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    Default Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    Quote Originally Posted by Levallois View Post
    Huge collection of gems, please.
    That's what I'm talkin about!

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    I'd rather gather a large collection and then weed the ones that aren't appealing making a smaller collection.

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    I'm in the large collection camp, myself. Who's to say what's a classic and what's not? Only you, and the only way to decide is to try a lot of fragrances. If you're uncomfortable buying a lot of bottles, go for a lot of samples!!

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    I remember when I started, here on Basenotes, I felt slightly uncomfortable with those who owned considerably larger wardrobes. I guess, upon reflection, it was simply an indication that I'm the type of person who prefers to keep any personal collection as tightly focused as possible - I couldn't comprehend that people were that passionate about fragrances to own so many. Surely, it must be blind consumer greed...

    Well, two years on (and a few hundred fragrances later), it's easy to realise the error of my ways. However, that doesn't mean that I've changed the way in which I collect things - I just I better understand and appreciate this 'hobby'. Therefore, even though there are those who prefer larger collections, it's a personal choice I am now able to respect.

    I've tried to keep my collection down to 15 and have largely succeeded (although I'm open to expanding it to 20, albeit reluctantly). In some ways, such a restriction has forced me to thoroughly evaluate each scent, both according to my own personal needs and against other acquisitions. As a result, it's extremely difficult for me to rank them because I love them all equally. For me, owning a 'tight' wardrobe (where each frag has equal relevance) is more important than owning a large number.

    But, as I mentioned before, each to their own...
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    I'm at the point where I feel like there are many fragrances in my wardrobe that aren't getting worn. I'd rather have a smaller wardrobe of around 30 or so fragrances (rather than my current 80) I've decided to wear every fragrance in my wardrobe one week, and after the week I will decide to sell or keep. My first contestant was A Taste Of Heaven... One keeper so far. Only 79 to go!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I remember when I started, here on Basenotes, I felt slightly uncomfortable with those who owned considerably larger wardrobes. I guess, upon reflection, it was simply an indication that I'm the type of person who prefers to keep any personal collection as tightly focused as possible - I couldn't comprehend that people were that passionate about fragrances to own so many. Surely, it must be blind consumer greed...

    Well, two years on (and a few hundred fragrances later), it's easy to realise the error of my ways. However, that doesn't mean that I've changed the way in which I collect things - I just I better understand and appreciate this 'hobby'. Therefore, even though there are those who prefer larger collections, it's a personal choice I am now able to respect.

    I've tried to keep my collection down to 15 and have largely succeeded (although I'm open to expanding it to 20, albeit reluctantly). In some ways, such a restriction has forced me to thoroughly evaluate each scent, both according to my own personal needs and against other acquisitions. As a result, it's extremely difficult for me to rank them because I love them all equally. For me, owning a 'tight' wardrobe (where each frag has equal relevance) is more important than owning a large number.

    But, as I mentioned before, each to their own...
    I wish the wardrobe function was working................

    I want to be in the same camp, even though I'm just starting from a moderately sized collection of 30. That means a ton of testing!

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    I feel I am currently in the "collect everything" stage. I feel this is the learning curb of my perfume journey. The impulse and blind buys are expensive, thank goodness for obtainable samples, TPC and knowleadgable basenoters who stir you to the right path. I currently own an excess of 100+ fragrances and yes I do not use them all but I am happy they exist in my collection.

    I know there will come a stage that I will edit my collection to the ones I have affinity to. Hence I know I will reach the "small collection of gems". But for now my journey continues and my pockets in pain.

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    I'm new to the whole scent game. I used to be a 1-2 fragrance kind of guy, cool water + some other mainstream fragrance. Expanded to 5 good scents from testing at the store.

    I'd always get the 100ml bottles because they were the most economical choices but I found that I'd grow tired of a cologne after a while, particularly if I purchased without trying it a couple of times (one try at the store isn't enough for me to determine if I like a scent, however I've fallen into the trap in the past)

    So I came to bn with the aim of doing some research and getting some valuable tips from frag heads so that I could find a few gems that would complete my collection & quench my appetite. But what I've discovered is that its all a bit of a charade, it appears you only ever fall deeper down the rabbit hole until you realise you need to take a step back and re evaluate. It's funny because its like most people in this community struggles with that (interesting from a sociological perspective).

