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    Here's my obligatory caveat: It doesn't seem like a thread about the idea of finding a Holy Grail fragrance AFTER becoming an avid collector has been brought up, at least not in a while, on the female side, that is. (If I'm wrong and this is a pain in the pooter either IGNORE this, or please let me know--I've done only thread searches, not post searches, but can't find anything about this specifically.)

    I think most of us have various reasons for becoming perfume fans, and collectors. But have any of you after getting the perfume bug, and possibly collecting for years ever actually found that ONE holy grail scent that might stop your perfume hunt? If it were true, that one scent epitomized how one might wish to smell thereafter, then what does that mean about collecting? Would that mean that the collection was indeed an attempt to find the HG?

    Or have you thought you found your HG after collecting for a while, worn it for a while and then fell out of love with it? How does this love affair work for you?

    What has sparked this is that I think I may have found a HG scent, but don't know whether it's an infatuation or not. It may be a late-summer love, but whatever the case, it has confused my sense of why I collect. I will always love fragrance, and probably always will collect and appreciate fragrance. But finding something that feels like such a good soul-match has honestly made me look at my collection differently. (For me, this scent is Carnal Flower, by the way, and it's hit me like a ton of bricks.) I wonder if anyone here has had the same, or similar self-questioning regarding their fragrances.

    Any thoughts or experiences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lushsoup View Post
    Here's my obligatory caveat: It doesn't seem like a thread about the idea of finding a Holy Grail fragrance AFTER becoming an avid collector has been brought up, at least not in a while, on the female side, that is. (If I'm wrong and this is a pain in the pooter either IGNORE this, or please let me know--I've done only thread searches, not post searches, but can't find anything about this specifically.)

    I think most of us have various reasons for becoming perfume fans, and collectors. But have any of you after getting the perfume bug, and possibly collecting for years ever actually found that ONE holy grail scent that might stop your perfume hunt? If it were true, that one scent epitomized how one might wish to smell thereafter, then what does that mean about collecting? Would that mean that the collection was indeed an attempt to find the HG?

    Or have you thought you found your HG after collecting for a while, worn it for a while and then fell out of love with it? How does this love affair work for you?

    What has sparked this is that I think I may have found a HG scent, but don't know whether it's an infatuation or not. It may be a late-summer love, but whatever the case, it has confused my sense of why I collect. I will always love fragrance, and probably always will collect and appreciate fragrance. But finding something that feels like such a good soul-match has honestly made me look at my collection differently. (For me, this scent is Carnal Flower, by the way, and it's hit me like a ton of bricks.) I wonder if anyone here has had the same, or similar self-questioning regarding their fragrances.

    Any thoughts or experiences?
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    Great topic! And please, everyone post their HG (if you've found one).

    For me, I think I would keep collecting regardless. I don't vary my frags much (the ones I wear) as it is - most days will find me in PotL or Monyette or one of a few other faves, but the pleasure of collecting isn't just in scenting myself a certain way. The bottles are gorgeous and I dream of having a nice little collection on a mirrored art deco tray on top of a vanity (tray and vanity as yet to be acquired, along with collection ), and it's pleasurable just opening a bottle and sniffing, not necessarily wearing. I love perfume, and I love the paraphernalia of perfume, too. The ads, the bottles, the books, the history, the discussing of it etc. etc.

    Right now I have quite high hopes for LostMarch Lann-Ael, which sounds very much like my HG frag. We'll see...!
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    I am so happy for you that you've found a Holy Grail fragrance lushsoup! Finding a/the Holy Grail fragrance for me was totally different from the way I had imagined or expected it to be. I had originally thought I would discover this amazing 'elixir' which would have a dramatic effect on me from first sniff and I would know instantly that I'd found 'the one'. The idea of such a discovery brought out the drama queen in me as you can tell! As I expanded my wardrobe, adding more scents to my collection, discarding others along the way, the importance of finding a Holy Grail gradually eased off because there were so many perfumes to enjoy. I found my Holy Grail about two months ago but what makes it an HG scent for me is the fact that it doesn't transform me at all. My other fragrances are for 'putting on', creating a mood, emphasising a trait, dressing up/down or whatever and I will still seek out new fragrances to enjoy. It might sound bizarre but my HG fragrance seemed to know me very well already. It doesn't change me but rather 'fits' me perfectly as I am. That fragrance is Gotham by Neil Morris and I love it.

