A Little Something For The Eye – A Sneak Peek Into My Perfume Closet Part I

I thought it might be nice to post a few pictures of my collection. This is the first part.

I normally keep my perfumes in their boxes, since my closet has glass fronts, so I took some out for group shots.

My trusty IKEA closet

I resolved to take some (good?) photos of my collection this year and started out with my favorite house of the moment – Guerlain. There are many bottles still missing that I would like to own, mostly exclusives from the L’Art et Matière line, hopefully they’ll join their friends over the coming years. My Guerlain reviews are here.

My Guerlains (from left to right in front): Mitsouko EdP, Vega, Jicky Extrait, Aprés L'Ondée, Sous le Vent, Shalimar Parfum Initial, Shalimar Ode à la Vanille, Eau de Shalimar. Back Row: Vol de Nuit EdT, Iris Ganache, Spiritueuse Double Vanille;

Next up is Chanel. There are not many full bottles, since my favorite Les Exclusifs exist ony in decant form in my collection, this year I have Coromandel and 31 Rue Cambon on my definite wishlist though, I don’t want to be without them… If I win the lottery I’ll add 28 La Pausa and Cuir de Russie too. 🙂

My Chanel collection (lipstick is there for purely artistic purposes 😉 ) Left to right: N°5 extrait, Eau Premiere, Coco EdP, N°19 EdP, Cristalle EdP; Rouge Allure in Darling.

I plan to post these pictures as a new series of posts. Let me know whether you like that idea or not.

How do you store your perfumes? In or out of the box?

Have a good Sunday everyone!

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60 Responses to A Little Something For The Eye – A Sneak Peek Into My Perfume Closet Part I

  1. Tatiana says:

    Oooh! Thanks for posting the photos. I like your Ikea cabinet/closet. I store my full bottles in their boxes. I think that it’s one more layer blocking potentially harmful light. If I only had one or two bottles that I wore as signature fragrances, I might be tempted to keep them out display on a dresser, especially if they were beautiful bottles. Then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I really love the sleek, elegant simplicity of the Frederic Malle bottles. I know there are others who would disagree. Please continue to post more photos.

    • Olfactoria says:

      I always have two or three of the most used bottles out on display on my dresser. But they rotate often, so I don’t think it harms them.

      Malle bottles look great!

  2. andrea says:

    Oooh the pictures are a fab idea and who would not love to see your wonderful collection?
    It actually makes me feel normal seeing someone else who has as many if not more (ok I admit a lot more) bottles than me.
    I keep all mine in their boxes in a cupboard with a solid door in a part of the bathroom that sees no light in the hope that they will stay the same smell wise.
    Of the bottles in the photographs, which do you reach for most often I wonder?

  3. Undina says:

    Definitely in boxes! On a couple of occations I actually paid more for a bottle in a box instead of getting a tester (even though I was sure it would have been exactly the same perfume) just to have a bottle in the original box.

    I love the idea of posting pictures. But since you’re doing that already (meaning: you spend time taking bottles out of their boxes, posing them together, taking pictures, etc.) can you also put proper caption? Something like “from the left to the right…”

  4. Persolaise says:

    Oh my goodness, I must be such a voyeur. Despite myself, I can’t help but pore over such posts.

    PS I am in awe of how tidy your collection is!

  5. You don’t know how much I’d like to raid that IKEA cupboard, you have a very impressive collection B!

    I don’t store mine in the boxes, mainly due to the lack of space, but looking at your collection I definitely think there is a degree of merit in doing so, for both practical and aesthetic reasons.

    I’m especially loving your Guerlain’s, which scent is in the gold habit de fete bottle at the back?

    • Olfactoria says:

      The boxes are a lot easier to shift and rearrange, and no risk of anything breaking easily.

      The bottle in the back is Vol de Nuit EdT, I have added captions now after Undina’s suggestion.

  6. Sandra says:

    I love your pictures! I think your IKEA cabinet is perfect. I do not store them in their boxes due to lack of space. But my bottles are in a dark area and they rotate with the seasons out of a cupboard.

  7. Tara says:

    Thanks so much for doing this, B, it’s too exciting! I think a lot of us are a little bit in denial about the size of our collections so it takes guts to post pics. Consequently, there’s nothing we like to see more than other people’s perfume cabinets. Like andrea says, I think it makes us feel a lot better – more “normal” -when it comes to our own collections. This was very therapeutic!

    The captions are also great, thanks. Vega and Sous le Vent look particularly beautiful. Do you save them fo special occasion? Can’t wait for more pics!

