A Fragrant Experiment


For the past few weeks, I've been conducting an experiment in how I use my fragrance collection. I've been selecting 4 perfumes each Sunday, based on my anticipated activities and weather for the following week. Those bottles go on my vanity and I wear them exclusively for that week. There are several benefits to this method:

  1. It eliminates the paralyzing indecision that can result from having too many choices. I have around 30 bottles of perfume and in the rush of the morning, trying to find THE perfect one to wear can seem daunting. It often results in me reaching for 2-3 favorites that are in the front of all the others and neglecting some real gems.
  2. It satisfies the inner planner in me. I now look forward to Sunday morning, when I get to choose 4 new bottles. Trying to anticipate my needs for the week and put together a diverse "capsule" fragrance wardrobe is fun for me. It adds to my enjoyment of my perfumes to have a sense of deliberation and purpose for them.
  3. It helps refine my collection. For example, I had one fragrance in my first week's rotation that I hadn't worn in a while and was shocked to discover I no longer cared for it much. Wearing it so often that week helped me be certain that my taste for it really had changed, so I felt ok selling the bottle.
So, with all that in mind, I thought it'd be fun to share with you my rotation each week. Here is what I picked out today:

Boucheron Trouble
Byredo Inflorescence
Hermes Un Jardin de Monsieur Li
Il Profumo Musc Bleu Parfum

Why these 4? Well, I always need to have a clean musk handy because I favor them for work - that's the Musc Bleu this week. I also needed an uplifting fragrance with a nice citrusy top note because last week was pretty rough and I need a pick me up - that's Monsieur Li.  The Byredo is a nice soft spring floral - perfect for May days. And finally, Trouble is a rich vanilla floral that I will probably wear to bed most nights.
I know this method is not for everyone. It will make some people feel unnecessarily constrained. And that's fine. You do you. But if you are struggling with your collection's size but loath to part with any of it because you looooooove it all, this may be worth a try. Even if it results in you getting rid of zero bottles, I think you will feel better about owning them because they'll be put to use.

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