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    Default Re: I've Hit The Wall. Again.

    In part what makes a beautiful sunset so wonderful for me is the fact it isn't an all day/every day experience. I feel the same about great art. If I constantly viewed a particular Vermeer or a particular Picasso it would lose some of it's charm for me, I am quite sure of that although I have never had that experience.

    I think of fragrance in much the same way. I enjoy flitting from scent to scent each day, sometimes several times a day in fact. Some fragrances I just like, some I love and a few others I could have and have had multiple episodes of their being short term obsessions in my life. The great variety of fragrances available and worn by me seem to not to allow me to tire of wearable fragrances as a whole. Of course, the fact that I was virtually wearable fragrance free as far as colognes and perfumes for almost all my pre-Basenotes life probably helps in that regard.
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    Default Re: I've Hit The Wall. Again.

    Gourmands: Parfumerie Generale Cadjmere, Guerlain L'Instant Extreme
    Immortelle based: Parfums d' Empire Fougere Bengale
    Classics: Guerlain Heritage EdT

    Chergui is simply irreplaceable. however, i found a similar formation of sillage in Tauers Vetiver Dance.
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    After looking at your swap list.
    I'd say you've exhausted your options.
    Enjoy what you have.
    Try some Demeters or cheapies, one may surprise you.

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    I've found that when I have to force myself to sample, rather than do it willingly, I'm not in a very receptive state of mind and I tend to write off nearly everything. After revisiting some of those scents in a more receptive state I found I enjoyed many of them, and at least one has moved into my top 10 (M7).

    Wait until you really feel the itch and desire to sample. Only then will you be in the mindset to appreciate any potential gems you come across.
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    Here's a real challenge: go try to find some Lorenzo Villoresi Virginia. Judging from your top 5 you ought to like it - tobacco, immortelle, patchouli...though one can never know. I agree with the means and ends comment. Consider what is important to you: is the the perfume or the search? Major difference.
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    Default Re: I've Hit The Wall. Again.

    I know what you mean. I sample tons of stuff with mostly disappointments. Try these two. I blew my mind upon first whiff. They renewed my faith in what can be achieved with a good nose and quality ingredients.

    Oudh Lacquer by Soivohle

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    +1 the Ambre Narguile. Also maybe Pd'N Vanille-Tonka for not so sweet vanilla and incense. And do try the Douce Amere from your previous thread. Maybe the femme Roma - herbal opening, then orangy, vanilla with pepper - not too sweet, a very nice oriental.

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    Hmmm, I suggest you try these mate;

    Robert Piguest - Visa
    Robert Piguest - Bandit
    Robert Piguest - Fracas
    Diptyque - Eau Lente
    Quorum - Quorum PH
    L'artisan's - Dzing!
    L'artisan's - Dzongkah!
    Knize's - Knize-Ten
    ++ Loads More!

    Trust me, maybe some underground shopping will do the trick for ya, You don't know...
    you might even enjoy some of the "Demeter" frags!

    Oh, and good on'ya' for enjoying Chergui, A fine scent indeed!

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    "(formerly known as CreedFan)".... I was wondering, why is no Creed left in your top five, WindyCity, and in case the 6 - 10 bracket was not empty, which Creed might be included?

    Challenging topic, by the way, and beyond standard replies make this a fascinating read! I feel tempted to also suggest a fragrance, but to be sure I must first study your fine swap list in detail.
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    Default Re: I've Hit The Wall. Again.

    I think Dullah makes a good point on checking out some cheapies. One may certainly surprise you. It may not blow your mind, but if you enjoy wearing it day to day ( for work or casual wear), then mission accomplished, right ?

    As well, like SoS mentioned, I get frustrated more in these situations. Maybe retry some fragrances/samples that you initially wrote off. I also find that in these frustrating times I tend to make very poor decisions or haste ones. I basically buy a few bottles that just are no good to me.

    Lastly, maybe by reading alot of reviews and threads, something may just "click" when you read it ( with regards to a particular fragrance. This may seem strange, but it certainly happens with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclmind View Post
    Obviously today for me my recommendation is going to be Habit Rouge Eau de Parfum... but take it with a grain of salt... I'm still intoxicated with the newness of it; I'd have sex with it if I could.
    A man in a red riding habit will always turn my head, too, mrclmind! The original "habit rouge" (red suit)... I am glad you love Habit Rouge so...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCity1014 View Post
    I have a problem. I really enjoy this hobby but I'm extremely picky, to the point where I wind up being disappointed in virtually every fragrance I try, even the most highly revered. I look at all the glowing reviews, do some research and get all excited about a new fragrance, then I manage to obtain a sample and my reaction ranges from "blah" to "WTF is this sh*t?!" It is a very rare occurrence indeed when I actually find something that I love and wind up buying a full bottle.

    I've been on BN for five years, but a couple of years ago I lost interest and wasn't liking anything that I was trying, so I left for a long time. I returned a while back and have been actively posting and sampling a ton of new stuff. I even found a couple of new fragrances that made it into my Top 5. However, I recently hit the proverbial wall again. I've scoured the boards and the web, but there's really nothing more out there that I really want to try.

    This is a very tall order, but I need somebody to step up and suggest something that will get me excited about fragrance again! Are there any lesser known niche frags that just blow you away right now?



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    Maybe the real dilemma is that you don't know what you're looking for?

    Like SOS, I've often tried fragrances, hated them, and then later on realized I really like them when I'm in the mood for them.
    Sales thread here

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    Maybe the real dilemma is that you don't know what you're looking for?

    Like SOS, I've often tried fragrances, hated them, and then later on realized I really like them when I'm in the mood for them.
    Agreed.

    Most, if not all of my HG fragrances were ones I initially overlooked.

    And, I still don't truly know what I'm looking for...

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'aventurier View Post
    Maybe the real dilemma is that you don't know what you're looking for?

    Like SOS, I've often tried fragrances, hated them, and then later on realized I really like them when I'm in the mood for them.
    +2 I'm finding out I truly enjoy stuff I had once written off more and more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quarry View Post
    That's a nice little emotional roller coaster you've got yourself strapped into there. How would I recognize such? Hmmm? Guilty.

    Sounds like time to step away and let the market recharge with new offerings. Look for some alternate diversions, even those quasi-related to fragrance. The “high” in this hobby comes when you're chasing prey, which one then occasionally catches. It's tempting to keeping going right back to the most feel-good part, but eventually there comes a point of diminishing returns. Thus, the wall.

    I've noticed that if I sort of forget about fragrance and get caught up in a good mood with something else, then return to fragrances while in this happy state, that my wardrobe juice actually smells better than ever.
    +1. Time to take a break. You have a solid collection of rich fragrances --- each arguably the the star of their respective lines. Enjoy your collection and think of other things for a while. Come back in a year or two an check out what has been released over that period.

    As far as a frag to try: Jicky in the parfum concentration. One of the richest and most opulent lavenders. It is right up there with Eau Noire.
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