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    Default $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Good day Fumeheads,
    You have $1000 to start an inventory as a collector (not to "start all over") where do you start from?

    Tim.
    Last edited by Timothée Kal; 2nd April 2015 at 09:41 PM.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    I'd buy a 100ml Bottle of vintage Antaeus and spend the rest on a weekend trip to Paris with my girl.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    You need to test , test , test and see what you like best.Head to an established retailer with an open mind and clear nose :-)

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    I start by figuring out exactly what kind of collection do I want before using a cent from that $1000.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Buy a 500ml flacon of Aventus®, but never open it. Just keep it around to impress your friends and/or dates.
    Currently wearing: Patchouli by Molinard

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by vanWolff View Post
    I'd buy a 100ml Bottle of vintage Antaeus and spend the rest on a weekend trip to Paris with my girl.
    "as a collector" lol!!!! But I bet your girl would be more than impressed... she is lucky!

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    [QUOTE=Diamondflame;3454297]I start by figuring out exactly what kind of collection do I want before using a cent from that $1000.[/QUO

    +1 then test. Buy last and online instead of retail.
    My current top 15

    1. Portrait of a Lady
    2. Harrods Agarwood
    3. New York Oud
    4. Bleecker Street
    5. Oud Wood
    6. Straight to Heaven
    7. MFK APOM
    8. Tuscan Leather
    9. Grey Vetiver EdP
    10. Noir de Noir
    11. Cafe Rose
    12. MFK Oud
    13. Millesime Imperial
    14. Terre d' Hermes parfum
    15. Vetiver Extraordinaire


    Check out my wardrobe. Interested in swapping decants or full bottles. Just ask.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Nautica Voyage

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Roja Dove's Diaghilev or Danger Pour Homme Parfum and Vetiver Extrait from the same house.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Is this just to see how we'd spend the 1K or are you actually asking for advice on how to spend your 1K to start your collection? If the latter, I'd second the recommendations for sampling as much as possible.
    My favorites in no particular order:

    Vintage Antaeus, Vintage Bel Ami, Puredistance M, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Tauer L'Air du Desert Marocain, MDCI Invasion Barbare, Morabito Or Black, Geranium Pour Monsieur, Avignon

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by vanWolff View Post
    I'd buy a 100ml Bottle of vintage Antaeus and spend the rest on a weekend trip to Paris with my girl.
    Enlightened! The only person on here with a clear idea of a signature scent. Well played, vanWolff!

    I would like a collection with some cohesion. Four scents would be plenty if they could deliver as everyday scents of the highest quality.

    Spend $200 on sampling first, and stick to 2 ml max, but get spray vials. Dab vials aren't as much fun, in my experience.
    Last edited by Chanel1; 2nd April 2015 at 10:04 PM.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    If I was given $1k to spend on frags and was starting from nothing... Puredistance M, Black and a good Borneo oud oil.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    If I was given $1k to spend on frags and was starting from nothing... Puredistance M, Black and a good Borneo oud oil.
    Not starting from nothing but starting from where you are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorje123 View Post
    If I was given $1k to spend on frags and was starting from nothing... Puredistance M, Black and a good Borneo oud oil.
    I'm wearing Puredistance Black today, and it is a lot like Min New York Dahab. PM me if you want the rest of my Dahab sample, or grab one from their website.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    A few bottles of Xerjoff....Very few!!
    Currently wearing: Le Vetiver Itasca by Lubin

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    Enlightened! The only person on here with a clear idea of a signature scent. Well played, vanWolff!
    Thanks! I just felt that urge to make my first post drop like a bomb.

    On topic: If you've got a lot of cash to spend on fragrances (and you'll never have enough) - follow the 3 magic rules: Sample, Sample, Sample
    Try to spread into several fragrance genres with about 1/2 of your budget and when you have found your most appealing kind of fragrance, sample ones within that area.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Gengis Khan & Clive Christian No. 1
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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    How you spend the $1000 is up to you.

    Are you somewhat frugal? Go to some stores and smell a few bottles to get an idea of what you like. We cannot tell you what you like.

