Monday Question – What Was Your Last Full Bottle Purchase?

What is the latest addition to your collection?

Are you happy with it?

Or are you feeling buyer’s remorse?

Do you feel it fits in with what you have?

Does it fill a gap in your collection?

Or is it redundant?

My Answer:

In blatant ignorance of all my rules, I blind bought (Yes, totally unsniffed, people! And it felt great! *takes defiant stance*) a bottle of Reminiscence Do Ré, a gourmand heliotrope fragrance I became obsessed with because I heard some people, whose taste is close to mine, talking enthusiastically about it. Vanessa smelled the range as well on her trip to Budapest and commented very favorably on them, Do Ré was her favorite, I believe.

So am I happy I bought it? Well, I shouldn’t have broken my own rules, I shouldn’t have bought it unsniffed, I shouldn’t have bla bla bla – hell, yes! I’m very happy with it!*

It fills a heliotrope/almond shaped hole in my collection perfectly and it was a great deal and best of all, it was financed by selling something else.

So all around, I’m very content and so far able to ignore the tiny nagging voice complaining about rules and regulations.

What about you?

*And no, I don’t count this one towards my twelve bottles of the year. It is a “bottle that exists outside of rules and regulations”, I hope that is fine with all of you. 😉


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117 Responses to Monday Question – What Was Your Last Full Bottle Purchase?

  1. deeHowe says:

    Opus IV was my last full bottle purchase! And since I waited months and months (and months) to make it, I can assure you— I do not regret it one bit! It’s love, love, love 🙂

    Nicely done on the unsniffed! Sometimes you’ve just got to do it…

  2. Tatiana says:

    Portrait of a Lady was my latest full bottle. I first sniffed it last spring some time, so I think I thought it through pretty well. There was only a tiny little drip left inside the tester. And I love, love, love it. It has quickly become my cool weather scent. I have nothing else even remotely like it in my collection. My only regret is that I bought the small bottle. Because I want to wear this one so much, I feel like I will use up and need to repurchase it.

  3. lady jane grey says:

    Dzing !
    This one from L’Artisan is an old love of me – I lived from decants and planned a full bottle for ages. The purchase would have been easier, if they’d sell the small bottle of it, but they don’t unfortunately… Anyway, I want to have him in my collection, and I proudly wear him today. (BTW, I purchased it end of December, which means I haven’t bought a full bottle for more than 2 months !)

  4. Undina says:

    Une Rose Vermeille by Tauer Perfumes. Yesterday.

    I planned to buy it for a while now. I tested it from three samples and still wanted to have more. But I was hesitant since I just didn’t need 30 ml of this perfume (it lasts forever on me!) but I wanted that bottle in my collection. What friends are for, right? With a friendly nudge from two fellow-perfumistas who took 10 ml off my hands already in no time (3-4 days for a delivery) I’ll add that bottle to my collection. And I feel happy – even though my bottles allowance melts away as I breathe 🙂

  5. Charles says:

    My last full bottle? Saturday, in Paris, at Guerlain, Habit Rouge! (On the suggestion of Birgit!).
    Am I happy? – Yes, very, as I am trying to educate myself on Guerlain and for 48 years have
    disliked this House for reasons unknown. I understand Shalimar – but “Too Lady, musty, dusty for me” as a male and Birgit had the answer. My wife secretly purchased me a bottle of Mitsouko also – since I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, I grew up on peaches, literally, (Atlanta the land of Peaches). So this bottle comes to me with the memory of childhood and all of its mysteries
    and wonders. So all in all, my last bottle was actually two.
    Thanks for the terrific suggestion Birgit! No buyers remorse at all.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Excellent! I’m very glad my suggestion panned out and you are happy with Habit Rouge! You smell very good! 🙂
      And your wife is wonderful! So lovely of her to gift you with Mitsouko. Enjoy your new Guerlains, Charles!

