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    I've recently began to feel like a bit of a fragrance pack rat and have made an attempt to reduce my collection and put the brakes on spending. I've been reading about hoarding disorder and see that it has many manifestations. For instance people who have more pets than they can possible afford to properly care for can be considered animal hoarders. It's a real Pandora's Box syndrome.
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    I am a hoarder for sure but only of fragrance items. I cannot just buy one bottle - I have to stock up and buy 2 ,sometimes 3 bottles of the same fragrance in case I run out ! Yes, I know it's abit sad but do eventually go through it all .......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    I've recently began to feel like a bit of a fragrance pack rat....
    I've been feeling the same way. I buy too much perfume, wear too little of it, and start to feel anxious when I think about which ones to get rid of, as though I might regret letting go of anything.

    I see the promos for "Hoarders" on A&E TV and imagine seeing a Basenoter on there someday... maybe me.
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    No doubt I have the sickness. Every hobby I endeavor is balls to the wall. I have softball which is very expensive ( believe me) and fragrances, which as you know, is also very expensive.

    I use to have music but finally gave it up at the end of 2004. Also fresh water cichlids was a hobby until a few years ago. At one time, I had 14 fish tanks going in our 2 bedroom place and they were large tanks.

    The wife finally went berserk and now I am allowed 1 large tank.

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    I get stressed because fragrances already are or will be reformulated, so I need backups... I buy a lot of vintage Guerlains and Chanels. Too much maybe?

    I rotate my obsessions: before I started getting perfumes en masse, I was buying knitwear in general and cashmere in particular.

    I don't really see it as a problem if you manage to keep it within reasonable amounts (both numbers of bottles and money spent). I have around 30 fragrances and keep backups for many of them. I can see myself actually using these up some day. And if I don't use them, or lose interest, I think I can sell them on without making a loss.

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    I've been trimming down my collection and getting rid of things I see I'm not using, and the last fragrance I bought was a decant instead of a full bottle-- and that is new for me.

    And while I am planning to get a backup bottle of another fragrance, I'll be paying for it by selling off a few things from another collection (which I stopped adding to a few years ago.)

    Yes, I do have hoarding tendencies, but I recognize the illogic of keeping more than I can use, and am taking steps in the other direction. For which my neatnik husband is most grateful.

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    I'm all over the place...I hoard, then I get stressed because i have too much...I purge...then I buy more. It's a big messy circle frankly.

    I have one rule I follow now...only buy what you *love*. Simple, but in the past, I'd buy things blind, I'd buy things that I only "liked" or "liked a lot"...if I don't love it, it's not worth owning...no matter how rare it is, how much of a good deal I can get, no matter if it's free even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    At one time, I had 14 fish tanks going in our 2 bedroom place and they were large tanks.
    14 tanks

    I have one hugeass tank myself and that alone annoys my girl. I've dropped few Piranhas in the tank anyway


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    Yeah, I definately have taht sort of filing system, "I need a sample of this just for reference" sort of collection... but I'm working on keeping it slim. Basically I'm coming to terms with testing something, and simply moving on if it's not excellent. I either keep the little sample for reference, but in many cases I'm trying to just throw them into a bag off to the side and use them for swaps.

    I try to (arbitrarily) limit the number of bottles in my collection as well. I really think that with about 15-20 bottles, even say up to 30 if you're serious, you can really have a very full collection of only goldies, at least for me. I'm hovering around 20-25 and I don't see the NEED for any more.

    Lastly, instead of buying full bottles, I've come to realize that having 100ml is (for me) pointless. That's over 200 wearings, completely impractical. I'm not looking to own a frag for 10 years. I expect bottles to rotate (finish or sell) withing 3-5 years, so I NEVER need more then 75ml of anything, and 20-30 ml is fine for some of the more eccentric ones... so now I just buy/swap decants, or buy 20-30ml minis of most. 20 bottles with say 5 being 100ml, 5 being 75 ml and 10-15 with 20-30 ml, I've got more then enough for several years...
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    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


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    Quote Originally Posted by sofresh View Post
    I'm all over the place...I hoard, then I get stressed because i have too much...I purge...then I buy more. It's a big messy circle frankly.

