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    Default Something occurred to me regarding my collection....

    I have 30 in my current collection and whilst I like every single one, I only really love 2 of them. Only 2 fill me with that sense of real pleasure. FYI the 2 are Fahrenheit and Gucci Pour Homme II. I want to love everything I own, so I am going to be far more selective moving forward, when buying full bottles. I think I just got carried away. No regrets though - loving the journey.

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    All part of it. Maybe concentrate on samples before buying in future? Really get to know something before pulling the trigger.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Same here. I currently have 22 in my collection (couple of them are 10ml decants) but I only love few of them. Its nice to wear other ones occassionaly, but I feel like I dont need them. IMO decants/samples are way to go if you dont want to waste lot of money but still experience as much fragrances as possible.
    TOP 3 hot weather:

    1. Gucci Pour Homme II
    2. Creed Millesime Imperial
    3. Lalique Encre Noire


    TOP 3 cold weather:

    1. Dior Homme
    2. Eau Des Baux
    3. L'Instant de Guerlain Pour Homme Extreme
    Currently wearing: Fracas by Robert Piguet

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    Agreed guys. Only prob I find with small decants is that it's not easy to use an atomiser with them ( at least for me)

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    Great post. I've noticed this with my own collection too. I was so excited about each at some point, and I do enjoy them all, but I only love a few of them. The good news is, the ones I love seem to change through the seasons.

    Today, L'Air du Desert Marocain is what I'm excited about since it's the newest in my collection.

    If asked, I'd say I love Fahrenheit, Bvlgari Black and Ungaro III. But ask me again next month and my answers will probably be totally different. I'll probably rediscover my love of Aventus in the spring and summer.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Great post. I've noticed this with my own collection too. I was so excited about each at some point, and I do enjoy them all, but I only love a few of them. The good news is, the ones I love seem to change through the seasons.

    Today, L'Air du Desert Marocain is what I'm excited about since it's the newest in my collection.

    If asked, I'd say I love Fahrenheit, Bvlgari Black and Ungaro III. But ask me again next month and my answers will probably be totally different. I'll probably rediscover my love of Aventus in the spring and summer.
    Contrary to my list in my sig, Bvlgari Black is my number 3 at the moment, so we share 2 of our favourite 3! I will have to try Ungaro III

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    Quote Originally Posted by QWERTYOP View Post
    All part of it. Maybe concentrate on samples before buying in future? Really get to know something before pulling the trigger.
    Agreed. If I bought every fragrance I had liked the first time I smelled it, I'd regret a fair few purchases. There's already a couple in there that I'd happily unload.

    EDIT: Incidentally, I'm looking into purchasing Bvlgari Black, but only once I've sorted out my collection...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cosgrove View Post
    Agreed. If I bought every fragrance I had liked the first time I smelled it, I'd regret a fair few purchases. There's already a couple in there that I'd happily unload.

    EDIT: Incidentally, I'm looking into purchasing Bvlgari Black, but only once I've sorted out my collection...
    Bvlgari Black is a really classy frag IMO. Very cheap in UK too

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    Another good way is to separate your fragrances by season. I recently did this and it forces you to try certain fragrances in certain situations that you might otherwise overlook if you have your entire collection in front of you.
    Currently wearing: Green Irish Tweed by Creed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Bvlgari Black is a really classy frag IMO. Very cheap in UK too
    It is indeed. I burned through a tester vial in about a week and was really addicted to it during that time, but as with everything I'm being cautious with purchases. Like you say though, it's insanely cheap for such a great fragrance, under £30!

    I'm currently selling my Dior Homme and possibly getting rid of Oud Wood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QWERTYOP View Post
    Another good way is to separate your fragrances by season. I recently did this and it forces you to try certain fragrances in certain situations that you might otherwise overlook if you have your entire collection in front of you.
    may give that a try - cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cosgrove View Post
    It is indeed. I burned through a tester vial in about a week and was really addicted to it during that time, but as with everything I'm being cautious with purchases. Like you say though, it's insanely cheap for such a great fragrance, under £30!

    I'm currently selling my Dior Homme and possibly getting rid of Oud Wood.
    Did a similar think with samples off ebay. Bought my bottle off Amazon (actually Amazon, not a trader) for, I think £26ish last week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Contrary to my list in my sig, Bvlgari Black is my number 3 at the moment, so we share 2 of our favourite 3! I will have to try Ungaro III
    AND you list John Varvatos in your top 10. JV original, I assume? It's one of my favorites too. Every time I wear that one, I wonder why I don't wear it more often.

