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    Default Today I Didn't Buy

    We have our monthly threads where we can parade our proud purchases, but for some balance lets have some support and cheerleading for those times we didn't give in to temptation, those occasions when we didn't make that impulse purchase.

    So, did you have some fragrance(s) in your shopping cart but resisted the temptation to click for the purchase?
    Were you wowed by the top notes of something you sniffed in store but managed to refrain from whipping out your wallet there and then?

    Tell us about it.

    FWIW, these threads have been done before, but not recently
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/307...idn-t-buy-2013
    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/205...-NOT-buy-today

    I would've just revives the first thread, but it's marked 2013 (2012 earlier in the thread)

    Personally, out of the blue my brain thought I wanted to ad CK One, and bugged me about it for a week. It's cheap and an easy wear, what's the harm after all? Luckily the urge left after a few days (and I managed to convince myself that the lily of the valley note would bug me before too long).
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
    3. Yes, it has been reformulated.
    4. Looking for a signature scent? You've come to the wrong place.

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    I almost bought Nicole Miller for Men but was scared off by the wildly inconsistent reviews.
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    Today I didn't buy... any of the 120 bottles on my eBay watch list. One day at a time, baby, one day at a time.

    I shouldn't have gone to look at that 'Didn't Buy' thread from 2008. People complaining that they didn't buy a 100ml Parfum d'Empire because of the price: $88. And now the 50ml bottles are $150. Gives me the urge to jump on a discontinued 100ml while I still can.

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    A third bottle of Bel Ami. I'm conflicted, though.

    I let a vintage Cuir de Russie parfum go for $300. I might have gone for that if I could have gotten it for $300, but once it was bid on at that price, I let it go.

    I'm trying to get myself more interested in the current retail market.

    I feel really comfortable in this thread. I see a lot of congratulations for buying stuff - even compulsive buyers who have publicly stated they have a problem are getting congratulations on weekly purchases, including thumbs up emojis! You can't make this stuff up. And sellers can get a shout out - the same guy gets a high five a month or two later when he unloads the thing. Non-buyers have needed a refuge.

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    I'm eyeing minis of Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musk For Her and Kenzo Flower on my local discounter for quite a while now, and I keep telling myself that although I want them, I don't need them. I will probably get one of them or both eventually as the price isn't prohibitive at all and the clutter because of minis is minimal, but for now I'm resisting. I don't want the number of my fragrances to grow too much.

    I wanted and still want it, but I resisted getting myself a rollerball of Dior Poison Girl Unexpected for this winter/spring and will resist it further unless I get a gift card or something (unlikely). I decided I don't really need it, as I have several vanilla fragrances already and my plan for this year is getting some classics, some backups of my favourites and not spreading out too much.

    I really like Angel Muse and was quite upset I didn't buy the EDT when it was heavily discounted in the summer. I got myself a tester vial of EDP and after several wears I decided that yes, I do like it A LOT, but I feel a bit not myself wearing this, as if I borrowed someone else's clothes. I do like it a lot, I like to smell it, but I know I won't wear it that much, so I don't need it. I might get a mini some day if I crave it after finishing the vial, but definitely not a full bottle.

    I'm also resisting to buy several bottles I already decided I will be getting this year because I want to spread out my perfume purchases more sparingly and evenly. I have lots of other hobbies and they also need attention and funding, and I want to leave a certain amount of money for savings each month, too.

    Currently I'm resisting two backups of discontinued scents I really want and the stock in discounters is very low on both of them, but I'm not buying anything before my next paycheck. If they're gone before that, they're gone. I'm checking everyday if they're still there, but I don't have to buy everything I want or can afford right now even if it might be gone later, I have to have priorities.

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    Bluebijou by Piotr Czarnecki

    The note list is tempting but one description of it in a review I was reading included the phrase, “candle shop.” That’s enough of a red flag to keep me from heading to the checkout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Today I didn't buy... any of the 120 bottles on my eBay watch list. One day at a time, baby, one day at a time.
    I ended up ditching eBay unless I have something very specific in mind. I used to have a list of saved searches longer than my arm which I checked twice a day. All it did for me was fuel my FOMO, which I decided in the end wasn't very healthy.

