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    Default How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    I'm wondering if there are lucky fragrance lovers whose loved ones enjoy their passion? Does your partner swoon at your smells? Does s/he even notice? Your children?
    My older daughter is fairly indifferent to scent, currently and only occasionally using Caudalie's signature fragrance. My younger daughter, when she wears perfume, prefers to smell like cotton candy. My darling husband--gasp--is allergic to fragrance. I am undeterrred in my passion. I have loved perfume since I was a little girl (I wore Bal a Versailles at 11) and will not change. I simply apply it in another room.

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    Ha Ha!

    I asphyxiate my family when I apply fragrance. The kids make this horrible gasping noise as if they are suffocating. They comment on the fact that I wear fragrances to cover up my "odiferous old person smells" and that I'm better off taking a shower. Little do they know, that my perfume habit has bankrupted us and that I am now currently spending their inheritance.

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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    My husband adores sniffing what I am wearing or testing, even though he is allergic to wearing it (we think it's the alcohol, because he can wear oils - Therese is your DH allergic to oils as well?) and he has both an excellent nose and clear ideas of what he likes or dislikes. I have only a few scents he doesn't like - I wear them when he isn't around. My sis loves frags - she and I concur on a few - and agree to disagree on others. She really likes Angel and I don't. She doesn't suffer from my obsession for scent but then I don't suffer from her obsession for shoes and handbags

    Dimples - you aren't spending their inheritance - you are amassing a "collection" that will be worth a fortune for them in the future LOL.
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    My dad usually hijacks whatever he's liking at the moment whenever he visits.
    My sister is just as crazy as i am about fragrances and she has a huge collection of scents -we differ in taste so most of her bottles are bottles i don't have - which is very interesting.
    My mother used to wear a lot of perfumes as well, and she liked expensive smelling stuff, and custom made (bespoke) fragrances made in Paris for her.

    Of course, they all agree i have too many bottles but they like it that way.

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    My other half bitches about our having fifty plus bottles on the bureau, but he sure as hell bitches even more when we run out of Catalyst (or Photo or Nemo or whatever he happens to want at the time).

    My sisters love my frags but -- if they had their ways -- would keep me in nothing but Lagerfeld Classic for the rest of my days. (For years, this opoponax-laden classic was my "signature" fragrance.)
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    My SO finds it funny.... he'll sniff my wrist agreeably when I wave it under his nose but I don't think he has any idea what he is smelling. My friends thought it was a little strange but like getting samples of things I don't like! In fact, one teacher comes over every day to smell what I am wearing and has compiled a wish list for her family.

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    My husband is EXTREMELY supportive of my perfume fetish. He bought me the movie Perfume for X-Mas! Love, love, love. I buy new perfumes all the time, probably more for him than I do for myself! Whenever I feel guilty for "having to have" a new sample, or buying a big bottle of something I have run out of, he says, "You deserve it". And he means it.
    ~Grenouille knew for certain that unless he possesed this scent, his life would have no meaning.~
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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    Lookingglass: You are one lucky person. I see that you need to try Antaeus. Put it on your husband. It is intoxicating, mind-clouding!
    So many of you have interested, benign to rapacious, perfume partners. How lucky!
    DeeOlive: How kind to think that oils would please my husband. No, he might not have the headache, but he would fail to see (smell) the charm. I tried Kiehl's oils many years ago...I just ordered some Madini oils, but...I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY GUERLAINS etc.

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    My husband only tolerates fragrance at such a low level that it is hardly worth wearing it.
    I keep wearing it because I have to be me.
    I sure wish he loved it, though.
    My daughter is starting to acquire good taste in perfume, as she already has in fashion.
    The only time she complains is when I overapply something she doesn't like.
    My son doesn't wear fragrance, but he enjoys sniffing scents and spraying some on paper in his room.
    He is quite open-minded about what he likes, and I am proud of him for it.
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    My husband will sniff my hand or arm if I ask him, usually. I'm glad to know which ones he likes and which ones he dislikes!

    Everyone else at least tolerates my perfumes!

