Two things happened this week. First, a commenter on my bath powder post taught me the meaning of SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy). Then, a friend posted on Facebook that she was determined to use a full bottle of vintage Balmain Vent Vert this summer.
This got me thinking. My perfume collection is SABLE and then some. Isn’t it about time I made a focused effort to use it up? Also, I loved the idea of immersing myself in a scent and getting to know its nuances over time. I wouldn’t wear only that scent — there’s plenty of time during the day for another perfume or two, besides I need to write reviews — but I wanted to live with it. Really live with it. With all the perfume I have, it’s rare that I dip into the same bottle twice in a month, let alone daily.
I have a half-ounce bottle of Carven Ma Griffe Extrait that I’ve barely touched. This, I decided, would be the bottle I’d deplete this summer. I chose it for a number of reasons. Ma Griffe, a green chypre with a kick of white florals, would wear well in the heat, and it would be restrained and easy enough for work, but interesting enough for downtime.
Plus, Ma Griffe is resolutely old fashioned with its foghorn of oakmoss. It’s elegant, yet edgy. I love vintage fragrances, but what would it feel like to live with the fragrance equivalent of a pillbox hat until autumn? Would I understand it better or be done with the whole category of perfume?
Finally, green chypres don’t always age well, and I’m afraid that if I let this bottle of Ma Griffe sit around much longer, I’ll be crying over a sour mess. Wine doesn’t age forever, and neither does perfume stored in a house like mine, even if it is kept away from light.
Normally, with a vintage Extrait, I’d dab it on like it was liquid platinum. This time, I’ll tilt the splash bottle so that I can slick my entire forearm with the fragrance. Maybe I’ll even pour some Ma Griffe into an atomizer to really experience it. Once it starts to fade at the end of the day, I might kick it up with the rest of my tart Vero Profumo Mito sample or even a palmful of Paco Rabanne Calandre. A little jasmine or gardenia might shine a new light on Ma Griffe, too.
Besides wearing Ma Griffe on skin, I’ll dunk a handkerchief in it to carry in my purse. Maybe I’ll wipe some into my hair or dab it on my light bulbs. I might even try scenting some Epsom salts for my bath with a few drops. By the end of summer, the sleeves of my cardigans will smell of Ma Griffe.
Once the bottle is empty, I can be grateful that I used it to its fullest. Into my underwear drawer it will go so I enjoy its last whispers.
And if I run out early? I guess I’ll start in on that bottle of Rochas Mystère.
What about you? Have you ever given yourself over to a perfume for an extended period of time? How did it go? Want to try it with me this summer?