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    Default Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    How do you stop yourself from getting in too deep with a fragrance you know you may not be able to ever replace after finishing the juice? Its happened to me recently and im so bummed. Im sure it happens to all of us here on the forum. I tend to try to find something new to take me away from hunting down something I had loved previously.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Quote Originally Posted by gucciguccigoo View Post
    How do you stop yourself from getting in too deep with a fragrance you know you may not be able to ever replace after finishing the juice?
    You just have to keep clinging to the hope that one day it will turn up somewhere.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    You can think about the phase after you get the bottle, and how rarely you'll wear it.

    You can stock up on a few favorites so that getting new bottles has less appeal - are you really going to wear and enjoy this perfume as much as your backed-up favorites? Why even bother?

    If the super rare bottle is your favorite, and nothing else compares, that's bad luck.

    Just being discontinued is no problem if you can get 300 ml on eBay for a decent price. I'm vague on which bottles I have that are discontinued. I back up right away if I think it might be needed, and then at least two backups, ideally. More isn't really necessary, I'm calculating. It's nice to have three 100-ml sprays, and maybe a 50-ml for travel. (Having two 100-mls and a 50-ml could be fine - there are a lot of variables).

    Reformulation presents the same challenge.

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Finding a bottle of a discontinued fragrance is in some ways easier because of places like this fine establishment full of perfume aficionados, overstocked curators and generous hoodlums, though often the same Basenoter is all three.

    There will always be limiting factors like if it was a 1000 bottle limited release, or, very quickly discontinued like Bois Noir.

    If you are patient enough bottles do turn up in all kinds of weird places.

    I personally try to not go out of my way to seek out already discontinued/vintage fragrances unless I already had an affinity for it. If you do though as Bavard mentioned ebay can be useful. Also posting a Fragrance Wanted here on Basenotes couldn’t hurt.

    I’ve learned that if a fragrance just clicks for you backing it up is a wise move. If you change your mind later, maybe fall out of love with it, you can always sell the back up/s.
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    Bois du Portugal
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    Aventus by Creed
    Heritage EdT by Guerlain
    Incident Diplomatique by Jovoy
    Cool Water (vintage) by Davidoff
    Eau Sauvage (vintage) by Christian Dior
    Chic For Men (original formulation) by Carolina Herrera
    Halfeti by Penhaligon’s
    French Lover by Frederic Malle
    Jubilation Man by Amouage
    Pour Monsieur by Chanel

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Can be a slippery slope, but I have found the best strategy is just enjoy it. Stressing out over back ups and saving the juice for a rainy day takes all the enjoyment out of wearing your fragrance, discontinued or not. Spray for today!
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    9) Polo Modern Reserve
    8) Herrera for Men (Vintage)
    7) Aramis Tuscany per uomo
    6) One Man Show (Vintage)
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    4) Polo Green (Cosmair)
    3) Aramis Havana
    2) Michael Kors for Men
    1) Azzaro Pour Homme (Vintage)



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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    It happened to me several times and I just never learn. Like dating Scorpio men. Frustrating but Imma keep doing it. ��
    TBH, if I really love it, I get as many backups as I think reasonable.

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    If I find a batch of a certain fragrance which is really good, I always buy at least a second bottle.
    So I have many backups of my favorite fragrances and never need to worry to run out.
    I know that I can't use them up in the rest of my lifetime but it also wouldn't be any problem to sell them even with a profit.

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    The impermanence of art only serves to heighten the beauty of its experience.

    Sheik Yerbouti has got the plan laid out well for you.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    I fell in love with Rive Gauche a few months ago, and am going to have to get a bottle or two eventually. My wallet's not looking forward to it.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    I just forget it and move on.
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    It is awful, I can relate to this. The first time it happened to me, back when there were few launches and fewer discontinuations, it was honestly quite traumatising. I kept an ongoing search for bottles of the discontinued scent, as well as an ongoing search for new loves. That does help, but, as most here probably know, leads to other problems...

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    I try to remain optimistic for the future and grateful for the past.

    Sometimes it's difficult

    Mostly I just try to embrace the transient nature of perfume and enjoy the moment. I'd rather have the memory of pleasure of a fragrance. What good is perfume unless you smell it?

