Too many fragrances?

    Too many fragrances?

    post #1 of 18
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    Does anyone else feel overwhelmed with how there seems too be an infinite number of mens fragrances? I can see the up side of it for a lot of people because it keeps the hobby alive, you never know what else you might find because you always have the chance to discover new frags. The reason it is overwhelming to me is because i've been into frags for 6 or 8 months now and discovered so much during that time but it's frustrating because in this time I've devoted so much time and effort learning, but don't feel I know barley anything. I can get on this forum at any given time and look at the sotd and half of what people are wearing I never even heard; even the frag house that made it I never heard of. I feel like everyone just knows so much more than I do even though I look up a frag on fragrantica and all that every time I hear or see something new. I think a lot of my frustration comes from the fact that most everything I haven't tried yet is so non-accessible that I have to accept that it's not worth the time and money for me to sample the 100s of different brands of frags times 20 because that's roughly how many scents each brand makes. I know others have most likely been a frag head for much longer than me but damn idk if i'll ever know what some of these random rare frags smell like because for me to consider getting a sample I have to almost know it's good before hand from getting hyped up or something.

    post #2 of 18
    I have personally never felt overwhelmed by the number of mens fragrances available.
    post #3 of 18
    I don't find it overwhelming, and I'm glad that there's so much out there. Can you imagine having sniffed every perfume available?
    post #4 of 18
    Them being inaccessible could be verY frustrating.
    What you could do is order samples by house.
    post #5 of 18
    If they are neatly arranged on the store by "house", it's not bad.
    The Hoffman's near here rearranged the fragrances often, so it's confusing sometimes.
    post #6 of 18

    I don't find it overwhelming. Unless I have a fixed amount of money and it's time to decide between fragrances. In most cases I end up buying both...which makes it more frustrating than overwhelming for me at times. There's just so much good stuff out there.

    post #7 of 18

    It is overwhelming, it takes time. Recently I have been investing in getting samples and now my sample list have reached 100+, so i take my time to learn, test and appreciate different scents.

    post #8 of 18

    I only find it overwhelming beacuse im not rich and its a expensive hobby for sure. Pretty sure ill never have enough money to try everything I want to.

    post #9 of 18
    Yeah, I'm just starting out and there's just so much. I guess I have to enjoy it with what I can do. It really is a joy to experience awesome new (to me) scents.
    post #10 of 18
    It's so much out there, when I buy I usually end up leaving the shop with two bottles and have two more I wanna get next time
    post #11 of 18

    personnaly i do and won't buy until the summer is over..

    post #12 of 18
    Yeah there are a crazy amount of fragrances out there, and then also hearing about how great vintage fragrances are makes the task of trying all the great scents pretty much impossible. But I'm also glad about the amount of selection, variety is the spice of life! I don't get down that I'll never be able to try every great fragrance, I just know that I'll try every one that I possibly can.
    post #13 of 18
    I can totally see where your coming from. But for me it's more frustrating to not have access to many frag to test first.(only have a small Macy's about 15miles away which doesn't stock much)
    So I end up almost always blind buying, whether it's something I see at TJ Max or Ross, or ordering a cheap one online. I'm impulsive and impatient, not a good combo when you have to hunt and wait for samples!lol And it's been hit or miss, but since I found reviews here and at fragrantica...it's helped a lot!(both in growing my collection very quickly and draining lots is previously disposable income;) Out of the 80ish I have, I can truly say that I mostly just keep going back to the same 6-10 more than anything....and that's where it also gets super frustrating, running out of room and yet I keep on buying;)
    post #14 of 18

    If you think it's bad for men's fragrances, think about all the women's ones out there. :P I've come to terms that there is no way I will test as much fragrances as I want to in my lifetime.

    The industry is churning out fragrances left and right because they are moneymakers. Why plunk down $1000+ for a Burberry bag when you can buy a perfume from the brand for a fraction of the price?

    post #15 of 18
    It seemed overwhelming to me, too, until I learned what I liked and stopped suffering bad blind buys. At first in this hobby it felt like I was stumbling around in the dark, but now several fragrances act as my guiding light.
    post #16 of 18

    It's as overwhelming as my bank account allows.thumbsup.gif

    post #17 of 18

    Just keep in mind that there's hundreds of fragrances, but only maybe 5-10% of them are worthwhile.

    post #18 of 18
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by noirdrakkarView Post

    Just keep in mind that there's hundreds of fragrances, but only maybe 5-10% of them are worthwhile.
    And the opinion of which 5-10% differ
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    5/23/13 at 9:16pm

    Ryan247 said:



