How can the drawer return? You haven’t seen the drawer yet! The first hoard porn post was about the top of the bureau!
Deep breaths, everyone. Deep breaths.
This is Drawer 2 of perfume in my lingerie bureau. The drawers have held up surprisingly well to fairly heavy bottle storage. A lot of older and/or rarer things (older in the sense of I acquired them first) are in Drawer 1, which we may one day get to. But I felt like starting with Drawer 2.
Highlights of Drawer 2 of course include the vintage Chanel atomizer of No. 19 standing up there on the right, and the gold Kilian atomizer tucked in behind the red box for, I believe that’s an old bottle of Panthère. Personal favorites also include the vintage N’Aimez que Moi (eau de toilette, I think) with its oval stopper toward the back, the precious Wobbly Heart bottle of Kingdom wedged in the middle, Padparadscha standing on the left like a wallflower and the turquoise cap of an Azureé Soleil on the right.
You might also notice the wired champagne-type top of a vintage Champagne bottle, the recognizably knobby top of an Annick Goutal (I think it’s Rose Splendide), that weird pyramidy top to Cuir de Lancôme, and obviously a teeny Aftelier box shoved in the back.
Less recognizable might be the 4160Tuesdays’ square acrylic cap of Over the Chocolate Shop; the silver pebble atop a Laura Mercier Minuit Enchanté; the black multisided cap of my Piguet Notes; or the white top of the box of my Amouage Homage attar squatting in the middle of it all.
Lots of the caps are very recognizable to me, of course by design. (Love the square portable heavy Molton Brown bottles to the right of the Cuir, the matte gold top of Like This, or the bright orange paper envelope of the deluxe sample of Ambre Narguile I have tucked to the side.) I’m not likely to misplace the rectangular black blob in the front, which is the fantastic foam case that holds three minis from Histoires de Parfums (I think that’s 1828, Vert Pivoine, and Tuberose 2 (Virginale) in there.) Nor am I likely to lose track of the cut-steel travel case for Le Labo, which weighs several pounds (no it doesn’t) and could undoubtedly be used to kill a man (that part’s probably true).
No, what was killing me in this drawer for a long time was the decants, or even just matching bottles. I drastically improved my life when I gave up on the pristine-ness of the bottles and started writing on the top with Sharpie.
I have black Sharpie for gold or silver or clear tops, and gold Sharpie for black tops. Works like a charm. Some of them are sort of odd abbreviations, but at least they’re recognizable as hatch marks I can usually decode.
The toughest ones to write on were the clear plastic tops of atomizers, because they often have a mold dot or a divot in the top that just ruins the writing surface. Nonetheless, they too have been marked. You can see my little wad of Roja Dove decants in the front, the decants of Silver Iris and Gold Leather just behind and to the left, and, yes, a bottle of White Diamonds on the right. Obviously, the brilliant white paper boxes MCMC scents come in were perfect for writing on the top of (there’s Kept and Maui lurking towards the back left.)
Revolutionized my life, I tell you.
I’m not really sure whether to file this under “embarrassing” or “brilliant”. (Aren’t all personal hoards ambivalent that way?) If you have a genius methodology for finding the perfume you want, sing out!
Next hoard porn may feature my new lazy susan. It’s pretty exciting. *Is a complete and total geek.*
Just *looking* at this I want to go play in it! Don’t you enjoy your perfume collection more when you make the time to paw through it?
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