Yes, I caved: I bought the new Hermès fragrance, Osmanthe Yunnan (see yesterday). I am still feeling guilty over the price, to say nothing of the fact that I bought it unsniffed. Last night, I consoled myself with the reminder that I have been very conservative in my purchasing this year, and the Osmanthe Yunnan brought my total for 2005 to a mere 5 bottles of perfume. This morning I went to looking for a fragrance to wear, settled on Ormonde Jayne Ta'if, and noticed next to it the Isfahan that I bought last spring. Oops, that wasn't included in my total, so make that 6. Curiosity got the better of me and I did a quick inventory. The extent of my denial was revealed fairly rapidly; oops again, make that 9 bottles. It could be worse, right? Please, say yes.
I first became seriously interested in fragrance in late 2003. I bought one bottle in November, and another in December. A flurry of spending early in 2004 eventually led to a self-imposed limit of 2 bottles per month. I stuck to that (more or less) for the remainder of the year. This year, I have slowed down, but all the same my "to buy" list currently comprises 15 fragrances, only 2 of which are to replace bottles that are nearly empty.
If you have any perfume budgeting tricks to offer, or if you would just like to share in my guilt, please comment.
Update: the grand total for 2005 ended up at 11 bottles.