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    Y'know, it's funny you bring this up, lushsoup. Cuz, I've been wondering why I am considering buying another full bottle, after I'd already bought 100 mL of what has got to be the most expensive batch of liquid I've ever owned.

    If I spent *THAT* much money on it, you'd think it was my Holy Grail (HG), right?

    WELL! Now, here I am considering buying another batch of expensive liquid. So, if I found my HG, then why am I so interested in buying another bottle of something else? And do I really think I'm going to use up 100 mL of the other, in my lifetime???

    I realized that of the scents I own, the ones I treasure the most are very different in character. I can recognize them a mile away, and since they are so very different from each other (and anything else around me), they conjure up memories specific to their scent.

    And *THAT* is why I collect fragrances. My current theory anyway. It may change next week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FroFro View Post
    I'm greedy. I have several Holy Grails, and I want more.
    That's probably going to be the case with me.

    Quote Originally Posted by LedByMyNose View Post
    Great topic! And please, everyone post their HG (if you've found one).

    For me, I think I would keep collecting regardless. I don't vary my frags much (the ones I wear) as it is - most days will find me in PotL or Monyette or one of a few other faves, but the pleasure of collecting isn't just in scenting myself a certain way. The bottles are gorgeous and I dream of having a nice little collection on a mirrored art deco tray on top of a vanity (tray and vanity as yet to be acquired, along with collection ), and it's pleasurable just opening a bottle and sniffing, not necessarily wearing. I love perfume, and I love the paraphernalia of perfume, too. The ads, the bottles, the books, the history, the discussing of it etc. etc.

    Right now I have quite high hopes for LostMarch Lann-Ael, which sounds very much like my HG frag. We'll see...!
    Yes, post your HG's!
    I can't imagine being without my other loves too, and I am quietly content with pleasure when I think about some of the special ones in my collection. Even if I don't always wear them, I have them, and they are precious to me. In complete agreement here. I hope LostMarch Lann-Ael turns out to be a great love of your life too!

    Quote Originally Posted by chaelaran1008 View Post
    I am so happy for you that you've found a Holy Grail fragrance lushsoup! Finding a/the Holy Grail fragrance for me was totally different from the way I had imagined or expected it to be. I had originally thought I would discover this amazing 'elixir' which would have a dramatic effect on me from first sniff and I would know instantly that I'd found 'the one'. The idea of such a discovery brought out the drama queen in me as you can tell! As I expanded my wardrobe, adding more scents to my collection, discarding others along the way, the importance of finding a Holy Grail gradually eased off because there were so many perfumes to enjoy. I found my Holy Grail about two months ago but what makes it an HG scent for me is the fact that it doesn't transform me at all. My other fragrances are for 'putting on', creating a mood, emphasising a trait, dressing up/down or whatever and I will still seek out new fragrances to enjoy. It might sound bizarre but my HG fragrance seemed to know me very well already. It doesn't change me but rather 'fits' me perfectly as I am. That fragrance is Gotham by Neil Morris and I love it.
    I am going to have to try Gotham now. So glad it does that for you. Yes, that is what happened to me, the hunt became the collection, and then the collection was sustaining. I gave up on finding a HG, actually.

    I'm not sure that's what I feel about Carnal Flower, in terms of how it suits me; if it's quietly me or what I want to smell like. I just haven't felt such a strong grip from a scent since meeting L'Heure Bleue, which I actually don't wear much. This one, though, just feels like a good scent, a great smell to me. It's striking, actually. Not full of emotional content, just very sensually rich. I know I have more than one HG (the original Le De is one of them too), but I just didn't expect to have my socks wowed off after so long of just enjoying fragrances and collecting.

    The most insane thing about this is that I thought I would hate this fragrance. I have always hated tuberose, like hate, a strong dislike, wrinkling of the nose, pew, all that. I even smelled it on a card once at a Barney's less than a year ago. Same dislike. I don't know what happened but my nose has done a 180 on me. Maybe that's why it's so shocking too, it's like a change in brain chemistry allowing receptors that have never been touched to now be charged, and being untouched they are even more sensitive than others.

    I'm glad to know I'm not alone.

