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  1. #31

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    My major problem is that I always buy highly discounted fragrances, even when I haven't tried them before or think they're just regular ones... My collection grows with a lot of so-so scents and I keep feeling it still needs the perfect fragrance to be complete.
    Fortunately I know my limits and don't buy expensive stuff. But heaven knows how hard it is to resist...Maybe I should take Wilde's advice and change this obssession for another one. It's time to play more soccer.
    Currently wearing: Pancaldi by Hanorah

  2. #32

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    Maybe it is the Looking and not the Finding which is the supposed satisfying element....

  3. #33

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    No, I am never satisfied.

    One thing that ticks me off is that the people around me never compliment my scents. No matter how elegant the choice, I might get one compliment every 6 months from co-workers. I think it's a southern USA thing, cause in WV, I would get the odd compliment every so often. Here in Georgia, very little love. My wife and mom are from WV, so their compliments are not native to my new home. Very weird.

    I'm wearing Geir today, and I know it rocks. I'm the boss of 400 people, I'm not a jerk, and yet these people are so reticent to compliment anything. I lost 25 pounds recently, and I get very little compliments for it. Sheesh. These people are hard and slow to compliment anything. Maybe I expect too much. I am an only child!

    It frustrates me and it shows that I wear scents for others to notice, not so much for myself. Oh well.
    Currently wearing: Aventus by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    No, I am never satisfied.

    One thing that ticks me off is that the people around me never compliment my scents. No matter how elegant the choice, I might get one compliment every 6 months from co-workers. I think it's a southern USA thing, cause in WV, I would get the odd compliment every so often. Here in Georgia, very little love. My wife and mom are from WV, so their compliments are not native to my new home. Very weird.

    I'm wearing Geir today, and I know it rocks. I'm the boss of 400 people, I'm not a jerk, and yet these people are so reticent to compliment anything. I lost 25 pounds recently, and I get very little compliments for it. Sheesh. These people are hard and slow to compliment anything. Maybe I expect too much. I am an only child!

    It frustrates me and it shows that I wear scents for others to notice, not so much for myself. Oh well.

    I had to comment on this....Wow...here in my work you get complimented on everything ......What!!!!....weight loss..they would all be saying something...LOL. They always compliment me on the smellies. Ah...that could be because they all know my interest in them......Yeah...

    Fragrance On,

    Otto

  5. #35

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    I wanted to stay at 35 scents but it has doubled to 70.
    As long as it doesn't have a financial impact on other parts of my life, I am cool with it. I eventually will sell the frags that I don't reach for that often so they can find a loving home.

    I doubt that I will ever loose my love for nice smelling frags, and I think one has to learn through trial and error how to control their spending, blind-buys, time spent on basenotes...what works for me may not work for the next person.

    ChuckW,

    At 40, to lose the weight that you have and to be proactive in your approach to your long term health is awesome. Keep it up and congrats. I also don't understand why there is such a wierd vibe with fragrance and social situations. People will compliment each other on shoes, shirt, new dress, hair...but when it comes to fragrance there seems to be this 'culture of shame' associated with it especially with males. ChuckW, it may also be your place in the work hierarchy that keeps many of those 400 employees from giving a vocal comment. You are at the top, and there is a definite social etiquette that goes with that. They smell your frag, you smell good, but there are not many that are going to tell you in the workplace. I may be completely wrong though.
    Last edited by Jock_With_Scents; 19th October 2007 at 02:24 PM.

  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie View Post
    I may be in the minority here! I'm pretty satisfied. I like keeping my wardrobe small & simple. Lately I haven't really been in the mood to add any new scents to the "family", but rather to get more of the stuff I love & have worn for awhile (just got new bottles of Clinique Happy & CK be). Sure, I'd love to have Rochas Man & Terre d'Hermes...but I'm not aching to buy them anytime soon. I have tuition, insurance, & tag renewal all due within the next couple months, so I know my limits .
    Like CologneJunkie and ShadesofBleu,
    I'm more or less satisfied now, and have cut way down on buying. It's nice to have some company on this end of the spectrum! I thought I was all alone.