    Does anyone else feel overwhelmed with how there seems too be an infinite number of mens fragrances? I can see the up side of it for a lot of people because it keeps the hobby alive, you never know what else you might find because you always have the chance to discover new frags. The reason it is overwhelming to me is because i've been into frags for 6 or 8 months now and discovered so much during that time but it's frustrating because in this time I've devoted so much time and effort learning, but don't feel I know barley anything. I can get on this forum at any given time and look at the sotd and half of what people are wearing I never even heard; even the frag house that made it I never heard of. I feel like everyone just knows so much more than I do even though I look up a frag on fragrantica and all that every time I hear or see something new. I think a lot of my frustration comes from the fact that most everything I haven't tried yet is so non-accessible that I have to accept that it's not worth the time and money for me to sample the 100s of different brands of frags times 20 because that's roughly how many scents each brand makes. I know others have most likely been a frag head for much longer than me but damn idk if i'll ever know what some of these random rare frags smell like because for me to consider getting a sample I have to almost know it's good before hand from getting hyped up or something.

    5/23/13 at 9:42pm

    hednic said:



    I have personally never felt overwhelmed by the number of mens fragrances available.

    5/23/13 at 10:46pm

    VintagePoison said:



    I don't find it overwhelming, and I'm glad that there's so much out there. Can you imagine having sniffed every perfume available?

    5/24/13 at 1:25am

    hedonist222 said:



    Them being inaccessible could be verY frustrating.
    What you could do is order samples by house.

    5/24/13 at 1:55am

    thines01 said:



    If they are neatly arranged on the store by "house", it's not bad.
    The Hoffman's near here rearranged the fragrances often, so it's confusing sometimes.

    5/24/13 at 8:14am

    rynegne said:



    I don't find it overwhelming. Unless I have a fixed amount of money and it's time to decide between fragrances. In most cases I end up buying both...which makes it more frustrating than overwhelming for me at times. There's just so much good stuff out there.

    5/24/13 at 10:01am

    kimo said:



    It is overwhelming, it takes time. Recently I have been investing in getting samples and now my sample list have reached 100+, so i take my time to learn, test and appreciate different scents.

    5/24/13 at 12:40pm

    seekritdude said:



    I only find it overwhelming beacuse im not rich and its a expensive hobby for sure. Pretty sure ill never have enough money to try everything I want to.

    5/24/13 at 1:31pm

    DanHD said:



    Yeah, I'm just starting out and there's just so much. I guess I have to enjoy it with what I can do. It really is a joy to experience awesome new (to me) scents.

    5/24/13 at 2:00pm

    Preston H said:



    It's so much out there, when I buy I usually end up leaving the shop with two bottles and have two more I wanna get next time

    5/24/13 at 2:12pm

    Tony T said:



    personnaly i do and won't buy until the summer is over..

    5/24/13 at 2:59pm

    foughare said:



    Yeah there are a crazy amount of fragrances out there, and then also hearing about how great vintage fragrances are makes the task of trying all the great scents pretty much impossible. But I'm also glad about the amount of selection, variety is the spice of life! I don't get down that I'll never be able to try every great fragrance, I just know that I'll try every one that I possibly can.

    5/24/13 at 3:37pm

    bigbz said:



    I can totally see where your coming from. But for me it's more frustrating to not have access to many frag to test first.(only have a small Macy's about 15miles away which doesn't stock much)
    So I end up almost always blind buying, whether it's something I see at TJ Max or Ross, or ordering a cheap one online. I'm impulsive and impatient, not a good combo when you have to hunt and wait for samples!lol And it's been hit or miss, but since I found reviews here and at fragrantica...it's helped a lot!(both in growing my collection very quickly and draining lots is previously disposable income;) Out of the 80ish I have, I can truly say that I mostly just keep going back to the same 6-10 more than anything....and that's where it also gets super frustrating, running out of room and yet I keep on buying;)

    5/24/13 at 5:54pm

    Hayven said:



    If you think it's bad for men's fragrances, think about all the women's ones out there. :P I've come to terms that there is no way I will test as much fragrances as I want to in my lifetime.

    The industry is churning out fragrances left and right because they are moneymakers. Why plunk down $1000+ for a Burberry bag when you can buy a perfume from the brand for a fraction of the price?

    5/24/13 at 6:29pm

    greekyogurt said:



    It seemed overwhelming to me, too, until I learned what I liked and stopped suffering bad blind buys. At first in this hobby it felt like I was stumbling around in the dark, but now several fragrances act as my guiding light.

    5/24/13 at 10:23pm

    sjg3839 said:



    It's as overwhelming as my bank account allows.thumbsup.gif

    5/25/13 at 12:54pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    Just keep in mind that there's hundreds of fragrances, but only maybe 5-10% of them are worthwhile.

    5/25/13 at 1:22pm

    Puds1970 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by noirdrakkarView Post

    Just keep in mind that there's hundreds of fragrances, but only maybe 5-10% of them are worthwhile.
    And the opinion of which 5-10% differ





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