Since perfume is a sensory pleasure it's easy to see how it can become an addiction. But I"m wonderng just what it is that people are drawn to.
for example, out of 15 fragrances that I"ll sample, i'll like 1 enought to buy. This means that 14 are either OK or flat out crap. So I can't imagine that it's the smell that is such a draw.
Personally I like getting packages in the mail. The thrill of pulling out a padded bundle is such a draw. I also like to write reviews, because the creative process needed to describe an olfactory experience using visuals and adjectives is just plain fun.
i do get discouraged though when i go through a streak of stinkers. i do like to find at least one every now and then that "Id like to buy.
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So many both sensory and even intellectual/artistic/spiritual satisfactions I usually associate with a frag.
In most cases, even if it is just a subjective impression, I feel instantly submerged into an elusive world of class, uniqueness, extravagance, grace and beauty.
I've just had a run of good samples that I'd like to have a decant of (I don't buy FBs), and that has been great fun. Before that it was a run of blahs along with a few stinkers.
I guess I'm addicted to smelling new things all the time, hence the sampling and perfume-making addictions.
Yes, I also love the thrill of getting packages in the mail.It's like Santa calling !
There are so many good scents out there, I cannot restrict myself to one perfume anymore, though for 2 decades and more ,I did ! Go figure how someone can change like that.
I actually find this a difficult question to answer. Lol.
Smell was always important to me; a beautiful scent was something magical whether it came from a bottle or not. But I used to go through cologne only one bottle at a time. Sometimes I couldn't justify the expense of buying a second fragrance, sometimes I had the "you have to finish what's on your plate" mentality, and then I also found a lot of the fad frags uninspiring. Oh, what a difference Basenotes has made! BN opened a whole world of possibilities.
So now I find myself going to the mall once a week to hit Sephora and some others shops to test, test, test. There's the joy of learning about smell and scents in general - and love of the smelling experience.
And, if I'm honest with myself, part of it is the thrill of the find and anticipation of the buy. If I fall in love with a scent - enough to buy a bottle - I'll get a sample. And then I'll figure out how soon I can get it. And I build up the anticipation. Getting it in the mail is a special event. And of course once I have it, I get to use it.
And this is the way it has been with every enthusiasm I've had. Something important to me finding an outlet.
From many of the above posts it seems that experiences are what matter most to us. The experience of smelling a scent, hunting it down, writing about it, and sharing it. Maybe we're just addicted to new experiences?
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I think it is the thrill of something new and unknown every time because you don't know what's going to happen or how it will smell. Also fragrance brings memories and images into your head about who would wear what and when you would wear it. Especially if a fragrance is loved by many and is hard to find that makes you really want to try it. I think it is a new adventure, we always need to find something to stimulate our minds and senses.
The biggest thrill is the challenge of becoming a slow and gradual 'expert' by each sniff of a new scent. To have met a whole forum of people who share a passion and to be able to discuss the finer parts of a frag in detail that may bore the pants of someone....'normal'. To read a review and know exactly what each person is referring to, and to go and have another sniff if someone mentions a new undetected whiff. To chase out and find smells that evoke past memories very strongly, or people. All these things are good things....
The big fat downside is the creeping costs. Swapping is the way forward with this addiction.
I was describing to my hubby the above discussion about the thrill of getting packages in the mail. Before I even got a chance to agree with it, he said, "Oh, that's you, totally."
I still haven't quite figured out how I got from being someone who was happy for the first 20 years or so to have just 3 or 4 nice bottles of perfume at any given time, to being this person who has 50+ full bottles now and is constantly wanting more. (And I realize that's still a small collection compared to many of you.)
It's more than the scents and more than the mail that brought me here.
For me, I think the thrill of the hunt has something to do with it, too. I like to "hunt" for new (to me) scents, and when I sample something good, I enjoy "hunting" for the best price on a full bottle.
I also love "hunting" for unexpected perfume treasures at antique stores and thrift stores.
Because there are so many different fragrances.
