Monday Question – What Is Your Most Treasured Perfume?

Chances are if you are reading this blog, you have more than one bottle of perfume in your possession.

But which one is your most precious?

What perfume in your collection is the one you would never want to miss?

What is your most treasured bottle of perfume?

Do you use it more or less because it is so important to you?


My Answer:

My greatest treasure… hmm. That one is not easy to answer. The nature of perfume is fleeting and normal use alone destines it to be gone in not too distant a future. To hang our hearts on such an ephemeral beauty is questionable, but all beauty will fade eventually, all that is life has an ending, everything is finite.

Not to sound too depressed though, the beauty we have here and now we should enjoy and in this spirit I name my precious:

Armani Privé La Femme Bleue, the fabled iris scent only available in a 1000 bottle edition (and what a bottle it is!) and now long gone.
I apply it always with a sense of loss, because every spray takes me nearer to that dreaded day of the empty bottle, but that brings with it a bitter-sweet intensity, a higher awareness and a greater appreciation.

I cherish this perfume more because it is not going to be with me forever.

A very good way to view life and the people in it in general, I think.

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93 Responses to Monday Question – What Is Your Most Treasured Perfume?

  1. Heya Birgit,
    I think my most precious bottles are my Trouble and Blonde. They were not stellar enough in most peoples eyes to be saved so there are few bottles for sale and pretty soon there will be none. My joy is in taking the bottles out but i rarely spritz them nowadays, it seems more bitter than sweet to wear them mostly.
    Some days though I spritz with abandon and sit happily within a fog of glamour.
    Portia xxx

  2. lucasai says:

    A perfume that is dearest to me and that I always must have in my collection is Prada Amber Pour Homme.
    The one I use only on special occasions is Tauer Phi Une Rose de Kandahar because I don’t have much of it and it’s the only limited fragrance that I own.
    I also treat Carner Barcelona D600 in a special way.

  3. “He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.” William Blake

  4. poodle says:

    The one I truly treasure is my vintage 750ml bottle of Shalimar EDC. It’s enormous and I had wanted it since I was a kid. It belonged to my godmother. There’s still a decent amount of perfume left so I don’t fear running out of it. I really wanted it for the bottle. It makes me happy just to look at it. I was beyond thrilled when she gave it to me.

  5. Sabine says:

    I had to think long about this, but I don’t think I have a most treasured bottle. It feels like the newest addition is always the best….for a while at least. I love them all.

  6. Miss Woolf says:

    My mother died last year and one of the last scents she wore was a few drops of Tresor from a bottle she must have had since it was first released. After her death my father gave me this bottle, and although I don’t much like its scent I treasure the bottle more than I could ever express.
    Otherwise my most treasured bottle is the first niche I ever drained. Onda extrait. I believe I shall always keep it even though it’s empty, for it was (and is) the first scent that truly seduced me and took my breath away with its beauty. Naturally I shall never be without a bottle with juice in it either (although the VdE is a very good second best) and I’m prepared to walk barefoot to Zurich and beg if Vero should ever threaten to discontinue it.

  7. Alice says:

    My Feminite de Bois – actually in three different old-style bottles. The edp can still be obtained, but not in these beautiful deep plum coloured bottles, so I treasure them and will keep them even when they are empty. Love the perfume too!

  8. Sherri says:

    Mine s a vintage rosebud bottle of Vol de Nuit. The bottle is sweet, and the perfume still gorgeous. I seldom wear it. Vol de Nuit, to me, is very soulful and contemplative, a little sad, and I traditionally save it for the Saturday after Good Friday, or times of mourning. I always feel like Vol de Nuit is trying to tell me a story involving loss and rich love.

  9. Safran says:

    My most treasured perfumes are Biche dans l’Absinthe and Nuit au Désert from Gobin-Daudé.
    Most treasured because they are discontinued, because of their uniqueness and furthermore because of they way they make me feel, when I wear them. I sometimes get in a certain mood in autumn, only Biche dans l’Absinthe can round out. And Nuit au Désert is so special to me, because I once had a clear vision of a certain fragrance I’d love to wear next and soon after Nuit au Désert came out, that felt incredible.

  10. Darilyn says:

    I actually only own one treasure which is Guerlain Attrape Coeur. I do enjoy it regularly,
    but I never want to empty it! I am always on a search for a new treasure, but so far, this
    to me, is the most beautiful perfume I have ever experienced!

