I've just sorted through my perfumes, marking those I liked but wore infrequently 'to be sold'. It's sad, but true that the older I get the fewer special occasions I have which warrant a special perfume.So now I indulge myself as often as possible in the rare vintages , the extraits and parfums, as well as the very expensive in my collection. I buy to use, and feel no pangs when I do that. After all, I wouldn't keep special foods til they were spoiled, or clothes til they were out of fashion or didn't fit any longer. To me perfume is a part of my everyday life. I wear it to give myself pleasure, nothing more. If others can share that then so much the better
Life is just too short to hoard or to keep things locked away in the back of a cupboard, in my opinion. The beauty of my arrangement is that I can see all bottles at a glance. I keep my back-up bottles elsewhere, my samples in a bespoke box and my minis in another special storage box. So each morning, when I choose my perfume for the day, each one stands to attention, vying for my favour with everything else.
My brother made a telling comment when I showed him my perfume cabinet last year. 'How long til they all turn to vinegar, Sis?'His point wasn't lost on me. It would be a travesty if I kept these beauties to a 'past their use by' date. Not only will I be denying myself the pleasure, but also denying a fellow perfume lover the same. A bit mean-spirited to my mind.
It's interesting to see the Guerlains mentioned often by others. When I went crazy last year, purchasing the best known examples of the big perfume houses, a number of Guerlains ended up being given away. There were - L'Heure Bleu, Apres l'Ondee, Mitsouko, Shalimar, Jicky, Mahora, Terracotta. These really didn't strike me as wearable for my everyday lifestyle. The first five were curiosities, interesting examples of perfumery of a bygone era that I only wore ever so occasionally. I was so very pleased that someone else had them to love. I knew they would probably sit in my wardrobe, deteriorating before I ever used them up.