Checking in... My biggest problem lately is resisting buying needless things on sale. I bought 4 fragrances from Costco recently that were good bargains, but only one of which I *might* have bought at regular price. And just the other day I found a load of CSP scents for $9.99 ($53 regular price) and bought one of each kind (Vanille Peach, Vanille Cannelle, Vanille Pitahaya). I would never have bought these fragrances otherwise, and in fact have been trying to get away from vanilla scents since I don't think they really suit me. But that kind of deep discount is absolutely irresistable to me. I'm actually resisting the urge to go to different stores to see if they have different CSP scents (I've heard that Matin Calin and Coco Extreme are out there). Again, I don't want either one enough to ever buy at full price. When I write this out it sounds so silly, but the pull is very strong. I don't know what it is. It's not like I'm planning on reselling these or even swapping. I just can't stop myself from taking advantage of such a good deal.
This would be fine if I wanted to be a true collector of fragrances. But the idea of my collection getting larger actually distresses me because I already feel bad about having so many that I don't use. It's ironic that my initial fascination with perfume was to search for a special one that I loved, and that would be made even more special as it became a part of my experience and memories. As nice as that still sounds to me, it is an impossibility at the moment.
Ok, so here's the deal. I have to post this so that I don't just back out like I've done many times. I'm going to try to go on a one year (yikes!) moratorium. Absolutely no purchases of any fragrance, or anything scented that I can use in place of fragrance such as body lotions, body sprays, oils, etc. What I hope to accomplish is to give myself a reality check. It will force me to take a really good look at what I have, and where I want to take it from there. I probably won't make it, and will cave in to temptation at the next big sale somewhere. But I'll give it a shot. I think I really need to. I also really need to stop or limit reading fragrance boards and blogs.