  6. furriner says:

    A couple of weeks ago I bought Serge Lutens Un Lys, which I had been planning on getting for at least a year. The same day, I also got Les Parfums de Rosine’s Rose Praline, which was new to me. No buyer’s remorse, and I am pretty happy with both.

  7. Tara says:

    Great question! Love to read about others’ purchases. I’m glad you went for the thrill of the unsniffed purchase, B. It was a very calculated one from the sounds of it. Besides it feels good to break the rules sometimes 🙂

    You already know my answer I’m afraid but I could go on about it forever. My heart-stoppingly wonderous 1960s sealed bottle of Vol de Nuit extrait bought from an auction site. It was a lot of money considering I didn’t know the condition it would be in but it was still £30 less than the current version is retailing for. As it turns out, it is far and away my favourite bottle, EVER. Thanks to The Candy Perfume Boy for the introduction!

  8. raab says:

    Birgit, very good choice of FB and same thoughts than you, I bought DO RÉ with a very good price and like you said, my almond juice is part of my collection and I’m happy with it!
    But to answer your question, my last FB was Myrriad by 8ème art, I just wanted to smell it in my favorite perfume store in Paris, I sprayed some on my hand and, while I was sure not to love it at all (licorice……), it’s been love between it and my skin, couldn’t do anything but buy it.
    I’m happy, very happy, it’s a new ambery, gourmand (but not sweet), chocolate, black tea, vanilla scent for me, it was not necessary, of course, but it’s such a pleasure, I have no regrets.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Florence for putting the idea in my head. I knew you were sending a sample, but then this bottle came up and I had to pounce even before your package arrived. 😉

      Myrrhiad – it fits you perfectly! 🙂 I like it too, but it is so very similar to so many things I own already, so I can’t quite make up my mind about it…

  9. Ahh, it’s great when a blind buy works out!

    My latest full bottle purchase was a bottle of Fracas on eBay. I had a tiny bottle of the Parfum which I’d used up ages ago and couldn’t really figure out why the heck I didn’t have a bottle of Fracas in my collection. It’s sacrilege surely?

  10. Alexandra says:

    I have been so good this year and have managed to stay within my new (stricter) budget, until this weekend when I went slightly mad and thanks to a pitch-perfect sales assistant in Harvey Nichols I came away with the travel set of By Kilian’s Amber Oud. [On a side note: I am also counting this as just ‘one of those things’ and not including it in any way in my budget] Even if the perfume wasn’t as good as it actually is (and it is so so beautiful) the presentation is so fabulously OTT that it just adds to the joy. So – nope – no buyer’s remorse here!

    It fits into my collection perfectly; I love Ambre Sultan, but only in the real depths of winter, this is softer and more wearable. However warm amber is not exactly under-represented in my collection, the gaps are definitely in the Spring/Summer area; but I will worry about that another day, in the meantime I smell glorious and now I just have to resist the full By Kilian sample set…

    Fab question – the answers are so much fun to read!

  11. iodine says:

    I’ve just sent an order for Farnesiana to Les Senteur! A friend of mine was in London last week and brought me a sample:I tried it on the due three times but after the first one I was already in love with it! I was looking for a mimosa scent and here it is, the perfect one, even if I detect mimosa only briefly in the opening, it’s more on the almond- anise- heliotrope- opoponax side that Farnesiana makes me swoon. It does fill a gap in my collection, I’ve been craving for a perfume with this kind of almond-heliotrope accord for a long time, but never was able to find a fragrance that convinced me totally.
    (Coincidences: you wrote on Farnesiana a few days ago, you bought an heliotrope fragrance… It sounds nice, I should try and smell it somewhere!)

  12. About a month ago I sampled Farmacia SS Annunziata dal 1561’s Ambra Nera and loved it. A week later I was starting to obsess about it and finished off my sample bottle. A week after that I could no longer take it and I ordered a full bottle. It’s due to arrive tomorrow and I cannot wait. I just wish they had a 50ml option rather than just the 100ml. You always pose such fun questions 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      I always wish for a small bottle size as well, who needs 100ml of anything? (Well, normal people do, I guess 😉 )
      Ambra Nera is a beautiful amber, enjoy!