    I have one rule I follow now...only buy what you *love*. Simple, but in the past, I'd buy things blind, I'd buy things that I only "liked" or "liked a lot"...if I don't love it, it's not worth owning...no matter how rare it is, how much of a good deal I can get, no matter if it's free even.
    +1, exactly me. I've started in cycles of buying and purging but I'm working on ignoring groupthink and buying something "just because" it's highly regarded, or I can get a good deal, etc.

    Although, something that's underrated and I've come to terms with is that as a newbie, I feel like it's almost my duty to go out and try a bunch of well known frags, and even with those that I'm not mad about, I often find myself buying and really TRYING to like more then I really may, because, I'm new at this! so in my mind, of course there's no gaurentee or reason that I have to love something because may have difference preferences, but if the "experts" love something, then maybe it's ME who needs to wrap my head around it instead of just dismissing something. So based on that, I often seek out and sample ones that on first sniff or reading the pyramid I didn't think I would like.
    Tom Ford Splits!!!! - Tobacco Vanille, Tuscan Leather, Oud Wood, Noir de Noir - PATCHOULI ABSOLU
    Plum Japonais, Italian Cypress, Neroli Portofino, Costa Azzura, Azure Lime, Champacca Absolute

    HARD TO FIND - Lavender Palm, Arabian Wood, and AMBER ABSOLUTE, etc...


    Most of the time I am very proud of the Basenotes community. Time after time I have witnessed the thoughtfulness, empathy & genuine friendship that members of this community extend to others - oldtimers & newcomers alike. There are other times, however, when egos get the upper hand and civility goes out the window. My philosophy is that I won't say anything here that I would not say if you were standing in front of me. Welcome to Basenotes, each and every one of us. ~ TwoRoads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    14 tanks

    I have one hugeass tank myself and that alone annoys my girl. I've dropped few Piranhas in the tank anyway
    Amit.......I'm a complete horses ass when it comes to hobbies. I have one speed....and that's full throttle. It was so nuts with the fishtanks that our apt. manager who lived in the next apartment over from us used to literally bring prospective tenants over to our place and ask if they could see "Sea World". It was a freakin mess........

    I have one 55 gallon tank now. I have 2 cichlids in it. A Red Devil and a Green Severum and the tank is split in half with a divider. The Red Devil is just that.....a devil.

    What kind of fish do you have bro?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master-Classter View Post
    +1, exactly me. I've started in cycles of buying and purging but I'm working on ignoring groupthink and buying something "just because" it's highly regarded, or I can get a good deal, etc.

    Although, something that's underrated and I've come to terms with is that as a newbie, I feel like it's almost my duty to go out and try a bunch of well known frags, and even with those that I'm not mad about, I often find myself buying and really TRYING to like more then I really may, because, I'm new at this! so in my mind, of course there's no gaurentee or reason that I have to love something because may have difference preferences, but if the "experts" love something, then maybe it's ME who needs to wrap my head around it instead of just dismissing something. So based on that, I often seek out and sample ones that on first sniff or reading the pyramid I didn't think I would like.
    Samples are your friend! I would hoard up samples and decants and keep trying them...I always end up giving all my samples away when I think I'm done with them, only to wish I hadn't. You never know when something is going to be pulled from the shelves or changed, so it's always good to keep references...and it's a lot cheaper than buying the whole bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    No doubt I have the sickness. Every hobby I endeavor is balls to the wall. I have softball which is very expensive ( believe me) and fragrances, which as you know, is also very expensive.

    I use to have music but finally gave it up at the end of 2004. Also fresh water cichlids was a hobby until a few years ago. At one time, I had 14 fish tanks going in our 2 bedroom place and they were large tanks.

    The wife finally went berserk and now I am allowed 1 large tank.
    Aromi ! How amazing !

    I get my hoarding and hobby thing from my mother who at one point had 32 separate bird cages ( each with a bird in them - guess who was the luckily one who got to clean the poop out as a little girl ?! ) She also went through a dog phase ( that one is on going ) and a tortoise phase ( reduced from 4 to one -one tortoise -now deceased - was so fast moving she called it Jackie Chan ! )
    She now has 6 birds in separate cages and a huge aviary with God knows how many in there......
    My Dad has been berserk about it for years and years .... I call her Dr.Dolittle who talks to the animals ....

    Re. perfume- I cannot break the habit of buying more than one bottle of the same fragrance- I go into panick mode if I have only one bottle of let's say E L P C Tuberose Gardenia God knows how I will cart all my perfume back to the US at this rate.....
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    I have been a borderline hoarder. I had been real bad with men's grooming products (shave creams, moisturizers, eye gel, pomades), but after taking a close look at my spending, I decided to cut way back. I am in the midst of using up all my existing stock of these products. Saves a lot of cash.