    There are a few on here that would say buy 4 high end niche and be done.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Amouage Dia
    Amouage Homage
    Puredistance M
    Tauer L'air du Desert Marocain
    Malle Vetiver Extraordinaire
    Christian Dior Fahrenheit (vintage)
    Acqua di Palma Colonia

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    A few limited edition, premium segment Guerlains (perhaps the "Les Deserts" collection), Knize Ten Golden edition and if some cash is still left, a Creed, maybe a Penhaligons fragrance to complete the selection

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Timothée Kal View Post
    Not starting from nothing but starting from where you are...
    Probably a Roja Dove extrait or parfum + AgarAura Berkilau oud oil.

    Quote Originally Posted by Chanel1 View Post
    I'm wearing Puredistance Black today, and it is a lot like Min New York Dahab. PM me if you want the rest of my Dahab sample, or grab one from their website.
    Thanks, I probably will order a sample along with a few others... looks interesting!

    I really like PD Black, it's put together perfectly and smells very natural... the way Puredistance uses synthetics to support the perfume rather than playing starring roles suites my tastes a lot better than most other houses. I usually get annoyed with and tired of frags that have prominent synthetic notes and PD M and Black never make me feel that way.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    I like the suggestion of an Oud oil. Really I think I'd spend it on travel or some new headphones.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    A state of the art cage for the collection preferably hand crafted in Mahogany...voila!
    "Thank GOD for the nose, for without it we would not be enjoying these beautiful created Scents" also Remember "Balance is everything and the key to appreciating "

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Starting from where I am right now?

    Xerjoff Nio
    Xerjoff Fars
    NV Bombay Bling
    Oriza L. Legrand Reve d'Ossian

    All on my "to get" list for this year.
    Current Winter Favorites:

    1. Ormonde Jayne - Black Gold
    2. Brückner - Aoud 1
    3. Armani Privé - Oud Royal
    4. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Generation Man
    5. Creed - Royal Oud
    6. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    7. Stéphane Humbert Lucas 777 - Mortal Skin
    8. House of Matriarch - Blackbird
    9. Creed - Royal English Leather
    10. by Kilian - Cruel Intentions

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Les Liquides Imaginaires Saltus
    Les Liquides Imaginaires Sancti
    Le Labo Patchouli 24
    Masque Russian Tea
    MadHat Scents

    Røyk
    (Incense, Woods, Amber) / Sandiver ON SALE - (Vetiver, Sandalwood, Apple & Berries, Spice, Tonka) / Fur - (Vintage Musks, Woods, Leather) / Oudhy ON SALE - (Dark Rose, Dried Woods, Oud, Musk)

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Starting from where i am, i only have three i would get at the moment. A bottle of Roja Vetiver Extrait, a Bottle of bergamot 22 and and a bottle or large decant of Creed Pure White Cologne.

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Starting fresh:

    Roja Vetiver Extrait
    Windsor

    And there you go.

    Where I am now:
    Nio 100ml/Uden 100ml
    Roja Dove Amber Aoud

    And there you go.

    For you, I'd suggest going to a very nice mall and sampling everything you can, and then come back to here and try to find some deals. Shopping retail is very... traditional.
    Favorite Fragrances:
    Fetish by: Roja Dove
    Amber Aoud by: Roja Dove
    Amber Aoud Absolue Precieux by: Roja Dove
    Vetiver Extrait by: Roja Dove
    "Creation E" Enigma by: Roja Dove
    Windsor by: Creed
    Spice and Wood by: Creed
    Pure White Cologne by: Creed
    Jardin d'Amalfi by: Creed
    M by: Puredistance
    17/17 Homme by: Xerjoff
    Tribute and Homage Attars by: Amouage

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    Montana
    Tellus
    Vintage Equipage
    PPH

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    Default Re: $1,000 budget to start... What to buy?

    I would buy a 5/10ml decants of every niche fragrances I can imagine, that way you've tried everything and can take your pick and never have to worry about blind buying.

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