take a break
Since im the only one i know who is into fragrances as much as i am, theres no one to share this rant with, so i guess it must fall on the ears (or eyes) of the BN community.
I've recently been on a low in terms of fragrances. Im quite picky and will never buy something unless i love it. My last purchase was a 50ml bottle of French Lover from Editions de Parfums back in September, but it seems recently ive been so uninspired by what i've smelled recently its kinda making me re-evaluate if i love this hobby as much as i did.
Everything ive been sampling and testing recently has been so un interesting. The most interesting was Cadjmere from Parfumerie Generale but still not sure if i want to buy a bottle.
I hate that i feel like this.... or it could be that ive finally reached the point that im content with my 5 or 6 bottles that i have.
Anyone else feeling like this? What did you do?
take a break
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Either take a break and enjoy what you have OR throw yourself out there . Take a whole day and visit all the department and specialist stores in London and just try a whole bunch of stuff , that should reignite your passion !!! I love a big smell-a-thon of a day , this week I went to Harrods , Liberty and Harvey Nichols and just tried and re tried some smells and it was proper great
Everyone goes through flat spots, I wouldn't worry about it. I think almost all of the regulars here would report the same.
When it happens to me, I just enjoy the fragrances I have for a while and then, when the urge takes me, I go out with a fresh nose sampling stuff.
There are some great new releases out there, Sartorial by Penhaligon's being one - Zizonia is also fantastic.
I've also recently been enjoying the Parfums D'Empire line too, they have some really great fragrances to explore.
The other thing I'll do is re-examine classic releases that I may have missed.
Also, it's worth bearing in mind that your tastes in frargance will go through phases, I didn't like fougeres for quite a while but that's changed. I've also, this year rediscovered a love of tobacco based fragrances, that after going through a long rose phase.
Give yourself a break and don't get despondent. There's plenty to love out there!
In a world where people smell bad, it is the personal responsibility of every Basenoter to improve the world one SotD at a time...
I know exactly what you mean. I too have entered a state of, well, boredom with fragrances.
I have spent the last eighteen months or so sampling many frags, I've made quite a few purchases only to end up selling quite a few of them on. Strangely enough, I'm almost back where I started with Creeds and Penhaligons being amongst my staple fragrances.
I've understood why folks on BN have raved about certain frags and I've also been completely baffled as to why some get so much kudos. For the most part, it has been fun but I am feeling very stale on it all at the moment. I can foresee no new purchases in the near future.
I think that perhaps it's time to take a break for a few months to see if I can get some enthusiasm back.
Life's a bitch. If it were a slut it'd be easy.
When you get too much into something, it'll lose it's magic at some point. So, yeah just take a break. Even though I think there's something out there for you that will feel completely new, e.g. middle eastern perfumes, oils, or a brand/type of fragrance you'd never wear and dismissed way too quickly.
No need to feel "compelled" about maintaining inspiration. The above advice is good. Take a step back and devote yourself to something else for awhile. Change is good. Your nose will thank you and you'll come back to this with a new perspective.
I love fragrances all year long, but my enthusiasm peaks in the colder months. I'm hardly on BN in late spring and summer. Now I'm back and checking things out here and buying occasional new fragrances. It's ok to take a break.
Your nostrils, which will dilate immesurably in unspeakable contentment, in motionless ecstasy, will ask nothing better for space, for they will be full of fragrance, as if perfumes and incense; for they will be glutted with complete happiness, like angels who dwell in the peace and magnificence of pleasent heaven.
(From Maldoror by Comte de Lautreamont)
Sane advice. Frags are just one part of life. Sometimes they're exciting and sometimes they're just nice. Nice is good, too.
'...And you'll carry me down on your dancing
To the pools that you lift on your wrist...'
Once. I took a couple of months off even logging into BN. Got busy with other things, and allowed my interest to simmer and slowly pick up momentum again. In fact, particularly the past 1.5 months, have been a little dry and uninspiring. Might take a short break towards the end of the year and recharge!