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    Light Blue Intense set marked down to 39.99 @ TJ's
    Varvatos Mini's marked down to 9.99 also @ TJ's
    4 assorted Chanel 50 ml Allure's @ 100 listed for sale here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    I ended up ditching eBay unless I have something very specific in mind. I used to have a list of saved searches longer than my arm which I checked twice a day. All it did for me was fuel my FOMO, which I decided in the end wasn't very healthy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nastka View Post
    I ended up ditching eBay unless I have something very specific in mind. I used to have a list of saved searches longer than my arm which I checked twice a day. All it did for me was fuel my FOMO, which I decided in the end wasn't very healthy.
    Same here. I have FOMO with fragrance and with clothes. If I see a cool shirt, I have to talk myself out of being convinced that if I don't get it now, it's gone forever and I'll regret it, even though next month another ten dozen different shirts that I like even more will take it's place. I have to just stay out of stores and I stay off of Ebay altogether.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Today I didn't buy... any of the 120 bottles on my eBay watch list. One day at a time, baby, one day at a time.

    I shouldn't have gone to look at that 'Didn't Buy' thread from 2008. People complaining that they didn't buy a 100ml Parfum d'Empire because of the price: $88. And now the 50ml bottles are $150. Gives me the urge to jump on a discontinued 100ml while I still can.
    I quickly read it as a 120ml bottle that you ddn’t buy, but then realized you have 120 bottles on your ebay watch list.
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    A replacement bottle of Endymion. My stock ran out months ago but prices have crept up significantly (rather annoyingly) over the past year. Decided to use other substitutes for bedtime wear.

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    Default Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Chanel Pour Monsieur. Had it in the cart a couple of times but closed out of the tab. Then it went away. When it came back, I bought it. I'm glad that I did. It's the edp version.

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    I'm proud of you guys. It's hard saying "no". Not that I'm familiar with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattJP View Post
    Chanel Pour Monsieur. Had it in the cart a couple of times but closed out of the tab. Then it went away. When it came back, I bought it. I'm glad that I did. It's the edp version.
    Congrats, I wish they would bring back the EDT. EDP is a fine choice though enjoy!

    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondflame View Post
    A replacement bottle of Endymion. My stock ran out months ago but prices have crept up significantly (rather annoyingly) over the past year. Decided to use other substitutes for bedtime wear.
    Yea, Penhaligon’s prices are high even discounted a shame since imo they are not worth their full retail and anyone new to the house probably won’t bother trying them now.

    For me:

    I caved during my morning shower lol, bought the back up Guerlain Vetiver bottle I wasn’t going to. Well worth the back up imo plan to wear it quite often the next coming months into the summer.

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    Interesting Idea..

    Today I didn't buy:

    100 ML Frédéric Malle Limited Edition 2018 Lipstick Rose for $140

    or

    100 ML Frédéric Malle Limited Edition 2018 Iris Poudre for $160 (Both at a local B&M Discounter)

    or

    100 ML Back up of Acqua Di Parma Colonia for $49 at my local Marshalls on clearance.


    Why didn't I buy them today you ask?




    It's because I bought them all yesterday

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    Good topic!

