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.
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.
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.
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.
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 vialâ€¦ 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.
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.