I like having plenty of choice when it comes to perfume and have loads of bottles on the go at once, but storing them can become a bit of a problem. Most of the perfumes I like come in really pretty bottles, so it's a shame to store them away when they could look so good displayed nicely. I wanted to come up with a way to keep the bottles tidy at the same time as being a bit of a feature.
What I came up with in the end was quick and easy to put together, so I thought I'd share it with you. All you need is a wire fruit or cake stand with a few tiers like this one from Homebase and something to line it with so that the bottles don't fall over - I used this drawer liner material from Ikea.
The drawer liner comes on a roll so I rolled it out and roughly measured the base of each tier and drew a circle to cut around. I then cut a slit half way across from an outer edge to the centre of the circle to fit them around the base of each tier. No need to do this for the top tier on my stand as the central support only goes through tier two and three.
Without the liner I found that most of my perfumes wouldn't stay upright in the stand and the wire base of the tiers wasn't sturdy enough for them. The drawer liner provides a more even surface and some grip against the glass bottles.
I also used to use a cake stand like this to store and display my lush bath bombs and bubble bars but I found they didn't last so well being out in the air and direct sunlight - they keep much better now that I store them in a big tin.
So that's literally it - all that was left do was to fill the stand with my prettiest perfumes and admire my new storage solution / pretty display.
It seems as good a time as any to have a little walk through some of my current scents - first of all here we have all of my Marc Jacobs perfumes. As you can see I have a fair few - I always seem to like the fragrances Marc Jacobs brings out - the bottles are gorgeous and the scents are lovely too - they're usually really girlie and I've loved all of the ones I've tried. I'm really looking forward to adding the newest one - honey - to my collection.
The original Daisy is probably my favourite as I think I'm on my third or fourth bottle now. Daisy eau so fresh (sunshine edition with the brightly coloured flowers) is my current favourite as it's the newest addition to my collection. It's not actually on my perfume stand as I've been keeping it on my dressing table and obsessing over how pretty it is for the last few weeks or so! Dot has a lovely fresh fragrance and such a fabulous bottle design, as does Lola, although that's probably my least favourite of the bunch. Kumquat is one of the tropical splash perfumes which I bought on a whim when I was delayed at an airport - the bottle doesn't stand out next to its more extravagant cousins but I love the fragrances and keep meaning to buy the others from the same range - they're quite reasonably priced too.
And these are some of my other favourites from a variety of different brands.
L'Occitane's Pivoine delicate was one of my firm favourites this time last year and I still love this gorgeous floral scent - I blogged about it here. Nina by Nina Ricci is a fragrance I've repurchased a couple of times - it's quite reasonable and makes a great every day perfume. In total contrast is Dior's J'adore which is probably the most expensive perfume I own - it's the one I think of as my signature fragrance and I've got through countless bottles of this - I always ask for one at Christmas to keep my supplies going! I've been wearing this perfume on and off for about 7 years or so - it's a go to fragrance for me for any special or important occasion - it somehow makes me feel more ladylike and sophisticated when I wear it. Lastly I have two fairly new perfumes. Vera Wang princess, which I mainly bought because I liked the bottle - I saw it in a gift set at half price to I bought it without trying it - luckily I liked the sweet and fruity scent. Victoria's Secret Angel has a lovely show-stopping bottle too, although I made sure I liked the fragrance before I bought this one in duty free on my way home from Canada. I have the matching body spray to this too and like to layer them up to make the fragrance last longer.
How do you store your perfume? What's your favourite?