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    Default Are nostalgic and comfort perfumes worth full bottle price?

    I have about a dozen favorite comfort perfumes that ease my anxiety and transport me mentally to happier times in my life. One is Teint de Neige. I don't think I could ever wear it in public. I've tried in the past but too many people complained about it being too makeup-powdery. Just before my dad died, I received a fairly large sample of vintage Habanita and being a fan of heady, leathery and spicy perfumes, he loved it. I went to see him in the hospital and one of the last things he said to me was how good I smelled (I was wearing the sample). My boyfriend and friends hated it and remarked on it being too old fashioned and they acted like they didn't want to be in the same room with me while I was wearing it. I also bought a bottle of Samsara extrait only because it was my mother's signature from my early childhood until I graduated high school. I can't wear it in public either without someone complaining about the "perfumey smell" What makes things worse is that I seem to have pretty expensive tastes. Do you think comfort frags are full bottle worthy if they're not going to get much wear?
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    All I can say is that both Teint de Neige and vintage Habanita are very beautiful fragrances and I would love to smell them on people.

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    Welcome!

    Yes, if you like a perfume so much and can afford it, it's certainly worth having. You will find occasions to use it now and then. And you can always spray on paper (or a handkerchief) and enjoy that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellavence View Post
    I have about a dozen favorite comfort perfumes that ease my anxiety and transport me mentally to happier times in my life. One is Teint de Neige. I don't think I could ever wear it in public. I've tried in the past but too many people complained about it being too makeup-powdery. Just before my dad died, I received a fairly large sample of vintage Habanita and being a fan of heady, leathery and spicy perfumes, he loved it. I went to see him in the hospital and one of the last things he said to me was how good I smelled (I was wearing the sample). My boyfriend and friends hated it and remarked on it being too old fashioned and they acted like they didn't want to be in the same room with me while I was wearing it. I also bought a bottle of Samsara extrait only because it was my mother's signature from my early childhood until I graduated high school. I can't wear it in public either without someone complaining about the "perfumey smell" What makes things worse is that I seem to have pretty expensive tastes. Do you think comfort frags are full bottle worthy if they're not going to get much wear?
    You are asking a wrong question here.
    You should ask if those memories and mood worth the money and complains from other people.
    And I am not going to give you my opinion here, it's totally up to you to make your own decision

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    Default Re: Are nostalgic and comfort perfumes worth full bottle price?

    There seem to be only two possible courses of action:

    1) buy the perfumes you love and wear them at home just for your own pleasure, or,

    2) get a new circle of friends who have better taste in perfumes.


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    Default Re: Are nostalgic and comfort perfumes worth full bottle price?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    There seem to be only two possible courses of action:

    1) buy the perfumes you love and wear them at home just for your own pleasure, or,

    2) get a new circle of friends who have better taste in perfumes.

    Agree with this!

    Samsara is my go-to comfort perfume, & l have three bottles of different vintages/concentrations, plus a back up. l only ever wear it at home, only because l associate it with snuggling at home, & wearing it in public would feel out of place for me. lt's still more than worth it to me, to own this beautiful perfume.
    "What is this secret connection between the soul, and sea, clouds and perfumes? The soul itself appears to be sea, cloud and perfume..." - from Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    You seem to have some critical friends.

    Honestly, some of the extreme reaction could just be unfamiliarity - maybe being very, very sparing with application would get them used to it.

    I think in general, perfume is for the person wearing it. So yes. What YOU like is what should define what you buy and wear.

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    Default Re: Are nostalgic and comfort perfumes worth full bottle price?

    Quote Originally Posted by bellavence View Post
    Do you think comfort frags are full bottle worthy if they're not going to get much wear?
    If they give you personal pleasure in any capacity then yes.
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    Yes!! As many others have said already, if it brings you happiness and comfort then it is worthy. This is true with many aspects of life! Remember that self care is vitally important; and spending our hard-earned money on the things that bring us true joy, even if no one else likes or “gets” them, is totally okay!

    Btw, I don’t think you need new friends! Art is by nature subjective, and combining that with something as personal as fragrance means we’re taking a high-risk gamble every time we wear it around others. There are hundreds of reasons someone may have a very real negative reaction to a perfume that have absolutely nothing to do with their taste or value as a friend. (My best friend doesn’t force me to watch 1980s anime, I won’t force her to inhale a civety perfume for hours.) Wear the strong/objectionable ones when you have alone time! One of my favorite ways is in the bath: I can relax for an hour+ and the heat makes the perfume radiate beautifully off my skin! When I’m done, I can rinse most of it off, and any lingering scent is usually not offensive, or even detectable, to others. For your boyfriend, try wearing small dabs of the perfume during those longer, romantic, um, sessions. He’ll start associating the scent with you in a way that may just change his mind... it worked with my boyfriend! <3

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    Not only is it a good idea, I believe it's crucial to get full bottles of the nostalgic/comfort fragrances!