Because it's history and culture.
Because I can play with it.
Because I can feel classy and expensive doing the laundry. I can't do the laundry in a ball gown.
Because it's so personal.
Because it's so fun.
Because you can learn so much.
And, very important: because it's invisible.
It's not very invisible on my bendy plastic.......
It's invisible when you wear it and that's very important for me. Very personal.
Well as far scents are concerned i never prefer them buying without smelling them and by just reading unknown people's comments on them.
The only reason i might go to buy some perfume online is that i would have smell that somewhere on my friends's shirt or in market.
The only reason to buy a fragrance is its SMELL..
For me it used to be the thrill of the hunt to acquire something new. This was also under the guise to find my Holy Grail scent. I was brought to my "senses" so to speak when I moved. Excess! I've since weeded out my wardrobe and have tempered myself considerably.
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That sounds like a plan. It may take some time, though.
It's like the AA program.
It's gotta be "one day at the time".
Start finishing some fumes, and not buying new ones. Resist temptation at all time - and mayheps finding new temptations?
We're all addicted to the idea of finding that elusive holy grail.
I like getting packages in the mail, too.
I also love writing reviews, sometimes being descriptive and precise about the way the fragrance unfolds on my skin, sometimes being poetic about it. I try to stick to the first way of writing reviews though so if I write something poetic it's because it came to my mind on my own, not because I was searching for a metaphor. This is because for me perfume is a sensory experience. I started wearing and trying new perfumes because I can lack assertiveness in everyday life sometimes, and here it was -- an absolutely safe way to try something and say "I love it, I can see myself wearing it every day" or "this is total crap, never again". Sounds silly, but it's not always easy for me to say in a different context. However... several FBs later I wouldn't call it completely 'safe', but I am still comfortable expressing my immediate feelings and opinion without feeling bad for them.
I love going to perfume stores, looking at all the precious bottles, trying and sometimes buying.
I love a feel of beautiful perfume bottles in my hands.
I love trying a new sample each morning and I love choosing a scent from a FB to wear during a long day.
I like knowing that there's something new to look forward to trying.
Admittedly, my addiction has been curbed--financial restrictions were my antidote. Lacking the patience to fully appreciate a fragrance before purchasing, it is still love at first sniff with me. I do tire of fragrances easily which is so surprising that I've narrowed my preferences to about two that I vacillate from. For me, it is the thrill of becoming acquainted with something new...having an olfactory sensual fling. Now, I have entered a comfort zone with a couple of constant companions.
I've thought about this...and for me, I think it's the frisson of pure joy when I smell something that smells exactly right, and the hope of finding one perfume more like that.
I think deep down , I am still searching for the HG - if I am honest. The one that lasts, the one that brings me complete joy and becomes me. Impossible ,i suppose.
It's not about finding the HG for me at all. Not about receiving a package in the mail either. I enjoy being at a store and actually looking at and touching the bottles more. I was always drawn to good smells (including comic books as a child, etc.) and fragrances AND their presentation. Of course, the scent has to be pleasing to me but my most favorite ones are those that evoke memories or a sort of escape for me.
I like the idea that it's a type of hobby that you can enjoy throughout the day while doing other things i.e., work (unlike painting for example, which I havne't touched in a few years...). I enjoy the complexities like the development of the scent on the skin.
Financial restrictions do curb my purchases. I hold out for a long while and then manage to get some more.
My main problem is I can hardly let go of any of my bottles (I have convinced myself to do so with a few). Each one gives me pleasure even if I get to wear it once every six months. However, I'm really trying to work on this and I'm trying hard to let go of some. I'm not comfortable with a very large wardrobe but I guess it's a little late...
Also thought of this. Just look at how enjoyable it is for a lot of us to see each other's fragrance wardrobe photos. Just looking at those bottles, is really a lot of fun. I may not want to have many of them and may already own a lot but it's still nice to look at those beauties. For me, it's that many-layered work of art in one bottle that is thrilling to look at. Just like at a store.