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    Quote Originally Posted by slpfrsly View Post
    You know all those male youtubers? Take a look how their wives/gfs act. They tolerate their indulgence, presumably leveraging it for their own benefit, but they most definitely don't like it.
    Can you explain "leveraging it for their own benefit?"
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    The girl I dated before said I am stupid.
    The girl I date now loves it

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    I think some girls think that fragrance lovers are superficial.

    I'm a fragrance lover and I'm not superficial. I'm married very happily. My wife doesn't like fragrances but so what.

    My point is if I was in the market and dating, I wouldn't hesitate to share my love of fragrances with a girl I'm dating. If she doesn't like it then so what.

    I do this for myself, anyway, nobody else.

    BUT in my experience the right girl will dig a man's enthusiasm for any hobby, even comic books or action figures, so long as he is passionate about it. Women love passion in a man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    I think some girls think that fragrance lovers are superficial.
    I wonder what the reasoning for this belief is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceRF View Post
    I wonder what the reasoning for this belief is.
    Because people think that if you wear cologne and are interested in it, that you’re exceedingly vain.It’s just plain stupid but it’s a common thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thrilledchilled View Post
    Because people think that if you wear cologne and are interested in it, that you’re exceedingly vain.It’s just plain stupid but it’s a common thought.
    I haven't heard that before. That's too bad.

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    They love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceRF View Post
    I wonder what the reasoning for this belief is.
    Why do I wear and collect fragrances?

    I like smelling good and have a sensitive nose to bad smells.
    I like having options and smelling a variety of different scents to evoke different emotions.

    Nothing narcissistic at all! I've been a fan of frags since like 15. I used to wear my dad's Ralph Lauren Polo Green and Paco Rabanne Pour Homme to school haha.

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    My wife doesn't wear fragrances herself, but she doesn't mind me being into the hobby and wearing whatever I like. 70+ fragrances at this point in my collection. She thinks it's a little eccentric but has known about it since we started dating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    I'm somewhat of a foodie too, so for me to have an interest in pleasuring my olfactory sense is much in line with desiring to pleasure my sense of taste..
    I think that makes sense - I’m a bit of a foodie myself, and I just like sensory experiences and stimulation in general. Also, the few girls I’ve dated who were into fragrances were also all into food and wine.

    I don’t hide my interest at all, in fact I openly advertise it. I’m on a bunch of dating apps and I usually include something about it in my profile; it’s actually been a pretty good conversation starter and most girls are into it. Who doesn’t want to date someone who smells nice? I’m sure there are some girls who think it’s weird, but it seems to be an advantage for me overall.
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    Oxford Learner's Dictionary: collect: 2. collect something to buy or find things of a particular type and keep them as a hobby

    Cambridge Dictionary: collect: to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby: "She collects dolls." "So when did you start collecting antique glass?"

    Merriam-Webster: collect (Entry 2 of 3): 1c : to gather an accumulation of (objects) especially as a hobby: "collects stamps"

    Collins Dictionary: collecting: the action of accumulating ( stamps, books, etc) as a hobby or for study

    Wikipedia: Collecting: "The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining items that are of interest to an individual collector."

    Etc.

    Collecting is a hobby by definition. Opinions to the contrary have the same value as any other opinion that is contrary to fact.
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    I think if there's a hobby aspect for me, it's sniffing and sampling while watching a show or a game, developing an understanding of notes alongside some cursory understanding of fragrance history, and really just reveling in a scent throughout the day. There's something Epicurean about it and I dig it. Plus it beats the hell out of benders and cocaine as far as 'hobbies' go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    I'm somewhat of a foodie too, so for me to have an interest in pleasuring my olfactory sense is much in line with desiring to pleasure my sense of taste.
    Same here. And, on a side note, the sense of taste is very limited. What makes us detect food "taste", is the olfactory sense.... so it all makes sense!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rmm.0811 View Post
    Being a fragrance collector with 50+ fragrances (I'm a male in my late twenties), what does the average woman think about guys that are into this hobby.... not from the perspective of a female collector, just a common female.
    I can only talk about the women I had experience with (friend and dates): women are fascinated. What has been a bit repulsive, is the financial side of things, possibly.

