When you want a bottle of perfume that costs more than you’re willing to fork out,
When your perfume storage system is over-flowing (and you’re not ready to purchase new furniture),
When you want to sample something, but need more than the standard 1mL,
When you’re unsure if you want a full-bottle,
When your budget restricts you (and it’s not your birthday or christmas),
You may want to participate in a bottle-split.
There are many different options for acquiring decants: The Posh Peasant and The Perfumed Court are great (and reputable) sources for by-the-milliliter sales of fragrance, but a bottle-split is a different beast. A bottle-split is a group of people (two or more, obviously) who pool their funds, purchase a bottle, and split it between them. The host (usually) keeps the bottle, the the rest of the group pays cost-per-mil plus the cost of the atomizer and shipping. It’s a pretty great thing, considering that you’re paying cost—not retail. I got in on a split group about a year ago, and it’s saved me many dollars, and bolstered my collection without overflowing my cabinet.
Ok, my cabinet is over-flowing, but less so than it might be if it weren’t for splits.
There are groups open to anyone, groups that require referral, and of course, splits that are organized between friends. It’s a win-win, no matter how you approach it!
Here are some helpful resources:
Robin of Now Smell This offers a Perfumista Tip: How to do a bottle split,
A new split blog, run by Jasmine (aka, black kitty) “Fragrance Fiends” which is open to anyone who wants to participate in cost-per-mL bottle splits (this is a host I trust),
Scent Splits Wiki, a reputable resource for bottle splits—costs may vary according to host.