One of the small joys of perfume collecting, as it is with many other types of collecting, is the display. And all perfume flacons are designed, some to a greater degree than others, to be attractive. And really, some bottles are just gorgeous! Who can deny the beauty of a bottle of Shalimar or Mitsouko? Others strive for elegant minimalism, like Frederic Malle and Byredo, for example. And then there are the flacons radically designed specifically for the fragrance, like Angel, Alien, (or any Thierry Mugler really) and Flowerbomb.
No matter the size or content of a collection, having a lovely and (at least somewhat organized) display is one of those facets of collecting that brings joy and pride to the collector. Perfumes not only bring olafactory pleasures, but a well arranged collection brings visual pleasure as well 😍.
Most perfumistas I’ve known, myself included, have some flare for design and all have preference for how their collections are displayed. When my collecting first began, I arranged my bottles by shape and size, creating a balanced visual composition, like I would when creating a decopage.
What I’ve noticed with my own collection is that as it grows I have to rearrange it. Not only to make space but to make it easier to access the bottles for use. And also to clean and dust! 🙃 Lol
But as my collection has grown, the space between bottles has declined, therefore limiting my artistic liberty in designing an arrangement. So when I start losing square footage, I do what any sensible designer would do: I start utilizing cubic space! 👆
I added this small shelving unit to the mix and had a bit of extra space but that didn’t last long, haha. I’ve kept my fragrances mostly grouped by house and arranged like any good alcohol: the good stuff’s “top shelf”! 😉
I’m almost out of space with this shelving unit and at this point it’s becoming a pain to clean and keep my bottles dust free. What a problem to have! 😍
I’m beginning to explore my options for an enclosed case or at least a larger shelving unit with a glass door to reduce dusting. And what you don’t see are the stacks of backup bottles and boxes of boxes (literally, boxes filled with perfume boxes) on either side. Still, it’s a wonderful “problem” to have, if I can even call it that.❤
I am extremely lucky and blessed that I am able to indulge in such a lavish, and somewhat ridiculous, hobby. 😊💋