The other day I was reading through Bois de Jasmin incredible six-part Perfume Wardrobe Guide, in which she offers guidelines on “creat[ing] a perfume wardrobe full of diverse scents suitable to different moods and situations”. I chuckled knowingly to myself at that line (but, you know, in a non-weird way). My perfume collection literally could not be any less diverse. I buy the same type of perfume over and over, because I am a deeply boring person who craves routine and shuns change. Left to my own devices, I would happily wear and eat the same thing every single day. (Pink sheath dresses and Japanese food, respectively.) For your amusement, I decided to demonstrate just how uniform my perfume wardrobe really is by grouping my perfumes according to their Michael Edwards classifications.
My full perfume wardrobe, which contains 24 perfumes and one cat. From here, my collection breaks down into:
14 Oriental perfumes (58% of the total collection). This category can be further broken down into:
5 just plain Oriental perfumes (20.8%);
6 Woody Oriental perfumes (25%);
and 3 Floral Oriental perfumes (12.5%).
The non-Oriental part of my collection consists of:
5 Floral perfumes (20.8%);
2 Woods perfumes (8%);
1 Citrus perfume (4%);
and 2 unclassified perfumes (8%).
Now it’s your turn: how balanced (or unbalanced!) is your perfume wardrobe? Is it biased towards any particular perfume genre, and if so, how strongly is it biased? Do you think that your collection could use a little variety, or are you happy with it just the way it is?