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    A single Holy Grail just isn't possible for me, but I like the idea. My sister has a single scent she wears (Shalimar), and she's utterly content (and always smells fabulous -- Shalimar is magical on her.)

    My nose needs great variety and I like to layer different scents with each other to create a unique new scent (like my latest playing with Declaration Bois Blue, Avalon Juniper, and Violetta di Parma - a wonderous woody violet came from that experiment)

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    Quote Originally Posted by High_Tech_Radiance View Post
    A single Holy Grail just isn't possible for me, but I like the idea. My sister has a single scent she wears (Shalimar), and she's utterly content (and always smells fabulous -- Shalimar is magical on her.)

    My nose needs great variety and I like to layer different scents with each other to create a unique new scent (like my latest playing with Declaration Bois Blue, Avalon Juniper, and Violetta di Parma - a wonderous woody violet came from that experiment)
    I confess to a certain feeling of jealousy toward single-scent people. They seem to have figured out something I have not, or at least are certain enough of their likes and dislikes to set up camp somewhere scent-wise, and just get on with other things in their world.

    As for the original question (a great one, by the way), I have several HGs, but I am still seduced by the promise of the next better scent -- which, in all fairness has led me to scents I never would have experienced had I been a one-scent-gal. So maybe it is all okay after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiona View Post
    Y'know, it's funny you bring this up, lushsoup. Cuz, I've been wondering why I am considering buying another full bottle, after I'd already bought 100 mL of what has got to be the most expensive batch of liquid I've ever owned.
    I kind of want to join you in buying another of the same ridiculously expensive fragrance just so I won't run out. I only bought the 50 ml and am already getting anxious.

    Quote Originally Posted by High_Tech_Radiance View Post
    My nose needs great variety and I like to layer different scents with each other to create a unique new scent (like my latest playing with Declaration Bois Blue, Avalon Juniper, and Violetta di Parma - a wonderous woody violet came from that experiment)
    Funny, the first time I layered was with Violetta di Parma too: with Jolie Madame. It was exquisite. Woody violet too, with leather. The ones you mention sound great, I don't know what they smell like, though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Leesee View Post
    I confess to a certain feeling of jealousy toward single-scent people. They seem to have figured out something I have not, or at least are certain enough of their likes and dislikes to set up camp somewhere scent-wise, and just get on with other things in their world.

    As for the original question (a great one, by the way), I have several HGs, but I am still seduced by the promise of the next better scent -- which, in all fairness has led me to scents I never would have experienced had I been a one-scent-gal. So maybe it is all okay after all.
    Seduction. Perfect. I'm kind of scared my heart is a little fickle too, that I may change my mind and miss out on finding another scent with an equally forceful power over me. And "maybe it IS ok after all" for us to dabble and love, and dabble and REALLY love, and just dabble some more because we like to dabble.


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    Leesee said: "I have several HGs, but I am still seduced by the promise of the next better scent -- which, in all fairness has led me to scents I never would have experienced had I been a one-scent-gal. So maybe it is all okay after all".

    Seduced is absolutely it....I am a serial HG collector, a bit like a polygamous patriarch getting restless after a bit and needing another wife with different personality traits, hair colour etc from the ones he already has. Some of this collecting is incremental, but occasionally a HG scent falls from grace and gets expelled from the harem - Guerlain Sous le Vent being an example of a recent "mistake".

    HGs with staying power so far include: Chanel 31 rue Cambon, Bois des Iles, Cristalle EDT, Cuir de Russie, Jasper Conran Woman, TDC Bergamote, Eau de Guerlain, Apres L'Ondee, Plus que Jamais, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline and Jasmin Noir, Roja Dove Scandal, L'Artisan Eau de Jatamansi, Jo Malone Kohdo Woods Day and Night, Parfumerie Generale Brulure de Rose, Rosines Ecume de Rose - indeed a whole bunch of rose perfumes are just bubbling under HG status. If you invite too many in, the value of the title will become diminished (well, it probably is already!!), but it is a tough call. These are all such strong contenders that if someone was to pick just two out of my list and tell me you can only wear those for ever, I could live with their choice, I love them all so much. That said, I am actively looking to be seduced again...
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    I used to believe in the Holy Grail.
    I used to have one: Jean Marc Sinan. But it was discontinued.
    Then I discovered that I had lots of loves...
    Why limit youself to one?
    Bookmark this thread, lushshoup. Come back in a year--maybe even six months--and tell us what happens.