    When reading the bad experience of some here, my guess is that they have been repulsed by the way they presented it, not the fragrance collection itself.
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    Finding it weird and out of behavior norms wouldn't be an unusual reaction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy the frenchy View Post
    Physical appearance is just a part of the attraction. At least for me. If the said bimbo is not able to hold a 5min conversation, it's a dealbreaker for me.
    Sure, and I feel similarly. But your statement was, "only intelligent men attract intelligent women," which is an entirely different thing from what kind of woman attracts you as an individual man. I would theorize that, all else being equal, intellectual parity makes for better relationships—but, again, that's different from attraction; and also, all else is rarely equal.

    Anyway, I think the concern over what most women think of what given men do is misplaced. If you enjoy something, and it isn't harmful, great. If some people who fall broadly in your dating pool respond negatively to it, then congratulations: you've weeded out incompatible partners. Who knew fragrances could save years of wasted time and heartache?
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    I would theorize that, all else being equal, intellectual parity makes for better relationships—but, again, that's different from attraction; and also, all else is rarely equal.
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    Most Women I know think It's cool. Some get a bit jealous that I have more fragrance than they do LOL. It's the fellas that think It's strange. That's until we're at a bar and a Women tells Man Of The World that he smells great. Then the guys want to know what I'm wearing and write it down. I think you get my point!!
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    I'm no "collector" by comparison to the guys on here (80-100 frags), but I guess to the normal person that only owns a handful it seems like I have a lot.

    As for women and what they think, for the most part the ones I've dated never had much/anything to say about it, most were surprised when first seeing them all in the back bedroom, some checked out a few of the different fragrances, the usual suspects from designers or ones that have a unique looking bottle and usually complimented how they smell (although I did have one comment that having tester strips at home was really weird lol!!). When I was with my ex I would usually buy her three fragrances for birthdays/Christmas usually going for a daily wear cheapie, a mid-tier designer one for dates/nights out and a luxury more expensive one (usually the split would be £0-50 // £70-125 // £125-200+), she was always really pleased as it was something she didn't have the disposable income to purchase and when she did she would only buy ones from the discounted bins. Over time she started to take more of an interest in my collecting and we would quite frequently visit high-end department stores to sample new releases and make a day-out of it.

    A few people at work know I collect and I do get a LOT of compliments about my fragrances though and I'm known as the "Fragrance Guy" at work (quite frequently have female colleagues visit my office just to see what I'm wearing that day - some have looked up fragrances for partners and almost choke when seeing the price tags lol!). Do some of them think its weird that I collect fragrances? I'm sure they do, do I care? No not really...

    I guess its like any hobby or interest, people collect all sorts of different things, the benefit from collecting fragrances is that its not just something you can physically look at but they also offer a sensory engagement beyond sight and touch, which is something you don't find with a lot of other collecting type interests.
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    A few people at work know I collect and I do get a LOT of compliments about my fragrances though and I'm known as the "Fragrance Guy" at work (quite frequently have female colleagues visit my office just to see what I'm wearing that day - some have looked up fragrances for partners and almost choke when seeing the price tags lol!). Do some of them think its weird that I collect fragrances? I'm sure they do, do I care? No not really...

    I guess its like any hobby or interest, people collect all sorts of different things, the benefit from collecting fragrances is that its not just something you can physically look at but they also offer a sensory engagement beyond sight and touch, which is something you don't find with a lot of other collecting type interests.

    Thats it. The fun part to me is to be known as the fragrance guy, in the good way. We shouldn't care about negative opinions.
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    I see some point in what slpfrsly said - and I see why it can be hard to take.
    Collecting itself is a hobby no matter what do you do with it, yes, that's where I agree with ZC, Unlucky and others who disagree.
    But slpfrsly is right that if we just simply buy things, it's kind of a superficial hobby.
    On the other hand, it doesn't have to be just superficial, it can be very creative and deeply fulfilling, too - if you read and learn new things all the time, you try new things and think about them and discuss them, you write reviews, articles or small impressions, if you help other people choose fragrances for themselves or their loved ones, and especially if you try to create something yourself.

    As for what people think - I think most people think that more than 5 is excessive for men and more than 10 is excessive for women. Some people will think it's fun and interesting or see it like a proof that you're into arts, sensuality and finer things in life, some won't care at all, and some will think you might be a bit vain, superficial or spendy - or even a hoarder. But you can't please everyone.

