gupts

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Aug 6, 2006
hey..am new here...accidentally found this site on the web.....have just gone crazy buying perfumes on ebay...ve spent bout 600AUD in the last 2 months...am just unable to stop...read so much here....the wish list is just increasing evday...how to curb this...maybe buy decants here? dont think there r lots of active trades happenin in AUS...
i dont even know anything about the classification of perfumes...but i like Jazz, Live Jazz, Eternity, Paris Hilton, CK one, Rive Gauche, Ysl pour homme, Essenza di Zegna, ADG, Ferrari Black and i have all of these...the ones that i DISLIKE and i HAPPEN TO OWN are...Joop, envy, Eau by paco rabanne, XS,Zanzibar, Society ...
Why dont these perfumes last? They just disappear...its so frustrating...u spend so much...for something that just vanishes in thin air in no time...only jazz,live jazz, eternity and rive gauche hold...rest all just vanish...but after takin clues from threads here..i realized perfumes by jacques bogart hold on well...so i am gunning for them now...
cant find sellers on ebay here..so theyd fly in from da US...also looking at oscar pour lui, dunhill fresh, azzaro pour homme, chanel platinum egoiste, herrera for men, chic, halston unbound,m7,polo black...the list just goes on and on....i feel like owning ev perfume that exists in the world...is there a doc to fix this disease?...HELP
 
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MisterK

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Dec 22, 2003
Take a look at Ernie Gallos Fragrance Abuse Clinic (you might not have spotted the subboard here as it is buried in the main community page):

http://community.basenotes.net/forumdisplay.php?f=12

As a short term measure, some people stop going onto Basenotes so often. I put a hiaatus on spending on fragrances for several months and that helped tame things down. I'd also suggest selling/trading off the fragrances you genuinely don't enjoy.
K
 

GenuineImitationLife

Well-known member
Jun 21, 2006
Well you've come to the right place I guess.

The main problems with habitual perfume buying are: expense and storage space. I'm not sure there is any good treatment for addiction other than bankruptcy, and that's not even really a permanent solution.

The important thing to me is that I hope it's getting used. There's nothing worse than perfume going to waste on a shelf (if you've got anything you don't want, just send it to me, I'll make sure it get's used up quickly ;) )
 

ninamichaela

Well-known member
May 3, 2006
My last purchase bvlgari omnia last May 2006 - i vowed not to purchase till december but just this week i found myself on a binge again on ebay. bought 4 perfumes(KL- lagerfeld- JPG Classique-Oxygene Lanvin- Kenzo Summer )- damn! But this addiction really makes me happy. They take my mind off stress things like my stinking job.Besides they where on half the price so I still saved some dough. Plus I've also managed to let go of fragrances that i don't really love. Learned to sell as well in ebay and not just buy forever. So i guess that's fair enough right?
 

musse

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Oct 14, 2005
I`m sure there must be a cure (I`m an addict, too). Only problem is that you (we) probably have to spend terrifying many hours talking to a shrink about what lies behind this addiction, and that will most likely cost us even more money, plus if the cure doesn`t work, we can`t do any reclamations...
A true dilemma, maybe a way would be to start buying things that are much more less expensive than frags, for example....................tea bags :rolleyes:
 

tinker424

Well-known member
Apr 24, 2006
musse said:
I`m sure there must be a cure (I`m an addict, too). Only problem is that you (we) probably have to spend terrifying many hours talking to a shrink about what lies behind this addiction, and that will most likely cost us even more money, plus if the cure doesn`t work, we can`t do any reclamations...
A true dilemma, maybe a way would be to start buying things that are much more less expensive than frags, for example....................tea bags :rolleyes:
LOL...I actually have been stock piling tea for years! I was thinking the other day, as I opened the cabinet and boxes of tea fell on my head, I need to join a tea forum! It is a sickness, I can't stop! :D I love tea and perfume and I have plenty of both should there be an end to civilization.:p
 

Strange Accord

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2006
I think talking to someone, or a forum such as this one, can take some of the wind out of the sails of an addiction to spending.
 

gupts

Well-known member
Aug 6, 2006
i dont know but i think this forum has aggravated the problem...earlier id just buy something flowery and something thats just popular..but now ive heard of creed, hanae mori and luten etc etc etc...and now i wan2 buy the rolce roye and the bentleys of the perfume world..
 
