Quarter-Life Crisis

As of July 26, I have officially hit late twenties! (Which makes Scents of Self eight years old, y’all. Scents of Self is A THIRD GRADER. If she’s following in my footsteps, next year she’ll have to switch schools after a few “recess incidents.” Eight year old Ari had not yet quite mastered that most crucial of lessons, “hitting is bad.”) Staring down the harsh reality of never again (or, uh, before) qualifying for “25 under 25” lists, I gave in to my quarter-life equivalent of the mid-life crisis red convertible: a new perfume display shelf! (I had a college roommate whose mom celebrated getting divorced by buying a helicopter. She ended up selling it almost immediately, because “there’s just no place to park a helicopter.” We’ve all been there, girl.)

Shall we stroll down perfume storage memory lane to see just how extensive the upgrade is?
The mini-fridge stage! Pros: protected the perfumes from a newly-adopted Zelda. Cons: it was actually a wine cooler, so the perfumes kept falling through the intended-for-wine-bottles slats.This bookshelf loyally served me from high school all the way through my first post-graduation apartment. That apartment, however, was located in New York, and just a few trips to The Strand quickly exceeded its capacity.A very cute step shelf from Target. Not even close to enough room for the books.

Back to the fridge! Yes, it’s the safest place for a perfume to be (protected from heat and light), but now no one else can see all my beautiful bottles!The most recent storage solution, an eight cube Ikea Kallax. There’s finally enough room for both the perfumes and the books, but it’s not the most elegant piece of furniture.

My previous perfume organizational systems were always pretty much just “prettiest bottles up front,” but I feel like I should be taking advantage of the shelf’s segmentation. Any advice on the best ways to sort a collection?

Decant Take It With You

(Please note that the surprisingly morbid post title has almost nothing to do with the actual post. I just can’t resist a good perfume pun. Or a bad perfume pun. Any pun, really.)

I’ll be the first to admit it: the internet totally didn’t need another perfume storage post. There are already dozens of satisfactory solutions floating around online, ranging from Ikea to ammo boxes. But as practical as those ammo boxes are, I find that the old saying rings pretty true: out of sight, out of mind. (Sorry, various long-distance boyfriends.) If I don’t see it, I don’t spray it!

Thanks to the recent addition of a particularly tall Tom Ford decant, my decants have officially outgrown the gorgeous box I’ve kept them in for the past three years.

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It probably goes without saying that you can find empty, unlabeled glass jars at Michaels or Target for about $4. But like many fragonerds, my perfume habit easily snowballed into a perfume-and-scented-candles habit. (And scented teas. And aromatic cocktails. It’s really kind of a miracle I’m not living under a bridge, furiously huffing Shalimar.) So I had plenty of empty candle jars lying around, just waiting to fulfill their decant-holding destiny.

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The mini Diptyque (2.4 oz) comfortably holds about five thin decants (there’s a Cedrat Envirant hiding behind the Narciso Rodriguez), or three thicker ones.

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It’s still not a perfect solution; I have five minis (old-school Lush solids, a Le Labo Patchouli 24) that are both too thick for the smallest jar and too short for the medium jar. If you happen to know of any particularly short, thick candles, please point me in their direction!

What’s your current decant storage method? (Ammo box ladies, it’s your time to shine.)

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored and does not contain affiliate links. All products featured are my own purchases (gulp) or gifts from friends who are not affiliated with any brands.

Disclaimer 2: A moment of silence for the Feu de Bois candle that was cracked in the making of this post. RIP, Feu de Bois- you were as beautiful as you were breakable.