Wish list Monday: 100 mls of scent

100First off, thanks to everyone for your wonderful wishes on our 25th wedding anniversary last week. We had a lovely day and are still celebrating! Now on to the fragrant portion of our program: A recent post of mine in which I bemoaned that a certain beautiful fragrance only came in a 100-ml. bottle got me wondering: If presented the opportunity to own any scent in that size, what would it be? Or perhaps even more than one, since we’re entering fantasy territory here.

I don’t own many FBs, and certainly not any 100-ml ones, that’s for sure. So I had to give this some serious thought. What do I love enough that I’d want to be able to spray with abandon, would not tire of easily, but also would go through in a reasonable amount of time? Hmmm … let’s see:

Frederic Malle Carnal Flower? A definite maybe. 100 2For better or worse, I seem to set this one aside as mainly for dressy occasions and holidays, but if I had the biggie bottle, would I wear it lavishly or keep to my slightly hoarding, “save it for …” ways? I know I would happily share it, but still — 100 mls is a lot lot of juice, especially for perfumistas who already have large collections of fragrance.

One of my all-time favorite chypres, Roja Dove Unspoken. I do love it so, but think a smaller size or decant would still suit me fine as I tend to wear it rather sparingly. And it doesn’t strike me as a scent that you’re going to douse yourself in (at least not me).

Le Labo’s Tubereuse 40 or Vanille 44. No doubt I adore them both, but owning that much of either? Well, I really could see myself wearing the happy, uplifting scent of 40 quite frequently during the spring and summer (and even in the winter for a spot of sunshine). And the Vanille is among my top three comfort scents, so — I give a hearty thumbs up to both of these. And since I wouldn’t have to foot the bill, so much the better.

Now if we’re talking discontinued juice, I have one definite, unqualified “Yes, please!!”: Jean Patou Vacances. And I think our darling Musette (and several others of you) would be right there with me on this one. You could wear it lavishly, scent your sheets with it (waves to Musette again) AND share generously with the luxury of 100 mls of this lilac lovely under your belt.

What about you? What scent would you love to have in the 100-ml. size?
Note to perfume companies: Please offer your scents in 50 mls and 100 mls, at the very least (which most do), and if you’d really like to make us happy, those 30-ml bottles and travel sprays are pretty great, too!

71 Comments
mim October 30, 2013

Happy late anniversary! I love it when manufacturers offer smaller sizes, like 5-15mls. I'd buy more directly from stores instead of decants, but then again a sample/decant order gives so much selection and flexibility... Fantasy 100ml lineup: OJ Woman L'Artisan Vanillia, Safran Troublant Montale Indian Saffron Lutens Santal de Mysore, MKK, Fleurs du Citronner Dior Eau Noire, old Bois d'Argent Gobin Daude all of them Malle Dries van Noten probably some Amouages and PGs I'd be set for life...for several lifetimes actually since I'm an undersprayer. I wonder if this is like Fantasy football or baseball? Picking my team and everything. Do have a few 100ml bottles (went through a buying freely phase many years ago, am now in the paring-down-and-always-finish-a-sample/decant phase) am very glad of them too. Although when I looked at some, realized I can't easily tell the difference between 50, 75, 90, and 100+, they all register as 'big' True 100+: Montale Patchouli Leaves, Ginestet Botrytis, PG Ombre Fauve, Caron Pour un Homme, and Tea for Two (sharing with a friend) Wear Pour un Homme the most often and the most liberally. Now that it's cooling down, I'll wear the others a lot--maybe I'll go crazy and do two or even three sprays.

Undina October 30, 2013

I do not need 100 ml of any perfume - unless it's one of my favorites that is being reformulated or discontinued. I probably have at least a dozen candidates for a back-up bottle should I learn about their ill fate. Just to give one example, it would be Ormonde Jayne Ta'if.

Jade October 29, 2013

I have a 100ml bottle of Dior Pure Poison - I know a lot of people don't like it, but I would bathe in the stuff if I could.