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    My fam thinks I spend too much money anyway. So, my perfume habit comes as no surprise. It's in my genes. My Moms side has always loved perfume and cologne. My Mom will come and visit and fuss about me having too much perfume, but she is steady sprayin talkin about, "Ooooh I like this one". I let her smell my Chanel No.19 and she has to have that. The Kelly Caleche smells soooo good on her, but she didn't like it.

    My gentlemen friends love my choices in perfume most times. They don't really know alot about perfume though. My ex (who I was with for 10 yrs) never really paid attention to it until we separated. I scent him a birthday card. When he replied, the first thing he mentioned is how my envelope smelled like my apartment. He said he remembers when he would come to see me and my apt always smelled like perfume. He said it brought back all kinds of memories. I don't use those plug ins or any of that other freshner stuff in my house. It's funny how I never really paid it any mind until he said something. I walked in my apt after reading that and realized that my place does smell like a perfume shop LOL!! I love it!
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    My husband wears Caron Pour Un Homme because I bought him some. He likes that it's art deco (he's got a fondness for that era) and he likes the way I like it on him.

    Other than that, he's not much of a fragrance kind of bloke. He will sometimes try on fragrances for me to smell if we're in a department store that has things like that, but it's because he knows I enjoy it, not because he especially cares.

    As for his opinion of my fragrances, he just takes it as one of my eccentricities that I have a whole drawer full of perfume. He comments only if I'm wearing too much perfume (occasionally I misjudge), if I've just put some on and it's still very strong, or if I wear Diorissimo, which he doesn't like. He does seem to quite like Opium and also J'adore, which he will sometimes suggest I wear, because while he hasn't got a great nose, he appreciates that J'adore is a very complex fragrance and he just like the way it smells on me.

    So, I guess you'd say he's supportive and mildly interested in as far as he knows I'm interested. Other than that, he really doesn't care.
    "Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other."
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    The reactions are mixed...
    My DH is very proud of my perfume involvement, but he becomes easily overwhelmed-
    He hates many tobacco /leather scents- which means a LOT of my collection !
    He really likes the Ava-Luxes, most Guerlains, and some Carons.
    He HATES sillage...
    I ALWAYS want to put on more before we get in the car...but I have to resist.

    My sons have always adored the way I smell- my friends and lovers, too.
    Like my colleagues,they will bury their noses in my nape or cleavage and sniff away happily.
    Even as grown boys, they prefer my pillow, my side of the bed- anywhere I've been.
    Animals and babies like the way I smell, so-
    Like Dimps, I wear what I please [exception: job interviews, chemo administration] .

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    He doesn't seem to care either way these days. At first he was irritated about the money I'd been spending, but then I reminded him about what he spent on his lunches in Manhattan..."DH," I said, "you spend at least as much and all you have to show for it is indigestion and receipts..I have beautiful fragrances!"

    Never had to explain myself again.

    There are a few he does really like, but all in all he says little about my hobby and collection.

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    DH respect my interest, he tells me what he likes my fumes when I ask, and he has a nice little wardrobe himself - I have bought him most of the pieces... - He has good taste, and enjoys a good fragance, but he doas not take such a large interest as I do...
    Faves right now: Chanel No 19, Stella Rose Absolute, L´Heure Bleu, Elixir de Merveilles, Samsara.

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    My family, close friends, and acquaintances all know that I like perfume and have a fascination with it. When some of my perfume friends come over, we go sniffing downtown or just look through my collection (they will be disappointed now that it's decreased so much!). My family members all enjoy scent; perfume / cologne has always been part of the day, like getting dressed. In fact, at Christmas, one of my sisters said that she wanted to get me perfume, if there was a special one I was interested in. I told her I was purging. For those of you who have no support: that's what us basenoters are here for!

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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    Yes, Seattlelight, you are right. This is the community in which my passions are normal. Thank goodness!

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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    I think my daughter was amazed to see ol' Mom* finally developing a hobby devoted to frivolous fun.

    *DEFINITION: 1) Pragmatic maternal human who must have long-pondered and logical reason to do anything, spend anything.

    DH is hooked on his own holy grail: the woman's fragrance Stella Rose Absolute. He doesn't like a number of my frags, but he's happy for me that I'm enthralled with perfumes and the lovely characters I tell him about from basenotes.

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    They know it could be worse... I'm not Crazy Cat Lady who takes in every stray who comes along!

