun Mi,
      I have numerous scents that “speak to me” but I still don’t get back to them very often, simply because there are just SO many of them. The ones I really love I will back up for fear I will never be able to get them again in the original (or favorite) formulation. But in general, I think that my obsession with backing up a fragrance has more to with with taking advantage of a bargain or collecting bottles than the fear of reform.
      Azar xx

  12. Neva says:

    Hi, I confess that I’m a hoarder too. But I have back-up bottles only of vintages: Giorgio Armani, Jil Sander III, YSL Nu, Shiseido Feminite du Bois. The problem is – you never know what’s going to be discontinued and that makes me nervous and I keep my finger on the trigger. In my case it’s definitely an obsession. On the other hand, I wear them for special occasions and for myself when I get in the mood so they will probably last a lifetime.
    After the eighties I have never found any perfume I would love unconditionally and wear it the whole day round until I empty the bottle and that makes my collecion growing each year. I sometimes organize a get together with my girlfriends where we bring along perfume we don’t wear anymore and we have a perfume swap. That certainly saves money.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Neva,
      AH! The “H” word finally surfaces. Now that you brought it up this is indeed “hoarding!’, whether it be bottles or perfume. And, like you, I haven’t emptied a bottle for many years. A friend and I are planing a “reject perfume swap meet”. I’m wondering if the participants will want to take home anything that the others bring? 😉
      Azar xx

      • Neva says:

        Don’t worry, it works perfectly. My girlfriends aren’t so much into perfume like myself, but I always find something I can use, even if it’s Arden’s Green Tea which I like in the Summer. And of course, they love my neglected babies 😉

  13. Kandice says:

    I don’t have any back-up bottles either. It takes me forever to use up a bottle and by the time I do I might not want any more of that particular fragrance. These days I buy the smallest bottle possible, and if I truly love it I’ll buy another.

    • Azar says:

      Good plan, Kandice.
      I will try to follow your example – but I keep thinking of price per ml! When a sample of something I like (but not necessarily love) goes for, say $8, and 100 ml sells for $140 (discounted, of course) I am still tempted to go for the big bottle, even though I may never actually take advantage of the lower price per ml by finishing the large size. Your plan is so sensible and in the end, cost effective and certainly worth a try!
      Azar xx

  14. Tena says:

    I have precisely 1 backup – Tihota. The first bottle I bought was a partial, and I used it with abandon, never knowing it had been discontinued. Then, it was brought back to all sorts of happiness in the frag world. I promptly bought my BU bottle, and have continued to spritz happily.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Tena,
      If you must have only one back-up, Tihota is a great one to have! I’m going to spray on my sample right now and hope I won’t be tempted to buy the big one 🙂 By the way, do you keep an inventory your fragrances or do you have them all memorized?
      Azar xx

      • Tena says:

        I want to have an inventory, but my day job is as an accountant, and I don’t want to bring Excel into my hobby. I know every FB and every decant I have – I may mist over on some of the dabber samples.

  15. LaDomna says:

    So far I have only one true back-up bottle in my collection. Last summer I fell deeply in love with Slumberhouse Rume which was a limited edition re-release and reformulation of a discontinued older version. So since I adored it and it wasn’t going to be around for very long – and probably would be impossible to find ever again – I went ahead and bought another bottle. I also have two bottles of both Slumberhouse Sova and Dior Homme Intense but each bottle is a different formulation, so I don’t think that quite counts.

    I think the only situation when I would consider a back-up would be with a discontinued, reformulated or limited edition top 10 favorite.

