July 30, 2012

Perfume Spreadsheet

I think in the Perfume post I may have inadvertently made the perfume spreadsheet sound more intriguing than it is. It is a spreadsheet. On which I keep track of what I think of various perfumes I try. Here is a screenshot sample:



All the perfumes in this section are L'Artisan so it doesn't say so in each box; a section below has non-L'Artisan perfumes, each with its brand.

The "category" section (fresh, spices, bouquets and single flowers, etc.) comes from the early days of the spreadsheet, when I was getting my list of perfumes from a site that categorized each scent that way; any perfume added since then doesn't have a category.

I use this in part to keep myself from accidentally ordering the same samples again and again ("Oh, yeah, this is the one I always think SOUNDS like I'd love it, but it's no good on me"), and so that I'll have a list ready of the ones I still need to try (I order from Luscious Cargo, and they let you choose 5 free samples with each order).

Also, perfume is something I'm interested in intermittently, so this helps me pick up where I left off the last time.

Also-also, I like to put perfume on my wish list, so this helps me prioritize which one to ask for: I might remember only that I liked both Fou d'Absinthe and Mimosa Pour Moi, and the spreadsheet tells me which one I'd rather have and which one can wait.

8 comments:

Laura Diniwilk said...

I can always appreciate a good spreadsheet :) I have actually started doing this with all of my beauty box samples, since it will be like 11 trillion years before I am through all of them and am allowed to buy stuff again. Otherwise I get them all mixed up and can't remember what was worth getting the full size.

Now I feel like I'm missing out on L'Artisan.

sara said...

If you have a Sephora nearby they will create samples for you! I just learned that this weekend with my fiance finding a new scent. I have been shopping there for years and never knew that. So 7 samples later, I have a variety to try on before making the plunge.

Gigi said...

That's actually a great idea and I see many applications for it; but.....knowing me, I'd never get around to filling in the Love It or Leave It portion.

StephLove said...

I never wear perfume, but I love that you have a perfume spreadsheet.

Melody said...

I LOVE that you have a perfume spreadsheet! I have never really gotten into perfumes, but should I ever, this would be a perfect idea for me. I keep a spreadsheet of all my work outfits and the dates when I wear them so I don't wear one thing too often and I don't forget about the outfit that gets stuck at the back of my closet. People tease me about it, but it has been a GAME CHANGER.

gwen said...

Since you're not busy enough helping people with baby names, do you have any recs for a good starter perfume? I rarely wear it but I'd like to start, and I like things that don't smell too flowery or old-lady-y. And... uh... yeah, that's all I've got. I'll take suggestions!

Swistle said...

gwen- You know who's an expert at this is Jonniker! ...Er, since she's not busy with a new baby. But she is a Person Who Knows About Perfumes, and as opposed to my Hi I Tried Some Samples level of knowledge. My only applicable advice would be to...try samples. Which isn't very USEFUL advice!

gwen said...

Ha -- well, that advice is a better idea than my current plan, which is basically, "think about maybe wearing perfume someday." :) I will look through Jonniker's archives!