Maybe it’s my interest in perfume, or maybe it’s plain old nosiness, but in movies and interior design magazine spreads, I look first for the perfume. I love to see how other people live with their bottles of fragrance. For that reason, I thought it would be fun to write an occasional series of posts showing real life perfume collections. I’ll kick it off with mine.
The cabinet: I store my perfume in a simple wooden cabinet against an interior wall in my home office. I’d bought a massive old French armoire for my perfume collection, but I couldn’t fit it through the office door, so I ended up swapping the armoire with the cabinet that once held my stereo. Consequently, my perfume cabinet doesn’t have a back, since I took it out years ago to make room for the stereo’s cords. To minimize the chance that I’ll knock perfume bottles out the back, I put the bottles in shoeboxes.
Organization: My samples are in lidded plastic shoeboxes at the cabinet's bottom and roughly alphabetized, but that’s it for organization. I shove decants into a 1950s ceramic catch-all that came with the lamp on my desk. I also have bowls of samples on my dresser, desk, and on top of the perfume cabinet. As for the bottles, they’re stored higgledy-piggledy. (Not long ago I stumbled over a decant of Chanel Bois des Iles I’d forgotten I had, and it was like Christmas.) I have dreams of sorting them by season or fragrance family someday. On my dresser I keep a few bottles, including Parfums DelRae Mythique, Amouage Beloved in its box, and decants of vintage Lanvin Arpège, Miss Dior, Vol de Nuit Eau de Toilette, and Diorling for easy access. I also have some Santa Maria Novella Acqua di Colonia on the dresser for spraying my mattress between sheet changes. A bottle of Jean Naté is in the refrigerator door next to the maple syrup.
The perfume: My prize bottles are vintage Diorling, Dioressence, Millot Crêpe de Chine extrait, vintage Guerlain Shalimar extrait, Caron Alpona, Vero Profumo Onda extrait, Xerjoff Irisss, a few Amouages, and my 16-ounce jug of vintage Miss Dior. I have no idea how many bottles of perfume I have, and that's on purpose. I’m afraid to count. (I did prune a good 20 bottles from my collection last fall, though.)
Is this sort of feature interesting to you? Whose perfume collection would you really love to see?