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    Default Are you a collector?

    It's so many definitions for "Collector"..
    In some ways I am but in other's I am not..
    I don't wake up and go to sleep looking at bottles and get a sense of joy..
    I don't display them..
    They are scattered throughout the house in multiple places..
    I never wanted to get so many fragrances/samples/decants, It just happened..
    Some days I feel I am a collector and other days not..

    What about you..

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    Not intentionally a collector - maybe an accumulator

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    I can say the same things about myself:

    I don't wake up and go to sleep looking at bottles
    I don't display them
    They are scattered throughout the house in multiple places
    I never intended to have so many bottles, samples, decants.

    But there is no doubt in my mind that I am a collector, even if I never intended to be. I have collected them; it's happened.

    I'm also interested to see how other people regard their "collections"!

    edit: aha, lpp, "accumulator"! That's a good word for it, too.
    Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.

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    I would say I'm more of a student.

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    Definitely a true die-hard collector but not an eclectic one - a discriminating one.

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    Default Re: Are you a collector?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    I would say I'm more of a student.
    With more than 100 - you passed the bar

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    Far more an eclectic accumulator myself- but if might eventually lead to a fragrance collection, even better.
    Currently wearing: Eau des Baux by L'Occitane

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    Accumulator here too, may need therapy at some point!

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    Still learning T! I feel like I'm learning just as much now than I did years ago.
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    With more than 100 - you passed the bar

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    Default Re: Are you a collector?

    Apparently so.
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    Default Re: Are you a collector?

    Nope. I just buy 'em to wear 'em. I own as many as I do for the same reason I own different shirts. I could just buy 7 identical button down shirts, do my laundry once a week and never have to think about what to wear... but how boring would that be? I also don't eat the same food every day. Variety is the spice of life. Oregano is pretty awesome too though. Oregano and variety. Those are the spices of life.
    "Follow your nose. It always knows." -- Toucan Sam

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    I'm not a collector, I just like to explore new fragrances and learn as much as I can about them. Anything I buy is for personal wearing. It seems to me a true collector would buy for other reasons.
    Currently wearing: Oyédo by Diptyque

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    I don't think of myself as a collector as much as a person of diverse tastes, so I need a variety of scents to reflect those tastes. I'm using them, not collecting them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    Definitely a true die-hard collector but not an eclectic one - a discriminating one.

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    Who is this Hednic guy that thinks he is a collector? Never heard of him.
    "All the best perfumes in history have something that smells like garbage in them; that's what keeps drawing you back."

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    It's interesting to see that some find the concepts of "collecting" and "using" fragrances to be mutually exclusive!
    Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.

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    Not a collector, but I haven't figured out the correct term for what I'm doing yet.
    Current Top 10:
    Creed Green Irish Tweed
    Creed Silver Mountain Water
    Creed Royal Oud
    Amouage Jubilation XXV
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather
    Tom Ford Amber Absolute
    Tom Ford Italian Cypress
    Serge Lutens Ambre Sultan
    Amouage Interlude Man
    YSL Rive Gauche Pour Homme

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    Quote Originally Posted by zatarain View Post
    It's interesting to see that some find the concepts of "collecting" and "using" fragrances to be mutually exclusive!
    Oh yes indeedy! I have horrible recollections from childhood of having to dust my mother's china collection, de-tarnish the spoon collection, and wash and iron the linen collection. In my mind collections are associated with work, and perfume is associated with pleasure. Old ways of thinking die hard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by foxbins View Post
    Oh yes indeedy! I have horrible recollections from childhood of having to dust my mother's china collection, de-tarnish the spoon collection, and wash and iron the linen collection. In my mind collections are associated with work, and perfume is associated with pleasure. Old ways of thinking die hard...
    Thanks for explaining that! My dad had a pipe collection, and he smoked them all; to me, collections were (and are) things that you enjoy using and have more of than you "need".
    Behemoth cut a slice of pineapple, salted it, peppered it, ate it, and then tossed off a second glass of alcohol so dashingly that everyone applauded.

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    In the traditional sense, no. I only collect what I intend to wear out. This becomes harder as the collection grows, which is why I try to keep things from getting out of hand. I don't feel I need to complete certain lines, houses, etc. I truly want to own and enjoy those that I feel are special and move me in some way. Also like many, I am constrained by budget, but I only justify something that truly has significance and importance in my wardrobe.
    Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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    Am I a collector? Nah, just a neo-dandy who likes indulging himself in sensorial expressionism.

