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    Default At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    This is, of course, a matter of personal opinion, but at what point do you feel you can truly call a fragrance yours? I'm talking specifically about the volume of the juice in your possession. Obviously, owning a bottle, no matter how full, is a given. But what about decants? Where is the line between a sample and decant? Can you truly claim to own a fragrance if you don't have the bottle? Are splits viable contenders? Again, not looking for a definitive answer—just curious about what everyone thinks!

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    Awesome thread! Ive often wondered this myself. Really looking forward to reading some answers on here. In my opinion, if you have more than .25 oz of juice.. you own the fragrance
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    My opinion is that you own the fragrance if you have it to wear it (rather than just to test, sniff, compare, reference etc.)

    This is why some bottles I have but am not wearing end up on my "used to own" list, even though they are still with me...they have one foot out the door, so to speak.

    But your wardrobe is for your own use, so organize it however it best serves your purposes.



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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    I've always felt that for me having anything less than a bottle in my possession was not owning the fragrances regardless of the volume of liquid.

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    How about if your decant gives you 20 proper wearings. I'd say that is a perfume you own.
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    For me, I have many 10ml atomizers... however I only refer to those as samples or 'I have some of that'. Personally, it's only when I hit a 30ml decant, which in theory could be a small bottle if they made it, that I'd actually sort of lie and say 'I have a bottle of that'... in which case I have probably 25-30 'bottles' that are really decants
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    I generally figure if I have enough to give away a sample, I still own it. So samples and small decants, I don't consider really being "owned". In practice, probably no less than 15 mL, which is my smallest bottle.
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    How about if your decant gives you 20 proper wearings. I'd say that is a perfume you own.
    This sounds about right.
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    Lightbulb Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    When a fragrance becomes a fragrance representation of who you are, a signature if you will, then it is endowed with your personal stamp of ownership. For me Mitsouko is such a fragrance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    How about if your decant gives you 20 proper wearings. I'd say that is a perfume you own.
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    This sounds about right.
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Gotta own the bottle in my opinion. The bottle is part of the presentation associated with the release. I say this as someone who actually owns very few bottles and hundreds of decants. A decant means you're still a tourist to the frag, unwilling to commit and own it. Just my opinion though.

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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    I, for one, have never felt right about saying I owned something without having an ORIGINAL bottle. That is the primary reason that I have stayed well away from splits. However, I have received a few bottles via swaps and such that were less than half full (about 20 ml left in one, in particular) that I added to my 'OWN' list. At the same time I have about 40 ml of Nº19 (various sources—some new, some vintage), yet I am hesitant to say I own Nº19. Its an interesting dilemma. I have often wondered how many splits and decants are counted among users' wardrobes.

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    15ml.

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    For me I own a bottle when I have 30ml or more of it in the original retail packaging. I don't count samples and decants, mainly because I keep my bottles in their boxes and like having the real bottle; it's a bit like drinking beer from a wine glass in my opinion; it just doesn't feel right unless the juice is housed in the vessel intended!

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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I've always felt that for me having anything less than a bottle in my possession was not owning the fragrances regardless of the volume of liquid.
    Quote Originally Posted by flouris View Post
    Gotta own the bottle in my opinion. The bottle is part of the presentation associated with the release.... A decant means you're still a tourist to the frag, unwilling to commit and own it. Just my opinion though.
    Quote Originally Posted by andregooren View Post
    I, for one, have never felt right about saying I owned something without having an ORIGINAL bottle.
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    Once the juice is separated from its original vessel, it becomes merely a taster cup, so to speak. Would you say you own Châteauneuf-du-Pape if I put it in a jar and sold it to you for you to sample or enjoy at your leisure?

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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Only if I have the original bottle do I own the fragrance and list it under Collection. I have some large decants of 30-40 ml, I always put them under Samples, the guiding principle for me is the bottle, if it's not the original it's not going into the Collection.

    I started dithering when I got some minis from Hermes, though, but in the end I decided minis are used for gifts or promotion, they are not original bottles, I put all minis under Samples.
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    I don't feel I own a scent unless I have a 15ml or greater bottle. I do have several 15ml and 20ml bottles, which means I can wear a scent for at least two weeks. If I counted vials, I'd "own" a hundred more scents than whatever it is I currently own.

    However, I do have 20 vials each of Ungaro 1 and Ungaro11, so as they add up to nearly 30mls, I feel I own them too.
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    Generally, full bottles, while I do own samples, they are so many and diversified, I never bothered to even keep track of them, let alone consider that I own them.

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    Anything over 10ml I consider I own it as it can take me ages to get through it.

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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Anything over 10ml I consider I own it as it can take me ages to get through it.
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    lol, just want to say we're a weird bunch of people
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    30 mls in my opinion, unless you're talking about Puredistance M, in which case 15 mls applies.

    I have a few 50ml decants that were part of a split, and I claim to "own" those frags, but feel a little funny about it. I'm kind of with the "original bottle, original packaging" crowd.

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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    I agree with several others: if I have a decant or a sample from the store, I list it as a 'sample'; if I have a bottle of the scent, then it goes under 'collection.'

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    If I faintly smell a fragrance wafting from a stranger as they walk past in the street, I feel I own it.

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    25 ml or more I guess. A drawing-the-line problem - I full bottle obviously qualifies, 1 ml sample vial doesn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Anything over 10ml I consider I own it as it can take me ages to get through it.
    Same here. I figure that if I own enough of a scent to last me a year or more as part of my current rotation, then I own the fragrance. I have dozens of actual bottles from which I have have used less than 10ml, so splits/decants starting at about the 10 to 15ml range represent a realistic size of a fragrance for me to "own".

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    Personally, I think 10ml is enough to justify ownership of a fragrance. That is roughly 80-100 sprays or 26-33 wearings if you spray 3 times...which is more than just a sample IMHO.
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    Anything over 10ml I consider I own it as it can take me ages to get through it.
    With so many of rotating through dozens of scents, if I have 10ml of something, it will last probably months unless I really love it and burn through the decant quickly. If that's the case, I will likely buy a full bottle.

    So I consider 10ml or more to be owning a scent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I've always felt that for me having anything less than a bottle in my possession was not owning the fragrances regardless of the volume of liquid.
    Agreed.

    You have to own an original bottle of the juice to claim that you actually own the juice !
    If you have 10 decants of 5 ml of Tobacco Vanille, you still do not own it, you just have a bunch of testers......
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    Default Re: At What Point Do You "Own" A Fragrance?

    It's really interesting reading so many different opinions.

    Some focus on having the original bottle, others on the number of mls in their possession, others on the amount of time or number of wearings it will take to use it up, and I focus on the use/purpose of the scent (wearing vs. testing/reference) even thought I do own mostly original bottles and only rarely get a decant.

    It's just as well the OP wasn't looking for a definitive answer, since there isn't one!



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