    Ungaro III is interesting. I picked it up in a swap here and immediately regretted it. I tried it on my wrist and didn't like it. At. All. YUCK. Months later, I decided to give it a full wearing to confirm that I needed to get rid of it... and... WTF? "This is great!"

    Anyway... keep in mind that, over time, you'll probably fall in and out of with different scents.

    Also: if you get the chance, you really should check out L'Air du Desert Marocain.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    Default Re: Something occurred to me regarding my collection....

    There is nothing currently in my collection that I have ever gotten tired of.

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    It's all part of the fun! There will be ones you may never like, and others that you will revisit and wonder how you missed how great they are I guess that logic keeps me from getting rid of bottles......

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    AND you list John Varvatos in your top 10. JV original, I assume? It's one of my favorites too. Every time I wear that one, I wonder why I don't wear it more often.

    Ungaro III is interesting. I picked it up in a swap here and immediately regretted it. I tried it on my wrist and didn't like it. At. All. YUCK. Months later, I decided to give it a full wearing to confirm that I needed to get rid of it... and... WTF? "This is great!"

    Anyway... keep in mind that, over time, you'll probably fall in and out of with different scents.

    Also: if you get the chance, you really should check out L'Air du Desert Marocain.
    Yep original JV - great scent. I have sample of LDDM and its nice, gonna give it some more time before I buy though, as r is £90.50 delivered for 50ml in UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    There is nothing currently in my collection that I have ever gotten tired of.
    With a collection like yours, that's pretty impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky View Post
    It's all part of the fun! There will be ones you may never like, and others that you will revisit and wonder how you missed how great they are I guess that logic keeps me from getting rid of bottles......
    Same here. I thought about selling some (LIDGE for example) but I think that over time I may change my mind, so I am keeping hold of it.

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    I've come to the conclusion that although I love niche fragrances I'm better suited to designer fragrances. They're just more versatile for my lifestyle. I'm also content with keeping my full bottles in the 20's and really wearing what I have.

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    Loving or not loving something is simply a position of the mind. I have 26 scents in my collection and love them all, some more than others of course. I plan on adding many more and can't imagine limiting my experience to just a few. It's up to you to decide what you close your mind to.

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    I agree 100%. That's exactly where I'm at.



    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    I have 30 in my current collection and whilst I like every single one, I only really love 2 of them. Only 2 fill me with that sense of real pleasure. FYI the 2 are Fahrenheit and Gucci Pour Homme II. I want to love everything I own, so I am going to be far more selective moving forward, when buying full bottles. I think I just got carried away. No regrets though - loving the journey.

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    I also agree with Awakening950. I love most of my fragrances and will not limit my collection.

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    That actually makes it easier for you.

    With me, I can't narrow down for the life of me.

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    I can relate to an extent. I own 5 or so fragrances I rarely wear (from the beginning of my fragrance learning days), but outside of those I love most of what I have, especially my more recent purchases (Creeds, Memoir Man,etc.).

    I agree with Noir though, I generally have a hard time narrowing down what I want to wear (those it's usually easier at school since I don't want to smoke people out with a strong fragrances).

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    Quote Originally Posted by noirdrakkar View Post
    That actually makes it easier for you.

    With me, I can't narrow down for the life of me.
    Agreed. Every week despite a heartfelt promise to myself that I'll never buy another frag until I've at least finished a bottle of something else, I find myself either contemplating buying one or actually buying one. I just can't seem to help myself.

    To at least some degree, I have a love for almost every bottle in my collection. The only real exceptions would be a small handfull of purchases I made very early on in my collection that for one reason or another I still haven't gotten rid of (eg Versace Blue Jeans)
    My current top 10 (subject to change) in no particular order:

    Rive Gauche Pour Homme, Serge Lutens Cuir Mauresque, Armani Prive' Nuances,
    Armani Prive' Bois d'Encens, Ermenegildo Zegna Indonesian Oud, Essenza de Zegna, Amouage Beloved Man, Fahrenheit Le Parfum, Dior La Collection Couturier Vetiver, and Rasikh Syed Junaid Alam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    I have 30 in my current collection and whilst I like every single one, I only really love 2 of them. Only 2 fill me with that sense of real pleasure. FYI the 2 are Fahrenheit and Gucci Pour Homme II. I want to love everything I own, so I am going to be far more selective moving forward, when buying full bottles. I think I just got carried away. No regrets though - loving the journey.
    Interesting thoughts, and I know the feeling. With a wardrobe of about the same size, I've been a bit more fortunate - I'd say a good third to a half of mine are ones I'd describe as loving (but then, I've done an awful lot of sampling before buying, with very few blind buys). Regarding the idea of wanting to "love everything", that's not an ambition for me, as there are many times when I just want something that is pleasant without being fantastic, and I just want to be fresh rather than impressively-perfumed.

