Shopping My Collection May 2015

Hey there Frag Family,

One of the few problems that comes with writing about fragrance is that you are constantly testing stuff, old and new, so you can write about it. This means that you neglect your collection. I can’t speak for you obviously but I find that many of my dearest loves languish, so this week I decided to have at least one part of my day in fragrance from my collection. So you know I have 3 major fragrance wearing times: Daytime, Work and Sleep. Sometimes I’ll spritz the same thing three times but rarely.

So this week I challenged myself to use some of my loves, here is how it went….

Shopping My Collection May 2015

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Shopping My Collection Day 1:

Day: Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums: Lovely soft amber, lightly spiced and sandalwooded.
Work/Evening: Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums: ^^^ Enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it again
Sleep: Sweet Oriental Dream by Montale: Like an ambered Turkish delight. Super sweet but totally wearable.

Shalimar Guerlain FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Shopping My Collection Day 2:

Day: Ambre 114 by Histoires de Parfums: ^^^ Enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it again
Work/Evening: Shalimar Vint. Parfum + EdP by Guerlain: The one. the magic, the divine creamy lemon vanilla sorbet and cat
Sleep: Tuberose Diabolique perfume oil by Ava Luxe: White flowers with a very sappy green feel, heady and sensual. MMMMMM

Un Matin d`Orage Annick Goutal FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Shopping My Collection Day 3:

Day: Lys Soleia by Guerlain:
Work/Evening: Un Matin d`Orage by Annick Goutal: Bright spicy white floral with a sandalwood and (musk/vanilla?) base
Sleep: Un Matin d`Orage by Annick Goutal: ^^ Loved it.

Kokorico Jean Paul Gaultier FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Shopping My Collection Day 4:

Day: ——-
Work/Evening: Kokorico by JPGaultier: Chocolate patchouli with an earthy vetiver backdraft. I think this should have been a huge hit for JPG
Sleep: Neroli & Orchidee by L’Occitane: Spritzed like crazy. I love this juicy fresh and warmly sensual frag. So simple and easy to wear for sweet dreams.

Rima XI Carner Barcelona FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Shopping My Collection Day 5:

Day: Rima XI by Carner Barcelona: I think it’s the mint in the opening over the warm, sweet vanilla and resins that gets me every time.
Work/Evening: Rima XI by Carner Barcelona: ^^^ Really loved it this morning
Sleep: Vintage Mitsouko PdT by Guerlain: I could try to parse this glorious Queen but I think I’ll leave it to smell elegantly MMMMMitsouko.

Mer & Mistral L`Occitane FragranticaPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

Shopping My Collection Day 6:

Day: Fille en A Sorry interrupted when I was about to spritz, didn’t happen
Work/Evening: Miss Dior vintage EdT: OMFG! This is gorgeous beyond my expectations and it has a funky, resinous, amber/chocolate note that is very surprising. Whoa! BIG!
Sleep: Miss Dior vintage EdT on my chest/ Mer & Mistral by L’Occitane on my hand backs

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Shopping My Collection Day 7:

Day: Aqua Allegoria Tiare Mimosa by Guerlain: I love the gently white florals with only a touch of breathiness in this lovely springlike spritz.
Work/Evening: Fille en Aiguilles by Serge Lutens: Boozy, fruity, spicy roses. Awash in heavenly vapours. MMMMMM.
Sleep: Eau de Magnolia by Frederic Malle: Citrus, soft white floral and sheer warm dry down. A perfect finish to my Shop My Collection week.

Want to sample these lovelies? Try Surrender To Chance and My Perfume Samples

Do you ever find yourself wearing the samples and neglecting your bottles? Does it worry you or are you cool with that?
Portia xx

16 thoughts on “Shopping My Collection May 2015

  1. Samples…hm the ones I totally love I probably bought bottles of, so bottles get more love here. And decants.
    Sleep scent tonight is Epic Woman body lotion, happy sigh.


    • Hi there JackieB,
      Those Amouage lotions are absolutely freaking gorgeous. I love how quickly they absorb and the scent lasts all day.
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia,
    About 75% of the time I am checking out samples or reveling in a new purchase while my favorite oldies languish in storage. I try to remedy that by displaying the big bottles of my old loves in full view. Sometimes that works. I think part of my reluctance to use up my collection is a problem of projected future lack. What if I run out of what I love and can never replace it? I know…just find a new love…but I do that all the time… That being said I will unearth my beautiful 114. Thank you for reminding me.
    Azar xx


  3. What a great post Portia. So interestng to see what you picked when you had free rein for a week. I hope you do it again. Fabulous choices and i’m so glad you got to wear you beloved Shalimar.
    I usually wear something from one of my full bottles to work so I don’t feel I’m neglecting my collection too much. Samples are for evenings and weekends.
    I tried vintage Miss Dior for the first time last week and OMG is right. Utterly loved it. Will be giving in to the urge to search for a bottle online very soon…


    • Thanks Tara,
      Shalimar is my one & only. Sadly I’ll never be the monogamous type in any facet of my life.
      Vintage Miss Dior. I was SO lucky to find a nearly full bottle being sold on a Facebook fragrance board, and that it seems to be the real deal. LUCKY! Good luck with your search for it.
      Portia xx


  4. Nice post! I don’t wear anything scented to sleep so that definitely cuts down on the amount of perfume (FB, samples, decants) that gets used. One way my collection is getting exercised is by participating in the NST Friday Community Scent of the Day because I sometimes take the opportunity to make it my theme for the week and also try not to repeat the same perfume.


    • Ahh.
      Is there a reason you go to bed scentless Hajusuuri?
      NST has been making us all wear all sorts of perfume for YEARS! I love that they’re still inspiring us to get some scent on.
      Portia xx


  5. Hi, Portia — What a fun post. I always spritz before sleep and am glad to be in such good company. I tend to spritz one of my two main scents at bedtime and try my samples for work/day (sometimes to my all-day sorrow but it usually works out). Now I want to try Neroli & Orchidee!


  6. I almost never wear perfumes from samples – maybe only if I consider buying a bottle. And I try to wear my bottles more or less regularly, rotating through everything I have. Some of them still get neglected but I plan to improve my system for selecting to pick up those perfumes that haven’t had skin time for a while.


    • Hi Undina,
      You are about 97% more organised than I. It’s a far more whimsical approach to fragrance around here so things get left on the shelf. I do like the idea of rotation.
      Portia xx


    • OMG! Esperanza, I think you’ll love Matin d’Orage. it’s gorgeous.
      Glad you enjoyed the post too,
      Portia xx


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