Entertaining Statistics: February, 2013


February was a short month. I don’t mean just a number of days: it ran away from me before I noticed. Probably because there were many pleasant occasions – my birthday, Valentine’s Day and just in general good days. As a result I tested less perfumes but I did not feel pressured to meet any milestones so I went with a flow.

The weather was… great if you ask me – warm and sunny; poor if you talk to my vSO – too warm and not enough rain. We do need more rain but I still enjoyed our local take on Spring (yes, it usually starts in February: fresh green grass, blooming trees and fledging birds).

After discussing the importance of a nice bottle in the matter of getting the most from perfumes I decided to see if the numbers from my February usage support that theory. I took into the account only perfumes that I chose to wear1 and not just tested2.

February 2013 Stats

It looks like I equally enjoy perfumes I apply from real bottles (50% of all perfumes I wore in February) and from all other possible vessels. But I still like owning beautiful bottles.


Quick February stats:

Numbers in parenthesis are comparison to the previous month’s numbers.

* Different perfumes worn: 23 (0) from 18 (-2) brands on 26 (-4) occasions;

* Different perfumes tested: 28 (-15) from 14 (-15) brands on 31 (-14) occasions;

* Perfumes I tried for the first time: 12 (-9);

* Perfume house I wore most often: None (There were no defined favorites);

* Perfume house I tested the most: Guerlain;

* Most popular notes (only from perfumes I chose to wear): top – (not counting bergamot) galbanum and rose; middle – (not counting rose and jasmine) ylag-ylang and iris root; base – sandalwood, vanilla and sandalwood;


From what type of bottle did you apply the most recent perfume you were wearing (not just testing) and do you think you’d have liked that particular perfume more/less had it been in a different container?


1 When I wear a perfume I apply it to at least three-four points and usually I plan to spend at least 4-8 hours with the same scent so I’m prepared to re-apply if the original application wears off.

2 For the testing I apply a perfume to one area on my arms easily available for the repetitive sniffing. But, most likely, I’m the only one who can smell it. I can test two, sometimes even more perfumes at the same time.


Image: my own


43 thoughts on “Entertaining Statistics: February, 2013

    • In February I wore Bois des Iles from your decant – “and I enjoyed it immensely.” ;) Unfortunately, it means that I’ll have to replenish it at some point and it’ll have to be a full bottle.


  1. The last perfume I wore was Hermes L’Ambre de Merveilles from a 5-ml decant. I have a feeling that if I kept statistics, my chart would look similar to yours — about 50% of the time spraying something I love from full bottle, and the rest of the time from decants. Sometimes I’ll even make myself a decant from something I own a full bottle of, because the decant fits into my hand better.


    • I have decants for most FB perfumes: to take it with me if I feel like re-applying during the day (not too many perfumes last through 10+ hours I spent away from home, especially in the office-friendly application mode – 2 sprays). But at home I use a full bottle for the orginal application (unless it’s a pour/dab bottle which I do not want to use often).


  2. Have been applying from a full bottle lately (fluctuating between four different fragrances). I think I enjoy the feel of a full bottle in my hands-perhaps I do choose these based on the bottle!


      • SSS Cocoa Sandalwood (I need the comfort at night :)!) and since I am DESPERATE for spring to arrive (tomorrow we are expecting more sleet/snow-yuck!) have been grabbing Pacifica’s French Lilac and Meditteranean Fig as well as Maroma for Men Lavender Cedar. I also carry a purse spray of both Jour Ensolielle and Lieu de Reves in my purse for sniffing purposes. And I have been stealing sprays from my daughter’s bottles of Chinatown,Soleil Liquide,Midnight Fleur and Field Notes from Paris (good heavens…I just realized that I am wearing more that just four!-LOL!


  3. I’m going to have to try keeping track like you. I feel like I’ve worn a different perfume a day without much overlap, and equally split between decants, samples an full bottles. Who knows if that’s really the case though!


  4. I reckon I use my bottles about 90% of the time.

    I really enjoyed the decant of Champaca you sent me, but spraying it from the bottle for the first time this morning was a real treat.