    It is true that the curiosity doesn't go away. So the simple answer is "no"! Doing a lot more trading and sampling has helped. I also don't have nearly as much niche lust as others do. And I've managed to channel some of my need for "more" into trying to do more one-leg squats, more singing, flamenco pieces, etc., so that channels some of it.

    I still have a big wishlist, though. The eerie power of perfume won't be denied!!!!
    Dave

  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    No, I am never satisfied.

    One thing that ticks me off is that the people around me never compliment my scents. No matter how elegant the choice, I might get one compliment every 6 months from co-workers. I think it's a southern USA thing, cause in WV, I would get the odd compliment every so often. Here in Georgia, very little love. My wife and mom are from WV, so their compliments are not native to my new home. Very weird.

    I'm wearing Geir today, and I know it rocks. I'm the boss of 400 people, I'm not a jerk, and yet these people are so reticent to compliment anything. I lost 25 pounds recently, and I get very little compliments for it. Sheesh. These people are hard and slow to compliment anything. Maybe I expect too much. I am an only child!

    It frustrates me and it shows that I wear scents for others to notice, not so much for myself. Oh well.
    Chuck, I feel ya. Here in Kentucky I dont get many compliments at all. One girl at work will always compliment me but besides that, nada. Maybe I should loose 25 pounds...

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    It was definitely the search - and not the find - that used to matter to me. And it was a psychological need for me, as well.

    Fragrance, for me, has been downgraded from a passion to a hobby. It is an interesting, fun, and expensive hobby. My interest in fragrances is always there - scents add beauty, wonder, and art to my world - and I still splurge on frags I know that I will enjoy.

    But I do not have that "searching" mode at full throttle when I'm actively involved in other interests and pursuits. When I have other things to focus on, I'm more settled in terms of what I like and what I want to own and seem to have more confidence around those decisions - who I am and how my frags relate to that.

    Just recently, I have been more able to let go of scents I don't wear or use, regardless of what I paid for it - and I donate those frags to St. Vincent de Paul. Giving my unused, but still good, scents away, as opposed to swapping or selling, makes me feel "richer" - I don't know why.

    Perhaps it makes me realize how much I own and I feel like I'm redeeming myself, somehow. Unlike most other artforms, perfume cannot be saved. It needs to be used. If not by me, than by someone else. Somehow, the scent decluttering and giving away process makes me feel more in control of this hobby and that's a great feeling.

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    I often make a list of the "best scents to buy" like Opiums and Egoists and hope that I will be done for a while. After buying them I keep discovering something else. Even after having dozens of frags I sometimes feel like they all are already "old" or less interesting than something that I don't have yet.
    However, I don't buy that often. So far I am able to keep my spendings low. My "to buy" list keeps growing though.

  10. #40
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    I feel I already have great and varied stuff, and now I'm trying to learn about what I already own.

    But I also feel I spent a lot of unnecessary money on it (I own about 10 bottles I dislike - perhaps more - some were dumb blind buys, some "smelled great on paper", etc).

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    Default Re: Are we ever satisfied?

    Chuck: I'm retired now but I was a stockbroker in a definite Southern town; Macon, GA. I started collecting(have worn many in my earlier days too but didn't 'collect' them) frags 3 or 4 years ago. Now the guys in the office didn't say anything but the women(some of them true) would almost always say something nice. Use to get a few hugs too!

    If I were you, and I was friends with some of the women, I'd ask their opinion.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by CologneJunkie View Post
    I may be in the minority here! I'm pretty satisfied. I like keeping my wardrobe small & simple. Lately I haven't really been in the mood to add any new scents to the "family", but rather to get more of the stuff I love & have worn for awhile (just got new bottles of Clinique Happy & CK be). Sure, I'd love to have Rochas Man & Terre d'Hermes...but I'm not aching to buy them anytime soon. I have tuition, insurance, & tag renewal all due within the next couple months, so I know my limits .
    I agree. There is nothing on my "want" list that I feel the need to go out and buy right now. And that makes me happy as I know that I may always carry this need to continue my search for the "greatest fragrance ever", but, I also now know I have that feeling under much control now.

    Good taste with CH and CK be, I actually ran out of the former not too long ago.

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