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    Default You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Story time: This happened to me a few weeks ago and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind.

    I was sitting at a pub with a friend. He asked "What would you do if you hit the lottery?" I'd never really thought about it seriously. Have you? Well, my friend's rent had recently gone up again, and he was frustrated with his job, again. Blah blah blah, life is hard. We all go through it, and the lottery is like a form of escapism. That's part of why people play. Hit the big one & I'm outa here... right?

    At around five till 8, my friend asked the bartender to change the channel on the TV. He said "I know this is stupid, but Amanda gave me this Powerball ticket and she swears it's a winner. I guess I should see if she's right."

    Amanda is his girlfriend, and she's not psychic, but he said there was something weird about the way she said it, like she knew. So, we ordered another beer and waited for the drawing on TV.

    As the numbers were drawn, my buddy got really quiet. He went pale as a ghost. "She... she... she wasn't... I mean... how could she...? This can't be..." He was just muttering. Then he whipped out his phone to look up the winning numbers online, to make sure he'd written them down right. "That drawing we just saw... that was live, right?" He kept pounding the reload button on the web browser on his phone waiting for the winning numbers to be posted online. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and more muttering.

    Finally, he held up the ticket & said "She said it's a winner. Holy [expletive], she was right. I think I'm... I think I'm rich...? OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OHMYGOD OH [EXPLETIVE] OH [EXPLETIVE] OH [EXPLETIVE]!!!"

    And that's when the drinks started flowing. He was yelling, people were coming over to find out what was going on... and clearly, a guy holding a winning freaking lottery ticket is buying... so he was buying. It doesn't take much to go through a couple hundred bucks. And he did. God, it was fun.

    When he finally managed to get his girlfriend on the phone to share the news, she couldn't understand why he was so excited. I mean, yeah, their ticket was a winner, but it's not that big of a deal.

    You can probably tell where this is going. His girlfriend knew the ticket was a winner because it was for the previous drawing. It was worth a few hundred dollars, which is why she'd given it to him to cash in on his way home that night. They won few hundred, not a few million. Ouch. And by the noise on the phone, she realized he'd already blown through the money they won. I think he came out a bit ahead, but not much.

    It's kind of sad to see somebody's hopes go so sky high only to watch them crash back down to Earth. For around an hour, he thought he was an instant millionaire. Instead, he was a guy with a brutal bar tab.

    In the end, it was a really fun - and really funny - night. I'd never thought much about what it would be like to come into a financial windfall. It was wild to see it almost happen to somebody else.

    So, anyway...

    Let's say you won... maybe not millions, but a nice big chunk of money. Sure, there are important financial decisions to make, but there has to be a fun splurge, right?

    What would your splurge be? EDITED to add: I'm talking about the immediate splurge. That first moment of "Wow! I'm gonna treat myself!"

    I honestly can't think of what my fragrance splurge would be. Sometimes, I can be too practical for my own good. I've been itching to buy a bottle of Terre d'Hermes (the ETD), so I suppose that would be it, though it's not that much of a splurge. Even if I'd hit the lottery, I'd still be that guy who says "Sample first." HHhhhmmmm... ok, I think that's what I'd do! I'd buy myself a ton of samples. And a bottle of TdH.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I might hoard some vintage fragrances, basically just scale up what I've been doing.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Explore more amazing fragrances I have yet to smell, buy FB’s if I love them!
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    That story was great and it's wild to go through that immediate peak and valley. Mope for a day after that for sure. His adrenaline rush had to be wild.

    I'd pay off student loans in one shot then overnight Alexandria II and wear it to dinner at Alinea.

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    Default You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    A little Luckyscent Shopping spree including Chypre Palatin and Mona di Orio Vanille

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Great story, although probably a little embarrassing for your friend.

    I do have two fragrance splurges on my list (yes, I keep a what-to-buy list, just in case I DO win the lottery!) and the first is Derby in a Bee Bottle. Of course, I would like to travel to Paris to pick it up, so I’m sure there would be a few other purchases while there! The second splurge is a bottle of Creed Vintage Tabarome ... that one might be a wee bit harder to source!
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Cool read

    I wouldn't buy any NEW fragrances but i would buy backups of all the fragrances i currently own

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I would just buy whatever is on my wish list.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Vintage En Avion, Apres l'Ondée, and Sous le Vent.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Vintage En Avion, Apres l'Ondée, and Sous le Vent.
    Sous Le Vent is something I want a full decanter of.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire Creeds that I never placed for sale.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I'll donate it.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Find and buy out that Goosey Goosey dude.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    If I really hit it big in lotto then I would arrange some type of bespoke fragrance. Timepieces would be my first port of call though.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Off the top of my head (and this may appear insipid) but I'd get a FB of Bergamote 22

    ... cuz I like it lots, but no way am I paying what they're asking.

