I own 32 bottles of perfume. I’ve always considered my collection to be perfectly respectable, size-wise; it’s certainly big enough to freak out non-perfumistas (“Is… is that a refrigerator? For your perfumes?”).
This delusion was quickly shattered upon visiting Judith of The Unseen Censer, who graciously hosted me overnight so that I could go to Sniffapalooza. In addition to meeting Judith’s delightful family and the famous Harleycat, I also got to see a real perfume collection. Judith has three large dresser drawers dedicated to perfumes. Then there were the perfumes on top of the dresser. Then there were the perfumes under the bed. Then there were the perfumes in the bathroom. Around the time that Judith started pulling out her vintage Amouages (WITH THE ORIGINAL PACKAGING), I suddenly understood that my collection is actually pathetically puny compared to some of my perfume peers.
So today, let’s talk about size and whether it matters. How big is your perfume collection? Are you happy with that number? Are you looking to expand or downsize? Despite its puniness, my collection is actually too full at the moment (I currently have six perfumes that I never, ever wear). I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to achieve anything approaching the glory of Judith’s collection, but I’ll try my best to catch up. It’s hard work, but somebody’s gotta do it!