You know you’re a perfumista if…

vintage adThis post is dedicated to all of you, particularly those of you who own fragrances you find less than stellar due to an unsniffed purchase triggered by rave reviews.

You know you’re a perfumista if:


You’ve bought something unsniffed that you regret. It may seem counterintuitive, but the real mark of perfume obsession isn’t that you love everything you own.  It’s that you hate some of it.  That bottle of Dune/Rush/Kenzo Jungle you bought unsniffed after an ecstatic review?  The one that makes you throw up a little in your mouth?  Yeah, sorry about that.  People still occasionally offer me their bottles of Worth Courtesan, saying, b!tch, you have it since you like it so much.  Bonus points if you: were chemically impaired while purchasing; bought it on eBay worldwide and screwed yourself on the currency conversion; bought an empty bottle, factice, or (as I did) an image of the scent rather than the actual thing.  The only proper response is to laugh and add the story to your repertoire.  In return, someday you’ll run across a bottle of Venezia in a thrift store and the lady will shrug and say, oh, five dollars, I guess.


You’ve bought multiple concentrations/vintages/versions of the same scent.  You need old Femme (skanky/leathery) and new Femme (sweaty/sweet.)  You know that the cologne, EdT, EdP and parfum versions of Chanel No. 5 are somewhat different animals, and you want them all in your zoo.   You enjoy the variations in peach, moss, patch and musk among your nine vintage bottles of Mitsouko.  You like trying them on at the same time so you can compare.  You are a freak.  Come sit by me, you smell good.

You love a “difficult” fragrance that you used to hate. Maybe you’ve always loved oysters, sashimi and arugula.  Or maybe, like me, you had to expand your horizons a little over time.   I have learned never to say never when it comes to some of the most pugnaciously assertive scents.  Scents as varied as Muscs Kublai Khan, new Femme, Rasputin’s Armpit Ambre Russe and Satan’s Beehive Miel de Bois have wormed their way into my heart.  Perhaps one day I’ll add Angel, Tubereuse Criminelle and Borneo to this list.


You know exactly/have no idea whatsoever what you’ve spent on perfume in the last quarter. I’m always fascinated by the quarterly spending polls on NST.  Who are these people who track their purchases and their inventory in spreadsheets, along with notes about vintage, source, etc.?  Some of them … are you.  I take the opposite approach.  I have more or less instantaneous perfume-buying amnesia (PBA**).  That new box of vintage Fidji on my dresser?  Owned that thing forever.   Femme?  The sweat-fairies brought it.  Half-bottle of Cartier Must II?  I … decline to answer on the grounds that it may be held against me by someone in this house who thinks I own too much damn perfume already.  As if.  **Warning: PBA may result in multiple backup bottles you forgot you already had.

You have a deceitful relationship with the US Postal Service. Your mailman looks at you funny.  Did that vial of Secretions Magnifique leak into the mailer?  Damn.  Also you’ve learned to look deep into the eyes of the clerk behind the counter and lie.  Nope, nothing liquid, fragile, hazardous or perishable.

You’ve got more vials lying around your place than a crack dealer. On your kitchen counter.  In your briefcase.  On top of the dryer. Sometimes they’re unlabeled (is this Bandit?)  Sometimes the labels got wet or smudged and you spend the next 45 minutes trying to decide what Eau d———— is.


You spend as much time choosing your scent as the rest of your attire. Maybe it’s just for work.  Or a job interview.  Or maybe it’s a weekend in New York, or three weeks in Bali … or Austria … decants?  Samples?  A single bottle? Should I buy something there to be a scent souvenir of the trip?!?  Panic ensues.

You hang out on perfume blogs. Okay, your turn!

Elizabeth @ Christian Dior Worldwide November 2, 2010

Hi, just doing some browsing for my Christian Dior website. Can't believe the amount of information out there. Wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but cool site. Take care.

