- Go to Neiman Marcus and smell it again. A couple of times.
- Get a sample. Wear it until it's gone, probably two wearings.
- Get a decant. Wear it until it's gone, probably five to ten wearings.
- Look at the price of Velvet Gardenia. Stare at my credit card. Repeat every couple of months.
- Shuffle my list of I Really Want! fragrances.
- A year or two later, when Velvet Gardenia rises to the top of the list, or I'm hungry for lunch and staring at it on a pretty glass counter, finally buy it. Or I might have forgotten the whole thing by then.
This is my perfume buying process, for anything above the deeply discounted cheap thrills category. It's the way that I have managed to keep most of my shelves full of books instead of perfume. And avoided that whole perfume-induced bankruptcy thing.
I just read - and registered; I probably read it before - that Velvet Gardenia is being discontinued. If I want it, I have to accelerate the whole dance.
Not only is Velvet Gardenia being discontinued, but Robert Piguet Bandit is rumored to be in danger of reformulation. As is Chanel No. 5. Shiseido Feminite du Bois has already been reformulated but is still temporarily available in the old format.
Fendi Theorema, a legendary fragrance, has been discontinued but is still temporarily available from discounters. Cristalle, another legend, is rumored to be in reformulation, as is practically every oakmoss or jasmine perfume in existence, due to IFRA regulations.
Oh, and there are new regulations on percentage of citrus oils, so add every classic citrus perfume to that "probably about to be reformulated" list. And oakmoss - add the chypres.
Can't buy them all. Perfume-induced bankruptcy bad.
Photo: By Erin Silversmith. Wikimedia Commons