    I am an impulse shopper and that's the bottom line, but I am doing a lot better job. I had about 60 full bottles of cologne at my peak, I'm at about 18 or 19 now. I bought the Coach for Men cologne at our Coach store last week purely on impulse (I did spray it first on my hand, thank God!). I'm wearing it today, and while it is a very nice office scent, that was a $75 impulse buy! I mean, c'mon!

    I have donated tons of clothing to charity this year. I am sellling off watches and colognes. I am down to one set of golf clubs (but two putters).

    It just makes me feel better to have reasonable size collections of things like scents and watches. I feel guilty, and rightly so, when they just sit there and don't get used. Same with clothes and shoes.

    So no, I don't guess I'm a hoarder, but I do impulse buy on occasion. I'm a work in progress.
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    Oh, and I'm in the process of cleaning out the basement, which involves a lot of donating of things that had been kept "in case they might come in handy." They never did come in handy (big surprise, huh?) so now they are out of here! Feels good, too.

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    I'm a habitual purger, and sometimes I actually wish I had more hoarding tendencies.

    I can't tell you how many times I've given or swapped away a sample or bottle during a period of disinterest (to streamline my collection, I told myself), only to long for it later. I try to be somewhat minimalist in how I live in general; I feel like too much stuff weighs me down. Generally I like it that way, but sometimes I just take it too far or am not strategic enough.

    I think I sort of had some reverse inspiration from my mom, who is a classic hoarder. She didn't buy much, but she kept everything and never organized any of it. Having crap around the house constantly just drove me nuts. Now I think I err in the other direction.

    So, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I fully support getting rid of extra stuff, but just be careful as you go through the process of deciding what goes and what stays.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Amit.......I'm a complete horses ass when it comes to hobbies. I have one speed....and that's full throttle. It was so nuts with the fishtanks that our apt. manager who lived in the next apartment over from us used to literally bring prospective tenants over to our place and ask if they could see "Sea World". It was a freakin mess........

    I have one 55 gallon tank now. I have 2 cichlids in it. A Red Devil and a Green Severum and the tank is split in half with a divider. The Red Devil is just that.....a devil.

    What kind of fish do you have bro?
    That sounds messy indeed

    I used to have tons of fish earlier including black sharks, goldfish, angels, catfish, elephant nose fish, tigerfish among others. My ~50 gallon tank is now inhabited only by 4 piranhas large enough to chew off my paw if i'm careless


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    When I start a new hobby or exploration, I don't think the original intention comes from a desire to hoard, but it certainly ends up with owning a 'hoard' of things.
    For me, it comes from a desire to explore, learn and understand. I was obsessed with Ottoman Architecture for about 10 years, it started in a Grad school Islamic art history course. Manifested itself in the purchase of numerous books on the subject and then it played out with repeated visits to Istanbul. One day I lost interest, not complete interest, but it seemed, at that point, I learned all I wanted to know about it.
    I think I came to fragrance with the same desire, to learn all I could about the art of perfumery, the difference between vintage and new, the different noses, etc.
    The hoarding was the result, not the initial impulse - I had to own as many legendary fragrances as I could find. My real issue is obsessive behavior, but obsessions lead to collections.
    Thank god I don't become obsessed with destructive things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    I am an impulse shopper and that's the bottom line

    I am down to one set of golf clubs (but two putters).
    1. To avoid impulse buys, now, either I simply avoid walking around places like malls or going into shops because they're DESIGNED to make you buy stuff. That's why you're walking in, to look and eventually BUY things. So I just find other source of entertainment.

    Also, before going out shopping, I always take a quick scan through WHAT I ALREADY HAVE and my WANT list and then as I browse i can compare them. It's rare that I see something and buy it that's not on my list. takes a lot of control though
    I also ask myself if that new purchase is REDUNDANT, basically do I currently have something that adequetely serves the same purpose? often the answer is yes.
    "A sale is just is a deal on something you don't need at a price you can't refuse"

    2. Of course, two putters is totally acceptable
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    Yes, except i call it collecting. I 'collect' fragrances and vinyl / records ( yes the big black round things with music on it that they used back in the stone age)

    I also go through buying and purge cycles.