  11. Like you, I think my most treasured perfume would be something that is no longer available. For that reason I’d have to say that my bottles of Kingdom and Iris Ganache are most treasured perfumes. It’s got to the point where I daren’t wear them for fear of running out!

  12. Lady Jane Grey says:

    It would be Mona di Orio’s Oud (the juice, the bottle, the box…) and the masterpiece of Amytis Nabucco.

  13. Vanessa says:

    I would have to say my bottle of Zelda, for sentimental reasons ie Undina has handled it – and Rusty! Otherwise I have a bottle of Opium Fleur de Shanghai which I will only sample to people very sparingly now – I have a horrible feeling that ‘when it’s gone it’s gone’…! It is pretty ugly looking, mind…

  14. Annina says:

    I have two possible answers, off the top of my head:

    1. My 31 Rue Cambon. Not hard to replace, not rare. But I think it may be my favorite. It’s tied with SSS Jour Ensolielle for my current signature scent.

    2. My mini of Herve Leger. I drained no less than 3 100ml bottles if this, and now it’s long gone. It was a dear signature scent for me.

  15. The most treasured is my almost drained bottle of Byzance. I guess it qualifies as vintage. But it always brings me so much joy when wearing it. I try not to do this so often. Just on special occasions. Every time I spray it, I look in despair to the bottle ;-).

  16. isabeau1977 says:

    That would be my beloved Guerlain bottles: Attrape-Coeur, Le Secrets du Sophie and Quant vient la pluie and Iris Ganache…but also La Femme Blue and Amytis Nabucco….I love them all very much but I am afraid to wear them a lot.

  17. Tara says:

    Definitely my vintage Vol de Nuit in edt and parfum. I need to get a pipette so I can use the parfum. I worry too much I’ll contaminate it by applying with the stopper.

  18. Figuier says:

    Great questions – and I’m quite envious of some readers’ treasures (Onda, Vol de Nuit…) I’m another Attrape-Coeur treasurer. I raid my bottle regularly enough – a little goes a long way, and besides I prefer to enjoy recklessly. Other perfumes I treasure for more sentimental reasons – esp. Coromandel and Sycomore, presents from DH, and the discontinued but still available Terracotta Voile d’Ete, which is the closest I have to a signature scent.

  19. Dominic says:

    Well, that would be first formula of Addict by Dior. I still have a few drops from nearly 7 years ago and don’t wanna lose it. I would also miss Lady Caron and L’Heure Bleue, Jungle Elephant Kenzo and Laguna by Salvador Dali. Not to mention the stuff that’s gone for good.

  20. behemot says:

    Shiseido Inoui, long ago discontinued, is my little treasure. I don’t wear it, I smell it. It takes me back to certain times..
    I wonder if someone knows this perfume…

  21. Undina says:

    I tried thinking of any bottle in my collection that would fit your question and couldn’t think of any. Other than Armani Privé La Femme Bleue nothing in my current collection is irreplaceable and that one if great but it’s not my most favorite perfume so I can’t nominate it. So probably I’ll go with a bottle instead of perfume: I have an empty bottle of my very first perfume. It still smells a little.

    • Olfactoria says:

      It is very ralxing to have a collection that can be replenished, I imagine. Most of mine is too, but those few irreplacables keep tugging on my heartstrings… sigh.

  22. My most treasured possession is without doubt my two little minis of Gucci Envy. Too scared to wear it, but how I long for it to come back!

  23. Dear Birgit,
    The first one that springs to mind is Kiki extrait although, of course, it could be replaced if necessary.
    I also treasure my vintage L’Heure Bleue parfum.



  24. arline says:

    I don’t believe beauty fades, It may change form, and reveal new depths, that can be appreciated by paying attention and opening to the changes. . True beauty, is timeless, and free from the limitations that we humans place upon it.

    We as humans, put limitations on so many things, and beauty is up there at the top. I think it is because we stop looking and exploring, while letting other ideas cloud our own perception. The ‘beauty industry” is masterful at clouding the essence of beauty.

    I have obviously thought about that a lot, and for some reason the subject of beauty touches me deeply. My own judgments in the past, have kept me from fully seeing, feeling and experiencing it. That is why I felt the need to say something. I want to experience it in all of its depth, with all my senses.

    I am consistent with my fragrant treasures. My oils and few perfumes reveal me to me, and I communicate with them and through them. They really are a part of me, its weird.

    Champagne du bois really feels like me, but then I also have layers of my oils to accompany it.

    When it is really cold, it is Coromandel also accompanied with oils, and sometimes Ambre Fetiche.

