Originally Posted by lilybelle
Whether the price is justified or not is up to your own nose.
One Billion Percent THIS.
I always laugh when I see a post with the words "is it worth it?" in the title. We each define value in our own ways, and only you can decide how much of your money a perfume is worth. For some people, it's important to be part of the herd... to be a "me too." They buy what the herd buys and they decide if a scent is worth the price based on how many of the other OMGkoolkidz want it or already own it. That's fine if it makes them happy, but it's not for me.
For me, it's all about how much I enjoy the smell and how it wears, with compliments being a huge bonus. Hype or lack of hype is irrelevant. Popularity or lack of popularity is irrelevant. It's all about the smell and the wear.
Then again, I've always been a guy who goes his own way. I don't mind if my favorite scents aren't popular or even particularly well respected here. Some are, and some really aren't. I still wear CURVE for cryinoutloud, and that thing gets slammed more often than a tennis ball... but it's easily one of my most complimented scents. I love L'Air du Desert Marocain, but I also love Corduroy by Zirh, both of which wear fantastically on me.
The trick is to remember what matters and what doesn't. Marketing is just a sales tactic, and hype is just other people's opinions (often based on other
people's opinions). That's all fine and good, but for me, nothing matters more than the smell and how it wears.
To be fair, there's more than one kind of hype, and I tend to pay attention depending on where the hype is coming from. There's a huge difference between the undiscovered-gem hype and the lolz-pantydropperz hype. I love when people here hype the unknown gems - especially the affordable ones, or the best of up and coming perfumers.