Perfume Junky Backup Bottle Boasting Thread


Basenotes Member
Dec 26, 2018
Hey Perfume Junkies. Which Fragrances do you have backup bottles of? Exactly how many backup bottles?

Let me start. I have 4 backups of Encens Mythique. I also have more backups of Dior Homme Parfum than makes sense. 3 Chanel n°18 6.8oz.


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Aug 27, 2016
I have 2 100 ml back up bottles Safran Troublant. In my defence, they were cheap and I like to spray liberally with this one. I also have 1 200 ml bottle of 31 Rue Cambon EdT, but that one I'm going to have to use soon. Having to break open this back up bottle gives me anxiety, even though it's unlikely I'll finish it in the next 10 years. I'll probably still hunt down another back up bottle.


Wearing Perfume Right Now
Basenotes Plus
Jul 20, 2015
Antaeus - five backups.

Original bottle is a made-in-France 100-ml splash with about 40 ml left.

1. Backup made-in-USA 100-ml splash with about 50 ml.

2. Backup made-in-France, sticker-label 100-ml spray with about 98 ml.

3. Backup made-in-France 100-ml spray with about 90 ml.

4. Backup made-in-USA 50-ml splash with about 45 ml.

5. Backup made-in-USA 50-ml splash with about 45 ml.

I did a pass of samples from the first two bottles (original and backup #1), and people loved the made-in-USA version. I added the last two backups to stock up on that version. They're not quite the same as backup #1, but I like them just as much. I like all the bottles about equally. I can tell differences, sometimes, but they're too similar for me to have any significant preference. The bottles are thought to be from the 1980s and 90s. Antaeus was released in 1981.


Basenotes Plus
Jan 6, 2012
Chanel No. 19. Vintage only, in EDT and extrait. Can't seem to get enough of it.
3 - 100ml EDT
1 - Half ounce extrait
2 - 1/4 ounce extrait sprays
1 - 7ml mini EDT
And since this photo was taken I've added two more 100ml bottles of EDT.


And also original Bottega Veneta EDP. No photo, but I have:
3 - 75ml bottles,
6 - 7ml minis, and
120 carded spray samples (great for keeping in purse and car)
plus several shower gels and body lotions


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 5, 2007
2 x100 ml Safran Troublant (pre-2016)
1 x100 ml (partial) Vanilia ((L’A)
2 x100 ml Tea for Two (pre-2014)
1 x50 ml Vol de Nuit edc (1970s)
1 x100 ml Attrape Coeur
1 x15 ml No. 5 extrait (1980s)
1 x50 ml No. 19 edt (1980s)
1 x50 ml Shangri La (HG)
1 x50 ml Champaca Absolute
1 x50 ml Theorema
2 x100 ml Safari (1990s)
2 x50 ml Dune (1990s)
1 x 50ml Lady Shiloh
1 x100 ml Brit Red


Basenotes Dependent
Dec 21, 2020
Aramis Havana is the only fragrance I have more than one backup bottle of. The two backups (like all my other backups) are securely wrapped in aluminum foil tape to prevent gas exchange.

Although, truth be told, I kind of regret buying backups of anything. I don't have a signature scent and like to rotate quite randomly, so I doubt I'll ever actually get to use the backups.


Basenotes Dependent
Aug 30, 2014

I'm not a true collector by any means, as I only keep what I like and sell off the rest, but if I really love something I'll buy multiple bottles:

Creed Bois du Portugal

Givenchy Gentleman (and another more modern version on the way)

Chanel Pour Monsieur

Fendi Uomo

Boss by Hugo Boss


Polo Green

Rive Gauche

Giorgio Beverly Hills For Men

Gucci Nobile

Dunhill Edition

The Cologne Cabinet

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jul 22, 2014
It’s easier just to list everything, here you go!