I guess I've been here before, but even so, the fragrance world is so surprising and so unexpected, it never ceases to fascinate me and eventually turn out captivating, even motivating
Step back, enjoy what you have for now. The "fire" inside you will return if it's meant to.
"What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.
Enjoy what you have and get busy in other things. Personally, my bank account would be much happier if I can tone down my interest in this hobby a bit.
You've just reached another plat-eau. I've gone through a similar phase. At one point I owned close to 100 bottles, and then I started to loose interest/enthusiasm, so I sold off a big chunk of my collection. Now I have around 30 bottles, which I still feel is way too many.
This hobby ebbs and flows. Things eventually start to repeat themselves. So, like others said, take a break.
Nothing's amiss when contentment is with you. Letting the fragrances you have augment your life is a great way to live isn't it. So one person has a fragrance or two. Another has a collection where one house costs a common man's year's wages and there are several houses in the collection. So what.
Chill. Rejuve. Re-enter when time. Proceed then. Proceeding slowly is often the most passionate approach to life.
I thought i'd be content with the fragrances i had, buying no more, after i got Pure Malt...two days later i bought Hanae Mori and i figured thatd FINALLY be the end of it.
I now have Mugler Cologne, Gaultier2, and a number of samples from niche houses that are making me reconsider not buying any more. I might save for Tobacco Vanille or Chergui even. I've reached the apex of designer fragrances...I know when i'm older with more money (working part time does not exactly let you buy niche fragrances lol) I WILL own the two of them.
Don't force your interest, let it happen naturally. I didn't expect to find anything better than A*Men, and i really haven't in terms of my signature fragrance...but the two that i mentioned are begging for me to buy them. Luckily when the price is that high, i actually DO have patience lol
I can relate to your concern. I've recently returned to BN after something like a 15-month hiatus, and I've sold off half of my collection. During that period, I did pick up up another hobby, fine wines, on which I spent a lot of money and energy, so that kept me occupied. My experience with scents didn't go to waste, though, because having a keen nose is equally important in that field.
But seriously, there's no need to sweat over it. Take a break. Your bottles will still be there for you to enjoy. Basenotes will still be around. When you come back, there will be new houses and new perfumes for you to smell. I'm having a lot of fun catching up with the perfume world right now.
I think you should really take a break as the others mentioned above. If you do not feel inspired, and if you kind of feel that it transformed into part of your routine, not something that you do for passion, but because you feel like you have to do, then take a break, enjoy the ones you have, and then when they end, you can go back and try many others.
But, if you feel that you're loosing inspiration because you're trying fragrances that seems more of the same, you can try to explore things that you wouldn't explore too. Maybe trying to get samples or test vintage fragrances that never caught your attention before can offer you exciting olfactory experiences. I should also recommend you to go to the other aisle of the fragrance section - the feminine side sometimes offer more diversity and you will find something that'll please you and suits your tastes.
Fragrance is a fascinating subject. I love reading this blog and others. Love reading the reviews, notes of the fragrances and, especially the history of fragrances. The one part of this hobby I am not so enthusiastic about is the acquisition of new fragrances. I have recently found myself content with what I have and will probably have Aramis and Yatagan as my "go to" scents and let the others in my wardrobe run out and not replace them. Wait!!! R de Capucci will be replaced as well.
This is of today, who knows what next week will bring!
Also be thankful your bottles don't take up much space. What if you had been into, say, collecting antique farm implements??
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If you are losing interest, don't fight it. Slow down. Quit buying stuff. Quit wearing fragrance if you are so inclined. The interest will either revive or it won't. It's not worth fretting over.
Been there done that. I lost interest a bit when I had other things on my mind. I've only just started coming back here because Im starting to get interested again.
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I've lost all my interest. Now Im collecting expensive wine instead. A planning to have a storage for about 300 bottles. It may take a while to get but its worth it. LOL. No, seriously. I think I'll never lose my interest in fragrances. I think though that spending money on frags each and every month and buy more and more fragrances could kill this hobby. It doesnt get exciting that way.