  13. Alnysie says:

    February was a month of numerous acquisitions, but my last bottle was L’Artisan Thé pour un Été that I got during a sale at a local store — of course, I got convinced by the SA to get the 100 mL one, so technically I didn’t save any money, but I did get more juice for a better price! Strangely, it’s a fragrance I didn’t *crave* like my other purchases (e.g. En Passant), probably because I didn’t get to try the sample in warm weather, but I just think it’s so beautiful and light and delicious and it’ll be a pleasure to wear as soon as temperatures go up!

  14. Portia says:

    I have enjoyed all the answers so much, they have given me fumes for thought. Thanks.

    Today a bottle of Trouble EDP by Boucheron arrived. Compared to all your niche, and hard to get, stuff this must seem awfully plebeian but i LOVE it. It smells like glamour, money, sex and magic to me. Put it on this afternoon at 5pm and it’s still powering on at nearly midnight. MMMM Remorse? AS IF

    • Charles says:


      I too often feel like my choices are not the most “Selective, Niche or hard to get” but as an American male living in a small Italian village – CK One is barely avaiable – more less anything more elusive. So, I search on trips and surgeries (I am a Surgeon) in neighboring countries.
      The beauty and skill of Birgit and Company is an understanding that we are all at
      different points in our perfume search, educations and local offerings. Birgit made several suggestions to me personally and I am amazed that she took the time.. This proves she is a “Real Perfumista” and we are very lucky that wants to share her knowledge.

      Then we read about Lady Jane Grey wanting a bottle of “Jicky” – sounds like she is a
      true perfume veteran and returning to the classics. So I then say “And all is right with
      the world” and bless her! So, Portia – carry on.

      • Portia says:

        OMG! Charles your life sounds AMAZING!!
        Carrying on
        Portia xx

      • lady jane grey says:

        Thank you, Charles. That’s exactly what I told to Birgit during our lovely meetig today : I feel like being “hunted” by the masses (of new parfumes), and so I’m rather going back to the classics, knowing that I’m in the right place with them.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Congratulations on your new bottle, Portia! Nothing seems plebeian here! It’s great that you found something you love so much!

  15. arline says:

    I am hardly feeling qualified to comment, as I really don’t have a fragrance collection per se (not yet anyway ;). ) But I am all for your breaking rules!!!!!! Especially ones that you place upon yourself. In the past (and not too distant) I had a ton of rules that I created for myself. Can we say rigid? I think its good to have parameters for sure. I seem to thrive with them, but not so much with rules and regulations. It is good to have fluidity within everything. You perfumistas are teaching me that, in a whole new way. Nothing is set in stone.

    Quell that nagging voice, by smelling the beautiful new scent you now have.

  16. thegoddessrena says:

    My last full bottle was Bottleneck Blues from Soivohle. I sampled it , fell for it hard and waited all of a week to purchase. It is like nothing else I own in being so dirty, lush and sensual. Also in Feb I bought Iris Ganache which I’d been wanting for years –a good tax refund check let me splurge.

  17. My last FB was 40 ml Shalimar Initial. I love it and am so smug anout having acquired it with body lotion as a marked down Christmas gift box. £27 people!!! In fact I will go and spray some now.

  18. Do Ré is a beauty, a very delicate gourmand scent. I adore it (the whole collection a adorable).

    The latest addition to my collection is Gendarme 20 (a blind buy). Someday I like it, and some I don’t. It’s clean but pretty synthetic, kind of soulless…

  19. Vanessa says:

    I am so glad you sprung for Do Re and don’t regret it. : – )That also has fig in it as I recall – it wasn’t overly heliotrope-y and I am a bit wary of the note – and almond scents generally – as you know. Or maybe Do Re is the exception that proves the rule!

