Thread: Fragrance Safari.
On my days off from work, I like to go on what I call a "Fragrance Safari," which is where I visit several wholesalers and drug stores looking for discontinued colognes, or to look at others that I've been on the fence about buying. What I was wondering was how other members here on Basenotes go about getting new items for their collections. I find that scouting around all over town just to see what I can find is a hell of a lot of fun to me, and when I discover some new out of the way little shop full of colognes I've never seen, I swear I feel like Indiana Jones when he finds that gold idol inside the cave! I'm wondering if I'm the lone crazy guy running around beating the bushes for new and interesting additions to my collection, or if this is pretty much par-for-the-course when it comes to collecting?
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I also mainly purchase online. But I must admit it's more enjoyable to scout an area for in store bargains or new untried scents. It's hard for me to find the time nowadays.
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I shop online or once I find out a store has a certain fragrance, I go and purchase from them.
My scouting is done through samples ...occasionally I will and have done as you do but very rarely.
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When travelling to big cities (Paris and NYC being the best ones), I also like to go to good perfume stores and smell as much as possible, returning with dozens of smelling strip. I usually don't do online samples, it's all hunting trips, so to speak. I wish I could do more hunting for discontinued/vintage, but there are simply too few stores anymore.
Hey, I used to do that a lot. I'd be the only one in the store looking at old bottles or testers and smelling whatever piques my interest. But I'd avoid places with pushy SAs unless that happens to be the only place selling the fragrance I was looking to sample. But buying samples online allow me to test at leisure and helps cut down on those impulsive purchases.
I try to purchase solely from independent outlets where I am not followed from pillar to post and where I know the SA's. It's a great experience - especially when there is lots of new releases or a brand new line to test.
I fortunately live near the Scent Bar in Los Angeles, I go there for everything scent related
I went on another frag safari and just scored another bottle of vintage Dune for Men at a duty free near the border for the ridiculous price of thirty bucks American! I had to do a "buy two bottles to get the lower price, but since they had a lot of diffrent fragrances on sale at diffrent prices I also got a bottle of Narciso Rodriguez for him musc collection eau de parfum for 25 bucks, but that was only so I could get the Dune so cheap. I checked the bar codes on "Raiders of the lost scent" and it reads 2K02, which according to their batchcode chart is a bottle from 2002. Not a bad haul, I'm very pleased with my purchace, and there is another bottle there that has a longer list of ingredients that I'm sure it's pretty old too, probably 2005 or 2006, because the first bottle I bought there two weeks ago has a 2004 date and it also has a very short and simple ingredients list, so I might go back and get that one too; Vintage bottles must be preserved for future generations at all costs!
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Update: Well, I went out hunting again last week and scored a bottle of Polo Modern reserve, which I've been trying for a few days and really like. I also spotted a bottle of Montana in a splash bottle that I might get, seeing as it's only ten bucks at a wholesaler. Forty bottles and growing.