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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    Quote Originally Posted by notspendingamillion View Post
    I feel like I have been actively trying to keep my horde small. I do want all the things. The struggle is real.
    I have thought this over on "how to have a controlled number of scents but get as much variety as possible".

    It's my conceived tactic that instead of just willy-nilly "I like this and that", we should instead look at each genre of scent. Oriental Spicy, Oud, Cedar, Citrus, White flower, Rose, etc You can and SHOULD design YOUR OWN categories. Don't go by anyone else's genre. You know what categories you most like, so figure out what they are and WRITE THEM DOWN (or make a Word Document to create the genres).

    After you have created your genres it's time to determine the sub-categories of those genres. You cannot have too many or parse too thin, but for your very favorite genre it's my opinion that you will already know what scents come so close to each other that they overlap. This is where it gets tough. Those little nuances of different fragrances in your favorite genres that you pick up. This is where I fail. I can't get rid of some of my favorites, even if they sort of overlap with a few others. The fewer the number of bottles you are trying to get down to, the more you must remove fragrances that have even a general genre overlap. So, you're forced to pick your favorite.

    Example of how tough this is. I'll take a random genre, not even my favorite genre, just a genre. I'll reference tobacco-centered scents, or heavily detectable tobacco with some sweetness and spice. I have:
    Bvlgari Man in Black
    Chanel Egoiste
    Creed Royal Oud

    Most enthusiasts in here would not necessarily say this smell the same, but when you are trying to lower your collection to 20-25 fragrances, these DO actually have overlap in the collection. You certainly wouldn't put an Acqua di Parma or Creed Royal Water freshie type fragrance with these. These are clearly sweet, woody, spicy tobacco genre fragrances. And likely 2 of them would have to go if I'm going to get my collection down to 20-25. Which two can I pick? I clearly like Royal Oud more than the other two......but I just can't remove the other two because they are great scents. They have their own unique subtle appeal. Bvlgari Man in Black has black pepper and a black tea note in it. Very unique, but because it's got sweetness and tobacco it shares 'general' similarity in a genre and it would have to go. I CAN'T DO IT MAN! I can say something similar about Chanel Egoiste. Egoiste has an orange citrus note playing in the mix that with the rest of the composition gives it an irresistible arm-smelling addiction. Get rid of Egoiste? INSANE!

    This is why it's so difficult to get a collection down to 20-25. I can go over more genres of my own making such as citrus-vetiver/green or oriental spicy (a very fond genre for me) or barbershop or fougere.

    All I can say is good luck if you are someone who appreciates nuance and details as you wear your scents over time and explore them. I sometimes discover something in a scent I love that I didn't smell before just by wearing it spaced out in a rotation and in certain weather conditions, environments, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    I sometimes discover something in a scent I love that I didn't smell before just by wearing it spaced out in a rotation and in certain weather conditions, environments, etc.
    Yeah, I think scent is more context-dependent than folks often admit on here.

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    I've been looking over my list of fragrances and am deciding what I'd cull. I'm finding that I'm quite willing to privilege wearability over artistic accomplishment. That's the difference between being a "collector" and a "wearer," I suppose.

    I'm not really interested in having a bunch of bottles that contain beautiful scents I'd not like to spend much time wearing. This is one reason I tend to gravitate towards the "mainstream releases that were a touch too odd to attain widespread success" category, because that's where the Venn Diagram of wearability, distinctiveness, and affordability converges.

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    Trying to limit the purchases of both new additions and of backups as well (going for the latter only if a fragrance is about to be discontinued AND not owning backups of it already) and also trying to use even more often the fragrances that are already there, rather than buying many new, additional ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by tspencer View Post
    I have tried but it's really tough to get rid of some of my fragrances. That's why now I am extremely selective before I buy. Any new scents must get reached for.
    Same here.

    I have 326 bottles, and it is really really difficult to let any of them go. I have done a great job letting go of a few hundred sample go this year however. So, now I just need to show the same discipline in reducing my bottle count. My purchasing has slowed down a lot this year, but I really need to try to get my collection to around 250 or so.

