Buy perfume from only one house!

    Buy perfume from only one house!

    post #1 of 15
    Thread Starter 

    Pick your favourite perfume house and buy perfumes only from that and not any other. This would definitely help limit your perfume hoarding. This is the strategy I am going to use.

    post #2 of 15

    I mentioned - not entirely jokingly - in another thread that Josh of Slumberhouse is actually helping me save money because his scents have completely taken the shine off a number of other bottles I had been intending to buy. Perfectly happy with that!

    post #3 of 15

    This is a lifelong journey full of reminiscences and discoveries - entirely up to you if you want to deprive yourself. I'm perfectly at ease with my "hoarding" and have no plans to curtail such a rewarding pastime in any way whatsoever.  

    post #4 of 15

    Why be a scent collector and then deliberately limit yourself in such a way?  Why not limit yourself to samples or decants apart from one (or two) very carefully chosen bottles a year?

     

    I'd feel very deprived if my collection could only contain one house's ideas of how scent should smell.
     

    post #5 of 15
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    Originally Posted by sfmedusa View Post

     

    Why not limit yourself to samples or decants apart from one (or two) very carefully chosen bottles a year?

     

     

    Is exactly what I'm doing, actually (though I'm already way past the quota of one or two very carefully chosen bottles) - it hasn't stopped me from buying lots of samples and decants but I no longer feel the need to convert so very many of them to full bottle purchases ultimately. And much of that has to do with the small handful of fragrances that speak to me louder than many of the others that I like only moderately.

    post #6 of 15
    Thread Starter 
    Experiencing perfumes and owning perfumes are two different things. A $300 bottle can get you 30 samples, or better yet, just smell some at a store smile.gif If collecting is out of control, buying perfumes from only one house could be a solution.
    post #7 of 15
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Magic Ketchup View Post

    Pick your favourite perfume house and buy perfumes only from that and not any other. This would definitely help limit your perfume hoarding. This is the strategy I am going to use.

    That doesn't make sense because you could very well go over your budget. Lets say you select Guerlain, Creed or Frederic Malle. There are tons of perfumes you'll probably end up liking.

    Why not define it by budget out number of maximum bottles.

    This way you'd end up with the best (in your opinion) from each house.
    post #8 of 15

    I started a thread similar to this, but asking "is one house enough?".

    My take on it is:  I could attempt to be satisfied by one house If I wanted to settle for a "base fragrance" as I've noticed a lot of fragrance houses have a common under-smell they put in each of their fragrances.

    There are unique frags, however that are not found from house-to-house.

    For instance: A fragrance like Prada pour Homme Intense is not found in the Armani lineup.

    post #9 of 15
    Guys, it's a hypothetical question and the thread starter is not asking for others to do the same. It's his hobby, so let him do what he wants. He just wants to know what your hypothetical one-house house is.
    post #10 of 15
    Thread Starter 
    I know I will be missing a lot of great scents if I limit myself to one house, but as person who wants more when knows more, binding myself to just one house will save me from financial stress. Between smelling wonderful and different everyday and knowing I can live stress free financially, I'd pick the latter.

    I tell you, my coworker who loves perfume has spent almost a month debating in her head about which niche fragrance to get, mean while I have bought 10 different ones over that period of time. We pretty much earn the same salary. I feel so horrible and credit card statement is going to bite me so hard.
    post #11 of 15

    You can be a perfume collector on a very small budget though, and nobody is saying that the only perfumes worth buying or smelling are niche.  I can count on the fingers of one hand the times that I've spent over Ł20 on a bottle of perfume and the fact that I can't afford a bottle of Amouage or Creed doesn't stop me from exploring some fabulous and famous scents on a shoestring.

     

    When I can afford a mini or decant of Eau du Soir I buy one, but for the rest of the time I wear the Shalimar that I bought as a part used bottle for Ł15 or the Miss Dior parfum that cost me Ł18.  Yesterday a bottle of Gres Cabaret arrived, and it's lovely, and this morning it was followed by a collection of Jean Louis Scherrer mini parfums, which are wonderful. 

