The new year is coming up, and I’ve resolved to give up some of my bad perfume habits and pick up a few good ones. Now Smell This is the perfect place to post resolutions, in the hope that if everyone sees them I’ll be more likely to stick to them. Here, then, are my perfume resolutions for 2007:
Don’t buy unsniffed. Buying bottles of scent based solely on an alluring description has caused the most heartache of any of my bad perfume habits. For a minute, I thought I might tally up how much I’ve paid this year for perfume I’ve bought unsniffed and regretted, but I can’t bear to see the hard facts. I tell myself that a particular perfume is a bargain, that it’s had terrific reviews, that Catherine Deneuve wears it, and presto! I’m online with my credit card. I must remind myself that the perfume I’m so eager to have won’t go away overnight, and that I have time to order or swap for a sample and make a smart decision.
Clean out my perfume collection. Thanks to my bad habit of ordering unsniffed, I have bottles of scent that I either don’t like at all — or more often — just find so-so. I also have perfume that I loved a few years ago, but am tired of now or doesn't seem to suit me anymore. I want to find these bottles a good home.
Buy the smallest bottle available. As great a bargain as a 100 ml bottle may be, it's more than likely I’ll only be able to use a third of it before it turns. Related to this resolution, I want to buy more decants or split bottles (after having sampled the scents, of course). Why don’t companies put out more 30 ml bottles?
Put samples in order. My perfume samples clog a small drawer in my vanity. I need to sort them — by alpha order? by type? — and put them in zip lock bags. I’m open to ideas, if anyone has a good system.
Try room sprays. Room sprays have always carried the stigma of Febreze and Lysol to me. But with a dog and two cats, I could use a freshening scent from time to time. I need to reread Kevin’s reviews and choose a few to try. This will be a fun resolution to keep, for a change.
I already anticipate challenges to my resolutions. For instance, I have to calm my breathing whenever I think about the new Chanels coming out. I know the reviews will be tantalizing and I’ll be wildly tempted to order a few bottles without trying them first. Even so, these resolutions should be easier to keep than some I’ve made, like the year I resolved to marry a man with health insurance without any particular prospect in mind and a predilection for artists.
Do you have any perfume resolutions this year?