I have been making new plans for my fragrance purchasing. I decided that I need to cut back to one fragrance per month. I have so much fragrance - maybe 100 bottles and 50 decants - I don't have time to use it. I was just mad to try each new thing. It doesn't make sense practically or financially for me to buy more than 1 bottle per month. Realistically, a 1ML sample may last a long time when you have 100 of them.
Yesterday I got around to trying my Andy Tauer le Maroc pour Elle sample that I have had for over 6 months. Its very good but, with all the other bottles, decants and samples, 1 ML might last me a year or more. No use jumping the gun and buying a bottle. Really, a 5 ML swap is probably plenty of most things. Usually I use a fragrance a lot for awhile then taper off and move on to something else intriguing. Later I come back again, but still, 5 ML should last a good while.
I am currently wanting a bottle of de Nicolai's Cococabana - THAT, I have a rapidly dissappearing 5 ML decant of. But I have a feeling this fragrance is going to be a pass-along for a lot of people. I love the way it so gracefully incorporates the excellent fragrance of coconut and balances its richness with the tartness of citrus. I am giving myself permission to buy it when my current months wait is up. However, it is probably more sensible to wait for it to show up for swap.
I used to think I just couldn't be happy with decants - I wanted the characterful bottle that had been designed for the fragrance. Thankfully I have gotten over that need and feel like swapping decants is just so darned smart. Trying to get what I want from someone else also has a bit of the thrill of bidding at ebay. I don't know if I will "win" or not. I feel quite elated when it works out well for me.
I also think it is fun to swap with people whose names I have seen on fragrance board posts and whose thinking I admire. I'm sure I'll swap with a fragrance blog superstar someday - OH MY!
I have'nt paid for any fragrance since July 19th.
I am in my sensible mode now. I joined a (non-twelve step) spending addiction website support group a couple of weeks ago. I feel like if I go crazy I have a source of support there from people who understand that people can get into a crazy frame of mind when shopping. (If anyone has a serious interest in checking out that web support group, please send me a Personal Message requesting a link to it.)
Take care all!
NoNonScents!! Getting Ready to Retire....
Hey I'm with you. This seriously resembles an addiction and can drain your cash if you let it! I've already bought 3 this month! I do like trading though. If I could find some decants, I could get into that game. I did find some at Nordstroms, but they are $6 each! I bought two and took them to Neiman Marcus to fill them up with creed! (they were out)