    Not really today, but in the last few weeks I resisted some very good deals on dutch auction sites (where perfume is normally much cheaper then Ebay)

    30ml pure parfum editions of: Shalimar, Vol. de Nuit, Chamade, Jicky, Mitsouko (price was €80,- per bottle). It haunted my mind for a few days (especially the Jicky), but luckily after a few days everything was gone already.

    a 250ml bee bottle of Eau du Coq (probably from the late 90's or early 00's as it has a 5 digit batch code). Guy is asking €75,- for it, and it is still not sold. I'm still tempted to buy this one, but my ratio is telling me that I don't need 250ml of any perfume (even though Eau du Coq is something to apply very liberally), plus Eau du Coq is not something I desire more in vintage edition.
    Currently wearing: Vetiver by Guerlain

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    I contemplated getting Amouage Beloved Man, but since I read ChuckW recently ordered it, I thought I'd wait to see his thoughts.
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    Contemplating buying 6.7 oz splash bottle of Caron Eau de Cologne as a summer refresher but didn’t. Worried about the quality having gone off since it’s splash? I still need something inexpensive to pour on myself as my annual “quickie summer affair” LOL. I choose something each year and go through it in a few weeks.
    I also didn’t buy
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    Etro Messe de Minuit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjeeling View Post
    out of the blue my brain thought I wanted to ad CK One, and bugged me about it for a week. It's cheap and an easy wear, what's the harm after all? Luckily the urge left after a few days (and I managed to convince myself that the lily of the valley note would bug me before too long).
    Good call.

    I was on a CK One kick last year. I picked up a 0.5 oz bottle on ebay for... uh... $2? I was so surprised by how good it is!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaand then I realized how good it isn't. The fresh opening is so nice, but it falls apart once the chemicals in the heart & base reveal themselves. Ah well. But hey, for $2, I got my money's worth.
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    Ourd For Greatness. Soon, very soon.
    <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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    Talked myself out of buying Mendittorosa South & North, as well as a backup bottle of Arte Profumi Samharam.

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    Im proud of all of you! I will try to keep up with this thread some. Im more proud of every one of us commited for the things we dont buy than the things we do. Temptation. Ill try report if i have a close call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HFMIII View Post
    Interesting Idea..

    Today I didn't buy:

    100 ML Frédéric Malle Limited Edition 2018 Lipstick Rose for $140

    or

    100 ML Frédéric Malle Limited Edition 2018 Iris Poudre for $160 (Both at a local B&M Discounter)

    or

    100 ML Back up of Acqua Di Parma Colonia for $49 at my local Marshalls on clearance.


    Why didn't I buy them today you ask?




    It's because I bought them all yesterday


    High five. One day at a time. Baby steps. I tend to go through binge and purge like stages where I’ll buy quite a few things then exercise abstinence for a few months, but the deprivation will then only increase my appetite. Currently in a real lull in terms of lusting after new perfumes, but my tea purchases on the other hand...
    1. No, never blind buy (I do, but do as I say, not as I do. I'm taking no responsibility for your fragrance gambling).
    2. Get them both. You're a Basenoter and you know you're going to end up purchasing them both eventually.
    3. Yes, it has been reformulated.
    4. Looking for a signature scent? You've come to the wrong place.

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    Default Re: Today I Didn't Buy

    Great thread! Today I didn't look at any fragrances, this I didn't but any. I spent way too much since Christmas on fragrances, so I need to be done for a bit, or my wife will remove parts of my body for each one lol.

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    Anything that includes the grapefruit molecule du jour. No Iso E Super chemical hazard zones. Pink peppercorns are next on my inexplicably overexposed list. Ha-ha-aren’t-we-naughty-named fragrances are a big stretch for me. Stronger with you, because I’m such a spineless poor little thing on my own — seriously, guys buy this nonsense? Social media whores — no interest whatsoever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcologneguy View Post
    Social media whores — no interest whatsoever.
    I'm also not in the market.

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    it's my eBay watch list that's dangerous. just bought a car and need to get a few payments under my belt before I can even consider something. I should probably delete them all. today I said NO to a Bond No. 9 Cooper Square decant that got discounted, damned tempestuous sellers!

    stormy sellers? eh whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bavard View Post
    Non-buyers have needed a refuge.
    Hear, hear!

    I narrowly avoided purchasing a backup Gucci Rush today. I’ll need one eventually, but it can wait awhile.
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    I passed on a bottle Chanel Pour Monsieur from the 2000s. While tempted by the appearance, I need to hold myself to higher standards.
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