OK, all you perfume hoarders, this one’s for you. Looking through some old B&W photos of my family from way back when put me in a bittersweet haze of nostalgia, so I went into savoring mode and pulled out my wee little dabs of Chanel Bois des Iles and Cuir de Russe parfums.
The Russe was almost gone, so I tipped the remaining drop out on my wrist, in the spirit of savoring it before it had completely evaporated. Its loss will be mourned as it is tres elegant and a near-masterpiece of fragrance, but I don’t think I’ll be quite moved to tears, having never been a true-blue leather fiend.
The Bois des Iles, however, is another matter. At the risk of sounding schmaltzy, Its warm, silky, divine gingerbread-y goodness makes me swoon a little, and makes my perfume-loving little heart go pitter-patter with happiness. Not to have a comfortable supply of this is nearly heartbreaking. When my little vial is empty, I fear I will cry, and it won’t be pretty. Alas, my wallet cannot take the hit of $225 for 15 mls, especially not with an aging car (pushing 260,000 miles) and college just around the corner for my teenager. Sigh …
Used to be you could get a little sample from the decanting services without spending in the neighborhood of a car payment, but since Chanel cracked down, it’s been rough. I guess there still may be perfumista splits from time to time, but I always seem to be out of the loop on those.
Anyhoo, later this spring, I will break out my heartbreakingly beautiful Vacances, savoring its lilac loveliness for all it’s worth (waves to Musette). I have a bit more of this, luckily, thus putting off the grief for another year or two. Btw, I thought someone was re-issuing all the Patou classics over the past few years? Anyone know what ever happened with that?
I must confess: I have hoarded pretty heavily in the past, but am now inspired to use it or lose it, as they say. I’ve seen some gorgeous vials waste away to emptiness, with no hours of fragrant love to show for them. So from now on, my little dribs and drabs of greatness will no longer be wasted; they’re not going down without a fight.
What about you? What perfume rarity do you have secreted away, that near-Holy Grail treasure that you are hoarding, or wearing sparingly and savoring for all it’s worth?