very dead on post!
You are completely right.
In the past few months, I've had to get my prorities in order. And buying new scents wasn't in the plan. Still, I wanted to try new stuff and "explore", so thankfully I was able to do that by swapping samples with people.
the part regarding ownership is there, but that was the part that has waned. I still want to taste and explore, but it was the "ownership" part, that seemed a bit OCD, so I overcame that.
The I haven't bought any new scents for a while, and I've been going back and rediscovering my older scents and appreciating them. In fact there is only ONE scent which I don't have , but need to own- Passage D'Enfer. But even then, i can wait.
But the samples and decants are definitely the way to go. Sure you don't get the bottle and the artwork and concept etc, but that is both a pro AND a con. A con, for obvious aesthetic reasons, but a pro because you can evaluate a scent purely on its merits on your skin.
again, nice post Norwegiangirl