Maybe its just like wine collecting. You have to taste many different kinds of wine, and after many many taste testings you may have found a fantastic wine. I think thats the beguilement about any hobby. You cant just run wild and crazy when you get chance. Read about frags, sample, discuss, sample again... And read some more about fragrances just to stimulate the eager of this interest.
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I built a walk-in temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar in my house about 24 years ago. I enthusiastically stocked it mainly with California Cabs, classified French Bordeaux and Vintage Port via recommendations by Parker, Wine Spectator Magazine, Decanter Magazine, local wine shop tastings etc. I personally sampled most before buying bottles/cases. I had about 450 bottles at peak. I am now down under 200 bottles and the bulk of that is Vintage Port from the '70', '77, '83 and '85 vintages and a few cases of Bordeaux. I buy the occasional single bottle of German white or French Champagne as the fancy strikes these days but always high value to price offerings, the days of moderately priced 1st and 2nd Growth Bordeaux and Vintage Ports no longer with us. My capacity to consume wine has certainly declined much faster than my wine stash has but my passion for fine wine remains strong.
I dedicated part of that walk-in cellar to store the non-working bulk of my fragrance wardrobe. The working bottles, decants and samples I keep in a small dedicated refrigerator. My own passion for fragrances has remained strong since I began using fragrances after stumbling onto Basenotes while surfing the net one late night some 4+ years ago. (L'Eau D'Issey pour Homme was my first purchase). I believe one reason for me personally that I haven't hit a period of fragrance ennui is the relative large number of fragrances I have available in my wardrobe anytime I want something different. Another is I never wear anything I don't really like more than a few times--more than once to make sure I really don't like it. So far I have not had a day I felt bored with frags.
I close my eyes, only for a moment and the moment's gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind--Kansas
Take a break and stop wearing fragrances altogether.
Believe me, after a while, you will be craving to spray some on and buy new ones.
I received some good advice once while struggling to maintain a routine of exercising regularly to improve my fitness. It was, fitness is a journey, not an event. I think the same could be said of any hobby or pastime which one has the luxury of starting and stopping at will (as opposed to what you do for a living, where there is not much choice). Nothing is forever; take a break and I suspect you'll be ready to get back in at your own pace sooner than you might think.
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I agree take a break... If you are not enjoying current fragrances, you might try venturing into classics and vintage fragrances. Also, if you have some scents that you really love, then enjoy what you have for now until you feel inspired again!
I'm always amazed that some people have "life long passions" in anything as I think it is normal for people to be always chaceing that next thing. I have a great passion for books but currently that passion has wained. Does that mean that I will stop buying books and reading them? No. I know I will come back to books, as I've been through this before. What I suggest is don't over analyze your current situation, accept things change and enjoy the colognes you currently have.
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do not contemplate it, mate. jest relax and enjoy life.
I am a person who gets very passionate about his hobbies but it often happens that I "overheat" after some time and if I don't take a step back then it often happened that I get a "burnout"-effect and lose any interest with it altogether. I am very open to new discoveries and if something catches my interest, then so be it. This attitude is part of my personality but over the years I learned to temper it a bit in order to prevent burnouts. There's a point where I know that it's threatening to get too much and at that point I can decide to either ignore it or take a temporary step back. If I feel a deep connection for the hobby, I know it's better to not let it get too much at that point.
The other thing I have experienced is that there are certain interests that I thought to be completely done with but yet they returned to me (multiple times), often with a vengeance. Having that in mind helps me to relax about letting something go because if it's really my thing, it will come back to me anyway. If it's not my thing, there's no reason to care about it not coming back, right?
Take a break and enjoy what You have.....There have been a few times when this has happened to me.....Something will come along that will grab Your attention.....It may take time.....Gary
If you are tiring, take a break. Just like buying a CD of new music, you listen over and over. One gets sick of the same old songs. After a break, you will listen again.
"There is no accessory greater, nor more intimate, than scent." --Tim Gunn
It's okay. I'm going through a phase right now with fragrances. I still got a ways to learn about deciphering what particular notes smell like. However, I'm pretty set on what I like and my methods of purchasing. For now, I have a sneaker habit.
