I'm a fragrance junkie. So much so, that I actually collect EMPTY bottles of the scents I've loved. So recently, while moving homes, and discovering over 100 old, empty, chipped perfume bottles, I realised it was time to stop being such a hoarder. But I also realised this was a great opportunity for documentation. So here are six scents I've spritzed and soaked myself in and absolutely adored...with photographs of their all-used-up casing. All of these have been replenished at least twice, which is proof that they were worthy purchases in the first place...
1. Lancome Poeme, INR 6,500 for 100ml (@amazon.in)
How many bottles of Lancome Poeme have I consumed in the last decade? Over 100, I'd say, and I'm being conservative here. I was introduced to my first bottle by my grandmother...I was 5, and she was a fan. When I was old enough to afford my own fragrances, Poeme became my 'signature scent', the one people recognised me by (once, a friend knew I had entered a party just by the fragrance). I adore the sweet-sexy notes in this scent, equal parts girly and grownup. It's strong, it's powerful, it's not the kind of scent you wear if you want to blend in (it's also not the ideal scent for daywear, but I wear it anyway). But what I love most about Poeme is how long it lasts. Fragrances that fade away within a few hours annoy me. Not Poeme though...it lasts for hours, sometimes even until the next day! Plus, I always get compliments when I wear it. This one time, in Paris, a stranger ran across the escalator to ask me what perfume I was wearing. Needless to say, I'll always have a bottle around.
2. Thierry Mugler Alien, INR 7,930 (@amazon.in)
Thierry Mugler's Alien couldn't have been named better...it really does have an out-of-this-world feel to it. A little bit floral, a little bit woody, and a LOT of bit sexy, this is the kind of scent you'd wear to date night. Or sedition night. Or any night when you want a guy to notice you. When I spritz on this warm, ethereal scent, I can't stop sniffing my wrists. Does that sound weird? But it's true...Alien is the kind of original, intoxicating fragrance that is truly rare to find. Do I suggest it find a place in your drawer? Oh, definitely.