My Perfume Collection – Top 15

Vanessa of Bonkers about Perfume recently did a blog post about the re-organisation of her perfume collection in which she set an initial target of selecting 15 perfumes from her stash as a ‘capsule collection’. In the end she managed to cut it down to 20 from 63 which is no mean feat.

In response to Vanessa’s question about her readers’ own capsule collections, I decided to see if I could pick 15 based on just one of her selection methodologies ie. ‘The burning building speed grab method’. I did a quick sweep and managed it without much fuss. I ‘only’ have 27 bottles in total. I included those which are 30ml or larger but also two smaller bottles which are parfum concentration. In short, travel sprays and decants don’t count.

The 27 include 3 back-ups and 3 perfumes I have in both EDT and parfum. After knocking those out it was only a matter of choosing 15 from 21. The Chosen Ones are below in no particular order. I’ve linked to fuller reviews where I have them.


Vol de Nuit by Guerlain

This oriental chypre is the most ‘me’ of all the perfumes I own. It would be my Desert Island perfume if push came to shove. These days I can’t analyse it more than that. I have a vintage parfum, an old-ish parfum back up and a vintage EDT.

La Fille de Berlin by Serge Lutens

Actually this perfume also feels very me (I sense a recurring theme). It is my ideal retro rose/violet. The sensual yet light amber drydown is a bonus. It’s simply a lovely perfume in all its parts.

Vaara by Penhaligons

While I love rose paired with violet I also love it paired with saffron. If I could justify the cost, I’d trade Vaara for the infinitely more chic riff on this pairing trimmed with suede, Galop d’Hermes.

Naja by Vero Profumo

This is my most loved of Vero’s exquisite collection and a reminder of the unique and inspiring woman herself. The sparkling lime over blond tobacco is autumnal bliss.

Miss Dior by Dior

The vintage parfum is something I can wear when nothing else feels right. It’s not a skin scent but I feel so at home in it it feels like a second skin to me. I also have the EDT as do for the next fragrance on the list.

Chanel No.19

Again the vintage parfum is sublime. Galbanum can be astringent and off-putting but here it’s green nectar paired with powdery iris. No.19 has strength and elegance in bucketloads.

Nuxe Prodigieux Le Parfum

I’d take this as I feel the need to have a beachy/tropical perfume but I’d much rather exchange it for swoon-worthy Frangipani by Ormond Jayne which I only own a travel spray of.



Dryad by Papillon Perfumes

If Vent Vert and Vol de Nuit had a baby maybe it would smell something like Dryad. I’m drawn more and more to the centring power of green perfumes and this one gives me all those ancient woodland vibes.

Iris Silver Mist by Serge Lutens

The iris to end them all. Rooty, chilly and evocative. A rare example of a reformulation improving on the original in MHO. It’s more wearable now, sans the aroma of metallic carrots.

Passage d’Enfer by L’Artisan Parfumeur

Instead of calming me, incense perfumes are often so strident they overwhelm me. Of course Olivia Giacobetti would compose one that is as smooth as it is enigmatic. The combination of woody resins and waxy littles works every time. I have a back up.

Cuir de Lancome

I also have a back up of this sadly discontinued gem. The saffron studded smoky suede has not been surpassed by another leather for me.

Fleur de Oranger by L’Artisan Parfumeur

This is summer sunshine in a bottle. The perfect orange blossom which makes me smile just to spray it.

Eau de Rochas by Rochas

I got this cheapie in a swap meet-up and it’s my favourite cologne. The combination of tart lime and raspy patchouli is uncommonly beautiful in an Eau.

Ormonde Woman by Ormonde Jayne

I adore atmospheric books set in dark forests and this perfume captures that feeling in a scent.

Diorella by Dior

Coming full circle, this was one of the very first perfumes I fell for in a big way when I fell down the fragrant rabbit-hole. The old formulation is a glorious fruity chypre with tender spring florals. I feel very nostalgic about it and enjoy it hugely still.

What do you make of my list? Any there any that would make a similar list of your own?



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22 responses to “My Perfume Collection – Top 15

  1. Huh, that would be difficult but I might give it some thought. I wondered going through your list if there was going to be at least one perfume that we both have a bottle of and it appeared! ๐Ÿ˜€ Cuir de Lancome. Otherwise, I own nothing from your list. What different tastes we have. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Ha! I’m not surprised Ines. I know your taste quite well and it’s pretty far from mine but that’s part of the fun of it all. At least we share one ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Okay, now you’ve got me thinking I should take one of my perfume storage boxes and load it with my “grab in a burning building” favorites! You have some of my loves on your shortlist: Vol de Nuit, Chanel No. 19, Dryad. I have and love several others on your list, too. My Penhaligon’s love is Ostara. I think if I were to distill my collection, so to speak, I might organize them by category and see if I really love one of each. Except the greens, the muguets, and the roses. SO many loves in those categories! And no, I can’t lump them all together under “florals”.

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  3. So good to see your list, which is a very elegant one, and very you. Thanks for the link to my post. I enjoyed hearing which selection method you used and your mini-reviews of each one. Then I can relate to Old Herbaceous’s note struggles as I had to stop myself from having two tuberose-centric perfumes in my final 20 – though I agree that more latitude is required with roses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    T, I also cross over your wardrobe with Cuir de Lancome. Do you like Safran Troublant? Another discontinued beauty.


    • My tastes are pretty classical I’d say. Thanks for the inspiration V.
      I remember trying Safran Troublant years ago and felt it rather too food-like for me but I wonder if I’d view it differently these days. Probably just as well I can’t re-test it now it’s discontinued.


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  5. Love this game! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Two out of your list are among my top 15 perfumes (Miss Dior and No 19). I like and wear Diorella, Vol de Nuit, ISM, Cuir de Lancome and OJ Woman, though out of these I own bottles only for Diorella and (travel) OJ Woman.

    At this point in my life, I think, I wouldn’t be able to painlessly limit my collection by anything smaller than 50-60 perfumes. Not necessarily full bottles, but at least a decant or a travel bottle.


    • It’s nice to see we have some crossover. It’s also great to check in with each others tastes.
      Decants and travel bottles make life make so much easier. It would take a lot for me to buy a full bottle these days.


  6. Hey Tara,
    WHOA! Your list is super gorgeous. Most of them I also have, or have had. We are quite alike in our tastes, but you are so much more refined and elegant.
    20 seems like a very good number. Sensible variety and breadth.
    I think I’ll do it as my Undina’s Looking Glass for Tuesday, if you and Vanessa are cool?
    Portia xx

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  7. Galop. Worth every penny. Itโ€˜s time.


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  11. Asali

    Beautiful list, Tara. Cuir and Vol de nuit are the only two perfumes from your list that I own, although Diorella is wonderful too.
    I thought I had tried Galop, but your note on the price made me wonder… also I thought it was recent, turns out itโ€™s from 2016! I am SO behind.


    • Oh I’m never on top of what’s happening.
      I do wish Galop wasn’t so expensive but maybe I’m just loathe to spend on full bottles these days.
      I adored your list.


  12. Scent Grail - Find Your Signature Perfume

    Nice collection, Tara. No 19 and Miss Dior are my favs. I currently only have 17 frags in collection. ๐Ÿ˜€ Have you tried Shalimar from Guerlain?


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