    After that, CHANEL Eau de Cologne in the big bottle.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Forget fragrances. I've got enough of those.

    I'd treat myself to a new Lexus LC 500
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    As far as fragrances go, I'd buy up everything on my wish list, and then stock up on backup bottles of discontinued fragrances like Guerlain Homme EDT and Guerlain Homme L'eau. Then I'd keep sampling as usual. Only difference is I would no longer keep a wish list, I'd just purchase whatever I wanted right then and there.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I'd be a Vintage Unicorn Socialist and buy up a bunch of rare old frags just to decant and give to BNers who'd never otherwise get to sample them.
    I'd do the same for top-end niche.
    Then I'd back up all my faves and buy out entire catalogs from my favorite houses.

    Then I'd save and plan out my life.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I am very blessed as it is, so no need to use it for more fragrances or anything else. I'd give it all to my favorite charities.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I feel sick to my stomach reading your story.


    Poor guy.

    And what's up with his girlfriend? Are they just bad at communicating with each other or was she trying to be cute? I don't understand why she didn't explain the deal with the ticket beforehand.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Quote Originally Posted by RedRaider430 View Post
    Forget fragrances. I've got enough of those.

    I'd treat myself to a new Lexus LC 500
    I feel that way too. I haven't bought a new scent this year, and that seems wild. I never expected to stop buying, but I got to a point where I'm really happy with my wardrobe (mostly thanks to advice I got here in the forum).

    I was amazed by the fact that I struggled to think of any scents to splurge on. If this had happened a few years ago, I would have had an entire list!
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Buysblind View Post
    I feel sick to my stomach reading your story.


    Poor guy.

    And what's up with his girlfriend? Are they just bad at communicating with each other or was she trying to be cute? I don't understand why she didn't explain the deal with the ticket beforehand.
    Oh, no... they're cool. He just misunderstood when she gave him the ticket. She said to cash it in but he thought she meant she had a feeling they'd be cashing in, y'know? I mean, really... if you hit the jackpot, you can't cash it in at Safeway. I assume you'd have to go... uh... I don't even know where the lottery headquarters are.

    It didn't occur to me anybody would read this and think he was sad. By the time we left the pub, the whole thing seemed hilarious. It was just one big oops with no consequences since he'd still won more than we spent.
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Yeah, I’m going to be a boring Basenoter and say fragrance would be pretty low on my list. Initial splurge may be on some clothes or some decent, but not outrageously expensive wine. Maybe a nice dinner out, but I’d be looking to use the money to get a slightly better home or add it to my savings or investments.

    If if we were talking millions then I might get around to some fragrant splurges after sorting myself for housing and vehicles, etc.
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    I’m boring as well...

    Buy a large family house in a quiet and green place, set up some accounts for future children, a nice and safe car (or two) to transport my family around in, take care of any financial debt in my immediate family, dedicate some to further education, make diverse investments to spread the risk and keep up a certain level of wealth in the long run, and THEN I might get that bottle of puredistance M I have been eyeing for years
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    Creation-E
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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Why buy a fragrance when you can buy a fragrance house?

    Thanks for the funny story btw. You know what could be funnier? When the guy saw his beer tab exceeded his winning prize money!

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Perfume related - I would definitely launch a luxury fragrance line (real luxury, not masstige), but that would be a three to five year project.Spontaneously I'd make an appointment for a bespoke fragrance with Antonio Gardoni and purchase my wishlist. And my new house would contain a perfume room similar to the Osmothèque, furnished in vintage Art Deco and Christopher Dresser Designs.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Visit Roja Parfums and grab all 3 of the Precieuxs and a couple of bottle of Haute Lux ��
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    I'd probably install a Kouros fountain in my new castle.

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    Default Re: You hit the lottery! YAY YOU! ...what's your fragrance splurge?

    Depending on the amount:

    - possibly a few vaulted Creeds,

    - part of the Shooting Stars and the 1861 Renaissance lines by Xerjoff,

    - also at least part of the Memo Paris Leather and Les Echappees lines,

    - along with at least a few of the 7 fragrances among the Parfums Capitaux by Jovoy (not the entirety of all these exclusive lines even if money is no object any longer, but simply due to not fully enjoying and being that passionate about all of them, rather a few outstanding highlights of each range)

    - more ADP, possibly delving more into the Blu Mediterraneo and Collezione Barbiere lines

    - rare, vintage, discontinued etc. designers as well, especially but not limited to Gucci Nobile, Davidoff Relax, Ungaro II, Bogart Furyo and Force Majeure, Joint by Roccobarocco, Spazio Krizia etc.

    - possibly a few Guerlain exclusives

    - while also intending to discover more of Frederic Malle, Floris, Lutens, Penhaligon's, Hugh Parsons and a few other fragrance houses along these lines, even if settling to finally purchase only 1-2 scents from each
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