AnnieA October 27, 2010

Often when I smell a new perfume I say, "That would suit [friend X]!" Being a perfume matchmaker...

weegee October 27, 2010

\:d/ you also know you are when... you're not only able to name the noses who created your favorites, you begin to seek out new-to-you fragrances simply because some particular nose created them. And then you buy them blind.

weegee October 27, 2010

:-\" ...when you lie about what you're wearing and tell none of your smelly friends (my gender neutral phrase for fellow parfumistas) how dazzled you are about your new favorite hard-to-find vintage/discontinued (or about to be)/pre-reformulation UNTIL you've managed to purchase your own lifetime back-up bottle supply at the lowest possible price... Right. Let's not talk quantities, but here are mine: Le Galion's Sortilege; Matchabelli's Abano; Courreges' Empreinte; Ferre de Ferre; AG's Eau de Ciel; Coty's older floral label Lady Stetson; Jacomo Parfum Rare; Rochas Man; Guerlain's Anisia Bella & Mentafolia; Havana Pour Elle by Aramis; Fendi's Palazzo in edp. concentration. Oh, and I guess you also know you're totally hooked when you specify which concentration/bottle shape/label when recommending a fragrance...

Denise October 27, 2010

You know you're a perfumista when getting over a cold is the most ecstatically joyful experience you can imagine. me: The closet smells wonderful!!! coworker, wrinkling his nose: I think it smells like smoke. me: I know! :d

tammy October 26, 2010

Nope, you're not alone. I am putting it off as long as possible today, because of an an accidental layering that I doubt I'll be able to perfectly replicate!

Lilybug October 26, 2010

I'm late! But I have to add: you (somewhat!) schedule your showering around your fragrances: if it's sampling day or just meh perfume, bring on the blank canvas that is post-shower skin! Otherwise, desperately holding off on showering, not wanting those gorgeous basenotes you waited hours for to be washed away. Or is that just me?! *blush*

nozknoz October 26, 2010

You no longer have to look up any of the acronyms in a Perfume Posse post or comments :-)

Carla October 26, 2010

Really enjoyed this, thanks!

Rednails October 26, 2010

... when you must have at least five representative fumes from every line, say Balenciaga, Balmain, Lutens, Ava Luxe, whatever... or when, heaven forfend, you need EVERY fume from a certain line... when you change scents 3 or more times a day.

Gina October 26, 2010

Every morning I pick my SOTD by doing this weird, pseudo-algorithmic decision-tree thing in my head, in which my fragrance must match/meet criteria for: mood, season, weather, what color I'm wearing, what style I'm wearing, and of course, where I am going. For example, today, while Black Cashmere would have fit my mood, the season, and the weather, it didn't make the cut because I was wearing pink scrubs. And while La Chasse suited my look, I found it completely innappropriate for the weather. I went with SL A La Nuit. I'm that kind of freak.

Rednails October 25, 2010

...when you own Diva, l'Arte, Parfume Rare, La Perla, Nikki, Knowing, even though most folks probably couldn't distinguish those chypres if you wafted by. ditto Y, Scherrer 1, etc.

Rednails October 25, 2010

Here's more: ...when you keep a vial from every bottle you finish, as a "graveyard" of your former fumes. ...when you start collecting perfumes by decade, meaning you must have every blockbuster of the 60s, 70, 80s... ...when you stop buying clothes, or only spend pennies on them in thrift stores, because all that money is better spent on perfume...

Rednails October 25, 2010

You know you are a perfumista when you can't part with certain finished vials of rare scents and keep them around to sniff. you obsessively haunt thrift stores that you know get vintage fragrances, visiting at least twice a week. you don't touch your minis, because they're too cute, but admire them at least once a week. you have certain special days (such as weekends or holidays) when you wear only samples, others (such as weekdays) when you wear only bottles

Kate October 25, 2010

I almost forgot. The rather embarasssing: "wow, smell my leather watchband" exclamation at a family dinner.

Sugandaraja October 25, 2010

Oh dear. I fit ALL of those! 1. Here's looking at you, Yendi. And you too, Ava Luxe Nag Champa. I refuse to admit One Man Show ever made it in here. 2. Not sure why I need three versions of Poison, but I do. 3. L'Arte di Gucci! Rasa! La Myrrh! ( It goes on... ) 4. How did all these samples show up? Hmmm. 5. Toys. Soap. Cosmetics. Mysteriously unidentified "bath products". 6. My desk rattles when I walk by. 7. I'm a t-shirt and jeans type, but SotD choice is THE decision of the day. 8. ...Guilty.

