Shop Till You Drop?

    Shop Till You Drop?

    post #1 of 32
    Thread Starter 

    Hi Everyone,

     

    As you may or most likely may not know is I'm trying to trim my collection link.  However it's my birthday in a few days and I plan on going shopping to "celebrate".  

     

    I have already mentally bought two bottles of Tom Ford's Private Blend, a bottle from Les Exclusifs de Chanel, a bottle from La Collection Privée, two bottles from Maison Francis Kurkdjian and a bottle from Parfum d'Empire.  

     

    Unless I've miscounted that's seven bottles in one day and I haven't even left the house yet.  I have three questions for you if you would be kind enough to answer.

     

    1. Do you feel that many bottles in one day is too much? 
    2. Do you shop in a similar way for your perfume/aftershave etc?
    3. How do I keep a "small" collection while still enjoying new fragrances?

     

     

     

    I apologize I must  seem pretty selfish right now.

     

    L'enfer x

    post #2 of 32
    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. Just be more discerning in what you plan to buy.
    post #3 of 32
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hednic View Post

    1. No
    2. Yes
    3. Just be more discerning in what you plan to buy.

     

    Short and sweet thank you for replying Hednic.  

     

    As for being more discerning I have noticed that I buy more niche fragrances (I'm not saying niche equals quality but you know) .  However If I end up with 200 fantastic bottles then I'm back where I started sort of.

    post #4 of 32

    1- yes

    2 no

    3 decants/splits

    post #5 of 32
    I keep a running list of colognes I think I might like based on research into their accords and notes and reviews I've read. Then, each pay check I set aside an amount I want to put toward fragrances and bulk buy a handful. Those I can get samples of I do, those I can't are FB purchases.

    So I'm with Hednic in response.
    post #6 of 32
    Thread Starter 

    Tony T & BtB thank you both for replying.  Differing opinions are always welcome but I'm glad I'm not alone in shopping this way.  Although my collection is now more "refined" as compared to say two years ago I'd still like to be able to have a more bijou selection.  I'm adding to my mental list as we speak I find it hard to avoid. shocked.gif

    post #7 of 32
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'enfer View Post



    As for being more discerning I have noticed that I buy more niche fragrances (I'm not saying niche equals quality but you know) .
    Nothing wrong with that IMO.
    post #8 of 32

    I couldn't imagine buying ONE bottle of perfume that cost more than my monthly housing costs, let alone seven.  To buy them all on one day would be something that I just couldn't do.

     

    If you have the money spare and hanging around then it's your money, so do with it as you see fit. 


    I'd prefer to share it out a bit further though so you can have the pleasure of exploring a new scent every few weeks rather than having them all at the same time.

    post #9 of 32
    Do you feel that many bottles in one day is too much? 
    Do you shop in a similar way for your perfume/aftershave etc?
    How do I keep a "small" collection while still enjoying new fragrances?

    Who's to say?
    Yes if it's not available locally.
    Define small. You can have a small collection of 400 perfumes. Wear a perfume in the morning till midday. Then another in the evening.
    post #10 of 32

    1. Yes, I feel that many in one day is too much.   I'd rather string the process out, with each one an individual treat, than get so many at once that I have to spread the excitement thin.

     

    2. So no, that's not the way I shop.

     

    3. Like some others, I usually go through the process of getting a sample, and then perhaps a decant before I make up my mind to buy a FB.   This can be a pretty drawn-out process, and as a result, if at the end I still find myself having the same enthusiasm for the thing, then I feel a lot more secure about getting a FB.

    post #11 of 32

    1. No. the only problem is the budget

    2. Since DC is pretty lousy for perfumes, it is indeed, when I go to paris, it's a shopping spree (and NYC can be the same as well).

    3. Why do you need to keep a small collection? If there's stuff you don't like, you can give it away, but if you like it, keep it. Given the rate of discontinuation and reformulation, you may find yourself regretting your downsizing.

     

    cacio

    post #12 of 32
    Thread Starter 

    Thanks to all who took the time to comment.  I'm actually going to heed the advice given by some of you and spread my fragrance purchases out over the next month rather the one day.  This will be hard as I am ill and it's hard for me to physically go out (that's one reason I shop this way) but I still see the benefit of spreading it out.  Perhaps the enjoyment will be greater that way if not I can always revert back to my old ways.

     

    Cacio the reason for the small collection is well it's hard to explain.  Perhaps I'm a little anal retentive but I find that when I look at my bottles I need to organize them in some way or I feel very uncomfortable.  This becomes harder and harder the more bottles I have however what you say does make sense so I do try to get the biggest size possible or buy a back up of said fragrance if I think it will make it into my "small" collection.

     

    Thanks again all for taking part in my thread. :)

     

    L'enfer x

    post #13 of 32
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by L'enfer View Post

    Thanks to all who took the time to comment.  I'm actually going to heed the advice given by some of you and spread my fragrance purchases out over the next month rather the one day.  This will be hard as I am ill and it's hard for me to physically go out (that's one reason I shop this way) but I still see the benefit of spreading it out.  Perhaps the enjoyment will be greater that way if not I can always revert back to my old ways.

     

    Cacio the reason for the small collection is well it's hard to explain.  Perhaps I'm a little anal retentive but I find that when I look at my bottles I need to organize them in some way or I feel very uncomfortable.  This becomes harder and harder the more bottles I have however what you say does make sense so I do try to get the biggest size possible or buy a back up of said fragrance if I think it will make it into my "small" collection.

     

    Thanks again all for taking part in my thread. :)

     

    L'enfer x


    Sympathies for the health problems.
    post #14 of 32
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BeyondTheBox View Post


    Sympathies for the health problems.

     

    Thank you so much!  That's very kind of you to take the time to say that but there is no need I've always been ill (chronic condition) I've become used to it.

    post #15 of 32

    just to add, I can understand where you're coming from. I think it's important to clear out the old as well first before adding new so it doesn't get too overwhelming. Focus a little more on selling off your other items first. It's easy to acquire, harder to rid. Second, yes, spread the purchases out a bit so you can enjoy the experience a few times. Lastly, carefully think about each purchase and make sure you've really tested them out and will be happy with them, and then let go and enjoy them. If there's any hesitation that you aren't in a position to be getting these in terms of budget or you have too much other stuff, then back off. This is just perfume. Real life like rent, food, friends and family always come first.

    post #16 of 32

    one of the other things you can do is make yourself a 5-10ml decant of something that you sort of like, and that may allow you mentally/emotionally let go of the bottle so you can sell it or give it away and still have enough that if you really wanted to wear it, you could a few times. It makes it so you "still have some" without the clutter of a full bottle, so instead you'll have 50x5ml atomizers instead of bottles. If you find you keep reaching for that decant and want to wear it and don't want to run out, then sure, you can rebuy the bottle and you would have lost very little by selling it and rebuying it.

    post #17 of 32
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