Katrin October 29, 2013

Thanks for an interesting post and comments! Most of the bottles I have are 50 ml or smaller. I have only a few 100 ml bottles: a modern version of Arpege, which I did not find as bad as I had feared, a vintage EdC of no 5, L'Artisan's Cote d'Amour, because it's not coming in any smaller bottle than 250 ml, and Goutal's Eau du Ciel. As there has been a lot of mention of Guerlains, I would happily own 100 or more mls of Quand Vient la Pluie and Phlitre d'Amour, or the vintage Chant d'Aromes. I would splash these with abandon then. As it is now, I take own my vintage Mitsouko, Shalimar or the divine L'Heure Bleue when in need of sniffing at something special.

JanLast October 29, 2013

So, of course it would be the first scent which led me into the rabbit hole. 1000 flowers Reglisse Noir, then Ineke Evening Edged in Gold, Agonist Arctic Jade. Sigh, my vintage would have to be a toss up between Balmain Ivoire and Chanel 19. And a pair of black opal and diamond earrings with a chantilly berry cake.

shylotus October 29, 2013

Well, if we're fantasizing here, then I'm going for it! Mandy Aftel's Secret Garden just slays me. As does Dawn Spencer Hurwitz' Bancha. I need a lot of Bancha to really smell it so I'd love to have a giant bottle where I can bathe in it. Agreed with Musette on the Amouage. Vats of Gold, Jubilation 25, and Dia, please!! Last and all time Holy Grail love - Vintage Magie Noire.

Sherri October 28, 2013

100 mls? Wow, that's hard, because I already have so many that are 100 mls plus that I'll never use in this lifetime! However, since this is a fantasy post, I confess I've just about polished off 30/ 60 mls. of Secrets de Sophie (originally a partial bottle) and would love 100 mls of that one. Plus Que Jamais and Candide Effluve also!

Jennifer Counts October 28, 2013

I tend to go for smaller bottles whenever possible, partially to keep things more affordable, and partially because I'm a ho and like to wear a whole bunch of different stuff..lol. I love minis for this reason, but most of my FBs are around 50ml. I've not bought things because they only came in 100ml and I didn't want that much. Though I guess I could always get the bottle, keep what I want and do a split of the rest. That said, I do have a couple of 100ml bottles. One is Mitsouko. It is one of my favorites and a classic, so I figured I would always want to have some on hand. In my dream world I would have a 100ml bottle of vintage rather than the recent formulation that I have, but whatever. The other is Chanel Egoiste Cologne Concentree. Not because I really wanted that much of it, but because it was a good deal at an estate sale.

Tiara October 28, 2013

I am much happier with the smaller bottles (esp 30 ml) because I can switch around without feeling so guilty about not wearing something that I spent major bucks on. Or if I tire of it, not such a big deal. However, I would thrilled to own humongous bottles of both Micallef Ylang and Tom Ford Shangai Lily assuming budget isn't taken into consideration. I've hoarded my small bottle of the Micallef and have Shanghai Lily on my Christmas list because I've already blown through my decant. I'm beginning to understand how someone could wear the same scent day in and day out! Gotta try Vacances one of these days. Can't remember ever smelling it.

wefadetogray October 28, 2013

I desperately need a 100 ml bottle of Vanille 44. I cannot afford it though :(

solanace October 28, 2013

Amouage Gold.

Musette October 28, 2013

In this fantasy post I would definitely have 100 mls of Vacances (in the Deco bottle with the little green stopper). I would have 100ml bottles of Amouage Gold (edp and the lily-gilding extrait), Lyric (ditto), Jub25 (which I already have but, hey! this is a fantasy so I'm a Greedophile) Dia, Beloved & Fate. Every Single One of the Attars (even the ones I don't like). No5 extrait current & every decent vintage & Cuir de Russie parfum , plus Chypre & La Rose Jacqueminot. And a bracelet set with indicolite tourmalines and 11cwt emerald-cut diamonds. And a dark chocolate buttermilk cake. Thank you very much :-D xoxoxoxoA

Farouche October 28, 2013

Just ordered 100 ml of Amaranthine upon hearing that it is to be discontinued. I could have lived happily with my decant, but was pushed over the edge thinking that I could never replace it. In the fantasy realm, I would love to have 100 ml of original Miss Dior before any reformulations.

annemariec October 28, 2013

From my perspective if there is a fragrance that you adore but only wear occasionally - Tauer's Une Rose Chypree is like that for me - it's pointless owning a large amount. So - I don't love Narciso Rodriguez for Her as much as URC but I go through it fairly fast because it's so wearable. It may be worth my while owning 100 mls of NR for Her, but certainly not URC. Discontinued fragrances are in a category of their own, of course.