Flora October 25, 2010

Guilty as charged on all counts. And I anot sorry at all, Your Honor! Oh, and my "$5 Venezia from the thrift store" happened a coupla weeks ago - except that it was a $6.99 bottle of Josephine. :-D

Kirsten October 25, 2010

You know you've got it bad when the SA's in your nearest major department store, not only know you on first-name terms, they call you - on your mobile - when a new Lutens or Goutal comes out! ...and send you cute little invites to come in for new launches, etc.

maidenbliss October 25, 2010

I figure if my linen closet is now a wee perfumery, I can't bear to part with my bubble wrap, find myself standing at the closet door inhaling, playing with samples as if they were dolls and I was six again, reading blogs till my eyes are bleary, cruising eBay constantly, admitting that I've done it chemically impaired by vino, late at night, own what non-perfumistas would consider too much, and lastly, admitting to hoarding perfume, then I am on my way to addiction. Or am. With no guilt. I don't do the quarterly/spread sheet. Great post, love the comments.

sweetlife October 25, 2010

Oh, god, where is that ROFL emoticon when I need him?! Love all these comments, and Mals marginalia in the The Guide made me laugh and laugh. Lucky Francesca with all that sexy snuffling... FWIW, I knew I was a perfumista when I read my usual round up of blog posts and realized I'd not only tried all of the perfumes reviewed, but also recognized all the perfumes referenced in the reviews... A big kiss for all my fellow addicts!

Tara C October 25, 2010

You know you're a perfumista when guests come to your house, see the hundreds of perfume bottles, and assume you work in the perfume industry. Also, you have a separate fridge just for perfumes and body creams. :-)

pam October 25, 2010

And they're opening a new outlet mall nearby on Thurs. With a perfume discount store. Not that I noticed.

pam October 25, 2010

Yes. I'm a perfume addict, too. Am guilty of much of the above. Loved this post and all the comments Am looking forward to the tea post (another love). And -of course! - Shoes.

Musette October 25, 2010

you know you are are watching a Hoarders episode and suddenly, in the midst of all the cuckoo clocks and shoelaces the camera pans across several dressers filled to the gills with perfume bottles. The interventioner talks about the possibility of the woman having a yard sale - you totally ignore the process and rules of television production and the time/space continuum, frantically trying to figure out where in Texas this lady lives and can you drive down there (from Illinois) and possibly talk her into selling you her hoard. xo >-)

Bev October 25, 2010

It's not all quantity of perfume. I was just at the supermarket and passed a woman who smelled really good. I turned my cart around and asked her what she was wearing. Ahh, Royal Secret, I used to wear that back in the day. It still smells lovely, even though it's been reformulated and is less complex.

Linda October 25, 2010

Oh Gawd. We did taxes for the Oct. 15th extension date -- the reason being that PBA kept me from supplying my husband/accountant with my receipts on April 15th. I opened my perfume lab business in 2009, despite not launching a thing in that year, and so... perfume purchases (99% samples) for market-research reasons were deductible. I had sworn up and down that I hadn't spent over $100 in samples that year. Bottom line is that I did -- oh, I did. Hundreds and hundreds. How he managed to accept all that math with a "thank you, that will help a little," instead of a "WHAAAAAAT!?" I will never know.

jenh October 25, 2010

I throw any small packages over the side gate and pick them up later after telling my fam, "just bills today."

dleep October 25, 2010

You know you are a perfumista when your perfume has its own closet (former linen closet)!

Robin October 25, 2010

Perfume-buying amnesia! Excellent, I love it. I used to have it until I started writing it all down :-)

Jen October 25, 2010

I love this post!! And yes please to a tea post. I adored the chocolate one.

Gretchen October 25, 2010

I'm a relative newbie, but I still score 7 out of 8 on your diagnostic index (don't really have that many vials yet-- maybe 20?-- who's counting?) More backups than I realized I had?-- you bet, and in more than one fragrance too. And I second your earliest commenters: one also needs lotions, body cremes, bath powder in the beloved fragrances. Good grief, I even bought Fidji bubble bath on *bay. This is embarassing.

