Just started watching, and… I GET it now
This was one of my favorite gifts last Christmas. My sister and her husband had this made for me while visiting NYC over a year ago. It’s a small brand that has grown in recent months, but there was a guy inside of Bergdorf Goodman customizing his bracelets and now his pieces have been featured all over.
This was a very “me” gift, as it’s made from a farriers nail and the “G” and “B” that are also engraved for the companies namesake (Giles and Bros) remind me of the gift givers; Blythe and Greg.
The Giles and Bros jewelry line can be found here.
So I’m pretty sure most of us have a signature scent (or two!) but I’m wondering…what do we do with the other bottles we collect over the year?
I’m a Jo Malone Red Roses gal for life, and while I usually ask for a replacement at Christmas, I’ve found that the silver Mariposa tray in my bathroom that holds all of my glass perfume bottles has become a bit, well, crowded. I’ve said “adieu” to a few of my old scent pals recently; like that extra bottle of Flowerbomb that I gave to my co-worker Marissa after realizing that it smelled much better on her. Or the Aqua di Parma that I decided to use a room spray. It feels good giving them a new home or a new life in my home.
But…I confess. I have a tough time getting rid of perfume, especially if the bottle is closer to full than not, or if the scent is one that evokes certain memories of a certain someone or even triggers a specific emotion.
I don’t want to banish my bottles to a dark drawer under the sink; I feel like cleansing this olfactory excess would be good for me but it should be a permanent change. So, I ask you…what do you do with the old scents in the glass bottles that lightly “clink” together when you reach your hairdryer cord over them, when it comes time for a new scent in your life? Do you say “goodbye” to these old friends for good, like an ex lover? Is there something cathartic about expunging those old memories with the bottle, so there is more room for new ones? Or do you keep them hidden away until the day comes when you maybe want to slip on something comfortable?
I should probably just toss them. But sometimes I wonder if I’m the only one who gets slightly attached to the scents of my past.