    Too often a main factor in determining what I am going to wear is what I haven't worn in the last 2 years. I would like to have a collection where everything is always somewhat used.
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    1. Creed - Spice & Wood
    2. by Kilian - Straight to Heaven
    3. Dior - Vetiver
    4. Clive Christian - 1872 for Men
    5. Tom Ford - Rive d’Ambre
    6. Ermenegildo Zegna - Javanese Patchouli
    7. Les Nez - Turtle Vetiver Back
    8. Tom Ford - Grey Vetiver EDP
    9. Creed - Green Valley
    10. Parfumerie Generale - Grand Siecle Intense 7.1

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    Buying backups is always fine if something is really hard to come by or being discontinued. Of course, if any of us use 20 or more fragrances regularly then each bottle is going to last ages. Fear of not being able to get it again drives a lot of people's backup purchases, but it's sometimes not based in any truth that it will be needed.

    If someone says for example they get through a bottle of something each year, it simply has to mean many other fragrances they own are not being worn hardly at all.

    Personally I don't need a collection of stuff I might like but I don't wear, there are shops to go in to smell all of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    GIT is simply a taste issue for me, that kind of in your face green scent is simply not for me at all. I can understand people liking it, but it is such a definite smell that to me it is impossible to like just like having a reaction to a genre of music you have an intense dislike for. So, I'm not really a person to comment on this particular one, as if you take a look, I don't have any green fragrances really of that type, in fact the only closest thing to a green note is the pine in Bottega Veneta Pour Homme EDP, but that is strictly a pine note and it is balanced in an overall picture, as it's more than just a pine scent, it's a creation in itself to me.

    As for Mugler Cologne, (which has zero connection with GIT to me), I simply found it completely passable really, it doesn't do anything for me, and it's incredibly beige to me, doesn't stand out in any respect or for any purpose.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I love Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, it's definitely not "just" a green scent with the leather. I'm a big fan of the clean leather note in that one. It reminds me a bit of Barbasol shaving cream. Mugler is definitely a bit bland, but I suppose it's a flavor of bland that I like, so I can see that.

    Interesting to see some post here that they don't have a lot of bottles because they are more interested in having a wearable collection than collecting as an activity in itself. For me though, having a decent-sized collection (i.e. 20-30) isn't just about the cache of having a lot of bottles, but because I want lots of options. It's the same reason that I always order the largest breakfast combo whenever eating out - I want the bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, french toast AND waffles! I just can't decide haha.

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post
    Buying backups is always fine if something is really hard to come by or being discontinued.
    Absolutely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    I definitely follow this principle now. In fact much of my purchases now involve backup bottles to stuff that I know that I reach for.
    I, too, have arrived at this practice. I only pick up new juice after extensive testing and letting it "stew" on my wish list for a while, during which time I keep an eye out for deals if I finally give it a green light.

    I've bought quite a few bottles recently yet my wardrobe has only increased by two — reflectingtthat most of the stuff is backup bottles of my frequent reaches (or mega-classics).

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I haven't slimmed down, but I haven't purchased a new bottle in over a year. Just sampled. Enjoying the ones I own.
    <div class="bnsotd"><b>Currently wearing:</b> <a href="ID26148387.html"><img src="http://www.basenotes.net/photos/products/33/26148387-7393.jpg"> Carven L'Eau Intense by Carven</a></div>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    Yeah, I think scent is more context-dependent than folks often admit on here.
    Yeah, I wholeheartedly agree with this. It's amazing how our perception of a scent changes based on a variety of factors including the simple passage of time.

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    I don’t see a problem. Next to hednic’s, my wardrobe is unbelievably ‘slim’. I have a collection of slim wardrobes.
    “...too many among us die at thirty and are buried at eighty.” - Robin Sharma

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I fluctuate between 20 to 30. I have forced myself to be more discerning.
    However, when it comes to samples..

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I'm at 6 bottles now, and will probably try to keep it around 10. I think anything over 20 bottles is unnecessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfinz8 View Post

    // NEITHER HERE NOR THERE ONES I HAVE SMELT

    Dior Homme EDT


    //CRAP ONES I HAVE SMELT OR SIMPLY DISLIKE

    YSL Rive Gauche
    Dior Feve Delicieuse
    Dior Ambre Nuit
    Burn the witch! Bring pitchforks!
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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I agree with tspencer, as someone who appreciates nuances and details in scents, it’s very difficult for me to pare down my collection, especially in categories I particularly enjoy, such as orientals and gourmands. Citrus and green scents aren’t really my thing, so I can easily pick a best in category, but not with my favourites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashtestbrummie View Post
    Burn the witch! Bring pitchforks!


