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Hoard Porn 2: The Drawer Returns

The DrawerHow 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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8 comments to Hoard Porn 2: The Drawer Returns

  • Ari

    This drawer is my home away from home.

  • SallyM

    I’m in awe of your drawer. My extremely long suffering husband built 2 pull out shelf thingies in my bureau so I could – well, pull my perfumes out – and make them easy to see, rather than scrabbling around, squinting at those at the back, and knocking over those in front to get those in the back. It should work great. I say should because I haven’t yet put my perfumes in there. They’re still on vanity trays and in display cases. Granted the room is very dark with curtains always closed, but its not the best way to house them. And it involves scrabbling, squinting, knocking – you get the idea.
    Seeing your drawer has given me the incentive I needed to go do this thing, so thanks for that! I know I’ll have a great time doing it as I do love rootling about in The Collection, but somehow the thought that I wont be able to see them all like I do now is stopping me. Double edged sword innit??

    • Judith

      DOOO IIIIIT! But see if you can find a way to label them so you CAN find things. That made all the difference for me.

      Oo, I’ll be excited to see pics of your drawer!! :-) I want to give you incentive, I do!

  • Sharpie!!! It’s brilliant! I have 3 drawers for decants and samples and was suffering from the unrecognizable tops. I tried printing abbreviations using my label maker and then cut them out but it was so tedious. Thank you! :)

    • Judith

      So glad someone else likes my Sharpie advice! (Not that it’s rocket science but I did feel the gold Sharpie for black tops was quite clever!)

  • OOOOOOOOH. I have that same Chanel No. 19 case thingie. And Cuir de Lancome, of course. :)

    I should post pictures of my own stash… it might force me to declutter things I am not really wearing (largely decants, if I’m honest).

    • Judith

      It might! but then again it might just make you happy to paw through your stuff. :-)

      I keep thinking I’ll get rid of decants, but then I don’t. I’m not sure why. I worry that I’ll just want them again if I get rid of them.

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