I've been obsessed with perfumes all my life and working towards becoming a perfumer for a few years now (and of course did become one for Lush for a few years & am now finishing my perfume course, so yay! :) ). However - I was reading Marie Claire September issue and realised I hadn't smelled a single one of the perfumes they'd featured on a page of new releases. At first I thought "right, that's it; I have to hand in my perfumista card" but then I realised my approach to perfume fandom had evolved from wanting to recognise and catalogue all the scents to wanting to discover them more... serendipitously. Added to this, the avalanche of new perfume launches (when I was working behind perfume counters as a teen, we'd get 50-150 launches a year and only a few of these reached the stores I was working in. MUCH easier to keep up!).
So then I blogged about it - and now I'm curious to find out what the feeling out here is. Are you a perfume-spotter and get a kick out of cataloguing and reviewing as many scents as you can get your nose on? Or are you more of a hedonist and pursue the social/entertainment/enjoyment aspect over cataloguing? I think there's a bit of both in a lot of us but I'd love it if you'd take the poll & we could see what the Basenotes community thinks about this topic!
EDIT: I have added +1 to the reputation of everyone who replied below so if you vote, do let us know what you think so I can +1 you, too ;)
Edited by Nukapai - 9/5/13 at 12:30am