Disteza October 25, 2010

You know you're a perfume addict when: -your habit requires its own furniture/room/controlled climate. -you have a waiting list for FBs you inted to purchase that never gets shorter. -most of the new releases you smell remind of something else you've already smelled. -the new releases that don't smell like anything else send you into paroxysms of hate or adoration. -the first 3 letters you type into Google automatically suggest perfume blogs! I also vote for either tea or shoes for the Friday posts--my tea obsession stretches back much farter than my perfume problem does, and I have only recently completed my multi-state quest for the perfect nude pump.

Mals86 October 25, 2010

I confess to: Multiple concentrations/vintages of No. 19, No. 5, and Jolie Madame. Stuff I bought just *because* it was difficult. (Minis or samples, but none the less, I paid cash money for them.) Keeping up with my perfume Excel file. Backup bottles. Lying to the post office. Hiding that d*mn bubble wrap from my husband. Keeping scissors in the car, for that stubborn padded mailer full of samples. Annoying my children with requests to "Smell this!"

Teri October 25, 2010

Long long ago in a galaxy far far away, I had so few perfumes that I could keep them on a single mirrored tray on my vanity. As time passed, one tray grew into two, into three, and eventually into four. When it got to the point of taking almost an hour to dust my vanity, thanks to all the bottles, I realized I had crossed the threshold from afficionado into addict. I'm fortunate enough to have a large built-in linen closet in my upstairs hallway. Once upon a time, it held sheets, towels, and spare blankets. Now it holds perfume....and a lot of it. Samples are contained (barely) in a six-drawer etui I found when antiquing. Fragrances in frequent rotation are housed in a chest I gutted and had fitted with pull-out shelves. As is frequently the case with addictions, I've developed a whole cadre of behaviors that feed my habit - e-baying, estate saling, swapping, clearance bin hunting (surprisingly, I've found some good stuff in clearance bins). And I have a budding home business whose proceeds fund my two major habits -- art glass and fragrance. Please don't put me in perfume rehab!

Aparatchick October 25, 2010

You know you're a perfumista when ... uhm ... your friend rushes to get to the mailbox first so that her husband won't ask "ANOTHER bottle of perfume?" You know you're a perfumista when your ... uhm ... second cousin tears open a mailer with her teeth in a hurry to get to the sample inside. Or so I hear.

Vetiveronica October 25, 2010

- You know you're a purfumista if the bank teller has you fill out a new withdrawal slip because you signed it 'Vetiveronica'. Whoopsy daisy. _

maggiecat October 25, 2010

I Have Found Others Like Myself. Yay! I spent more time picking out a perfume for my wedding day than I did finding the dress. I plan both my outfit and my scent for work the night before. Packing even for short trips upsets me terribly - one scent? What if I start to hate it? Samples? How to coordinate soap/body lotion? Even a long weekend is problematic and don't even get me started on airlines and those little plastic bags we have to stuff everything in for carry-on. I need to show this day's postings to my husband so that he knows I'm not the only one...

Kate October 25, 2010

Well, I just lowered my freak flag from a weekend of flying it with over a hundred perfumistas/perfumists in New York at Sniffapalooza. I did get a bit of a head-rush when I got to Plaza Beauty and a10 foot tall Michael said The Different Company was 60% off. I called some of my bestest pefume pals to ask what they wanted me to get for them! Oh and you know you are a perfumista when you tell the perfume reps and/or SAs that Jarvis is unfortuanately not in town this weekend and Melissa might not be able to stop by either. So maybe I'm an advance person for other perfumistas!

Style Spy October 25, 2010

I finally took a picture of my perfume collection to keep on my cellphone so that when people say, "Into perfume? Like, how into perfume? Do you have a lot of it?" I can just whip out the visual aid and their mouths drop open and they say, "Oh," in that trying-hard-not-to-be-judge-y voice the way you do when someone casually admits to being really into having sex while wearing scuba gear or something. It's not wrong, exactly, but it's not quite right, either. Also, Saturday night an incredibly hot man sniffed my neck and fell in love with my Musc Rav. And I was more excited about the fact that my perfume was being genuinely appreciated than about the hot man. (In my defense, he is married & completely unavailable, but still... hot.)

