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    Default Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Hello once again

    Question to more tenured perfume lovers and those who live 1 year for 3

    I have started with perfumes about 5 years ago and skipped all designers, moved into niche and it was great journey at the beginning. So many new aromas, executions, quality of materials, i thought there is no bottom. I wanted to be wise about my money and did searches on fragrantica, read descriptions and ordered samples. The more i was discovering, the more i started to form my opinion and at the same time, started to differentiate quality, and discovered that my nose is either quite different to others, or i am really hard to please. Alot of highly regarded fumes were plain basic to me.

    This led me into ultraniche/natural world of perfumes. Slumberhouse, areej. I started looking into ouds as well, but there is no oud that has given me that "spiritual" felling, or caused an awe effect.

    At this moment, i do have a full wardrobe of fragrances, it seems i have perfume for about any occasion and i am starting to loose interest a bit. There was not much on the market as of late, apart from some of areej line that would really inspire me to search and be blown away. Lots of new perfumes are either lacking or been done before and dont bring anything new to table. Classics get reformulated and loose their greatness.

    It might sound like a teen telling an older man "I have seen everything in life ", but where do you take it from there?
    Do you concentrate only on few houses that are your favourite? Do you buy one but uberluxury? Do you quit?
    I even got to the point of trying to mix my own stuff.

    Thank you for your life story, wisdom and suggestions

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    At the moment, there is a quick and easy fix to perfume suffering: buying vintage on eBay for less than the cost of a lot of current retail. Other than that, there's Rogue, which is hit and miss, too, but you could just focus on the hits.

    Once in while you can find current fragrances that hold up, I think: try Guerlain's Eau de Cologne Imperiale, available from online discounters.

    As far as the journey: it will probably involve a lot of getting rid of stuff that's not that great, even if it was hyped on You Tube, etc., and adding a few bottles you like enough to want to wear all the time.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mak-7 View Post
    Do you concentrate only on few houses that are your favourites?
    I'd say I concentrate only on houses that meet my own personal criteria for fragrance purchasing.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    After catching up, the pace of new discoveries has slowed down for me. Still there's still plenty of new stuff (and of vintage research) that keeps me excited, though I don't buy as many perfumes as I used to.

    cacio

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    For me there is no end just new beginnings.
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    3. Chypre Siam By Rogue Perfumery
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I go through phases myself. I buy a lot in a short period of time and then for a long time mostly just enjoy those ones with no (or very few) new additions coming.

    In 2019, all fragrance purchases were gifts for other people. In 2018, I also only bought about two bottles.

    2020 though, I am up +48, and I bought a good 30 or so in late 2015 and early 2016.

    I have plans to buy a few more, but once I hit low 100s or so I'm just going to mostly focus on what I own, adding additional bottles and sampling only when I hear about something that I think will completely wow me rather than seeking out new things.

    I will buy from any house even if it is one I don't usually like if I stumble upon the fragrance at a store like Osswald or Scentbar and enjoy it. As far as seeking out samples go, typically I stick to houses I know I enjoy, or anything I see that gets talked about a lot on here that sounds like my sort of thing. I've gotten some great recommendations from here.
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    Orientals (especially spicy, woody, and floral orientals)
    Boozy notes
    Chypres (especially with real oakmoss)
    Rich gourmands
    Animalic fragrances
    Great longevity and sillage

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Only death can stop me.
    "To 'give style' to one's character-- a great and rare art!" - Nietzsche

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Your wardrobe shows no perfumes at all, better get it started, before thinking about ending it.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Sounds like you're expecting or asking too much of a fragrance? If you have settled on some good ones, then stick with those. I don't expect to find some be all, end all perfect fragrance. Don't set expectations. Just explore and let yourself be surprised when you find something that throws you a curve.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    For someone, in fact anyone else, possible thought not easy to personally identify with and/or to explain this situation, especially if not knowing the contexts, the people, the tastes, budgets, houses etc. involved.

    From a personal viewpoint-though the main direction and most fragrance goals are quite predictable, well set and manageable with a fairly average budget, still the curiosity to know and to experience more of the fragrances, notes, houses etc. completely unknown is main factor for not allowing a likely end anytime soon.
    At least not within short and mid, maybe not even long (er) term foreseeable future.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    You know, I think it's okay to get tired of perfume. Take a break! It's just a hobby. I sometimes only purchase samples to further my experience knowing that the chances of me purchasing a bottle of it are very slim.

    I think what has kept me interested in perfume is not wearing it everyday. I'll think about or do something else.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    For me the first 2 or 3 years were very exciting, so many new brands to discover, notes to learn to appreciate. But it does plateau out. But as you develop a taste, u start appreciating smells that you probably though were too challenging in the beginning, so thats phase 3... retrying the classics u never got into.

