What Are Your Most Neglected Perfumes?

Image is from my all-time favorite Beyonce video, “Why Don’t You Love Me?”

I was the kind of kid who played with her toys on a rotating schedule so that none of them would feel left out. (Exception: Spice Girls Baby Spice Barbie, who was exiled to the closet for being even creepier than most Barbie dolls.)


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This is the last face you see before you die.

Apparently I’m a significantly less lofty-minded adult, because I definitely play favorites with my perfumes. Two scents in particular have gone unsprayed for literally months:

Guerlain L’Heure Bleue EDP: Once you go parfum, you never go EDP. Who could be satisfied with the plain old EDP after a taste of the exquisite parfum formulation? I wish I had never set nostrils on that $337 seductress.

Serge Lutens Santal Majascule: My last few boyfriends have been all about the light, clean perfumes: Atelier Cologne, Chanel 28 La Pausa, that sort of thing. No matter how sensual I find Santal Majascule’s chocolate-rose combination, it’s way too heavy for these uncultured barbarians. It’s like a fabulous piece of Agent Provocateur lingerie when he’d rather see you in one of his old t-shirts.

Okay, your turn: what are your most neglected perfumes?

12 thoughts on “What Are Your Most Neglected Perfumes?

    1. Since the current boyfriend is long-distance, there’s no excuse not to wear poor Santal Majascule again! Looking forward to that Chanel project!

  1. Oh boy, here’s a subject that haunts me. 🙂

    Guerlain L’Heure Bleue EDT – Heaven help me if I ever get so far as the parfum because this will get pushed even further down the roster. I do wear this from time to time, though, mostly because I’d like to finish the bottle someday.

    Bottega Veneta Eau Legere – It comes out about once or twice a month. I like it a lot and genuinely have no reason for not wearing it.

    Hermes Eau de Merveilles – Forgotten so completely that I struggled just now to remember which bottle I feel guilty for skipping over every morning. It’s lovely! But for some reason, I just don’t seem to possess a mood that corresponds to this scent.

    Thierry Mugler Angel – Not so much “neglected” as “actively avoided.” I realized at some point that I don’t want to smell this. Anywhere. Ever. The “neglect” aspect is my failure to address its continued troubling presence.

    1. I often find myself tempted by Eau de Merveilles (especially the $66 1 oz Sephora exclusive), but I always end up deciding that I would never wear it either.

      There’s got to be an Angel fanatic out there who would be thrilled to take your problem off your hands! I myself am also on Team Actively Avoid 🙂

  2. I think one of my most neglected bottles is Bottega Veneta. I don’t really have any good reason not to wear it; I like it when I do. I wonder if I put it somewhere on my shelf where I would see it more easily and it didn’t get hidden behind other stuff if I would wear it more often. I also think the fact that it wears more quietly than I expected, and I think I wanted it to be a little oomphier could be a factor.

    I think I also neglect my Elixir des Merveilles travel spray. I do wear it occasionally and like it when I do. Again, I just don’t find myself reaching for it a lot, though I’m still considering going for a bottle when my travel spray runs out.

    1. Apparently Bottega Veneta is a popular choice to neglect! It could definitely use a little more oomph- it’s probably the politest leather I know.

  3. My Tom Ford Neroli Portofino and AG Neroli are my least worn. I think I’ve spritzed myself maybe a couple of times this year. I think I may be over white flowers. I’m feeling woodsy/spice these days.

  4. Hiris. Definitely Hiris. I enjoy it when I wear it, and there’s certainly no excuse for not seeing that blue bottle amongst the plain ones, but still, I overlook it routinely. I even have a small bottle in my office desk drawer collection and almost never reach for it, either. Gosh, now that I’m thinking about it . . . (she says as she reaches into her desk drawer ….)

  5. I tend to ignore my bottle of Annick Goutal’s Songes, which I love but never seem to be in the mood for. It even came with a sweet little gossamer ribbon tied around the neck, which my eye is drawn to each day, but I somehow just never want to wear it! Sorry, Songes. You’re still lovely!

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