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    Default How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    How many bottles in your collection are blind buys? And did you regret any of them, or were pleasantly surprised instead?

    Most of my blind buys were from last summer, when I first got interested in perfume. I've not yet discovered "the art of sampling" so ordered bottles blind. The only real disappointment was Patou For Ever (which I got to get to free shipping -- desire for free shipping is a character flaw of mine). For Ever is no longer in my collection as I used it up scenting my dryer sheets. The rest have been mostly successful, and quite a few winners - Hiris, Infusion d'Iris, Y.

    I still buy blind (from the BN marketplace mostly) but it has to be in the genre that I know I like (i.e. orientals) or has notes that I love (i.e. opoponax or amber). The perfume must have good reviews by the reviewers I trust and be a relative bargain. Buy, boy, this "finds" do add up.

    All in all, I have 10 blind buys in my collection (ouch!) out of 20 bottles. I honestly thought I was doing better than that!

    PS -- I got one bottle by mistake because I confused it with another scent I used to wear years ago. So maybe it does not count? Another one is a room spray although I use it as a personal fragrance too. So it would be 8.5 blind bottles. A
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    A grand total of z-e-r-o.
    I'm definitely not rolling in cash, so all my buys are premeditated, researched and sampled to death. That's not to say I have spent less - but I don't feel like I can chance it. Maybe I'm just not that adventurous.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    One large decant is a blind buy; one bottle is a blind trade ( Mukhallat Al Emirates and Nag Champa respectively ). I actually enjoy the blind buy a lot, but I'll be trading away the blind trade.

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Quote Originally Posted by veuve amiot View Post
    A grand total of z-e-r-o.

    Impressive!

    But as GB said, I do get a sense of adventure out of buying blind, same as with samples. But as my collection grows, I feel I won't have room for any more.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    2 for me: EL's Emerald Dream and Christiane Lacroix's Tumulte. They're sitting on a shelf unused, waiting to be swapped away....any takers??
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    Have done it several times .. but not anymore (almost not) It's quite fun
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Way to many to count. I'm having a little Marshalls problem. They wont let you smell before you buy and you cant return if opened. But I get this big rush getting the bottle, running to the car and opening right there and sniffing, I am ashamed to say " like a junkie getting their fix". But, ITS SO MUCH FUN!!!

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    Veeeeeeeeeeeeery few. I went through about a one-month period of buying good deals at TJ Maxx and Marshalls, figuring that if they were 10-15 USD per bottle it was a better deal than buying a teeny 1 ml decant and paying postage.

    Well, that's the end of that! I have 5 bottles (just counted them) I will never wear.

    One blind buy was nice: B√lgari The Rouge.


    The rest? I shoudl have just tried the decants or waited for a windfall sample.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    2 of 15, or 13%

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    I never used to blind buy at all, and felt quite smug about this risk free approach. Recently however, I have dabbled in a number of fragrances and purchased some based on architectures that interest me. I see now that the risk free approach deprived me of the joy of encountering unexpected treasures.

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Only one, Lime, Mandarin and Vetiver by Tesco, which I bought for £3 after reading about it on here. I figured, at that price, even if I have to chuck it in the bin... but, to my delight, it has been a perfectly peppy little thing; I usually wear it when I go out to the gym or hospital or somewhere where I don't want to do the perfume thing so much.

    I've got one potential blind buy on my wishlist, Fragonard by Fragonard - only there to remind me to visit the factory one day (Either that or I'll just order some online and deal with the consequences! ).

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Nine: The three new Armani Prives (Ambre, Jasmine, and Cuir), Black Cashmere and Feminite du Bois (but based on other reviews, I knew they were a solid buy), Gucci Envy and J'Adore (due solely to the high praises of Luca Turin and Chandler Burr, but they are quite right), Revlon Flair (had garnered much discussion at its release, sadly I don't think I like fruity chypres, even if well-done and inexpensive), and YSL Nu (also bought based on reviews and because the price was great, but I don't love it as much as I'd hoped, and the sprayer/bottle drives me nuts). Subtracting DH's nine scents from my wardrobe, that's nine blind buys out of 23. Wow, 39%! :bounce:

    Actually, I just remembered that I tested Flair and wore it around the drugstore for 20 minutes or so before deciding to take it home with me. While my eyes might not have been completely open, it wasn't really a blind buy, so eight out of 23, or 35%.