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    My gf thinks I'm nuts because I have close to 100 bottles at this point. Her two.favorites of mine are Ck one shock which is basically my go to everyday and tf noir extreme. I put on viking this morning she said absolutely nothing about the scent. Yesterday I had on ferragamo uomo signature, a gorgeous scent if you havent had the chance to sniff, and she said nothing. So I think at this point I'm just going to keep wearing the same two around her and blast the collection at the office.
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    Our hobby is more than just buying things, but first and foremost, wearing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukaskrause View Post
    Hahaha, not quite.

    At least they pretend to show some interest. But I have to say none found it weird. I'm 28 btw.
    Haha you got that Big Bang right!
    No harms or offence intended, couldn't help it the door was open and I barged right through!
    I tells you for why - saw that episode when they go to LA or some casino place and Wolowitz has a suitcase full of frags all assorted into genre. Still making me literally laff out loud.
    Someone google or yt it and name ALL the frags in the case - passingly I picked Tommy from the distinct bittle and cap.
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    I wouldn't like to speculate what peoples think about my collection or collecting

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    It really depends on the woman. I know women that wouldn’t bat an eyelid to someone having a collection but I also know women that might have an adverse reaction to ‘a guy with a perfume collection’ as opposed to a guy with a few aftershaves. This isn’t dig at guys that collect any kind of fragrances just that a woman might find it weirder if 1. a guy had more than a certain number or 2. If a large portion of the fragrances were ‘Pour Femme’ Again not judging, just keeping it real. We are taking about non fragheads.

    A lot has to do with the guy too though. If the woman would consider the guy weird in other areas she will probably find a collection weird too, but, if the woman thinks everything else about him is quite normal she may just take it in her stride.

    Taste must also play a part. I haven’t had any of the women I know think having a few dozen fragrances is weird and many of them comment that I always smell good but I also make a choice not to wear Kouros type stuff around them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hellbentforleather View Post
    If you're charming, in reasonable shape, and can hold a convo, I don't see it as a "massive red flag" at all. Somewhat odd, perhaps, but tons of dudes also collect shoes, hats, and sports memorabilia. Also, the biggest "red flag" is to care too much what someone else thinks, especially in the beginnings of a courtship. It suggests a kind of a neediness. On the other hand, I have less than 15 frags and usually make a joke about it with gals because I do feel a bit like a dandy (though a damn fine smelling one at that). I've received anything from "I love it" to "that's cute" to simply poking fun in a good natured manner. I do agree that it's not really a hobby, per se.
    Hmmm, I'm not so sure. I think under 15 is ok - my own 'warning signal' would starting ringing when I saw something around double figures tbh. I had one girl I was with comment on having about 10-15 fragrances including a few samples and minis about 5 years ago when I first really got in to trying to find a fragrance I loved. At that time, I think I had full bottles of Joop Homme, Tom Ford for Men, Le Male, a couple of Trumper colognes, Hermes Orange Verte, The One & The One Gentleman, and then the rest were samples. I'd never really had them all in one place having bought several of them while at Uni and only really 'saw' how much I had once I moved out. It wasn't a negative comment per se, but it was like 'oh, that's a lot', and yeah, I agree, it did look...odd. Uncommon, shall we say. I culled a lot of those scents afterwards and went down to wearing just 3 fragrances with any regularity, and it made a lot more sense not having to 'worry' about scent.

    Maybe some women would see a collection as something more...thoughtful. Or maybe they'd see it as something 'fun' to share, but I highly, highly doubt that's anything close to a common response. I think your 'politely poking fun' comment is a common reaction; it's stating 'I don't like this, but I'll tolerate it'. Within reason. If you things you mentioned - good shape, interesting convo, good provision and whatever else fall down - then that tolerance for such indulgences would no doubt disappear, swiftly follwed by the whole woman...

    As for the other matter, a red flag is a red flag whether women respond to them or not. All the negative points - both the trivial and the 'red flags' - come spilling out (passively or otherwise) once the rose coloured tint of romance wears away, whether that's the honeymoon period or a relationship/fling itself ends. If more men heard what women say to other women when they feel comfortable, they'd be amazed, disgusted, and bitterly disappointed.