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    I have several HGs, but I am still waiting for the next better scent. Once I was on Yahoo answer, there is a same discussion there.

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    Great thread, great comments! I enjoy this question a lot. Thanks to all for sharing.
    For me, the holy grail scent is part of a larger process -- self-discovery.
    When I started my fragrance interest (only a couple of years ago), I had not worn scents for a long time. But I loved taking bubble baths with nice scents. Suddenly I thought that I could carry that relaxed mood from the morning bath into the day, if I had a nice scent. At that point my holy grail scent was a lovely, fresh, walk-in-the-woods pine.
    Well, I've since discovered that pine is one of most difficult notes to render in the way I"m looking for.
    But along the way I've discovered that I love green scents, herbal scents, vetiver, other woods, some spices, incense, some florals.... and so on. Things I thought I'd dislike I sometimes like. Things I was convinced I'd like did not work for me. I'm learning about myself at every step of the way.
    And step is a key word. I think life itself is an extended process of self-discovery. A kind of wandering pilgrimage, whose end is not clearly in sight.
    So you see, my holy grail really is... discovery. And scent is a fun thing that helps me do that.
    Cheers!
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    I don't think it's possible for me, though Apres L'ondee comes pretty close. I can't have one favourite food/book/lipstick/pair of shoes/chocolate, heck if polyandry was legal I'd probably have been signing up for that too. So one favourite scent, no can do.

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    Everyone's comments here are so pithy, clever, eloquent, wise, humorous. I was going to quote so many of you that I finally gave up trying. Lush, you phrase thoughts much the way I do.

    At this point, I believe only in holy grail categories--an ultimate green scent (must have my greens), an ultimate orange scent (need orange blossom), an ultimate vetiver, a patchouli, etc. I live jolly with my present finds while really enjoying pursuit of the unknown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    Seduced is absolutely it....I am a serial HG collector, a bit like a polygamous patriarch getting restless after a bit and needing another wife with different personality traits, hair colour etc from the ones he already has. Some of this collecting is incremental, but occasionally a HG scent falls from grace and gets expelled from the harem - Guerlain Sous le Vent being an example of a recent "mistake".
    Philanderering polygamists (because polygamy isn't enough, we have to cheat on our many spouses, too). All of us.

    Quote Originally Posted by purplebird7 View Post
    I used to believe in the Holy Grail.
    I used to have one: Jean Marc Sinan. But it was discontinued.
    Then I discovered that I had lots of loves...
    Why limit youself to one?
    Bookmark this thread, lushshoup. Come back in a year--maybe even six months--and tell us what happens.
    Discontinuation renders us mourners.
    You're wise, Purplebird. I will check back in a few months, heck, a few weeks for me would be a triumph with one scent.

    Quote Originally Posted by odysseusm View Post
    Great thread, great comments! I enjoy this question a lot. Thanks to all for sharing.
    For me, the holy grail scent is part of a larger process -- self-discovery.
    When I started my fragrance interest (only a couple of years ago), I had not worn scents for a long time. But I loved taking bubble baths with nice scents. Suddenly I thought that I could carry that relaxed mood from the morning bath into the day, if I had a nice scent. At that point my holy grail scent was a lovely, fresh, walk-in-the-woods pine.
    Well, I've since discovered that pine is one of most difficult notes to render in the way I"m looking for.
    But along the way I've discovered that I love green scents, herbal scents, vetiver, other woods, some spices, incense, some florals.... and so on. Things I thought I'd dislike I sometimes like. Things I was convinced I'd like did not work for me. I'm learning about myself at every step of the way.
    And step is a key word. I think life itself is an extended process of self-discovery. A kind of wandering pilgrimage, whose end is not clearly in sight.
    So you see, my holy grail really is... discovery. And scent is a fun thing that helps me do that.
    Cheers!
    All I can say is: brilliant. And I just had to quote so we can all read it again...

    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    Everyone's comments here are so pithy, clever, eloquent, wise, humorous. I was going to quote so many of you that I finally gave up trying. Lush, you phrase thoughts much the way I do.

