When I look at my dresser I often think of that game on Sesame Street, you know the one where they have 4 boxes on the screen and the song plays and they sing;
"Three of these things belong together
Three of these things are kind of the same
But one of these things just doesn't belong here
Now its time to play our game, its time to play our game"
If your old like me and know that game, you probably just sang that to yourself as you read it huh? LOL
Okay, so, can you spot it?
Yep, that one lone bottle of perfume. Oscar de la Renta, Volupte, one of my all time favourites.
I've loved perfumes all of my adult life, pretty much as soon as I could afford to buy them I would have a decent stockpile on my dresser all the time. Sure-fire way to make me happy? Buy me a perfume. And if it was your birthday or some other celebration? Highly likely I would have bought you a perfume or cologne too. My brother & I are absolutely alike on that, its our go to gift we always give, and also the one we love receiving the most!
Trips overseas, duty free stores, sales, anything really - would always amount to more and more perfume. My nieces would always love playing with all the bottles, sampling them all, hinting to me how much they loved them till I gave in and would let them have certain ones. I mean, I doubt Id ever have less than a dozen or so different bottles at any one time, so there was lots to choose from!. Is that a lot? I never used to think it was!
I've always loved the beautiful bottles, the fragrances, the memories certain smells always evoke. If I ever get a whiff of an old perfume called Lutece, I straight away think of my mum, and within a second it feels like I'm a young child back in her bedroom playing with her jewellery box and perfume bottles. If I smell someone wearing Red Door I think of a dear friend who wore it all the time. If I smell Sunflowers I think of an old flatmate who bought me a bottle for my 21st, which I never really liked but I would always wear around the house so he would think I did!
The sense of smell is so powerful.
So, for an absolute perfume junkie like myself, I'm stunned that now I have one lone bottle on my dresser. One lone bottle that I haven't actually even worn for over 9 months, but I just cant bare to give it away or throw it away. Its too pretttttyyyy......I have too many nice memories wearing it......
And so for now, it just stays there, amongst all my doTERRA oils, the odd thing out.
And its all Alex Stuarts fault! After doing her online lox tox living programme last year, it challenged me to think about all the "fragrances" in my house - the air fresheners, carpet cleaners, candles etc that I never realised were all just pumping fake "fragrances" into the house that were bad for us. And then my ultimate challenge, realising the perfumes I LOVED and had tonnes of, were also not the best choices I could make.
They had to go.
And they have.
Slowly but surely.
Now, I make up my own PURE fumes, from essential oils, that I can create depending on what I'm wanting to experience, plus love the smell of. Every day I will now wear a perfume that either has Balance or Peace as a base, and then mixed with some smells I love (like Bergamot & Whisper) or some emotional blends - like Console or Forgive (cos I need to forgive a whole lot of F****** out there that don't deserve to be in my head or life, but can be in my forgiveness! LOL).
My dresser that was once loaded with so many perfumes is now replaced with 2 roller blends that I made myself. Two blends that I know not only smell beautiful, but also benefit me emotionally, and do not add any chemicals into my day. And unlike the $100+ I'd often spend per bottle of perfume, these 2 little wonders cost me under $5.00 each to whip up.
Better for me, saves $$, saves a whole dresser of space (to now fill with more oils instead!)
Its a winner :)
Oh, my lonely bottle of Volupte....your days are numbered.