Originally Posted by hawk
so that means sometimes you can buy a fragrance because you think of it as a fine work of art and not because you necessarily want to wear it?
Well, yes, to some extent. I've purchased a few bottles that I don't really wear because i don't particularly like them, but I got them becuase they were 'must haves' as a collector, or because they were landmark fragrances. Now that was all in the early days, when I had ego about this whole thing and wanted to make all the right moves. A big part of it was the need for me to smell and smell and smell a few of these creations to really try and understand them. Since then I've switched the process into acquiring decants or samples for the 'reference library'. But to your point, yes, there are many fragrances I have sought out to smell or get samples of to try and understand them objectively as an artistic construct, an emotional expression through the medium of perfume, and not yet as something I personally would wear or not. I keep many samples because of an interesting take on a particular note, or because they're vintage vs modern, etc, nothing to do with if I'd wear it or not. Maybe that explains it better?