    What 'other dudes' do (i.e. what a significant number of men do) is irrelevant, most modern men are seen as a joke by women. And for those who 'collect' shoes trainers/sneakers, then yeah, I can't blame them. That's not a 'life', it's not even close to it. It's certainly not a hobby. It's just mindless consumption for the most part and all manner of pathological motivations, and I think that judging fragrance buying by that 'norm' would be unhelpful, to say the least, when it comes to judging women's reactions. These guys with trainer collections? They're not batting women away, let's put it that way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamond Joe View Post
    I disagree, and in my experience, is wrong. My wife indulges it, and actually encourages it. In fact, I've gotten her curious about, and starting to collect, perfume. I'm somewhat of a foodie too, so for me to have an interest in pleasuring my olfactory sense is much in line with desiring to pleasure my sense of taste. One other girl (a friends wife) saw my collection and was impressed by it.


    I think this response (and cook.bot's) is more in line with reality.
    I think your wife is one woman and, as mentioned above, no doubt any long term partner would tolerate it. That's the nature of a relationship as dedicated as a marriage, you forgive things in a spouse you wouldn't in a friend or even a new romantic partner. But that doesn't mean the other 99.9% of women will behave as your wife does - the tolerance comes for a reason, or reasons.

    Many women have to put up with cheating, or laziness, or drink and even drug addictions from husbands. Some have to tolerate much worse. Some women may be happy, after a while, that indulgences can be as relatively benign as buying fragrances. But still, I don't think the response is going to be positive. Perhaps repulsed was too strong a word to used, or indicated a stronger response than I intended to given I tried to quality said repulsion as occuring 'to some degree'. Mild offputting might have been a better assessment.

    Perhaps I'm skewed by my age - I'm younger than most users on here, I believe - and I'm thinking primarily about potential where others are perhaps giving it less importance. From that viewpoint, where buying things like fragrances is weighed up against potential achievements, status, provision, and even indulgences that go to her - which in my experience, all women love and indeed expect indulgence to be directed towards them with regularity - buying fragrance to an extent where it could be considered 'collecting' fragrances would be a rather significant negative. It takes no talent, no real expertise, no risk, no major reward...it's not something that's particularly 'good', you see, and as it's a relatively solitary or even self indulgent pursuit, that's sure to build resentment, in my opinion. That resentment may be so mild that it barely registers, but I still think exists.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StylinLA View Post
    Can you explain "leveraging it for their own benefit?"
    Oh, I mean something like the trade offs that any relationship naturally has through 'phony war' of bargaining; I'll accept you buying fragrances if you accept me buying shoes, for instance. Of course it goes far deeper and broader than just what you buy, but that's a good example, I suppose. It used to be a lot easier when there were explicit gender roles, that's for sure...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PStoller View Post
    Oxford Learner's Dictionary: collect: 2. collect something to buy or find things of a particular type and keep them as a hobby

    Cambridge Dictionary: collect: to get and keep things of one type such as stamps or coins as a hobby: "She collects dolls." "So when did you start collecting antique glass?"

    Merriam-Webster: collect (Entry 2 of 3): 1c : to gather an accumulation of (objects) especially as a hobby: "collects stamps"

    Collins Dictionary: collecting: the action of accumulating ( stamps, books, etc) as a hobby or for study

    Wikipedia: Collecting: "The hobby of collecting includes seeking, locating, acquiring, organizing, cataloging, displaying, storing, and maintaining items that are of interest to an individual collector."

    Etc.

    Collecting is a hobby by definition. Opinions to the contrary have the same value as any other opinion that is contrary to fact.
    I'd basically echo the point above.

    I don't think a sophomoric use of dictionary definitions as some kind of 'gotcha' is sufficient for dealing with the nuance of the topic. Stamp collecting is a well established activity based on value and scarcity and, indeed, completion. Owning a certain number of fragrances isn't the same. For starters, the nature of fragrance as a swiftly degradable beauty product means that the nature of collecting - i.e. acquiring, storing, not using - is a fool's game. I know people speak about fragrance as wine, but it's not - keep some scents too long and they'll be vinegar! Without an end point to the 'collection', I disagree that one is collecting: it is simply 'buying', not collecting. I wouldn't refer to my coats as a 'coat collection'. It's odd, it doesn't make sense. I feel that fragrance fits in the grey world between that and something like stamp collecting, though it is close enough to the former for me to deem it, for the most part, not a hobby.

    It's not a hobby in my opinion, and it's not 'factual' to claim otherwise as some kind of self righteous zinger. That's a slippery use of the idea of facts but I suppose that's the age we're living in...
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    What do most (non-fraghead) women think of guys who collect perfumes?
    I don't care.
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