    My last full bottle – if you exclude the 15ml travel size of Hermes Santal Massoia I scored on Ebay at the weekend, which isn’t as big as your gorgeous greige one, so may not count! – was PG Bois Naufrage. I was given a partial bottle of this for Christmas by my dear friend lovethescents, and realistically it may last me for a long time – though I had already made smart work of the 10ml decant that preceded it. But it is a discontinued LE, and there were only 3 bottles left at Les Senteurs, so realistically by the time I run out it will be too late. As Bois Naufrage is so very very “me”, and I do like to reapply it and generally splash it around, it seemed a perfectly sensible move at the time, and is in fairness the only back up bottle I own.

  20. Suzanne says:

    Birgit is a cheater … cheater, cheater, cheater! (Just kidding … love you bunches!) ❤

    The last bottle I bought was Carnal Flower for decanting purposes, so I won't count it. The last bottle I bought just for myself was Oriscent's Borneo 3000 oud oil. Though pricey, I have no regrets: it is the ultimate wood perfume for me. It has dislodged my love of Chene (not that those two can really be compared, but Chene was the most woody scent I owned previously.)

  21. Dionne says:

    My last full bottle purchase was the new version of Après l’Ondée. One of the staff at Spud’s preschool was going to Vegas and offered to go to the Guerlain store for me. In a way it was an unsniffed buy because I’d heard about the latest reformulation and knew I was taking a risk that what I was buying wasn’t what I’d previously smelled. I was hemming and hawing about whether or not to do it or to buy a large decant from someone I know who has the older formulation, ’til The Engineer just shook his head at me and said, “Go for it. And if it doesn’t smell the way it used to, then get the decant as well.”

    Well, I can report that Al’O has changed, and the heliotrope is gone. I don’t regret buying it, because it’s still a lovely iris/violet elfin thing and I have nothing else like it. However, there is a heliotrope hole in my collection that needs to be addressed, and I’m going to get on that…..

    • Olfactoria says:

      Apres l’Ondėe without the heliotrope???? Oh my God! I’m glad I have an older bottle still.

      Good that you are happy with the new version as well, Dionne. Must go and smell it soon.

  22. Sujaan says:

    I bought the Neela Vermeire Discovery Set and I have no regrets! I also bought Krigler’s Lovely Patchouli #55 Night, which was an early birthday gift to myself. I’d been dying for that one since I first smelled it. It’s a slighty darker version of the regular #55, which is also gorgeous, but the dry down is too sweet on me. The Night version is just exquisite though. And…i actually bought Cuir de Lancôme after your review, unsniffed, so inexpensive I couldn’t resist!
    And, I guess I’ve been on a bit of a plastic binge, I also bought a FB of Indochine, but I do plan to decant some as gifts.
    This is like perfume confession.

    • Olfactoria says:

      Lol, perfume confession! I quite like that! 😀

      You have made excellent choices lately. The Vermeire trio is amazing, and Indochine is so comfy, isn’t it?

    • Tara says:

      Oh my goodness, Sujaan, I hope you like Cuir de Lancome! At least it’s not too pricey if it doesn’t work for you but I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

      • Sujaan says:

        Ok, well, I can’t say I love it, sadly. But not an expensive mistake. The actual scent is quite lovely, it’s just that is goes way too powdery on me. Powder and grass are the two notes that just never work on me. Grass goes sour and powder just makes me cough. I’m going to try it on my linen, and if that doesn’t work donate it it to the scents of self event. I broke my “nothing unsniffed” rule. It’s a good lessen, just not too often!