But back to the OP: Excellent advice above. You might return after a hiatus with fresh perspectives, more sober buying guidelines... basically "older and wiser." At the very least you're taking away new knowledge and experiences - and great scents - so no worries.
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I went full blast here when I came 2 years ago. Then I got burned out, left and only used 2 scents. Now I'm back trying to find maybe 4-5 that I can rotate. The break helped alot. You will know when it is time to come back...you will start sniffing around in every store again.
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"As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round."
Happens to all of us. It just gets boring sometimes, like any hobby. Just treat scents like hygeine products for a while. Sometimes we can respect this crap way too much. Point your energy and dollars in another direction for a while.
how dare you lose interest. never come here again.
Just kidding =]
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If / when the fire returns and you fancy an olfactory tour of London (Les Senteurs, Harrods, Selfridges etc) feel free to hit me up with a PM.
Same goes for anyone else in London. Sniffing loves company.
Too much of a good thing can make you wonderful ~ Mae West
BN sales: http://www.basenotes.net/threads/300...avidoff-Bombay.
Off-BN sales (super rare CREED): http://flacon.ambaric.net/viewtopic.php?t=95
Yes, this thread is a year old, but I didn't want to start a new one. I don't think I'm losing interest in fragrances, but I won't be into it as much next year. There are other things in life and with the amount of new releases(3 a day) these days, it's overwhelming. I might scan a few websites every few months to see if anything excites me, but I plan on using what I have instead of ordering samples or new bottles.
Bonus rant...I also feel like certain bottles are hyped so much, it's guaranteed to disappoint newcomers. I don't want to pick on certain bottles or houses, but warning to the new guys: You don't need to spend $150-300 to smell great. Yes, a $200 niche fragrance will probably be more sophisticated and maybe even smell better than that $50 designer bottle at the mall. Does that mean it's $150 better and make it worth the price tag? Rarely IMO.
Good for you and will save you a bit of money.
I wouldn't worry....sounds pretty common.
Now finally a thread I identify with.
As for me, I spent practically all of this year (and a good bit of the former) living almost as perfumes didn't exist, with no basenotes checking, etc. I eventually sprayed something "clean/common" when going to work, or something to please my girlfriend (aiming her tastes, not mine!). Now, in my first vacation week, I checked the forum to answer some old notifications from marketplace, bought two new bottles (no blind buys included), but simultaneously sold five, so that's ok. If I have a fragrance goal in the last years, it is downsizing the wardrobe, for sure, and it is not even that big anymore (less than 15, and still too much, I believe... don't be impressed with those pictures of huge wine coolers full of unbelievable stuff... don't envy them).
There is nothing wrong on changing your focus. Actually, perhaps you'll find that, after a long hiatus, the reasons that made you leave are still there. But you have conquered a new territory, even if just a small part of it (none of us really own it) and you are able to explore whenever you need or want.
I believe the key is: don't replace it with any other hobby that takes so much of your time and money, these things are really precious, save them for your close relationships, your studies, your work and your health care. Seek for a more balanced and healtier lifestyle, getting rid of obsessions. Perhaps some of your past obsessions, including fragrance, may become just a very tiny part of you life that integrates with the rest on the right proportion.
If you got the patience to read all of this, good luck.
Well said,smeller! Thank you!
One last thing...I'm not trying to pick on a particular house or bottle, because a lot of scents from Creed, Serge Lutens, Bond, etc. you'll find are overhyped IMO. Let me give an example. I was recently at Nordstrom's wearing Boss Bottled. Their price for that is $67.00 for a 3.4oz bottle. While I was there, I sample Bond No. 9's I Love NY for Him. The price for that was $175 for 3.3oz. and I was sorry I almost ruined my Boss Bottled smell. There is no need to pay outrageous amounts to smell like a million bucks. I Love NY was OK, but couldn't even complete with most of the popular designer fragrances and that is the way it is with a lot of expensive stuff out there IMO. That is one of the reasons I am slowing up on the sampling and buying next year.
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