#1 Azzaro Pour Homme

(All vintage - 1st or 2nd versions)
4 - 50ml spray
2 - 75ml splash
2 - 100ml tester spray
2 - 100ml spray
1 - 30ml spray

#2 Polo Green

2 - 45ml splash (Warner)
1 - 120ml splash (Cosmair)
1 - 120ml spray (Cosmair)
1 - 120ml spray (2005)

#3 Aramis Havana

2 - 100ml spray (Current)
1 - 50ml spray (Vintage)

#4 Aramis Tuscany per uomo

1 - 100ml spray (Current)
1 - 100ml spray (Vintage)
1 - 100ml spray (Vintage 1/2 full)

#5 Polo Crest

2 - 100ml spray

#6 Safari for Men

1 - 120ml spray (Cosmair)
1 - 50ml spray (Cosmair)

#7 YSL Jazz

1 - 125ml splash (Original)
1 - 50ml spray (2nd version)


Basenotes Junkie
Jul 1, 2015
I have backups of Slumberhouse, Andy Tauer PHI(which probably was a mistake so I might be partying with it in the near future), a few vintage Shalimars and Chanels.


Basenotes Institution
Jan 21, 2006
So far, the highest amount of vintage backups (and incidentally also of backups in general, irrespective if the fragrances are vintage or current formulations) is of Guerlain Heritage EDT in at least 5-6 100 ml plus bottles.
It was however not so much a deliberate gesture although liking this particular scent quite substantially, as much as the dumb luck 5-6 or more bottles very inexpensively on sale at a local store.


Basenotes Dependent
Nov 4, 2014
I don't have a signature scent and like to rotate quite randomly, so I doubt I'll ever actually get to use the backups.

That's why I don't bother. Who am I kidding? I already have enough perfume to last me until after I die, and there are plenty of other perfumes I don't already have that I'd like to have, so if I buy something, it'll more than likely be something new to my collection.

N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer

Basenotes Plus
Jul 1, 2011
I've been de-stashing a number of the backups but currently this is what it is now:

7 bottles of Creed Millesime Imperial - 4 120ml, 3 75ml, previously had 10 bottles
5 bottles of Creed Green Irish Tweed - 3 120ml, 2 75ml, previously had 9 bottles
4 bottles of Creed Virgin Island Water - 2 120ml, 2 75ml

4 bottles of Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche EDT - 4 100ml, previously had 5 bottles
5 bottles of Chanel Egoiste EDT - 1 100ml, 2 75ml, 2 50ml
4 bottles of Chanel Antaeus - 3 100ml, 1 50ml
4 bottles of Chanel Pour Monsieur - 3 120ml, 1 100ml

5 bottles of Dior Homme Intense - 2 100ml, 3 50ml, previously had 6 bottles
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Oud Dude

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Jun 22, 2018
Some highlights:

Siberian Summer x7
War and Peace x6
Antiquity x5
Plumeria di Orris x3

650ml of Tobacco Oud Intense
550ml Vert d'Encens
350ml Viking
Jeke x3
A ton of Brosse
A bunch of Bortnikoff backups

And MANY single bottle backups. I've really got to downsize. Some of this is ridiculous.


Basenotes Junkie
Nov 2, 2011
The only fragrances I have a backup bottle of are:

UNUM - LAVS (original formulation)
Le Labo - Patchouli 24

Just because these are two of my favorite fragrances and I could get a GREAT deal on both of them.


Known to SAs
Basenotes Plus
Jul 16, 2004
During two years of covid lockdowns, with no money being spent on restaurants, travel, clothing, shoes, etc. I took the opportunity to back up some favourites in the Permanent Collection, such as:

Eau du Coq
Angel Nova

But as a backup believer from way back I’ve always ensured the supply of the frequently worn. and it warms my heart to see so many instances of secured perfumes in the posts above. Hearty congrats!
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Super Member
Jan 27, 2023
Guess 1981 for Men x 3 btls
Ex'cla-ma'tion by Coty x 2 btls
Couture Couture by Juicy Couture x 2 btls
Zino Davidoff (Lancaster) x 1 btl
Lou Lou by Cacharel x 1 btl

Scent Detective

Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Dec 15, 2015
I've sold many of my backup bottles. Here's what I still have.