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    *purger*

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    I've reached a personal milestone - I've been giving away some fragrances and plan to do so again come Christmas. Not my holy-grail, archival-quality, irreplaceable ones, of course. But in the course of the last three years or so, I've purchased additional bottles of some old favorites, and guess what - they were reformulated to the point where I could not derive pleasure from them. So I'll pass them on to folks who were never familiar with the originals and would enjoy these frags in their current state. In my past, I would have held on even to things I was not satisfied with - and that's an accurate illustration for not just for material "things", but to relationships and situations, too. I think one's obsessions and the emotional process around them have counterparts in other parts of life as well.
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    No joke, it is serious, I am on my best way towards becoming one, just look up my related tread within the Male Discussion board about the ideal "dream team" of fragrances yet to own and behold what fantasies of lavishness, over-consumption and fragrant excesses I harbor. So I can fully relate to becoming, day by day, more of a hoarder.

    http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=239919
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    Quote Originally Posted by mysticknot View Post
    Aromi ! How amazing !

    I get my hoarding and hobby thing from my mother who at one point had 32 separate bird cages ( each with a bird in them - guess who was the luckily one who got to clean the poop out as a little girl ?! ) She also went through a dog phase ( that one is on going ) and a tortoise phase ( reduced from 4 to one -one tortoise -now deceased - was so fast moving she called it Jackie Chan ! )
    She now has 6 birds in separate cages and a huge aviary with God knows how many in there......
    My Dad has been berserk about it for years and years .... I call her Dr.Dolittle who talks to the animals ....

    Re. perfume- I cannot break the habit of buying more than one bottle of the same fragrance- I go into panick mode if I have only one bottle of let's say E L P C Tuberose Gardenia God knows how I will cart all my perfume back to the US at this rate.....
    It almost sounds like you grew up in the Amazon. The poop cleanup sounds like it sucked though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Amit View Post
    That sounds messy indeed

    I used to have tons of fish earlier including black sharks, goldfish, angels, catfish, elephant nose fish, tigerfish among others. My ~50 gallon tank is now inhabited only by 4 piranhas large enough to chew off my paw if i'm careless
    Yes....your paws will be a small snack to those dudes if you're not careful..

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    I am definitely a fragrance hoarder. But the rational is there; i adore my vintage and discontinued scents. I try to keep at least 2 backup bottles of scents i truly love. Some i have more of than others; vintage Pavlova as an example, i have 4 back-up bottles of that one.
    I do not see it as a problem, i see it as being wise and knowing i may never have access to my favorites in the future, or at least the formulations i enjoy.
    No guilt or purging for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruggles View Post
    When I start a new hobby or exploration, I don't think the original intention comes from a desire to hoard, but it certainly ends up with owning a 'hoard' of things.
    For me, it comes from a desire to explore, learn and understand. I was obsessed with Ottoman Architecture for about 10 years, it started in a Grad school Islamic art history course. Manifested itself in the purchase of numerous books on the subject and then it played out repeated visits to Istanbul. One day I lost interest, not complete interest, but it seemed, at that point, I learned all I wanted to know about it.
    I think I came to fragrance with the same desire, to learn all I could about the art of perfumery, the difference between vintage and new, the different noses, etc.
    The hoarding was the result, not the initial impulse - I had to own as many legendary fragrances as I could find. My real issue is obsessive behavior, but obsessions lead to collections.
    Thank god I don't become obsessed with destructive things.
    Well said bro. You have just glimpsed inside my mind.

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    You can also make money in a pinch -if you need to-by SELLING some of those bottles of vintage fragrance. There are always people looking for "extinct" items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by promqueen View Post
    You can also make money in a pinch -if you need to-by SELLING some of those bottles of vintage fragrance. There are always people looking for "extinct" items.
    It is a nice option, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AromiErotici View Post
    Well said bro. You have just glimpsed inside my mind.
    It's fascinating how the process of self teaching requires one setting up their very own institution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tang View Post
    I've been feeling the same way. I buy too much perfume, wear too little of it, and start to feel anxious when I think about which ones to get rid of, as though I might regret letting go of anything.
    This is *exactly* how I feel.

    Though, I've been able to convince myself more recently that there are definitely some scents I can do without for the time being and I'd be willing to offload them, and since there are a few new must-haves on my wishlist, I am trying to make it a point to offload one before I get another.

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