    I’m still waiting for my no19, I will probably have to get the vintage or extrait.

    When I want to think about my mom, I put a dab of Joy (vintage) on my wrist), so that is a treasure that I must always have near,

  25. Etomidac says:

    I absolutely agree and share the very feeling of loss when applying a bottle of limited fragrance. Truth is, the very moment I bring the bottle close to my skin, guilt would wash over me like a tsunami and most of the time I would not bear losing what I have and reach for something else.
    My most precious bottle would definitely have to be my beloved and painfully discontinued Iris Ganache. I actually have it safely tucked away in the dark and cool corner of my closet for safekeeping :P.
    My second bottle would be Shalimar Ode a la Vanille. The beautiful classic with the elegant touch of delectable vanilla. I regret so much that I didn’t purchase a (or a few) back up bottles when I had the chance. Now I also dare not to use it.
    (Here, I actually have a question that I need answering, so if anyone can share a piece of their wisdom I will be very grateful. Here goes: I have opened and sprayed both of these fragrances. I am afraid to use them now but I know perfumes don’t keep forever and especially used ones. How long do opened perfumes last if safely tucked away? I know I will have to use them eventually but if I know how much time I have, at least I can use them wisely and relish the moments with these fragrances.)
    Thank you 🙂

    • Olfactoria says:

      Dear Etomidac,
      your treasured perfumes should last for years if stored properly (as you do). But still – I think you should wear them, because the regret would even be worse if you didn’t and then one day find them altered by age or discover your tastes have irrevocably changed (it happens!). Guerlain is still an active house and you never know what they’ll do, they are known for bringing back their fragrant legacies, so maybe one day ther will be a new Iris Ganache (I’ll take one right away, please!) and a new Ode a la Vanille….

  26. My most treasured fragrance is Calèche by Hermes. The first bottle I had was a gift from my husband, now deceased, and he had actually chosen it himself in a perfume shop in San Francisco. He was a young scientist at NASA and not very sophisticated in areas other than science. He was so pleased that he had chosen something that I truly loved, and I think of him every time I wear it. I am so thankful that it is still on the market.

  27. Cybele says:

    Gucci Envy and unfortunately only a sample of Homage Attar Amouage

  28. Charlotte says:

    My most treasured fragrance is definitely Perfumista Avenue from Bond No 9. It’s super sweet and has the perfect balance of being heavy and light. It lasts long too so you know it’s definitely not cheap (and it is definitely worth the high price). And the bottle is absolutely amazing. I started trying other scents from Bond No 9 because the bottles make for a gorgeous collection!

  29. unseencenser says:

    What a great question! This requires further thought. Based on both fragrance love and the effort put into acquiring it, I’d say probably my vintage Ubar. Which leads me to wonder why I don’t wear it more.

    Alternatively, perhaps Donna Karan Gold, which was the perfume that sent me down the rabbit hole of scent. And still so gorgeous.

  30. My most treasured has to be my bottle of Iris Ganache. I love it so much that I had to force myself to put it back in it’s box and not spray. Why Guerlain??? WHY????

  31. gladness says:

    DIVA! of course! lol, will never be without it. I am a chypre floral lady and a floral oriental chic with spice and this just fits the bill for me. Couldn’t wear back in the day because my nose had not matured yet. I also should not ever be without quelque fleur by houbigant, lovely, hubby loves it but I go to bed with diva almost every night. My daughter thinks somethings wrong with me, she’s a miss dior girl, so her nose has not developed enough yet to appreciate this DIVA but I believe she will one day. It’s just too beautiful too miss. I even took vca first, back to nordstrom to exchange for something opulent, rich, and long lasting but I was really not intrigued with any, I thought maybe elie saab intense but when I got home the notes turned weird on my skin, so I went back and left with quelque fleur, darling fragrance but I was missing that oakmoss, that ambery richness that Iove and I just sprayed DIVA and I’m back to my over the moon fave! I had not idea I would love it so much, it’s almost addictive. My other personal faves are amarige of course and gucci rush. I am a lover of big white florals of the 80s and 90s and do not care about the criticism. People don’t even ask what I’m wearing most of the time because it’s probably fragrance they’ve never smelled before because most fragrance is produced for the younger gen. but it’s ok I’m a young 58 and a perfume lover for as long as I can remember and always had multiple fragrances when I could afford them. My first ever was Ralph Lauren in the square burgundy bottle, then van cleef and arpels first at 19 and have never stopped my fragrance searches, always looking for that one signature scent and right now DIVA is it!

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