Hi there APJ! How are you doing?
We are two weeks into the new year and I am feeling the January blues. After all of the merrying, socializing and festive lights, I feel down with the grey weather, short days and routine. This happens every year and I know it will pass soon. In order to get myself out of my funk I do a bit of tidying up and organizing. Sounds weird I know. But after I get through the general house cleaning, stowing away all the Christmas decorations and getting back into the school rhythm, I like to get into my perfume closet and shuffle things around a bit.
Perhaps I bring some perfumes from the back of the closet forwards so that I can rotate a little more wisely. Sometimes I get so sick of the grey and cold that I go searching for something to jolt me out of my blues. This is generally done with bringing out a big floral in the dead of winter, in hopes of seeing some life starting soon. There is one more thing that I do though which is quite cathartic for me. I bring forward a couple of bottles that have @20 ml or less juice. Over the next weeks, I then use them, to the point of using them up. I used to hoard those last mls – hoping to never come to the end of the bottle. But over the past couple of years, I have become concerned with space and with perfumes eventually turning. I have had one perfume turn on me – fingers crossed that it was the only one for a long time to come.
Finishing a Bottle – To Repurchase or Not…
But you see then I have a dilemma- do I repurchase or not? I think it all depends on the perfume. A couple of years ago I was using up my last 10 mls of Cuir Beluga and bought a replacement bottle before I hit the end.
Right now, sitting on my dresser, is the last bit of Guerlain’s Spiritueuse Double Vanille (the original bottle). It is so perfect in every way for my mood right now. It comforts me, wraps me in a cloak of strength, takes away any blues. This is when the dilemma sets in. Should I repurchase? Normally, I would have said yes, and jumped right on it. However, to my nose, Spiritueuse Double Vanille has been slightly tweaked. So I have come to terms with the end of this bottle. I will hold off on repurchasing until fall 2018 when I can go and test it several days in a row to see if I really still love it or not.
Once I am finished with Spiritueuse Double Vanille I will rummage through my shelf and see which one will be next. I cannot explain what it feels like to finish a bottle for me. On the one hand I am happy that I managed to get through a bottle, and yet, on the other hand, I am sad to see an old friend go.
Do any of you do this? How do you deal with almost empty bottles? Do you repurchase?
Wishing you all a wonderful end of January.