An interesting account, Noir Drakkar. Certainly nothing wrong with slowing things down and being able to savor the journey... I encourage you (and others) to explore the vintage designer stuff over time. There are still many hidden gems I am sure you have not found as yet that still sell at relatively low prices (many less than the current designer releases). Even in the niche world there are some houses like Parfums de Nicolai and Slumberhouse that offer relatively good bang for the buck (without sacrificing quality)... In any case, enjoy your continuing gradual fragrance journey while you save time to enjoy other things along the way.