To be fair, I usually have as much luck with blind buys as I do with anything else. Sometimes, I sample a scent several times, commit to buying a bottle, and then put it away on a shelf, never to see it again. (This happened with Lolita Lempicka and Stella, both of which I loved at first sniff and have come to actively dislike.) Then again, there are fragrances that I bought for their reputation, their name, or their bottle, which I found slightly disappointing at first and which I have come to appreciate, and even love. (Anais Anais, Mitsouko, and Narcisse Noir were all bought blind simply because they were associated with the work of Anais Nin, and I consider them staples of my wardrobe now, in spite of the fact that I wrote a really nasty - and, at the time, heartfelt - review of AA not so long ago.) I think that the key thing, for me, is to find a scent that's complex and multi-layered, so that I can get to know it over time. At the moment, I'm leaning toward L'Heure Bleue, simply because it's harder to find and I want to take the opportunity to smell it when I can, and because, after sampling Shalimar several times, I sometimes find the vanilla a bit too sugary for my taste.