  5. I use my bottles most of the time too! But there are periods when I will dip into my samples and decants more. I think it depends how busy I am. If I am not busy and have more time to decide, I go for decants. If I am swamped with work, I go for a bottle — probably because I have a lot less bottles and it makes decision-making easier.


    • I need to re-arrange how I store my bottles so they are more accessible. Because for me it’s the other way around: if I have time, I’ll go for a bottle. But if I have to run I just don’t have time to go fish out the box, open it, use the perfume and return it to the original state and place.


        • I thought about it. I was even offered a shelf in our home wine storage cabinet. But after a lot of thinking I decided against it: small fridge in the bedroom will be creating noise as it turns on/off andabig cabinet is in the kitchen so I don’t want to go there every time I’m tryingto choose what to wear.


          • So true! I don’t have the space for a wine fridge, unfortunately. I would store them in my fridge but my butter would absorb the ambient odors like a sponge. Can you imagine? Shalimar-scented butter?!


        • (this is an answer to your last comment – not enough levels :) ) Another problem with a regular refridgerator is moisture: you wouldn’t be able to store your boxes in there without loosing them to moisture corruption in a while. Wine fridge provides moisture control as well – that’s why it’s more suitable for perfumes.


          • That is very true too. The lack of moisture control in the fridge is also why I have never attempted curing my own sausages.

            Can you imagine parking Guerlains next to curing sausages? Or gravlax? Makes me shudder!


  6. I usually use full bottles most of the time. Most recently worn – Chanel No. 19 Poudre. Although, I do have a few samples that I have that I’ve worn a few times recently to try to decide if I want to add them to a list of “must buy full bottle”. I have one Balenciaga sample that I am seriously considering buying – it’s one of those ones where I sort of like it initially and then really like it after it’s been on for a while.


    • That was how that “samples” position got into my wearing statistics. Normally I wear perfumes from my full bottles or decants. But if I’m trying to decide whether I like a perfume I tested enough to put it on my “to buy” list then I’ll wear it from a sample.


  7. I don’t even remember when was the last time I wore something from one of my bottles! Isn’t that terrible?! It’s one reason why — these days, at least — I rarely feel a compulsive urge to buy full bottles. When would I get the chance to wear them when I test out so many samples a week??? That said, I did succumb to buying full bottles of both Mitzah and Chergui this week alone, so things might change. Well, for one day of the week at the very least. LOL. :D


    • I had that sampling fever for a while but then I realized that out of every ten perfumes I test I like maybe one or two. So it seemed foolish to keep spending my days smelling/wearing something I end up not liking while those perfumes I like and own already are just gathering dust and for what? Because even if I find the next perfume grail while testing, it will join the rest of my abandoned loves. After that I made a NY resolution to wear one of my favorites at least twice a week. And then, as my collection grew, I started wearing those on most days reserving for testing days I work from home and some nights.


  8. My last wearing scent was from a full bottle. I don’t think I would have felt differently about it were it in another form. Maybe if I only had a sample size of it, I’d be going crazy trying to get my hands on a full bottle. You did make me realize I have a lot of full bottles of perfumes that I get tired of and then leave around and never finish off.


    • Kay, thank you!!! :) I’m not sure if you realize that but you’re the only person who actually replied to the question I asked! You made my day!

      With the number of bottles I have nowfinishing any of them is almost out of question. And then I tend to save the last 5-10% in any size of a bottle (even in1 ml vials if I do not go for a bigger size).


  9. My most recent perfume wearings had been from my FB of JM Blackberry & Bay, travel spray of FM Iris Poudre (now I think I should have bought the FB instead of the travel spray set) and samples — SSS To Dream, Neela Vermeire Trayee and Mohur and Arquiste Anima Dulcis (I found my sample!).

    It did not make a difference that the source was from a FB or from samples.

    Next week, I think I will be back to spritzing mostly from my FBs…methinks it will be an iris(h) week :-)


    • I need to wear more Blackberry & Bay! I think it’s a good time for it now – thank you for reminding me.
      I thought more on a subject and I realized that Ido not enjoy less wearing a perfume I like. But I definitely enjoy owning a beautiful bottle of a perfume I like.


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