    I keep my perfumes all jumbled up in a vanity case and on the top shelf of my wardrobe. Your gorgeous pics have inspired me to clear a shelf or so in my bookcase and display them properly. Most of them are in boxes anyway so it should be OK. This was so much fun!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I’m glad you like it! I will do such a post every Sunday, only a few pics at a time, so I can stay in denial a little longer. 😉 I have decanted travel sprays of Vega and Sous le Vent (Lovely ones from Guerlain, they came with the bottles!) so these bottles practically never see the light of day.

      Your beautiful perfumes deserve some space and presentation, especially your Chanels and Diors. 🙂

  8. Asali says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing. Other peoples cabinets are so wonderful to watch. I’ll second Tara in the adoration for your Sous le Vent and Vega bottles.
    I have my bottles in a white painted wooden (antique) cupboard with solid doors which is only 15 cm deep, so perfect for bottles, although soon there will be no more space :-/ . I keep the boxes separate, and I do keep them all 🙂

  9. Juraj says:

    I like it, like it! 😀 Especially By Kilian box, which one do you have from Le Labo? 🙂


  10. Alnysie says:

    What, you don’t only have the 13 bottles displayed in your head banner? 🙂 I don’t know why I like seeing other people’s collections, but I do, so thanks for the pictures! As of now I have less than 20 bottles* and I keep them in my nighttable being a closed door, while the boxes are kept separately in my wardrobe. I wish I could display them though… Maybe I’ll do as you do and display them in their boxes!

    *I say that so casually… To think that less than a year ago, I would have thought it *insane* to have more than 3!

  11. Parfumista says:

    Just love staring at “perfumeporn” like this! Thank you for sharing, as somebody said before, to see this makes me feel quite normal ! And to be honest, to have the bottles somehow adds another dimension in enjoying perfumes compared to spraying/dabbing from samples/decants. My collection is partly stored in a fridge (shared with mr Parfumista and some potable) and partly in the wine store in the basement. I also store the perfumes in their boxes for practical reasons and because the boxes also is a part of the whole impression.

  12. Sugandaraja says:

    That’s a SHRINE! Consider me impressed.

    Most of my perfumes lurk at the bottom shelf of a cupboard. I’m so afraid of heat and light degradation they’re mostly frags in hiding! I may have to get one of those wine-fridges one day…

  13. Marie says:

    That picture of your Ikea closet! °_° I would love to get more sneak peeks at your perfume collection.
    I do the same as Asali: My bottles stand in the top drawer of my dresser and their boxes lie separately in the drawer underneath.

  14. vanessa says:

    Like some of the others, I pored over the overall photo of your IKEA cupboard with great interest. I may not have the right software on this old pc to see the labels, so forgive me for inquiring if the gold topped box in with the Chanels is in fact an Estee Lauder Private Collection, and if so, which?

    What strikes me most about your collection is the **sheer quality** of it, and the rigour of the screening process that must have gone on prior to admitting perfumes to join the rest of their high end closet-mates.

    I keep my bottles (out of the box for space and warping reasons) split between two beer chillers, very loosely themed around winter and summer. The good thing about the fridges is that I can “curate” my perfumes at the Osmotheque-recommended 10C (it is allegedly 4C for citrus scents, but I am blowed if I am going to buy **yet another fridge** specially for the minority of my collection that falls in that category!). The bad thing about the refrigeration approach is the inevitable condensation problem. I’d warped a good few boxes before I realised that out of the box was the way to go.

    But most of all, you have inspired me to accelerate my albatross rehoming scheme. Just this afternoon I think I may have found a new owner for my unwanted Daisy bottle, for example!

    • Olfactoria says:

      The bottle in question is indeed an Estee Lauder Private Collection, and uncharacteristically it is not Amber Ylang, as could be suspected, but Tuberose Gardenia.

      I edited out quite a few “undesireables” to arrive at that collection. The albatrosses are not on display, but lead a sad and abandoned halflife in an old Ikea Box. 😦

      Your fridges are great!!!

  15. Natalie says:

    I loved looking at both your cabinet and your bottles removed so we could see them! The bottles are so pretty! My cabinet (acquired recently with the move) is similar to yours, though on a small scale. I was thinking of posting a photo soon, along with reorganized sample storage. I love the new year for things like this!

    I’m curious how often you rotate the perfumes that are out on display, and if it is just as the mood strikes you or whether you have a sort of regular reminder to yourself to rotate them out?