    And I just remembered a small bottle of Revlon Fire and Ice that I bought on clearance at the drugstore because it was getting a lot of wear and praise in the SotD threads a year or so ago. I'm not a fan. So, nine out of 24, or 37.5%.
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    2 or 3 I guess. Just reading some of the notes off Luckyscent and reviews is enough for me sometimes to get a blind buy ! I normally don't regret it - learning curve !
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    I stopped counting at 15! And that's full bottles ... I have probably twice that much in blindly purchased decants that were anywhere from $10-20. No real disasters, a few that I while I like I probably wouldn't have purchased if I had sniffed first, and a few real loves.

    I don't buy blind too much anymore. Ha! I just purchased two in the last few months and am really really tempted to buy Cuir Amethyste.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Thanks for everyone's comments! I think it a sign of a newbie perfumista (me) to go all crazy in the beginning.

    Actually, looking back I don't think my track record is that bad -- since I realized that buying blind is not the way to go (about 6 weeks ago), I only bought 2 bottles blind - 50 ml and 30 ml and they both worked out pretty well. And combined, they were only $23, including shipping, and one came with a body lotion. So not so bad.

    And I resisted another blind by at $40 + tax/shipping, but while I was looking for a sample, the fragrance sold out. Oh well. I'll find out soon if I should have bought it blind!
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    I live in a small town in japan. Almost all my purchases are blind. (I can only buy after trying if I visit a larger city or at duty free when I travel) This has obvious risks but I find it rather enjoyable. I study the posted reviews and there are several basenoters that share a similar taste with me so I pay close attention to their reviews of particular frags. I check out the pyramid for notes I enjoy as well.

    Then it is off to the internet to check out online stores and auctions. I do all this with japanese sites--have never ordered from abroad but plan to try FragX next month. Prices in Japan vary--sometimes a great deal, sometimes about the same as if I had ordered from abroad + shipping.

    So far I have enjoyed almost all of my purchases. Some I wont buy again but still enjoyed them. The only duds were Versarce "Time for Energy" and Animale for men. Both are hideous. I only bought them because they were very cheap and I misread the Animale review. (There are two Animale for men and Animale Animale for men--WTF???? Marketing guys to lazy to come up with a different name?)

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    I've bought several minis and travel-sized bottles without sampling first. I tend to read a lot about them first, and like inselaffe, I do find some joy in taking a chance. A calculated chance yes, but one that adds spice to life!

    I've bought a very few full bottles without sampling first:

    CIELO, by Napa Valley, because of the wine country association
    FLORA BELLA, by Lalique, because it's by Duchaufour and the price was right
    KOHDO WOOD DAY and NIGHT, by Jo Malone, because they sounded wonderful and were "limited editions" at the time

    I'm happy with all these purchases.

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    Oh, one. But this is because I have a friend to whom I give all of my blind-buy disasters. Waiting to be sent out is Orlane BE 21, which is some combination of hairspray and pistachio flower. Recently sent out were Strenesse and Mauboussin, and the friend quickly listed them on eBay at bargain prices with free shipping, and there were no takers.

    Did NOT blind buy Cellophane. This was a rare smart decision. I dislike it intensely; it reminds me of J'Adore. I have decided I do not like osmanthus, and this Cellophane has in abundance. I SCRUBBED IT OFF. This act of desecration is a first for a Lutens; not even Arabie suffered this fate. The opening was more of that dreadful hairspray I complained about in the Orlane scent (and also in Gucci Rush) and it took quite a while to settle. Once it did, the osmanthus came forward. Some osmanthus smells lemony to me, but this one smelled of orange. I'll note that osmanthus, in a trait shared with angelica, has an odd jellied quality. Cellophane was not an exception to this idea. This is what turns me off to the note.

    I wish Cellophane smelled like a bouquet that might actuallly be wrapped in cellophane and not what strikes me as an attempt to corner a weary commercial market.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Very few blind buys. The ones I can remember are Nu (YSL), Par Amour (Clarins), Tocade (Rochas), Parfum Sacre (Caron), Terracota (Guerlain). I liked them all except for Parfum Sacre. I just gave it away a few weeks ago.

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Does it count if I tried a different concentration than the one I bought? If so, I bought vintage No.19 EDP blind after trying the vintage parfum and modern EDT.

    I got some vintage bottles that were in a 4-bottle set. I only really wanted one of the four, and I was bidding on the auction based on high praise on BN. It turns out all of them are fabulous, especially the one I was after in the first place.

    Other than that, I have two bottles of newer fragrance I bought blind. Bulgari Eau Parfumee au The Rouge--I still really like it alot, too, sometimes better than ones I tested far more. The other is Institut Tres Bien Cologne d'Italienne--I love the genre, and all the colognes from this line were highly rated by Turin and in the BN directory. I don't regret this one either.

