I had a horrible realisation the other week which inspired this question: are you a collector or a hedonist?

    I had a horrible realisation the other week which inspired this question: are you a collector or...

    Poll Results: How do you enjoy your perfumes?

    This is a multiple choice poll
    • 8% (7)
      I like to keep up with as many new launches as possible
    • 5% (4)
      I like to keep up with mainly mainstream launches
    • 11% (9)
      I like to keep up with mainly niche launches
    • 51% (41)
      I don't keep up with new perfume launches per se; I find perfumes through reviews, events, forums and recommendations
    • 12% (10)
      When I read about new perfumes I haven't smelled, I am compelled to sniff them out regardless
    • 51% (41)
      When I read about new perfumes I haven't smelled, I only look them up if they sound like something I would enjoy
    • 13% (11)
      I like to review every fragrance I encounter (to keep a complete record of what I've smelled)
    • 17% (14)
      I only review fragrances on an ad hoc basis
    • 20% (16)
      I frequently buy fragrance samples and decants just to experience a scent even though I don't intend to buy the full bottle
    • 37% (30)
      I mainly buy fragrance samples and decants to see if I might like to buy the full bottle
    79 Total Votes  
    post #1 of 46
    Thread Starter 

    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
    post #2 of 46

    Ok, i've voted.

    I like to test as many new fragrances as I possibly can -- I suppose it's the Holy Grail syndrome and it's fun of course. I don't hunt them down in a sort of mad frenzy though.

    I've given up reviewing on here now (if that's what you meant)-- have put in a good shiftwith nearly 500

    No cataloguing or spreadsheet input for me -- sucks all the joy out imo

    post #3 of 46
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KaernView Post

    Ok, i've voted.

    I like to test as many new fragrances as I possibly can -- I suppose it's the Holy Grail syndrome and it's fun of course. I don't hunt them down in a sort of mad frenzy though.

    I've given up reviewing on here now (if that's what you meant)-- have put in a good shiftwith nearly 500

    No cataloguing or spreadsheet input for me -- sucks all the joy out imo

    Thanks for voting and for your feedback!


    Different strokes, etc - for instance, my husband is a statistician with an economics degree. He LOVES spreadsheets and data. He does that stuff at work and when he gets home to kick back with a computer game, he theorycrafts his way through carefully balanced gear sets he keeps on a spreadsheet. He enjoys being able to discuss in-game mechanics with having the data to back up his arguments. For him the spreadsheets are part of the enjoyment.

    I kind of see that - and maybe if I was still in the business of selling fragrances I'd be more interested in the spreadsheet approach. In fact, I now have a spreadsheet about perfume ingredients (ha!). When there's some practical application or enjoyment - no problem!

    It's just that I realised that as far as perfume launches are concerned... I had simply moved on. If I have a situation where I'd need to find out the general common trends or something it'd be fairly straightforward to arrange a perfume tour (I do these occasionally but geared towards the social aspect of visiting perfumeries with a bunch of fellow nose-nerds :) ).

    post #4 of 46

    OMG Nukapai, how lovely to see you here! :D

    Great blog post, thread and poll!

    I voted 'When I read about new perfumes I haven't smelled, I only look them up if they sound like something I would enjoy'. And then I only order/swap samples, haven't bought a bottle in a looooong time. And it's mostly work of perfumers I have a personal connection to and preferably have met in person.

    I think our paths are similar although I'm pretty sure I don't want to work as a perfumer anymore ;)

    On the other hand ask me the same question on fragrance materials and well, I'm pretty frenzic (is this even a word?) about those LOL

    p.s. LOL on spreadsheets and your husband, hubby is the same and we're both spreadsheet junkies LOL

    post #5 of 46
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NukapaiView Post
    Different strokes, etc - for instance, my husband is a statistician with an economics degree. He LOVES spreadsheets and data. He does that stuff at work and when he gets home to kick back with a computer game, he theorycrafts his way through carefully balanced gear sets he keeps on a spreadsheet. He enjoys being able to discuss in-game mechanics with having the data to back up his arguments. For him the spreadsheets are part of the enjoyment.

    Blimey! When I finish work I like to go for a drink :smiley:

    post #6 of 46
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KaernView Post

    Blimey! When I finish work I like to go for a drink :smiley:

    Bwahaha, he likes that too but he's got a wife who nags him not to drink on work nights :p

    post #7 of 46
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by IrinaView Post

    OMG Nukapai, how lovely to see you here! :D

    Great blog post, thread and poll!