    There are so many pit falls to this journey

    One of the pit falls I experienced was the blind buy. I hate the idea of going to the store to sample, I rarely go to the store so have limited opportunities to do so. So I indiscriminately bough a bunch of samples to begin my "education" along the way I got a little.trigger happy & decided on a few blind buys . Lesson 1, try before you buy. People tend to stick to opposite ends in terms of reviewing colognes so you get a bit of a skewed view.

    So at this point, I will be purchasing more samples in a methodological manner so I can really evaluate before my next purchase

    I'm definitely in the less is more category. I've currently got 22 bottles, half of which will make way. I started quite haphazardly but will take a more structured approach in future. Id rather have 10 gems and a bunch of samples to satiate my fragrance appetite. I've also stopped purchasing 100ml bottles because at this point my tastes vary too much to go through a whole bottle. And id rather spend a little more initially rather than have a full bottle that I rarely use.

    That's me

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    Default Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    For me over the years it's become the humungous collection of everything.

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    I'm currently up to about 80 and I only started 13 months ago. I guess I just want to try as much as possible. I'm still learning though. For instance, one of the first I bought was Egoiste, and I hated it so left it at the back of the collection for a year, feeling I would never use it. A few weeks ago I decided to re-visit it and....wow! I now love it. This makes me reluctant to dismiss something out of hand, as my journey continues and my knowledge and appreciation of fragrances grows so I become more experienced. Many years from now I would hope to have 20 perfect bottles but for now I am quite happy to continue buying. Having the funds to do so is obviously key to this approach though and I count myself fortunate indeed that I can take this path.
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    If you're interested then I don't see how just owning a few bottles will satisfy your curiosity. However, I also don't see the point in owning full bottles of everything, even things you just think are so-so. Full bottles of the favorites, and then samples samples samples.

    Besides, accumulating a huge collection isn't an option for some (most, even). People with middle-class incomes would probably feel pretty silly looking at their 1000 bottle fragrance collection when they have to send their kids to college. I know I would.

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    I think I will only have a relatively small collection of what I really like and will realistically wear. Now, if money was no object, I'd probably go a little crazy, blind buy anything of interest, and even get some just because of the cool bottles. It would be more of a collecting hobby. But right now I plan to keep it to 20 or less, and as my tastes change, maybe get rid of a couple and then get a couple new ones.

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    Heres what you do: Sample as much as you can , start off by collecting samples. Organize them by house or however you want. Its affordable and doesnt take up much room plus you can easily put them away under your bed in the dark or whatever. Smell out EVERYTHING you can. If you by a few 2ml spray samples a week, in no time you will have a nice selection to choose from. When you run out of a sample that you really like and want more, buy another sample of that while continuing to buy new samples that youve never smelled. If you go through a sample three times, buy a bottle of the stuff and slowly start your bottle collection that way. Thats the safest, most affordable, most fun way to explore and obtain your fragrances IMO. Plus you will have a huge selection to choose from in whatever occasion your in, even if its just small samples. At least you will know what you like and have a full bottle of those hidden gems you discover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peevish_yolk View Post
    We live life just once so why don't we live it the way we want?! Why should I restrict myself to 20 or 30 fragrances?! If I like some scent I'm going to buy it. I want to have at least couple of options for every occasion and I enjoy in "the sweet throes" of the selection. I have some scents in my collection which I use just once or twice a year and that's perfectly OK to me.
    I have to accent that I respect very much the opposite attitudes about this.
    For a moment, I was fretting about my over indulgence (90+ bottles) but I finally read somebody that nails it for me. Thanks, man.
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    Ideally everything, as that would be too costly and require too much storage space, not everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indianwells View Post
    I'm currently up to about 80 and I only started 13 months ago. I guess I just want to try as much as possible. I'm still learning though. For instance, one of the first I bought was Egoiste, and I hated it so left it at the back of the collection for a year, feeling I would never use it. A few weeks ago I decided to re-visit it and....wow! I now love it. This makes me reluctant to dismiss something out of hand, as my journey continues and my knowledge and appreciation of fragrances grows so I become more experienced. Many years from now I would hope to have 20 perfect bottles but for now I am quite happy to continue buying. Having the funds to do so is obviously key to this approach though and I count myself fortunate indeed that I can take this path.
    This. +1

