1 & 4
I'm curious to see how everybody places the bottles in his collection.
1-Brands: by the brand (a CK group, a Creed group,...)
2-Olfactory: bottles are arranged by the olfactory group (Oriental, Aquatic,...)
3-Nationality: disposition is by the nationality (Italian, French,...)
4-Use: disposition by the use (daywear, summer, winter,date,....)
5-Perfurmer: disposition by the perfurmer (Cavalier,Morillas,...)
6-Chronological: disposition by the year (from oldest to newest)
7-Aesthetic: disposition by aesthetic impact (as in a flower arrangement) ex: bottles of the same color, or colors that go well together...
8-Random: disposition is random
I originally organized them based on a sort of mix of season and therefore loosely olifactory group from lightest to heaviest but have now rearranged them in a line based on pure olifactory group. Soapy, Floral, Aquatic, Citrus, Green, other fruits/fresh, leather, musk, ambers, incense, gourmand... it's not perfect but I'm still "working" it. plus there are a few that are quite tough to classify.
Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute
HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...
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By brands. But then again I only have one brand: Good ol' Chanel.
I said "use," but by that I actually meant, "how often I use them." Then I read your definition. Oops. Other than that, there is no pattern.
"It's not what you look like when you're doing what you're doing; it's what you're doing when you're doing what you look like you're doing."
I tried olfactory, I failed. Now I put them
top shelve: special occasions/dating
middle shelve: office, clubbing
third shelve: summer/spring
All in all I find it kind of messed up so I decided to let it go without particular order. I started a similar thread once.
Try seasons: spring/summer; winter/fall; whole year. In my opinion it's doable
Presently, mostly by brands. I have the Lutens, Villoresis, Delraes, etc. together.
But if I had more space, I would like to organize them by olfactory notes, wood, rose, oriental, etc.
Aesthetic, by general bottle size/shape, although I'm not too picky about it. Usually ends up vaguely organized by brand too---most of the YSL's for example, have roughly the same bottle.
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Really? I thought more people would do chronological.
Mostly (1) alphabetical by house, mixed with a pragmatic variation on (7) aesthetic: the row that sits on TOP of one shelving unit is dedicated to minis and a few squat/stable bottles, to ensure nothing gets knocked over.
I go by seasons. Fall/winter scents are up front right now for daily use & aquatics are in the back until late spring.
As I have been whittling down my collection to a Top 12ish list (debating 15), I'm pretty cognizant of how I rank them in preference. As of now, I have them in that 1-12 ranking. Previously I had done by use and/or season.
I have them in an open box in a drawer.
Bottles on the left.
Minis in the middle.
Samples on the right.
I also have a bag of stuff I'm going to sell sitting on top of my chest of drawers.
I organize by season then subdivide by olfactory group. I am torn between doing it that way and subdividing by use (when I wear it). For instance I have ones just for work, ones for day, ones for night, ones for romantic, ones for comfort etc. then by olfactory group.
I organize by season. Right now I have my fall and winter scents out. Everything else is in a box in my closet. If for some reason I'm craving a lighter scent, I'll just go in the closet and pull it out.
Geographically -- a pile here, a scatter there, an odd one lost somewhere, some prepacked in luggage. True description.
With as many as I have, there is no logical way to do it other than by brands.
I would like to do it by olfactory group or some type of usage criteria, as I think that way might be more useful, but like hednic, the only way I can keep up with things is to organize them alphabetically by house.
Brands / Houses
Have I told you about the scent of jasmine? Have I spoken about the smell of the sea? The earth is scented. And I perfume myself to enhance what I am. That's why I can not wear a perfume that bothers me. Perfuming is an instinctive wisdom. And like all art, it requires some knowledge of yourself..."
Clarice Lispector ( 1920-1977) - Perfumes da Terra / Earth Perfumes
By house or brand but, if there are some orphans, by olfactory theme (e.g. Arabie paired with LADDM).
Mostly by seasons but not 100% so
Mostly by season and size. My fall/winter frags more to the left, and summer/spring to the right. However, I dunno if size is the appropriate word to describe it. They're kind of in a puzzle form to save space, but very neat. Some are horizontal and some are vertical.
By Use. I have one box for hot weather, one box for cold weather, and another for all weather. That also helps reduce the # of bottles I have to look at each morning (for example, the cold weather box doesn't get looked at in the summer), thus making my choice a little easier.
So it's doable in Croatia
I percieve UK as a very gray country with summers not overly hot, maybe 25 degrees celsius top
Use and Aesthetic