Rappleyea October 25, 2010

Great post and comments. I'm chuckling and nodding my head in agreement with all of them. :-D

Geordan1244 October 25, 2010

How about: You know you're a perfumista when you carry said decants/samples/bottles to girls night out and try to get your non-perfumista friends as hooked as you are (usually to no avail - but, you keep trying). :">

tania October 25, 2010

You haunt TKMaxx (or TJMaxx in the US I suppose) checking for discounted scents. Even though you know they usually overflow with stuff you wouldn't wear if it were free, and the various (but smell-alike) perfumes named for actresses, singers or Paris Hilton. Because one day - ONE DAY - there will be a bottle of whatever your Holy Grail scent is. For pennies. One day.... (Though I have to say, my recent score of Imperial Oppoponax for £9.99 was pretty good. And they have two Miller Harrises at the moment. Yay the Maxx!)

jen October 25, 2010

I thought one mini cabinet would hold them all. Nope. Now the collection is invading my dresser. I have never counted. I have to say that I am afraid to do that. (may do it soon just to see) But I did "come out" to my family. They are well trained. My husband hits perfume counters while he is traveling for business now. I also put way more effort into my SOTD over my outfit of the day. Haha

Ruanne October 25, 2010

...If you know the name of the perfumer ("normal people" don't know if it's not on the label) ...if you have a priortitized list of FBs to buy. Bonus points if that list is more than 5 items long/

Todd T. October 25, 2010

You know you are one when you hide the credit card bill from your wife! I been on a niche buying spree for over 4 months! As all of you know that is a big bill. I have bought over 15 past 2 months. Can't stop the insantity! Oh who am I kidding, don't want it to end. Now where is my order of Memoir Man! Cheers!

Ann N. October 25, 2010

Ah, yes, you've got our number. All our dirty little secrets are now out into the light. I especially squirmed in embarrassment at one some people have already shared: Your back-up bottles have back-up bottles (looking at all you vintage Cartier Musts and original Organza Indecence). I think we all must have the hoarding gene. Incidentally, I'm the same way about tea; if I really love it, gotta have a few back-up packages, tins, etc. BTW, March, yesterday I wore the dee-lish fruit bomb that is Must II EDP in your honor. If you ever get tired of its nearly overripe charms, you know where it will find a good home :-\" (But I really hope you just enjoy the heck out of it!!)

KIm October 25, 2010

A lot of my favorites have been covered, but I'd add... You know you're a perfumista when you have so many bottles stashed here and there that you can't FIND them all! In the worst case, this can lead to purposeful re-purchasing of something you know you already own... somewhere.

gator grad October 25, 2010

I don't know about Perfumista, but you know that you are a ***PERFUME ADDICT*** when you start googling the notes (and materials from interviews with the perfumer) in some frags that you like, desperate to figure out how soon you need a FB though you have a perfectly good decant in hand, because you are worried about scarcity in the materials and reformulation. *sigh*

gator grad October 25, 2010

Oh noooos! Nava, please post later! Or comment with a quick off-the-top-of-your-head list! You aren't my scent twin, but you are definitely my scent sister!

Diana October 25, 2010

Sometimes I consider myself lucky to have discovered perfume so late in my life (well, not *that* late) since I now have the freedom and disposable income to spend on such madness... but then I look at my competing hobbies and shake my head. Perfume is the most expensive of them all and provides the least lasting result. *Some of my other hobbies include playing the fiddle and knitting/spinning yarn. I am also a Fiber-Addict and secretly desire owning my own alpaca llama (which would drastically tip the fiber-addiction into the expensive category!) At least perfume takes up less space than a llama!!

Tara October 25, 2010

You know you're an addict when your formerly perfume-normal husband, who had never worn cologne or any type of perfume, now can't leave the house without it!! He's not addicted yet, but I am working on it. Then I won't have to explain why there is an entire drawer (or two) and closet filled with perfume and vials in all the rooms of the house! You also know your an addict when your kids want to use the computer and come over and say "Mom, I need the computer. Stop doing all that perfume stuff!"

Illdone October 25, 2010

Oh Yes! Coffee or tea please! Why are we so much alike? If any of you ever consider comming to Europe, France, where ever, let me know! March, Patty anyone? Can't this be arranged - a blog-group meeting? I'll bring the dark chocolate with lavender (Kiki!)bonbons along ...

