By now most of us know not to keep our bottles of perfume next to the sink in the bathroom where light and heat will degrade the scent. Plus, if you’re like me, you’d need a sink as big as Paul Bunyan’s to have enough room for all your bottles. So, if the bathroom’s out, where do you keep your perfume?
For a long time, I’ve kept my perfume in a cupboard built into my dresser. The cupboard is about a foot high and a foot-and-a-half deep. It handily holds fifty or so bottles. (After typing that number, I’ll pause here and take a deep breath.) The cupboard takes up half of the top of the dresser, and on the other half is a cupboard with drawers that I use to store samples.
This system has worked pretty well so far. The mahogany cupboards keep out the light and insulate the bottles. The problem is that since the cupboard is deep I have a hard time seeing my bottles. Just the other day I put in my hand and drew out a bottle of Ormonde Jayne's Ormonde Woman. I love that scent, but I’d completely forgotten about it. I need a storage system that lets me keep track of what I own. Besides, it’s — ahem — possible that my perfume collection will expand. I’m looking for another way to store my perfume.
I recently saw a magazine article with a picture of Donatella Versace’s perfume cabinet (shown) filled with bottles she’d been collecting since she was 18 years old. The cabinet was beautiful, wooden with ornate feet. But, it had glass walls and doors and even looked like it was lighted. I wanted to contact Versace immediately and beg her to move the bottles, or at least unscrew the display bulbs.
Ideally, I’d like a cabinet with shelves between my waist and eye level. I’d like the shelves to be shallow enough that I can see every bottle. Although I’d love to have glass doors, I know that wooden doors will protect my perfume better. (One drawback: my dream cabinet seems like it would be prone to tip over. It would need to be able to withstand the dog wagging his tail next to it without the cabinet jiggling.)
I’ve briefly considered hiring someone to build me a custom cabinet, but I know already that it’s way beyond my budget. My other thought was that I could go to a salvage center and somehow “repurpose” an old cabinet. Maybe I could find a humidor and install shelves, or put doors on a bookshelf.
How do you store your perfume? Do you have a special cabinet or cupboard? How is it working for you? I’m open to all ideas.
Note: image from Vogue, July 2007, showing Donatella Versace's perfume collection, courtesy of Blogdorf Goodman.