balancing fragrance and finances

    balancing fragrance and finances

    post #1 of 5
    Thread Starter 

    I know a lot of people here have 50+ bottles in their collection (many of which are expensive niche brand).  And any of the other costs of a fragrance hobby such as samples and decants.

     

    And then there's also the important financial priorities: putting a percentage of income every year into retirement, putting some money in an emergency fund in a bank or bonds, and then putting money into a house or condo (or at least saving up for one).  That, in addition to daily living necessities and some other luxuries.

     

    How do you personally find that balance? 

     

    The more specific your answer, the helpful.

     

    Thanks.

    post #2 of 5
    I sort decide in advance what 2 or 3 fragrance I will wear a given season. Then, I take my time picking them and buy only those 2 or 3. This summer for example I've picked Amyris and Oranges and Lemons by Heeley. These are the two I wear the most plus whatever else I have. I also avoid going to fragrance places to avoid temptation.

    I've also found out that I enjoy a lot more trying new fragrances and finding one that smells great. I don't enjoy buying and owning them. It's sort of like enjoying the hunt. So, I stick to samples and decants. The truth is that I can almost never finish a full bottle and I would get bored with a scent way before I'm half way through. So, I tend to get travel sizes and decants. It's really the variety I'm after not so much the quantity of juice.
    post #3 of 5
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ScentBound View Post

    I sort decide in advance what 2 or 3 fragrance I will wear a given season. Then, I take my time picking them and buy only those 2 or 3. This summer for example I've picked Amyris and Oranges and Lemons by Heeley. These are the two I wear the most plus whatever else I have. I also avoid going to fragrance places to avoid temptation.

    I've also found out that I enjoy a lot more trying new fragrances and finding one that smells great. I don't enjoy buying and owning them. It's sort of like enjoying the hunt. So, I stick to samples and decants. The truth is that I can almost never finish a full bottle and I would get bored with a scent way before I'm half way through. So, I tend to get travel sizes and decants. It's really the variety I'm after not so much the quantity of juice.

     

    i see.  though decanting is proportionately more expensive.  10 10ml's of a frag probably costs twice as much as 100ml of one fragrance, but in all fairness, you probably will get usage out of them rather than waste them

    post #4 of 5

    Just wait untill i have the cash saved then buy that one special bottle the rest of the time i buy cheaper bottle to experiment with or selll or swap

    post #5 of 5

    I cut corners elsewhere to put that money towards bottles.  Examples ... if I sell an older bottle, that money goes towards a new one.  If I come in under my food budget for the week, then I can put that extra money towards a new bottle.  I'm traveling this week for vacation and found some really good hotel deals.  That brought me in under my vacation budget, which is money I can put towards new bottles.  

     

    I give or sacrifice a little in other areas, in order to put that money towards this hobby.  I don't mind giving up something that's a temporary pleasure, if it means that I can buy bottles that will give me longer term pleasure.  Make sense?  

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    7/18/13 at 6:07pm

    noirdrakkar said:



    I know a lot of people here have 50+ bottles in their collection (many of which are expensive niche brand).  And any of the other costs of a fragrance hobby such as samples and decants.

     

    And then there's also the important financial priorities: putting a percentage of income every year into retirement, putting some money in an emergency fund in a bank or bonds, and then putting money into a house or condo (or at least saving up for one).  That, in addition to daily living necessities and some other luxuries.

     

    How do you personally find that balance? 

     

    The more specific your answer, the helpful.

     

    Thanks.

    7/18/13 at 8:36pm

    ScentBound said:



    I sort decide in advance what 2 or 3 fragrance I will wear a given season. Then, I take my time picking them and buy only those 2 or 3. This summer for example I've picked Amyris and Oranges and Lemons by Heeley. These are the two I wear the most plus whatever else I have. I also avoid going to fragrance places to avoid temptation.

    I've also found out that I enjoy a lot more trying new fragrances and finding one that smells great. I don't enjoy buying and owning them. It's sort of like enjoying the hunt. So, I stick to samples and decants. The truth is that I can almost never finish a full bottle and I would get bored with a scent way before I'm half way through. So, I tend to get travel sizes and decants. It's really the variety I'm after not so much the quantity of juice.

    7/19/13 at 12:46am

    noirdrakkar said:



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ScentBound View Post

    I sort decide in advance what 2 or 3 fragrance I will wear a given season. Then, I take my time picking them and buy only those 2 or 3. This summer for example I've picked Amyris and Oranges and Lemons by Heeley. These are the two I wear the most plus whatever else I have. I also avoid going to fragrance places to avoid temptation.

    I've also found out that I enjoy a lot more trying new fragrances and finding one that smells great. I don't enjoy buying and owning them. It's sort of like enjoying the hunt. So, I stick to samples and decants. The truth is that I can almost never finish a full bottle and I would get bored with a scent way before I'm half way through. So, I tend to get travel sizes and decants. It's really the variety I'm after not so much the quantity of juice.

     

    i see.  though decanting is proportionately more expensive.  10 10ml's of a frag probably costs twice as much as 100ml of one fragrance, but in all fairness, you probably will get usage out of them rather than waste them

    7/19/13 at 3:56am

    mccann690 said:



    Just wait untill i have the cash saved then buy that one special bottle the rest of the time i buy cheaper bottle to experiment with or selll or swap

    7/19/13 at 1:12pm

    naylor said:



    I cut corners elsewhere to put that money towards bottles.  Examples ... if I sell an older bottle, that money goes towards a new one.  If I come in under my food budget for the week, then I can put that extra money towards a new bottle.  I'm traveling this week for vacation and found some really good hotel deals.  That brought me in under my vacation budget, which is money I can put towards new bottles.  

     

    I give or sacrifice a little in other areas, in order to put that money towards this hobby.  I don't mind giving up something that's a temporary pleasure, if it means that I can buy bottles that will give me longer term pleasure.  Make sense?