- Jul 26, 2011
With so many discontinuations, reformulations, and what I think is a general trend towards inferiority in newer releases, there's obviously a lot of sense in acquiring fragrances that one finds captivating lest they disappear forever. The older someone is, the more fragrances they're likely to enjoy. However, if one of the scents you love is in short supply, you have to use it sparingly, right? If you're wearing perfume regularly, it's unlikely you can build a fragrance wardrobe in this way, solely comprised of scents you're anxious about finishing.
If you take away the acquisition aspect - the commercial and neural treadmill, or carousel - I can see that there's something to be said for having a number of (particularly older) bottles that aren't worn frequently but, crucially, are worn and enjoyed. There's almost certainly an upper limit to that but it's much higher than what I initially suspected and there's definitely a difference between a collection that has taken time and prudence to amass, versus a younger buyer who has splurged on a number of purchases without much consideration. I can see how a collection could, in theory, be 'completed' or at least enjoyed without necessarily having to wear every fragrance with regularity. I'm not sure it's for me, mostly because I'm too young and too many of the fragrances that would be worth collecting are gone or have changed (and my fragrance tastes were formed in the 90s and 00s, so I'm more content with modern fragrances, including modern versions of traditional scents), but I think there is a way to curate a collection which isn't merely retail 'therapy' or whatever. Time and experience are key. I think modern internet culture - hauls, 'journeys' etc. - take the skin of what would be a carefully curated selection of fragrances that are meanigful and worthy of being owned and mimics it to encourage bugman materialism, which is what played a part in inspiring the idea of the Carousel in the first place. There probably is a way to do it but it's not for everyone and it's presumably going to become more difficult to produce a 'good' collection given the trajectory of perfumery.
Agree with much in this post, but probably nothing more so than bolded!
Currently Wearing: Gucci pour Homme by Gucci