I’m trying to save my perfume pennies for a big spend a little later in the year on a 40 ml bottle of Chanel’s 31 rue Cambon. I’ve thought about it, and I am certain it is worth it.
So I’m practising restraint. I have allowed myself one TPC order this month, and a $25 spend on Olympic Orchid’s A Midsummer Day’s Dream next month. After that I will hopefully maybe make the big spend.
This resolve was challenged last weekend when in an antique shop I found a sealed 7.5 ml mini of Hermes’ Caleche, in pristine condition and with a pristine, satin-lined box. Price was $AUD55, about half what I will pay for the 31RC. I’ve got a good grasp of the value of vintage fragrances and thought that this was on the pricey side of reasonable. It is sealed and boxed, after all, which is pleasing both for the perfume lover and the perfume bottle lover.
Well, I left it. Not worth it if I’m not a box-and-bottle collector. Wasn’t I cock-a-hoop when I got home, and after a glass or two of red wine, didn’t I boast to our Danielle on email of my powers of resistance. Loyally, she agreed, and remarked that in the perfume community we don’t support each other enough over the perfume not bought. Resistance is NOT futile, she said; it enables better things in the future.
It didn’t last. My first mistake was to give myself a spritz of modern Caleche as I passed through the mall a few days later, and I found it not half bad. Mistake #2 was to meander over to eBay to confirm my estimate of the value of Caleche. I saw a mini going cheap – and snap! It was mine.
Well, it was $15, including international shipping, an EDP, with box. So really, not too bad a transgression I thought. But later for some reason I looked at it again on eBay and read the writing in the box. Oh lord. It’s a ‘Soie de Parfum‘. What the hell is that? Oh but of course, it is a reformulation, released in 1992. It would be.
So that was all very stupid, and my boasting to Danielle now rang very hollow.
Anyway, what perfume purchases have you resisted recently? Let’s keep each other buoyed up for the perfumes which are worth having.