In one of the coolest posts she ever did, she invited professor of psychology at UT Austin and author of Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, Sam Gosling, to analyze reader-submitted images of their medicine cabinets, bathroom shelves, and, in my case — the beginnings of a perfume shelf in my tiny bathroom in San Francisco. (My burgeoning vintage acquisitions, naturallly, were in the crisper of my refrigerator!)
Her post: Gettin' Snoopy: How Your Things Reveal Your Personality, is totally fascinating. I think Gosling's description of my personality via that shelf is dead on — as is his description of people I knew but he'd never met or seen — simply based on his analysis of the way they organized their toiletries! Most of the pictures he analyzed were of readers' medicine cabinets, but a few of the pics came from people we worked with.
As Snoopee #5, this is what I sent in:
And here is how he read me:
"In contrast to 3 and 4 for whom clutter was unsettling, this person is at ease with complexity and uncertainty; whereas 3 and 4 are reassured by clarity and order, person 5 is more attuned to depth, complexity, and mystery that the various perfumes and their arrangement connote. Specifically, the bottles are roughly corralled onto the shelf but not rigidly lined up. It’s a more fluid, creative, aesthetically driven arrangement."
— Sam Gosling, author of Snoop
Yessss! I do like the depth, complexity and mystery of perfumes, thank you very much. It's hard to see the details in the picture, but scattered among the perfumes, I added opium pipes, a single empty vintage Shalimar bottle, Moroccan eyeliner, and a Victorian cosmetic compact. To me, perfumes represent faraway lands, romantic addictions, glamour, and the mysteries of the past.
I keep moving around, and so my perfume stash-turned-hoard is in various boxes and suitcases, so I can't show you what it looks now. What does you perfume shelf look like? Send links to your blog and/or Flickr accounts (or Instagram or wherever you post images), and I'll add the links to this post as they come!
I don't have Sam on hand to analyze them, but it will be fun to see everyone's perfume collections.