I apologize for not posting this week. The beginning of this week was very difficult for me, emotionally. As some of you may know, I’ve been out of work due to renovations at my job since September 1st. The beginning of this month marked two whole months that I’ve been, for lack of a better term, unemployed. The stress of being financially strained and the stress of the yoga studio still not being finished has made for a truly debilitating period of depression. I was pretty much unable to do much besides check my email on Monday and Tuesday.
However, Wednesday brought me some truly joyous news: I was hired by L’Occitane for a part-time retail job! I’m going to have the softest hands in the blogosphere. Later that day, still on my high from being hired, I had lunch with the owner of the yoga studio I manage and was told that the studio should be reopening next weekend! So, in one day I went from having nothing to do to realizing that I’ll be working 12 hour days, six days a week! I am overjoyed and grateful. I can’t even begin to explain it. I bounced all over the place.
With this in mind, I spent Thursday taking care of errands I should have run earlier in the week but was too drained to do. While at Target (or Tar-jay, as I say), I bought myself a present to congratulate myself. This $7.99 purchase was inspired by a truly ingenious storage solution for perfume decants and sample vials shown to me by @alyssaharad after our Sensorium date last week.
Allow me to present to you the RE Room Essentials (a Target brand) 3 Layer Organizer, size medium - or, as I like to say, my new home for my little fragrant friends! Here it is on top of one of my Sterilite drawers for makeup, on my vanity.
(LOL at a lipstick drawer that's so overstuffed it can't close!)
Note the cute lovenotes from Mandy Aftel, Kedra Hart, and my boyfriend. Oh, and can you pinpoint the other perfume goodies?
On top of the storage unit is a vintage Guerlain coffret that my mother gave me (it’s been dated at 1989/1990) and the Ormonde Jayne Discovery Set, which I received this week (review upcoming, no worries!).
The first drawer holds two removable trays, each divided into three sections. Most of my (opened, unboxed) sample vials and decants are here. There was a method to the way I organized them, I swear. Note all of the Bond No.9 and Serge Lutens samples!
The second drawer has all of my Opus Oils samples, my Aroma M samples (in the velvet pouches), unopened Bond No.9 mini Bon-Bons, boxed Serge Lutens and Ineke samples, and some other decants (Amouage Gold Woman in the red atomizer, a cherished vintage Dior Addict decant from Carrie, my DSH Pandora decant, etc.), as well as some brand-new sample vials.
The third drawer holds all of my solid One Hand Washes The Other scents, all of my solid Roxana Villa scents (the liquids are in the first drawer), two Aftelier tins full of samples, two Andy Tauer Discovery sets (each holds five mini atomizers), and my Penhaligons Discovery Set (a gift from Jellyminx).
Awesome, right?! I thought so.
Now, here’s my problem: It was only after I showed earlier pictures of this to other blogger buddies that I realized that I had forgotten to add my Liz Zorn decants and vials, as well as my rollerballs, small dram bottles/other decants, and my other solid perfumes (Tocca and L’Occitane). Oops. I also realized that the second and third drawers are a bit cramped. Basically, I need another one of these organizers! Luckily, at $7.99 I can easily afford one, even before I get my first paycheck after two months!
How do you store your perfume samples?