I spent most of last night Photoshopping my Christmas stash of perfumes (for my blog). Some were gifts; others bought in the sales. I’ve attached a small copy of the picture. That one called Secret Obsession says it all… I didn’t tell Mum I’d bought it, and it’s hiding in a corner of my bedroom. I sneak in every so often, open up the box, and put a little on! That one’s going to be a classic.
Everything else in the picture is a gift from Mum, except the little bottle at the front with the lacy flower… that’s Mango Delirium.
I wonder if I go over the top when I’m ‘into’ something… I had the photo blown up really big and was working away on it, and Mum came in and said “in town tomorrow, don’t go buying any more perfume… that lady in Boots was giving you funny looks.”
“What?” I said, and looked at her as though she’d burst my balloon with a pin.
“Not really, it’s just that she looked up when we went back into the shop today, and said ‘oh, it’s you.’ ”
Having reduced me to a quivering wreck of embarrassment and self-loathing, Mum looked closer at the zoomed-in section of my photo, which was unrecognizable… and said “what’s that?”
I said “it’s just a picture,” and she had to go away without me telling her. It was the very corner of the Secret Obsession bottle.
It’s a funny story now when I’m telling it, but at the time I got depressed and said “I’ve decided I’m not going to town.”
“OK,” said Mum.
I think she’s just driven my new hobby underground… I will have to buy all my perfume secretly! In my defence, I’m hardly breaking the bank. Look at the picture: everything in it was bought by Mum, except for the Secret Obsession and Mango Delirium, which were both on my wish list for several weeks. I had Christmas money to spend… why not on the scents I wanted? It makes a change from CDs, books and bears, none of which she quibbles about. The collection on top of the Secret Obsession box were from charity shops, and the rest were half-price. Actually the big pink box was probably from a charity shop too, but brand new… the glass bottle was still glued to the back of the box.
The photo isn’t clear, so for those who love perfumes, they are as follows:
- Brown bottle and golden tube: Secret Obsession.
- Big pink box at the other side: Crabtree and Evelyn ‘Rose’.
- Box of miniatures from Boots: Guerlain Insolence, Amarige, Ghost, Anais Anais, ange ou demon.
- Small bottle with lacy pink flower: Mango Delirium.
- Collection of bottles on top of the Secret Obsession box (from left to right): La Chique, Courreges in Blue, Boots Oceanus body lotion (nice).
There will be further reviews. 🙂