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    Default How many is too many?

    My collection is starting to hover around 30 bottles, and I can't stop. Everytime I read/watch a review, or smell a sample, I have to expand. But at 30 bottles, if i were to wear each fragrance one day of the month, I would only get about 12 wears out of said fragrance in a year. Obviously thats not the case, as I have fragrances for certain social settings; however, do you thin that a collection should stop growing, or should I start selling off some of my lesser worn bottles? Just can't seem to part with them.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    In my case, around 30 is plenty. Any more makes me feel like I have too much I'll never use.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckW View Post
    In my case, around 30 is plenty. Any more makes me feel like I have too much I'll never use.
    I feel like 30 is both plenty, and not enough at the same time. I want so many more fragrances, but feel bad not depleting the ones I already have. For example, I love the unique qualities of Blvgari Black; however, I don't get enough occasions to wear it, and sometimes when it is appropriate, I find myself reaching for something else.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    I have probably around 50, although only 5-7 are worn 97% of the time.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    One year ago, I had one bottle. I went to get a replacement for it, and discovered what was out there. Within a few weeks, my collection was up to 11 and growing. Since I was still interested in others, I set a mental limit of around 30 - one for every day of the month is how I justified it. Then when it kept growing, I thought: "ok 60 would be the max"... Then I set my limit at 100. No way I need more than that!

    Well, now, one year into this, I have over 130 full bottles, many splits, and a few hundred samples. My goal is still the same: to stop. My point is, how many is too many depends on you personally. To me, it's not about needing to justify if I will ever use a full bottle of it or not, it's about if I really like the way it smelled - if so, I added it to my collection. I have some I could live without, and most of my samples will slowly fade away, but I am sure over this next year I will continue purchasing more (but hopefully at a much slower pace), and will get a few more samples - but I feel there is less to get and less to explore as time goes on, so that is why I think my collection will soon reach a max number - and maybe shrink sometime soon.

    I realized I needed to stop thinking of a specific number - and rather set a spending limit / month and try to stick to that to curb my obsessiveness. I guess you should stop if you can't afford to buy any at the moment, or when nothing else intrigues you.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    My goal is to set up for 20 no more, it's hard but I can do it. I have just to decide which one to sell before.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Personally, my ideal number is a moving target because there's just too many scents to try. Last year, I was happy with a 20-ish frags. Now, I prefer to have/own 35-40 bottles. If I feel like I am exceeding, I just send some to my father.



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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    16 months ago I had 1 bottle. Today I have 100. I figure I need to get rid of at least 70. With the new shipping regs in the UK it's going to be difficult, if not impossible. I am going to Florence next week and I just know I won't be able to keep away from Lorenzo Villoresi. I have told my wife that if I buy any more than 1 bottle she can have a free punch. I'm not taking any bets on whether my face matches my passport photo on the way home....
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    If you only use fragrance for social setting, I think 20 is plenty.

    But I use perfumes daily, it was 6 bottles before Basenotes lure me to the passion of aroma, now I have around 80 scents both FW & decants, but there are so many scent I have not tries yet so my collection might be a lot bigger.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    While I cannot truly evaluate how much would be enough for me, let's say, strictly personally speaking, I am still open for new fragrance experiences and/or purchases.

    Then again, a few scents later, it may also change abruptly and I might consider my fragrance wardrobe may be largely saturated.
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    I started really getting into it about 4-5 months ago and I now have over 30 bottles. I don't want to limit myself with a certain number anymore. I tried to stop at 30 though... But I didn't. I guess it's a passion and if you can afford it. Why not? So I'm lmiting myself to a certain budget now. I guess there are more bad things in this world to spend money and for me it doesn't affect my family needs. Years ago I was really into fashion but at a point I had to stop. I bought shoes for 400€, belts 300€, shirts 300€.... I workes like crazy just to be able to buy designer clothes. About a year ago I stopped doing that and saved money. Now I have a new hobby: collecting sents. A designer bottle doens't cost half of what a dsquared jeans costs so I'm very happy now!

