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    Default how many samples until you get a headache

    i'm just curious, when you go to stores or boutiques, how many samples can you tolerate before your head or hose starts to hurt?

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    Some days I can smell 8-10 with little 'fresh air' breaks in between. Other days I can't tell fragrances apart after the 4th sample. I think it depends very much on the breaks you give yourself and the type of fragrance you smell. I remember the day Tobacco Vanille shut down my nose for an entire day. *shudders*

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    Default Re: how many samples until you get a headache

    For me about 5 before I get fatigued.

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    I get fatigued after about the fourth one.

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    It does not matter in my case

    My GF who sales perfumes/colognes says her headaches are common now from being around them so much. But its more of them being "mixed". Not individual scents.

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    I never get headaches (unless I am ill) but I tend to nose-out after about 10 scents.
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    On a good day, I can smell 20-30 scents without fatigue in the usual sense. I can still clearly distinguish them, the problem is that when I start to sniff so many scents it seems to mess w/ my nervous system much like excessive caffeine. I feel jittery, almost manic, and can't sleep for hours.

    On bad days, maybe 5-6 scents max. Not sure what causes 'bad days' outside of poor sleep. I'm sure there's more to it than that though.
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    hmm. I've noticed from my sample hauls that I'll get sick of frags after 4-5 consecutive samples. I've learned to not over do it because for some reason if I smell too many in a day it almost leaves a lasting negative impression on those fragrances from that point on.

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    Default Re: how many samples until you get a headache

    looks like im normal

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    I dun get headaches, but my nose does go 'out-of-order' momentarily after 4 samples.

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    No headaches so far from fragrance sampling/testing, yet as soon as I exceed the 10 different scents mark, I definitely get olfactory fatigue and can hardly tell not even the most obvious, strong, even overpowering notes and/or scents apart.

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    4-5 samples are about my max, too. Interesting that I had the same experience as Diamondflame with the Tobacco Vanille.

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    Sometimes only one. If it's really strong and - to me - horrible! Generally, four or five is a good number for me to remember and compare.

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    Default Re: how many samples until you get a headache

    I have not yet found a head pain limit for smelling fragrances.

    If my "hose" hurts, it has never been from smelling fragrances either.

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    I haven't noticed any particular limit here. I won't get a headache from any number of fragrances, but I could from any particular single fragrance.

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    I don't get headaches either, but I can do 4 or 5 before I no longer trust myself to distinguish them properly and make any good decisions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    I don't get headaches either, but I can do 4 or 5 before I no longer trust myself to distinguish them properly and make any good decisions.
    much the same for me too. I do find some times I cannot smell anything to start with. Not sure why, but I will try again after some time and find I can smell with great clarity. I do not find any value in coffee beans. Especially the more expereinced I get. I just try to smell only scents I know a little about and what to expect prior to smelling it. I am not interested in smelling anything and everything the SA is trying to push that day.

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    Default Re: how many samples until you get a headache

    Usually around 10 to 15.

    Depends on how poor some are in regards to ingredient quality. I find cheap ingredients instantly give me a headache.

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