Fille en Aiguilles: 4 Backup Bottles.
Norne: 1 Backup Bottle.
Mond: 1 30mil Backup Bottle, 1 50mil Backup Bottle.
Sova: 1 Backup Bottle.
Jubilation XXV: 1 Backup Bottle.
Green Valley: 1 50mil Creed Decant.
Cypres Musc: Flacon Backup
Selection Verte: Flacon Backup and additional 75mil Backup Bottle.
Viking: Flacon Backup.
Cuba: 1 Backup Bottle.
Cola: 2 Backup Bottles.
Blood Cedar: 1 Backup Bottle.
Dirty Ginger: 2 Backup Bottles.
Sacre Noir: 1 Backup Bottle.
Future's Past: 1 Backup Bottle.
Fur by MadHat: 2 Backup Bottles.
Mugler Cologne: 1 Backup Bottle.
Sicilian Lime by Ortigia: 1 Backup Bottle.
Coconut Bay w/Lime: 1 Backup Bottle.
Old Spice Fresh Lime: 1 Backup Bottle.
Polo: 1 Cosmair, 1: 2015 bottle. 1 2017 mini.
Vert d' Encens: 1 Backup Bottle.
Oct 10, 2019
Been getting rid of backups the past couple years, but only keeping the following:

Gucci Nobile 2 x 120ml 1 x 60ml
TF Italian Cypress(vintage) 1 x 100ml 2 x 50ml
Micallef Royal Vintage (vintage) x 8 100ml
RL Polo x 1 100ml
Zegna Italian Bergamot 3 x 100ml
Houbigant Duc de Vervin 2 x 100ml
Givenchy Vetyver 1 x 100ml


Basenotes Dependent
Oct 27, 2008
I have to start with Acqua di Giò Profumo (x3). This is my most worn fragrance ever and I will use these up within the coming handful of years, followed by

Mugler A*Men Pure Coffee x2 (my favourite Mugler flanker)
Mugler A*Men Pure Tonka x1
Mugler A*Men Pure Malt x1
Mugler Cologne x1 100ml and +/- 100ml in a 300ml bottle
Mugler B*Men x1 (soon to be my only bottle)
Amouage Epic Man x1 (although I'd maybe swap this for a Jubilation XXV Man if anyone UK based was interested)

This list doesn't include smaller bottles which have been purchased for the purposes of travelling as opposed to "backing up".


Basenotes Plus
Basenotes Plus
Nov 9, 2013
Very few backups in my cupboard.
1x 50ml Ho Hang Club
5x Shaker Bel Ami 50ml and 100ml
5x 4ml Sycomore EDT
1x Oud Palao
3x 50ml Bugatti 1992 EDT plus 1 x 100ml A/S
1 La Douceur de Siam
5×Chanel Pour Monsieur, A Gentleman's Cologne and Chanel For Men.
2x 7ml Vol de Nuit

Some I wish I had backups
Sycomore EDT
Vintage Amouage Dia
Mitsouko Parfum de Toilette
80's Vol de Nuit EDT


Basenotes Dependent
Jun 13, 2003
Ummmm, back up bottles eh ? I've a few. My NUMERO UNO is backed up with two (or three ?) bottles, that being: L'Artisan DZING! (original label Circus Girl riding Tiger). I also have Guerlain "Mitsouko", Boucheron, Eau Sauvage Parfum (2012 & now 2017). Oh, two bottles of Caron Yatagan and several bottles of Lalique Encre Noire (and Flankers). Also, Bogart Furyo, Gray Flannel, Marlou (original) 50ml d'ambiguite. Uggh, I really should (before buying anything else) back up my bottle of SMN "Acqua di Cuba" (just in case). I blew it not backing up (now discontinued) SMN "Nostalgia", ugggh.



Basenotes Dependent
May 15, 2015
Probably the most unlikely fragrance to ever be backed up, I have a backup of this:


Basenotes Institution
May 13, 2012
I have lots of back ups
the most prominent are:
24 bottles of Aramis Havana
8 bottles of Antaeus
3x 200 ml bottles of Habit Rouge


Basenotes Junkie
Aug 16, 2021
Half a dozen Givenchy Insense
Same for current Chanel Pour Monsieur EDT plus one 30ml Chanel A Gentleman's Cologne
3 of YSL Rive Gauche PH and 1 of each flanker
3 of Chanel Platinum Egoiste
3 of Monsieur de Givenchy
3 of Dunhill Icon
3 of Armani Eau Pour Homme
3 of Versace L'Homme
2 of Houbigant Duc de Vervins EDT
2 of Pascal Morabito Or Black
2 of Lauder For Men

Everything else is just 1 or none.

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