Hey there Perfume Posse, Recently we had a post here on the Posse about How Much Fragrance Is Enough? and I had a very interesting reply from one of our regular readers, Amateur Dilettante (Hey Buddy, Thank You), that I thought should be a topic all by itself. I’ve edited in those replies to make a cohesive unit and given my own theory but what I really want to read is your view? What are YOUR Perfume Buying Rules, please comment below so we can all have a chatter. Feel free to answer on anyone elses comments too. I love it when we all connect on fragrance and our joys and hardships of owning it.
Perfume Buying Rules: What Are Yours?
Amateur Dilettante’s Perfume Buying Rules
When I was new to perfume, I went sniffing by myself and had too many scents on. I know this because I bought a bottle of something, thinking it was the one thing on my arm that I liked. Sadly it was not. So I had to make Perfume Buying Rules. So far I’ve been able to adhere to them.
1) no blind bottle buys, no matter how good the notes sound
2) If you haven’t used a 5 ml decant, you don’t need a full bottle of it
3) no buying random stuff thinking you can split it all off if you dont like it, no matter how good a deal it is
Admittedly, It doesnt leave a whole lot of room for adventure.
Also, think of all the stories everyone has – I made one $100 mistake and went running for the hills, to live off samples and decants. I might be smart but I KNOW I’m timid. I havent even tried to sell the damn bottle yet. Swapping and splitting maybe isn’t the greatest way to keep to a budget but it’s a great way to make friends. The best part about perfume isn’t necessarily MOAR Perfume, it’s the relationships – your scent twin you can tell about new things you like that they might like, your scent evil twin you can trade with, friends who actually like taking a trip just to smell perfume, and see how many scents you all can try on at once, and make fun of the bad ones, or buy something great that you would normally put back down.
I’m not sure I can keep my Perfume Buying Rules if I become braver and take some chances. I’m also not sure I should. One probably needs iron-clad discipline or or a good dose of fear to abide by them. I only possess one of those, (hint, not discipline) and it’s no fun. And if I lose that, I may well end up with a room full of perfume, but I bet I would meet some great people too.
Portia’s Perfume Buying Rules
Well, I try to adhere to these but you all know how much fragrance is in this house. Ridiculous. So you also know that my Perfume Buying Rules are so often broken that it’s laughable. What my Perfume Buying Rules do do though is make me at least stop and think before I shop.
- No Blind Buying
- Spritz lavishly then walk around the department store, or go have a coffee, for at least 15 minutes before making your purchase.
- Do NOT trawl the fragrant internet sites after midnight or a sugar hit.
- If you can’t spritz it in your town buy a sample/split/decant.
- Set dollar limits before you walk into a fragrance store, or start trolling the net.
- Smell everything in your sample set before ordering a new one.
So, what are your Perfume Buying Rules? How do you set your limits?
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