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    Ok I just got back from New York and I picked up a few smellies and life is good. But I am here at my job now and I should be concentrating on work obligations (No Joke) and I am wondering and thinking about fragrances and checking out Basenotes..... I've got tons of fragrances, tons of body oils, tons of shower gels and I am constantly looking for the next best thing or something that will WOW the public.

    Because I am know as the Guy who 'smells nice' in any circle I travel in, I constantly am on guard and hoping that I am 'On Point' when I get there.

    I sometimes feel like a child who tires of his toys even if they are brand new and shouts out "NEXT." Will I ever, Will I ever, WIll I ever be satisfied? AHAHAHAHAHAHA.....

    Are WE ever satisfied?

    I am so grateful that I have received Havana this year after wanting it for such a long time but my inner child is not satisfied...I want more..More..More

    I think I better check into Ernie Gallo's Fragrance Abuse Clinic....Ha Ha Ha Ha.....Do I need medication?......LOL.

    Now I have to say that I do not purchase any new babies with money that is slated for something else....No it does not go that deep..but I am always on the lookout for something new...

    Is this human nature?

    If you have any comments than feel free.....

    Fragrance On,

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    If you need medication, oud is often described as "medicinal"


    I'm right there with you in the very same boat.
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    That pretty much describes me too. I keep saying "just 4 more bottles, then no more.." that NEVER happens. I think it's basenotes fault for making me like this ! lol

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    Read this:
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    Tocqueville was talking about Americans, but he was actually describing conditions in "modern" societies (liberal secular capitalist consumerist prosperous).
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    Yes Otto. I think you've got it right. I'm never satisfied.

    Isn't it great?

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    This obsession has affected us all in one way or another or we wouldn't be here. I just wander how many of us would die and ask St, Peter at the gate "Does heaven have fragrances because if not, I will go to hell?" Has it gotten that bad? Not that bad for me but pretty bad. I am making my mind up about the purchase of one more fragrance and wearing what I have before going back on this binge. How many of us has said that? How many of us let this obsession take over our need to function at work or at home? Does this ring a bell with any of you? It does me. I have to overcome this. I think as long as you smell nice and you groom daily that a healthy dose of confidence makes a person sexy. I personally have been trying to downsize my wardrobe to the ones that I will wear the most. It is utterly ridiculous to have fragraces sitting on a shelf that will never get worn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    Yes Otto. I think you've got it right. I'm never satisfied.

    Isn't it great?

    Damn straight!

    I agree with everything so far. I have previous little spare cash to be spending on this near-obssession, and I should be spending less time, (I'm currently at work), but now, after almost two years at BN, I will NEVER be satisfied.

    And I couldn't be happier!

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    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 .
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    The Havana is also wonderful in iced Coke with a twist of lime..
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    I've finally gotten to the point where I'm satisfied with my collection. I might even be selling some bottles soon. I might buy one new fragrance a year, but I don't foresee buying any more full bottles for a while.

    I'm getting into filming, so I need to save money for that anyway.

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    We are just victims of our genes. Hunting for the ultimate fragrance really gives me tremendous kicks! Few things in life are greater than holding a precious new bottle in my hand, or enjoying the first full wearing!

    What remains are mainly abandoned bottles, half full only, and not popular enough to advertise for sale (I admire you guys who discovered the decanting business, I am afraid I never really will). What matters is a small minority of bottles I want around for lifetime: my holy grails. I feel gratitude and deep satisfaction owning these, and I enjoy wearing them on special occasions. I never really count these, but it's more than fifteen. What I do know : four fragrances are still painfully missing...or was it five ???
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    Very interesting and I tend to think about this quite often. Yes, imho it is human nature to always want more and never be satisfied. This is in part due to the fact that in this age of modernity we are used to instant gratification of generally any of our desires, whether that may be to buy something, lust after erotic material on the net (porno at the click of a button!), or even a bodily function such as defecate (imagine what a chore it must of been even 300 years ago). This is why sometimes, just to train myself, I do not instantly follow a desire such as even drinking water if I feel like doing it right then (but do it 10 minutes later). In the same vein, fasting is of course also a great exercise in self-control. There is a deep psychology that we must learn to conquer our base desires.....but let's not get too spiritual here.


