I've Just Created My "Dream" Perfume Cabinet—Here's Every Single Scent I Added

I've been a fragrance lover ever since I started earning an allowance and could afford every single celebrity, Bath & Body Works, and Victoria's Secret scent I could get my hands on. (You quite literally could not see the surface of my vanity in junior high and high school—that's just how bottle-strewn it was!)

Therefore, it's not surprising that my love for all things perfume has only intensified ever since becoming completely immersed in the world of fragrance as a beauty editor. (Side note: when I first started my career in beauty at Who What Wear, our CCO Hillary Kerr lent me The Perfect Scent: A Year Inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr, and it's still one of my favorite reads of all time.) 


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Years later, you could say I've definitely been around the block when it comes to perfume and am familiar with practically every fragrance from every brand. You could also say I've become infinitely more particular when it comes to choosing my own wardrobe of scents, and while it might seem superficial, I pride myself on getting complimented by strangers on my smell. Essentially, I want to smell as intoxicating as possible, and I choose my perfumes accordingly. Below, I'm sharing the contents of what my "dream" perfume cabinet would look like, and really, it's not dissimilar to what my actual perfume collection is comprised of. Keep scrolling for 16 collection-worthy icons I think every single person should own. 

Jo Malone London

Parfums de Marly



Maison Margiela 'REPLICA'


Vilhelm Parfumerie

Eauso Vert

Clean Reserve

St. Rose

Tom Ford

Ellis Brooklyn



Maison Francis Kurkdjian

Frédéric Malle

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Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.