Louise October 25, 2010

Guilty as charged. I'm about to decide which of my vintage Femme PdT bottles to grab this morning...I have several, all slightly different, to my nose. Odd girl, yes. I think (if it's not mentioned above) that spraying perfume when by oneself-maybe for watching T.V., while wearing torn sweat pants, might indicate a Perfumista Identification. Also spraying one's lover while they sleep, just to smell a favorite scent on another skin, might veer into Perfumista territory. Lovely sniffing day to all!

Austenfan October 25, 2010

I am terminally afflicted with PBA. I repress all memories of having spent more than I should on perfume. I think one third of my rather large refrigerator is used for Goutal-Storage. And my bottle of Calyx lives there very happily. It does make for funny remarks when a friend happens to open the fridge: What are all those cream coloured boxes? Could we perhaps do a tea or coffee post on Friday? The tea one on NST was very successful the other day. And they are so linked to perfume anyway.

Fiordiligi October 25, 2010

I am in denial about the number of bottles I own and don't dare count them. I certainly don't track how much I spend and the thought of a spreadsheet to keep track brings me out in a cold sweat (well, hot flush actually) despite the fact that I am an accountant (sorry). Yes, it's a wonderful life, being a perfumista! I am intimately familiar with the tiny, hidden-away perfume shops of Europe and on kissing terms with the staff at 68 Champs-Elysees. When I ask if we can go to St Paul de Vence for Christmas it is with the unspoken understanding that the trip will include a visit to the Musee International de la Parfumerie in Grasse (again).

Illdone October 25, 2010

Knowing when you're a fume-aholic consists of behaving like well, an addict. I live in Flanders Belgium (odd country let's not get started about that) but I started worrying about myself since : -I had a cooled closet installed in the hallway to protect old (perfume) treasures from turning bad -I have really no idea on how much I spend on perfume (when in love one doesn't count) -Dusting the living room is turning nearly impossible since I have somewhat 300 vials and miniatures lying around in boxes. I have to have them at hand - immediatly if necessary - In spite of owning quite a few gems there's always a discontentment, so some mornings I leave the house with a mix of 2 roomsprays on my clothes and some heated liquid candle wax on my wrist. Don't I smell original today?? - I discovered a few old perfume shops in small towns (third generation owners no part of a chain) and I beged them to be allowed to look in old closet-drawers behind their counter. Once I pushed aside (it was a gentle push but never the less) an 83-year old shop-owner who claimed that old stuff was just off. IT WASN'T!! Then getting some old treasures for free as they claim there happy not having to go to the container park with it as hasardous waste.. When I come home with them, stiff on Happy-Adrenaline my husband asks reluctantly : "More Pledge??" As everthing old seems to have a Pledge furniture wax note to his nose. -Every city-trip I make abroad is built around where the best perfume shops are, secondly I look for places to eat, sleep and the obliged cultural part like musea and so on. Luckily Pledge-honey indulges me. Do I get my - you're really sick nomination?

Maria October 25, 2010

My god, all the above suit me!!!Like I didn;t know... Plus...When a new love i always have to change my perfume for the particular man.Never the same parfume for different persons. Smell memory is very strong.I own some perfumes which actually a r e my ex lovers.Some of them I still love, some I hate... I teach my 8 and 7 year old kids about perfume.I have some for them, (Moschino Funny and OH!, D.K.Be delicious, Hermes Sur le Nil for the daughters and Moschino Friends for the boy).I give them to try( unfortunately they hate ALL the chypres that I LOVE!)But ofcourse I don;t allow them to use everything. If they stick on, the drawers of the house will not be enouph after some years... And the family budget too. Thanks God, the husband has anosmia!

Francesca October 25, 2010

Thinking, WOOOO, I'm seeing Antony and Cleopatra tonight, time to break out the Montale Black Oud. Standing on the corner of Hudson and King with my nose in the neck of a newly-discovered perfumista co-worker, and then her nose in my neck.Meanwhile, she's a heavy smoker. WTF??? Also naughty thoughts of leaving a big lipstick print on the perfect white shirt of a gay colleague who invited me to sniff the l'Elephant he'd dabbed on his chest.

Ines October 25, 2010

I admit to all of the above, especially PBA. :d And I still think samples procreate by themselves because I just can't understand where are they all coming from.

