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    Looking back, what would have been your first high end frangrance buy?

    I’m new to collecting but already thinking about making a pricier purchase. Let’s call high end a bottle over $200. I have smelled several that I like and need to make a choice. Right now honestly PDM Layton is leading the way. I might just buy some smaller samples of several and decide from that as well. I’m not sure

    I thought it might be good to hear from some of the pros what they would buy knowing back then what they know now. So, what’s your thoughts? What would you choose?

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    I think my first was probably X for Men by Clive Christian.

    Just also wanted to put this out there, and maybe you are already aware, but you should be able to find PdMs on the discounters for under $200

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    Of modern perfumes, probably Chanel Les Exclusifs EDTs and extraits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avo1811 View Post
    I think my first was probably X for Men by Clive Christian.

    Just also wanted to put this out there, and maybe you are already aware, but you should be able to find PdMs on the discounters for under $200
    Thanks for the reply. I haven’t smelled that X for Men so have to add it to my list. Also, I’m one of those people who buy direct from manufactures or at least from somewhere like Barney’s or Sephora at least. I doubt I use the discounter places. It’s just a personal thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonnette View Post
    Of modern perfumes, probably Chanel Les Exclusifs EDTs and extraits.

    Chanel makes some great scents. One of my first ever nicer cologne purchases many many years ago was Platinum

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    Original Vetiver was my first high end. Never looked back.
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    The only bottle in my collection that cost that much is Ombré Leather 16. I haven't spent that much since and I don't plan to spend that much for a bottle ever again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Original Vetiver was my first high end. Never looked back.
    Is that Guerlain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooks Otterlake View Post
    The only bottle in my collection that cost that much is Ombré Leather 16. I haven't spent that much since and I don't plan to spend that much for a bottle ever again.
    Understandable. Everyone has their price points

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    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Understandable. Everyone has their price points
    Yep. I'll spend up to $200 on a 50 ml bottle, especially if the scent is made by an independent artisan rather than a well-established house, but pricing beyond that is almost always just a case of price gouging, especially if the product is being released by one of the larger, well-established houses. If there's something I gotta have, I'll get a decant.

    There's plenty of top-shelf stuff available for well under $200, so I don't feel as though I'm limiting myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Looking back, what would have been your first high end frangrance buy?
    My first high-end gift was Clive Christian #1 Pure Parfum Concentrated Limited in Crystal. My first high-end buy was Rouge 540 by Baccarat in Baccarat Crystal.
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    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather was mine. And I'd get it again looking back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather was mine. And I'd get it again looking back.
    Mine as well - although technically only a decant. I have a few decants from Tom Ford, Creed, etc, but no full bottles. I think the most expensive full bottle I've purchased was Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, and even then it was discounted at Nordstrom Rack. I spent about six months testing things in Sephora, Nordstrom, etc before I even bought any high-end decants to really get to know what I like and don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    My first high-end gift was Clive Christian #1 Pure Parfum Concentrated Limited in Crystal. My first high-end buy was Rouge 540 by Baccarat in Baccarat Crystal.
    Oh man in sure that’s fantastic in that crystal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Prince View Post
    Tom Ford Tuscan Leather was mine. And I'd get it again looking back.

    It seems as far as leather scents go, that’s a well respected one

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkonick View Post
    Mine as well - although technically only a decant. I have a few decants from Tom Ford, Creed, etc, but no full bottles. I think the most expensive full bottle I've purchased was Bottega Veneta Pour Homme, and even then it was discounted at Nordstrom Rack. I spent about six months testing things in Sephora, Nordstrom, etc before I even bought any high-end decants to really get to know what I like and don't like.
    That’s probably a good idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by City74 View Post
    Is that Guerlain?
    Creed fragrance
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    Can’t remember my first “splurge” perfume. Looking back, I wish I’d bought Sycomore EDT when I had the chance. And given how much I love it, I wish I’d discovered Bois des Iles EDT sooner, especially so I could’ve bought a back up at a decent price. I’m dreading the day my 200ml bottle starts getting low.

    As a general piece of advice, I wish I hadn’t overlooked the classics before spending lots of money on various niche scents which mostly are less well made and less satisfying to wear than e.g. a Guerlain or Chanel, designer or exclusive (overlooking some of the more recent offerings in the designer lines...).

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    City74, your question made me analyze this aspect of my life.
    It doesn't matter (to me) what the price is or was, I don't even remember most of the time... if I really liked the scent.
    The scent is all that matters.
    Cost disappears, and that says something to me, considering how mathematically oriented I am.
    Perhaps, the real reason is, how I look at perfumes... and it is not in the same way (at all) as I see other material things.

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    For someone who likes Platinum Egoiste, like me, an expensive fragrance that might not be heartbreakingly disappointing is Xerjoff Uden, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjg3839 View Post
    Creed fragrance
    Oh gotcha. I’m sure a Creed will join my stable one day


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    Quote Originally Posted by BigFish View Post
    Can’t remember my first “splurge” perfume. Looking back, I wish I’d bought Sycomore EDT when I had the chance. And given how much I love it, I wish I’d discovered Bois des Iles EDT sooner, especially so I could’ve bought a back up at a decent price. I’m dreading the day my 200ml bottle starts getting low.

    As a general piece of advice, I wish I hadn’t overlooked the classics before spending lots of money on various niche scents which mostly are less well made and less satisfying to wear than e.g. a Guerlain or Chanel, designer or exclusive (overlooking some of the more recent offerings in the designer lines...).
    Yea Geurlain Vetiver is on my list. Chanel also has a few I want. Some classics are great!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pallas Moncreiff View Post
    City74, your question made me analyze this aspect of my life.
    It doesn't matter (to me) what the price is or was, I don't even remember most of the time... if I really liked the scent.
    The scent is all that matters.
    Cost disappears, and that says something to me, considering how mathematically oriented I am.
    Perhaps, the real reason is, how I look at perfumes... and it is not in the same way (at all) as I see other material things.
    I totally get that


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    For someone who likes Platinum Egoiste, like me, an expensive fragrance that might not be heartbreakingly disappointing is Xerjoff Uden, maybe.
    Xerjoff has crossed my radar just haven’t delved into the brand yet. I think I saw a vid on Nios (?) and that seemed interesting


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    Green Irish Tweed is the only high end I have. Want to get more but it's hard to rationalize with my budget and kids heading off to college soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    Want to get more but it's hard to rationalize with my budget and kids heading off to college soon.
    The voice of reason.
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    2010 musc ravageur. Only one. Would never spend that much on anything ever again. Grand Soir straight from mfk online, i respect their sample program and wanted to support the company for that.
    It’s tragic to think that heroic man’s great destiny is to become economic man, that men will be reduced to craven creatures who crawl across the globe competing for money, who spend their nights dreaming up new ways to swindle each other.

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    For me, Mem was the first 200+ purchase I made. I think it was actually exactly $200. The quality and depth of that fragrance made me start saving up and seeking higher quality fragrances.

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    31 Rue Cambon. Luca Turin had given it 5 stars, so I went for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    For someone who likes Platinum Egoiste, like me, an expensive fragrance that might not be heartbreakingly disappointing is Xerjoff Uden, maybe.
    I still say that MDCI Invasion Barbare and Penhaligon's Sartorial are both higher-end attempts to steal Platinum Égoïste's metallic aldehyde note.

    Also, my first high-end buy was Amouage, then Montale, Mancera, and Creed.
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