  23. andrea says:

    My last perfume was yesterday, a bottle of Bois d’ Armenie but that is for decant purposes so as Suzanne quite rightly pointed out, does not count, previous to that I bought Cuir de Russie and Gourmand Coquin which you know about but again they were both for decant purposes so do not count, I suppose the last bottle has to be La Femme Bleue, but I could not help myself and decanted some of that too (not much though) In fact I can not think of one single perfume that I have not sold decants of, it keeps my perfume habit going strong though. 🙂

  24. judith DM says:

    My last full bottle (if considered a full bottle) is the By Kilian Amber Oud, not unsniffed, had been sent a sample by my Saks representative. From that little sample I pondered and chose the Travel Set. LOVE IT! It sames more sense for me as I always like to be able to refresh while on the go. Prior a true full bottle was By Kilian’s Sweet Redemption, enticed by the description and also I have had other orange/vanille fragrances in the past that were successful for me! Reading others’ posts, I have ANOTHER list of lusts! So many fragrances, such diversity, such diversity of opinion on the 50ish posts here! I know I am in an Vanilla rut, just afraid to let it go for something florally…remembering grandmothers and great grandmothers wearing near suffocating floral scents!
    However, getting up the nerve and will try to start sampling out of my confort range! Great topic (for me) Birgit! I look foward each day to your posts!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Thank you, Judith! We all have our favorite genres, and there is so much to explore even within the “vanilla-rut” confines. Amber Oud is soooo nice, great choice! 🙂

  25. Gnosmic says:

    My newest is a sixty-year-old flacon of Guerlain Mitsouko eau de toilette, sealed and in the box. I haven’t been able to cut the combed string holding it shut!

    • Olfactoria says:

      I totally understand! What a find! When you ever get up the courage to cut, I’m sure you’ll be rewarded with the most wonderful genie out of that bottle. 🙂

  26. bloody frida says:

    Lubin Inedite – thanks to the Fragrance Bros’ coupon at Min NY I got off pretty easy. Cannot wait till it arrives!!!

  27. Denise says:

    I bought, totally unsniffed, a bottle of Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier Cuir Fetiche, based on several reviews I read, including Kevin’s in Now Smell This. I love it, both the fragrance and the (some have intimated tacky) red corseted bottle. Leather is my favorite in fragrance note and I have a fairly large collection of same, floral, fruity, smokey. I would put this right between Ciur de Russie extrait and Knize 10 in my parthenon of favorite leather fragrances.

    I also bought a full bottle of Mary Greenwell Plum. I’m still getting to know it… I might have some regrets. It’s not as amazing as I was expecting.

    So right now, 2012, I’m batting 500

    • Olfactoria says:

      Hi Denise,
      I’ve heard many good things about Cuir Fetiche, I’m glad you enjoy your new bottle.
      If it turns out you are not happy with Plum, I’m sure you can sell it, there are many fumeheads eager to get their hands on it.

  28. HoneyDawn says:

    My last full, new bottle purchase two weeks ago…class, old-school black-bottle Zen by Shiseido, purchased online unsniffed. There was there something so evocative for me in the idea of this fragrance, with spring coming and my house already decorated with (faux, alas) cherry blossoms, I had to have it.

    And I was not disappointed. Though it does not last that long on me, I respray at will, whenever the mood hits me and I have bottle access. I think my mother may have worn this back in the day; I thought of her immediately and it was 1974 all over again.

    This site has really got me going, Birgit, :-)! Bought unsniffed Jicky in November; bought unsniffed
    Atelier Blood Orange in January. Like ’em both; find scent speaks to a specific time and place and season for me. For example, got heavily involved with L’Heure Bleu a few years ago when I went on a Jean Rhys reading extravaganza…wore my pearls alot then, too. Now I wear it and am instantly transported back to that time and want to disappear inside a Jean Rhys novella at winter twilight wearing my Mikomoto earrings, lol. Scent is an amazing mode of transportation, yes? Like music…

    • Olfactoria says:

      Oh yes, that is my favorite part about perfume – the power to transport us. I’m so glad you successfully blind-bought three new perfumes. You are having a good run! 🙂

      I love the association of pearls and L’Heure Bleue, perfect.

  29. Eva S says:

    Last FB was Bottega Veneta, almost unsniffed, because after all I’ve read I just had to have it! And no regrets!