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    For me personally I think I would rather only own limited fragrances that I LOVE (not the case with current collection) versus a ton that I only like. This makes my sampling fetish all the more enjoyable knowing that a scent has to really wow me to warrant a full bottle (or decant) purchase.
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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    Not sure exactly where this hobby will take me, but lately I've been thinking that I'd like to ultimately keep my collection to around 20 of my absolute favorites. That being said, if I come across something that blows me away, I won't hesitate trying to add it to my collection. The whole "20" guideline is just a reference point...I'm not dead-set on a specific number ultimately, I just know that I won't realistically use much more than 20 fragrances on a regular or even semi-regular basis.
    Currently wearing: Original Vetiver by Creed

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    i tried to keep my collection small, but i failed, so i stop trying ever since
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    5ml decants for ones I figure I'll only wear very sparingly (ones that are hard to wear, ones that are limited to special occasions, ones that I'm neutral about, etc). 10-30ml decants for ones I'll wear more often (ones I enjoy a lot, ones that are versatile, daily wears, etc). Between 30ml and full bottle for ones I love and wear a lot.

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    I have accumulated a rather large collection by now, with many of my fragrances being worn only a couple of times a year. But when I think of which bottles I should get rid of it becomes rather difficult. I have always tried to be quite selective with my purchases and even if I don't particularly enjoy a particularly fragrance I respect it enough to revisit it at a later time, and how it often happens, develop a liking for it over time or simply figure out the ideal circumstances in which to wear. Quality fragrances remain quality fragrances and some of them are also worth having in your wardrobe as references.
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    Default Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    I started my collection with a few scents that I really liked. I found, however, that I kept finding fragrances that I really liked, so gradually, over time, I have come to a point where I have over 100 bottles. Of these, there are a few I could part with without any real sense of loss, but for the most part I've got a collection of things I really like and I do find new things I like quite often. I've had to put a freeze on buying for a few months now for financial reasons but I know of at least five fragrances that are definitely on my radar for when I'm able to start purchasing again.

    I guess you can say I started out with the small collection of gems in mind and now have gotten to the point where I've acquired a larger collection that covers a good amount of territory.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
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    I suppose my viewpoint is going to seem unusual to some, but it's not something I think about. There are some hobbies you need to plan. Some you don't. I know people who are into historical war gaming on the table-top, building up armies based on painstakingly researched historical data. I am certain that has its pleasures.

    My collection of fragrances doesn't need to fight anyone elses collection though or do anything except exist and make me happy. No planning required. Having them is fun. Even things I don't wear; I migh spray it on paper and put it on my desk, enjoying it for the evening, or just take my time slowly polishing up every bottle I own. Adding to my collection is fun too. I try not to over think it. If I end up with two things that smell the same the challenge is to sniff out the differences. Owning many bottles which I seldom wear actually makes me happy too as the fact that they are all but full pleases me; I always keep the boxes and everything else. I like owning some things still in their cello wrap, for example discontinued scents.

    Sometimes it's all about the bottle. I want my collection to be something I can explore and enjoy myself which means it needs to be a little bit of a mystery to me. I like not being able to remember what I have or why I bought it, and finding surprises. I like only being able to grasp my collection when I'm face to face with it. I enjoy it the most when I go into my garage and have a feeling that is comparable to walking into a huge fragrance department in a store. A sense of possibilities, and of having something to explore.

    I enjoy blind-buying. There is a romance to having five bottles appear in the mail, things I've never smelled, exploring them all slowly, adding them to the collection, finding a place for each based on the wearing, handling the new bottles, carefully collapsing the box and putting it away.

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    I have settled on what I think of as a medium-large collection of gems. I'd love to say my max is 150...but I like what I like and if I like it enough I'll probably end up with it.

    Right now I have what I consider 4-5 star fragrances. I went through and mentally rated each that I had and if it was 3 stars I sold it off. It was sometimes hard to admit when something had to go, but after it was I never looked back.

    But the feeling of having just the gems is great. So I wouldn't put a limit on small or large...I would limit it to just the gems.

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    One year ago I had 2 bottles - A 1.0 oz bottle of Armani Code and a 1.3 oz bottle of Hugo Element. I went to use my Hugo one day, and nothing came out... I was suprised that I went thru a bottle. So, I was about to replace it, when I thought: "Maybe I would want to try something different"... So I went on Amazon, and read some reviews. Then I found this site.

