Originally Posted by Dante10
Just an example dude, fragrances help with my confidence. I wear them around campus so I don't feel so self conscious about my self. I like to smell good. I don't judge a fragrance by how "Boring or mainstream" it is. If it smells good I'll buy it, if I think I have something similar then I don't. It's that simple. Most people on Basenotes are quick to write something off if it's made by a particular house. I don't understand how something like that is happening, everyone should do their best to keep an open mind no matter if a fragrance is "mainstream" or not?
Oh, that's fine. You should never write off a fragrance because it comes from a certain house, or costs a certain price. I'd wear anything. If I liked more 10$ fragrances than 200$ ones, I'd be on a cloud. You just really have to trust your nose. I was just hoping that you weren't someone who actively seeks compliments, because there's no real guarantees.
Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto
It's interesting - there are days when I love a fragrance so much that I'll be wearing it no matter what other people think - but I may very well be careful about where and when and how much of it I'm going to wear, just out of respect and common courtesy. But there are also days when smelling good to others is at the top of my list, and picking something more mainstream or suited to the situation is likely to happen. I also end up picking frags depending upon how closely I'll be working with others, or if we're eating, etc. These are all valid considerations. Smelling good to myself and smelling good to others are similar but not identical goals. Bleu works both ways for me.
Oh I'm the same way. I never wear fragrances I feel may be obtrusive or unusual when I know I'm going to be in a social environment. It's quite hard to find fragrances that have the perfect balance of wide appeal (in that they aren't too unusual or challenging), while still being unique, interesting, and well made. That's pretty much what I try and find. I sort of stay between the well made designer fragrances, and accessible niche fragrances. This year I found a couple! My first buy will definitely be CN 21, because that one is at least affordable.