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    Default Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I by no means have a large collection, but when I have something I really like, I'll get one or two of the closest frags to it. E.g. I've just completed the trifecta of Jazz, Tsar and Pasha de Cartier.

    What I really don't like though are flankers of the same scent, even if pretty close. I'd rather a similar scent from a different house, but happy if it's almost identical if it's something I really like.

    Anyone else do this, or would you rather go for something different each time? If you do, what are your favourite sets? Clones don't count, they have to be somehow unique.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I can't resist a good vetiver. And I like exploring the more minute differences and variations on particular notes that I have a lot of experience with. I currently have about 10 vetiver-centric fragrances, and there are still about twice as many more that I would add to my collection if I had the chance.

    I will say though that this probably only applies to natural materials. As much as I love the leather note in Tuscan Leather or Ombre Leather, I don't need both, let alone many of the other modern fruity leathers that have the same ACs. The natural impurities and variations are what makes something like vetiver endlessly interesting. But leather ACs, or ambrox, can only be spun in so many different directions.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Not for me, if i have a scent that smells 80-90% of something I already have, I will keep the one I enjoy the most. The only exception would be perhaps concentration levels.

    But that doesnt mean I wont have 5 different leather fragrances or 5 different animal scents etc.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Same notes and genre but not smell a likes redundant to me and some things are fine just as is.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    If I like a genre, I'll definitely explore it more in-depth. Variations on a theme aren't bad if you like the theme.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Battlestations View Post
    Anyone else do this, or would you rather go for something different each time?
    I don't consciously do this.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I don't consciously do this.
    Yes, but you also basically buy every fragrance that possibly interests you, so...

    LOL Wish I could do that!

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by ultravisitor View Post
    Yes, but you also basically buy every fragrance that possibly interests you, so...
    I see your point!
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Shit yeah. I have 3 Terre d’Hermes variants, 3 Eau Sauvage, Fahrenheit and the Parfum, several aromatic fougeres, some overlap in vetiver and citrus profiles that I like and probably more that I’m forgetting - such as how Kiton Men and Fahrenheit are quite different, but have some definite similarities.

    And I’m planning some future purchases off having a vanilla and vetiver combo in the base, because I’ve enjoyed the hell out of the way Creed Aberdeen Lavender and Chanel Allure Homme Edition Blanche have both executed it beautifully.

    So yes, I love pursuing variants of the same idea.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    When I find a good scent I do have a habit of attaining more within that style.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Danny Mitchell View Post
    When I find a good scent I do have a habit of attaining more within that style.
    Same here. It's intriguing and fun to have several takes on a genre or prominent note.

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    I definitely have my preferred styles.

    Just as example, I've got Frank No. 2, Michael for Men, Tom Ford for Men Extreme, which are all variations on essentially the same theme.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by Battlestations View Post
    I by no means have a large collection, but when I have something I really like, I'll get one or two of the closest frags to it. E.g. I've just completed the trifecta of Jazz, Tsar and Pasha de Cartier.

    What I really don't like though are flankers of the same scent, even if pretty close. I'd rather a similar scent from a different house, but happy if it's almost identical if it's something I really like.

    Anyone else do this, or would you rather go for something different each time? If you do, what are your favourite sets? Clones don't count, they have to be somehow unique.
    I like it. I don't mind flankers. I like flankers for the same effect. I'll go for a flanker over a smell-alike from another house if I like it more, which would usually be the case. I'm a bit of a house loyalist.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I don't necessarily get things that smell just alike. But I do get fragrances that may be in the same genre or maybe contain the same/similar notes.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I have Dior Homme Eau and Prada L'Homme, they smell similar but are different enough to own both IMO.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I found Pasha too similar to Jazz so I didn't keep it. But I do have some that are similar...
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I definitely explore certain themes in depth, but I would hope my collection also showed range. As for flankers, sure, provided that they neither be so different as to seem unrelated nor so similar that they seem redundant. (The one "redundant flanker" I've tried is Clive Christian X Twist Tabac, and since I'm running low on my original bottle, I figured I'd keep it as backup.)

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    If I love the style/accord, then yes. If I just like it, then no.

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    Yes! Patchoulis!

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Style wise, yes.

    I enjoy a lot of Fresh/Sweet fragrances and mostly just try to get variations of them for different weather.

    Scent wise, not really.

    I like to pick one of a group of similar (~>75%) scents. I have a minimalist collection though.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Happy to buy flankers that are variations on a theme I like.

    I could own countless scents in my preferred styles - dry woody/incense and traditional EdC style/
    neroli EdC style - and remain very happy despite, or because, of how similar they are.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by freewheelingvagabond View Post
    If I love the style/accord, then yes. If I just like it, then no.
    Ditto. As an example I have in my collection: Tiffany for Men, CPM concentre, Guerlain Heritage (Vintage), Lalique Pour Homme (Lion) and Zino (Vintage) which i consider as variants of the same style.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    For genres I prefer, I certainly do.
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    2) Giorgio for Men vintage (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
    2) Giorgio V.I.P. for Men (Giorgio Beverly Hills) - tie
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    The backup / flanker line gets blurred for me because the so-called backups are often from different years and smell different.

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    Owning and liking flankers of the same scent line, brand, price category, would incline towards yes.

    Habit Rouge, Azzaro pour Homme, Bogart One Man Show are just some of the fragrances do enjoy almost equally-both in their initial/regular version and most of their flankers as well.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I just buy what I like.

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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I have MANY many incense fragrances, many citrus-oriented fragrances, and many Woody fragrances.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    I would say I have more amber fragrances, so my answer is yes.
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    Default Re: Do you buy similar fragrances?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
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