    At this point, I believe only in holy grail categories--an ultimate green scent (must have my greens), an ultimate orange scent (need orange blossom), an ultimate vetiver, a patchouli, etc. I live jolly with my present finds while really enjoying pursuit of the unknown.
    Ah geez, Quarry! *kicks the sand, blushing*

    You may be spot on about HG categories.

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    the Holy Grail... That's so difficult to find. The question is: do I really want to find it or is it just the search that matters?
    Right now I'm in a downsizing mood. I want to have fewer, but better. I want all my per fumes to be HG, and get rid of lesser loves.

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    I used to think that there was such thing as my holy grail fragrance. I have had gut wrenching, visceral reactions to some fragrances....Sacrebleu, 31 Rue Cambon, Cuir Mauresque to name a few. I knew I had to own these fragrances. I am faithful and loyal to my husband, family and friends......being loyal to one fragrance would be too much for me to bear

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    I am pretty sure it would be impossible for me to find a HG scent. One of the main features of my personality is the fact that I intensely love many things... almost feeling as if each thing is simultaneously my favorite. I feel like finding a HG would somehow insult the awesome beauty of everything I would then claim to be beneath it, and I couldn't do that. In the same way I'm never going to find a HG novel, poem, or outfit since each things has its own sometimes epic charms, I couldn't ever find an HG perfume. This is why I collect things.

    Why do other people collect things though? I'm not sure, but I do think a lot of the joy of collecting is merely in identifying as part of the group of those who also appreciate said items. "The world of perfume" would easily be worth staying in even if I did shock myself and find a HG.

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    I don't think in terms of HCs, but rather in "close enoughs." When I find a frag that is close enough to my ideal conception of what I'm seeking, I stop there, or at least only grab a cheap sample of similar ones, if I can find them, out of curiosity. So far, this approach has worked well for me.

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    Isn't the very idea of a Holy Grail supposed to be elusive and just out of reach? If we could possess it, it would no longer be holy.

    The fun is in the search. Of course, it's expensive and one always starts out buying boatloads of mid-priced frags, only to be rewarded with maybe a few gems out of them all.

    However....what better way to learn about scents in general and note identification. Not to mention the fun searching for "the One".

    Did I mention it's fun ?..................

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdi View Post
    I used to think that there was such thing as my holy grail fragrance. I have had gut wrenching, visceral reactions to some fragrances....Sacrebleu, 31 Rue Cambon, Cuir Mauresque to name a few. I knew I had to own these fragrances. I am faithful and loyal to my husband, family and friends......being loyal to one fragrance would be too much for me to bear
    As a woman of a certain age I have been quietly wondering whether perfumes are a safe outlet for our ever shorter attention spans and craving for diversity and new stimuli. I too had a gut wrenching, visceral reaction to 31 Rue Cambon, but buying a bottle to satisfy that need is a fairly harmless act. Maybe it is precisely our restlessly acquisitive perfume hobbies that enable us to remain settled in other aspects of our lives such as our relationships with partners and friends.

    I thought I might be on to something with this idea when a member on another site emailed me an article describing a passion for perfume as "libidinous investment" - I should stress that this meant a sublimation and channelling of all kinds of physical and emotional energy, not just what it might appear to mean! Though it could also mean that...

    And taking up Quarry's point, I do believe it is easier to find HGSs by category - or be content with a "close enough" discovery - to quote Bigsly's wise approach. Yes, perhaps perfume can teach us important life lessons...
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    At age 15 I was told "A lady is not properly dressed without her handkerchief, her gloves and her perfume" (and in my case - frequently not much else) So I've been a perfume wearer for 65 years - only the last two of which have been as a fervent BaseNoter/Collector/Huntress.

    Ackshully not so much "huntress" as "enjoy-tress". I'm not really looking for a specific, one-size fits all occasions-and-moods, heart-stopping, addiction-inducing scent. (Already found that in the original Joy) Like AromiErotoci said - for me "the fun is in the search". Since coming here my modest little collection quintupled!!

    I'm having a great time right now sniffing out all the gourmands - late to the party but still kickin' ass!!
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    Some perfumes sweep me away as soon as I try them and I know I mus have them. But whether it will las, I don't know.