    I usually wear two sprays in the day and then maybe one or two sprays to bed. My bottle collection is on the small side (around 20 30-50 ml bottles, mostly extrait or edp strength) but I also have a numerous collection of small decants and samples. Between that and my fairly limited consumption I do think I have more perfume than I’ll ever be able to use up.
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    • Azar says:

      Hello LaDomna,
      I just read your lovely Leather Sample Revisited review and noticed that you are a hoarder of samples! I’m encouraged that you are able to admit it and that you can use the “H” word with abandon. In the past I have hoarded samples too and tended to spray them only a couple of times each, fearing I might like one so much that I would have to buy the large size. These days I am simply using up my samples! At least I know I CAN use up and finish these small sizes (if I try really hard)! This realization is SO liberating! 🙂
      Azar xx

      • LaDomna says:

        I treat my sample collection kind of like a reference library! 😉 There are a scant few that I keep because I love them and am waiting for an opportunity to get a decant… But most of them I keep because it’s a scent (or note/family/genre) that often gets discussed or compared and I feel a need to have a sample around so that I can refresh my memory of it from time to time. When a sample is gone it’s gone though, beyond as a useful reference I can’t say that I feel attached to them at all.
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  16. australianperfumejunkies says:

    OMG! Azar,
    Of some frags I have 3 or 4 backups. Shalimar vintage parfum there must be 8 but they are only a few ml and I spritz. You know how it is.
    Portia xx

    • Azar says:

      Mals86 passed me the scepter but, dear Portia, it definitely belongs to YOU! There is no doubt in my mind that you are the Ruler of the Back-up Bottles. And yes..I do know how it is, but can’t seem to figure out if I should feel guilty about it or just go with the flow of fragrance and feel overwhelmed and grateful for the back-up bounty 😉
      Azar xx

  17. Ellen Covey says:

    Azar, As you know I’m a hoarder of samples, but I try to limit it to one of each. I do keep a log of all my samples and file them in boxes after I’ve tested them. I literally have thousands of them, but rationalize it as an “educational activity”. I try not to buy bottles larger than 30 ml, and most of the bottles that I have are smaller than that. Nevertheless, my small bottle collection has reached hoarder proportions. And don’t get me started on shoes!

    • LaDomna says:

      Exactly! Samples are educational and therefore useful to have around! 😀 I’m not in the thousands yet (WOW!), but I’m slowly but surely getting there. Currently there are about 500 samples in my perfume reference library. 😉
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    • Azar says:


      Oh no! The shoes! I never throw them away unless they are totally worn out, but, surprisingly I do wear out a few out from time to time and stock back-ups for those styles. When I throw out a real beater I can literally pull another identical pair off the shelf. I don’t re-stoc these until I’m down to the last pair on my feet. But sadly there all the other styles that are rarely worn and never donated or other wise disposed of. They continue to pile up. Sigh.

      Regarding the samples: I have always admired how you handle your “educational activity” – so organized, so efficient, inventoried, logged in and out with comments. So well done and probably tax deductible too 🙂

      Azar xx

  18. Musette says:

    Holy cats and crackers! I just checked my extensive collection and found not ONE backup bottle. I do have a lot of ‘iterations’ of vintages, though. But, like you, it would take several lifetimes to get through even half of it!


    • Azar says:

      Hi Musette!
      Really? Not one? I’m totally impressed. You must have an amazing collection!!! Do you inventory? Have you ever finished a full bottle?
      Azar xx

  19. What a flipping huge collection!! I don’t do back ups but I have some in EDP/EDT/Extrait. I guess my collection is pretty small and I’m still trying to reduce numbers of bottles. Having said that, if I really love something and if it’s discontinued, I might think about buying a back up. 🙂
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  20. Oh my goodness. I just wrote about how I’ve cut back on purchasing and hoarding tendancies. I’ve been wondering what is happening to me. I’m going through a very slow perfume phase and some days I’m forgetting to even wear it. But I actually don’t have one backup bottle of perfume. Not one. I am thinking about getting another Fourreau Noir as it’s one of my favourites, but I’m finding it more and more difficult to part with the cash!! I have to say I loved this post Azar.
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    • Azar says:

      Thank you, Megan!
      As I mentioned in a couple of replies above, I’m beginning to wonder if I’m really a bottle collector who only THINKS she is a perfumista. And, like you, I hate to part with the cash. This month I’ve decided that every time I’m tempted to buy yet another full bottle I will go down to the perfume storage and rummage around for something that I haven’t used for years. This experience might be almost as good as (or perhaps even better than) purchasing something new – but I wonder how long I can maintain my resolve? They don’t call us Perfume Junkies for nothing!
      Azar xx