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Strange Accord

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Basenotes Plus
Feb 4, 2006
What I meant to say was if you talk about your concern with spending in the Fragrance Abuse Clinic area it may be helpful. I have had problems with spending too much on fragrance. I find that talking about that problem is helpful. One place I can talk about it is in this area of Basenotes - Ernie Gallo's Fragrance Abuse Clinic. I'm sorry if I am not explaining what I mean very well.
 

DrBubba

Well-known member
May 2, 2006
I don't think I'm as addicted to the "buying of fragrances" per se as I am of the "OMG I HAVE A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL".

Its that whole "Christmas Morning Syndrome" that I get off on. :(

Just so happens that these boxes smell really freakin good.
 

czesc

Banned
Sep 2, 2004
DrBubba said:
I don't think I'm as addicted to the "buying of fragrances" per se as I am of the "OMG I HAVE A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL".

Its that whole "Christmas Morning Syndrome" that I get off on. :(

Just so happens that these boxes smell really freakin good.

haha! EXACTLY! *waiting on my caron en avion right now* IT BETTER COME TOMMOROW :p
 

MisterK

Well-known member
Dec 22, 2003
I've found that trading can be a better way of getting frags route than buying (even if you do still buy it can slow things down a bit). There usually is something in the collection you can swap away. Whether someone wants to bite is a different story.

I tend to have more of an addiction on the "buying/trading blind" side of things; I guess it is a little like riding the double black diamond than the bunny trail of testing things out.

To stop the hemmoraging of cash though, I really do not delve into niche... although they are a lot easier to trade, I just don't find them worth the "oooh la la" they tend to get on the boards generally. I tend to stick to designers/mass markets. They can be just as well made as the more expensive niche and believe it or not sometimes just as impossible to find/test, except for the really popular designer names... When have you seen a tester for Old Spice?
K
 

FMD

New member
Sep 14, 2006
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's addicted to buying perfumes and anxiously awaits for them to arrive in the mail. My problem is that my "Must Have" list is so long and the perfumes I want are in part exclusive and niche and some are staples I always have to have in my wardrobe, that I just can't help myself.
 

beachroses

Well-known member
Sep 7, 2006
How much do people you know spend on expensive vacations every year? Just trying to put things in perspective, of course, if you spend too much on money or time anything, that blows the fun factor. I do like some inexpensive fragrances too and Bath and Body Works has come out with some really nice new ones for $18.50 (buy three get the fourth free) that rival some niche lines I've sampled for a whole lot more. I'm no snob, if it works for me, who cares if it impresses someone else? I guess I'm lucky that some of the more expensive niche lines use ingredients, chemicals or synthetics that make me ill. After trying so many of them, I am not tempted to purchase full bottles, so that helps some, but buying hundreds of samples can add up! Even some new ones by Chanel and Dior can affect me that way, Pure Poison, appropriately named. ;)
 
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beachroses

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Sep 7, 2006
Why should we feel guilty for having a hobby or passion like this? Would we feel that way if we collected pottery? Or toy trains? Or whatever? Really, I do know people who actually contribute to that feeling, like it's a worthless waste of time and indulgence, yet they do the same in other ways. I ignore them.
 

gupts

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Aug 6, 2006
beachroses said:
Why should we feel guilty for having a hobby or passion like this? Would we feel that way if we collected pottery? Or toy trains? Or whatever? Really, I do know people who actually contribute to that feeling, like it's a worthless waste of time and indulgence, yet they do the same in other ways. I ignore them.

