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    Default Re: Does the Quest Ever Stop?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken_Russell View Post
    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...
    I can truly relate to this statement. I don't know where this idea of 'perfume snobbery' began. It's silly. The only thing that matters is the scent in all its stages. If they are all acceptable to you, then good! You're the boss of your collection.

    Plus, the rest of your statement, my husband is starting to worry that, well, I have an AWFUL lot of this stuff. I concur. So I'm trying to mellow out & content myself with what I have a little more. But I can say that now as I have a bunch on the way & a stash of samples I haven't tried yet!
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    For me it waxes and wanes. Some days I wake up with the quest in my heart and just have to buy something new---scour basenote reviews, search online for frags and deals. Other days I look at my collection and feel satisfied.

    Still, nothing like the joy of unwrapping that new purchase and drinking in the scent--and then looking at the bottle and realizing you have got a lot of it!

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    I feel like I'm chasing unicorns. Almost each and every fragrance I buy or try I wish it were the ultimate to replace all other but no, there's always something wrong. The fragrance is too limited, one-faceted - it's too sweet, too green, too spicy, too masculine, too oriental etc. I rarely come across a fragrance that would be complex enough to be balanced and whole, rounded and harmonious. So far a few came close but they were just a handful among hundreds of samples. High expectations have lead to a sore disappointment too many times.
    I'm getting tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darwinia View Post
    I feel like I'm chasing unicorns. Almost each and every fragrance I buy or try I wish it were the ultimate to replace all other but no, there's always something wrong. The fragrance is too limited, one-faceted - it's too sweet, too green, too spicy, too masculine, too oriental etc. I rarely come across a fragrance that would be complex enough to be balanced and whole, rounded and harmonious. So far a few came close but they were just a handful among hundreds of samples. High expectations have lead to a sore disappointment too many times.
    I'm getting tired.
    I can relate to that Darwinia. I have gone through that phase too- then you get worn out . And money for samples can really add up !
    I am trying to enjoy what I have , I have sold about 25 % of my collection - I have lots left that I don't wear, and honestly, I probably never will ! I have stopped buying needless samples in the hope they will have the magic I am looking for when I know the magic is in Jicky and others I use regularly. Now perfume bottle collecting....ha ! another addiction I have ............
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    I can relate to that Darwinia. I have gone through that phase too- then you get worn out . And money for samples can really add up !
    I am trying to enjoy what I have , I have sold about 25 % of my collection - I have lots left that I don't wear, and honestly, I probably never will ! I have stopped buying needless samples in the hope they will have the magic I am looking for when I know the magic is in Jicky and others I use regularly. Now perfume bottle collecting....ha ! another addiction I have ............
    Bottles sans juice? That is just impossible...

    I think one of the qualities that originally drew me to perfume was its ephemeral nature and those fleeting moments of pleasure, the moods perfume brings.
    I guess that's why I'm still chasing for that perfect scent to create the perfect moment.

    I'm seriously pondering over a Potlach ceremony. I sold and gave away quite a few bottles from my collection (40?) . Sampling is only a temporary solution for me because I would fall in love temporarily with a frag and would even buy it only to realise it was a bad decision after two or three weeks. My tastes are unstable, I'm unfaithful in love of fragrance, I know too well what I want and on top of that my skin chemistry changes way too quickly.

    On some other occasion I think I just like too many scents for them to ever be present in one fragrance.

    I sampled Jicky a few years back but it was a hideously decomposed sample (I think the bottle was basking in the sun for at least 3 years) and it almost sent me running for my life.

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    Darwinia- can there be anything worse than a badly decomposed sample of Jicky- * shudders* !

    Yeah, bottles sans the juice ! Keeps me on the straight and narrow and sometimes the bottles do have juice in them - so it's a two in one.
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    get help now....try fragrance anonymous!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipper View Post
    get help now....try fragrance anonymous!

    *LOL* *LOL* If only !
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    Quote Originally Posted by chipper View Post
    get help now....try fragrance anonymous!
    Or let's try fragrance anonymousLY - let's pretend it's not us... we're not addicted.
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

    Definitely a Comme des Garcons girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darwinia View Post
    I think one of the qualities that originally drew me to perfume was its ephemeral nature and those fleeting moments of pleasure, the moods perfume brings.
    I struggle with that "ephemeral nature" as it's one of the things I dislike about perfume. But yeah, it does make it enjoyable, albeit fleetly, as it's in my nature to want what I cannot grasp. And it always seems that the ones I dislike the most are the ones that cling the tightest. 'Kinda a metaphor for the men in my life, actually. Luckily, I found my Holy Grail in that one area.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darwinia View Post
    I'm seriously pondering over a Potlach ceremony.
    I had to look that up. The only thing Google pointed at was Potlatch ceremonies. Are they the same thing? Perhaps I should hold one as well. How strange that they used to be banned in Canada. ('Kinda a metaphor for sample swapping on Basenotes, actually. Luckily, I'm not in need of samples.)
    Last edited by Aiona; 29th December 2010 at 07:26 AM. Reason: added potlatch URL, defined "that"
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