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After a bit of a hiatus which I had to take to recover from minor surgery, I have started going back to the stores to look for stuff to sniff. Unfortunately, I haven't found much lately that truly inspires me.

I have bought some pretty innocuous things, even thought they didn't really impress or satisfy me, and I wonder now if this business of searching for new scents and picking up a bottle here and there isn't just an exercise based on force of habit.

Among some of the things that I've thought about as possible purchases is the upcoming release of Creed Royal Oud. It's not all that, and I do find Creeds less satisfying now than I did when I first enthused over things like Bois du Portugal, but this one does seem a little better than some other recent Creed offerings. Still, I don't know if I can justify $300 for 75 ml of juice that is just "better than the usual offering." We'll see. I suppose I can ask to have a bottle reserved and then renege before actually pulling the trigger.

I suspect that part of the reason for this reluctance to buy, or at least to buy in the high-end perfume market, is a recent major purchase that drained my savings a bit: not long ago, I bought a new computer, and now I have also bought a new desk to accommodate it. I wanted to get a system that would be a good investment for the next few years, so I popped for additional memory, an SSD hard drive to take advantage of Thunderbolt technology, more graphics power, and so on. I certainly hope that this souped-up new machine will serve me well for a few years into the future.

Anyway, the new computer may be what's got me away from the scent market; or it may be that my enthusiasm for it has just shifted my enthusiasm focus away from my older interests. Even so, I think what's got me off my feed may be the industry's glut of crappy offerings coming onto the market and the abysmal lack of imagination, creativity, and risk-taking among the brief-writers. If I could somehow manage to break the stranglehold of the marketing industry around the scent enterprise, I think a lot of perfume fanciers (and maybe even a lot of noses) would thank me.

I wonder if my disillusionment with scent will last, or if I will once again become focused on the juice trade as a place to squander my hard-earned cash. In any case, rebuilding the savings account balance will be a priority for the near future.

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  1. lilybelle's Avatar
    I don't think your disillusionment will last Jaime. You're just going through a temporary phase. Something will strike your fancy soon, but you may need a break for a while. Perhaps it is a good time to go on fragrance-hunting hiatus, too, and appreciate what you have, coccoon with your treasures for a while. Maybe this is related to your recovery time from surgery? I hope you are feeling better. Wishing you a full 100% recovery. ♥
  2. pluran's Avatar
    JaimeB,

    I hope you're doing good. Feel free to spend your money on other things. There are so many of them. You'll find out that it's a good thing. You're not a slave to fragrances. If a truly great one comes along (it's rare), then get it. Otherwise have a look at all the other great things. It's never ending. Have fun with it.

    pluran
  3. The Bark's Avatar
    Always keep your eye upon the donut, and not upon the hole.

    I've been thinking about this a lot lately, especially because of the economy and something I had just finished writing which used this as a theme. Over the past two years, I've missed out on a good number of new releases - granted there are way more now than ever before - and there's been a "longing" or sense of voidness from not being able to participate.

    It's forced me to pull out my bags of samples and go through them, narrowing down the things I may potentially own someday, but only doing so after giving them numerous run-throughs. The notion of impulsive buying for me has almost all but faded away.

    More importantly, I've looked at a lot of neglected bottles I do have (when you're running 150+, there's more than enough neglect to go around). Some I've smelled again and don't know why I made the purchase. Others have come across as love at first sniff all over again (Lalique Equus, one which I hand't worn in a few years, made me feel stupid the other day for having neglected it for so long. What was I thinking?).

    There will always be a number of scents I would love to own, but the experience in general has taught me to appreciate the things I do have and not to focus on the things I don't.
  4. teardrop's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lilybelle
    I don't think your disillusionment will last Jaime. You're just going through a temporary phase. Something will strike your fancy soon, but you may need a break for a while. Perhaps it is a good time to go on fragrance-hunting hiatus, too, and appreciate what you have, coccoon with your treasures for a while. Maybe this is related to your recovery time from surgery? I hope you are feeling better. Wishing you a full 100% recovery. ♥
    l concur!
  5. Laureline's Avatar
    all that for sure
    but feel free to come and write something sometimes Jaime, directly connected with fragrance or not ! you and your writing would be missed !!
  6. s.mcqueen's Avatar
    In May I bought a 17" MBP and did the SSD/memory hop up, and this week I've made up for my perfume negligence by making a substantial purchase of 2 Serge Lutens, 1 Creed and 1 Bond no9

    Looking forward to your return from perfume hiatus
  7. Fred360's Avatar
    Always nice hearing your thoughts, and I have been in similar summer doldrums but on a much smaller scale. Every other month or so I've been getting about a dozen samples (luckyscent, nordstroms) and none have impressed me.

    I thought of purchasing some "Sel de Mer" by Tokyo Milk at a local store (three blocks from my house) since it was interesting, but then I wasn't sure it was that interesting. Even thought it would only be a 1-oz. bottle at a fraction of the figure you mentioned I paused. I may go and get it this weekend, or may wait until I can justify the purchase of Jubiliation XXV that I have been lusting after.
    This has been a good time for me to try more of the "maybe" samples and decide Yes or No.
  8. laroche's Avatar
    Bonjour Jaime!

    J'espere que c'est juste une question de patience mon ami.

    While I hope that a few great fragrances come along soon for you to write about, I second Laureline. Perhaps all of our enthusiasms shift over time. What is of great value is that you share them with us. Merci Jaime!
  9. odioustoilet's Avatar
    • Step away from the ledge sir!


  10. JaimeB's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by odioustoilet
    • Step away from the ledge sir!


    Don't worry! I'm just enjoying the view — not jumping!
  11. melodyjayne's Avatar
    Jamie, you sure have a impressive collection there! How many years has that taken to build?
  12. Primrose's Avatar
    I find myself coming and going in this hobby but never leaving entirely. I always return.

    Since I was interested since almost infancy, this hobby will never really leave me.
  13. shadesofbleu's Avatar
    Hope you are feeling better, Jaime!

    I find myself spending way more time on other pursuits at the moment too. We are cruising again in a few months, so there are ports to research and cruise-related info to gather. I've also had this wild idea to purchase a new camera before we cruise, so a lot of my computer time has been shifted to reading camera reviews and stuff. My point is, I think it's natural to step back at times from this obsession we love so much.

    Here's hoping that your disillusionment is just temporary ... we would miss you around here at Basenotes!
  14. Postumo's Avatar
    Due to economics constrains i have to be very picky with my purchases. I run through samples with a very critical point of view. I won't purchase impulsively something just to say, after a couple of wearing, that i feel better wearing something like Rive Gauche or something...

    My next potential purchase will improve my wardrobe, not just increase it. I'll get whatever makes me feel as goor or better than the ones i already own. Sometimes I see pictures of basenoters great collections I feel a kind of envy, i think "wow i'd love to get those Malle or Amouge, or Guerlain cool bottles on my desk". Well, first i'll make sure I want what's into those bottles on my skin.

    I'll keep sampling and getting a few mls and decants here and there, now and then... but full bottles will come after some thought.

    Great blog Jaime, enjoy your new computer (although i'm not an Apple fan, it looks fantastic)

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