  21. Brianna says:

    For me, I think backup bottles are a product of fear. I generally keep backups of most things, i.e. when there is a sale on toothpaste, I will buy a few to save a dollar. I will never understand why companies reformulate a perfume that is selling in the bucket loads, and put the exact same name and packaging on it. Perhaps to save money? In any case, back to the topic: I don’t see any issue in having backups, especially if it is something you use on a regular basis, or something that doesn’t come any bigger than a 30ml or 50ml. Even if you don’t end up using it, or have buyer’s remorse, perfumes are still a fantastic gift to give!

    • Azar says:

      We seem to be on the same page with the back-ups. I take advantage of sales to stock up on all kinds of things. I like to be able to just pop down to the storage room for whatever I need, be it perfume, shoes, toothpaste, tomato paste or whatever. I know part of this “stocking” or “hoarding” behavior is based on fear, but convenience and frugality are also involved…with the exception of the perfume back-ups, that is. 🙂
      Azar xx

  22. Maya says:

    Hi Azar. If you can afford it, why not. I don’t have many backups. There are a few I really love and want to have extras in case of reformulation. I have different formulations and different bottles of vintage Joy and also vintage Shalimar and vintage Bal a Versailles, among others. Thinking about it, vintage is where I have most of my backups, for obvious reasons. Perfume should be a pleasure – collecting, hoarding, sampling……..I think it’s all good.

    • Azar says:

      You are absolutely right! It IS all good, such a pleasure and so much fun. Thank you for that!
      My back-ups are mostly vintage too. I try to take the best care of them that I can. Some are quite old, after all, and they deserve to be pampered, just like me 😉
      Azar xx

  23. ElizabethC says:

    Only one backup bottle (Lutens Chergui), however, more full bottles than I will ever use 🙂 Don’t even want to mention how many samples and decants I have. However, all of these contribute to my love for library-style experience or knowledge collecting! (If that makes sense) I could say I am trying to behave, but, right now, I have the Luckyscent page up with samples of Hiram Green and Ginestet on order. So, maybe not really trying to behave 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi ElizabethC!
      When I was digging around I found an 8 ml decant of Tabac Blonde that still had the tape on it. I really have to be better about actually opening some of these things! Like you, I often find myself on the Lucky Scent page with the intent of buying even more individual samples or sample packs. As far as samples go, though, I need to remember that I really prefer the little sprays. The pop off tops on those little 1 ml vials can be quite annoying. I find I rarely finish these samples, simply because the tops are NOT user friendly.
      Do you ever have trouble with those little caps?
      Azar xx

  24. poodle says:

    I like backup bottles. I have a few and have been thinking of more. I know I have plenty of perfume but having more than enough of my favorites makes me happy. I’ve had plenty of times where I loved a perfume, finished the bottle, bought a new one and was hugely disappointed because its not the same anymore.

    • Azar says:

      Hi Poodle,
      I totally agree with your take on back-ups. Having additional bottles of my favorites always gives me a nice, warm, secure feeling. I don’t like things to change and these extra bottles postpone the day when I will have to deal with the unpleasant facts of reformulation.
      Azar xx

  25. Anne says:

    None, I can barely afford perfume in the first place, let alone a back up. I spend enough time saddened when something I have been saving for is reformulated before I can even buy one (Jubilation 25). Can’t afford to worry about those already gone.

