Yes, a large initial investment is daunting, but I also look at how much it costs to wear. With Puredistance M, I use less than .1 mL per application, I've been dabbing from a sample vial, usually 4-5 "dabs" per wear, and it's looking like I can get about 20 wears out of a 1 mL sample. If you go in on a split or buy the samples you're looking at about $6 per mL, so the cost to wear M is really not so bad. Same with a 1 mL sample of Homage Attar I recently got. I spent $31 on the sample but it's looking like I can wear it a few dozen times or so. Also Aventus, I spent $1.75 per mL, but the potency is so great I only apply a tiny amount so IMO Aventus isn't more expensive to wear than many designer scents that cost half as much.