    10 months later, I now have over 115 full bottles, many splits, and countless samples. When I bought a few at the start (all blind - based on reviews), I thought "ok 10 is a good number - I'll stop there".... then - "15 is a good number..." less than a month later: "30 is perfect - one for each day of the month"... a few months later: "60 - thats the limit". Fast forward a few weeks: "ok, I'll buy Aventus, then I'm done!"... After that arrived from the Creed Boutique, I thought "but I really need this bottle of X and Y... I better snap up a few extra bottles of Gucci Pour Homme II... And Dior Homme Sport (2008) - they may get hard to find... etc., etc......

    I shake my head every day wondering when I'll stop... I do plan to greatly slow down in 2013. In 2012 I explored the forest - I know how big it is now. I haven't examined every hill or every tree in the forest, but I have a good idea of what is out there now and how to find my way around. 2013 will be about examining a few nooks and crannies - I no longer need to run around like crazy looking for something new... I hope I am able to slow down... My wallet says I really should.
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    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
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    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Default Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    This thread is very informative for the newbies like me. dougczar, thank you so much for your post. I feel like I am at step 1 of where you started. I wanted to try something new and found Basenotes a month ago. I now have a decant of Aventus and a bottle of Eau des Baux... I love both and am kinda hooked. Just ordered 150 bucks worth of samples from LuckyScents. Itching to get my collection bigger. I can easily see myself getting to where you are at.
    If you were to start over, what would you do differently?

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    Now I've a relatively large collection, but I'm shifting to gathering a small number of PERFECT scents.
    I think repeating another bottle of a masterpiece is more appealing than opening some moderate smelling scents.
    Life is TOOOO short to pass with generic and so-so fragrances to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraz View Post
    This thread is very informative for the newbies like me. dougczar, thank you so much for your post. I feel like I am at step 1 of where you started. I wanted to try something new and found Basenotes a month ago. I now have a decant of Aventus and a bottle of Eau des Baux... I love both and am kinda hooked. Just ordered 150 bucks worth of samples from LuckyScents. Itching to get my collection bigger. I can easily see myself getting to where you are at.
    If you were to start over, what would you do differently?

    Thanks Kraz,

    Honestly, other than a few blind purchases that I regret, I am not sure what I would do over. I guess I would make a rule to wait until I finished a sample before purchasing a full bottle of it. I have a large number of bottles that I purchased that I havent even opened yet, because I am still working off the sample! I made a lot of blind purchases, but only regret a few. I suppose to do it over I would just slow down a little and realize when a fragrance blows me away, I don't need to buy it right then (maybe all the talk about fragrances getting discontinued, reformulated, etc. on this site had programmed me to be a little impulsive - get it before its gone!). In reality, as I have started to realize, if you discover something you like, there is a 99.99% chance it will still be there next month. So, maybe I would have set a budget and made a list of bottles / samples that I wanted, and forced myself to stay within that budget each month and only buy things off the list -- and realize that what I didn't purchase this month will still be there next month. That is probably what I will do for 2013.

    But most importantly, enjoy the ride!
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    1. Creed - Original Cologne
    2. Xerjoff - Nio
    3. Creed - Aventus
    4. The Different Company - De Bachmakov
    5. Dior - Homme Sport 2008
    6. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver
    7. Montale - Aoud Legacy
    8. Dior - Homme Sport 2012
    9. Creed - Virgin Island Water
    10. Kenneth Cole - Black

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    Default Re: Huge Collection of Everything OR Small Collection of Gems?

    I guess it depends on what your motivations are, if you are a collector then you will likely want a large collection, even in a large collection a collector always has their rare gems, either by virtue of value or those they prize. Alternatively perhaps your motivations are merely to sample and determine the ultimate scents for you not neccessarily for the collection aspect. Likewise some just enjoy sampling the rainbow out there.

    I guess the great thing about these forums and the net is you aren't limited, in the sense that you could easily start your journey with samples and decants and as you find ones you love and as your own palette grows you purchase a full bottle, I actually think a lot of general users probably evolve into it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    For me over the years it's become the humungous collection of everything.
    I'd like to come and play at your house hednic!

    I've got 10+ FBs already but I try to stick to the 30ml size if possible. It annoys me no end to have to buy 100mls if that's the only option grrrrrr. I've only bought one 100ml bottle ever.

    I like variety and my skin soaks scent up like nobody's business, so I can wear 2-3 scents a day (not all, poison and TZ stick a good while) so I think I can maintain good use of up to 30 scents if I stay small in volume.

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