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  • almost everyone who knows me

    8 9.76%
  • most people know me

    18 21.95%
  • a good amount of people, but not a lot

    20 24.39%
  • very few people ; i keep it secret

    36 43.90%
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    Wow - a lot of people are in the perfume closet! Many more than I would have expected.

    I don't keep it a secret. All of my friends know I'm a collector and that I am very interested in perfumes. I show the collection to anyone that's interested, but not many are. I've given a few bottles to my father-in-law, who really digs old school masculines.

    I don't talk about it to people at work generally, although I don't hide it at all. When I travel with colleagues, and I hit the duty free, the subject inevitably comes up.

    For people that don't understand why I have so many, I just tell them that it's like an art collection. I don't wear all of them, but I like to enjoy them sometimes.
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    As an old airline slogan goes: "when you've got it - flaunt it".

    I mention my cologne hobby to just about everybody, even the unscented. From my friends to the people working at the fragrance counters, a lot of people know that I love fragrances. Even my job description at my employer is surrounded by cologne bottles.
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    Most people know about my fragrance hobby because I wear so many different frags. Every one at work is always asking me about fragrances. They know that I take great pleasure in wearing them and appreciating the creativity behind the scent. Every bottle of fragrance is a small world onto its own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubegon View Post
    Wow - a lot of people are in the perfume closet! Many more than I would have expected.

    I don't keep it a secret. All of my friends know I'm a collector and that I am very interested in perfumes. I show the collection to anyone that's interested, but not many are. I've given a few bottles to my father-in-law, who really digs old school masculines.

    I don't talk about it to people at work generally, although I don't hide it at all. When I travel with colleagues, and I hit the duty free, the subject inevitably comes up.

    For people that don't understand why I have so many, I just tell them that it's like an art collection. I don't wear all of them, but I like to enjoy them sometimes.
    I have a work colleague, who sits next to me, and always applies his fragrances at his desk. All he owns are masculine designer dreck. That's acceptable to many but when you veer towards the subject of niche, wearing feminine fragrances and the prices of non-designer releases, that's when it becomes a hassle to discuss.

    While I have no problem openly discussing perfumes with anyone, most people have been conditioned by society to deem such a hobby as weird for men (especially when they're heterosexual). It's not so much justifying what I wear and why, it's more about not wanting to call someone out on their idiocy (along with the desire to slap them around the face).

    All some people want is a quiet life, and proclaiming my interest in fragrances isn't going to bring about world peace.

  5. #35

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scent-imental View Post
    I just voted, and saw the results of the poll. I find it surprising that most people keep quiet about it. i can't shut up about it, and when i am with friends, i am smelling what they are wearing, making them smell what i'm wearing, and no matter what the conversation was originally about, somehow, i always end up raving on about fragrance. I can't help it really. Maybe i bore them. Maybe if my collection was huge, and costly, like some people here, I might be a little ashamed to own up to it. I aspire to get to that point.
    I've already bored everyone I know to death....... that's why I'm on here.... someone to talk to who understands.... sniff!
    Currently wearing: Montecristo by Masque

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    Not sure now that 'hobby' is the right word. At best an 'expensive indulgence', but at worst, an obsessive compulsion or even an affliction. 'Perfumes Anonymous' anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    I have a work colleague, who sits next to me, and always applies his fragrances at his desk. All he owns are masculine designer dreck. That's acceptable to many but when you veer towards the subject of niche, wearing feminine fragrances and the prices of non-designer releases, that's when it becomes a hassle to discuss.

    While I have no problem openly discussing perfumes with anyone, most people have been conditioned by society to deem such a hobby as weird for men (especially when they're heterosexual). It's not so much justifying what I wear and why, it's more about not wanting to call someone out on their idiocy (along with the desire to slap them around the face).

    All some people want is a quiet life, and proclaiming my interest in fragrances isn't going to bring about world peace.
    +1 on what trebor says, completely agree with ^^^^^^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaern View Post
    Not sure now that 'hobby' is the right word. At best an 'expensive indulgence', but at worst, an obsessive compulsion or even an affliction. 'Perfumes Anonymous' anyone?
    Lol... there is one on the dependents section here.... I think we are all on it.
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    Most I know understand that I suddenly like and wear perfume. Do they know of the overflowing cabinets? Of the super rush and absolutely druglike dependency? No! That'd ruin all the fun. Who knows about it? Not even me. I'm in glorious denial.

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    I don't really hide it but I don't really talk about it either. What I hide most of all is the cost, from pretty much everyone I know some things are just better left unsaid.

    My close family knows and that's about it. It's not something I'm going to bring up and talk about with people who aren't interested really...I guess I'm just a little shy about it.

    I did have a friend Google my name and he found links to this website, I think he was trying to pry about it and kind of poke fun but I just explained it to him as my hobby.

    So yea...I don't hide it, but I don't talk about it much outside of my girlfriend who understands and everyone here.


    Oh, and most importantly I hide my spending from myself...if I only knew how much I've spent...oh great now I'm thinking about it...oh crap....oh crap....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redneck Perfumisto View Post
    Good for you! I'm glad some people are into talking about it!

    I used to be less talkative about it, but eventually people found out. I supposed if I would have been on a beer-brewing forum, nobody would care, but it was gossip-grade for a guy to be into fragrance, so at that point, I just started putting on a good show. Eventually people realize it's more embarrassing to gawk than to be part of the story, so now I notice a lot of folks around me taking more interest in fragrance, and wearing cooler stuff. Generally, people are fascinated (for about 5-10 minutes) when I do talk about it. After that they get bored.
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    I could not agree with you more. I definitely hide the cost of this hobby. My family & friends would think I was crazy. But what can I say, I love fragrances and they make me feel wonderful.

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    I chose 'a good amount of people, but not a lot':

    Five in my immediate family, my girlfriend (and a few in her family), approx five of my close friends and a few work colleagues. And thankfully, no-one at my local post office.
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    Not everyone, but most people who know me realize how much I love perfume - but it's like so many of you here have said, I don't talk about it much for the most part. A few people are very interested, I think the rest would avoid me like plague if I kept on about it. morrison74, I had to laugh - you're glad no one knows at your local post office

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    It's still somewhat taboo for a hetro male to have a large scent collection. It's one of those silly misconceptions that collecting perfume is OK for a lady but many people find it strange for a man. It's like the stereotype that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. They're just colors pink and blue shouldn't have gender associations.

    I'm not embarrassed to say that I owned a badass Fender pink paisley guitar. I had to sell it for financial reasons and I regret that I did that.



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