    These are the fragrances you've connected with. That is priceless. The memories and feelings they evoke are exactly what good fragrances should do. They might not be the most wearable or en vogue scents on the market, but they mean a lot to you. They're important to your life story and these types of scents are the most important in any wardrobe.

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    If you love a fragrance, that's reason enough to buy a full bottle - especially in this age of reformulations, when you can't count on a second sample to smell like the first. If you're getting complaints about beautiful, classic, robust perfumes, it might just be that you need to apply less of them. A couple of dabs or a single spritz of Samsara or Habanita are sometimes all you need, especially in settings like restaurants, hospitals, classrooms, etc.

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    Hello bellavance and welcome to Basenotes.

    In my experience there is no better time machine than fragrance!
    If you feel a need to purchase a fragrance then do so and there is nothing to stop you enjoying it, even if that’s only in the privacy if your own home if you don’t feel confident wearing it in public. I’m not sure if you always have to wear all of these nostalgic/comfort fragrances in public to derive enjoyment. You will always encounter people that might dislike a fragrance you wear so just choose how you navigate it. If your boyfriend doesn’t like a particular one you might try wearing a different one around him. Ask him to smell some of the others and choose a few he does like. Some people I know don’t like or appreciate certain fragrances I wear, so I make an extra effort with them to wear something we might both like while we’re together. Sometimes I just wear fragrance when there’s no one else around for my own private enjoyment.

    In my view its worth buying a time machine because then you have the option to use it or not and from what you’ve said I’m sure you will.

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    I would steadily stock up until you're securely confident you're set for life. I'm talking back-ups. Being patient and waiting for deals works. It's good to be quick to strike when something on your wish list is listed below the normal going price (from a reputable seller).

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    All depends on how much YOU like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    If you love a fragrance, that's reason enough to buy a full bottle - especially in this age of reformulations, when you can't count on a second sample to smell like the first.

    I worry about this all the time so you've convinced me that it is worth it. Thanks!
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    The only reason to wear a fragrance is because you like it. If it didn't give me some kind of comfort, it sure as hell wouldn't be around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellavence View Post
    I worry about this all the time so you've convinced me that it is worth it. Thanks!
    Always happy to be an enabler!

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    Personally can only second the suggestion/method of comparing and/or waiting for a good offer for the fragrances liked most and also to ration them as needed, especially if the comforting effect can be achieved with smaller amounts used- luckily, there are many ways to find and to enjoy comfort scents

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    One fragrance reminds you of happier times. Another reminds you of your mom while you were growing up and the last is loved by your late father till his final days. And you asked if these fragrances are worth paying for??? But I’m glad you posted your question here.

    Money can be acquired quite easily. Likewise for lovers and friends, especially ones so critical. But these older vintages? Not so easy. If any fragrances were to remind me of my loved ones I’d get them, no doubt about it. Even if it means wearing them in my private moments alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    The saying goes that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the faster it goes the closer you get to the end of your
    Hey I like that expression. Might have to steal it sometimes. If life is like a roll of toilet paper, I sure won’t use it sparingly to clean shit up. LOL.
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    I'll disagree with the negativity and hopefully inspire a bit of confidence... 1957 is, at the same time, unique for Chanel (synthetic white musk), & still fits well into Les Exclusifs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shemelimelle View Post
    Nope. You know I love you, Diamondflame, but I SAY! *points to dull grey, morning skies*

    Wear your frags alone in private. Wear your frags loudly in public. Wear your weeping heart out, on your tear-soaked sleeve, your hanky, or wherever you feel the pain of consciousness.

    Friends and lovers are fleeting. Most bonds are easily breakable illusions. Man is a highly expendable creature, apart from a select few. Everything runs out, including money. Everything is money. Beware of cheap sentiment designed to have us part with our money.

    The saying goes that life is like a roll of toilet paper; the faster it goes the closer you get to the end of your roll.

    It is my impression that life is a dark, smoldering force, with the occasional splashes of color, if we’re lucky.

    There is no such thing as living colorfully. It is a blatant marketing lie. Just look at Kate Spade. Didn’t she have it all........


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