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    DH2B is very supportive. He dutifully sniffs my wrist when I demand it and often gives unsolicited compliments. He has some favourites but he can't remember which they are. He often declares something smells like bug juice, but for him it is a good thing. There are, infact, two bug juice smells: 1. from when he was in the army and 2. from camping. He is a litte resistant to wearing fragrance himself, but I will wear him down.
    He feels my perfume obsession in a "healthy hobby", and buys me perfume gifts all the time (for Christmas it was Fleurs de Citronnier, with a mini of Ambre Sultan) and he also bought me Luca Turin's The Secret of Scent.
    Sparky also is supportive. Everytime I spritz myself he tries to lick it all off. He's particularly fond of musks and leathers.
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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    My boyfriend is totally supportive, always is happy to oblige me when I want him to smell me, tries to remember notes in fragrances and (most importantly) is very generous with fragrance gifts. He also swipes the top tier fragrances (the Hermessences, the CDG Red's, some Serge Lutens') for himself.

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    Default Re: How do your loved ones feel about your fragrances?

    Luckily, my family enjoys fragrance too!

    Hubby is into Tea for Two, Dunhill, Blu Notte and Bulgari Black
    Daughter (19) is into Brit, Falling in Love, Nina, and Juicy Couture
    Son (9) is into smelling everything! Loves to sample scents in the store! He wears Chase - a jr. frag by abercrombie!!! He's also choosy about the scent of body wash and shampoo, which is how I remember being at his age ~ poor kid!
    Me, well, I'm currently into A La Nuit, Un Bois Vanille, Kai, Paris, Nuits de Noho, Fleurs de Comores.
    (My best friend still thinks I should smell like Nude, cause I wore it for many years!)

    I adore this hobby, and am so lucky none of my loved ones object in any way! No allergies - real or faked! - Everyone here just loves good smells. Don't get me wrong though, they let me know when they don't like something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeperez23 View Post
    My boyfriend is totally supportive, always is happy to oblige me when I want him to smell me, tries to remember notes in fragrances and (most importantly) is very generous with fragrance gifts. He also swipes the top tier fragrances (the Hermessences, the CDG Red's, some Serge Lutens') for himself.
    hey Mikey,
    he swipes your good stuff? is that why your avatar is a pic of a cute petulant kid?
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    I used to believe that my family would think I am deranged!
    I was hiding my new perfumes in boxes and I never talked about my passion.
    But when I got over my guilt, then I found that everybody else in my family is only a little amused and ( who would have thought ) even supportive! ( Well not my mother, but then everything I do is crazy to her! )

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    I am lucky. My husband is almost as into fragrances as I am, and he takes a real interest in any fragrances I sample. Which is why he had filed away my liking for Josephine and Jasmine de Nuit, and bought them for me as a Christmas surprise. I had forgotten sampling them (even though I loved them both), because it was a couple of months ago. He always smells great too! :-)
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    but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
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    Clemm, that man has earned himself a whole lotta kisses !

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    Wow, Clemmie, you've a man who not only appreciates but also remembers what you say? He is certainly award worthy!

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    I'm doing this solo. My daughter thinks it signifies too much transformation on my part, my sig other can only compare how similar fragrances are to his beloved Obsession, my mother can't smell, my brother does, but only of petroleum products, one sister has worn the same fragrance for 20 years (Coty Wild Musk), and the other is into only natural fragrances. It's not promising.

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    Mentioned my other half and my sisters in an earlier post on this thread, but forgot to mention my friends. Most of them think I'm nuts when it comes to fragrances; maybe I am. Seriously, my closest friends acknowledge and (at holidays and birthdays) even subsidize my habit. A few are almost as nutso as I am about scents.
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    Latrelle: "What?"
    Peggy: "Brother Boy has tried to kill himself. He jumped out of his bedroom window."
    Latrelle: "Isn't he only on the second floor?"
    Peggy: "Yes, but he hit his head on a lawn gnome."
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    They think I am a fabulously smelling lunatic. They graciously receive and use my fragrant gifts I bestow upon them all. My sister in law and my Sons girlfriend felt no shame in plundering my bags of samples on Christmas day either. They are all slowly coming around to my way of thinking....resistence is futile!

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