A perfumista dilemma that I often ponder is how much of my perfume budget to devote to consolidating what I already have, and how much I can spend on trying new things.
You know what I mean – your sample of Traversee du Bosphore is almost gone, and you love it. It justifies the purchase of a large decant, maybe even (gulp) a full bottle. But wait! What of those lovely new Diors or Cartiers you have heard about? They are lighting up all the buttons on your dashboard. It is so tempting, isn’t it, too add a clutch of those to your cart, and put off the Traversee until next time. But you know that ‘next time’ your nose will be distracted yet again by something else.
I do impulse buy new stuff (don’t we all!), but I’m pretty good at building on what I have. I don’t have a large collection so I don’t catalogue my perfumes on a spreadsheet (but please leave a comment if you do). But I do ‘curate’ my collection in the sense of shaping it around the things I know I want, and not letting it get filled up with exhausted samples, and things I don’t want. Or, to use another metaphor, I try and build my collection on rock rather than sand, the sand being a bunch o’ empty samples I wished I’d replaced.
So I recently replaced samples of Dior’s Granville and Olympic Orchid’s A Midsummer Day’s Dream with an 8 ml decant and a 15 ml bottle. And this week, when a small financial windfall came my way, and I resisted – yes! resisted! – impulse splurging it all on a FB of Philosykos. Instead I put in an order to The Perfumed Court, and spent only half of what I had allocated for this spend.
I ordered 8 mls of Philosykos to replace the dying sample, and an 8 ml top-up of L’Heure Bleue EDP. Then at last I felt at liberty to venture into new territory. I added a three-sample set of L’Artisans (Dzongkha, Dzing! and Tea for Two: did I do good?). I finished off with a sample of and Brosseau’s Ombre Rose, which may seem a bit corny, but I was greatly attracted by this review on Yesterday’s Perfume.
So: is this a situation you face? How do you go about balancing old and new in your collection?