erry October 28, 2013

Another 100ml bottle of Apres l'ondee. It's hard to find especially here in the tropic where your choice is limited to dept stores perfumes. I love it very much that I spray it with abandon on my body, clothes, and even room. I think my first bottle will be empty in a couple of months if I'm not careful. I would also love a 100ml of annick goutal songes

Sally M October 28, 2013

Everything! But if I had to name names, I'd start with Bal A Versailles, Boise des Isles, Tabac Blond, Mitsouko, Amouage Gold...

eldarwen22 October 28, 2013

I sometimes wish that Chanel no 19 was available in the US in a smaller size than the 100ml. Sometimes, it's the whole offering of 100ml or more only that can really bug me. Before Chanel started offering the Les Exclusifs line in 75ml, it was that huge 200ml bottle. But now it's a good thing that I got that massive bottle of Cuir de Russie. Almost $300 for that huge bottle. Now I'm wishing that Mitsouko (EDP) came in different sizes. But I do wish that I had a huge vat of vintage Cuir de Russie and vintage Mitsouko though.

rosarita October 28, 2013

I would love to have 100ml of the original Donna Karan Black Cashmere, maybe even a couple of bottles. I'd wear it as often as I wanted and would spray with abandon, instead of the cautious spritzes I wear now that I'm into my last back up bottle.

FeralJasmine October 28, 2013

I own and truly need 100ml of Mona's Vanille, and Lyric Woman. I also truly need, but do not own, 100ml of TF Velvet Gardenia, or perhaps 1000ml. Right now I feel very contented with a 15ml bottle of Lonestar Memories, but if it were d/c'd I would need 100ml to spray on my husband.

Lynne Marie October 28, 2013

If money were no object it would definitely be 100 ml of Chanel No.5 and I would spray it everywhere! But I don't indulge to that extent so that I can have funds to purchase smaller amounts of other loves! :-)

Jackie b October 28, 2013

Bottega Veneta, and it would be sprayed very liberally because I never seem to get tired of it. And I did buy the large La Pausa, it's not Noir or Oud or Candy and I figure it will never go out of style!

Diana October 28, 2013

I wish I had 100 ml of Attrape-Coeur.

Liz K October 28, 2013

Mitsouko vintage parfum, No. 5 EDT from the nineties, Pear + Olive, and at this time of the year Ambre Russe which I just may buy since the smaller size seems to always be back ordered and I am an instant gratification kinda girl.

Fernando October 28, 2013

I'd be happy to have 100 ml of L'Air du Desert Marrocain, 200ml oh Habit Rouge, 300ml of Guerlain Arsene Lupin Dandy...

Tara October 27, 2013

Despite my insane amount of perfume, I still prefer 100ml bottles. When I only have 50 mls of something, it makes me want to hoard/use sparingly. I know it is crazy but that's how it is for me. Since I bought unsniffed I only bought 50 mls of Le Labo Ylang 49, but now that I have it and love it, I wish I had bought the 100ml size. And BTW, congrats on 25 years of marriage! :-)

Rina October 27, 2013

Broken record apologies, but def. LL Aldehyde 44. I'm blowing through 10ml decants at an alarming rate and if given a chance, would bu a FB at full retail (ok, maybe not full retail, but close). Wish I had discovered this passion earlier...

Ncmyers October 27, 2013

I'm going Chanel as well: 31 Rue Cambon. Love that stuff. Also, Incense Oud By Killian, SL Bois de Violette, and Ylang 49. That's a couple months groceries-- but who needs food?!

Elena October 27, 2013

The only perfume I own in 100ml is Chanel no. 19. I wear it constantly, and lots of it. I even spray my bedsheets with it from time to time because I have so darn much, and it's not going to break the bank to replace it if I do manage to use it up within a few years. The real reason I own it in 100ml though? It was the only size available at duty free, and it was still cheaper there than buying the 50ml in the US.

Jennie October 27, 2013

Definitely Alessandro Dell'Acqua (for women) which is now sadly discontinued. I would spray this on myself, my clothes, my bed linen, my cat ..... I just want to be surrounded by this beautiful fragrance.