     

    If the issue is spending too much then that's the issue, but please don't think that your solution is the only solution.  Picking up an old Guerlain perfume or a vintage bottle of Joy for a song on Ebay can be a solution too.  I wouldn't be surprised if the cost of my whole collection amounts to less than the cost of a single bottle of Amouage or Clive Christian, but it's my collection and I'm happy to explore them without bankrupting myself as I live within my (very meagre) means.

     

    I hope you find a suitable balance with your collecting soon.

    post #12 of 15
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks, sfmedusa. I don't know why, but I am very intrigued by the niche fragrances. I used to own some designer's fragrance when I was a teenager, but none of them really made me want to keep them. But I will take your advice and seek out some newer designer's perfumes.

     

    Whenever I order fragrance samples I think it would be just for fun, but the problem is that I fall in love with new scents quite easily and that makes me want to get a 50ml bottle. I am more likely to use a perfume in a bottle than those in a sample vial… must be a visual thing or an obsession to own an authentic merchandise. I guess I don't mind buying used perfume, but it will be great if it also comes with the original box. Right now I have about 10 bottles, but I already have trouble picking one to wear before I go to work.  I wear sample perfume before going to sleep; I have 30 or so to choose from, and only wear bottled perfume before going to work. It's my little routine now.

    post #13 of 15

    It would be quite unlikely for me to settle for one fragrance house alone, but if it had to happen, it would be one the following: Hermes, Guerlain, Serge Lutens, Loewe, Dior, Penhaligons, YSL, ADP or Boucheron, since they are the fragrance houses which- at least in my opinion and at least according to what I know so far- have the highest ratio of fragrances liked or even loved by me, in relation to the total number of their releases I am familiar with. 

    post #14 of 15

    I personally couldn’t stick to just one house would miss out on so many scents

    post #15 of 15
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mccann690 View Post

    I personally couldn’t stick to just one house would miss out on so many scents

    Same here.
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    5/26/13 at 5:16pm

    Magic Ketchup said:



    Pick your favourite perfume house and buy perfumes only from that and not any other. This would definitely help limit your perfume hoarding. This is the strategy I am going to use.

    5/27/13 at 2:48am

    rowan- said:



    I mentioned - not entirely jokingly - in another thread that Josh of Slumberhouse is actually helping me save money because his scents have completely taken the shine off a number of other bottles I had been intending to buy. Perfectly happy with that!

    5/27/13 at 3:12am

    JON RODGERS said:



    This is a lifelong journey full of reminiscences and discoveries - entirely up to you if you want to deprive yourself. I'm perfectly at ease with my "hoarding" and have no plans to curtail such a rewarding pastime in any way whatsoever.  

    5/27/13 at 4:08am

    sfmedusa said:



    Why be a scent collector and then deliberately limit yourself in such a way?  Why not limit yourself to samples or decants apart from one (or two) very carefully chosen bottles a year?

     

    I'd feel very deprived if my collection could only contain one house's ideas of how scent should smell.
     

    5/27/13 at 4:14am

    rowan- said:



    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sfmedusa View Post

     

    Why not limit yourself to samples or decants apart from one (or two) very carefully chosen bottles a year?

     

     

    Is exactly what I'm doing, actually (though I'm already way past the quota of one or two very carefully chosen bottles) - it hasn't stopped me from buying lots of samples and decants but I no longer feel the need to convert so very many of them to full bottle purchases ultimately. And much of that has to do with the small handful of fragrances that speak to me louder than many of the others that I like only moderately.

    5/27/13 at 5:04am

    Magic Ketchup said:



    Experiencing perfumes and owning perfumes are two different things. A $300 bottle can get you 30 samples, or better yet, just smell some at a store smile.gif If collecting is out of control, buying perfumes from only one house could be a solution.

    5/27/13 at 10:57am

    hedonist222 said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Magic Ketchup View Post

    Pick your favourite perfume house and buy perfumes only from that and not any other. This would definitely help limit your perfume hoarding. This is the strategy I am going to use.

    That doesn't make sense because you could very well go over your budget. Lets say you select Guerlain, Creed or Frederic Malle. There are tons of perfumes you'll probably end up liking.

    Why not define it by budget out number of maximum bottles.