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Most of my very old vintage scents were blind buys. But since I know and adore the compositions of all older fragrances, I have never been disappointed. Some of my blind buys; Fete-Molyneux, Vivre-Molyneux, Detchema-Revillon, Galimar-Galimard, Nuit de Longchamps (vintige)-Lubin, La Nuit de Paco Rabanne and quite a few more. I am truly never dissatisfied, they all have that glorious "something" that weaves its magic spell around me. If it was created in the 80's or before I am sure I will enjoy it, if not love it. If it was created mid-90's up to this point, I would not blind-buy it for pocket change. I think I have only 3 scents that are "true" originals, not re-orchestrations or re-releases, from the 90's to this point in time.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    About twenty and some of my biggest faves are blind buys, the shining star being Yohji (now discontinued), which I ended up buying seven bottles (one 30 ml, five 50 ml and one 100 ml) more!
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    Many. The diappointments have been few and even with those I have got to know them and loved them better. My grandest successes have been my Ava-Luxe collection blind buys as they allowed me to sample a few I would not have considered by just perusing the notes.

    None of my vintage collection are truly blind as I only bought those I remembered very fondly.

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    7, I think.

    6 15 ml parfums from Galimard: Printemps Japonais, Gelsomino, Lapis Lazuli, Galimar, Canaïca and Yavana.

    Arpège EDP and Madame Rochas EDP.

    All are bought in my first perfume year 2007. Printemps Japonais, Galimar, Yavana and Madame Rochas I like very much and none of the rest has turned out very bad, but I don't buy blind now.

    But there are also fragrances that I have tested and bought, like Nina Ricci Love in Paris and D&G Sicily that I don't particurlarly like right now.

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    I still blind buy more than I should. But those daring blind buys are often not clueless buys. I read and re-read reviews at Basenotes and elsewhere and only after getting some affirmation from some trusted reviewers do I part with my money.

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    None anymore.

    I had one great success with Ambre Narguile, but eventually outgrew the fragrance. In the beginning (four-five years ago), I bought a number of bottles before I knew about sample swapping at makeupalley.

    I, too, have to watch my pennies, so I interrogate myself: Do you like this? Do you really, really like this? I just hate that feeling of regret for having wasted money.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Full bottles:

    Hiris
    Rocabar
    Heritage
    Habit Rouge
    Etro Patchouly

    Love them all.

    I've bought many d*****s and minis blind. Winners include Villoresi Musk, Silver Factory, Mauboussin, and Cristobal.

    The only disappointing blind buy I can think of is Chinatown, just wouldn't work on me. Other than that, I've had good luck with blind buys.
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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Yep, I'm a classic 'gotta try everything' newbie who has spent a fortune online before finally learning that it really is wiser to wait and try something to see if you like it.

    And also, we're very lucky here on Basenotes because people share and swap samples so freely. There's a great 'pay it forward' vibe with the passing on of samples between friends here. (And it's often how new friendships are forged - I can't tell you how often I've said 'I'd love to try that' on the SOTD thread and found a message waiting later that day from a kind person offering to send me a vial. Folks here are kindness itself.)

    I have a pretty big list of things for sale on the marketplace here purely because when I was starting out I bought things like Cabochard (phew, yuk!) on special offer from discounters. Thankfully a few have gone to loving homes through Basenotes and now I confine my blind buys to decants and samples (well, you have to try things somehow!)(and those purchases are not made through Basenotes). Though I do still occasionally buy things blindish, they're generally well-considered because I have explored the reviews and the pyramid of notes, and nowadays I have pretty good success rates. I think it really is the thrill of the hunt that drives us to do these silly things, isn't it? And with the current economic climate, I'd rather save my dosh for things I really lust after and crave. (SL Louve, you can see me looking goo-goo eyes at you, I know it!)

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    This thread is making me want to buy perfume. Surely not the original intent.

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    Default Re: How many bottles in your collection are blind buys?

    Quote Originally Posted by Novis2007 View Post

    6 15 ml parfums from Galimard: Printemps Japonais, Gelsomino, Lapis Lazuli, Galimar, Canaïca and Yavana.

    :bounce::bounce::bounce:Yay!!!!! Another person in the world uses scents from my favorite house. These scents are so glorious and sooooo reasonably priced. Galimar is my favorite; that started out as a blind buy years ago, I just loved the name.

    Go Galimar.

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