Last night I took out my box of fragrance decants and selected one that I had not worn in some time. Lo and behold, it had "turned" while I wasn't looking, and was no longer the beautiful orange blossom that I knew and loved, but something more like a cross between orange blossom and nail polish remover.
Some amount of spoilage is to be expected when you own a lot of perfume. I have no intention of counting my bottles — really, I'd rather not know — but I probably have some number between 40 and 60. I would guess that I have another 100 or so decants. It does not strike me as a huge collection, but then, I am a perfume addict. A "normal" person would be astounded, and probably disgusted.
Last year, I put my perfume buying under strict limits: no more than 2 bottles per month. That number now seems almost comical to me. In my lifetime, I will never use up the 24 bottles I purchased last year (well, ok, I admit I probably bought a few more than 24), even though I frequently make decants from those bottles to share with others. This year I have been much more selective, and have only added 4 or 5 bottles to my collection. So far.
So, how many of you are ready to 'fess up? How many bottles do you have, and do you worry about potential spoilage?
Note: the image shows three Lalique crystal perfume bottles from William Barthman in New York City.