It never stops.
Thread: Does the Quest Ever Stop?
Now that I have 2 Creeds, 4 Gendarmes, 1 Guerlain and countless mini sprayers I'm now compelled to go out and drop another $150 on a Nasomatto creation. I know this pales in comparison to many other BNers, but I only started this "hobby" in February.
The worst part is the inner dialogue: "Okay, this is the last thing I need. Once I get this I'll be satisfied". Heh
Last edited by adonis; 24th April 2009 at 07:38 PM.
It never stops.
Your obsession will eventually peak. After just how much damage, I can't say - it's totally individual. Then you'll feel like you ate too many chocolates or whatever at one sitting, and you'll hold off for a while. A while, my friend - not for good. The trick is to take advantage of the re-start by exercising some moderation and not plunging back in by gorging. I've gone through the cycle a few times, and not just with fragrances. All things considered though, our obsession is a fairly harmless one. I mean, it could be vintage cars or speedboats......
Heh heh heh
Jardanel is right of course. The obsession aspect waxes and wanes but I've loved perfumes since I was in my preteen years and I'm 53 now, so... I don't really expect it to ever go away.
The trick is to use what you buy-- that is why you bought it, to enjoy it, right?
I sure appreciate what Jardanel and 30Roses say. I was keen on cologne since high since or before. The keen-ness drifted away after a girlfriend said no, just the smell of my skin was all she wanted. Well, 15 years later, I rediscovered fragrance. Now, with the internet, the world's frags are at my fingertips. And, true to form, I want to try them all. Well, not all, but more than enough. Have I been here before? Yes. Does it feel familiar? Yes. Fortunately, awareness helps. So does a concentration on samples and, when delighted, limiting the purchase to a decants whose volume/$$ does not break the bank nor get wasted. Still, the excitement gets a little scary sometimes. (I am happy to have been "clean and sober" for, lo, these past 28 years, but I don't really want to have to be "fragrance free.")
Clean and fragranced and sober is good, though!
Have to agree the Quest is a hard one to stop - just when I'm ready to call the quits on sampling and buying, I try something amazing and I tell myself "See!? If you would have stopped you never would have discovered this masterpiece." Then a hole burns in my pocket.
To save money and guilt you can maybe try buying a few more samples or decants of the frags you think are FB worthy. That way if you tire of a scent further down the road (at a point where a bottle wouldn't be finished), you won't have an entire bottle just hanging around not being used. Remember that the more frags you own, the slower the bottle will empty.
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Well guys and gals, I gave in and paid a visit to the Scent Bar. Happily handed over $160 for Silver Musk, then turned around and tried a spritz of Geir (Now I understand the hype - oh, so good!) and C&S No 88 (sublime). And so the quest continues. That place is dangerous.
As long as we have noses (and money to spend) the quest will never end.
If this was a finite process, it would not be half as much fun. The fact that this is an ever changing journey involving much refinement and evolution ensures that this obsession retains much of its fascination. Embrace those things which give you pleasure, after all, there is so much mediocrity to endure elsewhere.
Just one more..... and I'll stop buying.
Who am I kidding? lol.
I don't think it stops but it probably changes. Sometimes I just want to buy everything I sniff, then purge, or wear a new scent every day, then stick to one or two for a while. I think I'll always love perfume but I hope that with time I'll learn to be in control of my acquisitions a bit more.
There's a limit to how long you can go at the rate you're going now, but it will take quite awhile before you only see one thing a month or so that compels you to snap it up.
I have an obsession as well. However I'm so picky I can hardly ever find anything I'm really interested in enough to buy.
The next one will be my last. That's what I said last time, and the time before that, and the time before that................................can't see it ever ending.
For me, it started off with finding another signature fragrance- one I could live with for the next x number of years- then I started discovering the world of perfume - real perfume - and then it's always on to the next one and the next. It doesn't seem to stop though I am waiting for that plateau ! Like Jon Rogers... the next will be my last .........but wait......that's really good scent .......gotta have it...just one bottle........
Unfortunately, it does not.
Not even when you end up with over 100 fragrances and realise you have bought some twice because you've forgotten you already had them.
My wardrobe drawer collapsed the other day because of all the bottles I put there.
I guess I'll be staying here awhile...
Yes, the bottom of the drawer caved in (the drawer was rather wide and deep) and I just thought I distributed the weight evenly but hey physics proved me wrong. Thank goodness my precious cache fell onto clothing in the drawer below.
I'm a hoarder.
And on the topic: I truly admire those who can stick to just a handful of fragrances and actually manage to use up all of it.
I also admire those who can stick to a few and use it all up.
I think I am too stingy with sprays sometimes especially those dear to my heart so I rarely finish a bottle but I am trying to improve.
Now about that Carnal Flower and Velvet Gardenia : D ..............
If you are trying to back-up vintage scents, enough to last for 50-80 more years of living, it never stops. I have not loved a newer scent in years, many actually, so I have to make sure I have enough of my classics to last me a lifetime. As long as I can find them, I will keep buying them.
Quand on boit l'eau, il faut penser à sa source
For some reason my husband goes from one bottle to another - I got him Idole by Lubin, he used it up within one year, then there was Pi, Gucci pour Homme, and now he's (ab)using Jubilation XXV - but he just manages to use up the whole 100ml right to the last drop, one fragrance at a time. For me, that's unfathomable, infeasible. He's so reasonable, logical with perfume when I'm just so whimsical, a woman of fleeting passions.
I've ordered some samples recently and, of course, again a few new fragrances ended up on my "to buy" list.
SLAP! "Stop it, you silly. You don't need to have all these. You can't even finish the ones you already have!"
Yeah, I keep telling myself that.
Is it the quest or just a plain addiction, I don't know.
I think it starts as a quest and becomes an addiction. The thing is , the more you know ,the more you want ! It seems the quest depends on the kick you are on - floral, vanilla etc.
My husband is content with exactly 3 fragrances - 2 of which I bought him and I have to remind him to use. I use him as a guinea pig to test fragrances out too- he finds that funny .He thinks I'm abit wierd re. my perfume addiction ! He is also very logical so having more than 1 or 2 fragrances is too much for him and he says they all smell the same apart from Hypnotic Poison !
Darwinia, at least it's bottles of PERFUME that we are hiding and/or stashing away. I have laughed at and identified with all who have posted here. Long live obsessive compulsives!
"Embrace those things which give you pleasure, after all, there is so much mediocrity to endure elsewhere." -- Inselaffe
I don't really see how the quest could continue once you comprehensively tried literally everything and got all the ones you want. It'd be like already slaying all the darn dragons and clearing up all the dungeons, both ancient (vintage) and new.
Last edited by moltening; 13th June 2009 at 05:13 AM.
I can relate to anything described there, as both friends and family state that I have enough scents to last for a lifetime and at least 3 still on the way (paid for by me, but not delivered to me yet). At any rate, once I discovered niche, and truly NOT out of reasons of snobbery, rather out of respect for and addiction to sheer quality, the quest has become even more intense, more complex and less likely to end...