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    Off topic a bit but, have any of you ever ordered a fragrance, thought you liked it, and during its shipment had a complete 180 only to do a return to sender without opening the box? I have done this a couple times. Yes, perhaps it is rude but if you never lay hands on it or open the box, at least you're not stuck with something that makes you unhapp!

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    My name is Lightninrod and I am a fragaholic.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxwell View Post
    I've finally gotten to the point where I'm satisfied with my collection. I might even be selling some bottles soon. I might buy one new fragrance a year, but I don't foresee buying any more full bottles for a while.

    I'm getting into filming, so I need to save money for that anyway.
    Filming you say? What are you filming? Are you a student? Writer? Director? Producer?

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    What lover would ever say to her love, you have loved me enough, that's enough and no more?

    But rather, "Kiss me again...harder."


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    6 months ago I promised I was going to quit the fragrance business for good (no joke). This month I'll probably recieve atleast 20 new bottles.

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    I'm always looking....I Love my Faves, don't get me wrong....but....I'm always on the prowl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuietEarth View Post
    Filming you say? What are you filming? Are you a student? Writer? Director? Producer?
    I'm contemplating film school, but right now I'm gearing up to go to China and India early next year for film project (and to see my sister, who's studying there), mostly for my own experience and enjoyment. It's nothing professional, but I want to make a little documentary about the traditional perfumery+incense industry (Mysore Sandalwood operations in India, oud plantations in South Asia, etc.).

    I'm mainly getting into it as a hobby, but who knows where I'll go with it in the future.
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    I've slowed waaay down in the pursuit of buying ... but I never stop trying new frags. So, I can't really say I'm satisfied, I want to sniff it all!
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    I'm at the point where I want to enjoy and continue buying the frags that truly inspire me. Those that don't? I'll give them away or sell them and continue buying or swapping for those that do. My Achilles heel: blind buys. GOTTA stop that, at least with the more expensive frags.

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    Somebody recently told me a story of somebody buying something that they had longed for and he was describing his new purchase to his friend. His friend's response, "Then what?" I was taken aback when I heard this. "Then what?" keeps echoing in my head. Do I really want the new Narciso though it's very nice and kind of reminds me of Rive Gauche? Should I spend $40 on a box set of Burberry Touch though I've many like it (Lanvin Arpege PH, Valentino V Homme)? I'm trying to limit myself to Ebay (set a lowball bid price and if it comes through, you're getting a deal; if not, no love lost) and to purchases/trades here on Bnotes. My question these days is - Is it so unique that I have nothing like it? Can I get it discounted somewhere? Right now I'm really jonesing for Penhaligon's Castile and ADP Assoluta. I just bought ADP Colonia and am feeling a little buyers remorse (though not too much considering I got a decent deal on Ebay) in that the longevity isn't that good on me. Maybe I should've got Assoluta or Castile. It's those type of questions that perfumer houses and SA's love to answer.
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    "You buy furniture. You tell yourself, this is the last sofa I will ever need in my life. Buy the sofa, then for a couple years you're satisfied that no matter what goes wrong, at least you've got your sofa issue handled. Then the right set of dishes. Then the perfect bed. The drapes. The rug. Then you're trapped in your lovely nest, and the things you used to own, now they own you." --Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

    There are times when I feel as if my frag collection and the other crap I have owns me. On the other hand, I am very satisfied with my wardrobe and I like testing other scents to see if maybe it will be the next last scent I will ever need. I am always interested in those that wow me, as opposed to wowing the public.

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    I'm never satisfied...i'm always thinking about fragrances.

    At least it's my only vice .
    Are you not entertained??? Is this not why you are here??

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    It is kinda crazy how it works out. First, I become obsessed with a certain fragrance. I learn about the notes, read reviews, look at the pictures, and I think, "This one will not just compliment my wardrobe, but it will perfect it." Then, after a week or so cruising the highways and biways of the internet, looking for the perfect deal, I purchase it. I wear it for a day or so (a few days if it is my "Holy Grail" of the moment), and then, out of nowhere, I feel that something is missing. And all over again, I become obsessed with another fragrance.