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Fortunately I haven't had too many instances of where I was prevented from getting a scent due to its rarity or the price. Given that my preference is to have a much more reduced collection prevents me from having to encounter these obstacles often.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Keep your eyes peeled and your hopes high.

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Depends on the surrounding context.

    If this was a known fave and you ran out, if you're able to restock at a reasonable price, grab a few extra while you can. You'll regret it later if it disappears for good or becomes a billion spacebucks on the bay for single ounce. Gougers gonna gouge #ScalpLyfe

    If you're coming into this with FOMO frenzy (Fear Of Missing Out) stirred up by influencers or hype from established community members, I'd temper that curiosity with extreme suspicion, sample first, and do NOT expect the scent to match the hype.

    The old saying of "never meet your heroes" is very apt with discontinued scents that have become "unicorns" through hype, cognitive bias of owners, and the resultant veneration. You get worked up into a foam then actually smell the stuff only to go "is this it?".

    Already seen it happen to other Basenoters (one made a thread about it), and it happens regularly to me when kind Basenoters give me the privilege to sample and review highly-revered (and often astronomically-priced) discontinued fragrances.

    As someone said upthread, it's a slippery slope. So unless you're already invested in something prior to it being discontinued, "chasing unicorns" can result in a very expensive anxiety-inducing collection you're afraid to use, like guys who collect wine or scotch. Shelves of pretty unused bottles.

    I had this exact problem in like 2018-2019 where I was bombarded with all these DC'ed "must-haves" from Basenotes friends, fell in love with what they sent me, and spent more money I care to divulge finding, buying, then backing them up before even exploring modern designers or niche.

    No regrets of course, just sharing perspective from one who already fell down the rabbithole and then managed to claw my way back out of it.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Know when to walk away. To do that you set boundaries based on your terms when you’re in a “cold” state then don’t flinch no matter what you see or hear.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Does anyone have a sealed bottle of bois noir?

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Quote Originally Posted by Foamywax View Post
    Does anyone have a sealed bottle of bois noir?
    I did, but I couldn’t use it sealed.

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Quote Originally Posted by scenting prey View Post
    Know when to walk away. To do that you set boundaries based on your terms when you’re in a “cold” state then don’t flinch no matter what you see or hear.
    I came here to say this ^^^

    There is never an easy time to fork out over the odds for a rare item. The temptation for us fragheads is always there. But so is the fact that we all have other lives besides scents. Setting some rules or boundaries is definitely a way to restrain yourself from being sucked up into the black hole. It's a great place to be in once you're in, but hard to come out once the 'itch' has got the better of you.

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Quote Originally Posted by gucciguccigoo View Post
    How do you stop yourself from getting in too deep with a fragrance you know you may not be able to ever replace after finishing the juice?.
    My solution to this: don’t ever finish the juice. Always leave 4-5 ml for the lovely memories. In the meantime find a new fragrance to love, while keeping an eye out for partial used or NOS bottles to surface on eBay.
    Last edited by Diamondflame; 24th October 2020 at 09:04 AM.

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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    While definitely among the costliest aspects of this hobby, should trustworthy purchase opportunities of genuine vintages do show up, even more so if on budget- there is a quite likely possibility of rewards and/or personal if not also investment value still outdoing the often pricey going rates
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    Quote Originally Posted by gucciguccigoo View Post
    How do you stop yourself from getting in too deep with a fragrance you know you may not be able to ever replace after finishing the juice? Its happened to me recently and im so bummed. Im sure it happens to all of us here on the forum. I tend to try to find something new to take me away from hunting down something I had loved previously.
    It's not fun, but I try to look at like, we all have to grow out of things, and sometimes when we don't want to, we're forced to anyways.

    If it's a fragrance that's very distinct, then I try to find something that's very comparable to it. For example Eternity for Men/Aqua Quorum/A&F Fierce/Curve. If one of those was discontinued, the others are similar to it. Or even an evolution of it like the last two.

    If Drakkar Noir were discontinued, that'd be awful as it's my favorite fragrance of all time. But stuff like Sauvage, BDC and K are like the modern day interpretation of that scent, so I could go with that and create some new memories.
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    Default Re: Falling in love with discontinued fragrances....

    My personal, highly impractical answer has been to buy enough different discontinued fragrances that, however many I use up, there will always be more treasures to enjoy. I have many loves. Monogamy is for marriage, not fragrance.
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