For me, my tastes in fragrance have definitely changed as I exposed myself to more and more scents. I'd say I don't have a particular preference or pattern, as a look at my top choices would range from the simply pleasing to the more complex. When I first found BN, like so many others, I was only familiar to those scents found in department stores and places like Sephora. As I lurked the forums, I became familiar and curious about all the acronmyic boutique scents like SMN, LV, MPG, etc. Fortunately (though not for my wallet), there was a local brick and mortar shop where I could sample such scents. I found many of them strange and unwearable, but was still curious. Eventually I moved towards purchasing, some of which have worked, many more have not. I was addicted to new scents, trying to hone my nose in on what worked and what didn't. It was exhausting, frustrating and exhilirating all at once. The full bottle blind purchase was something I eventually gave up on, finding the swap boards and decant purchasing much more financially satisfying. With all the full bottles I had wasting away, it was much easier to swallow bitter pills in small doses by swapping or purchasing samples. As of today, I have more than 60 full bottles and probably 30 decants and have smelled at least 100 others via samples, previous purchases that got swapped or visiting stores. I've since settled into sticking with my current collection, having only made one purchase this year, versus late 2003 - 2004 when I bought everything else.Originally Posted by SlimPickins
Do I get bored with certain scents? Hmmm...perhaps not so much bored as having found something else I like better. For example, I really like the original Issey Miyake, even if most pan it for being boring or overly popular. I used to wear it more often when my collection was smaller. Then I discovered Inis. It was so much better to me that now, I'll only wear the Issey if for no other reason than just to use it up. I'd never buy it again, but will replace the Inis when it empties. Others in my collection were purchased blindly and so those that don't get much wear aren't so much boring as I didn't like them in the first place.
As for my evolution of tastes, again, I'm not really sure how to describe it. I still like and wear some very mainstream and simple scents, along with those that may be described as richer and more complex. I'd say the biggest difference I notice is I really like musky scents more than I did when I started. If I had sampled Serge Luten's MKK when I first started, I don't think I'd have enjoyed nearly as much as I do now. I also have lost my desire to constantly quest for new scents, having transferred that explorative side to the world of wine. I still enjoy my scents, just don't feel the need or compulsion to sample anything new, as my collection gives me plenty of opportunity to wear something I know I'll really dig or go back and try something I've not worn in a long time.
Anyways, that will end my rambling.