Madea October 25, 2010

You know more about classic perfumery than does the SA at the counter. You've devoted time to wondering what perfume/cologne your favorite book/movie character would wear, and can explain at length why this is right one for him/her. You find someone's choice of perfume/cologne more revealing than what they drink. There's more alchohol in your bathroom cupboard than under your bar. You've calibrated your favorite scents to moods and don't mix them. 'I'm relaxing today, so X is out. Too high energy.' You match your fragrance to location in detail ( The perfume you wear to visit the DMV is different than the one you wear to the market, etc.) You've learned to appreciate certain smells in historical context.For instance, musks to blend with body odor, clean smells in an era with an emphasis on frequent bathing, etc. Smelling like used bedsheets, bloody pavement, etc. disturbs you far less than smelling banal ever could. You spend twenty minutes posting this when you should be working on a term paper ( not me, of course. Must be the other guy.) :d

Masha October 25, 2010

OMG, you got me on all of them, except I haven't actually bought perfume in months. However...could add another paragraph about how a perfumista can branch out into buying all the olfactory components of perfume! Tiny bottles and vials of the eos, absolutes, aromachemicals (yes, I own a small bottle of Iso E Super!). And of course, my budding collection of non-western perfumes, and obscure 19th-century Venezueland perfumes, and....

ChickenFreak October 25, 2010

You convince non-perfume-collecting friends to sniff your arm in public because you Must Have Someone To Talk To!!! about that new sample. Outerwear goes to the dry cleaners' not because it's dirty, but because it's exceeded its quota of different scents. Ziplocs are only incidentally used for food.

Joe October 25, 2010

I love it. Yes, I am a freak. And you are a freak, too. We admitted we were powerless... MUWAHAHAHAHAHA. I love this one: You’ve got more vials lying around your place than a crack dealer. That and "the bubblewrap situation." Do you know how many times I've wanted to just heave it all into a giant cardboard box to get it out of my sight? How many times I've been nervous about anyone -- friend or stranger -- coming into my apartment and seeing my "strange little secret"? I started keeping a very detailed spreadsheet just last April because I had to get a handle on it and face up to how much we were actually talking about. It's alternately scary, sobering, and helpful to keep the impulse buys down. I don't have anything to add to the list, but I do have a final comment: Who the hell doesn't like Courtesan?? That stuff is the bomb!

Jennifer October 25, 2010

Hi I'm Jennifer and I am a perfume-a-holic,Fragrance junkie and I'm fine with it -at least until my dresser won't contain anymore!(that should take awhile I have only filled 1.5drawers -so far.) Has someone been snooping in my drawer? How did you know I have seven or is it nine partial bottles-some are minis of Opium? I think I will be wise and set limits on myself. Alright here goes-I will not allow more than 1,001 fragrances in my collection until I turn 50(I'm 31).(Not number of bottles,and counting different concentrations/formulations as one)I think I am up to 350-370 range many are minis or partials. Does this sound adequetely reasonable to you? Well maybe so or maybe not .At least perhaps some of you can take a little pressure off yourselves "honey-I'm not nearly as bad as Jennifer.I only have ___."

RuthW October 25, 2010

You know your a perfumista if . . . Your DH insists the bedsheets need to be washed because there is a miasma of competing perfumes (Hypnotic Poison, Bal a Versailles, Kenzo Kashaya, Habanita) from the last few nights and he can't pull the duvet over his head without suffocating from pure awesomeness.

nozknoz October 25, 2010

I love the duality of numbers one and four above! Someone else said it first elsewhere, but another sure sign is that certain of your back-up bottles have back-up bottles. Your copy of The Guide is falling apart and you curse the publisher for putting the thing in a white cover. It often starts innocently enough with using ebay to track down a scent you wore in high school/college/sneaked from your mother/father. Then you start tracking down the scents that had ads you liked but never owned at the time because you were loyal to a signature scent. Before you know it, you have a perfume closet.

Catherine October 25, 2010

How about this? Not only do I own a few versions of Chanel No. 5 -- more importantly, I own both the body lotion AND the body creme. Because the lotion and the creme are NOT the same, not even close, AND they are different enough to be worth having from the fragrances proper. Hello, I'm Catherine and I'm a perfumeaholic. Psssttt -- in one of those odd Fridays, let's do SHOES!