    I don't believe in a HG, for a while I thought I'd always love angel innocent, but I've grown tired of it, find it lacking a certain elegance really, it just doesn't capture me like some others do now. I'm sure in enough time I might get tired of these new superstars of perfume as well, especially if I wear them often. ( I wore innocent pretty much every day)

    HG of perfumes are like the love of your lives, you will probably live long enough to have several.Although I'm more loyal to the men in my life than perfume, I'll give them that much.
    But once you get locked into a serious perfume collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.
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    What many people appear to describe here is a quest, an olfactory odyssey, with their HG as Ithaca.

    I hope never to find my Holy Grail; this is not my motivation. The day I find it, the quest is over. And I never want that to happen.

    God knows there have been many contenders along the way: the Diorissimo of my young womanhood; the Eau du Soir of my thirties; Bois des Iles, my most recent sweetheart.

    But I am an inconstant lover. I know there will be others to take my beloved's place. I cannot idealise monogamy, for to do so will be to fail.

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    I love the many varied insights on this thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by VM I hate civet View Post
    As a woman of a certain age I have been quietly wondering whether perfumes are a safe outlet for our ever shorter attention spans and craving for diversity and new stimuli. I too had a gut wrenching, visceral reaction to 31 Rue Cambon, but buying a bottle to satisfy that need is a fairly harmless act. Maybe it is precisely our restlessly acquisitive perfume hobbies that enable us to remain settled in other aspects of our lives such as our relationships with partners and friends.
    I never thought of that before, but it may be true for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Taolady View Post
    Like AromiErotoci said - for me "the fun is in the search".
    I'm just gonna start calling you AE, AromiErotici. I can't help but giggle at all the different ways we are trying to type your name.

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    Love the theme of quest, and pilgrimage. There are destination-oriented pilgrimages. But there are also wandering pilgrimages. The goal there is more open-ended, seen more in terms of process than achievement. What do we learn along the way, en route?
    It is nice when Odysseus returns home. But his mystique, and the power he acquires, lies in his wandering path.
    odysseusm

    "The force that through the green fuse drives the flower // drives my green age..." Dylan Thomas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aiona View Post
    I never thought of that before, but it may be true for me.
    I can just imagine the title of an academic paper on the subject: "Compulsive collecting behaviours linked to scentophilia as a predictor of social cohesion."


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    Oooh, lovely thread.

    I used to always have 5-10 perfumes on the go and my original as-close-to-HG-as-you-can-get was Coco Chanel in the late 80s/early 90s. It was the scent I'd always default to and one I couldn't find any fault in and one I used to still get a kick out of even after wearing it for days in a row. However, just like falling out of love with a person, one day when Coco ran out I just didn't replace it.

    I'd found maybe the only true HG fragrance I really could have "stopped" at - Aveda Equipoise. I still had other fragrances to play with, but if I wanted to smell like "me" and feel totally at ease, I'd wear Equipoise.

    And the f-ers discontinued it.

    That actually kicked off the more obsessive hunting, collecting - and in the end - studying of raw materials and of perfumery. So in a way I should be grateful! Now, smelling the last few drops of Equipoise I have left at the bottom of an old bottle, I keep thinking: "this was it? It's good, but gosh, was I really that obsessed?" I feel like the exploration has allowed me to learn more than I would have otherwise and to expand my horizons. It's been exciting and I've found many new loves.

    Gotham is lovely, isn't it? It's definitely in my "new loves" section, but a good contender for almost-HG is Le Parfum d'Odette, also by Neil Morris.

    My true HG will one day be a fragrance I'll create for myself. Not just the kind I've managed so far (functional fragrances for other products), but a real perfume with a complex character. That's my outrageous ambition! That doesn't mean I'll stop collecting though. Just like finding the best shade of nail colour (Revlon Red) hasn't stopped me wanting to wear other colours, or having a favourite food doesn't mean you'll only ever eat that.

    To me, perfume is art and food and colour and emotion - and the richness and variety fuels the exploration. May it never end!
    Last edited by Nukapai; 21st September 2008 at 04:51 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukapai View Post
    My true HG will one day be a fragrance I'll create for myself. Not just the kind I've managed so far (functional fragrances for other products), but a real perfume with a complex character. That's my outrageous ambition!
    We eagerly await your creation, Nukapai, confident in the knowledge that whilst complex, your frag will smell nothing like Angel, Wrappings, Youth Dew, Jungle et al.

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