    One that springs to mind is Lagerfelt Classic (I only have a 5ml miniature, but I will get a full bottle). To me that's a nice powdery scent, which helps continue the nice clean feeling after a shower - I'll never "love" it, but that kind of fragrance will always have a place for me.

    Another is Body Shop White Musk, which is a comfortable fragrance that again works well when I don't want to smell "perfumed", but I do want to be clean and fresh.

    So, there will always be room in my wardrobe for a range of "like but don't love" fragrances, especially when they're cheap ones.
    Alan

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    I've come to the same conclusion regarding my collection, OP. While I have kept every fragrance I have for a reason, the only ones I regular wear and truly love are fougeres.
    Currently wearing: Messe de Minuit by Etro

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dailey View Post
    Bvlgari Black is a really classy frag IMO. Very cheap in UK too
    That's an interesting example, because I've tried it a couple of times but have not bought it. One time I had a quick spray in an airport duty-free, and while it was pleasant, it didn't really grab me. But then, the air was already heady with perfume, and I keep my duty-free purchases for more expensive ones, so I washed it off and went back to sample some others.

    The other time was in a store, and again it seemed nice enough but it didn't strike me as the kind of thing that people would enthuse over - as they actually do. But I wasn't specifically in a "perfume" mood at the time - I'd just noticed it in passing and thought I should try it.

    I really don't know if I'll end up liking it enough to buy, but if I do it won't be until I've had a proper wear of it, and I have a clear idea of where it would fit in my "hate-dislike-neutral-like-love" range.
    Alan

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    Happened to me too when I first started liking perfumes (online forum obsession type of liking) and bought a lot (20?) perfumes on impulse. I've managed to swap them out or give them away now. I'm a happier person. No wafts of resentment from my wardrobe.
    for swap/sale:



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    I think most of us started our fragrance journey wanting to love everything that gets a decent review here on BN and the result is a lot of bottles that just dont fit our style. I was the same way and ended up taking full advantage of the marketplace here on BN and swapped everything I wasnt crazy about for stuff that I was. Now I only have a few bottles that I dont care for and I am saving them until I am fully eligible for the marketplace so I can sell them to fund new purchases. I definitely agree with everybody who will tell you to buy a large amount of samples before buying a large bottle. Live and learn though, I have no regrets in my purchasing history because I learned what I dont care for.

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    Been there before. Even sold a few from my wardrobe. But you don't know what you're missing until it's gone. I think I should be fine keeping it under 100 bottles.
    Currently wearing: Sartorial by Penhaligon's

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    You might grow fond of other fragrances in your collection, just like you might end up not liking your favorites anymore. I end up revisiting some of them and saying to myself.. What was I thinking??
    Well made fragrances are well made fragrances. You should always give them one more chance, and you should give yourself the luxury of the freedom to change your mind ;P

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    Quote Originally Posted by QWERTYOP View Post
    Another good way is to separate your fragrances by season. I recently did this and it forces you to try certain fragrances in certain situations that you might otherwise overlook if you have your entire collection in front of you.
    Agreed very much. From over 60 fragrances in my collection, I managed to crop a Top40 (about 10/season) with the 4-5 stars ones, which is always subject to 'mood changing' between positions in each category.
    All the rest which I only like, always become gifts for my friends who gladly receive them and make my 'cleaning collection' process easier and more enjoyable.
    I don't look back, there is a lot of fun in discovering good fragrances that suits ME and usually I don't 'buy' all hyped ones.
    "I love fragrances because they provide a sheer endless variety: there is a scent for every occasion, mood or feeling. Standing before my collection in the morning matching a perfume to my needs is one of the most enjoyable things in my day"...I don't want to miss that...

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    Dior Eau Sauvage Extreme | Chanel Bleu | Guerlain Homme Intense | Armani Emporio Lui | Cartier Pasha | Guerlain Homme L'Eau Boisee | D&G Light Blue PH | Givenchy PH Blue Label | C.Herrera 212 Men | T.Mugler Ice*Men | Bvlgari Aqva PH | Kiton Black | Bvlgari PH Soir |
    Currently wearing: Terre d'Hermès by Hermès

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