Val the Cookie Queen
“I need to know what comprises your perfume wardrobe as I endeavor to bring mine back to a reasonable amount of bottles.” Brigitte APJ Family Member
The above was in answer to a comment I made on Portia´s recent Saturday Question: Perfume Buying Rules. I have a fairly small collection both for a perfumista and a blogger. And I have spent some time gathering my thoughts as to why that is so. After all, I am an absolute perfume junkie.
My Perfume Wardrobe. Core Collection.
Might be good to start with some of the stuff I don’t like. Roja Dove, By Killian, Francis Kurkdjian, Xerjoff, Pierre Guillaume, Tom Ford, Bond No. 9, at least half of the Harrod´s Salon de Parfums, and anything that is top loaded – you get the picture. So that gets rid of that lot in one fell swoop.
I don’t like what niche has become. The over-inflated egos of non-perfumers who decide to make perfume anyway. And so much rubbish. So that gets rid of another lot.
I was also never really interested in vintage, or should I say looking for and buying it. So that was ruled out too. I think now I would change my rule there to “if vintage comes my way, then I embrace every drop.” I have a vintage Shalimar Parfum (nearly gone – weep) and Chanel N°5 Parfum, both from Portia. I will wear every last drop and adore them. I have Hermès Doblis and Caron En Avion Extrait, both gifts from Vero. Both exquisitely beautiful. And a bottle of pretty old Samsara EdP, a gift from our own APJ Sandra. Five bottles.
As everyone knows I got into Vero Profumo in such a big way, I stopped bothering with much else in the niche/independent/artisanal departments. It is a part of my character to become totally addicted to something and go for it big time, and to remain faithful. Although I would call myself adventurous to a degree, in some things I crave the comfort of familiarity, and that is very true of my perfume choices. (And EastEnders characters – hahahahaha.) Vero Profumo runs in my blood and always will. With the exception of the Onda EdP, I own and wear every single Vero Profumo in all of their individual glory. I also have two small vials of Naja EdP, which never saw the light of day.
Some of my Vero´s, the rest are in my cupboard.
I have seven decants, and a box with maybe 10 samples in. I wear them all. Minimal.
Initio – Psychedelic Love. Lutens – Sa Majeste la Rose. Chanel N°18 EdT. Guerlain – Vega. Malle – Dans tes Bras, Superstitious, and Lys Mediterranee.
Which pretty much leaves Chanel, Hermès, Fredric Malle, and Serge Lutens. Which is the core of my collection. I do have a few other odds and ends, obviously, but yeah. So the end result is a small number of bottles. If I don’t love it, I don’t buy it. I am not saying that there isn´t a ton of good stuff out there that I have missed or not bothered to try, it´s just that I don´t care. I am content with what I have collected over the years.
I have three more bell jars, but these are my favourites and most worn.
The small Dries is an old bottle. I have/had Carnal Flower and Eau De Magnolia, but B.londeswunder stole them.
All the Exclusifs are the EdTs, except N°18 and of course Boy.
Cuir d’Ange and Cèdre Sambac. I have travel sizes of a couple of others too.
So Brigitte! Thanks for the inspiration for today’s post. The only advice I would offer is if you don’t love it, get rid of it. Someone else might.
There are things I still would like. Some old Dior’s. Chanel N°22. Maybe the new Chanel 1957. A goal this year is to explore the work of Mathilde Laurent.
Do you wear all of your collection? Have you ended up with stuff you don’t wear? Are you overwhelmed for choice? Do you actually wear stuff you don’t love? Answers on a postcard ……. or in the comments.
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