It is the curse of every basenoter that the more you have the less you can practically wear.
There is only 365 days in a year and some of the fragrance that I own are only seasonal... so I don't have time to wear all of them... Some of my bottles does not even have a dint in the juice... Are you experiencing the same problem? I'm thinking about selling most of my designer fragrance and just keeping the classic legendary fragrance and niche stuff that I wear more often..
My Top 10
1. Amouage Homage Attar
2. Serge Lutens - Muscs Koublai Khan
3. YSL M7
4. Serge Lutens - Ambre Sultan
5. Chanel Egoiste
6. 24 Gold by Scentstory
7. Amouage Epic Man
8. Amouage Jubilation XXV
9. Bond No. 9 New York Oud
10. Serge Lutens - Chergui
"A beautiful fragrance to the nose is like good jazz music to the ears, great food to the mouth, and Megan Fox and Jessica Alba to the eyes..."
It is the curse of every basenoter that the more you have the less you can practically wear.
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Now, for some comments. Have I not heard this before, right on this happy discussion group called Basenoters ? A while back, one member actually measured by spritzes and how much was left in those bottles, how long, how many years it would take to use up all those wonderful scents in the collection.
Comparisons like this are more apt to be applied to - how long will my portfolio assets lasts, how much can I withdraw per year, to preserve the principal to make such and such assets last a lifetime. Then, one should figure, apply those figures well.
As for scents - they are for enjoyment. Ha ha ... some are good, some are used as room spray. To stop spending - because this very website is an enabler - I made Spring cleaning yesterday, and weeded out. Don't like the scent ? OUT !!
From what remained, I took 75% of those bottles and stored them away into a trunk, cool and dark. Which left an assortment of current scents to be used. And when the time comes - and it will - that I get lonely for a certain scent that is stored away, of course I can dig it out.
But just not to have the collection in full view, has shifted the attention to other things, than scents, scents and to be pre-occupied with them.
Just saying ...
There are no answers, only choices. (Stanislav Lem)
I always have to chuckle when I read something like, "I bought Unforgivable to wear on lazy days to save from using my $$$ costly MI!" It's especially odd when the person has tons of bottles listed in their 'drobe.
I've only got around 50 bottles, and even so this supply should easily last me the rest of my life. I would never ever wear one fragrance in my 'drobe over another because of cost considerations. I'm just not worried about running out of, well, basically anything I own. It'll be another 10 years or so before I finish a bottle, and by then if I'm not sick of it, I'm sure I'll have found something new to replace it if it isn't available.
Looks like it's time for someone to start a massive sales thread
Don't worry you will be one of the few people who have the perfect fragrance when you are invited by the hells angels to a renaissance vampire bbq at an orange grove.
Which is a good thing! Imagine being on your last few drops of a fragrance that has been discontinued or reformulated...Some of my bottles does not even have a dint in the juice.
welcome to the club!
that´s why we are in basenotes!
As the old saying goes
You've made your 'drobe
Now go sprayin' it.
Time for some mind boggling excercise then...
I'm against "seasonal scents". Try something different and wear what you call a winter scent during the summer. Try! It might turn out beautiful.
"- Harry, I have no idea where this will lead us, but I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange."
Yes, I have actually never finished a bottle and this wardrobe will last longer than I will. I do buy the smallest sizes I can find and now that I am up in the more extensive niche categories, I space purchases more widely and make them only after testing, etc. But I am very happy with my collection. There is nothing I regret buying and nothing I really want to get rid of. It's great having so many choices.
Yeah, i have about 30 fragrances that i never worn it yet.
I only have about 15 over fragrances as of now and I am already having this problem. Gosh
Current Top 5:
1. Frederic Malle L'eau d'Hiver
2. Tom Ford Noir de Noir
3. Dior Homme / Dior Homme Intense
4. Thierry Mugler A*Men Pure Havane / Pure Malt
5. Creed Aventus / Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
I think at some point you need to decide whether you're a collector or solely a user. If the former, all elements of practicality go out the window and there really becomes no limit to how many bottles you can rack up for yourself.
For me, there's a sense of enjoyment that I get from owning a full bottle of a fragrance I like and even if I only have the opportunity to wear some on rare occasion, I enjoy owning it. The only thing better than finding a scent you really enjoy at a store or through a sample, is wearing something you haven't worn in awhile and having all that enthusiasm you had for the fragrance that caused you to buy it come rushing back to you
I recently had this experience with Tommy which I hadn't worn in a number of months and say what you will about it, it's a fantastic fragrance and I'm happy I still own it rather than having traded/sold it because it's not something I wear with any sense of regularity
Sometimes I'll make myself a small decant of a fragrance I rarely wear, and sell the bottle.
I have not regretted the loss of any of the bottles I've sold.
I was updating my wardrobe and I realized that I have over a 100 bottles and not counting the decants (some of them are 50ml or 60ml) and I was planning on going to ScentBars new location tomorrow and get something new, but now I am thinking about it...
I feel sorry for you.that is really a big issue
Either establishing a "heavy rotation" of frequently worn scents or layering
Last edited by heperd; 5th May 2012 at 11:32 PM.