  30. Alexis says:

    My last FB is my first, actually – SL Feminite du Bois. This was my gateway FB as I’m currently saving up for another one. Maybe I should stop going into so many splits and I would have my FBs of Ambre Sultan and Carnal Flower 🙂

    I am so happy with it because I love scents with a plum note in it and this one is slight but it’s dirty (another love) and I have no regrets whatsoever!

  31. Natalie says:

    I bought Fille en Aiguilles last december because I got throught 3 samples in just a few days. I love the way it reminds me of winterjoys such as snow, big fires in the fireplace and christmas. Having said that, I also needed something to remind me of the coming spring, so I also got myself a bottle of AdP Iris Nobile EdP after sampling the EdT. No regrets here!

  32. Bee says:

    my last was Bottega veneta, way back in 2011 🙂 – still happy with it, I’m not yet ready for my next FB, but I’m still thinking of investing in some Puredistances (M and/or I, they are vials, more than bottles), and I might go on a scent shopping spree when I’m in NYC next month, who knows.

  33. I’m about to buy a bottle of Bois d’Encens, but that doesn’t count because I haven’t officially completed the deal. 😉

    My last bottle was Winter Woods (SSS) and it’s amazing. I’m just sorry I bought it so late in the season. I’m already twitching for Spring-y scents, but come this Fall I imagine I’ll be draining it! 😉

    • Olfactoria says:

      I always regret having to let go of seasonal perfumes as well. Most I wear year-round, but some are just perfect for the cold, Winter Woods among them.

      Bois d’Encens – what a classy choice! 😉

  34. annemariec says:

    Your bottle of Flora Nymphea will be my newest addition, and may fill a ‘mother-daughter fragrance’ shaped hole in my collection. If not, not matter. I’m bound to find a use for it.

    Reminiscence Do Ré sounds intriguing? Is it close to L’Heure Bleue?

    • Olfactoria says:

      Is it still on the road? Oh my! But I guess you are used to long shipping times… 😦

      Do Ré is much, much more wearable and gourmand than L’Heure Bleue, but there is a kinship. It is closer to Caron Farnesiana in smell though.

  35. Nina says:

    Guerlain’s Chamade (edt refill, full bottle). Got a vintage canister to put it in on eBay. Also bought Lauder’s Private Collection Jasmine White Moss. Also got a sealed vintage Arpege extrait de parfum. Love them all, very pleased!

  36. civava says:

    I bought actually 2 Tauers, one as a New Year present to myself and one for my husband’s birthday. First is Carillon Pour un Ange and the other is L’Air du Desert Marocain. I wanted them for quite some time and it was just a matter of time when this purchase would have been made. Both were love at first sniff so no escape from these two anyway. Good part is, I can use L’Air du Desert Marocain for myself too.

  37. Figuier says:

    Hello, new to the blog have really enjoyed reading your recent posts, & ‘perfumista confession’ sounds like fun 😉 My latest FB was modest, 30ml of Yves Rocher’s Jasmin Tendre: a lovely, airy, wearable jasmine – like J’Adore L’Absolue but less costly…I’m hoping the minor splurge will prevent me from succumbing to a more serious jasmine spree (Nuda, First and Love&Tears!)

  38. Philipp says:

    My last FB purchase was Iris Silver Mist… need I say more?

  39. skyonfire17 says:

    My last FB was l’Heure Bleue, which I have worn night and day since (two weeks ago!). I managed to get some samples of Annick Goutal Passion and Grand Amouor and a Lutens, if you can believe it, Sa Majeste la Rose (horrible on my skin!). I think I should try some Do Re, by the sounds of things … I also have a nearly full bottle of a scent I bought a month ago and have come to dislike hugely (I bought it on a whim, I can’t believe I did it!) 24 Faubourg, Hermes….. not a good thing to do. It’s stuck deep down under piles of linen, and will never see the light of day again. An expensive lesson – the 100ml!!!!!

    • Olfactoria says:

      Ah, L’Heure Bleue… I have a particular craving for this one these past days.
      Sorry, that the Hermès turned out to be a mistake. We all have those in our closets (at the very back mostly). 😉

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