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    I'm a user.


    Collectors collect.

    Users use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedonist222 View Post
    I'm a user.


    Collectors collect.

    Users use.
    We've got got a monkey on our backs!
    Currently wearing: Aperçu by Houbigant

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    Not a collector...a user...probably...simply put..I like to smell nice and I like variety.
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

    "I've been everywhere but the electric chair seen everything but the wind."..

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    I guess I'm a spender.

    Sometimes I think I want at least a sample of everything. Like a fragrance version of a seed vault. So I can use them for reference. To be familiar with everything.

    Other days, I look at what I have and think that I will be able to wear the full bottles that I own and love more often if I could just use up all those darn samples.

    So, I am a collector and a user. My checking account says I'm a spender. My wife says... well she doesn't know how much I have spent, but she thinks it is quite odd.

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    Default Re: Are you a collector?

    I am new to the fragrance realm, however I would consider myself more of a user who is fascinated with scented varieties.

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    I don't collect bottles, but I do collect scent experiences. I can mentally log impressions (and spend quite a bit of time writing about them in order to process them in such a way), but I don't need to own them all—just the ones that move me. For me, the balance is quite tipped away from "user" as I don't approach perfume as utilitarian, functional, or as a means to an end (I've no interest in smelling "nice" for others [an objective impossibility, relatively speaking], and I've no use for compliments from such practices), but I do subscribe to the aesthetic model outlined by Walter Pater in his famous "Conclusion": "Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to be seen in them by the finest senses? How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy. To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life."

    With that said, here's a link to a fascinating and provocative Baudrillard piece on the nature of collecting and the way fanaticism can be refigured as a narcissistic gesture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadidol View Post
    I don't collect bottles, but I do collect scent experiences. I can mentally log impressions (and spend quite a bit of time writing about them in order to process them in such a way), but I don't need to own them all—just the one's that move me. For me, the balance is quite tipped away from "user" as I don't approach perfume as utilitarian, functional, or as a means to an end (I've no interest in smelling "nice" for others [an objective impossibility, relatively speaking], and I've no use for compliments from such practices), but I do subscribe to the aesthetic model outlined by Walter Pater in his famous "Conclusion": "Not the fruit of experience, but experience itself, is the end. A counted number of pulses only is given to us of a variegated, dramatic life. How may we see in them all that is to be seen in them by the finest senses? How shall we pass most swiftly from point to point, and be present always at the focus where the greatest number of vital forces unite in their purest energy. To burn always with this hard, gem-like flame, to maintain this ecstasy, is success in life."

    With that said, here's a link to a fascinating and provocative Baudrillard piece on the nature of collecting and the way fanaticism can be refigured as a narcissistic gesture.
    This sort of response is why you've become one of my favorite Basenotes contributors, deadidol. Good stuff!

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    Quote Originally Posted by L'Homme Blanc Individuel View Post
    Variety is the spice of life. Oregano is pretty awesome too though. Oregano and variety. Those are the spices of life.
    I sniff a subliminal plug for Interlude Man here (and I approve).

    I'd say I'm a collector at this point, not because I'm trying to be a completist (I don't need to own every leather, or every Chanel, or whatnot), but because my fascination with fragrance isn't flagging, and the stuff I want to wear isn't finding limit, but I also already have enough to last me much more than my lifetime -- so surely it's now a matter of collecting, rather than just utilitarian function. But yes, with the exception of one or two blind purchases, I only buy what I intend to wear. I'll never get through them all, which at times does seem a bit excessive or absurd. But on the other hand, being able to smell any of them whenever I want is great. A wine collector can hardly do the same thing with his or her bottles. So there's that.

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    I was thinking about the idea of leaving bottles around the house, here and there. In many ways, perfumes are like books you just open them up and read them now and then. It doesn't matter where they are, in a library or on the nightstand. You just pick up where you left off.
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    I think in some sense I do collect perfumes. I certainly enjoy the experience of looking through the cupboards, feeling and seeing the bottles as well as the scent itself. I guess that also makes me an accumulator and a student too.

    My 'proper' collection is of minerals, including some beautiful geodes, semi precious stones and uncut gems.

    Yet again I have demonstrated my innate ability to choose the most expensive of anything without even trying. These are the reason why I wear second hand clothes most of the time
    'I suggest we learn to love ourselves before it's made illegal.'
    Currently wearing: Piper Leather by Illuminum

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