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    Default Today I Finished...

    "Good to the last drop!"

    So the coffee commercial goes. And yet, do we resist that last drop? What are we saving it for? Whether a mini, HTF vintage, a gift, or maybe something so special and expensive, the urge to save kicks in. In my case, it was literally 20 years of holding onto those last drops of long-discontinued Mollie Parnis, my signature, followed by five years of daily ebay stalking. Now I have an ample supply, and I've decided, just use it; when it's done, it's done.

    Today's finish was a vintage rarity, often grotesquely priced on ebay. I was both lucky and prudent in landing a full ounce of Weil Secret de Venus bath oil for about $100 last November; I've seen listings at over $900 for pity's sake. A scant two months later—gone! Fini! Yes, I bathed in it, and shared it with my son a few times. Sort of a barbershop/gingersnap, but sexier than that may sound, I'm guessing I got about thiry luxe soaks in this stuff, about 1 ml per bath. I don't plan to look for more, hundred dollar bath oil is rather a profligate habit. veni, empti, empty! To finish is to appreciate.

    How do you feel when you finish a bottle?

    And here's the evidence, before and after, for any "picture or it didn't happen" skeptics (;

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    Having hoarded my last poor Quadrille until it faded away, using and enjoying the contents of bottles is something that makes sense to me!
    I'm certainly not prepared to chase the remaining bottles and will make do with memories instead.

    After draining the last of a sample of Norma Kamali Incense most generously provided by another member, there's comfort in the knowledge that a small amount of this special stuff is winging it's way here - to be both treasured & used
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    Brava Jujy! I’m all for using your best everyday. A swipe of vintage extrait for bed? Yes please!

    The only thing that happens when you save your best is someone else gets to enjoy it (or worse throws it out!) when you are gone and I doubt they will get as much pleasure from it as you would have had. I feel the same way about sharing such treasures with those who are equally passionate about the fragrance, after all it’s just stuff until someone appreciates it. That’s not to say I’m not prone to hoarding by favourites as evidenced by my back ups of back ups.

    I drained the last of my Présence(s) de Bach last month and I'm on the fence about getting another.
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    Wonderful! I do love oils too, and approve of their use (though as you know Secret de Venus wasn't my favorite).

    I have yet to finish a bottle of something of which I don't have a backup...

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    cacio, this is the SdV oil, not the "inessential fruity floral" that is the moden albeit discontinued EDP of the same name, the one I passed in the mini with the heart-topped stopper. Re: spares, much harder for vintage, plus there's something in my personality that responds to impending absence.
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    Must say I saved the bottle, as I can still smell it quite distinctly. Will toss when I no longer can.
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    I kinda wish I was running out of stuff faster (spare for the discontinued bottles, may they last forever). This somehow would justify the buying pace I am at. You know what i mean? ))
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    Still about 5ml left of Joop!
    Close to finishing Geir Ness

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    I am scared of finishing. There, I admitted it.

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    I can't remember when I had an empty bottle last time.
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    The last FB I drained was Black Vetyver Cafe by Jo Malone. I'm running low on Angel and I'll probably get the star bottle refilled.

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    Today I finished Guerlain Aroma Allegoria Apaisant, which has been out of production for a long time.
    That's probably the reason why I was so reluctant to empty the bottle.
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    I got my Weil Noir just a month ago. In re-decanting due to broken cap, I find it was about 1/2 ounce, and I'm nearly halfway through it. I love it's mentholated tuberose/leather composition and intend to use it up with gusto. Here's some music to encourage going for broke:

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    I finished Panthère de Cartier EdT today. This was my second bottle, a tester off ebay. Originally a gift from my daughter who said it recalled a childhood memory, how I smelled coming home from orchestra and tiptoeing into her room to give her a kiss. She called that smell "cold perfume." Since my bass changed hands this week, it's fitting to retire this fragrance. I added it to a shadowbox I made of career memorabilia.

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    btw, That's not me in the photo. Those are my colleagues.
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    Today l finished my bottle of Stella Rose Absolute.

    Somewhat perversely, when l get close to the end of a bottle, l tend to wear it more often in order to finish it. That way l get more room for new bottles, & a good excuse to buy them, as l try to maintain a loose "one in, one out" policy.

    ln this instance, l already have a bottle of Montale's Crystal Flowers on its way to me, which l see as an upgrade in terms of a rose fragrance.

    l only tend to finish two-three bottles per year, but l do sometimes sell off the ones l get bored with long before that.
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    Oh, teardrop, I am trying to adopt that attitude rather than clinging to those last drops. I find the clinging to be more perverse, tho it demonstrates exactly the futility of trying to have one's perfume and smell it, too!
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    Sample of Dior Homme Sport 2012.
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    I just finished a small edt bottle of Dreams by Tabu ( smells sorta like Philosophy's Falling in Love) . Hoorah for backups though. Long may they spray!
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    Finished off a small made-in-Mexico bottle of vintage Myrurgia Maja. Very good summer floral. I have a Spanish version, which is less pungent, still lovely.
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    Have just finished a bottle of "Y" but have a back-up on order.
    Very close to finishing Shiseido Feminite du Bois and no replacement in sight!
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    kewart. Enjoy the Shiseido FdB with abandon.

    Today I finished off the Weil Noir. The last few drops won't exit, so I'm saving the vial into which I decanted it for havdalah, a ceremony announcing the end of the Jewish Sabbath. One of the recited blessings is "borei minei b'samim", "who creates fragrant spices", upon which something fragrant is indeed sniffed to carry the sweetness of the day into the week ahead. This will be delightful.
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    I think I'm incapable of finishing a bottle, even a very small one like a sample. I've got the last couple of drops of an awful lot of them, so one last wear of all sorts of things ends up being kept, just in case I may need to wear it, or smell it, or whatever.

    This consequently means that my collection just carries on getting bigger. I need another new cupboard now.
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    I traveled on vacation with samples, and finished off generous samples of:
    L'Artisan Mimosa Pour Moi - a simple airy Mimosa floral
    PdE Iskander - an herbal citrus
    Demeter Gingerale - just as advertised, a lovely refreshing gingerale with a simple woody finish (a favorite on the trip in the heat)
    Inux L'Arbre - a straighforward sandalwood, light and lovely
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    I used up bottles regularly, even after getting into the perfumista world, but in the last few years I have only been using up samples (without regrets).I usually take a handful with me on vacation and will come back empty-handed.
    I still don't give up on bottles though and currently trying to use up Songes EdP from the moon bottle. Sad but the top notes are slightly different now so it must go before it turns.
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    I finished A sample of I Love NY For Him by Bond No.9

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    Used up my big bottle of Songes EdP. First bottle in at least two years!
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    *Bump*

    l've recently finished bottles of L'lnstant & Dior Addict, & l'm working on a bottle of Organza. l do so enjoy making way for something new!
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    I have yet to finish a bottle in my current collection, but I do have some samples that are getting dangerously low!
    Marc Jacobs Decadence
    Thierry Mugler Womanity Eau Pour Elles
    Nina Ricci L'extase (thankfully I have a couple more on hand)
    Bulgari au The Vert
    Annick Goutal Mandragore Pourpre
    Indult Tihota (noooooooooo! )
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    Great thread.

    Recently I've finished Original Vetiver (30 ml).
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    In the last six months I finished:

    Serge Lutens Gris Clair
    Shalimar 90's vintage EdT (my first bottle of Shalimar ever!)
    Cuir by Lancome

    Currently working on finishing Haslton EDC

    My Mr is trying to finish Tom Ford for Men




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