A recent article from The Perfume Society got me thinking. Our dear chums at The Perf Soc invite us to show them our pictures of how we store our collections on Instagram and Twitter for a future feature in The Scented Letter. ( hashtag #scentstorage)
I warily approached my groaning dressing table with my temperamental camera phone and noticed it was a big messy jumble. Once I tidied up for the photo sesh ( see above) I felt it was high time for an edit. I therefore picked my absolute favourites and took a family photo of them looking their best and all facing the right way.
In a non-subtle attempt to get you all to tell me about your essential kit, I thought I’d take the vain liberty of giving you a mini tour of my curated core collection.
Le Jardin Retrouvé Sandalwood Sacre, 4160 Tuesdays The Gathering of The Clans, Art de Parfum Gin &Tonic, Papillon Perfumery Angelique, JLo Deseo, Gucci Envy, Jolie Madame vintage, Andy Tauer Carillon Pour Un Ange, Hilary Duff With Love.
The Gathering of The Clans is a wonderful blackcurrant, herby, citrus chypre that will always remind me of Christmas 2016 because I could NOT stop wearing it. Plus, there was a real-life Gathering of The Clans.
This is so much more than gin and tonic. It’s a fresh breeze blowing through your life. On my skin, it bursts into tiny flowers as the day goes on.
Papillon Perfumery Angelique:
This was love at first sniff, although I found it very hard to describe at first. It defies genre. I always wear it to christenings so it has happy associations for me. It smells like priceless buttery suede and iris and mimosa. There’s nothing like it.
This was an astounding bargain that I refer people to whenever they cast doubt on the quality of celebrity scent. This 30ml bottle cost me a mere £8.95, but before I could stock up, it was discontinued and is now like hen’s teeth. The bottle makes me think of wet jewels. The scent is jasmine, orange flower, yuzu and tiare flower.
Ah, my beloved Envy. It led me astray from my fidelity to Chanel Cristalle. Envy and I were together for several formative years. My house, my bedroom, my clothes and my desk all smelled of hyacinth and lily of the valley and that strange metallic Nineties chime in the middle. Pure Heaven. It was pointlessly discontinued in 2007. Despite a huge clamour for it, Gucci remain tight lipped. I have just over an inch left. Can’t go on. Hankies please.
Balmain Jolie Madame vintage
This was a gift from dear chum Lisa Jones. She watched as I entered the chypre portal and never looked back over my shoulder. It’s all her fault and I love her for it. I was once asked what I would put in my dream fragrance. I answered “violets, leather and oak moss” before I realised that I had just described Balmain Jolie Madame.
Tauer Carillon Pour Un Ange
I was an immediate slave to the green notes in Carillon Pour un Ange. It is one of the longest lasting perfumes I have ever tried. It starts with angelic lily of the valley, goes even greener for a bit, and then comes storming back to an Ambergris finish. I love how it lingers on my pillow.
Hilary Duff with Love
Before this was sadly discontinued, I picked up a 15ml bottle in my local branch of Home Bargains for just £3.99. It wasn’t the mainstream fruity florals that were so typical of 2013: it was a thrilling surprise of tropical dark wood and yes, mango. It’s a woody, cedar treat and I’m loath to use it up until I can wangle another off eBay. Oh, and check out the dreamy bottle! It’s like a jewel.
How about you?
And to think life was so simple when once upon a time I had a signature scent. Sigh. Once you’re bitten, there’s no going back.
Now I’ve shared mine, how about yours? How do you store them? Where do you keep them? If you had to really edit your collection what would be in it? Are your favourites discontinued or reformulated? Are they posh and pricey or chypre and cheerful? Am I asking too many questions? Do let me know. I always love to hear from you.
PS Don’t forget to post your photos to @ThePerfumeSociety on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #scentstorage