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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by mspa View Post
    dark, dry, cool - AC if not in a cool basement. i wonder myself if just airconditioned at around 70 is good enough?
    ......... it is a very expensive hobby. and the issues around... first you never know what you will be getting - for batch to batch differences fine, but how about constant reformulations which nobody confesses until it becomes obvious, storage conditions before the bottles reach you...
    can you elaborate on "constant reformulations" please?

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    I keep mine on my dresser in the bedroom. The curtains are generally closed and little light enters. Temp in the house is pretty moderate. Is the ok...I have never had an issue but now that Im adding more expensive stuff I dont want to chance it

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazznpool View Post
    Life is too short to not have a fragrance collection!

    Martin
    This!

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazznpool View Post
    Life is too short to not have a fragrance collection!

    Martin
    My scentiments exactly.
    I don't have a signature fragrance. My signature changes a little bit every day, why shouldn't my fragrance?
    Currently wearing: H.M. by Hanae Mori

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    No, don't build up a big collection. Seriously.

    It's expensive.
    You won't use or finish the scents much - you'll just be obsessed with purchasing the next on (that's like a mental illness or addiction).
    You'll make bad decisions and buy stuff you'll never wear.
    You'll end up storing them in fridges (horrible!) because you will become paranoid about the juice going off... even though you may think you'll be carefree about it now.
    You'll want to rotate them - that's like another mental illness and an irritation.

    This stuff is for wearing - not displaying in cabinets or out of sight in carefully stored boxes or fridges. Have a modest collection instead - no more than 10 -15 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentrich View Post
    Pretty simple rule for yourself is don't buy a full bottle of something your not going to be wearing on a regular basis. There's many fantastic smelling fragrances out there, but if you can't find a setting or aren't comfortable in wearing them then your just blowing your money on a pretty bottle. If your worried about the fragrances staying fresh long enough for you to go through a full bottle, then you probably have too many bottles.
    As far as storing them, just keep them at or around a fairly consistent room temperature out of direct sunlight and they should be fine. Don't bother with keeping them in a fridge as there's nothing that proves it prolongs any part of the fragrance.
    Agree.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    test, test, test
    not too many blind buys
    I have around 50 and only will be using 20ish. dont buy anything just to have it. wear it, test it and after 2-3 applications and you still love it, buy it. and maybe just by decants and 30ML bottles, it saves money
    “Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?”

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    I started this thread when I first started getting into fragrances. I have a decent collection right now,and it will continue to grow, but instead of blind buying like I use to, I am getting samples of every fragrance that I can think of, and only buying the bottles I absolutely love. So basically, I buy samples for the new experiences and the journey, and i buy the bottles that I absolutely love for wearing and collecting purposes.

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    Sure, nothing wrong with a nice collection. However you want to be discriminating. On the designer side there are diamonds in the rough to be found and cherished, but don't go buying every sports flanker that is hyped or you will be looking at 50 bottles of crap in a years time. On the niche side find out what you like and get the best you can. If you collect the masterpieces to your nose. You will not lose reverence for your collection over time. I would say 10 designer and 20 niche will make for a very dynamic and enjoyable collection if you test diligently and are picky in your selections.
    "If you enjoy the fragrance of a rose, you must accept the thorns which it bears."
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    Most likely, the scents will not go bad in 5-10.

    My suggestion would be to build up a collection only if you feel like it,
    however, at first and for immediate fragrance use, even a rotation of 5-6
    scents, 10 at most would do. I guess that, IMO, a collection of more than
    10 fragrances is anyway a luxury, a pleasant, but not 100% necessary hobby.

    However, the aforementioned figures are to be taken with a grain of salt...
    Currently wearing: Citrus & Wood by Yardley

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Honestly, the idea that fragrances go bad in three years is purely a myth.

    They only go bad if you dont take care of them.

    I have a bottle of polo blue that i got in 2004. Its about 1/3 full now and its as good as ever.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    depends on person. for me know i just end up selling ones i dont enjoy ive learned just find the ones i love an stick with those
    1. Dior Homme Original
    2. Musc Ravaguer
    3. Portrait of a Lady
    4. Noir de Noir
    5. L Instant Guerlain pour Homme Extreme
    6. New Haarlem
    7. Pure Coffee
    8. Blu Mediterraneo Sicilian Almond
    9. Rose 31
    10. Spiritueuse Double Vanille

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    I don't even by bottles anymore. I just take atomizers to the department stores to fill them up.

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Before I got too carried away, I made a decision not to buy full bottles if decants or mini's were available. And then to limit myself to 3-4 decants per month. And a decision not to keep wishlists(so as not to spend too much time obsessing over the next purchase.) For me (and my OCD), it is sort of fine line between enjoying a hobby and getting burned out.

    On the other hand, do not worry too much about it. You have got to learn to enjoy some things in life:-)

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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    I want to start collecting colognes. I like collecting the bottles. I love the journeys each new scent i smell takes me on. I want to get my nose under every cologne thats talked about. I really want to do this, but theres only one thing im scared of.. The juice going bad! I dont want to store them in my fridge bc i dont have enough room,nor do i want to buy one bc i want them to be displayed in a nice cabinet. I guess what im trying to ask is do i have to worry about the juice going bad if i just have them stored on a cabinet with normal room temperature? I just dont want to start collecting and 5-10 years from now, everything smells different or not as good as it use to.
    Is this post about starting a massive collection or where to store the juice??

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    Quote Originally Posted by fragnifiscent View Post
    Ive already started and im loving it! I buy a new bottle a week. I just ordered terre dhermes today. I do nothing but blind buy based on reviews. it all got started when my gf gave me a cologne sample kit for christmas. I just want to make sure before i REALLY get in to this hobby.
    Never, ever blind buy just by reviews, when I started I was told to sample, sample, sample...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akahina View Post
    NO! Buy three bottles of things you adore and open an IRA.
    Now that's funny

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    Honestly, the idea that fragrances go bad in three years is purely a myth.
    Except for computers
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    Default Re: Is it worth starting a massive cologne collection?

    Quote Originally Posted by mmshrinker View Post
    can you elaborate on "constant reformulations" please?
    The IFRA regulations were not just one set of regulations that happened one time : as the years pass they continue to put out further lists of restricted materials and lists of ingredient concentrations that cannot be exceeded. I wish I was better able to remember the thread here on Basenotes, as it had a link to the article, but within the last couple of months there was yet another list of restrictions released.

    While we sometimes find threads on Basenotes, complaining about the reformulation of particularly well-loved fragrances, I suspect if we knew the real truth, we would find that a massive number of fragrances are being reformulated, not just once but several times, in response to each new set of regulations.

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