    • Olfactoria says:

      I don’t need a reminder, since I love to do it. 🙂 I rotate seasonally, and within that broad category, it is pretty much dependent on my mood and cravings. Sometimes the same bottles are out for weeks, sometimes they change three times a day.

  16. civava says:

    I keep teh boxes but as I have my perfumes in the drawer so there is no light I can afford that. I must order myself specailly made perfume cabinet for the hall. There is the only place I can stik another tall but narrow closet. And there is no direct sun light and temperatures are also normal in winter and summer so I think this closet could have a glass fronts. I think this will not happen so soon but I have a very special design in my mind.
    Really nice collection you have, I envy all Guerlains especially Spirituese Double Vanilla. In a parfumista way of course ;-).

  17. civava says:

    I can afford to have them out of the box.

  18. Julie says:

    Ah Birgit, this might be my favorite post yet! How gorgeous is your perfume cabinet! I would like to lock myself inside and sniff until my heart’s content. ❤ I just ordered a perfume cabinet with glass front doors so I too will be storing my perfumes in their boxes (I have almost all of them). I asked my husband if he would mind assembling an IKEA piece and he said "as long as it's cheap" 🙂 I will post a photo on FB/Twitter when my cabinet is all set up. Until then, I will anxiously await more photos from you.

  19. Warum says:

    I love the idea of peeking into your perfume wardrobe, Brigit, and the photos are gorgeous! I loved every picture, but the one in Ikea closet is so very cool, my God. No, the Guerlains, no, the Chanels are the best!!! 😉
    You got the idea.

    I keep mine in boxes unless they came without, but I still try to wrap the decants in something.

  20. Alexis says:

    This is great and very inspiring. I have TONS of decants right now that need to be organized! I have my SL FdB out of the box. Maybe I should put it back in the box? It’s out of any direct light, so it should be okay, right?

  21. I love that you’re starting a series of these posts, this is exactly the kind of juicy stuff we all want to see. 🙂

    I rarely keep boxes unless they’re pretty or special in some way, and I don’t have storage nearly as organized as yours. I keep all my perfume bottles and samples in several different places, but my goal is to have a beautiful (or heck, even just utilitarian) cabinet for my full bottles someday.

    Like you, I have aspirations to own several more of the Guerlain L’Art et la Matiere line. At the very least, Bois d’Armenie and Cuir Beluga, but probably Angelique Noire too.

  22. Just beautiful!!! So neat and clean looking!

  23. Ines says:

    Oh, I want a cupboard like yours! You can actually see at first glance what you have (unlike me, and I tend to forget some bottles and decants even exist in my collection). 🙂

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  25. Nina says:

    Oh I covet your Vega! I want it so bad! Love the Chanel lipstick in Darling, my absolute favorite shade (now discontinued)! Funny, I have the same Chanels in my collection. My next will be Bois des Iles.

  26. Kathleen says:

    This definitely has my brain going. I store all of my bottles in a drawer in my vanity (I wonder if the bottles get sad in there…) And all my samples in a Barney’s bag. Perhaps I need something a little more fitting of the love I feel for my perfume collection. It’ll just be trouble finding wall space in my little Boston apartment that’s not too close to a space heater! I’m in love w/ this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S19824752/#/S99815758

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Kathleen,
      That is a lovely cabinet! Ikea is great.
      A small flat can be a challenge, but I’m sure you’ll find a fitting place for your bottles, they deserve to be displayed and you’ll delight in seeing them in a beautiful environment every day. 🙂

  27. Nana says:

    Wow Birgit…this is amazing, been away for a while but was reading the updates on my phone. what a collection 🙂
    I received a wonderful gift today to celebrate motherhood and that is a Chanel Coromandel…can’t wait to wear it as soon as my baby has passed the snizzing phase…

  28. Nana says:

    A baby boy… I am absolutely gaga over the little fellow!
    this is my first encounter with “les exclusifs” de Chanel, next acquisition target will be a toss between Cycamore and 24 La pausa. Which one do you recommend most in the range?

    • Olfactoria says:

      A boy, how lovely! He must be so cute. I loved the first 12 months with my boys the most. They grow so fast…

      From Les Exclusifs my favorites are Coromandel (you are covered there), 28 La Pausa and 31 Rue Cambon.

  29. Anna says:

    Oh, I love collection pics and stories behind them! ❤ Love, love. But I have to ask, that what is that Chanel lipstick's shade? =D It looks something that would suit me…hihi. Thanks ❤

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