My sample storage is wrong

I just realized this two days ago when I wanted to bring forth spring-like samples and decants to see what am I going to wear this spring. Well, I didn’t do much with that idea.

The thing is, a year ago I decided to arrange my ever growing sample/decant collection by houses, so I would be able to find them when I need to. They used to be all over the place with no order to them. It seemed like a nice, rational way of storing them and making them easily available. Well, now I have a problem. 🙂

I don’t really know/remember how all of them smell like and since they are by houses, the best I can do with those I’m not sure how they smell, is to try them again. Which would take an enormous amount of time and I need the spring scents now.

So now I decided to first find the time (that is one of the things I miss these days) and then to see what I don’t know what it smells like and locate some notes/reviews for those so I can re-order my collection into seasons, colors and genres. Depending on which strikes me as most important for that scent. Rita from the Left Coast Nose wrote some time ago how some smells bring forth colors for her, so that is going to be one of my sample categorizations (some do it for me as well). Also, notions like spring, autumn, summer, winter, leather, incense, fruit, green, marine, etc. I know this is going to take a while but I think it will be a good way for me to find things later by the way my nose categorized them.

I will let you know how it goes. 🙂


3 thoughts on “My sample storage is wrong

  1. Mals86 March 25, 2010 at 15:13 Reply

    Obsessive nerd that I am, right from the beginning of my interest in perfume I had an Excel file listing house, name, and notes, as well as my impressions of the scent and perfumer name if that's readily available. It's been a pain to update recently, as the number of scents in it is well up over 400! But worth it, I think – I can search the file for the scents that contain, for example, immortelle. Or honey. Or I can search by perfumer. My samples are in those plastic divided craft boxes, organized by house.Yes, it's not a very sleek system. But it's working for me. Clearly I need to be less organized and more impulsive…


  2. Ines March 26, 2010 at 09:59 Reply

    Mals, that is really some serious work you've done with your scents! :)That is definitely the best way to go about it but the one that takes most time as well (I'm kind of thinking of using my blog as that listing for those scents that I find interesting enough to mention) and for the time being, I think my routine is going to be dumping the samples in the correct box/bag according to my impressions.Btw, I tried emailing you using your blogger account email but I guess that didn't work. 🙂


  3. Mals86 March 26, 2010 at 16:32 Reply

    Huh. Lemme go check it again… as a member of that scent-splitting google group, I get about 80 messages a day, so I may have overlooked yours.


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