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    As long as you have enough space, money and enjoy them, there is no too many.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    As long as you have enough space, money and enjoy them, there is no too many.
    Agreed.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    People who collect fine wines probably won't be able to drink their stock during their lifetime.

    I would like to think the same applies for fine fragrances.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    As long as you have enough space, money and enjoy them, there is no too many.
    This!

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rüssel View Post
    As long as you have enough space, money and enjoy them, there is no too many.
    Agreed.

    I've got limited space, so that's the real factor in play for me. Cutting out other mostly minor vices would allow me to comfortably budget around $300 CDN a month--one or two bottles, given my tastes, but my sweetie would rebel if the collection crept out of my "personal" space into "common" space. I'll probably top it at 15 bottles.

    Samples I use for nose training and curiosity, and have a bag of 50 or so that come and go.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    No specific amount. Will keep collecting until it gets played out or I can't afford it.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    As a 27 yr old who has had many of collections, hobbies, that i've fallen in and out of love with.. One of them being shoes/sneakers, the hoarder culture that some of these hobbies possess is disgusting, now i'm not one to tell people what to do with their money, especially if the have loads of disposable income.. But when you realize you can only reach for so many bottles and truly enjoy them, stop there.

    I had a 100+ pair of kicks but only wear 5-6 at the most.. I don't NEED that many, and knowing that there are people out there that walk around barefooted, I can't bring my self to keep hoarding, no matter how much i love them..
    I just started with frags, but the main reason was to find a few signature scents.. I would like to keep that at a max. 4 per season and maybe another 4 "daring" or specialty scents. 20 max.. and I'm out. I don't have "NEED" for 5 frags, much less 20.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Know yourself, is all I can say. Life is about personal choices. The sooner you figure out what you want and what will make you happy, the better.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    As long as you like them and enjoy them own as many as you'd like.

    When the size of my collection begins to impede my enjoyment of my collection that's when I've reached my limit. For me, this usually occurs around the 60 mark, but it's different for everybody.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    As long as you like them and enjoy them own as many as you'd like.
    Absolutely

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Anywhere from 3 to 500.

    It's relative.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    25 feels too many for me.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    It depends where you live and your income. If I was living in Europe where there is effectively next to no discounting I can understand people on under very wealthy income thinking that 50 scents is too much.

    But if you live where discounting is rife - well I have a hard time walking past big bottles going for $10 or $20 or $30 (or even $35 which I paid for classics like Egoiste, Blenheim's Bouquet, Equipage) - and really what is the point of walking past them?
    For whose benefit is this display of frugality?
    Having hundreds of scents becomes relatively immaterial compared to other more expensive hobbies.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Ask Hednic. I think he has developed a good strategy
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Buy a 5ml bottle before the full bottle. If you can't finish the 5ml within a month, you probably shouldn't purchase the full bottle.

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stesa View Post
    People who collect fine wines probably won't be able to drink their stock during their lifetime.
    I would like to think the same applies for fine fragrances.
    I agree. I doubt I'll be able to drink all my frags in my lifetime.
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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    While I personally only have 30 bottles I would never knock anyone who has a massive collection. Firstly if stored properly fragrances can last a life time and 2nd fragrances don't take up too much space. I can see how it can be a very rewarding hobby. I think my collection will probably grow to around 50 though I anticipate to use most of them by doing alot of decanting and swapping.

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    I think the way to stop it is to sample until you feel confident that you know what you want, in terms of bottles. I feel confident in getting rid of many bottles at this point, but 30 would be way too few for me, though as I wear them several times I may be a bit more likely to want to move them out than keep them (perhaps 55 to 45%).

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    Default Re: How many is too many?

    1 to 2 for the average person. 10 to 15 for those that want to have a fragrance for each occasion and season. Anything over 15 i'd say your pretty much a fragrance addict. 100 would probably be a small collector. Anything over that would probably be considered hording and a seriously bad investment unless you have a decanting business.
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