    I voted 'When I read about new perfumes I haven't smelled, I only look them up if they sound like something I would enjoy'. And then I only order/swap samples, haven't bought a bottle in a looooong time. And it's mostly work of perfumers I have a personal connection to and preferably have met in person.

    I think our paths are similar although I'm pretty sure I don't want to work as a perfumer anymore ;)

    On the other hand ask me the same question on fragrance materials and well, I'm pretty frenzic (is this even a word?) about those LOL

    p.s. LOL on spreadsheets and your husband, hubby is the same and we're both spreadsheet junkies LOL

    Great to see you here too, heheh - it was really ironic that the more I worked in the lab the less time I had to a) wear perfume and b) actually hang out with perfume lovers. Now I'm hoping to be at least a little bit free for a while; just poke my nose around what's going on and maybe even go to a few more events. I really enjoy arranging perfume tours, too, but they do take a lot of organising so maybe just once a year or something :D

    I have a spreadsheet with perfume mats purely because I got to a point where I had two notebooks full of my personal observations about scent materials and it got a bit silly. I still haven't found the perfect way to organise the data because I'd like to have a more of a mind-map approach to some of it (as well as the more structured tables). But that's another conversation! ;)

    post #8 of 46

    I like to use a lotdifferent ones, not a collector, refuse to pay fortunes on scents.. not right on "conscience" terms....


    Edited by Francolino - 9/5/13 at 3:41am
    post #9 of 46
    Well now.....

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    post #10 of 46

    I've always loved smelling new fragrances and when I joined BN, that revved up to new heights, as well as learning about them. I took day trips with my family to go sniffing.

    Finally I got to where I had a good sense of my own taste and of what different housestend to produce.

    Family obligations increased and available funds decreased. At that point, I lost much of my drive to go out doing major sniffing.

    Now I've settled down to enjoying what I have. I still smellnew fragranceswhen I encounter them (ifthey interest me) but buy much less often.

    I don't read a lot of reviews any more.

    Is this a lull? Maybe. But if so, I think it's a long term lull.

    I voted.

    post #11 of 46

    I haven't yet read everyone else's take and the truth is, I'm VERY new to all of this. But here is my take.

    I have zero desire to try every new launch that is announced. Right now, I'm discovering what notes I like/don't like and enjoying that journey. If a new launch happens to have the notes of something I'm seeking at the moment, I am happy to include it. I do go to the counter to smell random stuff just to see what I like, but it's not because I feel I need to sniff everything out there.

    post #12 of 46
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hedonist222View Post

    Well now.....

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    :D

    post #13 of 46
    Thread Starter 
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by 30 RosesView Post

    I've always loved smelling new fragrances and when I joined BN, that revved up to new heights, as well as learning about them. I took day trips with my family to go sniffing.

    Finally I got to where I had a good sense of my own taste and of what different housestend to produce.

    Family obligations increased and available funds decreased. At that point, I lost much of my drive to go out doing major sniffing.

    Now I've settled down to enjoying what I have. I still smellnew fragranceswhen I encounter them (ifthey interest me) but buy much less often.

    I don't read a lot of reviews any more.

    Is this a lull? Maybe. But if so, I think it's a long term lull.

    I voted.

    I reckon similar things happen to a lot of us; thank you for voting! :)

    post #14 of 46

    I like enjoying what I have but then gently expand my collection with lots of reading reviews and recommendations. It matters not a jot to me whether a perfume is new or old, in fact I tend to prefer those which have been around a while if only because I like oakmoss and loads of things which are no longer allowed to be put into perfumes any more.

    I don't have the budget to do major amounts of trying out new perfumes and my home city is spectacularly poorly served with perfumeries so no matter what I'm looking for I usually have to buy it over the internet and pay stupid postal charges, but either way round my annual budget is probably less than some would spend on a single bottle, but I have fun smelling and experiencing lots of fragrances that are new to me, even if they aren't new to the world.

    As I'm getting more experienced I'm working out a lot of what I do like and what I don't like so I'm buying less full bottles of more modest perfumes and more decants, and sampling with a lot more discernment than previously too.

    post #15 of 46




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