    Crazy!!

    There are only a few fragrances that have really made me feel totally satisfied, like I can just throw in the towel and be content, but I have not felt that in a long time.
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    I will never be satisfied with just one fragrance. I found that out a long time ago. I have never ever wanted to find the perfect yet exclusive scent. I want to wear everything that smells good on me. I don't think there will ever be a frag that I would dash away all my other frags for.

    When I moved to MD, I really started taking my selection in perfume more seriously. I began to discover somethings on my own not knowing that these things were actually part of the whole fragrance experience. So, when I decided to go even deeper into my love of perfume, I found Basenotes along the way and it all made sense and I discovered that I wasn't crazy lol.

    Now, looking for the perfect perfume is my escape. When I'm looking for a new frag, I'm not worrying about my bills or the test I have in microbiology next week. I'm not worrying if I will ever find a man that will treat me right and buy me perfume....giggle. The moment I take the 1st whiff of something that makes my eyes close in sheer delight, I'm transported to a place where I'm beautiful and so is everything around me. There are no worries, no stress, no strife. There is only you and that beautiful scent and the most beautiful thing you can ever experience, falling in love. I love shopping for perfume.

    So now that I'm a BN. There is no way that one frag will ever do. So many perfumes and only one nose. The quest will never end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Divatologist View Post
    I will never be satisfied with just one fragrance. I found that out a long time ago. I have never ever wanted to find the perfect yet exclusive scent. I want to wear everything that smells good on me. I don't think there will ever be a frag that I would dash away all my other frags for.

    When I moved to MD, I really started taking my selection in perfume more seriously. I began to discover somethings on my own not knowing that these things were actually part of the whole fragrance experience. So, when I decided to go even deeper into my love of perfume, I found Basenotes along the way and it all made sense and I discovered that I wasn't crazy lol.

    Now, looking for the perfect perfume is my escape. When I'm looking for a new frag, I'm not worrying about my bills or the test I have in microbiology next week. I'm not worrying if I will ever find a man that will treat me right and buy me perfume....giggle. The moment I take the 1st whiff of something that makes my eyes close in sheer delight, I'm transported to a place where I'm beautiful and so is everything around me. There are no worries, no stress, no strife. There is only you and that beautiful scent and the most beautiful thing you can ever experience, falling in love. I love shopping for perfume.

    So now that I'm a BN. There is no way that one frag will ever do. So many perfumes and only one nose. The quest will never end.
    (Stands for the slow clap.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divatologist View Post
    I will never be satisfied with just one fragrance. I found that out a long time ago. I have never ever wanted to find the perfect yet exclusive scent. I want to wear everything that smells good on me. I don't think there will ever be a frag that I would dash away all my other frags for.

    When I moved to MD, I really started taking my selection in perfume more seriously. I began to discover somethings on my own not knowing that these things were actually part of the whole fragrance experience. So, when I decided to go even deeper into my love of perfume, I found Basenotes along the way and it all made sense and I discovered that I wasn't crazy lol.

    Now, looking for the perfect perfume is my escape. When I'm looking for a new frag, I'm not worrying about my bills or the test I have in microbiology next week. I'm not worrying if I will ever find a man that will treat me right and buy me perfume....giggle. The moment I take the 1st whiff of something that makes my eyes close in sheer delight, I'm transported to a place where I'm beautiful and so is everything around me. There are no worries, no stress, no strife. There is only you and that beautiful scent and the most beautiful thing you can ever experience, falling in love. I love shopping for perfume.

    So now that I'm a BN. There is no way that one frag will ever do. So many perfumes and only one nose. The quest will never end.
    Maybe it's just the booze talkin, but that's the most beautiful thing I've ever read today.

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    Like CJ, I'm content with what I now have. Wasn't the case awhile back, but I think I have a amassed a collection worthy of satisfaction. I have 3 "must haves" in my wishlist and after that, I think I may be done for awhile, in terms of searching. After that, it may be a pursuit of artistic and edifying purposes.

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    .....takes a gracious bow

    Thank you, thank you..........tee hee.
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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.

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

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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.

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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.

    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...

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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.
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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!!!!
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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.

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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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    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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