I use the wardrobe feature here to keep track of my wearing habits. If I find that I'm just not wearing one, I'll consider selling it. It also helps me spread them out a little, and work in frags that I haven't worn is a while.
a..........wear niche and the compliments and positive comments are greatly reduced - you really are wearing them for yourself, as most other people aren't much taken with them, and
b..........among those designer scents you want to sell will be future classics, which you'll want to buy back again later. Why not be avant-garde now?
Last edited by Renato; 6th May 2012 at 05:31 AM.
Welcome to the club.
I have only been wearing scents for ten months and I probably now have enough to last me for twenty years.
I keep meaning to sell some bottles on or swap as would be happy to decant and keep about 20 mls of most of them .
I am glad I bought most of them used on ebay, don't want to think what the retail price would have been...
LOL, I know how you feel, you can't wear them all at once (or maybe you can?!) after all. This reminds me of a story we were told at school of the man in hell who has a thirst that cannot be quenched. He can see the water before him, but alas, cannot drink any of it!
Welcome to my world ; ) It does become a problem after you've acquired so many..
This is my problem too. The worst thing is that I can't stop buying. What I do is to multiply and to rotate my fragrance wearing per day: scent of the morning, scent of the day, scent of the afternoon(if possible), scent of the evening and scent of the bed time.
I know exactly what you mean! However, think of it like this: It's like insurance. You rarely need it, but it is OH SO NICE knowing that it's there! Meaning that, I might neglect my "L'ombre fauve" for months, and then, one Autumn day, I think, "Oh My God! This is the perfect day for 'L'Ombre Fauve'!" Then I ignore it for another 10 months or so!
My Top 5!!!
1. 1740: Marquis de Sade, Histoires de Parfums
2. Sweet Redemption, by Kilian
3. Tirrenico, Profumi del Forte
4. Je Suis un Homme, Etat Libre d'Orange
5. Derby, Guerlain
"Coincidence is God's way of winking." --Me
"It's alright to flirt with the idea of giving up, so long as you don't." --Me
It's all good! If you can't use them all, take good care of these wonderful works of art in a bottle and when you die, your descendants will treasure them, use them, sell them, whatever! They are collectable treasures. Or you can give them to ME, haha!
My current top ten:
1. Spice and Wood
2. 34 Boulevard Saint Germain
3. Noir De Noir
4. Tobacco Vanille
5. Musc Ravageur
7. Dior Homme Intense
8. L'air Du Desert Marocain
9. Ambre 114
10. Plum Japonais
1. Le 3me Homme - Caron
2. Yatagan - Caron
3. Van Cleef & Arples Pour Homme
4. Dolce & Gabbana pour Homme
5. Kouros - YSL
6. L'Anarchiste - Caron
7. Xeryus - Givenchy
8. Bijan for Men
9. Amber pour Homme - Prada
10. London for Men - Burberry
start using 15-20 sprays at a time... that will finish those bottles faster
Meh, I don't see a problem, provided you're not forgoing your mortgage to get another MFK bottle. Each FB is an investment, and now gives you equity. You'll still have more than you'll probably ever need, but now you have tons of leverage to try even more via swaps, or trade a couple bottles that you don't use for something you will. I've convinced the SO that I'm building a collection now so that I don't ever have to spend money on fragrance ever again, but neither of us actually believes that. :P
"For chocolate, nature uses eight hundred molecules. I use two". - Jean-Claude Ellena
Its starting to become a problem for me too, luckily many of my older fragrances are becoming empty since I've had them for awhile and arent large sizes, once I'm done with those I'm going to be getting only frags that I truly enjoy and will always be happy to get. Try wearing two different frags a day, one in the morning and another at night, you get to enjoy more and its nice to kinda change in a day your frag plus you use more.
I think Turin is absolutely right in saying that fragrance is one of the most affordable hobbies. Just compare to wine or fine dining and you'll see what I mean. Yes, I've spent a large sum of cash over the last year to form my collection. But a) it brings me a LOT of enjoyment, literally raising my quality of life in a tangible way every single day, and b) I have invested in decades of product that will generally keep that long, and probably hold a good amount of its value.
Regarding fragrance as investment, I think the combination of discontinuations and top note degradation probably evens out, so that in general if I go broke at some point and begin selling off fragrance, I'll get approximately what I paid for the juice per ml back. Now that's a excellent investment.
I will just add something to think about:
It was probably posted here already.
Current TOP 5:
1. Gucci Pour Homme II
2. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
3. Dior Homme Intense
4. Encre Noire
A common "curse" or a "problem", nothing to worry about
Quality over quantity.
I started out buying more than what I need, now my focus is on buying perfumes that i feel are unique. Still end up with same problem though
I guess some of us end up with that "problem". I haven't really purchased that many fragrances after I started getting interested. Well ... I guess I have, but I'm still "only" at 25'ish, and four or five of those will not be replenished after they're empty. I sort of have made a promise to myself not go over ... say 40, but ... heh ... don't know if that'll be something I'll be able to keep. Fortunately, I'm mostly into niche, and being a student, that's just too expensive, so my buying-power is severely limited - which is good
Bottom line - just ship your overstock to me, I'll pay shipping and we can all be happy. Yey!
Welcome to the club!