    • Azar says:

      Good point, Anne!
      What’s gone is gone and that’s it. Regarding affordability: It is very rare that I ever buy anything at full price. I am strictly a bargain hunting perfumista, both by choice and by necessity! I would never have purchased all of these back-ups if I had not found them somewhere for pennies on the dollar!
      Azar xx

  26. Fazal says:

    the way perfume industry is evolving leaves me with no choice but having backups. I usually count backups in ml than number of units. The most I have is of vintage Eau Sauvage (at least 3 liter :)) some others also get close to the 1L mark such as dior homme (silver tube version) and Morabito Or Black vintage

    • Azar says:

      Thinking in mls is a good way to gauge back-ups of old favorites. It seems to me that 3 liters of vintage Eau Sauvage should be sufficient to get you through all kinds of tough times! Are there a few more fragrances you need to back-up or are you now totally prepared for the perfume apocalypse? I can comfortably say that I am now ready. 😉
      Azar xx

      • Fazal says:

        I am more or less ready. My goal in the near future is to significantly downsize my collection and it is certainly possible I would move to backups of my most favorite ones. Some other ones I would like to have more are oriignal Cuiron and Nombre Noir 🙂

  27. annemariec says:

    Crikey! Who woulda thought that the issue of backups would generate so much discussion!

    I’ve bought one or two back-ups but usually I give them away in the end. I’m a relatively light spritzer I guess, so I rarely get to the end of anything. Chanel No 19 is the exception. I have … mumble mumble … bottles of that. 🙂

    • Azar says:

      HA! You mumbled your way out of that one, annemariec! Did you notice that Fazal was not in the least bit hesitant to admit to 3 liters of Eau Sauvage? BTW – are your No 19s vintage?
      Azar xx

  28. Azar says:

    As annemariec says above “Who wouldha thought that the issue of backups would generate so much discussion!”
    Thank you all for your input. Your ideas have helped me put together a new strategy on how to plan for any future purchases. Please stay tuned for the mega-give away in early March. At that time we will announce the winner of the White Cattleya draw AND offer a give-away related to this post AND to two other recent posts about Zoologist Bat and Pirouette Essentials. If you can’t wait until March to enter a draw, hop over to PerfumeNW.
    Azar xx

  29. Sara Meyers says:

    I’ve always wanted to buy more backups, but as you mentioned, I’d need several lifetimes to use up what I have now. An I has yet to acquire some of my most wanted fragrances. So, I have backups of a couple reformulated or discontinued fragrances, and leave it at that. I use 3 sprays per application, and usually one or two spritzes per reapplication once or twice daily. So I’m hoping to use up some of this beautiful fragrance and enjoy it!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Sara,
      You have the right idea! Don’t be afraid to just use it up and “enjoy it”! I do tend to “hoard” the old stuff. My new resolution is to use up EVERYTHING I love. Thank you for reminding me to do this!
      Azar xx

  30. Lauren says:

    Hi Mom – This is too funny:)! As Brad says “anything worth doing is worth over doing”. I just put on perfume on the weekdays in the morning. I don’t have back up bottles but if I did I would have mass amounts of Versace Bright Crystal. And hey, if you ever feel the need to get rid of some of your back up bottles feel free to send them too me:)!

    • Azar says:

      Hi Lauren!
      Thank you for dropping by 🙂 At least one back-up will be on its way to you very soon, packaged up with the antique Evyan perfume bottle that you won over on PerfumeNW. Any requests?
      Mommy Azar xx and X

  31. Undina says:

    I have back-ups only for 2 perfumes – my all-time love and favorite Lancôme Climat and limited edition Jo Malone Sweet Milk (but my first bottle of it has just a quarter left in it). But if tomorrow I learn about the discontinuation of one of the 10-15 other favorites, I’ll immediately buy a back-up bottle for those – just to feel safe(r).
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    • Azar says:

      Hi Undina,
      I wonder if you will ever see this reply? Today I just noticed there was a comment from you on this old post. BTW I’m considering buying a back-up for my 15 ml Climat parfum. When I want green and clean nothing else will do! Belated thanks for stopping by!
      Azar xx

  32. hotlanta linda says:

    Less than two dozen back-ups – only done when discontinuation happens, and we have mula to put there! 🙂

    • Azar says:

      Hi Linda,
      Believe it or not I just noticed your comment…almost three months late on this reply. Belated “thank yous” for stopping by!
      Azar xx

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