I guess what you are saying is absolutely right. Dont we all have a liking for something in particular and we go beyond the normal boundaries to pursue it. If in our case its the perfumes, whats wrong in it? I think that if one is splurging on any NEWLY ACQUIRED hobby, thats the time one feels a little concerned for going overboard. However in the long run it would be pretty much satisfying for us. You are right. Indulgence is not bad. We are just pampering ourselves with something that we like and that gives us happiness.

gupts
 

castorpollux

Well-known member
Dec 9, 2005
beachroses said:
How much do people you know spend on expensive vacations every year? Just trying to put things in perspective, of course, if you spend too much on money or time anything, that blows the fun factor. I do like some inexpensive fragrances too and Bath and Body Works has come out with some really nice new ones for $18.50 (buy three get the fourth free) that rival some niche lines I've sampled for a whole lot more. I'm no snob, if it works for me, who cares if it impresses someone else? I guess I'm lucky that some of the more expensive niche lines use ingredients, chemicals or synthetics that make me ill. After trying so many of them, I am not tempted to purchase full bottles, so that helps some, but buying hundreds of samples can add up! Even some new ones by Chanel and Dior can affect me that way, Pure Poison, appropriately named. ;)

you are so right!
just one vacation i had doesn't even measure up to my frag spending, but i do like a nice room with a view and plenty of luxuries...:cool:

in your honor i will go out and buy more perfumes tomorrow! :wave:
 

elm0505

Member
Oct 20, 2006
The same happens to me, I can't be loyal to just one fragrance. I'm still looking for "Mr Right" but it never seems to cross my path...
 

aubrgene

Well-known member
Mar 7, 2006
I know just how you feel. On a personal note, I'm getting better and have bought only one fragrance in the past two weeks. They were on backorder though. ARgh.
 

kbe

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Basenotes Plus
Nov 12, 2006
My God. Yes yes yes 'Guilty as charged, your honor'. It all started so many years with collecting coins and stamps for me, progressed through books and magazines, wines, teas and now...cologne.

Oh well, at least I think I am amassing wonderful juice and no plonk thanks to this site. And I have to say I am enjoying the journey.
 

MFJ

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Jun 17, 2008
I must have a new bottle a week. Thats the least. Be it a new frag or backup. Ive bought 15 bottles at least in the last 2 months:)
 

MFJ

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Jun 17, 2008
I have to ask, did it rhyme in the original Chinese?

Im of Chinese decent, i think His dreamy ideals were quite inspiring to say the least, tho im hardly a researcher, only some basic learnings, and btw the original text in Mandarin did not rhyme at all :)
 

bbBD

Banned
May 21, 2008
I may have gone over the deep end, for me, and just need to vent.

In the last week or so I've purchased around 25 decant samples, 4 bottles, and 3 skin products (that I really don't need). You know why? Discounts/sales at my favorite online retailers. For a level headed guy, you'd think I wouldn't be drawn in by 20% off, but for whatever reason I have to order when I see these sales.

I feel better having admitted this.

Thanks.
 

MFJ

Well-known member
Jun 17, 2008
I may have gone over the deep end, for me, and just need to vent.

In the last week or so I've purchased around 25 decant samples, 4 bottles, and 3 skin products (that I really don't need). You know why? Discounts/sales at my favorite online retailers. For a level headed guy, you'd think I wouldn't be drawn in by 20% off, but for whatever reason I have to order when I see these sales.

I feel better having admitted this.

Thanks.

People like Ben make my indulgence justifiable. and a whole lot less guilt inducing ;)
though its depressing once i log off from BN and start to flip thru the purchase receipts
 
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AnnaSa

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Feb 10, 2008
I know the feeling!
However; since I became addicted to perfume and perfumebuying, I've noticed that I spend less on other things, especially clothes.
And since we are talking about travelling: isn't fragrances a great way to travel in your mind? You can go to the deserts of Marocco, smell the air of Capri and linger in Venezia anytime you want! I know it doesn't beat the real thing, but it's nice to dream a little while your wallet gently weeps.
 

bbBD

Banned
May 21, 2008
People like Ben make my indulgence justifiable. and a whole lot less guilt inducing ;)
though its depressing once i log off from BN and start to flip thru the purchase receipts

glad i can help!

i've actually been thinking that perhaps getting all these samples will help... part of what drives my purchasing is the unending interest in trying new things. 25 samples will take me a while to get to know.....BUT, will I then end up wanting to purchase a bunch of the full bottles I just sampled? That would be bad since I ordered all niche and boutique exclusives.
 