    Just to explain what I thought of some of those

    Ambre Nuit - this has good things about it, but unfortunately the rose in it plus the overall effect just smells like it reminds me of old woman's fragrances, it's granny-ish and there's a slight soap ish thing there too which means it's even more like that. It wouldn't even be able to bring myself to wear it.

    Feve Delicieuse - now this does have an old lady's soap thing going on, but that does die off after an hour, but regardless of that what's left is still old woman-esque.

    ...so, both of those, I'd really recommend for a lady of 70 plus, and both would really suit them I think, only my opinion.

    Rive Gauche - I dismissed it immediately (new bottle), it simply is a scent type that doesn't do a thing for me, that barbershop thing isn't it? I just can't see anything inspiring in it, also it's not like its subtle and nuanced to experience, it's very "here I am" and "I smell like something out of the 70s and have no real taste in frags, I have just slapped this on as I don't know any better, I just have a bottle I was once given that I put on when I go out as it's the only bottle of smell I have".

    Dior Homme EDT - can't find my notes, but I can remember trying it and thinking "whatever", It was pretty dull and uninspiring for me.

    Of course, all opinions are personal, and I very easily can work out when I do or don't like something, breaking down why. Most of the time it will be a specific negative reaction to note, a sense of being bored and unimpressed, or it will remind me of what kind of person would wear it and that kind of person not being me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    I'm at 6 bottles now, and will probably try to keep it around 10. I think anything over 20 bottles is unnecessary.
    You're on the wrong site then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    You're on the wrong site then.
    Every time I reach the limit I set for my collection, I decide to set a new limit At first it was 5, then 10, then 20, now 30. We'll see how long that lasts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    Every time I reach the limit I set for my collection, I decide to set a new limit At first it was 5, then 10, then 20, now 30. We'll see how long that lasts!
    Same thing here lol. It's an absolute addiction, and this forum just feeds me more.
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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    I'm at 6 bottles now, and will probably try to keep it around 10. I think anything over 20 bottles is unnecessary.
    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cologneist View Post
    You're on the wrong site then.

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I'm certain I will set a new limit as soon as I hit my current limit. There was a time where I thought anything more than 1 bottle was pointless. But, what is wrong with having a bunch of decants instead of bottles that will never be finished?

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I sold a load last night as it happens. Took the executive decision yesterday to whittle it down to fragrances I reach for regardless of how much I enjoy them. Sold a heap of decants, a couple of Xerjoff fragrances and others including some cheapy and designer fragrances.
    What I have left can, and probably will, be slimmed down a bit more but it's crazy how quickly the costs stack up. Sold everything so far at a loss, still have other expensive moieties in my cupboard and resultantly have approx £300 that was previously sitting on the shelf, unused.

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    I stopped buying new bottle for the most part and usually just buy 2-10ml samples/decants. I realized that even if I like the scent that doesn't mean I'll use it enough to need more than 5-10ml. Most of the time I just put one spray on my wrist and I can enjoy the scent for myself when I'm at home. When I leave the house to work or whatever I just wear standard safe scents I have full bottles of to smell nice for others.

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    137 bottles and I simply use them. If I wear something and don't like it anymore then it can be sold but it rarely happens these days.

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    I'm currently at around 15 bottles. I can think of 25 or so that I would like to pick up. I would say most houses have at least 2 or 3 scents that are worth picking up (some zero, lol). I can see myself getting up to around 50 bottles, based on some of the items I'm thinking about getting.

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    Default Re: Slim down the collection while it is still small :)

    Since everyone is talking about bottle count, I decided to give it a go and counted my wardrobe:
    I have 39 bottles, 9 of them are Creeds (including 500ml MI flacon) and I am looking forward to buy 2-3 more Creeds. And 39 decants (9 of them are miniatures) and, most likely, 39 samples
    Had to hide my collection in a drawer, so people would stop telling me I am crazy
    I am thinking about selling around 10 bottles (so they can be replaced by 10 bottles from my wish list) and 15 decants.




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