    This way you'd end up with the best (in your opinion) from each house.

    5/27/13 at 11:37am

    thines01 said:



    I started a thread similar to this, but asking "is one house enough?".

    My take on it is:  I could attempt to be satisfied by one house If I wanted to settle for a "base fragrance" as I've noticed a lot of fragrance houses have a common under-smell they put in each of their fragrances.

    There are unique frags, however that are not found from house-to-house.

    For instance: A fragrance like Prada pour Homme Intense is not found in the Armani lineup.

    5/27/13 at 1:42pm

    VintagePoison said:



    Guys, it's a hypothetical question and the thread starter is not asking for others to do the same. It's his hobby, so let him do what he wants. He just wants to know what your hypothetical one-house house is.

    5/27/13 at 2:00pm

    Magic Ketchup said:



    I know I will be missing a lot of great scents if I limit myself to one house, but as person who wants more when knows more, binding myself to just one house will save me from financial stress. Between smelling wonderful and different everyday and knowing I can live stress free financially, I'd pick the latter.

    I tell you, my coworker who loves perfume has spent almost a month debating in her head about which niche fragrance to get, mean while I have bought 10 different ones over that period of time. We pretty much earn the same salary. I feel so horrible and credit card statement is going to bite me so hard.

    5/31/13 at 2:58pm

    sfmedusa said:



    You can be a perfume collector on a very small budget though, and nobody is saying that the only perfumes worth buying or smelling are niche.  I can count on the fingers of one hand the times that I've spent over Ł20 on a bottle of perfume and the fact that I can't afford a bottle of Amouage or Creed doesn't stop me from exploring some fabulous and famous scents on a shoestring.

     

    When I can afford a mini or decant of Eau du Soir I buy one, but for the rest of the time I wear the Shalimar that I bought as a part used bottle for Ł15 or the Miss Dior parfum that cost me Ł18.  Yesterday a bottle of Gres Cabaret arrived, and it's lovely, and this morning it was followed by a collection of Jean Louis Scherrer mini parfums, which are wonderful. 

     

    If the issue is spending too much then that's the issue, but please don't think that your solution is the only solution.  Picking up an old Guerlain perfume or a vintage bottle of Joy for a song on Ebay can be a solution too.  I wouldn't be surprised if the cost of my whole collection amounts to less than the cost of a single bottle of Amouage or Clive Christian, but it's my collection and I'm happy to explore them without bankrupting myself as I live within my (very meagre) means.

     

    I hope you find a suitable balance with your collecting soon.

    5/31/13 at 4:11pm

    Magic Ketchup said:



    Thanks, sfmedusa. I don't know why, but I am very intrigued by the niche fragrances. I used to own some designer's fragrance when I was a teenager, but none of them really made me want to keep them. But I will take your advice and seek out some newer designer's perfumes.

     

    Whenever I order fragrance samples I think it would be just for fun, but the problem is that I fall in love with new scents quite easily and that makes me want to get a 50ml bottle. I am more likely to use a perfume in a bottle than those in a sample vial… must be a visual thing or an obsession to own an authentic merchandise. I guess I don't mind buying used perfume, but it will be great if it also comes with the original box. Right now I have about 10 bottles, but I already have trouble picking one to wear before I go to work.  I wear sample perfume before going to sleep; I have 30 or so to choose from, and only wear bottled perfume before going to work. It's my little routine now.

    6/2/13 at 7:45am

    Ken_Russell said:



    It would be quite unlikely for me to settle for one fragrance house alone, but if it had to happen, it would be one the following: Hermes, Guerlain, Serge Lutens, Loewe, Dior, Penhaligons, YSL, ADP or Boucheron, since they are the fragrance houses which- at least in my opinion and at least according to what I know so far- have the highest ratio of fragrances liked or even loved by me, in relation to the total number of their releases I am familiar with. 

    6/2/13 at 7:56am

    mccann690 said:



    I personally couldn’t stick to just one house would miss out on so many scents

    6/2/13 at 4:02pm

    hednic said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mccann690 View Post

    I personally couldn’t stick to just one house would miss out on so many scents

    Same here.





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