    And then u hv the indies and natural houses which are are different tangent altogether.

    Finally its the natural oils and attars... the hunt for the perfect oud to suit your skin (beleive me there is one for everybody,even the haters).

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    6. Colonia by Acqua di Parma
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    No end for me just don’t appreciate a lot of the newer releases as much as the older releases. There are a select few recent releases I plan to add to my wardrobe but most are a hard pass everything blends in.
    Closest to a signature fragrance - Azzaro Azzaro Pour Homme

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I like to discover raw materials when I hit olfactive road blocks. It’s the reason why I enjoy natural perfumery so much. Vetiver for example can have so many different regional varieties that all smell different and can be used in different ways. It’s one of my favorite ingredients along with oud, sandalwood, jasmine and rose. Recently I fell in love with herbs and I live in the Sonoran desert which has fragrant leaves and flowers everywhere you look. My olfactory journey has taken me all over the place from collecting high quality Japanese and Indian incense to medicinal Native American herbs. In my opinion, it doesn’t have to stop at the perfume itself.

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    No.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by hednic View Post
    I'd say I concentrate only on houses that meet my own personal criteria for fragrance purchasing.
    This MO has helped me immensely in my journey. I enjoy keeping the tighter focus. It also cuts down on disappointments and also the feeling that you're throwing money around without much rhyme or reason.

    As to the idea of there being a possible end to the journey, I think it's all up to the individual who's on the journey. It can go on forever or you can call it good and walk away with what you have and what you've learned. At some point I think many of us find the need to enter into a curation phase rather than a purely acquisitional one if for no other reason than the storage aspect becomes a major issue to solve.

    Good luck to the OP in figuring out where you're headed next.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    For me there is no end just new beginnings.
    Well said. +1

    Just yesterday I caught a whiff of something amazing in my own house. Now I’m quite familiar with every fragrance I own so it left me wondering who was wearing that divine fragrance?

    It was my six year old daughter. She had ‘accidentally’ layered on Houbigant Fougere Royale, John Varvatos Artisan Blue and House of Matriarch Black No.1. Not a combination I’d have ever thought of but it opens up an infinite number of layering possibilities!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    Well said. +1

    Just yesterday I caught a whiff of something amazing in my own house. Now I’m quite familiar with every fragrance I own so it left me wondering who was wearing that divine fragrance?

    It was my six year old daughter. She had ‘accidentally’ layered on Houbigant Fougere Royale, John Varvatos Artisan Blue and House of Matriarch Black No.1. Not a combination I’d have ever thought of but it opens up an infinite number of layering possibilities!
    lol the image of a six year old wearing fougere royale

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    To me i only care for Chanel anymore . I only buy what Chanel releasing

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    DO you have 31 rue cambon?

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I'm "flattening the curve". I purchased many over the first 8 years or so, but have really slowed down now.

    But is there an end? No, not for me.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I am at the beginning of my journey, but realized that I will continue to buy only those fragrances that I can’t take my mind of. Right now I have some in my collection that I am crazy about and that crazy feeling is what I am looking for when I buy my new perfume. I bought some perfume in the past that people loved, but I did not. After that I questioned myself if I did not really love it, tried to change my mind, and it did not work. I buy/get samples now and if there is no wow factor for me and only me I am moving on to the next one. My nose is very picky too. I do read opinions and reviews about fragrances though.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    It is like that movie from the 80's: The Neverending Story.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hunter View Post
    For me there is no end just new beginnings.
    Highly agree!
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by FiveoaksBouquet View Post
    No.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    I feel like I’m done. I am not seeking out new scents, just casually reading about/sniffing things from my select favourite houses. I expect to make very few purchases if any going forward as I have hundreds of bottles, more than I can ever use up. This coronavirus epidemic has woken me up to the impermanence of life, I want to focus on other things going forward. I will keep wearing what I have, but the constant searching part is over.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    There is an end. When you know what you like and have enough of it (or access to replenish it), that you lose curiosity in whatever else is out there (new or old), then your journey is over. You have all you could want for in this hobby, and although you're open to testing, you're not seeking to add anything else. I'm almost there. I buy more backups than new things anymore.
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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    There's a bunch of turnover on this site, which might suggest the answer is yes.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Quote Originally Posted by cazaubon View Post
    I will keep wearing what I have, but the constant searching part is over.
    Quote Originally Posted by Zealot Crusader View Post
    I'm almost there. I buy more backups than new things anymore.
    I'm right behind you both.

    Once I nailed down what I know I don't like, it really narrowed down the seeking part, and most of my purchases are now backups. Barring the occasional recommendation from a very trusted nose, I'm not doing any really active searching.

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    Default Re: Is there an end to fragrance journey?

    Probably no end, just realistic introspection and long - sometimes very long - pauses.




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