A bit of a ramble on my perfume habits (aka nonexistent) and a simple question: how much do you spend on perfume? Just a friendly discussion!

A long time ago I wrote a post detailing my perfume collection, which was preeetttyy dang extensive for someone who does not wear perfume. Granted, all of them were great smelling gifts, but I’ve always considered it a “special occasion” thing to do. But special occasions are rare, as the name suggests, so hardly ever did I wear them.

Fast forward to now. I’ve condensed the collection quite a bit after some tossing here and there, and just like drinking water every day, I’ve forced it into my ritual. I figure a) I’ll smell good, and b) they won’t be sitting on my counter mocking me and making me feel bad that I’ve had them for years and used them once or twice.

And you know what? I realize that I like putting on perfume. Not that I didn’t before, but now that I’m wearing it all the time it kinda makes me feel cool and sophisticated. The act of spritzing on a floral scent (because basically all of my perfumes are floral based) with a cute, glass bottle is therapeutic in its own way.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’ve transformed into a perfume person – I still rely on scented lotion to get me scent-ready for the day. I’ve just… broadened my horizons. Appreciating the bottled scents I have now.

And that appreciation is turning into a window shopping spree for luxury scents, rather unfortunately, since I’d rather spend my money on skincare or clothes. But I figure, having a good few (got to give myself a little bit of variety) signature scents around makes me feel good.

Yeah, turns out nice perfumes are pricey. Even normal perfumes are not as cheap as I would think.

So, a question – or rather a few:

What’s your take on luxury perfumes?

Do you have them?

Hate them?

Can’t bear to spend the cash on them?

Does it make sense to invest in a perfume if you’re not a perfume person? This could really apply to any beauty / skincare product. I’ve always thought, “no, if I’m not a perfume person why spend the money on it?” which is still valid, yet because I do wear it sometimes, is it better that I do have something luxe and makes me feel good?

I would love to hear what you guys think, if I’m crazy or you sort of get it.

In the meantime, I’ve been over two scents in particular:

Malin + Goetz dark rum ($165, ouch) & Giorgio Armani Si ($92, eh, slightly better).

If you’ve tried these, let me know what you thought! Recommendations are also always welcome!

How much do you spend on perfume?