Vialman

Member
Jan 27, 2001
Welcome!! Sit and spritz and sniff....My Fragrance Abuse Clinic is alive and well....and there's plenty of room for you!
Unfortunately, there is no cure...only a temporary pause in buying sprees. I've downsized, then upsized! and then found that I was only fooling myself. It is a passion...an addiction, and a liquid emotion!
Basenotes has allowed us to congregate and educate one another, but the excuses for buying more and more can only be relinquished by you.
I have my good months when I believe I've found the "holy grail" of scents and will not buy anymore. Then there are the bad months when a new aroma and fragrance launch sets me on fire, and the charge cards go into a tail spin!
My advice is to buy and trade samples first, if you can get them, and then go for the full size.
I have drawers and boxes full of everything. I give them as gifts and I always replenish with new.
Currently, I have my "stock in Mark Birley, Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, Red for Men, Courvoisier Imperiale, and Dolce &Gabbana's The One.
It's been a few months that I've been "good"...but I feel the urge to purge and find a new.
You're not alone...don't go bankrupt or hungry....relax...take a deep breath...and spritz
There are far worse addictions...and you'll always have a room reserved in my Clinic:)
You guys are great! Keep posting and keep the Scents Alive!!!
Peace! and Scent-cerity...

Ernie Gallo
 

MFJ

Well-known member
Jun 17, 2008
glad i can help!

i've actually been thinking that perhaps getting all these samples will help... part of what drives my purchasing is the unending interest in trying new things. 25 samples will take me a while to get to know.....BUT, will I then end up wanting to purchase a bunch of the full bottles I just sampled? That would be bad since I ordered all niche and boutique exclusives.


dont u get this feeling like ure detached from everything else and the only thing that comes to mind after a purchase is to plan on what to get next. "trying new things" sound very suspicious.... its almost bordering a lousy excuse to feed the obsessive frag-buying habit lol...... anyways, i can always find comfort in you. thanks! :p
 

CoL

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Mar 31, 2003
Oh I know this feeling alright! Before I stumbled upon Basenotes I had around 30 scents. That was around 8 years ago. I now have over 700. The most I have had coming at once is 32! lol. I have special cabinets now to keep them cool and dark. I must admit I couldnt cope with just 30 now. I get withdrawals when I'm holiday and have just 10 or so. Suppose its time for another clear out!
 

ChuckW

Well-known member
Aug 21, 2001
I'm clearing out a bunch right now. I just don't wear the really good ones often enough. I find myself continually test driving scents I just bought. I'm spending way too much money and not enjoying my favorites enough. I buy scents and then sell them without even wearing them! That ain't right!

I am trying to get down to between 20 to 30 scents from a recent high of 45. I'm pretty close right now. If that doesn't work, my goal will be 20. I can't see being satisfied with less than 20. But then I've got to stop with the new ones, especially from Marshall's and TJ Maxx! I'm buying crap just because it's on sale.
 

s0me0nesmind1

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Jun 25, 2008
Oh I know this feeling alright! Before I stumbled upon Basenotes I had around 30 scents. That was around 8 years ago. I now have over 700. The most I have had coming at once is 32! lol. I have special cabinets now to keep them cool and dark. I must admit I couldnt cope with just 30 now. I get withdrawals when I'm holiday and have just 10 or so. Suppose its time for another clear out!

Make sure to send your for-sale list's to me first :lolk:
 

bbBD

Banned
May 21, 2008
I am trying to get down to between 20 to 30 scents from a recent high of 45. I'm pretty close right now. If that doesn't work, my goal will be 20. I can't see being satisfied with less than 20. But then I've got to stop with the new ones, especially from Marshall's and TJ Maxx! I'm buying crap just because it's on sale.

I too am trying to stop the blind Marshall's purchases - very few have been working out lately. At my local Marshalls about 1/3 of the boxes have been ripped open, and when this happens I have no problem sampling. For some reason I don't have it in me to rip the boxes open myself.

Buying the Turin Perfume Guide hasn't helped - it's given me a lot of ideas for things I should try. I've gotten to a point where I've literally tried everything at the two department stores in my small town and there's nothing left I want to buy at those stores. The niche sampling has been working out well, but as predicted I want to buy about 40% of what I've sampled and that would get very expensive.

To change my buying habits I've been toying with the idea of buying one bottle (I'm now into the wonderful world of niche) per paycheck, plus sampling. This would be doable for me and I'd have 2 new bottles to play with a month. Anyone ever tried pacing themselves like this?
 

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